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Prevent and Reverse Autoimmune Disorders, Diabetes, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Heart Disease, and Neurodegenerative Diseases.The must-read summary of “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” by Steven R. Gundry, MDWhile many plant foods are good for you, others can make you sick and overweight. Most of us have heard of gluten, a protein in wheat that can cause widespread inflammation in the body, resulting in serious illnesses. Gluten is just one variety of toxic plant-based proteinAs called lectins. For millions of years, plants protected themselves and their offspring from insects by producing toxins in their seeds and other parts. These toxins can paralyze insects and make them sick. They can also destroy your health.In The Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry explains the hidden dangers in “healthy” foods that can cause disease and weight gain. The Plant Paradox Program is the protocol used by Dr. Gundry in his California clinics to treat patients suffering from autoimmune disorders, diabetes, leaky gut syndromes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. It includes a step-by-step detox and eating plan detailing which plant foods to eat, which to avoid, and how to prepare certain foods to mitigate the impact of lectins.This guide includes: Book Summary—The summary helps you understand the key ideas and recommendations. Online Videos—On-demand replay of public lectures, and seminars on the topics covered in the chapter.Value-added of this guide: Save time Understand key concepts Expand your knowledgeRead this book to find out which plant foods to eat, which to avoid, and how to prepare certain foods to mitigate the impact of lectins.
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Summary &Study Guide
The Plant Paradox
The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
Title: Summary & Study Guide - The Plant Paradox
Subtitle: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
Author: Lee Tang
Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)
Copyright © 2018 by Lee Tang
All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.
First Edition: April 2018
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 9781988970080 (ebook)
ISBN-13: 9781987698411 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 198769841X (paperback)
Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and author make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of these contents and disclaim all warranties such as warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The website addresses in the book were correct at the time going to print. However, the publisher and author are not responsible for the content of third-party websites, which are subject to change.
To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.
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Books by Lee Tang
Part I: The Dietary Dilemma
1. The War Between Plants and Animals
2. Lectins on the Loose
3. Your Gut Under Attack
4. Know Thy Enemy
5. How the Modern Diet makes You Fat (and Sick)
Part II: Introducing the Plant Paradox Program
6. Revamp Your Habits
7. Phase 1: Kick-Start with a Three-Day Cleanse
8. Phase 2: Repair and Restore
9. Phase 3: Reap the Rewards
10. The Keto Plant Paradox Intensive Care Program
11. Plant Paradox Supplement Recommendations
About the Author
Plea from the Author
“The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” by Steven R. Gundry, MD
While many plant foods are good for you, others can make you sick and overweight. Most of us have heard of gluten, a protein in wheat that can cause widespread inflammation in the body, resulting in serious illnesses. Gluten is just one variety of toxic plant-based proteins called lectins. For millions of years, plants protected themselves and their offspring from insects by producing toxins in the their seeds and other parts. These toxins can paralyze insects and make them sick. They can also destroy your health. The first part of the book explains the hidden dangers in “healthy” foods that can cause disease and weight gain. The second part introduces the Plant Paradox Program, a step-by-step detox and eating plan detailing which plant foods to eat, which to avoid, and how to prepare certain foods to mitigate the impact of lectins.
Steven R. Gundry, MD is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. Dr. Gundry changed his focus to curing modern diseases via dietary changes after a distinguished surgical career as a professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University.
This guide is a summary and not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the book’s main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments. It is NOT meant to be a replacement, but a supplement to help you understand the book’s key ideas and recommendations.
THE DIETARY DILEMMA
THE WAR BETWEEN PLANTS AND ANIMALS
Every living thing strives to survive and passes on its genes to future generations. Some plants. such as fruit trees, enclose their seeds in a hard coating so they can survive a trip through the predator’s digestive systems, or large enough not to be swallowed, and simply left behind. These plants rely on animals to eat or gather their seeds before they fall to the ground. They want the seeds to wind up some distance from the mother plant so they don’t have to compete for sun, moisture, and nutrients. But they don’t want the seeds to be eaten before the protective coating is hardened, so they use color to convey the message that the fruit is not ready. They also increase the toxic levels in the unripe fruit to discourage the predators.
For grasses, grains, and other plants that grow in open futile fields, they want their seeds to fall in place because there is no advantage to be carried off. Instead of a hard casing, the seed contains chemicals that weaken predators, paralyze them, or make them ill, so they won’t eat the plant again. These chemicals include phytates, which hamper mineral absorption; trypsin inhibitors, which hinder digestion; and lectins, which disrupt cellular communication by causing a leaky gut. Gluten is one variety of lectins found in wheat. Whole grains contain all three chemicals in the fibrous hull, husk, and bran. Other chemicals include tannins and alkaloids found in the stems and leaves of the nightshade family.
Lectins are “sticky” proteins in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of most plants. They are also found in the meat, milk, and eggs of livestock, and farmed-fish fed with lectin-laden soy and corn. Lectins help plants defend themselves by binding to sugar molecules in the predator’s body, causing inflammatory reactions and interrupting cellular communication. They also help viruses and bacteria bind to their intended targets, increasing the risk of viral and bacterial infections.
The mucus in your nose and saliva in your mouth contain sugars that trap lectins. The mucus also adds a coating to your
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