Pain and the Nightshade Family

As the temperature starts to drop, aches and pains become more prevalent. But did you know that eliminating certain foods could reduce joint and muscle pain and inflammation. Solanaceae species or more commonly called the “deadly nightshade family include tomatoes, potatoes, (except yams and sweet potatoes), all types of peppers,(except peppercorns like black pepper), eggplant, and tobacco. Studies have shown that, over three-quarters of people who, after three months of a nightshade free diet were totally out of pain. Even people with rheumatoid arthritis improved greatly. It’s not easy but it can be well worth the effort.

Nightshade ingredients are hidden in all kinds of foods. Potato starch is used as a binder in proceeded meats, cheeses, vodka, and is often a common filler in prescription drugs. Tomatoes hide in many condiments and sauces. Peppers of all kinds are dried, ground and put into spices, bread coatings, and most processed foods. Just another reason to cook from scratch. Because tobacco is a member of the nightshade family, smoking cigarettes is like getting an intravenous dose. After years of exposure and irritation to the body, no wonder many people except arthritis, joint degeneration, aches and pains as “getting old”. Overconsumption of calcitriol from nightshade foods over time can lead to calcium deposits in soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, cardiovascular tissues, kidneys and skin. Ouch! Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) pose a number of side effects. According to “The Lancet”, a renowned medical journal, a study by Oxford University, confirmed that NSAIDs including ibuprofen, naproxen, and cox-2 inhibitors significantly increased risks of cardiovascular side effects. NSAISs are also responsible for G.I tract bleeding.

So while not easy, avoiding nightshade foods for three months could be a safe rewarding way a pain free body. Pain Free in 6 Weeks by Dr. Sherry Rogers MD, is an informative book on pain and inflammation from fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus and many other painful conditions. has a lot of info by Dr. Norm Childers who’s life work was studying the effects of the nightshade family and human beings and can give you ideas on diet.

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