Issue 5.10.19 “4th Cause of Inflammation – Nightshades & Food Additives” – Your Health Detective

Chronic inflammation, the Silent Killer, underscores the progression of most age-related diseases/disorders including, but not limited to, cardiovascular, periodontal, obesity, gout, hypertension, diabetes, and specifically well-known disorders of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

When the immune system becomes hyperactive and malfunctions, its over-reaction produces antibodies that attack even harmless substances in the blood. This action causes formation of irritating circulating immune complexes (CICs) – made-up of proteins such as damaged antibodies, antigens and diseased tissues so misshapen they are foreign to the body. This process then causes the immune system to attack its own cells and tissues; the result is chronic pain and inflammation. When CICs accumulate in the joints, for instance, they act as irritants that convert to inflammation.

Most conventional treatments address inflammation symptoms with anti-inflammatory medications – not addressing underlying causes, including diet. Yes, these medications reduce pain and inflammation and necessary for injuries and acute situations; however, they also pave a path of dangerous side-effects that do nothing to begin healing processes.

Furthermore, patients are not counseled on non-drug options – most conventional medical professionals do not have the knowledge, not interested in non-drug therapies, or simply can’t/don’t choose to take the time.

So Why Avoid Nightshades?

Because they’re a group of foods scientifically known to “ignite” Inflammation. They contain a chemical known as Solanaceae or Solanine – alkaloid chemicals that can be highly toxic and accelerate inflammation.

Cholinesterase, an enzyme, originating in the brain is responsible for flexibility of muscle movements – nightshades contain this enzyme. Solanine, in nightshades, is a powerful inhibitor of cholinesterase and interferes with muscle movement – leading to stiffness, tendonitis, and inflammation that can last for weeks/months.

And What About Food Additives?

Dangerous food ingredients, and their aliases, are legally hidden on food labels – most of them unknowingly consumed. These toxic chemical additives are “Metabolic Modifiers” – they sabotage our immune defenses – insulting our body by inducing disorders that bring a barrage of pervasive “invisible” illnesses.

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid

Here is a list of food additives to avoid: Sodium Nitrite, BHA & BHT, Propyl Gallate, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), Trans-fats, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Synthetic Food colorings, Olestra, Potassium Bromate, White Sugar, Sodium Chloride (salt).

Additionally, avoid the most popularly used Metabolic Modifiers: Soy and Hexane, Carrageenan, Preservatives – Nitrates, Nitrites, Sulfites – BHA + BHT, Potassium Bromate, Artificial Sweeteners.

Dangers of Soy

Researchers reported some nasty effects of consuming soy, particularly for westerners who DO NOT have the DNA enzyme capacity to digest it (Asian’s have the necessary enzyme).

Soy literally sucks the nutrients out of your bloodstream. Because of its hormone properties, it can turn a man into a woman – from a hormone standpoint…AND…soy is one of the worst crops for the environment – it destroys the soil and wrecks our ecosystem.

Be aware that food additives and artificial sweeteners are not subject to the same gauntlet of FDA safety trials as pharmaceuticals. Most of the testing is funded by the food industry – with a vested interest in their bottom-line, not your health. Consumers are becoming educated that toxic food additives are at the root of many health disorders – experiencing they are growing healthier by focusing on nutrition, rather than support from conventional medicine.

Yes, I’m Your Health Detective and Creator/Executive Chef of “Dr. Gloria’s Kitchen” and I’ve created a book that is easy to understand, easy to cook, and has “flavor” to make it “appetizing” and inspiring.

I created the cookbook and instructional videos because so many of my patients were un-inspired, un-motivated or downright intimidated in their kitchen when it came to finding tasty, easy recipes for their health maladies, particularly the underlying inflammation. More and more each day I was asked how I can travel and eat out, cook and eat gourmet food yet not induce inflammation and all the disorders that ensue as a result like fibromyalgia, arthritis, gout, diabetes, gluten-intolerance, candida, etc.

My motivation was seeing the positive results in myself and my patients when specific dietary modifications are made. I knew it was time to get my Cooking Institute in full gear and we began to work on the project that I’d personally began more than fifteen years ago…putting my well-researched time-tested proven anti-inflammatory recipes in print and video. I live what I teach, and all my cooking has paid off because I’m free of inflammation and happily have a more satisfying and healthy quality of life than I’ve ever had…food IS my medicine, and it CAN be yours as well!

Since there are only 24 hours in a day (although I constantly try to find a way to get more but haven’t succeeded…will let you know when I do)! I subsequently launched the Cooking Institute division under my Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation. In addition to me taking your hand in the kitchen and guiding you to wellness, we’ll have guest chefs sharing some of their “secrets” to successfully cooking for clients with food allergies, inflammation and some regional favorites adapted to be anti-inflammatory.

Update on My Global Patient Consulting: Many have asked if I continue to consult with patients worldwide via telephone and email, the answer is definitely, YES. I also continue to write and publish (this is my 29th book) …AND…I’m determined in my 72nd year not to slow down – I figure that way old-age never catches me!

SPECIAL OFFER to all those who have followed My Health Detective Blog since its inception, if you haven’t yet, click on the link BELOW to download a FREE copy of my 40+ page recipe sampler “The Anti-Inflammation Advantage” in full-color. As recipes are added you will automatically receive all updates via email at NO CHARGE. This delivery method allows you to begin creating your own “Anti-Inflammation Recipe Library” either electronically or in print.

The instructional videos will be explained via email to all who take advantage of the FREE eBook. As our continued commitment to provide our followers and patients Health thru Education™, there will NEVER be a charge for the recipes. I can proudly say that this isn’t your ordinary cookbook, it also goes into detail about the causes and contributing factors of inflammation including, but not limited to:

  • Foods that “ignite” inflammation
  • Food additives/preservatives/flavor enhancers
  • How specific grains convert to sugar and healthy alternatives
  • Sugar/Artificial Sweeteners
  • Nightshades
  • Candida (yeast over-growth)
  • Dangerous trans-fats
  • The role of pH in inflammation

Don’t miss this opportunity, CLICK the link to download your FREE cookbook now and the opportunity to join-in on our virtual cooking classes:

AND…share the link with your friends and family so they too can be inspired to cook healthy and gain the “Anti-Inflammation Advantage”.



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