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September 24th, 2010, 09:49 AM
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Thank you for posting that! Just for clarification (because I'm really curious and considering cutting wheat/dairy from our diets because of allergies)...
Do you eat potatoes?
Any type of bread/cakes/dessert type stuff?
Anything w/ flour?
I thought our ancestors lived on grains? Didn't they make their own bread and pitas and what not?
Don't you get starch from grains? What else do you get them from?
What are nightshade foods?
LOL!!! I'm super curious.
That is awesome you found those connections w/ his diet. You should read the article posted in the other subforum about 12 myths Dr.'s believe about diet. They really don't know that much. What I heard is that most Dr.'s graduate below the 50th percentile in their class. Scary...
Have you found other parent's who have found a connection between nightshade foods and developmental skills? I think you're on to something there. The MOST important things to us is diet... and no one really knows how to eat it seems
I've been trying to decipher all the truths and myths of what is good, what's not good, what you have to have what you don't have to have etc.... It's frustrating to me.
No potatoes (they are a nightshade food), no bread/cakes/desserty kind of stuff. No flour. Well, not made with grains
I use coconut flour if I want to thicken something (and give it a faintly sweet flavor
) can't use too much though or it tastes pasty. I do make a delicious "pancake" with eggs, coconut flour, bananas, blueberries, nuts, salt, almond flavoring, and lemon zest. Looks just like a pancake but tastes soooooooo much better!
Our neolithic ancestors ate grains. Our paleolithic (earlier than neolithic) did not.
I'm not sure what all grains contribute to the diet besides starch and carbs - but you can get those from other, healthier sources.
I haven't tried it yet, but I want so badly to try making things with cattails.
You can eat dang near the whole plant at different times of the season. I really want to try pounding the older tougher roots to get a starchy substance out of them and make an unleavened doughy biscuit out of it. Flavored with fruits/nuts/whatever
But the only time I have access to cattails (where I wouldn't get arrested!
) is up at our cabin in the summer. Next summer we're going up 6x instead of our usual 2 - 3x so I should get a chance to try them out in all their seasonal glory! I already love eating the young roots, they are delicious!
Nightshade foods commonly eaten are tomatoes, potatoes, jicamas, all peppers - sweet and hot (not peppercorn though, that's a different plant), eggplant, paprika, ground cherries, goji berries, tomarillos, and a bunch of others I'm not familiar with. Most commonly known but NOT eaten is belladonna (aka deadly nightshade). In small quantities, belladonna is used to treat a variety of ailments, seizures being one of them. In high quantities, they can cause the very ailment they treat in small doses. Eating nightshade foods (for someone that cannot process them) = taking a high dose. Belladonna is the main ingredient in the Hylands teething tablets.
I have not yet ever come across another person who connects nightshade foods with developmental skills. But most people don't cut them out of children's diets - it's usually the older generation with arthritis or gout or some other ailment aggravated or caused by nightshade foods. It would be really interesting to see though if someone else would just try it!
I am rebuilding Kaiden's nervous system. I highly recommend Dr. Christopher's line of supplements; they use the whole fresh plant, not just singling out pieces/parts. Their products
my herniated & bulging discs so of course I'm a HUGE fan.
So, Kaiden gets their Ear & Nerve Tonic. And it's made a huge difference, even before the seizures stopped. What does this have to do with nightshades? Nightshade foods mess with the motor and sensory neurons. It's already known that with Down Syndrome, the motor neurons are shorter and misshapen.
Seeing how Kaiden is progressing phenomenally . . . I believe SOME of the developmental delays are because the nervous system with Down Syndrome is numbed (due to the neurons' deformity). Now add nightshade effects onto that, which would only mess them up further. Can you imagine how hard it could be to learn when your whole nervous input barely works? Not just your touch/feel nerves . . . but your optical & auditory nerves as well.
Maybe all individuals with Down syndrome should avoid nightshades, IDK. But with their metabolic disorder, I think they should eat as healthy as possible, and my belief is that our ancestors had the right idea.
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