Are Your Addictions Getting The Best Of You?

The Health Coach

Some of your favorite foods may be ruining your life.

To eat or not to eat, that is the question which has become critical to ask for so many of us.

Especially where it concerns diet –> the “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” approach does not work. Period.
Please understand that there is no one diet that is right or P E R F E C T for everyone all the time. Nor is there a weight loss diet that has a silver bullet which permanently strips away that excess baggage. Just doesn’t work that way, folks.

In fact, whether it is weight reduction or high energy or vibrant health that one seeks, each individual is constantly challenged to construct their own daily dietary regimen which best fits their body type. You see, we each possess our own unique biochemistry, physiology, genetic blueprint and predisposition. Likewise, these infinitely unique genotypes and phenotypes and blood types produce body types which can be labelled according to several different time-tested schools of body T Y P I N G. 

Let’s see — we have the Ayurvedic Body Type, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Body Constitutions, Metabolic Type, Blood Type, among many other systems out there in the world. It behooves us – no matter how old, how healthy, how ‘educated’ we are – to get a grip on our own physical body. Doing so will save us from many a doctor’s visit and fee.

This discussion, by the way, is as serious a health coaching session as you’ll ever receive. You may have already heard about the high esteem with which we hold food in the context of healing. Therefore, wouldn’t it follow that the body and its various types assume a form that reflects the foods we eat and beverages we drink? Not only is food our best medicine, when properly chosen it helps us avoid the use of all processed medicines, both pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Now for a real life illustration:

Regular nightshade ingestion can bring untold misery to you and your family.

Many people who have eaten the All American diet for decade after decade have pushed themselves into the state of chronic acidosis, leaky gut syndrome or celiac sprue disease. With these conditions and others like intestinal dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome and systemic candidiasis the gastrointestinal tract becomes degraded. As this degradation continues unabated, the many digestive processes become compromised and sometimes severely impaired. When this happens certain foods which require strong HCL production and the proper mix of digestive enzymes don’t receive the “dose” to ensure their proper breakdown, absorption, assimilation and uptake.

In this way the whole process of proper metabolism can be short-circuited translating to health problems anywhere and everywhere. Enter a diet heavy in NIGHTSHADES. Quite aptly named, this food group can wreck and ruin your life faster than any other, especially if you have developed an allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity to them. On the other hand you might only develop an incapacity to properly digest some of the injurious components which are indigenous to these plants.

All nightshades belong to the FAMILY known as Solonaceae. The primary nightshade foods eaten by many are as follows:
1) Tomatoes – every shape and size
2) Potatoes – every kind except sweet potato and yams
3) Peppers – every kind except black and white pepper as these belong to Piperaceae, not Solanaceae; (therefore red, green, yellow, orange, jalapeno, habanero, chili, cayenne, pimento are all nightshades)
4) Eggplant
5) Paprika
6) Indian herb known as ashwagandha
7) Perennial herbs such as angel and devil’s trumpet, petunia, chalice vine, day jasmine
8) Tobacco (Certainly don’t chew it, and do your very best to avoid passive smoke.)
9) Goji berries aka wolfberries aka boxthorn aka lycium fruit aka matrimony vine fruit

It’s interesting to note that three of the most poisonous plants in the entire plant kingdom come from this family Solanaceae – belladonna, mandrake and jimson weed. So poisonous, as a matter of fact, that it is believed that these were the chosen poisonous plants utilized by the warring tribes and armies of yesteryear when attempting to assassinate the opposing general, king or heroic warrior.

Do you remember those little red berries that momma often told us not to eat as a child? A good number of these belong to this same family, Solanaceae (e.g. goji berries).

So, what’s up with this nightshade issue. There are many stories out there on both sides.

May The Health Coach weigh in on the matter. The first dietary recommendation that we make to anyone suffering from a chronic condition, especially if there is pain, inflammation and swelling associated with it, is to immediately cease and desist from nightshade consumption. At the very least we strongly recommend a little experiment: To avoid all nightshades for at least 30 days. See what happens. Watch the pain, the inflammation, the allergies, the aches and pains and, particularly, the flareups of rheumatoid, osteo or allergic arthritis. We look closely at the energy level and unexplained fatigue and brain fog. Also, the severity of the heartburn, hiatal hernia and acid reflux symptoms. There are many other conditions like bursitis, osteochondritis(dessicans), joint malformations and dislocations to track closely with both the ingestion and/or avoidance of nightshades.

So, what’s the real deal here. Nightshades contain very powerful glycoalkaloids which profoundly affect both nerve and muscles tissue. Atropine, in particular, is found in many of the nightshade fruits and vegetables.

Atropine is a naturally occurring tropane alkaloid extracted from deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), Jimson weed (Datura stramonium), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) and other plants of the family Solanaceae…. Both atropine and the genus name for deadly nightshade derive from Atropos, one of the three Fates who, according to Greek mythology, chose how a person was to die.” (Per Wikipedia)

Dr Norman Childers, a Professor Emeritus and horticulturalist from the University of Florida believes that these same glycoalkaloids function as the plant’s naturally-produced insecticides thus protecting its fruit from marauding invaders. Here’s where it gets real interesting.

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, peppers, etc. Some have suggested that these three vegetables have remained in the top five vegetables eaten by Americans for the past three to five decades. Therefore, you can imagine how much over-consumption of this particular food group has occurred over generations. Not good … not good at all! Here’s some ‘science’ for the layperson … hopefully we won’t lose anybody.

Cholinesterase is an enzyme which is described as follows:
“In biochemistry, cholinesterase is a family of enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine into choline and acetic acid, a reaction necessary to allow a cholinergic neuron to return to its resting state after activation.” (Per Wikipedia – Cholinesterase)

Cholinesterase inhibitors are likewise described as follows:

“A cholinesterase inhibitor (or “anticholinesterase”) suppresses the action of the enzyme. Because of its essential function, chemicals that interfere with the action of cholinesterase are potent neurotoxins, causing excessive salivation and eye-watering in low doses, followed by muscle spasms and ultimately death (examples are some snake venoms, and the nerve gases sarin and VX). One counteracting medication is pralidoxime. The so-called nerve gases and many substances used in insecticides have been shown to act by combining with a residue of serine in the active site of acetylcholine esterase, inhibiting the enzyme completely. The enzyme acetylcholine esterase breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is released at nerve and muscle junctions in order to allow the muscle or organ to relax. The result of acetylcholine esterase inhibition is that acetylcholine builds up and continues to act so that any nerve impulses are continually transmitted and muscle contractions do not stop.” (Per Wikipedia – Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor)

Now, here’s a list of insecticides (entitled Quasi-irreversible inhibitor) which are in use through a variety of applications in both agriculture and pest management. Bear in mind that some of the primary ingredients in these insecticides function as cholinesterase inhibitors in order to incapacitate and ultimately kill the insect. After all, isn’t that what pesticides are formulated and manufactured to do?

Yes, they are designed to kill living organisms as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, the experts have decided that inhibition of cholinesterase is a VERY effective way of killing insects en masse. Therefore, we have every right to assume that these same chemically-produced effects can occur when foods are eaten which contain the same class of chemicals. Now we see why Dr. Norman Childers asserted that this particular plant group was simply producing its own natural insecticide for its own protection.

Wouldn’t we want to at least limit our intake of foods which are scientifically known to contain these types of “potent neurotoxins”? Many of us are already steering clear of the many neurotoxins (e.g. aspartame) and excitotoxins (glutamate) which are routinely introduced into many artificially-processed, supermarket junk foods. Perhaps we ought to look more closely at all the natural ingredients baked into our regularly-cooked kitchen fare as well?

A LIST of organophosphate and carbamate pesticides which are found in the most common pesticides, insecticides, mosquitocides, etc. (e.g. used by every single county mosquito control program in the USA) and throughout all of agriculture as oversee by AGRIbusiness

Clearly we have departed from our usual coaching style with this more scientific delineation of why nightshades are sickening so many people in Western civilization. The wanton use of highly toxic and dangerous pesticides has overwhelmed the typical body through over-exposure. So, when many of you eat a nightshade it now precipitates the same type of reaction that it would cause in an insect, to a much lower degree of course. Nevertheless, when there are many other risk factors operative in a person’s life-threatening disease or illness the last three nightshade-filled meals just may function as the final trigger of the heart attack… that kills.

Is there any other muscle in the body like the heart – a big muscle innervated with a web of nerves and synapses – which might be so affected by yet another unwanted dose of insecticide, pesticide, fungicide, herbicide, etc.

Think about it!

We have recommended complete avoidance of nightshades to many of our clients over the years. Nothing comes close to completely transforming one’s quality of life than taking this initiative for one who has been unduly sensitized to this form of toxicity … or in some cases downright poisoning.

With every good wish,
The Health Coach

[1] A little known but highly relevant factoid is that within the field of animal husbandry is that every farmer knows never to allow his livestock onto pasture with not so much as a single nightshade plant. Why?
Because he knows that sooner or later those animals will become sick, lame, paralyzed, incapacitated, feeble, or dead the longer they are allowed to feed on the leaves or berries of nightshade plants.

Recommendations from The Health Coach:
I. Dr. Norman Childers is the grand-daddy of the Nightshade Awareness Movement. His book is entitled:
Arthritis- Childers’ Diet That Stops It– “with scientific research and case histories it brings to light the link between the nightshades, aging, and ill health.”

II. Dr. Sherry Rogers MD has written many books which include her very moving personal experience with nightshade toxicity. The books worth checking out are as follows:
1) Tired or Toxic
2) The E. I. Syndrome
3) Wellness Against All Odds
4) Depression Cured At Last
5) Detoxify or Die
Any one of these books will expound on the basic issues at work for a layperson.

III. Here’s a personal testimony written by one of you, actually one of our clients who has great body consciousness. His life was literally falling apart – physically – and he decided to take our advice (re: complete nightshade avoidance for 30 days) at the end of our first session. He will likely never touch them again so dramatic was his turnaround. And has avoided them like the plague after his ‘last meal’ full of ‘shades nearly sent him to the ER.
Nightshades or Nightmare? by John Roth
Nightshades -Tickle My Ass (Long) by John Roth
(Here’s a link to Medline via GMI which may provide the scientific explanation to Mr. Roth’s predicament)

IV. For the Boomers among us, and especially the Beatniks, please give your retirement years the possibility of a nice quality of life, free from arthritic pains, by reading:
The Hidden Cause of Many Inflammatory Disorders

Caveat from The Health Coach: How do we reconcile the great benefits of say lycopene, which the tomato is brimming with and which biomedical research has proven to “down-regulate the inflammatory response”, with the previous discussion about tomatoes and inflammation. This is where common sense must prevail; it’s also where those who would justify their preferred diet – no matter what – get themselves and their families into BIG trouble.
If someone were to give you a glass of insecticide to drink, would you drink it because it was cut with lycopene? Because the isolate lycopene has beneficial properties, does that make tomatoes good to eat for everyone? Certainly not, so be careful NOT to buy into all the scientific sophistry at work in the world of MSM medical ‘experts’ and health commentators who would have you believe that tomatoes are a ‘superfood’ for everyone, all the time, everywhere on earth.
And, remember our caveat to all health coaches everywhere:
You can take away anything, but DON’T try to take….
Shouldn’t we really be questioning why so little research has been funded and performed to more fully understand what millions have found out in the test tube of their own bodies regarding the ravages of regular nightshade ingestion. What’s really going on here!?!?!?
What follows is one example of the ‘scientifically-sacred’, authoritative, peer-reviewed, biomedical research which the health ‘authorities’ present in order to encourage us to eat tomatoes in spite of all the anecdotal evidence out there compelling many to avoid them.
Tomato lycopene and inflammatory cascade: basic interactions and clinical implications.
After the official publication of this kind of study from a highly regarded research or academic institution is seeded throughout the Mainstream Media, we often see a barrage of press releases and articles by the chosen gatekeepers who sing the praises of the particular finding. Again, the point is that many of us may need to completely disregard a particular benefit if the cost/benefit ratio of eating a certain food has been inordinately increased because of another serious health issue.
So, the next time they pass the salsa, tell them The Health Coach has a completely different take on this matter. And, particularly try to remember the pain cycle that you once experienced while indulging in your favorite nightshade-laced meals on a regular basis.

Something to really ponder:

What if we were to do a cursory ‘demographic’ analysis focused on three traditionally nightshade-eating national populations. The Italians (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and paprika) the Irish (potatoes, potatoes and potatoes) and the Mexicans (tomatoes, chili peppers—jalapeno, habanero and cayenne, and more peppers).
On the emotional front both the Irish hot temper and Italian hot temper are known “throughout the land”. Nightshades have an extraordinary quality to cause inflammation, heat, swelling, pain. These physical symptoms can always bleed through to the emotional body … and boy do they. If you’re having any kind of relationship problems, especially marital, try banning nightshades form the kitchen for a month. You might be amazed!
As for the Irish, and their legendary highly sensitive physical profile, perhaps this multi-generational heredity is due to the multi-generational consumption of potatoes. Perhaps the Great Potato Famine was much more blessing than curse in light of this observation.
Of course, the Mexican siesta is legendary throughout the land of North American workaholism, but why is it a national pastime? Nightshades are well known to cause drowsiness, fatigue, brain fog, sleepiness, laziness, etc. among many of our clients over 20+ years of observation. For some it is their form of CFS.
Then, there is the Japanese response to Nightshades via the Macrobiotic Diet. Have you ever asked yourself why this special healing diet forbids the ingestion of nightshades? There must be a very good reason why this ‘Macrobiotic Commandment’ is so well known and followed strictly by millions of adherents. Remember, Macrobiotics is a healing, detox-oriented diet so you now understand why those who are ill might benefit from a completely nightshade-free diet even if for a 30, 60 or 90 day period.

Again, taking this particular dietary measure may or may not be right for you. Remember, it’s all a function of your T Y P E and the integrity of your GI tract, bioterrain and genetic predisposition. And, especially, your own body’s innate capacity to adequately process the foods from the Solanaceae Family.

We are not saying that no one should ever eat nightshades. We are saying that if your body has been unduly sensitized to these particular chemical components found in the Solanaceae Family, you would be well served to avoid them as much as possible.
Doing so has provided a simple fix for many, especially for those with auto-immmune issues, and the many dreaded diseases (Alphabet Soup Diseases) which fall into that category.

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