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Patricia Claudio was a Virginia school teacher in 1980 when she developed severe arthritis. X-rays revealed bone spurs on her spine and her doctor told her she might be destined for a wheelchair in a few years. She searched all the literature on arthritis and found Dr. Childers' research; Pat has been on the No-Nightshades Diet for 18 years. She remains on the Diet, she says, "because my stiffness and pain return within 24 hours if I eat even one bite of a nightshade."

In addition to co-authoring the Cookbook, every year Pat has a stand at the County Fair in Fairfax, Virginia; selling books and making others aware of the connection between arthritis and nightshades.