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Publisher's 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 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. Once ingested, these proteins 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.

©2017 Steven R. Gundry (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Gundry's logical and extensive investigation into lectins provides readers with more than enough evidence to take this information to heart and try his method." ( Shelf Awareness)

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Terrible narration, great book

The narrator speaks with exaggerated pronunciation, misplaced emphasis, and pauses in the wrong places. This book could have been narrated by Siri and come out sounding more human. Within the first few minutes, I had to listen carefully because I genuinely thought it was an AI narrating the story.

Question - don't authors or some other authority listen to these audiobooks prior to releasing them to the public? I can't understand how some of these narrators were given the thumbs up while recording these books. If it were my book, I'd make sure it was enjoyable to listen to before releasing it. Maybe it's just me, though.

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Voice

I had to google the narrator to see if this person exists or if it is a computer program. Whatever speed I put the narration on, it still sounds like a computer generated voice. I am having a hard time listening to the content for the computer sounding voice.

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Ground breaking book ruined by narrator

I am a naturopathic practitioner and believe this book to be the most important information yet written on health. I've told anyone who will listen how vital it's message is. Therefore it is beyond plausible reason to understand how this narrator could have been hired to read such an important book. I think of all the people who will not get through the first 5 minutes. Perhaps the narrator has a condition or disability. Perhaps there was no person and a machine read this book. Whatever, it was absolutely brutal to sit through. If it is a person, they need a different vocation. He pauses in exactly the wrong places, puts emphasis on the wrong syllables, breaks syllables into separate words. Most annoying are the long pauses that covey a complete thought but then he continues and I realize he is still mid sentence and I am now getting a different understanding than what I just thought I had. Example: ...the patient was scheduled for dialysis. He went ... long pause... on the plant paradox diet. Over and over. I'm actually quite upset with the author for allowing such a travesty of an audiobook. I mean, didn't anyone listen to it before it was released?!

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Robot reading

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't even listen to this book. It sounds like its being read by the computer from War Games. Is it really that hard to phone a person that can read?

What could Steven R. Gundry MD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find someone other than a computer voice to read the text.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

OMG no!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness at having to listen to a computer voice talk

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Dreadful Narration But Interesting Content

What did you like best about The Plant Paradox? What did you like least?

I have been listening to audiobooks for 20+ years and have never encountered a narration even close to being this bad. My wife didn't even believe it was a real person reading it but instead thought it was synthesized.

The book though has some fascinating content and if what Dr Gundry is saying is even half true, then it is indeed groundbreaking.

I loved the fact that is was packed with medical research rather than opinions, but didn't like the amount of repetition and it feels as though he was writing to a word count rather than just delivering the message - but for some reason that is common with non-fiction.

I also wasn't keen when Gundry says this is nothing like Paleo. yes it is, it's very similar to Paleo in many respects, BUT it approaches it from a different scientific point of view.

I have read reviews where people have slammed the book because it's hard to stick with the diet changes it calls for. Well come on, that isn't the books fault. If you try it and it doesn't work, then sure, slam it, but otherwise just admit you have no will power and move on for the next quick fix.

I cannot make my mind up about Gundry. I hate the hard sell he engages in for his supplements, but you cannot ignore the guys credentials and the fact that he supports all of his claims with plenty of supporting scientific data.

He's either due a Nobel Prize or needs locking up and I'm leaning toward the former. I'm going to try it out as I did get great results on the Paleo and because it cannot do any harm I'd suggest anybody with autoimmune issues, IBS, brain fog, arthritis, high BP or cholesterol, heart problems, acid reflux .... and the list goes on, do the same.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Solimene’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was The Plant Paradox worth the listening time?

Yes as it's very thought provoking.

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I think this book was read by a robot. It's as though you're in kindergarten.
Very off-putting.
I had to stop listening and I'm sending it back.

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sounds like a machine

The information is thought-provoking and interesting; I'll probably re-listen to it but the narrator sounds mechanical, with unnatural pauses and inflection. It sounds like it's being read by a text-to-speach program and distracts/detracts from the content.

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Fantastic book!

I loved this book so much I bought a hard copy as well. I have also convinced more than 3 friends, and counting to read it. The information is extremely well researched and supported while remaining accessible. My only criticism is the narration, which sounds very robotic. Still I highly recommend.

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Valuable nutritional advice

This doctor has helped thousands of patients to get well through avoiding certain foods. He gives some convincing examples. He explains in detail what these foods to to us when we eat them. I learned a lot. The bonus pdf is the list of yes and no foods and also recipes 87 pages.
I am impressed with his credentials as a heart surgeon at Loma Linda.

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the narration is difficult to listen to but the bo

the narration is difficult to listen to and follow but the book is fabulous I've been using his technique and it has decreased pain and weight loss is easy.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful