Like so many ailments and diseases, medical science has ignored the true causes of arthritis for decades. Each of the major types of arthritis have been shown to have similar etiologies. It has also been postulated that Rheumatoid arthritis, Allergic arthritis, and Osteoarthritis can have similar triggers, specifically food triggers.
Allergic arthritis, in particular, has been proven to have various trigger foods which sustain the medical condition as long as those foods are eaten. Nightshades, for instance, have been demonstrated by Dr. Norman Childers to be a common culprit for those who are allergic, intolerant, or hyper-reactive to solanine, a known natural food toxin.
“Solanine is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), such as the potato (Solanum tuberosum) and the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) … Solanine has fungicidal and pesticidal properties, and it is one of the plant’s natural defenses.” (Source: Wikipedia – Solanine)
Because all nightshades (e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, paprika) contain solanine, if an individual ingests a large amount of these foods on a regular basis, they run the risk of developing a case of arthritis-like symptoms.
“Because of our long-term and widespread exposure to an extraordinary amount of pesticides over decades, our bodies have a markedly diminished capacity to process them appropriately, especially due to overloading the detoxification pathways in the liver, the body’s main detox organ. Think about the exposure that you have had throughout your life to insecticide-laden food. Now throw into this mix a daily consumption of potatoes, tomatoes, and/or peppers. Some have suggested that these three vegetables have remained in the top five vegetables eaten by Americans for the past four to five decades.”
(Source: Nightshades … can produce your worst Nightmare!)
The real problem with this not well known, diet-induced form of arthritis is that the nation’s food supply is already contaminated with various types of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other pesticides. Eating a diet that has high amounts of these solanine contaminants will eventually reach a point where the body is less capable of processing them.
Upon exceeding their unique threshold of tolerance, individuals who have a genetic predisposition or who reach a certain toxic burden, can develop a full-blown case of arthritis.
Anyone who has lifelong arthritic joints or pains would be well served by not eating any nightshades for at least 30 days. If their symptoms are significantly mitigated, then it can be safely assumed that the Solanaceae family foods ought to be avoided in the future. Complete abstinence from nightshades, for those who have this form of allergic arthritis, can actually reverse serious arthritic symptoms.
Other foods, especially when eaten in excess, can also cause allergic arthritis.
Who has’t heard about the many other foods which are capable of triggering food-induced allergies? Dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, wheat, shellfish, and citrus are the most common food allergens. A lifetime of eating any one of these foods can induce arthritis symptoms, if the body develops a chronic allergic or inflammatory response to any of the offending food components.
The more regularly these foods are eaten and the greater the amount that is eaten, by an individual who develops a full-blown allergic response, the greater the likelihood arthritis may be experienced.
With age often comes a diminishment of digestive capacity. The large undigested proteins, which can accumulate in the joints and cause joint pain, will pass through the attenuated membranes in the gastrointestinal tract which have been inflamed by eating allergenic foods. Therefore, the key to alleviating arthritis is maintaining a healthy digestive tract. An organic wholesome diet free of allergenic foods will especially assist in this endeavor.