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The Plant Paradox

The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
Written by: Steven R. Gundry MD
Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Steven R. Gundry (P)2017 Tantor

What the critics say

"Gundry's logical and extensive investigation into lectins provides readers with more than enough evidence to take this information to heart and try his method." ( Shelf Awareness)

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Hands down the worst narration ever.

Although the content made this an essential purchase for me, after listening to the sample, I dreaded the listen. It is as painful to listen to as the other listeners mentioned and I anticipated. I don't think I will ever be able to understand how Gundry could have chosen this narrator. I'm thinking he either didn't listen to a sample himself or he owed a friend a favour. It is consistently robotic and choppy to the extent that sentences aren't read grammatically correct and words are mispronounced. Unlike any other book I've listened to with a great narrator, this one takes a great deal of concentrated attention and focus to process what is being said. It will definitely take another listen through and I will have to purchase a hard copy as the pdf doesn't quite include all the information I need to access.

I think this is a book that everyone needs to read and unfortunately, for those of us with limited time to read, this brutally narrated version is a must. It's so bad it should be free of charge just because of the narrator.

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Interesting content

The only thing holding back this audible is the terrible automated-like voice narrating the book which is like listening to Siri.. the content was very interesting and there is additional downloadable content with recipes and a diet plan to follow available on the audible site.

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  • B.
  • 2018-03-17

Good book, Terrible Narration

I really enjoyed the content of this book. However, the narrator doing his best impression of a robotic voice made this so difficult to bear. I highly recommend that this book be re-read by a much better narrator.

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the plant paradox

informative beyond belief and made me re think the way i have been eating #Audible1

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Totally new information! Life Changing!

Definitely worth the read despite the robotic tone of the narrator. You get use to it and the information is so valuable! Don't forget to listen carefully at the beginning as it is the only time they mention the secret word to access the Bonus PDF located on the Editor's website!

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Life changing book

Amazing book if your interested in correcting your completely messed up diet, and all the misconceptions the big food industry has let us to believe is 'healthy' over the past 75 years. Everyone must read this book. Give it more than just a chapter or two, give your health a chance, and read right through. Thoroughly interesting! Wasn't a fan of the narrator through, but you can get past it.

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Amazing and Easy to Follow

Thank you Dr Gundry ! I really appreciate all the information you are getting out into the public. I’ve tried many different food plans to eliminate my food cravings for sweets and other carbohydrates. I have found that the other diets are not sustainable, they’ve left me unsatisfied and craving again. Your diet has worked for me! I have been on it for five weeks and my cravings are completely under control and when I do crave one of my favourite things, I can have it with the tweaks that you suggested. For example, if I want a latte, I just make it with organic goat milk instead of cows milk. And it tastes just as good if not better. If I need a sweet fix, one of your healthy banana chocolate pancakes that I keep in the freezer satisfies me. I’m no longer going to the cupboard over and over to get more sweet stuff. Since getting the Plant Paradox cookbook I am enjoying cooking food more than ever. I’m discovering new foods that are delicious. I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m down 9 pounds in five weeks. I have no desire to go back to eating the way I used to. That awful heavy feeling I used to have before going to bed has gone away since starting your diet. And my heartburn is gone as well. I do bring Gundry approved food with me to extended family dinners especially if their eating something like lasagna. But I did eat Christmas turkey along the healthy fixings and had no desire to have the stuffing or buns. And when the homemade desserts came out, I found the healthiest one and only had two small squares. Last year I had about 12! I really appreciate that I can have 80% dark chocolate since I love that. This is the first Christmas that I have ever lost weight during the holidays and was happy while doing it. And thanks for mentioning that I can have a glass of red wine. I find one glass is quite satisfying during social times. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday and I look forward to your new book next year. Happy New Year! And please keep those podcast coming. I listen to them when I’m driving to work and it reminds me every day why am doing this and what I should eat.

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Good book, but poorly read

I have not listened to any other books narrated by Christopher Solimene but he sounds like he’s doing a bad impersonation of a robot. I would have sooner listened to a book read by Steven Hawking or Siri.
However the book content is excellent

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Useful information, but the narration did my head in

This is a fascinating and educational book that makes a good deal of sense. It does get a little scientific at times, but nothing that I couldn’t get the general gist of. My biggest disappointment with this book was the narration. I found that there was no inflection in the voice and it was quite drole to listen for extended periods in spite of the engaging content. I would recommend the book, but get the hard copy.

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Need to know information

This book highlights a lot of the issues around obesity; however, it was the research and discussion around diet and auto-immune disease that I found intriguing.

I’ve been following many of Dr. Gundry’s recommendations and look forward to continued growth.

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  • Tim Brownson
  • 2017-08-26

Dreadful Narration But Interesting Content

What did you like best about The Plant Paradox? What did you like least?

I have been listening to audiobooks for 20+ years and have never encountered a narration even close to being this bad. My wife didn't even believe it was a real person reading it but instead thought it was synthesized.

The book though has some fascinating content and if what Dr Gundry is saying is even half true, then it is indeed groundbreaking.

I loved the fact that is was packed with medical research rather than opinions, but didn't like the amount of repetition and it feels as though he was writing to a word count rather than just delivering the message - but for some reason that is common with non-fiction.

I also wasn't keen when Gundry says this is nothing like Paleo. yes it is, it's very similar to Paleo in many respects, BUT it approaches it from a different scientific point of view.

I have read reviews where people have slammed the book because it's hard to stick with the diet changes it calls for. Well come on, that isn't the books fault. If you try it and it doesn't work, then sure, slam it, but otherwise just admit you have no will power and move on for the next quick fix.

I cannot make my mind up about Gundry. I hate the hard sell he engages in for his supplements, but you cannot ignore the guys credentials and the fact that he supports all of his claims with plenty of supporting scientific data.

He's either due a Nobel Prize or needs locking up and I'm leaning toward the former. I'm going to try it out as I did get great results on the Paleo and because it cannot do any harm I'd suggest anybody with autoimmune issues, IBS, brain fog, arthritis, high BP or cholesterol, heart problems, acid reflux .... and the list goes on, do the same.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was The Plant Paradox worth the listening time?

Yes as it's very thought provoking.

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  • Doreen Pinkham
  • 2017-08-10

Terrible narration, great book

The narrator speaks with exaggerated pronunciation, misplaced emphasis, and pauses in the wrong places. This book could have been narrated by Siri and come out sounding more human. Within the first few minutes, I had to listen carefully because I genuinely thought it was an AI narrating the story.

Question - don't authors or some other authority listen to these audiobooks prior to releasing them to the public? I can't understand how some of these narrators were given the thumbs up while recording these books. If it were my book, I'd make sure it was enjoyable to listen to before releasing it. Maybe it's just me, though.

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  • Linda W
  • 2017-07-11

Voice

I had to google the narrator to see if this person exists or if it is a computer program. Whatever speed I put the narration on, it still sounds like a computer generated voice. I am having a hard time listening to the content for the computer sounding voice.

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  • JohnSays
  • 2017-08-12

Ground breaking book ruined by narrator

I am a naturopathic practitioner and believe this book to be the most important information yet written on health. I've told anyone who will listen how vital it's message is. Therefore it is beyond plausible reason to understand how this narrator could have been hired to read such an important book. I think of all the people who will not get through the first 5 minutes. Perhaps the narrator has a condition or disability. Perhaps there was no person and a machine read this book. Whatever, it was absolutely brutal to sit through. If it is a person, they need a different vocation. He pauses in exactly the wrong places, puts emphasis on the wrong syllables, breaks syllables into separate words. Most annoying are the long pauses that covey a complete thought but then he continues and I realize he is still mid sentence and I am now getting a different understanding than what I just thought I had. Example: ...the patient was scheduled for dialysis. He went ... long pause... on the plant paradox diet. Over and over. I'm actually quite upset with the author for allowing such a travesty of an audiobook. I mean, didn't anyone listen to it before it was released?!

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  • Robert Sowder
  • 2017-07-20

Robot reading

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't even listen to this book. It sounds like its being read by the computer from War Games. Is it really that hard to phone a person that can read?

What could Steven R. Gundry MD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find someone other than a computer voice to read the text.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

OMG no!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness at having to listen to a computer voice talk

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  • Astrid Handling
  • 2017-08-03

Fantastic book!

I loved this book so much I bought a hard copy as well. I have also convinced more than 3 friends, and counting to read it. The information is extremely well researched and supported while remaining accessible. My only criticism is the narration, which sounds very robotic. Still I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-07-12

Reader

I think this book was read by a robot. It's as though you're in kindergarten.
Very off-putting.
I had to stop listening and I'm sending it back.

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  • Laura Juarez
  • 2017-07-14

sounds like a machine

The information is thought-provoking and interesting; I'll probably re-listen to it but the narrator sounds mechanical, with unnatural pauses and inflection. It sounds like it's being read by a text-to-speach program and distracts/detracts from the content.

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  • Julie Jenkins
  • 2017-07-26

the narration is difficult to listen to but the bo

the narration is difficult to listen to and follow but the book is fabulous I've been using his technique and it has decreased pain and weight loss is easy.

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  • T,Morgan Matthews
  • 2017-07-15

Valuable nutritional advice

This doctor has helped thousands of patients to get well through avoiding certain foods. He gives some convincing examples. He explains in detail what these foods to to us when we eat them. I learned a lot. The bonus pdf is the list of yes and no foods and also recipes 87 pages.
I am impressed with his credentials as a heart surgeon at Loma Linda.

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