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A Vegetable That Can Cause Pain and Worsen Arthritis

I want to share something important with you today that may make a huge difference in how you feel if you suffer from arthritis or other types of inflammation and pain.

Let me give you the backstory of how I first discovered this. You’ll find it is helpful to understanding the importance of this topic.

About 7 months ago I began working with a client named Vince.  Vince had been suffering terribly with chronic pain for over 30 years and had been through every medical treatment available with little change.

After working with me for just a few months with MAT, we were able to enhance his muscle function enough to take stress off his other body tissues and his pain reduced dramatically.

As is the case with everyone, the big x factor was how his muscles would fare long term and how much reinforcement was needed to keep them functioning well.  For Vince, we assumed it would be a lot of work given how long he had his problems.

A few times Vince would be gone for a week or so and when he would come back in, it almost seemed like we were having to dig him out a hole again.  Although he was never even close to being as bad as when we first started, his body would get inflamed relatively quickly if we weren’t keeping up with his sessions frequently.

Last fall he had to go to Ohio to for a two week trip and I was too busy to see him until the following week after he got back.  I was almost sure based on his history that after our three week break he’d be in another hole and need to be dug out.

What I discovered when he came in was shocking.

His muscles tested well, his range of motion was good and he felt good.  I asked him if anything was different than usual and he said that he had made one simple dietary change while he was gone after he read a book called “Nightshade Free-Pain Free.”

As he explained it to me, I became utterly fascinated.  Apparently, for many years it has been known that the class of vegetables known as nightshade vegetables contain a few alkaloids that were known to cause a great deal of inflammation in the body.  They’ve not only linked the consumption of these alkaloids to increased pain, such as arthritis pain but also other chronic diseases.

Norman F. Childers, PhD, founder of the Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation states: “Diet appears to be a factor in the etiology of arthritis based on surveys of over 1,400 volunteers during a 20-year period. Plants in the drug family, Solanaceae (nightshades) are an important causative factor in arthritis in sensitive people.”

For me, the proof was in the pudding. After seeing this change in Vince I knew this was something I needed to take seriously.  I decided to read up on it and now I make the suggestion to reduce the consumption of these foods to many of my clients.

Here’s a great article that succinctly explains these findings and also names the main vegetables in the nightshade family.


Who knows, maybe making this change will give you the same results as Vince.

Let me know how it goes for you.

Yours in health,


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