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Your Life In Your Hands: Understanding, Preventing, and Overcoming Breast Cancer Hardcover – January 16, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (January 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312275617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312275617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I didn't choose to study breast cancer--it chose me," writes Jane A. Plant, Ph.D., chief scientist of the British Geological Survey. Plant knows firsthand the terrifying experience of battling breast cancer that grew progressively worse five times and spread to her lymph system. She also knows the exhilaration and empowerment of defeating it.

Your Life Is in Your Hands is a detailed account of both Plant's personal story and her tenacious hunt for controllable risk factors for breast cancer. Her conclusion: dairy-product consumption is a risk factor for breast cancer (and perhaps prostate cancer), as smoking is for lung cancer. "Cow's milk is a perfect food for a rapidly growing baby calf," she writes, but "cow's milk isn't intended by nature for consumption by any species other than baby cows." Plant presents a lifestyle program to reduce your risk of cancer, including dietary, stress-reduction, and environmental suggestions.

Plant aims Your Life Is in Your Hands at a wide audience: women who want to avoid breast cancer, women with active cancer, and health professionals who want to help patients with the assistance of Plant's interpretation of a body of scientific evidence. Despite the amount of detail, Plant writes clearly, even informally, for the layperson. (She refers to her prosthesis as her "false boob.") If you feel you have to skim over the long explanations of her medical treatments, for example, you find a list of tips at the end.

Plant's ideas are controversial, but her scientific reputation is indisputable. She was awarded the Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize, Britain's most prestigious science honor, in 1999. --Joan Price

From Publishers Weekly

Plant, a British geochemist, claims that eliminating dairy products from her diet saved her from dying of breast cancer (which recurred five times)--and argues that readers can prevent such a diagnosis or recurrence by doing the same. Although this recommendation is based largely on her own experience, she initially discusses how she used her scientific training to discover what caused her cancer. Subsequent chapters address how cells become cancerous; the scientific link between dairy and breast cancer; Plant's dietary and lifestyle recommendations; and why the medical establishment and policy-makers have failed to look sufficiently at the role of dietary and environmental factors in cancer. Plant also includes worthwhile tips for coping with health professionals, conventional treatment (which she supports along with her recommended dietary changes) and the emotional impact of a positive diagnosis. The scientific case Plant builds against dairy products suggests this area is worthy of further study, but the evidence she presents is not substantial enough to warrant her claims. Moreover, her recommendation that women replace dairy products with soy products is also troublesome, as some studies show large amounts of soy stimulate breast cancer cells in women who have had cancer. Although Plant is no doubt sincere, the suggestion that women can "conquer" cancer by following the "Plant Program" is overly simplistic and optimistic.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to anyone with ER+ breast cancer.
Singing Sweetly
Now Dr. Jane Plant confrims again the critical importance of keeping milk for the calves and moving to a more human-enhancing diet.
Gloria DeGaetano
The book is full of wonderful information, invaluable information!
C. Zimmerman

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By G. Hardy on June 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
My Shining Beacon

It may seem odd that I, a man, should write that this book probably saved my life, but it's my very stong belief that this is the case.

In April 2005 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, advanced, inoperable, and my prognosis was very bleak - perhaps 2 or 3 years to live. I had only just celebrated my 54th birthday two weeks earlier.

All I can say is thank heavens for the internet.

After leaving the hospital, still reeling from the shocking news, I sat at the computer and began to research the illness. I spent every waking hour delving through research papers and any new treatments that might possibly be available to me.

Within a few days I discovered the work of Prof. Jane Plant, and her theories on cancer shone out like a beacon in my darkness.

I'm not from any type of scientific background, but she writes about causes and prevention - and diet factors which can stimulate (or destroy) cancer cells, in such a clear, simple way, that I found it incredibly easy to follow the logic of it all.

I immediately ordered this book, read it thorougly, and made the most important decision of my life - I completely changed my diet, totally omitting any dairy produce, red meat, processed foods and harmful chemicals from my lifestyle.

I have waited over 3 years to write this review, because as a cancer sufferer you are filled with fears and doubts, such as "Were the doctors right? Will I not see 3 years?" - but I feel I must share with everyone the results of my lifestyle change.

I combined conventional hospital treatment (37 radiotherapy sessions and 30 months of hormone therapy) with strict adherence to Prof. Plant's diet recommendations.

My results have been spectacular.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rosanne Sharp on June 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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.Read more ›
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rich Murray on March 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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 creer woman...young children...a full-time job...
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