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Dr. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox Is Wrong

August 27, 2019


Dr. Gundry’s THE PLANT PARADOX is Wrong Earlier this year, I started
getting emails about this book, The Plant Paradox, purporting
to expose the “hidden dangers” in healthy foods that cause
disease and weight gain, foods like beans, and whole
grains, and tomatoes. Why? Because of lectins,
which is a rehashing of the discredited Blood Type
Diet from decades ago; they just keep coming back. Yeah, but this was
written by an MD, which— if you’ve seen
my medical school videos— you’ll know is effectively an
anti-credential when it comes to writing diet books, basically
advertising to the world that you’ve received likely little
or no formal training in nutrition. Dr. Atkins was, after
all, a cardiologist. But look, you want to give
the benefit of the doubt. The problem is that it doesn’t
even seem to pass the sniff test. I mean if lectins are bad, then
beans would be the worst, and so bean counters
would presumably find that bean eaters cut
their lives short, whereas the exact opposite
may be true with legumes— beans, split peas,
chickpeas, and lentils— found to be perhaps the most
important dietary predictor of survival in older people in
countries around the world. As Dan Buettner points
out in his Blue Zones work, lectin-packed foods are
the cornerstone of the diets of all the healthiest, longest-
lived populations on the planet. Plant-based diets in general,
and legumes in particular, are a common thread among
longevity Blue Zones around the world—the most
lectin lush food there is. And if lectins are bad, then whole
grain consumers should be riddled with disease, when in fact whole
grain intake is associated with a reduced risk of
coronary heart disease, the number 1 killer
of men and women. Strokes, too, and total cancer, and
mortality from all causes put together, meaning people who eat whole
grains tend to live longer, and get fewer respiratory diseases,
infectious diseases, diabetes, and all non-cardiovascular,
non-cancer causes to boot. And not just in
population studies. As I’ve shown, you can randomize
people into whole grain interventions and prove cause-
and-effect benefits. The same with tomatoes. You randomize women to a cup
and a half of tomato juice or water every day, and all that
nightshade tomato lectin reduces systemic inflammation,
or has waist-slimming effects, reducing cholesterol as well
as inflammatory mediators. So when people told me about
this book, I was like, let me guess: he sells a line of lectin-
blocking supplements. And what do you know: assist your
body in the fight against lectins for only $79.95 a month. That’s only like a
thousand bucks a year— a bargain for pleasant
bathroom visits. And then, of course, there’s
10 other supplements. So for only 8 or 9 thousand dollars
a year, you can lick those lectins. Oh, did I not mention
his skincare line? Firm and sculpt
for an extra $120, all so much more affordable
when you subscribe to his VIP club. But you still want to give him
the benefit of the doubt. People ask me all the time to
comment on some new blog or book or YouTube video, and
I have to sadly be like, look, there are a hundred thousand
peer-reviewed scientific papers on nutrition published in the
medical literature every year, and we can barely
keep up with those. Ah, but people kept emailing
me about this book; so, I was like, fine, I’ll
check out the first citation. Chapter 1, citation 1: “Forget everything you
thought you knew was true” (diet books love saying that). For example, “Eating
shellfish and egg yolks dramatically reduces
total cholesterol.” What?! Egg yolks
reduce cholesterol? What is this citation? This is the paper he cites. And here it is. By now, you know
how these studies go. How do you show a food
decreases cholesterol? You remove so much
meat, cheese, and eggs that overall your saturated fat
falls, in this case, about 50%. If you cut saturated
fat in half, of course cholesterol
levels are going to drop. So they got a drop
in cholesterol removing meat, cheese,
and egg yolks. Yet, that’s the paper he uses to
support his statement that egg yolks dramatically reduce cholesterol. I mean it’s unbelievable. That’s the opposite of the truth. Add egg yolks to people’s diets
and their cholesterol goes up. I mean, how dare
he say this? And it’s not like some
harmless foolishness, like saying the Earth
is flat or something. Heart disease is the number
one killer of men and women. This can actually
hurt people. So much for my
benefit of the doubt.

100 Comments

  • Reply Shawn Clark, Realtor January 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I love that there are so many negative comments. Debunking videos tend to be stupid and poorly researched like this one. You didn’t even read the book.

  • Reply Sally Mega January 15, 2019 at 2:57 am

    I kinda tried to follow his diet and experienced constipation cause I couldn't even eat tomatoes or cucumbers. Many fruits would be considered sugary and not recommended -thus the constipation. My poop comes out in pellets – I am really not sure if it's good or not. So far discouraging, but it might actually help me lose weight though.

  • Reply Levi Freed January 21, 2019 at 3:35 am

    This dude retarded and gay, kid insults baby

  • Reply Ellen Chrystal January 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I read the book. Then it became obvious that Gundry was just trying to sell very expensive supplements. If it talks like a duck — Quack Quack

  • Reply DJ Barraclough January 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

    how come you are not talking about the truly EPIC success of the VAST numbers of people who are enjoying real results by following the simple advice of this book?? HM???? We have all had enough "poking holes" – time to go with what really does work here and now and stop being skeptics only because you can. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • Reply ihopetowin January 25, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Atkins may have been a cardiologist, but his research into nutrition was long and expansive. The Atkins diet works.

  • Reply Christina Cartoonsoul January 26, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    It would really help in future videis if u tried to keep the condescension out of your tone, it was Incredibly insufferable. As much as u gave me a few good reasons to doubt Dr.Gundrys claims, like every other seemingly butthurt nutritionist and vegan on Youtube thats made a video on The Plant Paradox you have barely even tried to give some cold hard facts about his claims that can convince me 1 way or another

  • Reply 5ygn4 January 27, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Your body requires 2000 mg of cholesterol everyday to function. if you don't consume it, it will make it's own. – dr. berg

  • Reply TheEssmo123 January 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Your argument is so flawed.. this is very disappointing.

  • Reply Valthirian Sunstrider January 29, 2019 at 12:05 am

    You appeal to morons and those who can't think for themselves, sir.

  • Reply Roger January 29, 2019 at 12:49 am

    jeezus! cows have it so easy..1 product-grass! and look at the muscles on them!

  • Reply John Joseph Fontaine January 29, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Wooooh! Did you even read his book?????I did …….3 time's &yes I don't understand most word's &yes I don't understand what a "nightshade"really is.i really needed to get a "tune-up"so I took his advice &elemanated all of these so called "lectins"from my diet.that was June 1st 2018.at that time you prick,I [email protected] Lbs(i was a vegetarian for 16 months,prior.) I am now 190Lbs!&I honestly believe I am stronger/faster/not better looking,than before.you are still bald……🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Marsekel Lombatti January 29, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Not surprised Dr. Gundry is getting bashed. They've done it to all of them.

  • Reply Tom Christensen January 29, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Dr. Steven Gundry: cardiac surgeon, medical innovator, author, and the mind behind Gundry MD. He is a award winning cardiac surgeon he might know something about what is good for the heart.

  • Reply hybridamerica January 30, 2019 at 4:43 am

    We live in the unfortunate Age where there is no truth. Even if the real truth were proclaimed from the rooftops of the World – there would be – immediately – seven hundred experts denouncing that truth.

    There is no way to be sure about anything these days.

  • Reply dancewomyn1 January 30, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    AHAHAHA….GREAT VIDEO!!!

  • Reply samuelps January 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    That was spectacular!

  • Reply Marianne Biangone February 1, 2019 at 12:01 am

    First and foremost, being condescending regarding another medical professional is unnecessary. I have been a nurse for 30 years and believe that collaborative relationships provide the best patient outcomes! I would encourage your listeners to read the articles you cited, looking specifically at the "n" or the number of people in a study as well as the conclusion and recommendations. MAKE SURE THE STUDY IS VALID! Nutrition is highly individualized….what works for some may not work for others. What we know for sure is BALANCE is key. Please stop trying to build yourself up by tearing others down….it's just not productive.

  • Reply The Mind Muscle February 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Blue zones have higher vitamin and mineral contents in their food. We dont here in the states

  • Reply Jonathan Tremblay February 5, 2019 at 10:28 am

    It’s important to have diversity of thoughts on nutrition. However, observational studies do not control well for variables and do not necessarily compare 2 context adequately. Yeah, whole grains reduces risk for everything, but compared to what? Is there a « healthy user bias » in that study? I absolutely hate the tone of this particular video, lecturing us to only look at vegan nutritional advice. You will ALWAYS be able to find a study to prove ANY point of view. Always keep in mind the bias of the source of a video…

  • Reply SwimmingUpCurrents February 5, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    A lot of the data in this video is generalized. Beans and grain lectin content is highly variable and depends on the method of cooking. Gundry's book goes into detail about all of this.

  • Reply harry viking February 7, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Gundry looks like a clown! lol! He cannot be taken seriously! …. some of what is said here is also a bit dodgy!

  • Reply Dan Norstrom February 7, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I disagree with you and wonder if you are supported in some way by corporate agriculture. Regardless, Dr. Gundry's methods have transformed my life like no other medications or other diet program. 54 year old male, normal diet. Family genetics have us in the fat/chunky side but mainly cultural dietary habits and practices. Grew up lower middle class, single mother, imprinted early in life on high fat, high carb pizza, Hamburger Helper, cereal, mac and cheese, sandwiches, lots of beans of all kinds. Did Atkins, failed to stay on it, was so cumbersome. I found his simple emphasis on what to eliminate more useful and practical. My blood sugar levels are down to 97-120s, lost and have kept off 30lbs, found energy to exercise. That's all nice and good but the best thing is my blood chemistry and how I feel. I used to be a Pepcid, Motrin and Claritin addict. My gut burned all the time. I had skin issues, headaches, allergic type reactions internally and externally- for years. I am now almost a year onto Gundry's recommendations and my God- it's simply a miracle (to me) and some family. I can respect his work. I always have a problem with people that try and help and then some dweeb comes around to attack it. It's a disease of social media- glad Dr. Gundry is at a point in life he's earned my respect, isn't worried about the naysayers that are like fleas and gnats. I accidentally came across this video and page. I will just as quickly ignore it going forward. Dr. Gundry has helped me, my sister, two other relatives and friends. That's all that matters at the end of the day. We simply did exactly what Dr. Gundry recommended and were able to slowly work it in vs. all the insane, demoralizing counting, diet menus and other junk. My internist and endocrinologist were both stunned and have been moved by his work. My best to all those who have found a solution with Dr. Gundry. If it doesn't work for you, share what does work but don't pick apart it just to get subscribers or the attention getting that comes from your actions. Good day.

  • Reply Justinian Argo February 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I would recommend reading the book Plant Paradox and trying it for yourself. Then you can decide what you believe.

  • Reply GWCinstitute February 14, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    The sad truth is that so many people don't understand true science and they'll point to individuals whose elimination of lectins apparently helped them. But those are singular cases and not science. Just because one's joint pain is reduced or they are in remission from lupus, that doesn't mean it was directly a result of eliminating lectins. That's not how scientific studies work. You also have to consider everything that you're now eating. It may be something you have replaced the lectins with that is helping and not necessarily the elimination of lectins. The studies are overwhelming that if one eats the GBOMBS everyday, they will enjoy a much higher quality of life and less likely to have cardiovascular or respiratory problems, or to develop cancer.

  • Reply TEAM VBS February 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Lectins are the problem with many people – why fight what actually works!!! Vegan agenda??

  • Reply Michael Evans February 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Keep your mind open, listen to multiple doctors, weigh the evidence and no need to follow any one doctor as if he/she is a prophet from god. Learn and adjust your thinking as new information is presented.

  • Reply Ingrid R February 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I was type 2 Diabetic with metabolic disease. I repeat WAS. My body was in so much pain I could barely walk. Been following Dr Gundry and using his method for 8 weeks now. My health has improved exponentially. I haven’t spent a penny either. I borrowed Dr Gundry books from the library and watched his YouTube vids. I will continue this program until I have reached my goal weight. Don’t knock what you don’t understand. Everyone is individual. We all have to find what works for us

  • Reply Max powers February 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I was vegan for long years and my cholesterol was high, it actually did come down as soon as I started eating eggs! if you don’t eat cholesterol your body will overcompensate and make more ! so your truth is NOT my truth

  • Reply Patrice Bittner February 18, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    All my bloodworm for inflammation went into normal range after using his diet for close to a year. Worked for me. U of F claimed nightshades caused inflammation with people with RA decades ago.

  • Reply It's Wednesday, Screw Ironing February 20, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I was so😮scared when i read the gundry book. I was raised eating nightshades 😅 so I figured I must be half ghoul, half zombie to have survived my parents food gauntlet.🍅🥔🌶 for a while I didnt eat any NS. But when i stoped eating em i was sooooooo sad 😭🍳🍽. Thank GOD for possible zombie-ghoul heritage and contemptable lack of willpower!!!🙆🏾‍♀️🐣🙆🏾‍♀️🍅🍅🍅🥔🌶🥔🌶🥔🌶🌶🍅 #blessed

  • Reply FlowtnWitWalden February 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I try to take everything with a grain of salt. I must say I'm more put off by this guy's condescending voice and snide mockery of the fact that Grundy sells supplements. For me, the fact that Grundy is an entrepreneur is a plus! Remember, the medical establishment voraciously pushes its pharmaceutical products too!

  • Reply FlowtnWitWalden February 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    As for the claim that egg yolks reduce cholesterol, i don't know; but I've heard that more nutrients are in the yolk… phosphorus, selenium, zinc, folate, vits A,E & D and DHA among others. I believe the key to obtaining those nutrients is to not OVERCOOK the yolk. There are enzymes that help your body absorb the nutrients; but the enzymes are destroyed with high heat. It's why I always eat eggs "soft boiled" – cook the white; but just heat the yolk. Also an egg is natures miracle – while yolk is high in cholesteral, whites have lecithin, which is an emulsifier of fat. Also, the brain muscle has high concentrations of cholesterol.

  • Reply FlowtnWitWalden February 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    So to sum up the video 1) takes issue with Grundy's claim that improperly cooked legumes cause leaky gut 2) takes issue with the fact that Dr. Grundy is an entrepreneur and sells supplements. 3) takes issue with Grundy pushing shell fish and egg yolks as a way to reduce total cholesterol… and in order to debunk that completely neglects the benefits of increasing shell fish and decreasing milk and meat, instead focusing solely on Grundy's promotion of egg-yolks as the basis of his being wrong about reducing cholesterol with "shell fish AND egg yolks."

  • Reply Firoz Ahmed Sanullah February 21, 2019 at 5:30 am

    You are what you eat Look at the problem of obesity and general health of people and i can believe its diet related
    And you my friend need to READ dr Gundrys book first instead of picking

  • Reply Liza Fern February 26, 2019 at 5:44 am

    the forced fake voice inflexions are horrible to listen to.

  • Reply Man on the street February 26, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Well mr. Nutrition , he talked about lectins in beans, and tomato’s, and specifically said they attack the intestines walls spewing bad stuff in our body creating inflammations. To criticize him, please address his theory or facts SPECIFICALLY, not some bullshit about statistics.

  • Reply Ahmet Bilgin February 27, 2019 at 8:30 am

    U think whole grains good for our health? I can't trust u doc

  • Reply AriD2385 February 27, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    It seems problematic to counter facts about the chemicals in plants with broad population studies that are summing up the results of innumerably different variables in lifestyle, diet, environment and genetics.

  • Reply L J March 3, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Accepting any information is easier to do without the snark. Try it next time.

  • Reply S C March 6, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Its funny when people try to debunk things they find a study that proves theyre point only well anyone can do this with any topic so its idiotic.

  • Reply NBH Productions March 7, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Tried the 3 day detox. I could not bend my knee after surgery due to the inflammation in it and I had not worked for 2 years because of it and the pain. Worth a try, I thought, so I did. I hated the first day, the second day I woke up and no immediate pain, the third day I thought I was going to die due to the detox so I had an egg for breakfast that was suggested by Dr. Gundry in his book. Felt fantastic. 2 days later I was continuing on and enjoying it without cravings. I could not believe it. I lost 6 kg immediately, I was not taking a single tablet for the pain, I could kneel and my brain fog had lifted.
    However I felt that I was cooking 2 different meals and I never ate with my family. My children are all very slender and I would not want them to loose any weight.
    I chose this for me and although it worked, I couldn't keep it going. I was prepping 2 different meals and felt excluded.
    I am now paying the price BIG time with the inflammation to the knee returning. I am unable to kneel or bend my knee past 90 degrees and once again in pain.
    I will start the detox again during the Easter Holidays, NO EASTER EGGS and then keep to it, but I will have the evening meals with the family, that WILL include meat, this carnivore is not about to go vegan but I will stick to the 118 grams and include more greens and salad to my diet.
    This DOES work and I would recommend it to anyone with joint pain.
    However I would also recommend reading his book twice, as you think you are being done over by a used car sales man selling something that doesn't work but it does work. Who would have ever thought that there would be a driver-less car?? You just need to know how and have an open mind. I have had friends who have also suffered from severe migraines, flushes due to menopause and everything stopped due to this book, they are not taking any hormones or nothing.
    P.S you can eat bread – sour dough and you can eat butter and cheese…
    So maybe this is for you?? Worth a try.

  • Reply David Hume March 7, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    A book about lectins!! Let me debunk it by casting doubt on a single research paper about cholesterol.

  • Reply Reno Roof March 10, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Dr Gundry is 100% correct, I'm living proof. it's funny how all the competitors out there try to debunk his plan. All it does is take away your credibility.

  • Reply Plants4ever March 12, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Wow, a lot of people commenting here, really like to hear “good news about their bad habits”.There’s a paradox for you!! I recommend Mic The Vegan’s debunk of Dr Grundy!!

  • Reply Ryan Dolm March 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    When I cut out my lectins I finally got a hot girlfriend and cured my depression and won the lottery 10 times though? How do you explain that?

  • Reply Jaroslaw Shudrak March 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Just to emphasize- cholesterol is not the problem in any case! You can’t exist without cholesterol! The calcium plaque cause the real danger, inflammation is the culprit!
    Study the causes of inflammation then make you comments!

  • Reply Richard Paulson March 19, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Here is a link explaining that Steven Gundry's book is unscientific and does not prove his claims:
    'The Plant Paradox' by Steven Gundry MD– A Commentary

    nutritionstudies.org

    Although I am open minded to possibilities, I have a bigger reason not to believe what Gundry is saying. Just looking in the Bible. When you consider things from a perspective that is not based in the idea of evolution, but in that God created all things, it doesn't make sense to say that edible foods, such as vegetables etc, are "poisonous" to our system. If something is going to make us sick, such as poisonous mushrooms for example, we are going to know about it right away. But to have so much "sneakiness" lurking in so many foods whereby one may get sick by consuming too much of, cannot be embraced by one who believes in God. It makes sense to eat a variety of foods for the best health, and that is normal to do. However if we want to know the reasons for so much illness today, it's not coming from what's natural in food. It's coming from the poisons added to food or from depleting what is natural in food, and from drugs and how man tampers with the natural. It's coming from man made contaminants. For those of you who believe in the Bible, consider these following verses:

    Romans 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who

    is weak, eateth herbs.

    3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let

    not him which eateth not judge him that eateth:

    1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be

    refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

    5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    Further: corn, wheat, barley, honey, bread, etc. are all approved as "food" in the Bible. In the beginning God said that every fruit from every tree is good for food (and forbade just one). So if none of this is tampered with in an unnatural way, then they must be fine. It can't be that Lectin rich foods are causing illness. If people are getting better by changing their diet, I would say it is not because they stopped eating something perfectly natural to eat. There is some other reason.

  • Reply Sarah Li March 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    There's something dishonest in Dr gundry's finishing line "I'm Dr gundry and I'm always looking out for you " yeah like bloody hell he's looking out for your money

  • Reply Marcus Van Assendelft van Wijck March 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Those who have ears……

  • Reply dougjstl1 March 24, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    You're not a peanut is a peanut a nut you're not you're stupid got nothing to say you complain about dr. Steven gundry but it works for me he said you could eat beans kidney beans just pressure cook them you're sarcastic and you're stupid

  • Reply Louise Gallant March 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Somewhat ironic the rant against doctors (md’s) writing diet books..considering Dr Greger wrote a few himself… maybe he is not an md ?? lol

  • Reply Juliette Rose March 28, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    bitch is just jealous cause he gave up and now he fat asf

  • Reply ayush singh March 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    The moment they start selling supplements,u know they r quacks!!."Lectins blocking supplement" what a joke!!

  • Reply Allan Sorowon April 3, 2019 at 4:51 am

    It is so hypocritical for and MD to blatantly deface another MD on the basis of who has more expertise than the other. Further more, it is petty to say that one is in for the money by selling supplements while you doing almost similar thing. Everyone can have an opinion but also everyone can see the truth eventually.

  • Reply Michele Lyn April 3, 2019 at 11:29 am

    As if science isnt biught everyone knows that

  • Reply Rebecca Rowey April 4, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Many people, including myself, have benefited from Dr. Gundry's advice. The proof is in the results.

  • Reply John Burch April 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I hear you cluck-en big chicken… But the results say different. It's hard to argue a changed life…

  • Reply TL K23 April 9, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Plant paradox is for people who want to feel good about eating meat. It's Adkins recycled. Just more nonsense from the meat and dairy industry. Plus he sells all those supplements to gullible people because they don't want to believe science. Glad you are putting these videos out.Dr Greger, you are a man of integrity.

  • Reply Olga Martinez April 10, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Dang lol! What's weird is somehow seeing a fat old person get a heart attack and people get that they should cut back on fatty meat dairy etc but —- if your young and you drop dead at CrossFit from eating the same exact way people are baffled 🤔black magic 🤪

  • Reply Windy Daley April 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I agree. Dr. Gundry recommends Beverly Hills MD Check out the real reviews about these people.

  • Reply Thordur Hogna April 10, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Roasting dr.Gundry still 1,4 dislikes this video

  • Reply Jagannath Dixit April 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Curious observation of the quackery of this doctor's advice: The foods which he says you should NOT eat are mostly from the "New world," – corn, potato, tomato, bell pepper, chili pepper, beans, pumpkin, sunflower oil, peanut, pecan , pineapple, blueberry, sunflower seeds, , gourds, squash. Quinoa, pop corn, A2 milk, etc.. Seems like his "white North European" superior genes are allergic and sensitive to these healthy foods !! May be he should move back to Europe. If you avoid these valuable and nutritious foods you are depriving yourself with several beneficial flavonoids, lycopene, anthocyanins, vitamins and minerals and many other phytochemicals .

  • Reply TheSophist2007 April 15, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I react to tomatoes, get achy knee pain, which must be caused by lectins…

  • Reply Lyle Burns April 20, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Robyn Saavedra April 23, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Two words: for profit. He sells crap. xo

  • Reply Amybeth Hurst April 24, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Clearly, the research has been done. And, on all sides. We can simply choose to believe the research we choose to. No one can convince me that beans or eggplant are bad, and I live happy, healthy, and pain free. Yet, another person will swear by Dr. Gundry's philosophy. Please don't challenge the "research," because it is so easily documented from each an every side. Just do what works best for you. I personally think Gundry's a quack, and is trying to sell stuff. I am entitled to that opinion. Yes, I know he claims to have lost weight. But, who knows what diet he truly followed? And, there are people in this stream who say they are losing weight giving up lectins. Well, of course, duh. ANYTIME someone follows a strict diet restricting things they love, they will lose weight and that (in turn) will result in less inflammation.

  • Reply Hector Alvarez April 25, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    You obviously haven't read the book, or skimmed it at best. I say it correlates well with evolution and how every Living thing has some sort of mechanism to help It defend itself in wild. The author is not saying that these foods are bad. A but that the way they're prepared in modern civilization skips the process of killing the lectin, and even gives you tips on how to remove unwanted lectin.

  • Reply Alina Zamoshnikova April 29, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Dr Gundry did a PhD in evolutionary nutrition. Plenty of training. That's one. He was also not just a surgeon but a transplantologist, which essentially means – immunologist. Immunology deals with inflammation and autoimmunity. That's two.

  • Reply Three Big Ideas May 2, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Let me get this straight…your approach is to make assumptions about an author's claim and then use your confirmation bias to stop at the first citation and the circumstantial detail of him selling supplements to debunk a book you haven't read? Don't you think this is only adding more noise to the conversation? You're probably right but you haven't done the work necessary to prove your hypothesis

  • Reply Karl Hungus May 2, 2019 at 4:39 am

    The Plant Paradox – Scientific Accuracy: 26%
    https://www.redpenreviews.org/reviews/the-plant-paradox-the-hidden-dangers-in-healthy-foods-that-cause-disease-and-weight-gain

  • Reply seekortry May 4, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I am reading this book right now. One thing he claims in it is that you can change your diet for only a few days and see improvement. It doesn't really cost me anything to change my diet for 3-5 days, since I am just purchasing different food items or cooking them differently. If that clears up health problems as claimed is possible, then I am happy. In the comments I am reading to this critique, I see a lot of people making that very claim. It seems silly to me that you attempt to debunk it in the way you did. Shouldn't you just find people who have these problems, put them on the diet for a few days, and see if there is improvement as claimed? Wouldn't that be the scientific way to determine if he is right or wrong??

  • Reply Tom Thomas May 4, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    How can something be wrong that works???

  • Reply Valerie Wells May 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

    The Plant Paradox diet healed my gut.

  • Reply Valerie Wells May 8, 2019 at 12:36 am

    The plant paradox diet healed my gut. Get your brain out our your ideology & put it back in your head where it belongs.

  • Reply 027christy May 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

    1. I take issue with your very name, anyone who thinks they know something as fact lacks critical thinking skills. Most ideas are wrong, the point is to beat them with a stick and see if they hold up. 
    2. Using science can be a failure to cure diseases you can experiment and see if it works for you; you're not gonna die in a month trying this then you will know.

  • Reply kbkesq May 15, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Gundry should lose his license. Kahn got him to admit he eats beans!

    https://youtu.be/e61XfKF_NpI

  • Reply Shad Stewart May 15, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    You can find a study or create a research study that supports a claim, endlessly, the "scientific study " has as much credibility as a homeless van owner is a good baby sitter. watch the " crisis of science" video by Corbett Report.

  • Reply Red Queen Official May 18, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Who ever says egg yolks reduce cholesterol must be mentally impaired

  • Reply Frank Lofaro Jr. May 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I agree mostly, but must say, Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease

  • Reply Lloyd Christmas May 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I consume a lot of legumes. For 10 times the cost of legumes itself, I can get Lectin Shield! I love pseudoscience.

  • Reply JSLCummins June 3, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Just do a small one or two day fast every other week and you will heal yourself.

  • Reply ted johnson June 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    phytoestrogens ARE polyphenols. And lectins are denatured by cooking. Most people I know tend to cook their legumes. The basic problem in the US is that everybody is eating calorie dense, high fat, high salt, high sugar processed foods. If you are having problems with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, try switching to a vegetarian diet consisting of legumes, whole grains, and vegetables. High fat diets are the problem- meat, fried food, etc.

  • Reply Johnn Smyth June 5, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Bullshit. How much are you getting paid by Big Pharma to say this? 🤨 I’m ON The that diet and I’m 55 years old and have gone from 346 to 254 in Six Months!!!! I’ve totally turned my health around. Now go on and tell me IM wrong 🤨 Quack!!

  • Reply Debra Fry June 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    So much BS out there! Just be smart about your food intake.
    I felt fine until tried specific diet guru's. It's all BS if you ask me.
    No one know's what to believe anymore!

  • Reply arjay smithjr June 8, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    My grandmother ate eggs every day, with bacon or sausage. She ate just about anything she liked,
    such as Strawberry Ice Cream and Utz Potato Chips. She drank coffee every day, or tea. Must add
    she never smoked or drank alcohol, was VERY active all her life, all 93 years of it. Eat what you like,
    and when the Good Lord calls your number, it's Adios Amigo, whether you're a health food nut like
    Euell Gibbons (64 years on this Earth) or my dear grandmother.

  • Reply Gerald Fiore June 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Wow he seems a very likeable guy, man I started drinking olive oil, reduced gluten free bread, carbs, tomato, etc man the first night I had night sweats, his Lectin theory seems plausable actually, Im confused. The I thought how about that guy who ate solely potatoes for a year, that guys leaky gut should have imploded, right? He was eating pure nightshades daily for 365 days non stop and yet his bloods were better than before, and so I thought I wonder what other say about Dr Grundy and found this video, thanks Dr Grieger, now Im more informed or at least realise its nt as clear cut as Dr Gundry says.

  • Reply MS June 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Stopped halfway through. Narrator is too annoying. Would send this to a friend but no.

  • Reply oswaldo bermudez June 14, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Well it has now been proven that cholesterol is not bad, but only when is oxidized is when it becomes bad.

  • Reply profd65 June 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    How is a snake oil salesman like Gundry allowed to keep his medical license? I mean, he is a true old fashioned snake oil salesman–a mountebank.

  • Reply Sharon's poetry Corner #Enjoy! June 20, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I love Greger! 👏👏👏👏👏

  • Reply Max powers June 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I think the plant paradox is a bunch of crap, but that being said , I disagree with you on the cholesterol issue ! when I was vegan for many years my cholesterol was still too high , it dropped when I started eating whole organic eggs, because as you know cholesterol is produced by the body too, and my body was over compensating ! Every single body is unique and different and requires it’s own science !

  • Reply donald drechsler June 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    You take everything out of content. You didn’t read the book because if you did he tells you how to prepare the foods to eliminate lectin. He also tells you he doesn’t push his supplements and offer alternatives. I can personally say following his eating plan has help my over all health and have the blood results to prove it. The only difficult part is following his eating program when you are not home. But as he states over and over again to your best. I had doctors poison me antibiotics and steroids and if I would not have made changes I would be dead or bed ridden. I learned much of this before I discovered Dr. Gundry in 11/2018. The Plant Paradox confirmed much of what I learned in health journey and my family history with many health issues. The most important is all the people he has helped and recommend following his eating program. He never tells anyone you need to buy his supplements. I have tried different one some help me and some I noticed no difference. You make your money prescribing drugs to people who are sick, Dr. Gundry shows you how to stay well and away from quacks like you.

  • Reply Jason C July 1, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thanks for calling this garbage out. Book based on BAD science

  • Reply Martin Gosnell July 22, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Gundry has helped many people including us, you sound like a bitter twisted jealous put down
    these people also love his suggetsions
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN_Nani1Gwk

  • Reply Mark Sheppard July 25, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for the recommendation. If you're saying it's wrong, it's got to be right!

  • Reply GuilhotinaGamez August 1, 2019 at 2:45 am

    says an MD has no nutrition knowledge, points out MDs research to prove it. yeah, you right.

  • Reply hamperhamper August 5, 2019 at 8:11 am

    beans make you fart

  • Reply Dark Wolf August 12, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Fun fact there isnt much research to support cholesterol causing heart disease or heart problems, it was first started by a hypothesis and then later studies yet these studies have been debunked and theres more data that cholesterol doesnt necessarily affect heart disease. What affects heart disease are the triglicerides and we store triglicerides in the form of cholesterol along with fat, people who have high cholesterol yet low tryglicerides actually lower heart disease. Its why when we look at saturated fat we think heart disease yet we test these foods and they have no or a slight positive effective on it instead of such a negative effect. We used to eat quite a bit of it yet heart disease wasnt a big deal, no we cut it out and are scared of it heart disease has only risen

  • Reply g quin August 14, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Another con artist … trying to discredit the facts!

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