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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
It worked for me.Oct. 20 2007
Good Food Farm
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In this world of increasingly complex health care issues, we are all looking for answers, something that will finally help us feel better. In Michael Fowler's new book NIGHTSHADE FREE, PAIN FREE a wealth of information has been made available that points to a menacing problem many people may be having with the consumption of nightshade foods. The author goes through an in-depth and most informative discussion of the history of nightshades that is both fascinating and a warning of the problems that were to come from their increasing consumption by humans. He covers in a very accessible and often even humorous way the physiological effects that nightshades have upon us. The fact that the neurotoxin solanime is not destroyed by cooking or by the human digestive system itself should be of concern to all who consume a nightshade food of any kind. Mr. Fowler's research is comprehensive and easily followed by the reader. Last, but not least, is the relief I myself have found in the elimination of nightshade vegetables from my diet. I have suffered from migraine headaches, arthritis, and digestive disorders for years and I am finally beginning to feel better. I recommend the information in this book to anyone suffering as I have been. I can see the benefits for myself and I believe the book is a real gift to so many of us who are suffering needlessly.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
DR. Norman Childers published about this for decades!March 8 2013
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I had severe rheumatoid arthritis, I.B.S., age spots all over my hands and lower legs and feet, the right ankle and left foot were swollen and purple with serum-negative gout-like symptoms, I hadn't been able to close my hands for two years, and I had periodic intestinal bleeding. It wasn't until I heard one of the doctors make a short reference to nightshades, red meat, and iodine after a year and a half of his very expensive tests that I found out DOCTOR Norman Childers and his associates had published on this subject over 3 decades ago and many times since. I've bought Childers' books four times because some people we have loaned them out to never returned them. The Nightshades and Health - Arthritis - a Diet to Stop It books published under various similar titles through (I think) six editions (check bookfinder.com) cured me of nearly all the rheumatoid arthritis/gout/swollen joints/spots/bleeding. I could close my hands again and sleep without anything touching my feet like the sheet being excruciating.
While I have bought this author's new book someone needs to not claim in the book description on Amazon's webpage that Mr. Fowler discovered the cure - he didn't.
Because Dr. Childers' books have become out of print/scarce I am buying a second copy of Mr. Fowler's Nightshade Free for someone close to my wife who is working in heavy pain now.
*** I am sure Mr. Fowler trumpeting the information anew will help many folks. ***
*** The 94% who reported complete or substantial relief of arthritis (as seen on the back of Mister Fowler's present book is discussed much more clearly on page 116 of it and that) refers to a survey conducted by Doctors Childers and Margoles when they queried people who followed the Childers Diet - not the one in this (Fowler's) book. ***
All the anti-inflamatories in the world won't cure you if you keep putting toxins in your system.
Modified food starch = potatoes; and tomatoes, paprika, pimento, tobacco, red and green peppers and eggplant are all nightshades too. Highly acidic drinks and foods will also set off flares.
When I had rheumatoid arthritis, heavy gout-like symptoms without the uric acid crystals in my joints, age/liver spots aka Schamberg's Disease (caused by broken capillaries in the skin), and intestinal bleeding I was eating nightshades heavily on a regular basis and highly spicing the food. The most severe symptoms were subsequent to Thursday nights at Italian restaurants. Non-insurable due to the arthritis I was spending a quarter of my income on doctors, tests and drugs - then one doctor mentioned potatoes, tomatoes, red meats, and iodine - said it was undocumented - but I found Dr. Childers' book, began experimenting, and for symptoms unrelated to fibromyalgia massively improved.
If you won't at least consider giving this stuff up for a month and then eating a good-sized portion of what you've been avoiding and seeing what reaction your body has by about thirty hours later - to see if you DO REACT - if you refuse to even consider giving up foods you love (we used to keep a food diary) to learn what's causing your symptoms - then resign yourself to your pain and expect it to get much worse with age - in which case it may well become irreversible. I've known people with almost identical symptoms to what I had, some improve by trying these suggestions, and some won't even try to eliminate the toxins because they love the foods hurting them so much. If you learn what causes you severe pain I promise you you will learn not to mind avoiding it - gladly.
Childers' research in an earlier edition pointed out that 1/3 of us are born allergic to nightshades, another 1/3 will develop the allergies during their lifetimes and only 1/3 of the population doesn't react. The damage is cumulative in many cases.
Modified food starch is in a HUGE variety of products now and it is very hard to find prepared foods that don't have it in it. I sometimes go through weeks of heavy fibromyalgia/chronic myofascial pain syndrome (trigger points causing referred pain) before I figure out what has been newly adulterated with nightshades in my regular foods. Modified food starch is even in some soft drinks now. In my case potatoes and eggplant are more prone to muscle contraction and pain problems/cramping while tomatoes cause rheumatoid arthritis reactions.
Red meats and pork cause buildups of lactic acid in the muscles, and peas contain purines. Get tested for high uric acid count, mine was 13 while normal is 5-9. I've been on allopurinol to control it for 32 years. Some people, like me, have trouble eliminating lactic acid in their muscles. I inherited many health problems through my maternal predecessors. I beat rheumatoid arthritis and the other symptoms I've mentioned, but not all. My mother never did, nor did grandmother.
I REALLY WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME IN 1980 THE STUFF I'M TELLING YOU HERE.
If my mother had discussed her symptoms much I'd have changed careers and not done all the repetitive motion that my multi-traded work entailed, I made thousands of items in many materials, most large and many custom, which advanced heavy symptoms by decades. Mother spent her last twenty-five years on a sofa day and night and it ended there.
BTW - Yams or Sweet Potatoes are not nightshades.
As to IBS symptoms - get an Alcat blood panel test done for food allergies. Red blood cells swell up when placed in trays with a selection of allergens if you react to them. That cured mine. Not too many doctors know about this. They must specify the type of allergan panels to test with. This beats the heck out of the 800 shot allergy test I had when I was about age 9 with asthma which I outgrew. Then they observed welt sizes on the skin for reactions.
If you have come into contact in the past with all sorts of products containing formaldehyde as I did you should know that is an irreversible sensitizer causing reactions to things that may never have previously bothered you. Adhesives and glues often contain it, or did, as a curing agent. Get your new carpets aired out very well before installation. Chinese made sheetrock in many new homes and other products may be very hazardous. It was so strong in the air when we cut some materials we could hardly breathe.
Finally - for all you chocaholics - Nestle and Hershey both put PGPR - an emulsifier made from eggplant - in their chocolates several years ago. The muscles on my spine were drawing up so tight I had to have the rib head at T-10 reset four times before I discovered the cause. We had bags of older Hershey's that didn't cause the symptoms that the new PGPR mixture did. It was the only new ingredient. I tried convincing Hershey and the FDA of the problem, then Nestle started doing the same thing.
Mars chocolates do not have this insidious stuff. M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, and their other products don't react this way. If you are prone to constipation or have dry stool due to opiate use for pain you may find, as I did, that a few Tootsie Rolls make elimination much easier as it acts like an excellent lubricant. The medium sized ones contain more of the beneficial oil than the smallest size.
Oh yes, before you see a rheumatologist the next time, xerox a body muscle chart front and back and use highlighters to mark the extent of your pain and the severity of it by using different colors to show severity. I did this and learned I had been misdiagnosed/on many wrong drugs for a decade beyond the symptoms I did manage to eliminate. If you have extensive muscle pain and not just arthritis I recommend Bonnie Prudden's Listen to Your Pain and Dr. Darryl Starlanyl's books on Fibromyalgia/Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
Mr. Fowler, feel free to experiment and possibly include the suggestions above. They have proven very effective in my experience. The PGPR discovery and the benefits of Tootsie Rolls are exclusively my discovery - but if it helps other people I say spread the word. I hope you do use it. Gratis. I have pointed it out to many doctors.
I wish you less pain and good luck - keep a food diary and compare foods ingested with subsequent experiences.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Must read bookAug. 13 2008
Book lover Deb
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I always thought of myself as well versed on all things tied to holistic health - but Michael's book was a real eye opener. His book is exceedingly well researched and contains information I have not read elsewhere. If you are suffering from any form of arthritis - you MUST read this book. For years I imbibed in what I thought was a health drink - tomato juice with cayenne pepper. Imagine my shock when I find out from Michael's book that both tomatoes and peppers contain potent neurotoxins. By following Michael's dietary recommendations, I cured myself of arthritis in a short period. Most doctors are unfamiliar with the harm that nightshades can do. I consider this book a bible in my health library.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nightshades ahead - proceed with cautionMay 16 2010
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In the back of ny mind I always knew they were a problem for me. After a few days of eating them my joints would hurt. O.K. I'd lay off them for a few days and shrug it off. After reading Michael Fowler's book I decided to quit them altogether and I'm glad I did. Energy levels, mental clarity, I.B.S. have all improved. Who would have thought? I subscribe to 5 medical newsletters that never mentioned the far reaching effects nightshades can have on your body. They only mentioned joint pain. Five stars to Mr. Fowler. Best 10 bucks I've ever spent. This book is the first and only product I've ever found worthy of a review.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and thoroughDec 10 2011
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I wish the news could be better for those of us who learn that Deadly Nightshades aren't our friends. I've actually known, but ignored, for a while that I can't/shouldn't eat them, but it's so hard. Even many breads, cookies, and pastries have potato starch in them, and mayonnaise and mustard may contain paprika. And how can we live without pizza sauce?
But my symptoms run the gamut from marathon migraines (up to 14 days each) to arthritic aches and IBS, so it's high time to get my act together and find a way to cut out the poison Nightshades. Some 20 years ago, I got a frozen shoulder, so painful that I could hardly get out of bed in the mornings, and I was in extreme pain 24/7. This went on for months. My doctor kept trying pain relievers and muscle relaxers and recommending exercises. When I stumbled onto the truth about Nightshades, I quit cold turkey, and within a week, the pain was gone. But once the crisis is over, you know how easy it is to drift back into our slovenly ways.
This book gets me inspired to be more creative in my meal/food planning. For example, Alfredo sauce instead of tomato sauce (my thought, not the author's). And he brings up some interesting points to ponder, like how Nightshade could be related to appendicitis. I had my appendix out when I was a teenager, and potatoes were a major staple in our house. Books on this topic are hard to find, and I'm thankful that this one was written for us, to throw some light on a topic that non-sufferers (or those who don't know yet) disbelieve or condemn. It's one of those ailments that makes us look like hypochondriacs if we talk about it, even to a doctor, but I've had enough proof in my own life to know that the danger and the poison are real and that it's probably hereditary because I can see its effects in older members of my family on my mother's side.
I recommend the book for anyone wanting to get a handle on and better understand the effects of some of the most prevalent foods in our culture that are, it seems, killing us.