Favorite Foods – Nasty Side Effects: Nightshade Vegetables

Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, paprika, gogi berries, and ashwagandha (aka Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry) which is available in supplement form (as a powerful and natural remedy for stress, anxiety, and insomnia), as well as tobacco. They’re all part of the nightshade family, and contain a (glycoalkaloid) poison called Solanine (Tomatine in tomatoes), which is a natural plant defense against predators and disease.

Solanine poisoning primarily affects the digestive or neurological systems. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning in the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, nightmares, headaches, dizziness, and sleepiness. In more severe cases – hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils, hypothermia, and death.

Interesting to note that solanine is considered “teratogenic”, meaning it can cause birth defects, but there’s warning to suggest pregnant women avoid potatoes.

Avoid green or sprouting potatoes, as well as green tomatoes.

greenpotsWhen potatoes are exposed to light, they turn green – producing more chlorophyll (this isn’t dangerous), but it is an indication of increased solanine. Showing green under the skin strongly suggests high levels of solanine. 30%-80% of solanine develops in and close to the skin. Deep frying or boiling potatoes reduces solanine. Microwaving is not as effective. Freeze-drying or dehydrating has little to no effect….that’s something to consider if your Prepper’s larder is mostly potatoes!! Solanine is not water-soluble, and not broken down by cooking…in the above case, solanine moves from the potatoes into the fry oil or boiling water. It doesn’t vanish. So, cooking tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc in a soup or stew – something where the liquid is part of the meal….doesn’t remove any of the solanine. Only cooking in something where the vegetables are later removed, and preferably well rinsed.

Before the 1800s people didn’t eat vegetables from the nightshade family, except on rare, drastic occasion. Nowadays it’s rare for people not to be eating them. Amounts found in plants vary greatly, depending on growing conditions, time of harvest, storage conditions, and cooking  techniques. The average daily intake for solanine is 13mg. The daily average secretion is 5% the first day, and 1-2% daily thereafter, with a half-life of 1-2 months. That’s for ONE DAY. If you consume these vegetables on a daily basis, it’s building up in your system!! It’s estimated that everyone is carrying around about 50mg in their body at any given time. Solanine is stored in all organs, soft tissue, and skeletal muscle, but it has an affinity for the thyroid gland!

Solanine sensitivity is dependent on genetics and how healthy ones immune system is. If someone in your family is “allergic” to tomatoes, potatoes, etc. you have a 50% chance of having the same sensitivity. Solanine is classified as a NEUROTOXIN.

  • Solanine can act as an endocrine disruptor (especially to the thyroid)
  • Cause chronic joint pain, and all forms of arthritis,  as well as joint inflammation (as solanine leaches calcium from bones and deposit it in any weak  or genetically predisposed area of the body).
  • It can contribute to osteoporosis for the same reason, and arteriosclerosis (where it dumps calcium into the blood).
  • It can contribute to IBS (leaky gut), heartburn and GERD
  • Appendicitis
  • Gallbladder irritation
  • Muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness and cracking
  • Poor healing
  • Birth Defects (including spina bifida)
  • Depression and Suicidal tendencies
  • migraines
  • Insomnia
  • and can greatly interfere with calcium and vitamin D absorption (despite supplements)!

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All these nightshade plants were avoided in the old world. Up until the 1800s they were only grown as “ornamentals”, and never considered a “food”. People knew they were poison, and didn’t take chances with them. Tomatoes, known as “Love Apples” were just a pretty thing for the flower garden. People in the mediterranean called eggplants “Mad Apples”, believing they caused insanity if eaten.

As a word of wisdom – and something to keep in mind – to pass along to everyone you come in contact with – those that aren’t doing well (healthwise) and not responding to any sort of treatment – – – TRY AVOIDING NIGHTSHADE for at least a month, and see what happens. Remember it takes 6 weeks for the stores of solanine to leave the body.

CALCINOSIS

Nightshades are also considered “calcinogenic” – they cause calcinosis, which is a toxic calcification of soft tissue. Nightshade plants contains calictrol (1, 25-dihydroxy vitamin d), the most active form of vitamin D. This is not vitamin D3! You can read more about it in this article from the westonaprice.org site, but calcitorl is an extremely potent hormone, thousands of time more potent than D3. One of the most potent in the entire body.

D3 comes from sunlight or supplements. The liver transforms it into calcidiol, then the kidneys transform that into calcitriol. Calcitriol signals the intestines to abdorb calcium from our diet. That’s good – but, too much calcitriol is bad. It leads to hypercalcemia (high blood calcium) The body will work quickly to reduce this extra calcium, bcuz it’s really bad for the heart. The easiest way to do this – is dump it into soft tissue. Over time, this leads to calcinosis. Calcium deposits in the joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, cardiovascular tissue, kidneys, even the skin. Basically the whole body is a dumping ground.

It’s believed that calcination is what causes physical old age. Over time our bodies slowly calcify, and become less and less efficient, more and more immobile and stiff. What if nightshade vegetables were the leading cause of this?

MAGNESIUM AND VITAMIN D HELP COUNTER CALCINOSIS.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO EAT THESE NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES – EAT THEM WITH LOTS OF LIVER, RAW-GRASS FED BUTTER, CHEW AND MILK, GRASS FED MEATS, AND FERMENTED COD LIVER OIL OR BUTTER. FULL OF VITAMIN K2 WHICH HELPS OFFSET CALCINOSIS.

You can go to the doctor and be tested for sensitivity to nightshade vegetables, or you can try muscle testings. Your body will tell you in one second flat – if it doesn’t like these vegetables!! If your body say “no” – do as it says. Ignoring it’s voice – isn’t in your best interest!!!

IF YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT HAS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS, ARTHRITIS OR LUPUS….PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH THEM, OR AT LEAST TELL THEM TO RESEARCH NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES! THANKS

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