Katydid wrote:Before I go all macrobiotic and throw out my tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes I would like your opinion. Have you found that nightshades have a negative effect on your inflammation issues? I think you do eat starchy root vegetables - right?
First, the best way to be sure of contacting me is through a comment on my website, at the second link below my signature. I automatically receive an email, which I check every day. I sometimes go weeks without checking the McDougall website.
Second, thank you for the assistance you have given me in the past, especially in using the Cronometer.
Third, no, I have never had any reaction -- in my -itis problems -- from any of the nightshades. I eat all sorts of potatoes, egg plant, and lots of tomatoes (canned, crushed, no additives).
The Elimination Diet might help you test those. The problem is guessing how long it would take -- and even whether you could -- feel a difference in your throat. It isn't like a skin problem on one's face, a problem that is evident and easy to gauge when the intensity changes.
Fourth, your symptoms are similar in one respect to my experience with grapefruit. That fruit was causing symptoms similar to scleroderma. That is my diagnosis, but one doctor who examined my throat did remark that it was narrowed and looked inflammed. (I was having trouble swallowing.)
My symptoms appeared (and disappeared) together in two sets:
1. Constricted throat.
2. Two areas, on either side of my nose, in the "caliper" region, between the sides of the nose and the sides of the mouth. These two areas were swollen, tough (almost like a callus) and red (indicating some sort of inflammation). The region has that name because as people age a line appears on either side of the nose to the side of the mouth. Together, the lines look like a caliper.
Apparently the same sort of "callus" was ringing my throat, making it constricted.
I mention this in the possibility that it might be similar to your condition.
In my case eliminating grapefruit solved the problem. Grapefruit is a suspect for scleroderma, according to what I read on what seemed to be a reliable source. I also eliminated all other citrus fruit such as oranges and tangerines, though I am unsure about them.