interesting conversation! I have mild Arthritis in my hands, feet, and back. I have also developed some dry patches on my hands and feet (and inside one ear!) I am just learning about night shades and find it fascinating. Being a vegetarian, cutting out the night shades really reduced my food list! I am in the process of doing the saliva and stool tests to see what is going on with my digestive system. I think I will wait until those results come back and then talk with my DR about that. Interesting stuff though! Thanks!