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The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in 'Healthy' Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Paperback – 31 December 2018
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"I read this book... it worked. My autoimmune disease is gone and I'm 37 pounds lighter in my pleather." --Kelly Clarkson
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. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they 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 readers around the world.
The simple (and daunting) fact is, lectins are everywhere. Thankfully, Dr. Gundry offers simple hacks we easily can employ to avoid them, including:
- Peel your veggies. Most of the lectins are contained in the skin and seeds of plants; simply peeling and de-seeding vegetables (like tomatoes and peppers) reduces their lectin content.
- Shop for fruit in season. Fruit contain fewer lectins when ripe, so eating apples, berries, and other lectin-containing fruits at the peak of ripeness helps minimize your lectin consumption.
- Swap your brown rice for white. Whole grains and seeds with hard outer coatings are designed by nature to cause digestive distress—and are full of lectins.
With a full list of lectin-containing foods and simple substitutes for each, a step-by-step detox and eating plan, and delicious lectin-free recipes, The Plant Paradox illuminates the hidden dangers lurking in your salad bowl—and shows you how to eat whole foods in a whole new way.
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STEVEN R. GUNDRY, MD, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. After a distinguished surgical career as a professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University, Dr. Gundry changed his focus to curing modern diseases via dietary changes. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick & Easy, The Longevity Paradox, The Energy Paradox, The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook, and Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution as well as more than three hundred articles published in peer-reviewed journals on using diet and supplements to eliminate heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and multiple other diseases. Dr. Gundry lives with his wife, Penny, and their dogs in Palm Springs and Montecito, California.
- Publisher : HarperCollins US (31 December 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062909711
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062909718
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the book is PAINFUL to read. There are a few concepts that he covers over and over and over again using different levels of details and horrible examples. He compares your gut bacteria to a neighborhood, to animals, and other things that are too ridiculous to consider. It's like he explains everything at the lowest possible level but also at a highly scientific level. 5 different ways and all over the book. He is repeatedly being redundant again.
The book needs to be about 3 chapters long, get to the point, and be done with it. Here it is:
1. Lectins are bad. There are 7 deadly disruptors: antibiotics, NSAIDS, stomach acid blockers, artificial sweeteners, hormone disruptors, herbacides, and blue light. For details, see Dr. Gundry's website for "deadly-disruptors-plant-paradox".
2. Avoid these things in your food by avoiding foods that naturally have lectin-producing parts. Find out what your food ate. Veggies need to be non-GMO, organic, chemical-free. Basically, go to the farmer's market. Organic isn't good enough. Fish need to be wild-caught and fresh. Chicken needs to be pastured, organic, and non GMO. Organic meat can still be fed corn and grains, which are bad for you. Do the best you can with your location and budget. Avoid beef and pork for a while, then eventually get well-sourced clean-eating animals. Avoid sugar, including fruit. Sugar makes you fat. For a list of "yes" and "no" foods, see Dr. Gundry's website for "plant-paradox-shopping-list".
3. Avoid these things in household items. Don't touch thermal receipts. Don't take the medicine listed above. Don't use plastic wrap or Ziploc bags. You already knew not to use Teflon, BPA plastics, or hand sanitizers with triclosan. No sunscreens or deodorant with parabens or aluminum. (He doesn't mention that it's smelly and gorss for about 3 weeks when you switch from aluminum/paraben based deodorants.) Avoid makeup with the same.
There are some meal plans in the book that basically result in eating lettuce (the taste of sadness) 5 times a day for the first 3 days. (Uh - NO!) Then there are recipes to help you "cheat" the plan by making fake muffins and pancakes.
Seriously, just eat eggs and sweet potatoes for breakfast. Eat chicken and veggies for lunch. Eat some nuts or avocado for a snack. Eat some fish and veggies for dinner. Feel better.
I would recommend Plant Paradox to anyone studying diet and nutrition but for the reader looking to cure any disease, or just improve health, I would recommend the Professor Ehret book Mucusless Diet Healing System. A far superior plant based diet that creates no acid or mucus in the body. The Plant Paradox diet is virtually the opposite, in that is advocates mainly acid and mucus forming foods.
He recommends taking melatonin as a food supplement, which is an awful suggestion: it is a hormone that can be used occasionally to alleviate jet lag, not to promote healthy sleep. You do not need to pay money to learn that refined sugars and grains are not a part of healthy diet and one should eat vegetables - it's all over internet available for free. On top of that he wrote, quote: 'mutually beneficial symbiosis' is scientifically illiterate - after that he lost any credibility (for non-scientists: symbiosis is mutually beneficial by definition). He calls intestinal bacteria 'gut bugs' page after page after page - so irritating. And the last one: he intersperses his poor narration with success stories of the sort 'Mr X ad been sick with something and on medication for years until he came to my office and adopted my way - I did magic' - what a useless piece of information, again, page after page, after page.
Save your time and buy something else instead.