Avoid Nightshades: Potatoes, Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers, Tobacco

Tomatoes are evil. Funny. There actually is a website that says www.tomatoesareevil.com. And to be nightshade free is to be pain free. If you have read my January 2008 Eczema and Psoriasis Cure Protocol you would have read there that I do not recommend vegetables. Nightshades are a blatant reason why.

If you look at all the eczema and psoriasis diets that work. Read the books by Connolly and Pagano, all say to avoid NIGHTSHADES, run away from nightshades, they are not food, they are poison. Arthritis sufferers too get much health benefits when freed from nightshades.

The list of nightshades vegetables are so common in civilized food that you are unknowingly consuming them all the time. And this is why many of you are sick!

Potatoes, Tomatoes, Tobacco, Red and Green Peppers, Paprika, Eggplants. All staple foods. In pizzas, in spaghetti, in salads, in burgers, in meals, as condiments, you name it they are there.

This my friends is the sad reality of civilized living. Dangerous, poisonous vegetables turned into stable foods to an unsuspecting public.

I will shamelessly copy and paste some important articles and link to their original websites for you to follow.

From www.nightshadefree.com:

You are very familiar with Nightshade plants even if you do not recognize the term. Also called the potato family, these plants contain poisons that attack the nervous system, joints, brain, and even cause cancer. Like its brother tobacco, the potato contains the dreaded nicotine and other toxins that may be even more dangerous. The poisons in potatoes have hidden side-effects that you should know about before having your next meal!

Learn how potatoes can damage your health. How potatoes are related to nerve gas. How kings forced potatoes on the people. How the E.P.A., F.D.A. and W.H.O. refuse to tell people the truth. Potatoes may be the leading cause of: cancer, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s

Of the 52% rigidly on the diet [without nightshades], 94% reported complete or substantial relief of arthritis Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery In a recent (1983) poisoning associated with a school lunch program, 61 of 109 school children and staff in Alberta, Canada, became ill, most within 5 minutes, after eating baked potato. (Anon, 1984). potato neurotoxins have been shown to cause birth defects in rodents.Dr. Bruce N. Ames and Dr. Lois Swirsky Gold. positive correlation of appendicitis incidence rates with potato consumption Digestive Diseases in the United States: Epidemiology & Impact James E. Everhart See how nightshades are linked to the following diseases:

* Arthritis
* Appendicitis
* Alzheimer’s
* Birth Defects and Miscarriages
* Cancer
* Chronic Fatigue
* Depression
* Endocrine System Dysfunctions
* Eczema, Gout and Allergies
* Food Poisoning
* Intestinal Disorders
* Liver Toxins
* Memory Loss
* Mental Dysfunctions
* Mental Development and Schizophrenia
* Migraine Headaches
* Overeating and Malnourishment
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Polio (remittent fever)
* Osteoporosis, Rickets, and Vitamin D
* Wheat and Dairy Allergies

The toxins found in potatoes (scopolamine , atropine, solanine, nicotine and more) may be the leading cause of Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease,congenital spina bifida, osteoporosis, migraines, birth defects, cancer and more!

Next, from www.tomatoesareevil.com

Fruit or Veg – it’s Evil – here’s the proof!

A web site dedicated to the percentage of the Earth’s population who DON’T LIKE TOMATOES. We are not talking about a mild dislike or a medical allergy; but the realisation that this fruit is the SPAWN OF SATAN.

Cherry, Plum, Beef, Sundried, Green, Organic or home grown; all TOMATOES ARE EVIL.

The story does not end here…..
tomatoes are evil .com are pleased to finally reveal the truth.


Nightshade plants such as tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, chili peppers and tobacco disagree with many people. A macrobiotic lifestyle prohibits all nightshades. It is recommended for people with arthritis, psoriasis or cystitis & those who want to give up smoking.

Nightshades, such as Tomatoes contain trace elements of nicotine which can re-trigger cigarette addiction. Many nutritionists and complementary medicine advisors recommend reducing tomato consumption – or avoiding them completely.

And from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KWZ/is_5_4/ai_111734421/print

All about nightshades: explore the hidden hazards of your favorite food with macrobiotic nutritionist Lino Stanchich

The name “nightshades” sounds mysterious and even a bit spooky and ominous. Data gathered from noted scientists, horticulturists, medical researchers, and macrobiotic sources provides a look at the facts and fables about these popular plants, their characteristics, history, effects, and their enduring appeal to the world’s appetite.

What Are Nightshades?

Tomatoes, white potatoes, red and green bell peppers, the “hot” peppers such as chili and paprika, as well as eggplant belong to the Nightshade Family, a botanical genus called Solanaceae species. This species also includes tobacco, poisonous belladonna, and the toxic plants herbane, mandrake, and jimson weeds. According to nutritional researcher, author, and Cornell University instructor, Norman F. Childers in his The Nightshades and Health, the origin of the word “nightshade” is not clear. He explains that old English writings described these plants as Nightshades because of their “evil and loving” nature of the night.

Used in shamanism, witchcraft, and even poisonous murder, nightshades have a history of both mystical danger and scientific caution. Some nightshade plants are ingredients in potent narcotic medicine and sleeping pills. It is reported that nightshades contain high levels of alkaloids which cause the bones to excrete calcium, other minerals, and trace elements from the body. Many enlightened doctors and nutritionists recommend that those suffering from arthritis symptoms eliminate nightshades. In this article, the focus will be on two of the most favorite “vegetables” in America.

The History of Tomatoes

When first introduced to Europe, tomatoes were thought to be deadly poison. Their vines and suckers are known to be poisonous to livestock. Yet, tomatoes became vastly popular throughout southern Europe, especially in Spain and Italy. Today in America they are among the most popular vegetables. Tomato ketchup and salsa are commonly used as well-loved condiments and are even considered “a vegetable serving” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The History of White Potatoes

When white potatoes, also called “Earth’s Apples,” made their journey from Peru to Europe, they were also thought to be poisonous. Yet, this popular tuber has become a staple throughout Europe and the United States. White potatoes contain solanine, which has been shown to cause a very toxic effect in susceptible people, contributing to arthritis, calcium depletion, and stiff joints, as well as painful wrists, ankles, and knees. In his book Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada, John Kingsbury documented that when solanine was eaten in large amounts by either humans or livestock, death was the outcome. When calcium is depleted from the body by potatoes, nervousness and sleeplessness may result because calcium is our natural tranquilizer. Solanine from potatoes accumulates in the body and the harmful effects may take years to appear in those who have sensitivity.

Why Eliminate Tomatoes and Potatoes?

According to macrobiotic theory, tomatoes and potatoes create a natural balance to meat, dairy, fats, and the excess salt found in the Standard American Diet. The chemical and energetic qualities of potatoes and tomatoes produce extreme, expansive effects which can expand and weaken the bones, joints, teeth, gums, and all body organs, especially for those who are sensitive and allergic to them.

In a study published in the Journal of the International Academy of Preventive medicine, of the 5000 arthritis sufferers who eliminated Nightshade, seventy percent reported relief from aches, pains, and disfigurement.

Why Do We Crave Nightshades So Much?

There is a reason why people crave nightshades. Potatoes and tomatoes are very high in potassium and help counter the high sodium of animal foods. Nightshades may aid in the digestion of fatty, dense proteins. Consider America’s favorite meals: meat and potatoes, and pizza with cheese and tomatoes. We crave these combinations of foods because our bodies unconsciously strive to achieve balance.

Extreme foods have extreme effects. In macrobiotic terminology, potatoes and tomatoes are extremely yin and expansive. Animal protein is heavy, salty, and yang. Therefore, potatoes help balance the salt and protein of meat. Tomatoes, which are astringent and acidic, assist in the digestion and discharge of dairy products and help counterbalance the greasy query of the fatty, over salted cheese

Consider some of America’s favorite meals: cheeseburger, french fried potatoes, soda, and ice cream, or steak, baked potato, coffee, and cheesecake. Each of these meals contains a high protein animal food, served with nightshades and sugar. This is a lethal combination that depletes calcium and other minerals from the bones and body. For those who are sensitive and allergic to nightshades, they can weaken the bones, joints, teeth, and all body organs. More than 50 million Americans have arthritis and more than 60% of women over age 65 have osteoporosis. Add to this statistic the epidemic quantity of Americans with back pain, knee and foot disorders, and tooth decay, which are all due, in large part, to helps prevent bone weakness. The macrobiotic diet contains whole foods that are extremely high in natural minerals and include: grains, beans, vegetables and sea vegetables, sea salt, and miso. Macrobiotic foods strengthen, maintain, and even rebuild bones. Recent theories now have begun to view arthritis as a deficiency and/or depletion of calcium in the body; a theory more in line with the macrobiotic perspective.

How Do I Know If I Am Allergic to Nightshades?

If you have pain, eliminate nightshades. Keep a daily journal and record of your bone and joint pain. Learn to prepare and eat a balanced, high mineral macrobiotic diet. In the popular book Eat Right, Live Longer, Neal Barnard, M.D., founder of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, outlines an elimination diet in which nightshades are avoided for four weeks. Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D., tells us that the results take time. In her book Wellness Against All Odds, she states, “For many, no relief comes until the diet has been totally free of all of these (nightshades), for at least 6-12 weeks. So you can appreciate why, if someone gives them up for a couple of weeks and sees no improvement, that he could easily be convinced to abandon the diet and indulge in his favorites again, never to discover the culprit.”

Further Scientific Research to “Bone Up On”

Nightshades play a major part in bone and joint strength. Researcher Winifred Conkling states in Natural Medicine for Arthritis, “Eliminating vegetables from the nightshade family can promote cartilage repair.” Dr. Collin H. Dong developed arthritis after moving to America from China and adopting a typical western diet. The research in his book New Hope for the Arthritic concludes, “My dramatic recovery convinced me that rheumatic diseases are caused by chemical poisoning put into our food … and by allergy to certain foods.” If you are healing from disease or are in pain, especially in the bones and joints, such as wrists, hips, and knees, or back, teeth, or gums, avoid nightshades. If you wish to have the strongest body possible, then reduce, avoid, or eliminate nightshades.

Lino Stanchich, Macrobiotic Educator, Licensed Nutritionist, (FL), Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, (NC), serves on the faculty of the Kushi Institute and is a member of the Kushi Institute Macrobiotic Educators Association. Mr. Stanchich, a multi-lingual educator who has established several macrobiotic learning centers in the United States, is the author of the popular book Power Eating Program, You Are How You Eat and can be reached at 828-299-8657.

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  1. I can’t imagine what I have left to eat, so far I have removed tomatoes, wheat dairy, eggs, soy sauce, now tomatoes potatos, peppers, egg plant etc.. as well as the foods that contain them in their ingredients. Its alittele disheartning, fruit is not available year around and I don’t care for meat that often, Any suggestions?

  2. I follow a strict diet, as i’m intolerant (thus not allergic) to certain foods (i.e. yeast, dairy products, grapes, corn, …).

    My diet consists out of fish (mostly fresh), rice (white and full), pasta, soups (my favourite: pumpkin soup), meats (beef (from a farm, so without chemicals and antibiotics), poultry, rabbit (very yang)). Very occasionally I tend to eat potatoes, yumm (I prefer them baked). We eat pancakes (self made). I could go on and on, so use that imagination! 🙂 Bon appetit. (and please avoid eating many nightshades, it helps!)

    Kind regards


  3. vegetables, rice, fish

    eat asian food…healthy and flavorful

  4. I control what I eat very well and now I have eliminated nightshades, and feel better. I always get scammed at restaurants. I have trouble asserting myself and asking the server too many questions but I am only hurting myself. It’s a hard position, so I tend to then avoid such restaurants. But no there is a lot one can eat, like the former poster. Eat rice with coconut milk, sweet potato, millet, legumes. fine a few calorie rich staples and then supplement them with vegetables, greens and fruits. I’m going to eat more rice with coconut. I like it and I think it will like me back. Restaurants are hazardous places, I am scared of eating food prepared for me. I hate pain and suffering, and neurotoxins and alkaloids. I like my calcium, I like my bones in one piece, I like to retain my person, my organism, my skeleton, my brain cells, my peace of mind.

  5. “I do not recommend vegetables”


    You’ve convinced me to try a nightshade-free diet for 12 weeks and observe the difference… but I’ll still be eating kale and broccoli and cauliflower. It’s hard to imagine someone not eating or recommending vegetables.

    Still, you have persuaded me regarding nightshades and I thank you for the list of foods to avoid.

  6. wade dickson says:

    I have had moderate psoriasis for a number of years mostly on the scalp and have been trying various things to clear it. I had read about nightshades as a possible problem along with a number of other possible culprits (including alcohol, sugar,soy, red meat, gluten etc). Because of the uncertinty it was always difficult to make much headway until one day I made a large pot of Sorrel soup which has a potato base. As I had made so much it lasted for a few days and I think I sometimes had it more than once per day. The result was a rapid flare up of the psoriasis; since then I have strictly removed all nightshades from my diet and the psoriasis has dimished- hopefully not to return.
    It’s a bit sad because potatoes and tomatoes wereamongst my favourite foods.

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