Two years ago I fell during an intense hike and hurt my right ankle. Weeks went by and it still had not healed. I began to worry, wondering what could possibly be wrong. I iced it every night and elevated it, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. A few weeks later my right knee began to hurt as well and I was unable to bend or straighten it fully. Then everything started to spiral. Both of my elbows began to cramp up and I could not straighten them fully either. It was painful even to put makeup on or put my hair in a ponytail. For months I spent a tremendous amount of time and money going from doctor to doctor, from regime to regime. I was put on steroids for a period of time.
I went to a specialist for Rheumatoid Arthritis, a sports doctor, a physical therapist, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist etc. Both doctors thought I had a rare form of Rheumatoid Arthritis and wanted me to start taking drugs. Instead, I loaded up on all kinds of supplements and tried to stretch everyday. The doctors told me I would have to live with the pain and discomfort. Nothing was working. The pain was really intense. Eventually it was recommended that I place myself on a very strict diet and then see if I could figure out if it was diet related.
Some of the diet restrictions I utilized for only a brief period of time, but even today, two years later, I still exclude nightshades from my diet. Once I cut these out of my diet the pain completely disappeared and I regained full range of movement in all of my joints. It only took a month after cutting nightshades out of my diet for the pain to completely disappear. It was truly amazing! I couldn’t believe it. And I knew it was the nightshades when I came home for Christmas and we went out to dinner. I splurged and had a favorite pasta dish with a pink sauce (tomato sauce). The next morning I awakened in extreme pain again. That was positive proof for me! You, like I did, may be wondering what nightshades are. Not many people know about them, but I think a lot more people are sensitive to them than you might realize. Nightshades include potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant. You might be thinking these would be impossible to cut out of your diet, since they are a part of most Americans’ diets. I thought the same thing, but the truth is it’s become so habitual for me that I don’t even miss those foods!
Looking back to when I was a child I remember getting very ill when I would eat tomato sauce with my pasta. I never knew why. Now I know I am extremely sensitive to nightshades. They are inflammatory foods and cutting them out of my diet decreased the amount of inflammation in my joints, allowing my body to fully recover. I still eat them once in a while, but when I do I notice my joints flare up. When this happens I simply take Radiant Wonder Corydalis Pain Relief formula. I take 5 capsules and the pain disappears very quickly.
I am extremely grateful for this, because if I accidentally eat a bell-pepper in my sandwich or I want a bag of fries, I am able to help my body recover more easily and quickly with just a couple of doses of the herbal formula. If you had asked me about my health two years ago I would have told you I felt depressed and helpless, but now I am full of energy and enjoy exercising more than ever. I don’t enjoy strict diets, but now I am always careful to avoid those nasty nightshades, and it has made a world of difference for my physical and mental health. (That’s me in the stripped shirt in Tanzania, where I was working way off the grid, with no running water, doing lots of physical work and even sleeping on the ground at night. I could not have possibly managed that 2 years ago.)
Santa Monica, USA
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