Jane Plant and Gill Tidey

Published by Virgin Books

All those who have been unable to buy a copy of Jane's book Osteoporosis which also helps breast and prostate cancer patients deal with the side effect of bone thinning from cancer treatments will be pleased to learn that it is being reprinted and will soon be available.

'thoroughly researched and easy-to-follow guide to help those facing this debilitating condition' - publisher's review on Amazon

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat to the Western World. It is estimated that 30% of post- menopausal women in industrialised countries on a western diet are osteporotic rising to 70% of those aged 80 and over. In the US today 10 million individuals have osteoporosis. 18 million more have low bone mass increasing their risk of the disease. More women in Canada die each year of osteoporotic fractures than from breast and ovarian cancer combined. The orthodox medical view of osteoporosis is that there is no single cause; that it is due to decreased bone formation in early life or to increased bone loss later in life. Some of the main risk factors are said to be calcium deficiency, vitamin D status, reproductive hormone status (especially oestrogen in women and testosterone in men), parathyroid function, lack of adequate weight-bearing exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking.

Jane Plant and Gill Tidey suggest instead that new scientific information indicates that the overwhelming cause, acting throughout our life, is the western diet and lifestyle and that we can at any time reduce our risk and prevent further degeneration. They provide scientific evidence and meal plans and recipes to help those facing this debilitating condition.

  • Osteoporosis affects one in three UK women over fifty. It also affects men to a lesser degree.
  • In England and Wales the cost of osteoporotic fractures in 1990 was estimated to be £1.7 billion per year.
  • Will cause similar controversy to Your Life in Your Hands because it challenges the established view that dairy produce as a source of calcium prevents osteoporosis
  • Your Life In Your Hands, has now sold in over seven languages and been reprinted over five times in paperback in the UK alone
  • Jane Plant applies what she learned about the chemistry of the human body to one of the most debilitating diseases: osteoporosis.
  • Professor Jane Plant is one of the UK’s top scientists

  • Paperback 304 pages (November 4, 2004)
  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0753508931

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A fresh approach to preventing and dealing with osteoporosis by presenting a diet rich in plant proteins that will enable you to fight and prevent the disease' - OK! Magazine

'This book provides compelling new evidence on the causes of the disease' - The Waiting Room

'There is …valuable information on this brittle-bone disease to be found here' - Health and Fitness Magazine

It goes against conventional belief, but medical experts now believe that extra calcium from dairy is only important while your bones are forming during childhood and adolescence. Obviously, you still need some calcium for your body and bones to stay healthy and it may be worth including more healthy dairy-free sources in your diet, such as hazelnuts, egg yolks, brazil nuts, green olives, figs - even oranges. 'Countries with thge highest consumption of dairy produce have the highest bone fracture rates. In countries like China and Nigeria, where they have very little dairy and much less calcium, their rates of osteoporosis are about 200 times less than the UK's', says Jane Plant, internationally bestselling health author and co-writer of Understanding, Preventing & Overcoming Osteoporosis - Now
One in three women and one in 12 men in the UK over the age of 50 already suffer from osteoporosis. Every three minutes someone suffers a fracture due to the disease. Understanding, Preventing & Overcoming Osteoporosis will tell you how to prevent osteoporosis, imrpove your chances of increasing your bone strength and health if you already have it. Above all, it will show you a diet and lifestyle which can help you beat the disease or prevent you from getting it in the first place - Scottish Sunday Post
Brittle bones - have we got it all wrong ?
One in three women and one in 12 men aged over 50 suffer from osteoporosis, and every three minutes someone sustains a fracture because of it. The orthodox way to treat osteoporosis is by increasing our intake of calcium - usually by increasing the amount of calcium-rich dairy products we consume. But, in a highly controversial new approach, scientists Jane Plant and Gill Tidey reject the idea that a dairy-based diet is the answer. They explain why they believe conventional medicine is wrong and why the answer is to give up dairy foods completely. - Ireland on Sunday
Plant and her co-author return again and again to studies going back 30 years that show increased consumption of animal proteins appearing hand in hand with increased incidences of osteoporosis. WHO statistics show that countries such as the US and Germany, which consume the most animal products (including dairy), also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. They are mystified that there has been no concerted campaign to raise awareness of the connection. Instead, doctors and osteoporosis charities are still advising sufferers to take more calcium, citing dairy products as ideal.
Their conclusion is summed up in the words of one of a team of US researchers that has been studying the Chinese diet: "The association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer". - Irish Times
Professor Plant, who was appointed CBE for her work in geochemistry, has been anti-dairy for ten years. Having endured five bouts of breast cancer between 1987 and 1993, and having researched why it is that, in China, where the diet contains almost no dairy produce, the incidence of breast cancer is one in 10,000, she devised a dairy-free diet-and-lifestyle programme that she believes saved her life and could help to save others.
Her theory is that milk is a cocktail of growth factors - hormones that control cell division and can influence cancer growth. High levels of one type of growth factor, IGF-1, are thought to be a risk factor for breast and prostate cancer. The dairy Council disputes this, pointing out that milk contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been shown to block the growth and spread of breast cancer cells, and to a survey in Norway in which women who drank milk were shown to be less at risk of breast cancer than those who did not. But Professor Plant is standing her ground. In the three years since her book, Your Life in Your Hands, was published, she has reviewed many other studies that have come to the almost identical conclusion - that growth factors in the diet are the problem with many types of cancers.
... Still, anyone else for a soya latte? - The Times