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We never really understood why people say nightshades are bad for you. We have heard people say they cause inflammation and we know that our children are prone to inflammation so we thought we better take the time to learn more. In our research to better understand nightshades and how they may be contributing to our children’s health issues, we came across this explanation of nightshades by a fellow blogger and learned a lot.

Are Nightshades Bad for You?

After reading this blogger’s summary of the Weston A. Price article on nightshades, we will now be limiting (working towards eliminating) nightshades from our diets as well as Annie and Brody’s.

Have any of you out there eliminated nightshades from your child’s diet? What did you notice? Did their symptoms of autism get better?


Author: A Ventography!

A Ventography is about: 1. Encouraging and empathizing with other parents on the autism spectrum. 2. Recycling and simplifying information on the latest autism news and health and diet tips. 3. Asking thought provoking questions designed to make us rethink what we've been told about autism. 4. Helping connect the dots that show, in some cases, autism is more than a brain disorder. 5. Challenging parents to rethink what they've been told, refuse the status quo, and escape the whirlwind of confusion.


  1. Here are two really good article on NIGHTSHADES that go into more detail than most …


    Its a lot more than just inflammation when one is sensitive to nightshades …
    It disrupts some people’s metabolism and can lead to depression, anxiety, constipation, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, joint pain, headaches, nausea, bloating, flatulence, IBS, anemia, and poor food absorption.

    Poor food absorption effects so many different aspects of a child/person’s health

    There are also leaky gut issues when it comes to nightshades and those who are sensitive to them.

    Anxiety, inflammation, constipation and poor food absorption are the four that should be looked at from an autism point of view … don’t they sound familiar. I think a lot of the learning problems come from paralyzing anxiety and hopelessness (ie depression) that makes it impossible for children having a major reaction to nightshades to engage in life properly. They get a sort of ‘deer in the head lights’ level of emotional paralysis or a fight or flight reaction to life when the nightshades are effecting them which is interpreted as a learning disorder. I feel this is all quietly going on in their heads and heard to detect to the observing person on the outside.

    It can sometimes take weeks to see the full results of removing nightshades from the diet … and the modern American diet uses nightshades all the time … potatoes are french fries … tomato is in almost all Italian food (popular in the western diet) and ketchup …

    ALSO most people do not remove everything they need to when removing nightshades …
    Onion and Garlic should also be removed from those with Nightshade sensitivity.

    Remember to avoid whenever possible …
    (and Tabasco sauce)
    PEPPERS of ALL Kinds
    … and the spices …
    Chili powder (some ingredients of)
    Curry (some ingredients of)
    Ground Peppers

    Goji berry (is popular health food today but NOT if you are nightshade sensitive)

    Other family members may have a milder reaction to nightshades and may notice some nice changes if they adhere to this diet as well. So if anyone else wants to try it in the household for awhile please do … I think it helps the child if another person is going on the diet with him.

    Sticking to a NO NIGHTSHADE DIET makes eating out at restaurants very HARD. And you have to READ LABELS … but if it helps it will be worth it in the end.

    Here is a list of foods to avoid …
    (also try to avoid garlic and onion for best results)

    Here is a link for NIGHTSHADE FREE recipes to help you …


  2. Thanks so much for your blog. We started my son with Houston right after Thanksgiving and saw some immediate gains but I think we’re now seeing some detox. It’s a bumpy road. Your story sounds so much like mine. I am encouraged to read that your daughter is doing well. Also, I do seem sensitive to nightshades (my son doesn’t eat them due to phenol content). I heard the sensitivity may have to do with magnesium deficiency, which makes sense to me.


    • Hi Charmaine- it is so great to hear from you. I am so glad you saw some good gains after starting with Houston Center! There is nothing more exciting than seeing those steps forward. I am sorry to hear you’re experiencing some detox now. I want to caution you and I apologize if you already know this… if the detox symptoms (regression) last more that 2-3 days, then something is wrong. Something is not agreeing with your son. Please, please, please call your homeopath right away. I have a friend who worked with Houston Center and she didn’t call her homeopath when her daughter regressed longer than a few days, and her daughter really experienced some negative symptoms. I experienced horrible regressions with my daughter when we did all the biomedical treatments, but with homeopathy, her negative symptoms never lasted longer than a few days. We had/have a very gifted homeopath. Unfortunately, the homeopath I worked with at Houston Center no longer works for them. I wish you the best of luck and please feel free to get in touch any time with questions or updates. I would love to hear how your son is doing. On another note… thanks for the tip about nightshades, phenols, and magnesium… makes total sense! Thanks for taking the time to read Annie’s story. -Molly


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