The Plant Paradox

The Plant Paradox

The Hidden Dangers in "healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain

Book - 2017
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Most of us have heard of gluten-a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we've been missing the root of the problem? In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the "gluten-free" foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. Once ingested, these proteins incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions. At his waitlist-only clinics in California, Dr. Gundry has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases with a protocol that detoxes the cells, repairs the gut, and nourishes the body. Now, in The Plant Paradox, he shares this clinically proven program with listeners around the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062427137
Characteristics: xvi, 399 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Buehl, Olivia Bell - Author

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lenoragoessling
Jan 04, 2020

Amazon Bookstore in UVillage Date with Sam over Christmas

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ksha1
Nov 19, 2019

I think that this book is quite interesting. The book seems to be getting some mixed reviews about Dr. Gundry and his diet plan. I read the book to get some information about his diet plan and what he believed was "leaky gut syndrome". The front half of the book was quite informative, however, I personally felt that Dr. Gundry may have been exaggerating some parts. The diet plan was interesting as well because of the many foods he told us to restrict. Another part that was unsettling to me was that during the meal plans and recipes, he included no cultural dishes and his meal plans consisted of what I would assume is what he would typically eat. He prohibited rice for at least 6 weeks on his diet plan which is a staple to Asian cuisine. Dr. Gundry clearly knew that because he himself put it in his book. What I would suggest is to read the book but remember that what you are reading may not be 100% true or it may be exaggerated. I'm also sure that you could also follow along with his diet plan and still eat some of the many things that he restricts.

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jimbobhoover
Oct 14, 2019

Just about everything in this book has been "canned" by very credible scientists. Do not recommend reading. And, you should also be aware that the author is into the supplement game, so his writings are not completely unbiased.

Catchy title! BEWARE this is very heavy reading and full of bamboozling jargon. He has very persuasive reasoning. Once through it, you get to just another fad cookbook devised by somebody else. He says himself that he lost weight when he changed his eating habits eliminating junk food and his life style. Guess what, anybody would. He makes a few good points eg that Europeans tend to be slimmer that Americans. If you look at the rest of the world many countries are( excluding those who are starving to death) because they do not partake in the glutinous eating habits of the western world. He advocates stopping Antacids. If you lose weight you want need them. Excess belly fat in particular increases abdominal pressure on the stomach therefore creating reflux, lose weight and problem solved, unless there is an underlying medical problem. He advocates supplements and has his own Brand! He owns a clinic. You don't need supplements if you are eating a healthy balanced diet of seasonal foods and everything in moderation! His diet is EXPENSIVE and time consuming to follow and if you don't live in the city, foods he recommends can be difficult to source . It is already proven that LECTIN can be reduced or eliminated from food by cooking practices of boiling, fermentation , sprouting, peeling, deseeding, pressure cooking. Everyone has jumped on the gluten free diet bandwagon which unless you are medically diagnosed Coeliac or medically diagnosed intolerant to a particular grain then gluten free is just another fad. Gluten free products on the supermarket shelf are expensive and very often loaded with sugar and salt to make them palatable. Simply change your eating habits ! Start by cutting out those mugs of cafe lattes and the gluten free snacks and the like ... all those reward foods. Make the time for regular exercise. Get out of the chair, move! You will lose weight. It's not rocket science.. we have been on this planet a long time and somehow managed to survive without money making fad diets. The western world will die from gluttony first .
However if this book motivates you to change habits, lose weight then that's a good thing. But remember this diet is restrictive and restrictive diets will create their own problems. Oh and he advocates eating seasonal foods...start the kick start diet out of season...go figure!

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3228247ry
Apr 16, 2019

as health practitioner, the info. on lectin is very true IF one eats gallons of beans, etc. without soaking them and cooking them (preferably pressure cooking) properly, otherwise his diet is placebo.

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Jbo973
Apr 13, 2019

This book has been a life-changer for me, many friends, and family members. Besides losing a lot of weight, becomming pain free, and having more energy than I've had in 20 years, the menu of foods to choose from is fantastic! I don't want for anything and am off the cycle of emotional eating--a first in my life! Also, my mom was diagnosed with RA 3 years ago and has healed from following this diet. I can't speak highly enough about what this knowledge has done for me and my loved ones. Like anything, the benefits are in proportion to what you put into it.

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lijunair
Apr 05, 2019

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sandratm
Mar 04, 2019

I am blessed with good health and now in my 70'ies I want to do everything possible to keep it. First on my bucket list is stay away from doctors as a first resort. They are just going to give you a pill which you may not need. First give your body a chance to right itself.

Pay attention to common sense principles of good health, drink water, exercise, restful sleep, eat fruit and vegies particularly as we are so blessed with so many possibilities here in the Okanagan. All things in moderation.

This book insists that one says "no" to all fruits and berries except Avocado. Eat wild caught fresh fish, like Alaskan salmon or shrimp, crab, lobster. Say no to peas, and beans and sprouts, cucumbers, melon, tomatoes, brown rice, oats. He claims there is science to back this up, well not enough to convince me or my banker 'cause buying fresh lobster would require a bank loan I think.
I started out thinking that he was offering something new but I'm left wondering if he's just trying to cash in on the wish that people have to live longer healthier lives.

Lastly it is a small thing, but I am irked by his constant use of the words "me" and "my".... "his wife" and "his" daughters not our daughters. There is a big ego here and I'not too inclined to trust my future good health to it. I take a multi-vitamin, calcium for my bones, glucosamine for my joints and every once in a while an aspirin. I can shovel the snow from a 60 foot driveway in 20 minutes or mow my lawns without breaking a sweat. What's the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it."

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Edward_56
Jan 26, 2019

This is a fantastic book! The authors blog gives you more of a flavour what he has to say. It is updated regularly with valuable new blog posts and pod casts.
https://gundrymd.com/blog/

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vivian65
Dec 12, 2018

Interesting If I had a severe medical problem, I would try it. Seems like a radical eating program.

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