Hidden Cause of Many Inflammatory Disorders
"Boomers," The Latest Victims
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
estimated cases of arthritis alone will be 21.4 million by
end of 2005. However, because of the influx of aging baby
boomers, those figures are expected to rise to 41.1 million
by 2030 in North America alone - not taking into account all
other forms of inflammatory disorders, including heart disease.
global information so readily available, we boomers now have the
opportunity to educate ourselves, and others, in natural options
for both reversal and prevention of these life-altering and life-threatening
disorders. After all, we are just now entering the new mid-life!
individuals have never heard the term "nightshades," much less make
the connection to a food group that ignites pain and inflammation.
Nightshades are a botanical group known as solanaceae - making up
over 92 varieties and 2,000 species.
connection of nightshades and arthritis-type disorders was brought
to the forefront largely by the efforts of Dr. Norman F. Childers,
former Professor of Horticulture at Rutgers University. Dr. Childers
knew first-hand the affects of severe joint pain and stiffness.
He discovered that after consuming a meal containing any tomatoes,
he experienced severe pain. As his interest in the inflammatory
responses to nightshades grew, he observed livestock kneeling in
pain from inflamed joints - the livestock had consumed weeds containing
a substance called solanine. Solanine is a chemical known as an
alkaloid, which can be highly toxic.
enzyme present in the body called Cholinesterase originates in the
brain where its responsible for flexibility of muscle movement.
Solanine, present in nightshades, is a powerful inhibitor of cholinesterase.
In other words, its presence can interfere with muscle function
- the cause of stiffness experienced after consuming nightshades.
All people are not sensitive to nightshades in the same degree.
Research has proved that when an inflammatory condition exists,
consuming nightshades is like adding "fuel to the fire". That said,
there is no scientific evidence that for those not afflicted with
inflammation that nightshades will cause it.
Childers, through his research, proved that 74 - 90% of people who
ache and hurt, regardless of their diagnostic "label," have a sensitivity
one of the nightshades, especially those stored improperly or aged,
have been known to cause toxic symptoms severe enough to require
hospitalization - symptoms range from gastrointestinal and general
inflammation, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness to migraines. It is
believed the reason for the toxicity in potatoes is the presence
of solanine in and around the green patches and the eyes that have
all varieties (includingTomatillos)
all varieties (sweet potatoes and yams are NOT nightshades.
Beware of potato starch used in many seasonings and as a thickening
(red, green, yellow, orange, jalapeno, chilli, cayenne, pimento)
Foods that contain solanine although not directly in the nightshade
- Homeopathic remedies containing Belladonna (known as deadly
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications containing potato
starch as a filler (especially prevalent in sleeping and muscle
- Edible flowers: petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine, angel and
- Atropine and Scopolamine, used in sleeping pills
- Topical medications for pain and inflammation containing capsicum
(in cayenne pepper)
*Read labels carefully because you could be doing everything else
right, and still be sabotaged by one small amount of an ingredient
such as paprika as a garnish.
Solution for Common Ailments
the millions of North Americans experiencing some form of joint,
tendon, ligament, bone or soft-tissue discomfort, the goal is not
only to find a natural solution for short-term relief, but also
to make the dietary changes necessary to eliminate and reverse the
condition, specifically for: Tendonitis
Fibromyalgia (ME, Fibromyositis)
(Osteo and Rheumatoid)
Digestive Disorders (leaky gut, irritable bowel, Crohn's, etc.)
Any condition whose symptoms include persistent aches, tenderness,
swelling, pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and inflammation.
Pain and Inflammation, Naturally
consulted with hundreds of clients with gastrointestinal and inflammatory
disorders who resist eliminating nightshades, even for an initial
trial period of 90 days, the time necessary to experience the benefit.
Those that do, however, report the amazing improvement in symptoms
of fibromyalgia/me, chronic fatigue, headaches, arthritis, gout,
carpal tunnel, irritable bowel and scleroderma, to name a few -
why not try it, after all, the only thing you have to lose is your
discomfort, isn't that what matters?
Gloria Gilbčre, ND, DA Hom, PhD.
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