Archive Monthly Archives: October 2017

Nightshades Series 5 of 5: The Problem with Potatoes

Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). They seem so harmless, right? Well, far from it! This article will be all about potatoes, mainly about their glycoalkaloids and the toxicity that has been demonstrated in human history, across multiple animal species and via multiple potential mechanisms. Sound familiar? Potatoes just may be the most dangerous food that westerners eat on a very regular basis. How is […]

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Nightshades Series 4 of 5: Peppers and the Digestive Tract

The previous article of the Nightshade Series (3 of 5) on Capsicum peppers covered mechanisms by which capsaicin (the “active” ingredient in peppers) negatively affects the nervous system, circulatory system, and can be lethally toxic in high doses. It was a whole bunch of physiology that may have gone over a few folks’ heads (I hope not). I’ll go lighter on […]

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Nightshades Series 3 of 5: Peppers and Capsaicin

See previous article (2 of 5) of the Nightshades Series for more of a background on the nightshade/Solanaceae family. This article will be indicting all peppers— bell, chile, hot, sweet, banana, jalapeno, chipotle, Tabasco, paprika, etc.—if it has pepper in the name, it’s in this group. Peppercorns, Piper nigrum, are not in the Solanaceae family […]

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Nightshades Series 2 of 5: High Nicotine Foods

In our introductory article of the nightshade/Solanaceae story, I covered some of the history, animal testing, and Black Box reports of “cooperators” who strictly avoid nightshade consumption and by doing so have found extremely positive results with their arthritis and musculoskeletal pain relief (among other things). I’m sure many folks (Mexican and Italian food lovers everywhere) […]

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Nightshades Series 1 of 5: An Introduction

Arthritis. Nobody wants it. Everybody seems to be getting it, from the elderly to even teenagers these days. What if it were caused by particular foods that people are eating—especially foods that “health seekers” believe in—and these foods were the major culprits behind joint degeneration (and possibly a factor in multitudes of diseases linked to […]

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