Just the other day I had yet another person come in who upon testing was shown to react to nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, paprika, eggplant, tobacco, peppers). A brilliant applied kinesiology researcher by the name of Michael Lebowitz, D.C. has termed this solanine toxicity.
With the amount of nightshades that most people eat, this problem is becoming more and more common. About 1/3 of the chronic patient population to be exact.
Symptoms can include joint pain and all forms of arthritis, joint inflammation, calcium deposits in the tissues of the joints, and a disrupted thyroid. Dr. Lebowitz also mentions osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, birth defects including spina bifida, depression, and migraines.
Dr. Norman Childers first researched this phenomena as far back as 50 years ago. Over the years he has helped 10’s of thousands of people get their lives back.
What is interesting is that alpha-solanine (how the body converts solanine) is classified as a neuro-toxin. Some of you may have heard of acute solanine poisoning by someone who ate green or sprouted potatoes. They usually end up with cramps, dizziness, diarrhea and sleepiness.
In my practice I have mainly seen problems with joint pain, and generalized body stiffness. Unlike most food reactions, nightshades can sometimes take much longer to notice a difference in how you feel after removing them from your diet. It appears that solanine gets trapped and has a much harder time getting out. But rest assured, if your applied kinesiology doctor finds the problem, you will notice a difference in due time. And that is another key point to make. Solanine toxicity can be hard to diagnose even by a well trained kinesiologist. Make sure you find one who has dealt with this problem in the past.
Once the diagnosis is made, regular treatments will help speed the “clearing” of the problem. But these aren’t just regular chiropractic treatments. They need to be performed in such a way that the body is giving the feedback and directing the process. The use of kinesiology is the most reliable way to accomplish this.
In some cases the problem never goes away and the person needs to stay away from nightshades the rest of their life. But it sure beats having joint pain everyday of your life.
So if you have arthritis, troubles with your thyroid, osteoporosis or any of the other symptoms mentioned above, make sure you get checked. It might be a simple fix that can change your life drastically and get you back to living the life you deserve.