The Plant Paradox Book Review
I found Dr Steven Gundry and his book The Plant Paradox via his YouTube channel. And after watching a few of his health-related interviews with like-minded medical professionals and reading a little more about his credential as a cardiac surgeon and researcher, I decided to delve deeper into his approach to nutrition and health.
His book The Plant Paradox, at its core, has the same message as Dr Paul Saladino’s in The Carnivore Code. This is because plants do not want to be eaten; when they do, it’s on their terms. When their fruit is ripe, and the seeds are ready to be planted by whatever mammal ingests it, along with a convenient package of manure. This is how many plants pass on their DNA and maintain their species.
For many, Dr Gundry’s book may be a more palatable read in the current climate of ‘we should all eat a plant-based diet’. And I believe the changes he suggests may be adequate for many people to address their health issues. But there are always outliers where a more radical approach may be more appropriate.
A name that springs to mind is Mikhaila Peterson, who shares her journey to control rheumatoid arthritis on her blog and YouTube channel. She is an excellent example of someone who successfully manages her autoimmune condition with a strict carnivore diet. And much of the advice Dr Gundry provides wouldn’t work for her, this is apparent after watching the TEDx talk she gave in the summer of 2021.
Nevertheless, I did find the book informative. I took several additional pieces of information away that built on my previous exposure to the potential harm of plant toxins and the potential of following a harm minimisation model instead of an elimination approach to manage food toxicity.
I’d certainly recommend the book, as I feel strongly that people should expose themselves to many sources of information, research and opinions to steer their way through the murky waters of nutritional advice, which has become increasingly challenging in the presence of biased research, hidden agendas and keen individuals on social media and the internet who have no place to comment.
My approach to nutrition with personal training clients and osteopathic patients is to present the information they may be missing out on and allow them to make their own fully informed nutritional choices. So as a part of this process, Dr Gundry’s book is an excellent resource, as is his YouTube channel.
Publishers Book Summary
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 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 commonly regarded as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products.
These proteins, 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 severe 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 worldwide.
The simple (and daunting) fact is that lectins are everywhere. Thankfully, Dr Gundry offers simple hacks we can easily 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 contains fewer lectins when ripe, so eating apples, berries, and other lectin-containing fruits at the peak of ripeness helps minimise 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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