Arthritis and Nightshades. What’s the deal?
Arthritis is common and can often be debilitating! It is defined as painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. One prediction is that by the year 2020, 60 million could be affected by arthritis! (Howstuffworks, 2016)
One of my clients is currently suffering from arthritis and she has given me permission to share her story with you. My hope is that we can all learn how powerful diet is for the management of many health conditions.
First of all, she had an inclination that something was wrong when her wedding rings used to spin around and be loose on her fingers. One day she noticed they weren’t spinning around anymore. Soon after that, getting them on and off required a lot of soap and water.
She did what most people do and went about her busy life. Until one day, she found herself at a conference and her finger was throbbing. She looked down and it was swollen and red. When she got home, it took two hours with ice and liquid soap to get the rings off . That was four months ago. Now, she can’t even wear her wedding rings. The rings will not go past the first knuckle. They’re currently sitting in a box locked away.
The last month has been the worst for her. She was on vacation for a week and did a lot of yard work. It irritated her sore hands and fingers. Her knuckles are now visibly swollen and hurt when she bumps them against something.
She called the doctor on Friday and they fit her in the following Monday. Her doctor was appalled when she demonstrated the size of the rings that once fit her fingers. Furthermore, the swelling and inflammation was quite visible.
The Doctor said there is no cure.
The doctor ordered some blood tests to check for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. A Lyme disease test had been done recently and came back negative, hence they felt confident in ruling out Lyme. Her diagnosis, due to family history of arthritis, was hereditary/genetic arthritis. The doctor also told her there is nothing she can do to cure degenerative arthritis; only slow down the use and abuse of the joints.
I pondered this for a second and thought to myself, “Wait, what? I always thought exercise helped strengthen the muscles supporting arthritic joints. The weight loss associated with exercise helped to decrease the load on the joints. And that movement decreased the stiffness. Perhaps with arthritis in the hands, that does not apply?” If anyone knows and wants to explain please feel free to add a comment below.
It made me sad to think of this young lady limiting her life and career so soon. Although I do not doubt her doctor’s diagnosis, I did offer up the notion that what she was eating might be contributing to her symptoms. I shared my story about how nightshades make me hurt all over like a rickety old lady. Nightshades are, in a nutshell, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers.
It will take three weeks.
I told her that she would need at least three weeks of very strictly eliminating the night shades to see a difference. I also warned her that many store bought items contain hidden nightshades and that she would have to read labels carefully. Of course there are other foods that could be triggers for her but we had to start with the biggest suspect.
In addition, I suggested she read the previous post on Lyme Diet for Inflammation Since arthritis is also inflammatory in nature, it would be wise for her to start eating this way every day. Perhaps this dietary change could help relieve some of her pain. In that post, there are some herbs listed that may help fight inflammation, such as turmeric. Her doctor had already suggested she try some glucosamine and chondroitin.
Arthritis and Nightshades. What’s the Deal?
We closed our session by reviewing a study from the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery (1993) titled, An Apparent Relation of Nightshades (Solanacaea) to Arthritis by NF Childers, Ph. D. and M.S. Margoles, M.D. This study discusses the link between nightshade consumption and arthritis in those who are sensitive. In addition, it mentions how pesticides and some other substances can work together and make increased pain and inflammation. We also looked at this comprehensive list of nightshades so she could be informed when reading labels.
Be watching for a follow-up in about three weeks from now when we share her results. Maybe then we will finally have part of the answer to the question, “Arthritis and nightshades. What’s the deal?” Please tell us your thoughts on this subject. Share your experiences on what works for you in managing your arthritis symptoms.
Sources: “How Common Is Arthritis?” HowStuffWorks. N.p., 31 Dec. 1969. Web. 28 July 2016.
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