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Melanie Craffey and
her two sisters

Thank you very much for your letter of concern. (Ed. Young college students often get arthritis also with their heavy consumption of nightshades.)  You mentioned coming across a letter from my grandmother who is a recently diagnosed arthritic.  When I was diagnosed as an arthritic in January 1995, she was eager to help me.  I was 17 years old at the time and the rheumatism was causing unbearable pain.  She had heard of your ideas through a friend of hers and urged me to try it.  We attended a seminar you gave at Apple Ridge Country Club in New Jersey, November 1995, and I became determined.  It was tough eliminating the nightshades from my diet, but with the hope that it would work (none of the anti-inflammatory drugs had worked so far), I decided to give it the "good old college try." 
I haven't completely eliminated caffeine or chocolate (those are the tough ones!), but everything else has become strictly forbidden.  I never go through an entire day without some pain.  However, I have noticed a drastic difference in my mobility and energy level.  I have done a couple of experiments with myself to test the Diet.  On one occasion I ate half a dozen buffalo wings with spicy BBQ sauce.  The next day I could barely walk!  About two months ago I decided to give in and have a couple of slices of pizza with my friends.  For the next 48 hours I was in such excruciating pain that I can't even begin to put it into words.  These experiences have convinced me of the importance for arthritics to avoid the nightshades at all costs.  I've made a life-long promise to myself to stay rigidly to the Diet and encourage all those I come across to do the same.  Thank you again for your concern and extreme inspiration.

Melanie F. Craffey
New Milford, NJ