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Nightshade Vegetables: Should People With Arthritis Avoid Nightshade Foods?

By September 25, 2006

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Nightshade vegetables are among the foods that some people feel can trigger arthritis flares. Others feel their arthritis symptoms improve when nightshade vegetables are avoided. What are nightshade vegetables? According to The George Mateljan Foundation, food members of the nightshade family include:

Should people with arthritis avoid nightshade vegetables? According to the University of Washington website, "No foods have been definitively shown to cause or exacerbate arthritis in most individuals. A variety of diets and hand-me-down information exists about certain foods and arthritis, in particular the night shade plants, but none of it has been proven." The effect of foods on arthritis symptoms vary greatly from person to person. It is an individual decision whether or not to avoid nightshade vegetables.

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October 16, 2007 at 1:06 am
(1) Rose says:

I feel there is a great deal of truth to the idea that potatoes and other nightshade plants are harmful. I am finding that since I cut potatoes and tomatoes almost completely out of my diet, I can no longer tolerate either. They cause excruciating pain in my legs and hips the following day. I do not believe this to be a coincidence. I also do not believe this to be true for all people. If arthritis is a problem it could prove a worthwhile experiment to go without nightshade foods and see if there is any improvement. I have found to be a very beneficial and easy remedy…

July 8, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(2) Dorothy says:

I was eating the excess of neighbors’ end of summer gardens – whole tomatoes, green peppers. My fingers became swollen, hot and itchy,painful, and stiff. I am an organist, this was serious. A friend suggested nightshades as the cause. I eliminated them from my diet, the symptoms went away. I eat cooked tomato sauces w/o problems, but potatoes (a favorite food) always cause pain somewhere, not serious, also peppers, so popular in today’s cuisine. So, I say, if you have a problem with pain and stiffness, try eliminating these foods as an easy first thing to do. Hope this helps someone.

August 3, 2008 at 11:34 am
(3) Dawn Case says:

My 23 year old son has been dignosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis. He has to give himself a shot that is very costly to him to relieve the pain and alow him to work. I am concerned w/ my son already taking medication at his young age that he will need for the rest of his life. I am looking for some guidence on some alternative suggestions for him. I have herd some about night shade vegetables. If anyone out there has any other info that could help me in my research that would be great.
Dawn Case

August 9, 2008 at 9:59 pm
(4) Judy says:

Try reading “Pain Free in Six Weeks” by Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D. I am reading it because I am in pain with gout and arthirits, and the things she has said in this book, my orthopedic surgeon has told me also. Do away with the nightshade vegetables. She herself has gone through a lot of pain and used herself as the testee.

September 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm
(5) Dagmar says:

Hello my fellow pain relive seekers!
Since I read about nightshade vegees, I stop eating them and I also learned that the artificial sweetener in sodas and other drinks
cause the pain. Name is ASPARTAME. This sweetener is everywhere. And after drinking Crystal Light – sugar free iced tea mix, I was in pain, so I can’r almost walk. Please if you have any pain do not drink any sodas or other drinks with this harmfull sweetener.
For pain free bodies! Regards Dagmar

September 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm
(6) Vanessa says:

My mother suffers from excrutiating pain at times from arthritis. After hearing from a store clerk and her step sister about nightshade vegetables and their possible link to the flare-ups, she decided to cut them out of her diet. Now, after 2 weeks, of cutting tomatoes, peppers and potatoes out of her diet entirely the excrutiating pain is completely gone, and she has regained most of her movement back in her trouble spots. She swears by this change in diet, and after all the people we know that have experienced the same results, it’s hard to believe that it’s sheer coincidence. She had tried everything there was out there up until then, even trying prescription pain killers. Nothing worked until this.

October 7, 2008 at 8:58 pm
(7) Barbara says:

After 2 years of many visits to Dr’s and spending thousands of dollars in bills, it all came down to the simplest changes. Removing the nightshades, dairy, cabbage family veggies and sugar sweetner’s it’s eliminated all pain. It really does work and sad to think that the Doctor’s who are paid thousand’s of dollars didn’t figure this out….I did and thanks to the information from the internet.

October 11, 2008 at 11:41 am
(8) lori says:

my husband has been suffering terribly recently with arthritis in his hips. he does not like to take pain killers unless absolutely necessary. he will be visiting an accupuncturist next week. In the mean time, I will remove tomatoes, potatoes and gr/rd peppers from his diet. I sure hopes it helps him and we realize that removal of night shade plants from diet does not help ALL.

October 16, 2008 at 2:14 am
(9) Cathryn says:

Yes, eliminating nightshades has worked for me. Also, eliminating aspartame, splenda and all forms of sugar from my diet relieves all my pain and swelling in 2-3 days. Since I pretty much have kept nightshades out of my diet for years now, it’s the sugar thing that is difficult to control. Stevia is my sweetner of choice and I keep fruit at a bare minimum. Anytime I begin to swell and experience pain I’ve over indulged in sweets, so it’s back to the elimination diet again to get relief. I’m currently not on any medication for my RA other than diet related restrictions.

October 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm
(10) Jen N. says:

I appreciate everyone’s input on this. My chiropractor just told me about the nightshades today. I stopped taking all my RA meds (I was on 3 different kinds) about 2.5 weeks ago. My trouble spots are elbows and wrists. It took over a week for the flare to come, but it did… and now with a vengence. I went to her for help. I am getting chiro as well as acupuncture treatment for it and will now cut these things out of my diet as well.

Thank you, again, for the info.

December 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm
(11) Elize says:

Hi, This is for Dawn Case who’s son is suffering from RA. I also have RA since 2004 and did so much research before starting on medication. My guidance into which direction to go for treatment came from a website called ” Roadback.org” read there for yourself or email them. They have the best information and support for RA patients.
Good Luck

January 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(12) Vicki says:

I used to love potatoes and tomatoes so much that I ate them every day since I was a girl. In 2001 at age 45 I suddenly had a lot of pain and was diagnosed with severe RA. Of course the doctor wanted to put me on the latest expensive pharmaceuticals, but my insurance wouldn’t pay for the brand because they considered it experimental so they substituted a powerful form of ibuprofen.

One day I was in too much pain to go to work so I stayed home wondering how I was going to be able to stay in my home because I couldn’t navigate the steps anymore.

I picked up an old financial magazine and noticed a caption beckoning arthritis sufferers. They weren’t trying to sell anything, it was a warning to those with RA that they should avoid the nightshade foods and then listed them.

I immediately removed tomatoes, potatoes, and green pepper – never did eat eggplant. My symptoms improved overnight and then dramatically in the next few weeks. My swollen fingers were no longer in pain and the knees improved. Within 6 months I was in complete remission. That was 3 1/2 years ago.

I will eat a baked potato now and then and am prepared for the inevitable flare up. Donít eat the skin. Nutritionists will say thatís where all the vitamins are, but itís also where a lot of the poison is.

I got very angry at my RA ďspecialistĒ for constantly greeting me with his prescription pad in hand, yet never uttering a peep about dietary influences in the disease. He
scoffed at my story but he is no longer getting his kickbacks from the drug companies where this former patient is concerned. I am pain and drug free.

April 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm
(13) Angela says:

Hi all! I am a 31 year old who has had Lupus for 11 years. Everything you all have said has totally hit home for me too. Lupus, if you don’t know, is in the same family as RA and Sclaroderma (sp). For me, potatoes don’t really bother me and tomatoes & anything citris gives me canker sores within 15 mins, but green bell peppers are my biggest enemy! I love them but the next day I swell up like a sponge. Raw or cooked, it doesn’t matter. One isn’t worse than the other. I agree diet plays a huge roll in any life style, healthy or otherwise, having said that, it’s important that people do their research to find the best solution for pain management for them. If you are on meds, as I am, and don’t feel that’s the path for you, research other methods and don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your treatment options. It’s YOUR body. I have a great specialist and she said right off the bat, “you know your body better than anyone”. Thanks for listening to part of my story. Take care everyone and I hope your days are pain-free!

April 19, 2009 at 11:32 am
(14) Lorena says:

Hello All,
My name is Lorena and I have Myastenia Gravis, and psoriatic Arthritis, I have had major trouble with all my joints and tendons in my body and Weakness. I have tried the drug approach with very little benefit. I do believe that diet is a major factor, now for me. I am trying to figure out what all is causing the major flares I have. I do know, I do not tolerate the sun light, molds, trees, common weeds etc.. I can’t take most drugs as they have Magnesium of some form in the coatings or in the liquid form they make me very weak. My SA started with me working for a major Drug company and then I got sick. In only 1 year I could barely stand up the pain was so great. I became allergic and tested positive. I was found to be allergic to over 50% of the drugs produced their, as such can no longer work. So, I have been looking for drug free ways to over come this, and Diet has been a major role in my recovery. I don’t eat Yeast products and generally use, low gluten to no gluten products. I will be trying to take out Night shade next, as I have just found out about it. I wanted to mention though that the biggest break through I had was eating Fish with High fish oil. I also now take Cod liver oil and have had a remarkable improvement in pain and movement. My brain stays nice and clear now right to the end of my day. I do have a business now and work as much as possible. Every day a little brighter then the last, thanks to the help of people sharing on the net! My doctor never mentioned diet nor did he tell me much of anything. The drugs he gave me of course I was allergic. HE never even checked. Information I was handed a brochure. It took 10 months to find out what I had. I Thank you all for the information you share and Hope the Fish oil tip helps!

April 28, 2009 at 3:19 am
(15) Michael Fowler @ nightshadefree.com says:

Nightshade plants are a cause of joint troubles as well as many other problems including migraines and digestive issues. The source of most of the trouble is solanine in nightshades, solanine is in other plants as well such as huckleberries, and blueberries. To see real results you must eliminate them 100% percent. Most, folks will try to reduce them from their diet, and become discourage when results do not follow. All the way is the only way with nightshades!

May 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm
(16) Jim says:

I just stumbled onto this stuff about nightshade vegetables today and am a little bit concerned that some people may be scared off from eating them. Many of these vegetables do have excellent nutritional benefits. I love many dishes that are prepared with tomato based products and haven’t had any problems whatsoever with the ill effects being talked about here. It sounds like some people might have adverse reactions to nightshade vegetables, just like some are unable to eat peanuts without severe reactions. As with many foods, moderation is probably a good practice.

May 13, 2009 at 8:28 am
(17) RN says:

On May 10th, 2005 I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t move without severe pain. The doctors suggested many frightening diagnosis possiblilities. Finally, after several months, the diagnosis of polymyagia was confirmed. Sometimes I had to be lifted over a step only 8″ high. Both my shoulders froze. I was afraid of living in pain for the rest of my life. Fortunately, blessedly, I learned about nightshade vegetables. It was difficult to give up potatoes. They were a daily staple in my diet. Through research I learned that they are used in many of the toxic drugs I have administered to patients. Within a few months of giving up nighshades, my health improved dramatically and psoriasis (a disease I suffered with for 20 years) began to heal. I no longer have any polymyagia. My shoulders are flexible without having had any medical intervention. I never took steroids usually given for polymyagia, as I know of their tragic effects. I have also cut out most animal products. At age 55, I have never been healthier. I walk/jog 30 minutes 3 times per week. Thank heavens for this information!

June 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm
(18) jamie says:

I have been troubled all of my life with stomach problems . At the age of 43 I began having severe pain in my legs,swolen joints and a general I dont feel good condition. I had upper gi’s lower gi’s I have been tested for arthritis, IBS, Thyroid, muscles diseases ECT… the list goes on. Finally a diagnosis of Fibromyalga I was heartbroken. A friend told me about a doctor (Holistic in Nature) that I decided to try. I was two weeks away from having my gull bladder taken out even though they could not prove it to be diseased. They preformed what is known as Cellular Immunology blood testing, typing my blood to 93 different food groups. To my horror not only did my blood react to the nightshade foods I also had an RH factor of three.(three being the most severe). to chocolate,vegetable oil, vinegar, spices and coco. Imagine the dissapointment I felt that the foods that I love are making me ill. To anyone that is reading this believe me it was no easy task to remove these things from my diet. IT IS A HUGE LIFESTYLE CHANGE. It took about thirty days to get all of the nasty out of my system but once I stuck to a diet that was suited for me BINGO I felt great. NO MORE PAIN NO MORE DOCTORS NO MORE MEDS. In the begining I would slip eating things I shouldn’t because I did not want to make two meals one for myself and one for my family. Going out to dinner became a nightmare. I struggled emotionally. But I soon figured out that my well being is best for me and my family and they understand MOM FEELS BETTER! So what if I have to eat a salad with no dressing a steak with no potatos these are what I call the little things in life. I am not laying in bed anymore, waiting on some mystery illness to show itself, or waiting on some doctor to call with the results of a blood test. If you are suffering and feel that you have tried everything please give Cellular Immunology a try maybe it can work for you too.

June 10, 2009 at 3:48 am
(19) Irene says:

I too love the nightshade veggies but can’t consume them. We grow our own organic veggies so I thought that would be ok but not so much. I eat these only when I do not need to walk the next day. I am very food allergic so am very concious about that but one has to be careful..these are in lots of things..always have trouble with vitamins…can’t have soy or corn (dextrose) or nighshades or seafood…really scary. Just learn to know your body..it will tell you what you need and what you don’t.

June 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(20) Nina says:

Hello all!
I thought I’d never be caught dead reading these articles, less learning from RA or OA. To my surprise, after years of pain which I thought were realated to ther things, I finally got diagnosed with RA and OA,and my RA is pretty severe, at my tender age of 45.Needless to say I hit the interenet. These forums had helped immensely. I started trying to eliminate Nightshade Veggies, since mostly my diet is mediterranean,really hard to do. Then I noticed tomatoes were the worst! I can’t believe I’m accepting this, but such is life! Little by little I’m eliminating all of them, and when I do have them, I have to deal with the consecuences. But from all of them, tomatoes [not cooked] were the worst. It might work on everyone differently, but this is my case.

Thanks all for all your very helpful imput! Peace!

June 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(21) Joe says:

After being treated for Rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years and was on the last drug that had not been used before, I was told that by 2000 I would have my first hip replacement, then the second as soon as possible. It was then I found about Glucosamen and Chondroitin sulfates and MSM. In the next six months, I was able to drop out one pill a day about every third month. Then I found an article about the nighshade plants being a couse for some people. I got off the night shades totally. By the end of one year I was totally off the medication, and at the end of two years, ppain free. My biggest problem is being able to communicate to resturants and stores who seen to have no clue, so I have to give them a list of nightshades. But the food industry insists on putting potato starch in everything. It is almost impossible to find canned soup of any kind without a hidden nightshade in it. The last I read, as many as 85% of us with RA are allergice to nightshades. That was from Dr. Sherry Rogers’ Total Wellness, well worth the price of her monthly newsletter.

June 21, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(22) Judy McInerney says:

After talking with an 85 yr old woman about arthritis she told me she had no signs of it because she used fish oil ! She uses 1 Tablespoon in the morning and another in the evening. I started since the doctors wanted to repair both my knees. I was having extreme pain in both. I begin using 3,000 mg of fish oil in the morning and evening. After 4 days, no pain. The doctors wanted to know what I was doing. I told them, their nurses wrote this info down to share with their relatives who were having pain. My cardiologist informed me it is OK to take fish oil but not cod liver oil because of the HDH it contains. Judy Mc

June 23, 2009 at 12:28 am
(23) Jill C says:

Judy McInerney,
Cod Liver Oil does interact with certain drugs – notably the commonly used blood thinner warfarin or coumadin, but perhaps others. Check with your pharmacist to see if the CLO will interact with the drugs you are taking.
That said, what if you improved your health naturally, and didn’t need blood thinners anymore? Nobody can make that decision but you and your doctor but the longer I live, the less faith I have in MDs, and the more faith I have in the power of food (avoidance or use) to heal our bodies.
I have PCOS, Chronic Mono, Vit. D deficiency, and probably Fibromyalgia, and recently started avoiding nightshades, along with gluten. I miss tomatoes the most. Ahh salsa. Where I used to tolerate them very well, now the slightest amount gives me…unpleasant GI problems.
I am taking 1 t of Green Pastures’ Blue Ice Raw Fermented CLO each day, and feel better than I have in years. GP CLO is expensive ($44 per 8 oz bottle), but is more concentrated (= swallow less) and ends up running about the same as other, cheaper, falsely manufactured CLO.

July 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(24) Helen says:

I never have had joint pain even with fibromyalgia. All of a sudden I have had terrible pain in my hands and feet and could not figure out why. Then it dawn on me that I have been eating lots of tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers from my garden. I would grab a handful of cherry tomatoes every time I went outside. It has been about two days since I have eaten any of these and the pain is less severe. I will be staying away from these for a while and see if the pain completely goes away.

July 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(25) Sloane says:

A few years ago, I developed severe pain in both hands, thought it was carpal tunnel – did not have the right symptoms – was wearing heavy duty braces on both hands due to severe pain from movement. Stopped eating the nightshade vegetables (article in Prevention Magazine) and have not had a pain since!

July 11, 2009 at 11:59 am
(26) Ken says:

I also stumbled upon the info about nightshade plants. I was told that about 15% of arthritis suffers might benefit from reduced/eliminated nightshade veggies. I was having pain in my finger joints. It took several weeks, but removing nightshades did the trip. I realized, “heh, I don’t have pain”. Being a scientist, I eventually reintroduced some tomatoes into my diet and in about a week, pain started returning. I stopped eating them and pain went away. I did this several times to “prove” that the regimen was effective. It seems that there is some level of the chemical (solanaceae acid, I think) that triggers inflammation in some people. I has been about 8 years since I made this discovery. I miss the wonderful healthful benefits and flavor of tomatoes and red peppers. However, I will miss them and be pain free. One issue – I’m not sure the form (fresh vs. cooked) or quantity that triggers the inflammation other than by experience. I have heard that cooked tomatoe is less irritating.

July 31, 2009 at 9:26 am
(27) Carol says:

Over 30 years ago my mother developed arthritis, I remember that at one point it was so bad that she could not go up and down stairs without a great deal of pain. She has always been the type of person to look for natural remedies before using western medicines and she found help in some articles that were being published by a Dr. Childers (http://www.noarthritis.com/. My mother removed nightshades from her diet 30 years ago, she is now 90 years young, lives on her own, walks a mile or two every day and is pain free.

August 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(28) Lori says:


Avoidance of nightshades should be an option offered to every person with pain. Period! Nightshades negatively affect millions of people and should no longer be the little known secret that it is.

If you’re healthy as a horse, with no pain or troubles, God bless you. Follow your nightshade bliss.

But if you’re in pain, stiffness, suffer from migraines, psoriasis or digestive disturbances, eliminating nightshades can be ASTOUNDING in its effectiveness.

Sure there are many other things we need to do for our health, but ELIMINATING NIGHTSHADES IS NOT NEARLY AS HARD AS SUFFERING PAIN AND STIFFNESS IS!


August 14, 2009 at 12:59 am
(29) Wm Chris Holley says:

I get Arthritis, I study Health and Nutrition, and I have heard that Night-Shade plants cause Arthritis, so I tried avoiding night-shades, and it works, then I gave that up and went back to it, and back to aches and pains. So now I am back to avoiding night-shade plants (which are ever so tasty, potatoes are one of my favorte foods, ans spices, and bell peppers, and oooh I love eggplant, but NO MORE). Very glad to see this article with personal testamonials. I was at the Doctors office today, asked the Doctor, but the Doctor claimed she never heard anything about it? Maybe doctors don’t have enough patients?

August 17, 2009 at 7:35 am
(30) cissysma25 says:

You folks are right. Nightshade foods are harmful to RA. I’ve had it for years. My brother God Bless him has suffered from it too. We found on the net an article about RA plus eating healthy to cure cancer and many other serious diseases by eating cooked Asparagus ( 4 tablespoons twice daily.) He suffers from colon cancer. His cancer cell count dropped dramitically from dangerous to normal in mere weeks. Of course the doctors had to lower his chemo meds because they were making him deathly illl and gave him heart trouble as well as diabetes! Now we both rely on eating cooked Asparagus to hopefully clear up the RA as well as his cancer. Note: That chemo made his esophagus raw and now as the result he fights with Barrett’s Disease from it. I for one will be happy to get my RA as well as a bladder problem under control by my daily doses of Asparagus. Thanks for listening.

November 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(31) spudfree says:

i had a month where i experienced the worst pain i’ve ever had and found out about nightshade/arthritis connenction on the internet and realized i’d been eating a nighshade-centric diet lately due to what was in season at the farmers market. I gave them up started to feel better and had no problems for almost a month and a half. then two days ago tried three potatoes and symptoms have returned. am ready to give them up for good now! will miss the taste but not the pain!

January 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(32) Karen says:

I was told about Nightshade vegetables years ago but forgotten about them. However, a few weeks ago I made cream of potato soup it was so good I ate it for four days consecutively needless to say by the forth day I couldn’t walk. This may not be true for all with arthritis but it certainly was a wake up call for me to cut them out of my diet. Within a few weeks of not eating any nightshade vegetables I was back to normal. I won’t forget the lesson.

January 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(33) Barbara Morghon says:

I found a long laundry list of foods that are supposedly nightshades. How am I supposed to know which list is correct? I would really like an email from someone listing all of the REAL nightshade plants that are commonly in our food chain.

The list I have is as follows:

Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Bamboo Shoots, Beet, Curly Dock, Eggplant, Erns Ginseng, Fennel, Garden Huckelberry, Ground Cherries, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Paprika, Pepinos/Pimentos, Peppers (sweet and hot), Plantain, Potato, Purslane, Shepherd’s Purse, Sorrell, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tamarillos/Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Yams, and Zucchini

Which of these are actually nightshades and which are not. There is too much mis-information out there and I am very confused.

I have fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, and spinal osteo-arthritis. I have enough pain without having to have a headache trying to sort out fact from fiction on something that should be so easy to find, that being a complete list of all nightshade plants commonly found in the food chain.

Please, send me the information. Thank you.

January 29, 2010 at 1:43 am
(34) JUNE FiSCHER says:

Barb Morghon, My daughter was born with so many food allergys that I had to do alot of research on my own and that was 25 years ago. The foods you are wondering about fall into a lot of different “familys”. Not only do you have the Night Shade but Beet, (Goosefoot) Blueberry,(Heath) Laurel, Myrtle, Morning Glory, and Onion (lilly) listed. It can be confusing, especially if you have hidden food allergys that your not even aware of.
As to your question, Night Shades (Potato Family) are Potato, tomato, egg plant, green peppers (also red, orange and yellow) chili peppers, paprika, cayene pepper, and capsicum. Now it comes down to not only elliminating those foods from your diet but reading every label for hidden spices.
I too have Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. And enough food allergys of my own to make life a challenge. Lyrica has worked wonders for me along with avoiding as many triggers as I can. Good Luck and Happy Sluething.

January 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(35) Samantha says:

don’t forget tamarillos and tomatillos as nightshade plants, boy do I get a reaction from the tomatillas, I also avoid all gluten as well as the nightshades, it makes life interesting but I get by. :)

February 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm
(36) NANA says:

I gave up all nightshade vegetables years ago, and it has made a tremendous difference in my joint pain. I feel much better. When even a little of these vegetables slip into my food, usually hidden in restaurant foods, I can tell the difference. Giving up these vegetables was hard but really worth it!

March 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(37) maggie says:

After advice from a friend, a doctor, whose both parents were also GPs. to avoid the nightshade (solinacae) family if you had beginnings of arthritis, I cut them out as far as possible, i.e. potatoes, (not sweet potatoes) tomatoes, esp. peppers. I exercise my shoulders under the hot water in the shower evry morning, and walk. So far so good arthritis went away. Try it.

March 20, 2010 at 9:49 am
(38) john says:

I am interested in what Jamie (18) says about cellular immunology. I am in the UK and suffer from recurring ‘reactive arthritis’ or – pseudo gout as my rheumatologist calls it.
If there is a scientific way of looking at someone’s blood and aligning the results against ‘dangerous foods’ then great – it would presumably take away the guesswork in eliminating foods.
Does anyone know where to get this done?

April 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(39) Ryan says:

I’m 60 years old and I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 32. After a series of doctors and medications, both of which were useless and harmful, I am finally pain-free and med-free.

I had to adopt man’s natural diet, which consists of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat and fish — no grains, no legumes (beans and peas), no dairy products. That was the human diet before the advent of agriculture, 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and 4,000 to 6,000 years ago in most of Europe. Read The Paleo Diet, by Loren Cordain. I eat a low protein version of that diet.

I also avoid nightshades, most of which are native to the Americas and were not eaten by humans elsewhere.

In addition, I eat blended salads made of leafy greens, vegetables and fruit. Also known as green smoothies, they are often mixed with enough water so that they can be drunk. I prefer a thicker mixture, which I eat with a spoon, because guzzling the diluted version sometimes caused indigestion and bloating. The general health benefits of a daily green smoothie can be quite amazing. Read The Green Smoothie Revolution, by Victoria Boutenko.

My best to everyone reading this.

April 16, 2010 at 4:43 am
(40) julia says:

i lov this discussion on the nightshade foods. they are the commonest on food markets with very delicious tastes making it difficult to abandon them. i am glad to hav bumped into ths website bcoz since i abandoned nightshades last december, my headaches have reduced and scales around my nose disappeared. these scales were a way of elimination of toxins from my body/blood. in fact when i eat these foods again, i develop a rush in the face and body itches. to all who have posted here, thanks 4 yo wisdom

May 12, 2010 at 7:52 am
(41) Peter says:

Wow! How interesting it is to read all these comments. Its like music to the ears. In 1999 and for the next 4years I had terrible symptoms of joint pain which three times left me hospitalised and many, many days laid up in bed unable to move or even lie still due to the pain. throughout many specialists and doctors failing to be able to diagnose my problem and many medications (some of which may have long lasting negative affects) I eventually stabilised the pain with a high Ibrufen medication. The closest description was Reactive Arthritis which was pretty difficult to nail down the cause. All through this time I would tell doctors that I thought it was reactions to foods such as potatoes and capsicums. I may as well have said it in Swahili from the looks of total disregard I received from many a doctor. Although it sounds obvious that if I noticed these things then I should stop having them but I wasn’t too sure as the reaction times can be several days or an accumulation of foods. Besides as all sufferers would appreciate the state of mind during all this pain and immobility is not completely rational or subjective especially when you are being told by trained professionals that things are not that simple. From advise from a friend nutritionist I began to seriously alter my diet to eliminate nightshades, wheat products, yeast and most dairy products. I lost some weight that needed to be shed and exercised much more. After several months of making the adjustments to diet, which is not easy and is at first very disheartening, but by mid 2003 I had weened myself from all medication and have not returned to it except for the very occasional anti inflammatory after some bad eating choices. In summary most of what i have read above I can concur with in respect to elimination of the Nightshades. It is through dietary control that I attribute to returning to a normal healthy life. AT one stage during those terrible four years I could never have imagined it possible.

June 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(42) Kate says:

I’ve had psoriasis since I was 26. At the age of 54, my psoriasis evolved into psoriatic arthritis. My dermatogist prescribed Humira. I was concerned about supressing my immune system, so did research. I found that the nightshade family is a main culprit in arthritis. After removing them from my diet – voila! I am pain free and most of the lesions are gone. The hardest thing for me to eliminate was potatoes (I’m Irish) but that was necessary. I have two sisters. One has psoriasis but mainly eats only 3 things: rice, chicken and broccoli. She no longer has lesions – and it’s been over 7 years. Another sister has had rosacea and since recently eliminating nightshades after all other strategies were tried (non-gluten, etc.) she is clear. As one doctor said to me (who is steeped in Western medicine), there MAY be something poisonous in the nightshades!

August 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(43) Michelle says:

Read Dawn’s RoadBack.org and would have to issue a caution about that website. I have been burned several times from following antibiotic therapies for different issues. THeir reporting of few side effects can be countered in just a few minutes of research on the internet. Many are flouride-based and result in tendon rupture with long term use or use in older adults. Doesn’t seem like that would benefit someone already experiencing joint disorders. I myself suffer from chronic EpstienBarr virus as well as Ehler Danlos Syndrome. I have been nightshade free for over a year and I do understand how hard it is to give up food. But the results were astounding! I went from shuffling my feet to walking in four days and from an inability to pick up a gallon jug of water to having the strength to pick up babies and little children again! Saying goodbye to mashed potatoes and mexican spices was not my favorite thing, but we must realize that man cannot make anything to make us better, when we are not willing to sacrifice our own pleasure to make ourselves well. I am enjoying looking for new, nightshade free recipes for others to enjoy!

August 26, 2010 at 10:55 am
(44) Chris says:

I have RA and possibly Lupus. I’m gluten and dairy intolerant. I recently attended a Gluten Free Cooking Class, and the chef was reading a book about gluten intolerance and nightshade vegetables. Going off wheat and dairy is tough enough! I was hoping that the nightshades weren’t going to be a problem. This year, we planted 10 tomato plants and a lot of potatoes. As you can see, I wasn’t even aware that these vegetables could be causing me more problems. Thanks to the internet and your comments, it appears that I am having problems due to the nightshades. I had nice salad with tomatoes on Tuesday, and Wednesday , I made a nice stew with the garden potatoes. Last night, I noticed that my toes were swollen and stiff, and I had other aches as well. Looks like I have to avoid the nightshades, which I will do immediately. I do have one question – are cooked tomatoes okay? I’m Italian, and believe me, I use a lot of tomatoes. If cooked tomatoes, in small amounts, are okay, I would be very happy!!
Thanks for all your comments and help!

October 8, 2010 at 11:54 am
(45) Clayton Jackson says:

Thank you all for the many comments. Your life story were communicated so candid. I have RA in my neck. I have not been able to turn nor lift my head up or down for nearly 4yr. Also I had a fall around the same time which cause my neck whiplash very hard. Three week later my neck stop working all together. Do anybody have RA in their neck and They are having similar problems like me.

December 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(46) Jane Havran says:

I have had osteoarthritis since I was 16. It is a familial thing. But two years ago, I came down with RA. What a shock. Recently, my son began dating a woman who also has RA and she told him about nightshade vegetables. I have been a tomatoholic all of my life! All summer long, when the tomatoes came in, I ate them. Now it seems that my lifelong affair with tomatoes is over. My son came home for Christmas and we did a little experiment.. I would eat tomatoes or something made with tomatoes on one day and wait to see if I had a reaction. Each time I did. Then we tried potatoes. Try having turkey on Christmas without mashed potatoes and gravy. BUT, every time I ate a potato, I had a severe reaction, usually in my hands or my feet. So……moral of the story is that I am going to try to eliminate them all. I really don’t like pain.

January 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm
(47) Angelo says:

I’ve had some chronic intestinal problems, including bloating and also ongoing muscle aches, bad enough to quit exercising many years ago. About three weeks ago I eliminated tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers from my diet and the bloating subsided, now seems only in my upper intestinal tract; my muscles are less tense and achy; and surprisingly, my dandruff is almost gone, and that includes the scaling across my forehead. The intestinal bloating was so bad, I couldn’t completely bend over at times. That is gone. The changes that occurred after eliminating the nightshade group were noticeable after about a week or less. I’m absolutely sure about the results; quite significant and noticeable improvements.

January 12, 2011 at 2:27 am
(48) Cynthia says:

I would like anyone interested in more information to check if your local library or a friend or book store or Natural Food Store has a copy of “The Prescription For Nutritional Healing” by Phyllis Balch 4th edition. In there she gives so much good information about these problems and more…..the true organic and englightened persons bible to better health. although several years old I still read study and other related articles in Better Health, Better Nutrition and other magazines….I get mine free from my Natural food store and Sprouts markets carry one of them. Read all you can. Good luck in finding your food triggers, Mine include, white refined sugar and wheat. Also, nightshade veggies can stir/flare me up if I eat them too often. And absolutely no green potatoes (white potatoes with a green undertinge.The solanine in the nightshade veggies is inflammatory. My mother was allergic to wheat and potatoes also. Tomatoes and green peppers are only 1 item every other day or two in 1 day and then none for 2 days. Flax seed oil capsules with lignans that are 1300mg each and take 3-9 in a 24 period to control inflammation if present.

February 11, 2011 at 11:11 am
(49) Mary,RN says:

Wonderful website. Very helpful. Just started with pain in my one knee. I too am addictied to many of the Nightshade Veggies, but due to all the info I just gathered will start eliminating them. Just an FYI for all of you who say your doctor has never told you about diet to control the pain. Doctor’s are NOT taught nutrition as we know it in medical school. They learn about Vitamins and Minerals but not a very extensive nutritional course. That is why they get a blank look on their faces when you mention anything except medication and drugs to eliminate pain.

February 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm
(50) RLS says:

I have Psoriasis,Psoriatic Arthrits and Fibromyalgia, I am 50 years old. The Psoriasis started 20 years ago. Last year I decided to try a vegan diet (for my health and to benefit the world) and my psoriasis and pain was greatly improved. Then came the holidays.. uh oh! Remembering how good I felt before, I decided to try again and this time during my research I found an article on the nightshade “syndrome”, and so decided to eliminate them from my diet as well as meat and dairy. I have seen dramatic resultls… within 10 days my psoriasis has already started to heal and my joints don’t hurt as much. I went for a walk for the first time in years the other day and it was beautiful. The results this time around are far greater than my previous try because last time I tried a vegan diet I was still eating Tomatoes and peppers, alot of salsa and some baked potatoes. Even then my skin cleared some because I was eating an all vegetable diet. However it was at least 6 weeks before I noticed that my skin had impoved and that my joints and muscles hurt less. This time however, it’s an amazing change and I’m just as happy as a person can be that I may have found a way to clear my skin and lessen my pain. These afflictions have had a severe impact on my daily life for many years and to find any alleviation from them is cause for extreme joy. Hope everyone has great succeess in finding a way to heal. THANKS, R

March 7, 2011 at 12:00 am
(51) nancy m says:

Night shade vegetable definitely contribute my arthritic pain. I have arthritis in my joints in my neck. last night i made thai food with cayenne pepper and paprika and my neck what hurting within the hour. Do not listen to doctors they just want to prescribe drugs.. Food make my arthritis worse every time. Too much tomatoes and my fingers are stiff…I just had to share because i feel all us honest people who are suffering can so benefit each other with our knowledge. We are our own best doctors. So I will be staying off of night shade plants and I will check back in in three months. Stay tuned for the update.

March 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm
(52) Bob says:

I have eliminated night shades from my diet and the pain has left. However I started to eat sweet potatoes and parsnips (apparently not a night shade plants) and the pain is back.

Do any of you have problems with sweet potatoes and parsnips?

May 16, 2011 at 3:44 am
(53) pj says:

I recently (within the past year) eliminated potatoes from my diet and have felt much better, but wanted to share another problem with you. The doctor suggested I try capsaicin cream on my feet for relief of pain. Not thinking of what it was made of I tried it and within hours that old familiar pain was in my joints again. As soon as I looked at the ingredients I knew I had exposed myself again by putting “hot pepper” cream on my feet. What was also interesting is that when I applied the cream I felt nothing, now about 12 hours later they are burning like fire.

May 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(54) Jackie says:

I was diagnosed with RA in 2004. I was told to avoid nightshades by my future mother in law, and when I cut them out, the improvement was noticeable and immediate. I find it hard to believe that there is no firm evidence that nightshades impact RA.

June 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm
(55) Mary Wright says:

I just love potatoes but they really make my joints, especially fingers, ACHE. Tomato sauce is much worse for my pain than a few slices of a fresh tomato–guess I am lucky there. Sweet potatoes do not cause me problems with pain and they have more fiber and Vit. A too so I use those rather then those nice white potatoes. I like no pain better than enjoying a meal with potatoes for a few minutes. Pesto is a great alternative for spaghetti sauce as is guacamole for corn chips. There is so much food out there and we just need to make a choice about what is best for each of us.

June 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm
(56) lisa says:

I have struggled with intermittent aching joints for many years. About 8 years ago a Chiropractic Doc got me off all medications and detoxed my system…the idea being that my chronic pain at that time was due to my inability to process the waste in my body. I cut out all wheat and gluten products and began an intensive regime of nutriotional supplementation. After 3 months I was like new. Over the years however I have noticed continued intermittent pain. My acupuncturist just turned me onto to the idea that Nightshade foods could be a cause. I am going stop eating tomotes and other favorites for a while and see how that goes. Wish me luck!

July 24, 2011 at 8:35 am
(57) Karen says:

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after several neck and spinal column injuries. The joint and nerve pain resulted in job loss and now inability to work. I have overall stiffness each morning.
In the 16 months of not working I changed my diet to vegetarian(eggs) only and gluten free. The pain has overall improved with a lot less fatigue.
But I was still experiencing days that would immobilize me. A friend suggested I withdraw nightshades from my diet and test myself after a week off them. I did just that, 1 small tomatoe(one of my very favourite veggies), had me in severe overall joint pain with a low fever within an hour. The digestion side effects settled in several hours later with cramping and diarrhea. The effects lasted several days. Requiring a sharp increase in the amount of pain meds I required.
Giving up nightshades will be difficult, but so worth it as my quality of life will improve. Over all the years with so many doctors nightshades were never suggested as a possible source of pain.
It is so simple to test yourself. More people need to know.

July 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(58) Stormy says:

Great information. Now all I have to do is try it. Okay, first quit smoking. Second, quit eating most everything I love to eat. Wish me luck! I have tomatoes, peppers and hot sauce with almost every meal. A favorite dish has all three over potatoes. Seriously, my chiropractor told me to avoid nightshades. I really hope this works though. I hurt too much. Worth a try.

July 29, 2011 at 11:06 am
(59) phils says:

Here in the Philippines particularly in the city, people with arthritis dont eat vegetables with beans and seeds like mung beans, string beans, soy beans, red beans, etc. and yes tomatoes because they say there are seeds in it and they are getting along well. Back in the province, an island surrounded by water, where i grew up and where potato is not known (what common is the sweet potato), older people are very active even in their 80s and when they feel that they have arthritis, they just bathe in the sea water very early in the morning and they’re ok! My grandfather died in his late 90s with no arthritis or other illness.

August 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm
(60) Jadeartista says:

Hi I just read all the comments, and I wanted to share my story. Last year I began to have joint pains. My doctor never asked me any questions about my diet.

I decided to go to a psychic and she told me that this is being caused by the problems in my stomach. she said “you have a constipation problem,” I said “yes.” I have had constipation problems for about 13 yrs . So she told me “you must change the way you eat.” on top of that she gave me something to drink to clear out my stomach. She specifically told me not to eat pizza because of the tomato sauce. I wanted to cry and I still want to cry.

So I did research and I found out about the night shades and gluten intolerance’s and so I decided not to have the following: tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, wheat,
dairy, meat, sugars not including fruits. I noticed a huge change eliminating the tomatoes and peppers. I slowly began to feel better. It took a few months, but I was getting progressively better.

Then recently I started eating the following: some tomatoes, Taco sauce, Balsamic vinegar, veggie pad thai, which has cayenne pepper, red pepper, eggs, nuts etc, some spelt wheat bread, pastries, soy sauce, which has a lot of sugar, and gluten, chicken, burger, chocolate, and avocado. I had those within the span of three weeks or so and oh my god my bad pains have returned with a vengeance, and so I am back to eliminating all those foods again. If it goes away again than it will prove that these foods need to be avoided. I think it is to much of a coincidence that suddenly after re-introducing these foods I have pain again.

Does anyone know how long it will take to get better again?
It hurts more than before I am afraid now. I thought it would go away quickly cause I stopped as soon as I noticed the pains. But its been about a week back to my previous eliminations and I have not found any reversal. I also wonder does any one know other common triggers?

August 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm
(61) nightshadefree says:

I have had huge success basically eliminating serious aching and stiffness with a nightshade diet. Since eliminating it and getting relieve, I’ve occasionally cheated and eaten tomatoes or cayenne a few times for various reasons, and tried a tincture that included cayenne in the ingredients. Every time I do this, within one to three days, the pain starts up again. There is no longer any doubt in my mind – I can’t eat these foods.

I believe that coffee and wheat are culprits too, and sugar, but in terms of causing pain and symptoms, nightshades is the number one culprit.

For those testing out the nightshade hypothesis, remember that solanine etc it can build up in your system so it may take weeks before you feel the benefits.

August 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm
(62) nightshadefree says:

oops I should have said “nightshade free” diet!

also, @ Jadeartista – cayenne and paprika can be hidden in lots of foods. Also potato starch. Be careful with condiments, medications, processed foods, restaurant food…

Personally, I also find caffeine worsens the effect of nightshades – like there is a synergy there.

October 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm
(63) Carol says:

Like other commenters, I used to eat nightshades daily, especially spicy peppers. After giving them up, now I am usually highly sensitive to them and have muscle & joint pain the next day, which can last a week.

My muscles will feel tight and sore, and stretching is painful but it seems to help some.

Although a couple of times I didn’t seem to suffer the next day, the other 80% was too high a correlation to ignore.

I also have a history of chronic joint pain/tendinitis. It improved some with a gluten-free/dairy-free (GFCF) diet, but I still wasn’t getting healthy. I was heading towards being in a wheelchair, and that was a big enough threat to get me to give up the rest of my favorite foods with the exception of low-sugar desserts.

I also read Dr. Sherry Roger’s book, Pain Free in Six Weeks. I suspect in 10-20 years, nightshade sensitivity will be recognized just like gluten-intolerance is today.

Doctors have a hard time with food sensitivities because the symptoms are not dependably reproduced in a research study. And they don’t know what to test for besides self-reported pain thresholds.

November 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm
(64) Peaches says:

An ALCAT blood test revealed my severe allergies to coconut, lettuce, and turmeric plus mild allergies to chicken and popcorn. It took me a year to believe these could be harmful, then I gave them up and found relief in my joint pain and skin inflammation. I ate a salad to test it and my hip joints were burning with pain.

There is a pattern of disabling joint pain at the end of summer. I am realizing it is nightshades – the jewels of the garden. Currently, I am laid up with a tendon injury and recommitted to a gluten-free/dairy-free vegan, non-nightshade diet. I am unable to walk, so I hope this diet works soon.

The worst part is the social isolation. People often are reluctant to include me for dinners because they don’t know what to prepare. I always tell them I will bring a “potluck” dish that everyone can eat, including me, so they do not have to do anything special.

November 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm
(65) Connie says:

I have been nightshade free (except for the things that slip in unawares) for almost 2 years. It has helped my joint pain immensly! I have had some more joint pain recently and know that I havn’t eatten any nightshade. After reading these comments, I wonder if it could be something else like lettuce or chicken or coconut! I will try eliminating those to see if I have improvment. I have been taking fish and flaxseed oil, but possibly not enough, so I will up my intake! Thanks everyone!

November 29, 2011 at 10:26 am
(66) JenLamSis says:

In addition to nightshades, there are other foods that contain one of the same glycoalkaloids found in nightshades called SOLANINE. Solanine can be found in apples, blueberries, artichoke and okra. Also, nightshades are “hidden” in certain food additives like dextrose, as starch fillers in prescriptions and supplements, Vitamin A Palmitate that is added to milk, many more. The most complete information that I’ve ever seen about nightshades & solanine can be found at the Arthritis Nightshade Research Foundation website, especially on the discussion forums. Michael Fowler has written an excellent book (but only about nightshades, not additional foods with solanine) and a woman named Jenifer has posted a blog journal with a huge list of “hidden” sources. If you want to learn more about food sensitivities, Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, Foods That Fight Pain is very good. He lists top 10 food triggers, and a few others, and each chapter has an appendix of dozens of clinical research papers.

I have also switched to a vegan, no nightshade or solanine diet and my pain has dropped from an 8-9 scale to about 2. It only returns when I accidentally ingest one of my food triggers. I can usually look at my diet log and track it down. Sometimes, I know…if I decide what the heck, and have some of what I used to enjoy.

I am currently trying a new elimination diet, and am restricting soy and other foods that Dr. Bernard recommends, along with nightshades and solanine. I recently used a coconut amino product as a substitute for soy sauce, and felt pain the next day. Hmm?

Something that I need to look into more is whether damage to the digestive tract and intestinal permeability (lignans and glycoalkaloids crossing the intestinal wall) is what is causing these sensitivities. I used to eat all of these foods. For now though, just figuring out all my sensitivities and preparing foods that are safe to eat takes up my time.

December 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
(67) Ashley says:

From the research I’ve found, the inflammation of arthritis can be caused by food sensitivities so it doesn’t surprise me that some people feel better by avoiding nightshade plants. Also for the one lady who’s son is suffering from arthritis there is a homeopathic remedy that is SAFE to take in conjunction with most allopathic drug treatments called Zeel. Research has shown that after 6 weeks of use it’s efficacy is liken to Celebrex in trials.

January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am
(68) Keeshlon says:

I stopped by here about 2 years ago and the information here proved to be a God-send! From July 2007 – July 2010 I was in a wheel chair due to severe joint pain. In January of 2010 I started cutting out nightshades. (nuts, soybeans and refined sugars are also culprits) Doing this, along with the help of the Feldenkrais Method (holistic physical therapy), I was walking by the end of the year. Whenever I indulge in any of the aforementioned I suffer some pain, but it’s not as bad because I know not to overdo. I eat plenty of protein (eggs & sausage seem to work best for me), flavored rice cakes instead of bread, sweet potatoes and other vegetables in the morning gloriy family, and water. A magnesium supplement also keeps calcuim from leeching into soft tissue; goes straight to my bones where it’s needed! Just a few thoughts that I hope will help others.

January 15, 2012 at 3:14 am
(69) Tracey says:

I too believe that the food you eat can affect your health. I can’t tolerate lactose or soja- not good for a vegetarian. I did the diet to eliminate candida and over acidity – lost 10 kgs. But over time the weight has come back and the health problems too. Even though I would eat really healthy and exercise I would always put weight on and immediately be ill. It is very frustrating and I found myself constantly comparing my body and my diet to everyone else in my social circles and ask myself constantly how do they do it – I live and eat healthier than all of them and look at me!!!!!!! I have recently read an article on a blood type diet – I am “O” positive which could be the answer for me. I always know I was reacting to something but I didn’t know what and where to begin – I figured it must be a food group but my body and mind was so stressed I couldn’t determine what and where to start. I am going to give it a try – although o blood types should eat meat and reduce dairy to a minimum. Nightshades are also a problem for o types along with many nuts, legumes, lentils and a lot more. For me it could mean I don’t have to cut out complete food groups but know which foods I can eat from a particular food group which is a relief as I have been very uncertain for many years. I have ordered the books on this diet and I am looking forward to giving it a try – I hope it will answer the question why some people do well on a particular diet and some don’t

January 15, 2012 at 3:50 am
(70) Lyneke Onderwater says:

To: Michael Fowler @ nightshadefree.com
I tried ordering your books through Grassmedia, but got an error message. Tried to contact them via their website, but that wouldn’t go through either.

January 15, 2012 at 9:27 am
(71) Angie says:

It’s so nice to hear from so many people from all over the world. Here’s my story….
I’m 25 and was recently diagnosed with RA. I didnít want to be on medication for life so I went to an Ayurvedic doctor and she told me to avoid Ö
Raw tomatoes
Brinjal (Eggplant)
Chilies (all kinds except for black pepper)
ALL beans (except for mung bean)
Fermented food
Canned food
Bakery food (I think it’s the gluten found in flour used in pastries)
Carbonated drinks
Caffinated products
and finally not a food but she told me to avoid exposure to cold.

Food she told me to eat more of were:
bottlegourd (I live in Singapore and I’ve never seen it- I think it’s Indian)
Bittergourd (bittermelon)
Ladies Finger (Okra)
fresh ginger
dry gigner
cuminseed(powdered) turmeric
blacksalt (I think this is Indian too)
black pepper

I’ve been researching on the internet and have found so much talk about cutting out nightshades so I did. I’m already a vegetarian so I cut out eggs and dairy as well as all the stuff I listed earlier. Diary is said to cause inflamation so I cut it out totally. I’m therefore now a vegan…and it’s so much harder than being a vegetairan! But the pain in my knee is managable and hasn’t gotten worse…so I must be doing something right! However, yesterday I ate a handful of potato chips and today my left knee started to hurt (It hurt before too but not as bad as my right knee and today they both hurt the same). I’m cutting out all nightshade veggies! I’m going to try reintroducing potatoes in a few weeks to see if it really does cause pain. If it does then I’m going to have to say bye to potatoes. I’ll miss my curly fries :( Chilies are the worst as I’m Indian and Indian food always has chilies in it. I’m now substituting with lots of black pepper. It’s the only pepper I was told is fine. God bless! :)

January 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(72) Debbie says:

Wow, this is all so true! My joints have been feeling pretty darn good, my feet (I have plantar fascitis) feeling pretty great and then last night I made oven roasted potatoes and wham, this morning i woke up in agony and so worried about “what the heck happened??” Well, then I figured it out.. the potatoes, and yes, I had a couple grape tomatoes yesterday, too..
So, I have no doubt that the nightshades did it. yesterday I was perfectly fine, then today, wham!
I have noticed this in the past, but I thought ” oh, a little won’t hurt..” NOT! It sure did and today I’m feeling crummy, and now I know why.
Thanks for all the help on here!

February 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(73) the Mrs says:

I am in such a flare with pain right now…I am going to start this journey of going no Nighshade…..Prayerfully I will feel some relief

February 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(74) Truth Up says:

Last week I had the STRANGEST experience. I made a potato dish and ate it exclusively for two days. For the next two days, both of my knees hurt so much that I couldn’t bend into a squat without severe pain. I have never had knee pain in my life, and thought – the only thing I have done different in my life is eat all those potatoes!! I finally remembered to research tonight to see if by any tiny chance there was a link between joint pain and potatoes, and now I find this site. Truly amazing. I am ANGRY that this isn’t common knowledge! I wish potatoes would be labeled with warnings for people with arthritis- I have that much sympathy for arthritis sufferers now that I had this experience. I felt crippled. I usually don’t care for testimonials, but these are compelling cases.

February 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm
(75) Roy says:

I started having hip pain at age 6. We had a big garden and raised a lot of potatoes and tomatoes, we had potatoes twice a day and ate a lot of tomatoes, fresh in season and caned out of season.

I had hip surgery at 17, which did not help much and hip replacement at 49 with wonderful results, but the other hip and hands had arthritis. I was resigned to needing the other hip replaced, but learned of the nightshade/arthritis connection and discontinued all nightshades, within a few weeks all pain was gone. (don’t give up if you don’ get quick results).

Being an engineer and accustomed to proving theories by cause and effect. I resumed nightshades, the pain returned, discontinued them and eliminated the pain, more than twice, It’s not easy to give up potatoes and tomatoes, but more than worth it. I don’t plan to ever eat them again.

March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am
(76) Leslie says:

I suffered from arthritis pain and stiffness for almost a decade before giving up nightshade plants. Potatoes, in particular, trigger symptoms. After a year without nightshade plants, I feel almost normal again, except for the damage already done to my joints (hip replacement surgery, for example).

Giving up potatoes won’t work for everyone, but it sure helped me. I wish I had tried it years ago.

March 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(77) Dee says:

I found out from a friend who is a frequent visitor to China, that people in China don’t get Arthritis. Nobody eats potatoes there.

March 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm
(78) Kamal Patel says:

Nighshades are potentially the sneakiest cause of joint pain–gluten can cause joint pain through leaky guts, but nighshade effects tend to come on quicker. I run a website all about pain, and just wrote up an article about the evidence for and against nightshades and pain. Check it out at paindatabase.com!

March 18, 2012 at 10:59 am
(79) Not my name says:

Severe pain/solution found!
For the first time ever, I ate a group of foods outside of the norm for me.
Recently started eating 6 raw cherry tomatoes for breakfast, followed by strawberries (8 days in a row). In the same week I happened to be very busy and made a very satisfying lunch of sauteed red, orange, yellow bell peppers (1 cup total of the peppers), two cups of heated salad greens (mostly spinach), tossed with pesto and served over pasta (ate this 3 separate times during 5 days). During the same week I had my once a year stop at a fast food place Mc….for my yearly small soda, large fry, I also had green beans with one dinner that week.
What happened? My big toes swelled to odd size, I became suddenly “fat” within four days. I was in horrible pain for no reason, thought I would have to quit my profession, could barely move to do my job playing a woodwind instrument and stunned by the new pain and “fatness” of my body.
I went to my favorite myofascial therapist (specific massage) who I have seen throughout the last yr and 1/2 after pulmonary embolism and ongoing pain.
*****She said my whole lymphatic system had shut down! She got it moving in an hour and a half session and I am back to my normal pains, post pulmonary embolism. NIGHTSHADES combined with veggies that release HISTAMINE were the culprit for me, made so obvious by the fact I have never had those foods in bulk in the same week. ****point is, maybe in addition to eliminating those foods altogether for 2 weeks; you should also consider a massage to get the lymphatic system going again. and Drink more water.
If massage + eliminating those foods has turned it around for me in one day, I think it can for you, too! I hope I have turned on a light bulb for somebody—I won’t be back to the website, so please stay strong and keep researching until you find your solution—-but it may involve a quality massage from someone who really KNOWS the body!

April 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(80) Silver Nissan says:

I have been diagnosed with RA and am taking medication for it. I found out about night shade foods and have started cutting down on them. I eat rice and not potatoes but use chilies in cooking. So I started eliminating tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. See what happens.

This is for Tracey (69), I am also fighting to loose weight and also ĎOí positive like you. I eat nuts, legumes and lentils. So it is going to be hard to let go these. I am waiting to see whether change in your food habits has any positive effect on weight reduction. Good Luck!

May 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm
(81) Robyn says:

Most people don’t know this, but GOJI BERRIES are also in the nightshade family (as per Wikipedia). Goji berries are in a lot of “health foods” these days, so watch out for them!

May 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(82) Rose says:

I have discovered through my own personal experience that the findings of this article are absolutely correct. Several years ago, I was in agony from pain in my back, hips and knees and sought medical attention. I was xrayed and was diagnosed with severe spondylosing osteoarthritis.

Once learning I had arthritis and not herniated discs, I was relieved and called my aunt, who had practiced a very rigid diet over the years to control her arthritis. She told me to eliminate all deadly nightshades from my diet.

Of course, who wants to give up potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and spices? Pain made me do it. It took six months to rid my body of the toxins and to begin to feel better. I am now pain-free and will never forget Auntie’s advice. It really works.

She had added strawberries, mushrooms and citrus to her avoidance list. Experimentation led me to also avoid those foods, since adding them, even in small quantities, caused pain. I have read no scientific basis for those food avoidances, but I do it anyway.

It is amazing where you will find some culprits. Through bad experience, for example learning that manufacturers use potato flour to keep shredded cheese from clumping, I have learned to read labels carefully.

I have shared this information with others who have expressed frustration with arthritis pain, but they never believe me and don’t even bother to experiment with it. Oh well….

June 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(83) Christina says:

Hi I have been finding through my own trail and test that I am allergic to white potatoes and have cut them out of my food, which is so sad because I love them. I am not sure if my stomach reacts the same way to tomatoes. I am going to pay attention to this. Does anyone else have a very upset stomach to white potatoes? I do like sweet potatoes and have not had any bad experiences with them.

Please help me as this is fairly new for me this came about with in the last 6 months, I am 34 years old.

Thank you!

June 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(84) can'tbelivethis says:

I have just read all the above comments and followed many of the links too…. I can’t believe this! I am a HUGE tomato addict (I make the best gazpacho on the planet and eat gobs of it) and have always loved my potatoes also. And recently discovered wolfberries/gojiberries and even ordered $50 worth of baby bushes to grow my own.
Now I feel like going outside and ripping them out of my yard.
The stiffness and joint pain and lack of flexibility I have been dealing with more intensely in the last several months has just thrown me for a loop!
I love to feel strong & healthy… I want to bend, to pick babies/toddlers up, to walk like a WOMAN and not a cripple… shuffling around my house.
My hips have been affected for the first time in my 53 years. And my fingers have just become swollen and sore and stiff. It sucks!
I am 100% sure that I have this reactive sensitivity to nightshades. It all makes sense now.
I never went to a Doctor because I am SO not into prescription medications, period.
I was about to begin a 3-4 week water fast to reduce this confusing inflammation condition, but now I am going full on nightshade free and can’t wait for the results I’m reading about today.

July 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
(85) Naomi says:

Its a pain to avoid problematic foods the rest of your life. I recommend the Allergy Kit found at theallergykitdotcom. It might also be helpful to follow the SCD or GAPS diet.

July 26, 2012 at 11:55 am
(86) Morgan says:

I’ve had arthritis since I was 4, I’m 28 now, I have eaten potatoes, tomatoes, peppers my entire life. Not constantly or any thing like that, there are times when I’ll go months with out any, then I’ll go buy some and eat them. I’ve never had any swollen areas, painful cramps or severe pain from any of it.

Nuts, however, cause me serious stomach cramps and severe headaches, swollen and inflamed joints, and sensitivity to light.

July 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(87) Morgan says:

I’ve had JRA my entire life. When I was a teen, it went into remission and 3 yrs ago it came back full force as RA. I am NOT on any kind of medication for it, I am also NOT crippled from it. I have only had a problem with one food my entire life and thats nuts. I can NOT eat nuts (happened around the time I came out of remission).

I eat any thing and every thing I want, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers…etc…and I have never had muscle or bone pain from the foods. The only food I ever had musculature and/or bone pain from is nuts. Those cause my vision to blur, my legs and stomach to cramp, my hands to swell, severe sensitivity to light, severe headaches and nausea.

The doctor tried putting me on medication for arthritic pain, but the medication actually made it worse. Since then, I’ve only taken OTC Tylenol when I need it. I believe the worse thing about having arthritis, is that your immune system is attacked and lowered and you have trouble finding the right diet or medication or physical therapy.

One thing to NEVER take for your pain is steroids. It eats away at your bone structure and causes you to have to have replacements and severe pain in your joints, due to the steroids. I know from experience, because I have to have total hip replacement in my right hip from long term steroid usage. I am 28 yrs old.

August 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(88) Lynne says:

My husband has RA, and has found relief with a natural anti-inflammatory called Serrapeptase and a product that supports the immune system called Moducare. he no longer thakes any RA meds, except for pain meds.

August 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(89) Udal Marks says:

I’ve been researching foods to cut out of my diet. I’ve decided that nightshades aren’t going to be one of them. Part of what helped my decision was seeing the comments from people also talking about aspartame. There’s a lot of people who buy into nonsense health ideas and then have them reinforced by confirmation bias.

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September 3, 2012 at 2:29 am
(91) nell says:

I too have suffered debilitating joint pain on and off all over that has gradually worsened. I have never really eaten artificial sweeteners. But a herbalist told me to try eliminating nightshade foods. Such a massive difference to me. Gone are the burning in my low back, shoulders, fingers, knees and ankles. Gone are the headaches and fuzzy head. It all comes straight back if I eat it again.

September 23, 2012 at 10:12 am
(92) Sandra says:

I have two incredible books lately: The Paleo Diet, the original human diet; and The Paleo Solution. The books are evidence based with lots of biochemistry and clinical tests to support their conclusions. Their big conclusion is that grains, dairy, and an overload of omega 6 fatty acids contribute toward, and infact cause, a host of modern diseases (the last 5000 years) such as inflammatory diseases, auto-immune diseases, and cardio-vascular diseases.

I started the Paleo Diet about 35 days ago. After 5 days of starting this diet (Lean Meats, fruits, and vegetables) my back is PAIN FREE!!! I have suffered debilitating back pain for 25-30 years, where every fiber in my back ached (especially at night). I am continuing on this diet and my pain is still gone (A MIRACLE!)

The paleo diet also suggests that if the grain and dairy, elimination is not working 100%, to exclude NIGHTSHADE FOODS. Good luck, and I hope that this info will help in reducing or eliminating the PAIN that many people are suffering.

September 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(93) Brenda says:

I am so confused, what am I allowed to eat, it seems now i have to cut out sugars, flour, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, peppers, lessen meat intake,no acid like oranges or lemons, so i’m left with nothing pretty much

October 7, 2012 at 6:49 am
(94) PKD patient says:

Well, you are right Brenda. However, people are different. Some might react to nuts and some to tomatoes (or the whole nightshade family of food). If I had RA and were in severe pain, I definitely would test my sensitivity with the nightshade vegies; especially when many others report the improvements they gained by avoiding theses vegetables.

In my case, I have polycystic kidneys and also have stiff fingers and mild finger join pain. I am not at all sure what causes my stiff fingers, however I am going to test and avoid nightshades for a few weeks to see the affect.
Like many of you, I have lost my faith for the doctors and specialists. All they know is a few medicines and their bullet points of very standard answers to patientsí questions. So far, they have caused more damages to my health than help. In the last few years, the internet and my own research has helped me a lot more than any of those graduated doctors

October 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(95) Maria says:

I have arthritis in my back and legs. It seemed to be much worse in the summer and early Fall.My friend, who owns a health food store, asked me if I ate eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes. I grew all these plants in my yard and ate them all summer long. He asked me stop eating them for a few weeks to see if my pain became less. Within one week of cutting out these foods, my pain was 80% relieved. I was amazed and wasn’t sure if I believed it so I ate a couple of tomatoes. That night the pain was back and worse than ever.

I now never eat the nighshade plants and my arthritis is under control- give it a try – it can’t hurt.

November 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm
(96) Marie Fievet says:

For the past few days I have been in the worst possible pain, the worst being in my badly swollen fingers – can hardly bend them. I’ve had health problems over the years and episodes when I feel better. Then the problems all return; I decided tonight there had to be a cause for this and I started researching – found this site. Light dawns: I eat a good many fresh tomoates and just recently I read that there were benefits in new potatoes so I added them back to my diet. I think I I found the answers I need so I am going to eleiminate all nightshade vegetables
completely. One thing I have not read in all these comments is about the dangers of soy. Those who are visitors to this site should do some research on soy, how it has been hyped and how much damage it can do. Will report back after I am nightshade free and see the positive effects. Too bad we cannot get it into our heads that EVERYTHING that goes into our mouths affects our bodies!!!!!

November 20, 2012 at 5:45 am
(97) Clint says:

I had RA for 5 years and it was crippling to the point of not being able to walk. Dietary changes were the most important part BY FAR for me in recovering from this disease and getting off my medications.

RA is so heavily underpinned by food sensitivities that I believe that nightshade vegetables may be fine for some with RA whilst inflammatory for others. That is, different people have different food sensitivities.

Amongst the worst, however, is milk and if you have RA or Osteoarthritis I would recommend staying off milk. It is the most allergenic, indigestible, mucus forming and acidifying ‘food’ for the body. Check out a recent post on this if you are interested to know more Milk and Rheumatoid Arthritis

I love the last sentence on the previous comment by Marie Fievet who says ‘everything that goes into our mouths affects our bodies!!’ – Amen

November 26, 2012 at 8:02 am
(98) Leigh says:

I think nightshades exacerbate stiffness. I have had osteoarthritis since my early 30s and in my hands for more than 10 years. I find that even tomato sauce in a frozen dinner makes my hands very stiff and swollen. I don’t care what opinions are against this, I have found it to be very true. Every time I think I’ll give the nightshades another try (rarely), I regret it!

December 9, 2012 at 11:30 am
(99) susan says:

Cut out Potatoes first!! My knee pain was so bad and the swelling caused me to seriously consider knee surgery. Thanks to a friend who told me about how her pain was cured by stopping the consumption of potatoes, I was more than willing to try it. In less than a week I noticed a decrease in pain. Now all swelling is gone, I can do steps, fast walking, stooping…….pain free. It just took 7-10 days if that!!

So before surgery stop eating potatoes first, then the other nightshade plants one by one till you get relief!!

January 2, 2013 at 12:40 am
(100) Jenny says:

A number of people have mentioned cooked tomatoes not being bad. What about tomato paste? Does that qualify as being cooked or should it be avoided?

January 9, 2013 at 12:54 am
(101) I want to believe.... says:

I want to believe I can stop my pain like a wizard by merely changing my filet? Oh my, that is the best news for 2013- a year without pain.

I am grateful for the posts, I read each one and recognized myself through the (many) years of eating nightshade. I too have intestinal inflammation and can suddenly feel really enormous-just a really icky feeling. I am declaring a change right here and now. I will cut out ALL nightshades for ONE month and if I see improvements that’s it, it’ll be permanent.

I want to be where some of these posters are-its all up to me. Aren’t I worth it!?

January 9, 2013 at 12:55 am
(102) I want to believe... says:

Not filet darn it, but change diet! Typos!

February 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(103) Graeme says:

After more years than I care to think of of suffering from gout (gouty arthritis?) I ceased eating tomatoes – even low acid type- about a month ago and lo and behold no more joint pain – nothing, nada. My joints seem to be far more flexible and at nearly 70 I feel that I can start going for walks again.
I am disappointed that after nearly 50 years of being prescribed medication for gout some of which could have killed me why did’nt the miriad of Doctors I have seen suggest that it could be the nightshade family of vegetables causing it.

April 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm
(104) Carilynn says:

I have read most of your comments, and have found no mention of nightshades being a cause of constipation. My doctors characterized my constipation as “severe” since I was having a bowel movement every 7 to 10 days, on average. I was given a prescription laxative, was asked to take a double dose of Miralax along with Metamucil and report back in three months. I got some relief, but still far from normal. I knew of the effects nightshades on arthritis, so I decided to research the effects of nights on constipation. I found that constipation can be a side effect of eating nightshades (I found no mention of nightshades when I searched “constipation”.). I have totally eliminated nightshades from my diet for 1 1/2 months at this point …. and I have had a bowel movement everyday except two days. So there you have it; you be the judge.

April 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(105) Damian says:

I have been Nightshade free for 2 years, I have Phoriasic arthritis. I could not walk, intense pain in joints, on steroids and huge pain medication.
It took 6 weeks on diet before I became better. Now I am on minor medication, no steroids, and active life with 2 small babies. If I accidentally take nightshade’s I get chronic cramps and lots of trips to the loo. If not for this diet I would be on huge amounts of toxic medication and a very very poor quality of life, probably spending some time of the day in a wheel chair, I’m now 39 , male and do almost everything life throws at me. I believe that a huge percentage of people with arthritis are effected by these foods, try this diet, it WORKS.

May 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(106) crystal says:

Wow that was very inlighting. I read most of the comments. I’m going to try getting some of the books that some of you suggested and try to cut the night shade foods out of my diet. Also I am going to share the info with a sister of mine that has ra and does not want to take meds anymore and go a more natural approach. Thanks everyone.

May 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm
(107) Lauren says:

I haven’t had any symptoms of arthritis until I made eggplant in garlic sauce, and it was so good, I almost ate the whole eggplant. The next day for lunch I had a sliced tomato, avacado and raw red bell pepper. For the next week, I had pain in my shoulder, like joint, nerve and muscle. I’m pretty sure it was the nightshades that caused this pain. I’ve eaten nightshades before, but in smaller quantities and not all in one meal, without any side effects.

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June 3, 2013 at 9:08 am
(109) leslie says:

besides nightshades vegetables, shellfish is another thing people with arthritis MUST avoid

June 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(110) Heidi says:

I went on a diet three years ago that included removing the night shade family of vegetables. I realized several weeks into the diet that in the morning when I get up I was pain free. I used to feel as if I was 100 years old when I initially got up, due to aches and pain.
Try it you may find it works for you! What do you have to lose? It can take up to eight weeks for the compounds to work their way out of your system.
I substitute sweet potatoes for white ones, and pesto or white sauce on pizza’s.

June 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm
(111) Fitness says:

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June 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm
(112) Jennarose says:

For the lady who mentioned bitter gourd as an approved vege, just make sure it does not lower your blood sugar too much. If you are eating the veg, its taste alone will limit your intake, but be careful with oral supplements.
Before I continue I am a Masters level RN clinician and Ayurvedist (40 yrs) so I know what I am talking about.
When it comes to arthritis one must remember that rheumatoid, osteo and degenerative arthritis are different. Most people with arthritis have degenerative arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis many things can exacerbate the inflammation, including food allergies. Degenerative is exacerbated by mostly physical factors including barometric changes. If you have received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome, ask your doctor for a rundown of the disease processes that make up your particular syndrome, for example degenerative arthritis, nerve entrapment at a cervical vertebrae, etc. This is the best way to treat this symptom – and yes, they know what causes it – its just easier to give a blanket diagnosis.
Diabetes causes muscle pain and fatigue – so if you eat a tomato sandwich on white bread with mayo, its not the tomato, but the carbs exacerbating your condition. Same with pasta and tomato sauce.
Cooked tomatoes are extremely healthy for heart health, and for diabetics and has been proven to reduce inflammation. Just takes a simple step to cut the acidity – a 1/2 tsp sugar to a large pot of sauce, not enough to bother a diabetic.
Cooks who harvest, prepare and can tomatoes use gloves when handling the plants and preparing the veggies because the plants stems and leaves contain the nightshade, not the fruit (same with other “nightshade” fruits/veggies).

June 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm
(113) Jennarose says:

After working in my nightshade veggie garden I shower immediately because the plants themselves make my skin itch – and i am not allergic to the veggies.
The same with eating and preparing the raw veggies, use gloves and wash your hands, forearms and face afterwards.
Many who have sensitivity to the raw veggies can eat them cooked with no problem, however if you are allergic just simply stay away as allergies are inflammatory processes. Anything that causes inflammation will exacerbate a chronic pain condition.
I suggest that if you suspect nightshades are causing you problems have yourself tested to see if you are allergic. If you are not than you still need to research why you are having pain. If you automatically decide the pain is due to nightshades and you are not allergic than you may be missing a very important disease process such as borderline hypothyroidism.

July 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm
(114) Janet Dunnavant says:

I have read with interest every comment on this site. I have gleaned much information and thank you for having this forum for all of us. I DO, however, need help. I got to this site because I am researching why I am experiencing almost continuous arthritic (osteo) pain since I began the program outlined in Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. Excellent program, everything he says is true. The weight just falls off and one can eat without counting calories as long as you stick to the program. I have only been doing this for two months and have already lost 25 lbs. I have had osteo for 20+ yrs, but have only experienced occasional painful episodes and NOTHING like I have been having recently. Does anyone know why going VEGAN exacerbates the inflammation? Or does it? What is going on? When I asked my M.D. last week he asked if I could take a fish oil supplement. But no oil is allowed on this program and I want to stay with the program. HELP is appreciated. ( I have always eaten tomatoes.)

August 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm
(115) Lea says:

Wow!!! What a treasure trove of information!!! I’ve read read every story/ comment and love that it is all so positive. Makes you really hopeful!! I’m 4 days into Paleosnd things are looking good!! Thank God!… Good luck to everyone!!!:)

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(116) Greg says:

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September 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm
(117) Janet Sadler says:

I had an experience that brought this to the forefront & made me sit up and take notice to what I was eat. I had been doing a green juice fast. On the second day, I decided to make pure V8 juice with my juicer. I used 4 small tomatoes in the mix. The next morning I could hardly move the pain was so bad. Not only in my joints, but in my muscles. I drank a lot of water that day and ate regular food. It took 18 hours for the pain to stop being so severe. I had had joint pain but nothing like that. I started to do research about the nightshades and found a lot of possibilities. I do not feel I have to stop them, BUT I do need to be cautious.

September 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(118) shell says:

I am now looking into this night shade thing,. but wanted to comment it is not just these night shades I am seeing symptoms of Im glad Gluten is coming into the light BUT ive been at this sick thing for a long long times and many of the others have,..doc,s saying IBS….IBD…..Spastic colon!,.. oh You name it I had the test,..including a test for the gluten sensitivity but!! not celiac,s what I want to say is,.. all medical issues come from a start……ok besides absolute inhertited things,.. doc,s wil say well its inherited well,. yes genes will change since family grow together,. teach eating habbits,..ok the body is evolving,..not unlike the igwanas who washed ashore on a salt water island and adapted,.. im sure many many died changing and the strong survived,..some people are not effected by most things,.. but most of us are effected,.. we cant change the world we breath in but……..think..go back to eating like humans were supose to,..horses would die in days fed our deits,.. say i know horses who loveeee donuts! but I can tell You horses guts can stop moving and it kills them,… we have doc,s and im sorry but most ONLY treat SYSPTOMS,. the real underlying things go un checked,.. ibs,. idb,. colitious, diverticulousis, yeah i cant spell very well.. all come back to FOOD.. and junk we put in our fuel tanks,,, stop believeing in commercials and pretty pckaging and start eating more natural food oh,.. by the way since im on a soap box,.. irish sea moss,.. HEALS. inside and out,. dont take my word for it look it up,… i use it for me,.. and all our animals,,, ive saved horse after horse dying with colic..i use it on my face NO PIMPLES,.. i dash it around in my hair…arms all over! its its own vitimen packed miricle, just look it up and READ READ READ,.. my galbladder failed because of all this,.. hiadle hurnia, tumors,… now I see the night shades makes sence,..

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October 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm
(120) TD says:

there is plenty of evidence the Food industry knows this and condones it because from the Table to the Doctor all are pleased until the grave…
Livestock researchers since the early 1900′s have reported a disease of livestock resembling arthritis. The disease is chronic, crippling, and debilitating; it results in arteriosclerosis, hypercalcemia, parathyroid atrophy, C cell hyperplasia, osteopetrosis, osteonecrosis, soft tissue calcinosis, and early death (Fig. 3). Countries and researchers include: Argentina [17,18], USA [19,20,21,22], Brazil [23,24], Hawaii [18,25], Jamaica [26], Australia [27], and Europe [28,29]. The principal culprits have been identified in the plant family Solanaceae, including Solanum malacoxylon, and Solanum sodomeum, (same genus as potato and eggplant), Cestrum diurnum, and Nierembergia veitchii. A forage grass in the German Alps, Trisetum flavescens [16], has been associated with the disease. Farmers have long been aware of sickness and death of livestock, particularly the young, when feeding inadvertently on pasture nightshades. Literature for almost a century contains reports of sickness and death when nightshades, including the potato, are consumed under certain conditions [6,30,31,32]. Based on livestock research, vitamin D3 found naturally in the nightshades is now being used as a highly effective rat poison at 0.075% [33].”

October 28, 2013 at 9:48 am
(121) Cindy says:

I had debilitating fibromyalgia for 20 years but realize I have had it since infancy. I have been following Dr. St. Amands guaifenesen protocol and hypoglycemia protocol.It has given me a new lease on life as I could not work, drive , live on my own due to all the systems of the body affected by fibromyalgia. Within six months of following his protocol I was living on my own and working full time. I have my life back.
I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the lumbar and cervical facet joints and disc herniation, which has at times also been debilitating. I cannot eat any nightshades, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and splenda without having excruciating pain that last for about 24 hours.
One thing I believe added to my pain were drinks like cola and the . Pepper drinks, I believe they use peppers (nightshades) in their formula for their cola products. Hence the name Dr. Pepper.
I feel so much better eating meat, vegetables a little fruit, dairy and nuts I find the foods I have loved and craved in the past have been my worst nightmare.

November 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(122) Eleanore says:

I read how so many of you are getting ill from the night shades, eggplants tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. I get achy hip and shoulder pain too, but still eat all manner of night shades, that doesn’t make a difference, what does is meat and dairy! I’m often vegan, but if I cheat, maybe a little is ok, but often I’ll have achy hip(s) or shoulder(s) and the only thing that helps is to cut way back on cheating. I’m not alergic to meat and dairy but consumption of that invariably leads to achy joints. What I’m alergic to is sunlight and sunblock! I try to put it on my arms,and the rest but have to keep it off my face so only a large brimmed hat works, or my eyes burn up! The only other thing is raw pineapple which I love, it kills my tongue. Well canned pineapple tastes just as good, and that works.

January 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm
(123) Eric says:

My uncle had severe arthritis and when I told my Grandmother to change all of her recipes that included potatoes to “yucca” which is a south American root, he felt changes immediately! Nightshades are horrible. I worked at the Library of the New York Botanical Garden for years and have heard this firsthand from some of the leading plant scientists in the western hemisphere! Of course pharmaceutical companies want you to swell so that you will have to take the anti-inflammatory that will give you a headache. A green pill to take away the headache but make you lose your appetite and then of course a purple pill to balance your weight. Its a game that’s all about MONEY. Not necessarily your health…

February 16, 2014 at 12:18 am
(124) Janie says:

I suffered very badly from arthritis and had taken Celebrex for 13 years. On October 4, 2011, I started a new eating lifestyle called Wheat Belly. It is the total elimination of all grains (oats, corn, and rice included) and sugar. It is low carb, medium protein, high fat (not polyunsaturated, but mono and saturated). I have lost 63 pounds, but the most astounding thing is that a month into this lifestyle, I found that I no longer needed the Celebrex (or the Nexium).

However, while I no longer have joint pain in my knees, ankles, hips, etc., I was still experiencing pain in my hands on occasion. There were times when I couldn’t even bend a finger on my right hand. I accidentally heard something about nightshades and started adding it all up. I have totally eliminated tomatoes, green peppers, and the very occasional few bites of potato, and guess what? No more hand pain!! I

February 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm
(125) spudfree says:


This worked for me and has continued working for five years now… I very, very occasionally cheat, and when I do i get pain the next few days but other than that I am pain free becuz I am nightshade free.

I have lately removed coffee and wheat as well, which have added huge benefits.

Very restrictive, totally worth it.

if you are in pain, try the nightshade free, but give it enough time to work – it can take a couple of months to get out of your system.

February 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm
(126) Erico Dixon says:

Hello my name is Erico Dixon I am very glad to be able to find out information on this blog. I can really relate to what a lot of you guys are going thru. When I was about 5 year old my two index fingers on my right hand was amputated the top tip, Thankfully the doctor was able to reconnect the top tip. But what I didn’t know was i was going to have permanent nerve damage. The only solution that the doctor was able to give me was some nerve med called Gabapentin which really didn’t help much at all. The side effects were killing me!!!! I was able to find out a solution from a business partner in Memphis,Tn. Which is a Topical pain lotion. Thank God!!,because my hand doesn’t burn or numbs anymore. I know this product can help a lot of people!! Thank you for allowing me share.

February 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm
(127) R. Jane Gagner says:

I’ve been nightshade free for about 25 years now. I read Dr. Childer’s book and was trying everything to see what was causing my arthritis as it was ruining my life at a young age (starting at 25). I left the nightshades for last because I didn’t want to have to give up so much. I found that after 3 weeks I’m pain free but it only takes 1 to 2 hours before the pain starts after eating nightshades. My life changed so much after giving them up. I was free! I could sleep and walk normally. Then, I had to test it…stupid idea. Also, there were a couple of ‘accidents’ in restaurants that landed me in pain for 3 weeks. I’ve made up tons of recipes, many in a book that’s published that I gave for free. No one should have to suffer from arthritis!

February 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm
(128) Nicky says:

Dear Dawn
My heart goes to your young son. I am the victim of the same disease and could give me a new life with Bikram Hot Yoga….I am a hyper individual and never ever thought of yoga let alone soaking and panting in a 107 deg temperature for 90 min. But I pushed myself and gave 3 days to decide. Whatever combi Bikram uses it certainly helps to release toxins from the body much faster. If you follow a healthy diet and Bikram Hot Yoga you may be very happy. Ask your son to give just a week for trial. Wish you all the best…..

February 25, 2014 at 11:15 am
(129) Sifte says:

I was diagnosed the RA in my childhood, but I did not take any medicines, as that was not so serious. I came to me through my mother. At that time, there was not much information I have about RA. So could not effectively treated my mom, the knees were operated and after that she never able to walk. (Very painful and sad). I was second time diagnosed same in 1999. I was taken methodrexate, and Some Asteroid medicine, I was doing blood test, every three months, I was little better, but somehow I was start taken Embrill injection, itís very expensive drug. Some Spanish lady told me about these dark shade vegetables, I started avoiding eggplant and eat all other. Suddenly, one of my collegue at work, told me stop eating potatoes, they are biggest culprit, I observed, second I want to add. Beef (actually all red meet). I restricted meet little bit not chicken. I am surprise to see Red ground chilies in line also. Can anybody could please tell me should I avoid chilies, as my wife will not cook anything without chilies and tomatoes. Thanks

February 26, 2014 at 6:41 am
(130) Everette says:

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March 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm
(131) Paul M says:

DR. Garrett Smith wrote an article about how calcinosis could be the cause of most, if not all osteoarthritic changes. Calicinosis is the unwanted formation of calcium in soft tissue.


The most interesting part of the article is Dr. Smith’s recommendation to supplement with vitamin K2 while eliminating nightshade vegetables in order to most effectively reverse the damaging effects from years of calcinosis.

March 28, 2014 at 4:48 am
(132) Susie Q says:

I would like to share my story about night shades. I have been diagnosed with OA & fibromyalgia for a long time followed by plantar fasciitis ,knee pain,just pain everywhere. I have been on so many anti inflammatories and other pain medications but the effects were only short term. While on a cruise I ate too much eggplants as it was cooked so nice.. At the end of 2 weeks when I got off the ship I noticed my little fingers throbbing & when I looked at them,they were crooked & disfigured & unable to bend. I blamed the eggplants. Then I went on a bean diet as I heard it is good for loosing weight. In 3 days I could not walk, my joints were hurting, my fingers stiff and tight. I went to the doctor,had a blood test which confirmed I had gout. I eliminated as much night shades I could and my pains lessened including my plantar fasciitis .

April 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm
(133) Elerine says:

well night shade plants none have any effect on my RA and most of them I am either allergic or have severe digestive system that I do not have acquired taste for any type spices. The only one that I will monitor is the potato and which i do not eat regular and see if it makes me ache. My arthritus is derived from cushions disease which forms different health illness. Hormone disease is devastating but you learn to adapt with the illness and rest when it take it toll. fyi

April 10, 2014 at 6:27 am
(134) dr fungus says:

dear all night shaders to avoid confusion artritis and all other diseases are caused by good old conveniantly forgotten candida she is a mother of almost any fancy diagnostic name disease.what happen when candidal person eats night shade vegetables they alkaloid and these alkaloids do interfere with neurotranssmision and cause nerve pain then person believes nhight shades cause artritis or rheumatic pain.with cooking some alkaloids get diluted,chillis are the worst ones,you should fry them half way in oil then ad vinegar continue to fry them it will neutralise them and give em good taste also.garlic is neurotoxin destroyes brain cells.dont get tricked that you can kill candida or cancer which is candida favoured son no you cant kill them you can only controll them with right non candidal food.letuce is another one to cause body pain as it blocks food absorbtion.letuce to be eaten alone.frsh cabages cauliflovers brussel sprouts they harbour black fungus and will cause strong dull pain in back and other muscles and leg cramps and finger spasm .due to prolonged storage fungus get active,when i grow my own did not have this problem.finaly cancer is fungus and fungus is in the air and everywhere but when you eat fungal foods then you get enriched fungus body overload with fungi which is perfect environment to grow mushrooms and truffles thats how i call cancer which does not spread it is in every cell of every human on this planet.to kill candida or her son cancer you have to kill whole planet earth as fungi are seeds of life.dont worry about my grammar and you better believe it as im not after $$$$ like others this is my own long life findings,bs free.

April 19, 2014 at 1:48 am
(135) Marcia says:

Dr. Fungus, sorry, but not everything is caused by an overgrowth of candida. Yes, some cases of arthritis and other problems can indeed be a result of candida or other fungal/mold-related issues, but many are a result of nightshades.

And people might take you a little more seriously if you could spell correctly. There are probably more misspelled words than there are ones that are spelled correctly in your paragraph. And don’t get me started on the improper punctuation…

May 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm
(136) Sherrie says:

Ces post sont franchement attractifs

May 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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