Few people are familiar with the term nightshades, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation. Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They include some of the most popular foods consumed today, such as tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly nightshades, blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda contain the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids.
Certain foods and chemical additives disguised as food can aggravate or cause muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. Avoiding these foods can pave the way for reduced inflammation, stiffness and pain - setting the stage for ongoing relief, with increased mobility and a better mental attitude.
Over 21 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from the most common form of arthritis -- osteoarthritis.
Vegetables are storehouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that help the body ward off and prevent disease.
WEDNESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- People exposed to high levels of traffic pollution have an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests.
BERLIN, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Use of certain medications for the treatment ofrheumatoid arthritis appear to be associated with an increased risk for shingles, German researchers said. Dr. Anja Strangfeld of the German Rheumatism Research Center in Berlin and colleagues investigated the association of various rheumatoid arthritis treatments, including medications that use monoclonal anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha antibodies with the risk of shingles.
by Christine Miller
Monday, January 19, 2009
Do women really have more severe arthritis than men? Are we more open or honest when answering questionnaires? Or are we just more likely to complain? Those are the questions raised for me by a research study published in the January issue of Arthritis Research and Therapy (and the many subsequent news articles written this week).
by Grant Cooper
Friday, January 16, 2009
n the past few months it seems that I have had more and more patients coming to me for a new visit who have a similar story. The story is something like this: