In this podcast interview, Dr. Gundry exposes the dangerous truth behind lectins and how they relate to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and obesity. Most importantly, he shares his vast experience and research on why lectins are so harmful to the body, and how to reverse the damages they cause.
Anyone who reads SelfHacked knows I am very ‘anti-lectin’ for people with autoimmune/inflammatory issues. Dr. Gundry, originally a very famous heart surgeon, discovered how dangerous lectins are and altered his career to help people reverse autoimmune disease through his matrix diet. He has completed the only human study related to lectins and is now the most knowledgeable on the subject. His second book “the Plant Paradox” is coming out on April 25th, 2017.
About Dr. Gundry
Dr. Gundry is internationally recognized as an inventor, researcher, and one of America’s top doctors.
He is a former researcher at Yale University and has held a director role numerous times including Head of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Gundry has written more than 200 articles and books about cardiac surgery, the nutritional reversal of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension.
Currently, Dr. Gundry 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.
In this podcast, Dr. Gundry exposes the dangerous truth behind lectins and how they relate to autoimmune disease. Most importantly, he shares his vast experience and research on why lectins are so harmful to the body, and how to reverse the damages they cause.
[1:59] Dr. Gundry’s opinion on gut health and its relationship to disease
[7:38] LPSes (i.e. “Little Pieces of Sh*t” – his words not mine!) – what they are, and how they hurt us
[10:25] What gut-healing protocols are missing
[15:55] Lectins and the cause of disease
[19:23] A new case study of autoimmune disease…and how all participant’s markers of inflammation returned to normal
[22:48] Is it possible to get rid of reactions to other non-lectin foods (nuts, seeds, fruits, etc.)?
[29:00] Preventing LPS from reaching the gut
[31:05] Resistant starch and other foods for our good bacteria
[32:36] Why pressure-cooked tomatoes are a ‘no’ food
[33:30] A recap of Dr. Gundry’s protocol
[34:40] 20% of food poisonings in the US according to the CDC…
[35:20] ‘A carb is not a carb’
[38:00] Tribes like Okinawan absorb a ‘high fat diet’ through short-chain fatty acids
[41:00] We should eat 0 of this food
[41:55] The oil with the highest amount of alpha-linoleic acid
[43:00] Roundup + meat
[45:47] The relationship between histamine intolerance and lectins
[47:10] Why eating only anti-inflammatory foods is like trying to douse a fire with a thimble of water
[49:27] My research on the cannabinoid receptor 1 gene in relation to food sensitivities and autoimmunity
(see if you have this CNR1 gene using SelfDecode: our gene analysis company)
[51:40] The player of Adiponectin
[54:40] Probiotics for restoring the gut, including one that grows hair in experimental animals
[57:55] How polyphenols change bacterial behavior
[1:01:07] The Keto-Plant Paradox Intensive Care
[1:04:00] Protein’s influence on MTOR, IGF-1, and glycoprotein
Anyone who reads SelfHacked knows I am very ‘anti-lectin’ for people with autoimmune/inflammatory issues. Dr. Gundry, originally a very famous heart surgeon, discovered how dangerous lectins are and altered his career to help people reverse autoimmune disease through his matrix diet. He has completed the only human study related to lectins and is now the most knowledgeable on the subject. His second book “the Plant Paradox” dives into the hidden dangers in “healthy” foods that cause disease and weight gain.
The Lectin Avoidance Diet Cookbook
Due to frequent queries about how to implement a lectin-free diet, I have released the Lectin Avoidance Diet Cookbook. This cookbook may help you overcome autoimmune issues, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, histamine intolerance, chronic inflammation, or simply make you feel optimal. As a SelfDecode member, you get access to the Lectin Avoidance Diet Cookbook for free! Log in with your SelfDecode credentials and check it out here.
While I and Dr. Gundry both agree that lectins can cause health problems, we have different opinions about how the diet should be implemented. Therefore, the SelfHacked Lectin Avoidance Diet is not a cookbook for Plant Paradox. My version is more restrictive as it is meant to guide you through an elimination diet, in order to identify foods that you can eat without increasing inflammation. In addition, I designed the diet in order to drastically reduce other plant substances that can activate the immune system.
How to use your genes to deal with inflammation
Discovering what may be causing inflammation looks different for everyone. However, no matter what type of inflammation you’re experiencing, there are ways to find the root cause of it.
Your DNA can help you find out your genetic predispositions to different types of inflammation, such as gut inflammation, chronic inflammation, brain inflammation (brain fog), and more. SelfDecode can be used as a tool to discover these genetic predispositions, and also gives you personalized, actionable health insights that can help reduce your inflammation levels.