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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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“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)
“Fellow panelist Dr. Steven Gundry, author of The Plant Paradox–which argues that certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans are harmful to the body–promised the crowd they would feel better if they wean themselves off their medicine cabinets. Swallowing just one Aleve, he declared, is like “swallowing a hand-grenade.”” (Rina Raphael, Fast Company)
“He famously helped Gwyneth Paltrow rethink her eating habits, so it was no surprise to see heart surgeon Steven Gundry, MD, onstage at the Goop conferenceover the weekend. And along with admitting that he usually skips breakfast—which is crazy when you think there are coffee-avocado smoothies to be had—the renowned doctor also talked gut health. (We’re listening…)” (Nisha Gopalan, Well + Good)
“Dr. Gundry is a true trailblazer, always at the forefront of scientific knowledge. The Plant Paradox shows the world what pioneer thinking is about and is a must-read book for anyone interested in being as healthy as nature has designed them to be.” (Alejandro Junger MD, New York Times bestselling author of Clean, Clean Gut and Clean Eats)
“The Plant Paradox elegantly explains how plants defend themselves from being consumed by humans, and how eating the wrong ones at the wrong times immeasurably hurts our health. An eye-opening read.” (Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor of Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University)
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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.--Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
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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.
But lo and behold, this doctor, against all evidence, says that beans are bad for you! That's when I finally threw this book out. It's garbage and makes no sense. There is no real science supporting it, and you will end up worse if you try to follow it.
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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.
I sort of understood where he was coming from but felt that it was not something that I could get into at any level, a look into foods that have probably cause some of the problems we have today.
I have not had a diet cola or anything with aspartame in it. I had been drinking about six or seven cans every day! I think the Coca Cola Company will miss me! I use a little bit of Stevia if I think I need a touch of sweetness in a salad or something. I have been using a lot of olive oil and lemon juice. Yummy!
Recommend to anyone concerned with their health, especially if you think that all plant food is good for you.
This book has changed my life. I am no longer in pain after I eat as I know what plants to avoid eating.
Der Inhalt klingt zunächst wissenschaftlich und seriös, bei genauerer Recherche hingegen sind viele der Behauptungen durch wissenschaftliche Studien widerlegt bzw. unbewiesen. Die vom Autor als Beweis angegebenen Quellen sind leider oft von zweifelhaftem Wert (Kongress-Poster) oder beschreiben im Details etwas ganz anderes.
Leider gibt es in der Ernährung wenige doppelblinde, randomisierte, kontrollierte Interventionsstudien - RCT (wie will man z.B. eine Tomate gegen eine Placebo-Tomate testen ?). Zudem handelt es sich auch in Studienkost immer um Mischkost, die den Einfluss einzelner Komponenten verwischt.
Daher gibt es in der Ernährung so viele unterschiedliche Meinungen, da es eine finale Klärung in einer RCT kaum gibt. Daher kann, wie der Autor hier, jeder etwas mit unbewiesenen oder fehlinterpretierten Schein-Fakten behaupten und u.U. sogar Schaden anrichten.
Ein Ausweg aus dem Dilemma der unzähligen, sich z.T. widersprechenden Ernährungsratgeber bietet dann nur eine wissenschaftlich seriös recherchierte Analyse vorhandener, Volltext-publizierter Literatur, deren Quellen im Anhang angeben sind.
Auch wenn manche Leser ungeübte sind im Lesen und Interpretieren wissenschaftlicher Literatur, kann man doch u.U. auf dem ersten Blick im Anhang anhand der zitierten Quellen erkennen, wie valide die im Buch dargestellten Fakten sind.
Hilfreich wäre sicher auch, wenn Fachgesellschaften oder ausgewiesene Experten und Wissenschaftler, wie dankenswerterweise Colin T Campell - siehe Amazon.com, in Einzelfällen durch kritische Rezensionen solchen unwissenschaftlichen, unbewiesenen und letztlich unseriösen Behauptungen entgegentreten könnten bzw. würden.
Trotz vieler Ideen, die man wissenschaftlich diskutieren und weiterverfolgen könnte, hinterlässt aber das Buch in seiner Gesamtheit durch die unseriöse Quellenverarbeitung keinen glaubhaften Eindruck, sondern nur Konfusion.
Are you healthy (meaning no symptoms, diagnosed illnesses, elevated cholesterol)? If yes, this will only show you what you can do to get better if you get sick, otherwise your motivation to proceed with the method is near 5% at best
Do you carry excessive weight (overweight or obese)? If yes, and you are desperate try this and you definitely will lose weight, however you motivation to follow this will get closer to low as your weight normalizes, after which you most probably will stop following the program.
Do you have diabetes, cholesterol, atherosclerosis? Your motivation has to be high to get off drugs so you can stick to this for months on end to get results. Same goes with gut diseases and arthritis.
Dr Gundry might be on a right program with possibly wrong explanation, however it does work for people who do it.
Book is written for lay people, not for scientific community.
It is meant to make continuous profit for Dr Gundry as well.
If you follow the program you are stuck with it as if you discontinue, then symptoms will return with vengeance.
Very difficult to follow for people with active social life (eating out, at friends, etc)
Requires lots of determination and persistence.
Following is a thought on a comment other reviewer made:
"Dr Gundry is not a nutritionist and does not have a diploma in nutrition" - knowledge is not measured in diplomas, there is no reason to think that Dr Gundy did not educate himself enough not to match or exceed education level of a dietitian. (It takes a lot more effort to become a heart surgeon)
Conclusion: worth reading, for many might be worth following
Following this way of eating for about month and half and
Results are astounding.
Never felt better, lost about 15 lb. You have to unlearn what has been pounded into about how and what you should eat you by food industry for decades.