Can Plants Make You Sick?
I came across an interesting book by a cardiologist entitled The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain. The book says that all those fruits and vegetables may not be that good for you:
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.
I have always gotten sick when eating too many fruits and vegetables since I was young and wondered why. After being tested for allergies, I was told I was allergic to tree fruits such as apples and pears as well as vegetables such as carrots and zucchini. Once I stopped eating these foods, I felt a lot better, yet many vegetarian types or veggie lovers were always telling me how great plant food is. That's just not true for many of us.
I'm glad to see that a physician has a new book that explains why so many of us get sick with plants and what to do about it.