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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: Steven R. Gundry MD
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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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 listeners 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.

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

©2017 Steven R. Gundry (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Excellent book

Everyone concerned about their everyday well being should read this. It worked a lot to me.

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The real way we should eat

This book is truly life changing. We know so little about nutrition and how best to feed and nurture our bodies. I thought I was doing everything right, but I wasn’t! This book will explain everything, from how our bodies work, how plants work, what we’ve been taught to do that is wrong and how to make it right so you can nourish yourself properly, and live happily ever after with your body !! Everyone NEEDS to read this book!!

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Interesting read

I wasn't sure exactly what this book would be like. I found it to be very interesting and informative. The author is the narrator. There is a lot of information in this book. I found myself stopping and rewinding a few times. I alos liked the PDF enhancement a great addition to the purchase. There a too many things to note without it. I found this a great 'read' on a recent 9 hour car drive. Recommend this heartily.

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Audio book missing access to referenced pages

I Can’t access page numbers on this audio book! They are referenced in the PDF

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Decent points but...

Some great points, some non-sense.. not bad overall.. plants are indeed not our friends..

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amazing I only wish I could tell more people

this book and all of its knowledge goes so far and helping my life and the lives of friends and family

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Very Clear Presrntation - I hope it is true!

Excellent informative and entertaining. Provides a clear, if very hard to implement in our modern day, eating plan for health.

But I will say I do not know if what has been said in the book is true or scientifically validated. What is said sounds very plausible and mant studies are described to support. So it is off to read reviews of Dr Gundry's diets to see if they live up to the promise. I sure hope they do.

The book certainly provides a treasure trove of information on how to eat healthily and I will say many of the items given I have previously heard elsewhere (such as you should skin and de-seed tomatoes, apparently as the Italians do). But this book tied them altogether and provided the best rational for these items. Great listen.

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  • Jennifer & Volkan Granit
  • 2019-09-29

Claims without data

I am writing this review as a physician - scientist. This "expert" has supposedly performed extensive research, making various claims in the book, stating that he has published countless "peer reviewed" papers. Check in pubmed. There are 10 Gundry publications. NONE are diet-related. The latest is from 2004. (world expert in cardiac surgery??)

Beware of any self - declared expert who talk about Jane and John Does who got better with his treatment. Where are the data? If he has the secret to good health, why does he not perform a randomized study and publish it? He apparently can cure Multiple Sclerosis patients who do not respond to routine care. Why not publish your cases for real peer review? I guess it is easier to have a website and sell expensive supplements instead based on the "science"

This does not mean everything in this book is unreliable. For instance, the role of the gut flora in human disease is becoming clearer everyday. However, except a limited amount of strains, it is unclear which bacteria are helpful, which are deleterious at what quantities.

Read/listen to this book. But also do your own research. Read other books. Ask questions. Check peer reviewed literature. Make your own call.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-18

Need cliff notes for this one

Took too long to get to the point. Plan is good, but seems like it's too hard to follow

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  • E. Goncalves
  • 2019-08-23

Interesting but...

Plant Paradox explanation on how plants can help and also kill you made a lot of sense to me, but in my honest opinion it is way too much information. I was reading the book with some paranoia until we reach the end of it.

I didn't like the end of the book, it seemed more like he was trying to sell me all the supplements he made (although you can buy them anywhere else ;-) ) he makes clear he uses the best components and bla bla bla... trying to make you go to his web site right away and buy everything he sells in order to avoid a tomato seed to kill you.

In my opinion lost some credibility at the end, as I felt I was in a: "as seen on TV show".

The information is good, and I'm pretty sure he has help a lot of people with their diseases, but for me was too much Apocalyptical.

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  • Dyane M.
  • 2019-11-14

MY MIND IS BLOWN!

The information the doctor share"s is invaluable. His intention to HEAL is delivered with care.

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  • Gary
  • 2019-10-09

Life Changing Information!!!

This book is definitely a must read for anyone who cares about their health and longevity. All of the things that I knew about food for vitality are expressly written in a most “digestible” form. Thank you Dr. Gundry for your work! You are the BEST ONE!

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  • Fo
  • 2019-09-19

absolutely life changing

it will take a while to acclimate this process. but I hope we are all able to fund these lifestyles to benefit ourselves and sick ones.

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  • Frequent_Buyer
  • 2019-12-07

Disappointed

I was hoping for an insightful book on health. After checking references and doing further research on the information that Dr. Gundry provides, I found out this book was a self-promoting means to further his celebrity.

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  • Hussain
  • 2019-11-09

a guideline that makes perfect sense & is possible

started reading the book out of curiosity but then realized the theory makes sense. I have started off with the plant paradox diet and after seeing some encouraging results trying to make it more workable and sustainable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-17

Simply Amazing!!

What an eye opening experience!

Truly Life Changing!

I am starting my transformation today and look forward to a remarkable change.

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  • destiny4
  • 2019-10-22

crazy and some stuff sounds fictional.

this book is crazy and sounds so not true in one part of the book Dr. Gundrys tells you if you eat a lot of chicken when your pregnant and are having a boy he will be born with a small penis haha, I have no idea how this book has good reviews.

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