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.