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I just read something interesting about the chemicals found in nightshade plants (tomato, pepper, potato, etc): <a href="http://www.craigsams.com/pages/tobac.html" target="_blank">http://www.craigsams.com/pages/tobac.html</a> It says that they strain the nervous system in the long term, some people are extra sensitive to it but everyone suffers a little if they eat them. They blame some symptoms of arthritis, eczema, and GERD on these foods. I don't think I or anyone in my family is sensitive to them so I do believe I'll take this with a grain of salt. What do you think?
 

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I have looked up nightshade plants before and there is even a site all about how tomatoes are evil- <a href="http://www.tomatoesareevil.com/" target="_blank">http://www.tomatoesareevil.com/</a><br><br>
Some people are allergic to tomatoes and other nightshade plants so I can see how some of this can certainly be true for some people.<br><br>
Me on the other hand, I love me some garden fresh toms!!
 

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the people i know who have arthritis and avoid nightshade plants definitely notice a difference when they begin to eat those foods again.
 

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I avoid nightshade plants, most of the time. I do notice a difference in my behavior when I avoid them. I'm less tense, cranky, high strung, anxiety ridden and so forth. You don’t have to have an apparent physical reaction in order for it to be affecting you. You may still have subtle behavioral reactions with out realizing it. If you have adrenal or hormonal issues, it's more obvious.<br><br>
SO yes, I agree with the studies, and I've known about this for 20 years.<br><br>
I fall off the wagon, I loooooove my tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes, and notice my erratic behavior comes back, so I behave and then forget, and the vicious cycle starts over.
 

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I'm going to wait until my next big eczema outbreak (which can go on for weeks) and cut out the nightshades to see if I can finally figure out my trigger. I've had eczema since I was a baby, and can never quite find out what I'm most sensitive to.
 

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I avoid nightshades for the most part although I have been eating potatoes lately because they are the only local, in season root veg I can find at the moment. I find that if I eat nightshades for too long I get arthritic pains in my hands...I especially notice it if I have raw tomatos for a few days in a row. Cooked nightshades don't appear to be so bad. However, I have been very moody lately and perhaps the potatos are having an effect! I have spoken to several people who control arthritic tendancies by avoiding the nightshade family.<br><br><br>
zoe, mamma to Thomas 01-06
 

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My ds5 is allergic to potatoes, and as a nursling I has to be off both potatoes and tomatoes because he got eczema. He now eats cooked tomatoes only in the form of pizza/pasta sauce, and won't eat raw--which may still bother him. Potatoes are a no-no still.<br><br>
I myself have digestive reactions to bell peppers (but not hot--maybe I don't eat enough--bell peppers also make me cry like onions, whether green, red, or yellow) and cooked or overripe tomato skins. So, he was not exposed to bell peppers as a nursling and I don't cook them, and I am not a fan of eggplant, I don't cook it or eat it.<br><br>
Now, I personally could live on potatoes. The waxy ones, not bakers.
 
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