YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS - UNDERSTANDING, PREVENTING AND OVERCOMING BREAST CANCER
Jane Plant

Published by Virgin Books
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*** NEW EDITION published on 9 August 2007 ***


'an astonishing book....it could save your life' - Sunday People
'amazing...her message is one that every woman must read' - Daily Mail
'indispensible reading' - Professor Devra Lee Davies (US National Cancer Institute)

Publication of Jane Plant's book in hardback caused an extraordinary reaction in the press, with widespread coverage across radio, TV and national and regional newspapers. Her message ? that breast cancer can be treated, and even prevented, effectively by simple changes in our diet ? was met with huge acclaim from hundreds of thousands of sufferers of breast cancer around the world.

Jane's personal story, and her own battle against breast cancer, is one part of this important and ground-breaking book. The hundreds of scientific papers she has consulted and referenced, backing up her analysis of the benefits of giving up dairy produce, are another. Perhaps the strongest testimony to her achievement comes from the hundreds of letters and e mails she has received thanking her for producing her message of hope.

Up-to-date analysis of new options and practices for conventional treatment of breast (deletion) cancer, including the latest findings on the advantages/disadvantages of lumpectomy and radiotherapy Vs mastectomy

  • Up-to-date information on the protective role of phyto-oestrogens against Breast Cancer-based on impeccable scientific sources
  • Much more on prostate cancer treatment
  • Updated information on hormone disrupting chemicals and their sources
  • A fuller account and explanation of the biochemically active substances present in the 'milk cocktail'
  • A clear explanation of the mechanism whereby high levels of growth factors cause the promotion and proliferation of cancer cells
  • Examination of the latest research concerning the link between cancer and diet, including new and updated evidence on foods protective against cancer
  • New additions to diet and lifestyle suggestions focusing on prevention
  • Why vested-interest groups are hampering real progress in fighting cancer, using, for example, a careful analysis of the Harvard Nurses Study by a leading, distinguished US Breast Cancer surgeon
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  • Paperback 400 pages (September 4, 2003)
  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0753508508

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Your Life in Your Hands tells the story of one woman determined to overcome breast cancer. Jane Plant felt as if she was being stalked by a supernaturally evil killer that, however many times was vanquished, relentlessly kept coming back to attack. The fourth time the breast cancer re-occurred, Jane Plant felt like giving up: "The chill realisation hit me that it wasn't going to let me go until it had claimed my life," she says in her book Your Life In Your Hands. But Plant didn't give up. Instead, tapping into her scientific training, she set about trying to find a rational reason for the breast cancer.

In the UK, one woman in ten is likely to contract the disease. In China, breast cancer affects one woman in 10,000. It was this startling statistical disparity that led Plant to believe there had to be a dietary trigger for the disease. As she continued her scientific investigations, Plant became convinced she had discovered a causal link between dairy produce and breast cancer.

Having made her discovery, Plant immediately adopted a non-dairy diet. Miraculously, her cancer started to subside. Five weeks later it had disappeared completely. While Your Life In Your Hands contains hard science to back its claims, Plant manages to spell out the science in a way that is easy for the uninitiated to understand. Plant's research is solid and the evidence is compelling.

As well as telling the remarkable story of one woman's determination to overcome breast cancer, Your Life In Your Hands offers no-nonsense advice on how to deal with doctors, self-examination and coping with treatment. The book also includes Plant's own non-dairy diet: The Plant Programme--The Lifestyle Factors. Plant's tenacious spirit will inspire you. Her findings will surprise you. And her book will empower you to fight against the odds. --Christopher Kelly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk Review
It was as if she was being stalked by a supernaturally evil killer that, however many times was vanquished, relentlessly kept coming back to attack. The fourth time the breast cancer re-occurred, Jane Plant felt like giving up: "The chill realisation hit me that it wasn't going to let me go until it had claimed my life," she says in her book Your Life In Your Hands. But Plant didn't give up. Instead, tapping into her scientific training, she set about trying to find a rational reason for the breast cancer.

In the UK, one woman in ten is likely to contract the disease. In China, breast cancer affects one woman in 10,000. It was this startling statistical disparity that led Plant to believe there had to be a dietary trigger for the disease. As she continued her scientific investigations, Plant became convinced she had discovered a causal link between dairy produce and breast cancer.

Having made her discovery, Plant immediately adopted a non-dairy diet. Miraculously, her cancer started to subside. Five weeks later it had disappeared completely. While Your Life In Your Hands contains hard science to back its claims, Plant manages to spell out the science in a way that is easy for the uninitiated to understand. Plant's research is solid and the evidence is compelling.

As well as telling the remarkable story of one woman's determination to overcome breast cancer, Your Life In Your Hands offers no-nonsense advice on how to deal with doctors, self-examination and coping with treatment. The book also includes Plant's own non-dairy diet: The Plant Programme--The Lifestyle Factors. Plant's tenacious spirit will inspire you. Her findings will surprise you. And her book will empower you to fight against the odds.--Christopher Kelly

'indispensable reading' - Professor Devra Lee aDavis, member of the board of directors of the Breast Cancer Fund and Senior Fellow in Cancer Epidomiology at the National Cancer Institute

'An astonishing book...it could save your life' - Sunday People

'Amazing ... Her message is one that every woman must read' - Daily Mail

'Ground-breaking' - Irish Times


In her recently revised book Your Life in Your Hands, Professor Jane Plant claims that milk, in particular, contains growth factors and hormones that can promote cancer. She therefore advocates changing from dairy to soya products. Such a dietary regime is the norm in Far Eastern countries and Professor Plant points out that even in Hiroshima, the chances of contracting breast cancer are half that of western nations. Only when Chinese and Japanese women move to Europe or the United States does their chance of contracting breast cancer dramatically increase. - Choice
Trust the Plants!! , November 5, 2006
By Singing Sweetly (Portland, OR) - I had suspicions that dairy promoted my own breast cancer and found this book through a friend. I had stage IIB, non-metasticized, ER+, node negative. I am now working on prevention. I recommend this book to anyone with ER+ breast cancer. I firmly believe the too-strong artificial hormones in milk aggravate & promote hormonally-responsive breast cancer. To the contrary, in my experience phytoestrogens (the weaker but more numerous plant estrogen-like substances) are marvelous...when eaten as actual foods. I don't take supplements or eat any processed soy (ie.tofu, soymilk, isolate.) Soy for me is edamame, miso and tamari, as in Japan. I combined the ideas in this book with traditional Chinese Medicine and am feeling better than ever before. Phytoestrogens and plants, yes! Also of interest to readers here may be Susun Weed's "Breast Cancer? Breast Health!" She covers the topic of phytoestrogens quite well. [..]
A must to read and keep for all breast cancer patients , July 18, 2006
By Isabel (Barcelona, Spain) - I live in Spain, and some friends from the UK sent me a cutting on the book, which I ordered. I read it while I was in treatment and it helped me no end in many ways. I have followed the diet and I am now still in complete recession almost four years after I finished my treatment for breast cancer and secondary liver metastasis. The book is excellent and well-documented, and Jane Plant makes a convincing case very well indeed. For me the book is like a bible, and I have recommended to it to numerous friends and fellow patients.
The Economics of Beast Cancer, March 12, 2004
Reviewer: A reader - Jane Plant's book is ground-breaking and courageous. Every woman who's had breast cancer should read it. This is information no-one else will give you. Breast cancer is a huge industry, with expensive chemotherapy treatments that benefit only about one in ten women. Conventional medicine is limited in what it can offer breast cancer patients, and tends to camouflage the picture with pink ribbons, "look good, feel good" programs,and the like. I agree with the reviewer who suggested that the dairy industry doesn't want this information out there (remember the Mad Cow scare and the beef industry?)Women in Holland (high dairy intake) and farmers' wives have a higher incidence of breast cancer. Breast cancer patients need to help themselves in any way they can. I have read many alternative-therapy books but this one is tops, and is a must-read not only for women but also for men who wish to avoid prostate cancer, which is now one in eight, same as breast cancer. By the way, I'm an MD and a breast cancer patient.
Nutrition and Cancer, August 8, 2002
By Anthony M. Frasca (East Setauket, NY USA) (REAL NAME) - This book by Jane Plant, a British geologist, deals with a very difficult and emotional subject for women, breast cancer. It also has the potential to raise the eyebrows of anyone with a scientific background. There are numerous traps that Jane Plant could have fallen into, however, she avoids all potential disasters and winds up with a very scientific treatise on the subject of nutrition and cancer (breast and prostate). The book is mostly about her fight against breast cancer and the revelation that Oriental women have a very low rate of breast cancer. From this morsel Jane deduces that there may be a significant dietary component to the cause of the disease. Working from there she goes on to discuss a number of scientific studies that involve the growth factors that are contained in dairy products. Jane uses logic and scientific fact to come to the conclusion that dairy products are the single most important factor causing breast cancer in western women. She concludes by offering an alternative diet for women who wish to lower their chances of contracting the disease. This book is a must read for any breast cancer activist and any health care professional who treats breast cancer in women. It is surprising that the book has not gotten more publicity and attention. I suspect the American dairy industry may have had something to do with that.
your life in your hands, March 7, 2002
Reviewer: A reader - I read Janet Plant's book with great interest. I'm a phycisian and I specialize in medical weight management.Last 10 years I came to the same conclusion about milk as Dr. Plant did, based on my own clinical experiance.The medical literature is very clear about low incidence of cancer of the breast in Japanese or Chinese women living in their respective countries.In my practice I see so many patients with acid reflux disease, asthma, frequent migrain headaches,feeling tired all the time. As soon as we stop the milk and the related products their improvment is remarkable.I think it does not make sense that millions of our citezens take medications for the above mentioned disorders and do not follow a common sense aproach by discontinuing the milk products and giving themselves a chance to feel better naturally.I switch all my patients from milk to soy on their first visit and in one week they feel the difference.And in the end if we can prevent the women from not getting breast cancer it is worth the try. The book is written in easy format for everyone to understand and I recomend it to all medical professinals.
I'm recommending this book to every woman I know., July 26, 2001
Reviewer: A reader - I read this book because when I logged in I saw it on my recommended reading list. Having someone close to me who had breast cancer, I had ordered books in the past on the subject. This is the only book I've read on "alternative" methods of preventing breast cancer. I found it to be excellent. I will never eat dairy products again! It would be nice if it were added to the the recommendations lists for all women. This book is too important to ignore.
Every woman should read this book, June 30, 2001
By "c_v_s" (Berkeley, CA USA) - Anyone who sees through the power of economics in our world today should read this book. Compare Big Tabacco today with its status in 1960. Well, the same deceit may be about to hit us coming from industries in dairy farming, GMO (genetically modified organisms) and environmetal management. Innocent until proven guilty shall not apply to our food, air and water! Dr. Plant's book is an eye-opening narration of some very well presented, scientifically documented points within the background of her fight against breast cancer. It is an empowering book for those suffering with the disease. It places the woman in a position to take active participation in prevention, treatment and cure. But most importantly it makes women, and any reader for that matter, begin to understand that there is much information left untold that we have to research ourselves to give our own lives a chance.
Plain Common Sense, June 24, 2001
By Rosanne Sharp (UK) - This is a book that really makes sense. We tackle other illnesses such as heart problems with diet and nobody seems to think it's cranky or extreme. So why does the connection between breast cancer and diet attract such scepticism?. Breast cancer is hormone related and has reached epidemic rates in many countries. It's just plain common sense to look for the causes and tackle breast cancer with diet and lifestyle. Our fish are becoming hermaphrodites - tap water often contains recycled hormone rich pee - plastic packaging leaches hormones into our food - milk contains oestrogens and growth factors. Young girls are reaching puberty earlier. Other cultures call breast cancer "rich womens disease".It all adds up. Professor Jane Plant is a respected UK scientist and her arguments are backed up with lots of research. At times the book lapses into personal history but be fair, getting breast cancer is a very personal affair. The personal touch also makes the book eminently readable to women who might not have a Phd in science. Most of the information she presents was already available but hidden in obscure studies and unrelated research, it just needed somebody to pull it all together and make sense of it. She's obviously a very intelligent woman who has thought about very deeply about breast cancer and the possible causes. No wonder the dairy industry hates this book. Others have said this book is as important as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". I agree. I don't accept everything she says and have lots of questions but the basic underlying truths are self evident.This book should spark debate. Read, think, and prevent yourself and your daughters from becoming another contribution to the astounding increase in breast cancer rates. If you've already got breast cancer, even it's back again, give yourself a chance of curing it. Lots of the information is relevant to prostrate cancer, another hormone cancer showing a frightening rate of increase. I have been told that all the profits from this book go to a research foundation. I wish this book had been published years ago.
Girlfriends, Think Soy!, May 16, 2001
By Gloria DeGaetano (Bellevue, WA) - I reduced my dairy intake and reduced my uterine fibroid in the process--thanks to Dr. Christiane Northrop's advice. Now Dr. Jane Plant confrims again the critical importance of keeping milk for the calves and moving to a more human-enhancing diet. Thank you Dr. Plant for all your research, your moving heroine's journey, and your scholarly persistence in the face of many fear-based doubters. l believe in what you say because I, too, have experienced renewed health by following your wise suggestions. I hope others will at least give your guidance a try---they will be pleasantly surprised to find that their lives are, indeed, in their own hands!
life-saving: balanced, complete, lucid, honest, practical, March 11, 2001
By Rich Murray (Santa Fe, NM USA)

Jane Plant is endorsed by eminent scientists: T. Colin Campbell, David Perlmutter, John McDougall, Devra Lee Davis.

Now, one in nine USA women develops breast cancer. The 1992 average of all dairy products was 1.54 pounds daily, over 40% of total calories.

She recounts, 1987 to 1993, five breast cancers, a terrifying nightmare, with loss of one breast, radiation, and chemotherapy, an account given in honest detail, with mistakes confessed and many practical lessons shared.

She describes simply the scientific facts about cancer, and her search for causes. In rural China only 1 in 10,000 women have breast cancer in a year, vs 9 in the USA. "The Chinese don't eat dairy products!...Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink...six weeks...I could not find it." It never returned.

Cow milk is for calves, not humans. In babies, milk problems include iron deficiency, GI bleeding, colic, allergies, and later childhood-onset diabetes. In adults, common lactose intolerance, Listeria monocytogenes, antibiotics, many added hormones, up to 2 million pus cells per teaspoon, pesticides, pollutants like PCBs, and IGF-1/rBGH growth hormone (which specifically speeds tumor growth), while also prolactin, EGF, estrogen, and casein promote tumors [80 references].

She details and explains: a delicious organic menu of non-dairy foods, drinks, and desserts, using many soy products, and the best cooking with meats, vegetables, fruits, fats, grains and seasonings; many ways of handling stress; the formidable vested interests that hinder public awareness of the power of nutrition to prevent and cure cancer. She has guided 63 other women to recover from breast cancer.

"I was a go-getting career woman...young children...a full-time job...I had become ill nourished because of reading food-industry (so called health) propaganda. I had survived on what was marketed and advertised as health food, albeit low fat and high fiber with large quantities of dairy food: cottage cheese and yogurt and dishes made using ground meat from slaughtered dairy cows, washed down with milky tea or commercial orange juice. I ate lots of fruits and cereals but few salads or vegetables. I simply took high-dose vitamin C pills and multivitamin, multimineral pills to cover any deficiencies. I am now kinder to myself and to other people. I ensure that however hurried I am, however simple my meals, they are based on sound nutritional values. I now make time for family and friends and-- amazingly-- I seem to be even more successful in my work and my life...no longer a "fashion victim" in my clothes, home, garden or car...as unmaterialistic as possible ...concerned with the environment...Breast cancer changed me: from being insecure and easily persuaded by authority into a stronger woman who is her own person. It made me stop. And smell the (wild) roses..." ... This also applies to prostate cancer.