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The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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“The Plant Paradox offers a true paradigm shift in the way we think about food. Whether you’re paleo, gluten-free, low-carb or plant-based, Dr. Gundry’s profound insights and practical advice will help reverse both autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease.” (Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles)
“Once in a generation a doctor and a book comes along that completely changes the way we think about food and our health. Dr. Gundry is that physician and The Plant Paradox is that book. Following his advice, like I do personally, is life changing.” (Tony Robbins, author of the New York Times bestseller Unshakable)
“It is rare that a book on health and nutrition introduces truly novel concepts, and rarer still that it backs them up with solid scientific data and clinical proof of validity—but The Plant Paradox does just that. We all owe Dr. Gundry a debt of gratitude for his insight and dedication to a new level of superb health.” (Dale Bredesen, MD, Professor of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine; Founding President, Buck Institute; and author of The End of Alzheimer's)
“A fresh, learned perspective on eating healthy, The Plant Paradox is profound, clear, and convincing. Much more than just another dietary fad, Dr. Gundry’s scientifically proven approach to restoring a healthy microbiome will reorient your approach to food.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“If you have ‘tried everything’ or you or a family member are still troubled by stubborn pounds, autoimmune disease, or even heart disease, you owe to yourself to read this book. The Plant Paradox is going to dramatically improve lives, it’s that simple.” (Jonathan Carp, MD)
From the Back Cover
Most of us have heard of gluten—a protein found in wheat that can cause 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 and heart surgeon 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 plants 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 can easily employ to avoid them, including
- Peel your veggies. Lectins are concentrated in the leaves, peels, and seeds of plants; simply peeling and deseeding 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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-Almost 40 years of clinical experience
-More pediatric heart surgeries than anyone else in the world
-Personal medical advisor to a bunch of high-profile people like Dr. Oz and Tony Robbins
-Inventor of some of the most widely used surgical devices in the world
-Founder of two major nutrition clinics in Southern California
His nutrition views are NOT mainstream, and they may seem counterintuitive at first glance... until you start looking at the research he presents. His main concern is specific plant proteins called lectins—which screw up signals in the body and trigger inflammation, disease, aging, etc.
Lectins—in some form or another—are in everything. But the the "toxic" lectins are in plants that we didn't eat until the Dawn of Agriculture, about 10,000 years ago. Stuff like wheat, beans, etc.
The idea is that our digestive and immune systems haven't evolved to handle these lectins (an evolutionary adaptation for humans takes about 30,000 years). As a result, we're constantly triggering low-level immune activity and faulty hormone responses when we eat these foods.
Gundry asserts that this is why chronic autoimmune and metabolic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity have become so common... not to mention neurological disorders like Alzheimer's. These disorders were virtually non-existent 10,000 years ago.
And from what I've read so far, Gundry makes an incredibly compelling case in this book. Through his years of clinical experience, Gundry has collected multiple case studies of people making night-and-day changes in their health, weight, etc... primarily by cutting out certain lectins.
Of course, there's much more to Gundry's diet than lectins... but it's a major theme.
Anyway, this book is insightful and well worth the read... and Gundry's charming "bedside manner" writing style makes it a page turner! I definitely recommend it.