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The plant paradox : the hidden dangers in "healthy" foods that cause disease and weight gain / Steven R. Gundry, MD ; with Olivia Bell Buehl.
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New York : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.

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xvi, 399 pages ; 24 cm
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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 readers 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.

Author Notes

Steven R. Gundry, MD, FACS, FACC, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder/director of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

He was educated at Yale University, Medical College of Georgia, and University of Michigan. While at Michigan he participated in a research program run by the National Institute of Health and is where he developed a love of scientific research.

Earlier in his career, He was Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Later he served as Chairman and Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Through the years, he and his colleagues performed infant and pediatric heart transplants in the U.S. and numerous other countries.

In 2002, he began focusing on a new dietary philosophy. In treating his patient's nutritional needs he saw positive results. His first book, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution, was published in 2008. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in Healthy Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introduction: It's Not Your Faultp. ix
Part I The Dietary Dilemma
Chapter 1 The War Between Plants and Animalsp. 3
Chapter 2 Lectins on the Loosep. 27
Chapter 3 Your Gut Under Attackp. 71
Chapter 4 Know Thy Enemy: The Seven Deadly Disruptorsp. 93
Chapter 5 How the Modern Diet Makes You Fat (and Sick)p. 131
Part II Introducing the Plant Paradox Program
Chapter 6 Revamp Your Habitsp. 167
Chapter 7 Phase 1: Kick-Start with a Three-Day Cleansep. 189
Chapter 8 Phase 2: Repair and Restorep. 199
Chapter 9 Phase 3: Reap the Rewardsp. 229
Chapter 10 The Keto Plant Paradox Intensive Care Programp. 249
Chapter 11 Plant Paradox Supplement Recommendationsp. 273
Part III Meal Plans and Recipes
Sample Meal Plansp. 289
The Plant Paradox Program Recipesp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 365
Notesp. 369
Indexp. 383