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The Plant Programme: Recipes for Fighting Breast and Prostate Cancer [Paperback]

Jane Plant CBE , Gillian Tidey
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5 Aug 2004

Jane Plant's breast cancer recurred five times before she learned of the relationship between diet and the disease. In her international bestselling book, Your Life in Your Hands, she describes how her training and knowledge as a natural scientist enabled her to understand and, eventually, overcome her cancer. In Prostate Cancer: Understand, Prevent and Overcome she then expanded her research into prostate cancer - the second biggest cancer killer among men.

In The Plant Programme Jane and fellow scientist Gill Tidey show how adopting a lifestyle of non-dairy eating and healthy living can complement conventional medical treatment of breast or prostate cancer and help in the prevention of the diseases. With hundreds of tasty, easy-to-make and nutritious dairy-free meals for all occasions, as well as tips on how to cope with dining away from home. The Plant Programme can help save lives.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753509520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753509524
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author of the ground-breaking book Your Life in Your Hands now brings us The Plant Programme, a collection of recipes to fight breast and prostate cancer. Plant developed breast cancer in 1987 and as a scientist was frustrated by the lack of answers on why cancer develops--and what we can do to cure and prevent it. She discovered one fact that she couldn't ignore--that 1 in 10 women in the UK will develop breast cancer whereas the incidence in China is just 1 in 10 thousand. From this she went on to study the links between lifestyle and diet and made some controversial recommendations--most notably to avoid all kinds of dairy produce and adopt a largely vegan diet.

The Plant Programme is a collection of recipes and dietary advice that follows this approach. To start off, the principles behind the diet are re-explained and a shopping list of ingredients is given. The main body of the book contains recipes for everyday eating --including snacks and meals that will suit kids and the rest of the family. Without exception, these are simple, quite quick to prepare and though there are no illustrations, highly appetising. Those cautious about the absence of dairy needn't feel apprehensive--you really don't notice it. Mediterranean and Asian dishes feature prominently, with recipes such as Couscous with Rocket, Chicken and Pine Nuts, Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup or Stir-Fried Cauliflower, Zucchini and Fennel. Even the more virtuous ingredients such as tofu and lentils are made delicious through liberal use of fresh herbs and spices. And the recipes for smoothies, cookies and desserts (such as Orange and Almond Cake) will have the rest of the family keen to tuck in with you.

Readers of Your Life in Your Hands will know exactly how exciting Jane Plant's research has been to anyone concerned about cancer. Here though, she and Gill Tidey have scored a major success in translating this scientific knowledge into a collection of easy recipes that can be enjoyed on a daily basis by the whole family. This is a positive and much needed book that will empower all those affected by this cruel disease.--Rachel O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Could change the way you view your food forever." (Womens Health)

"Easy to follow and practical for a busy lifestyle." (Healthy Options)

"Her message is one that every woman must read" (Daily Mail)

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I can't live without. 18 May 2008
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2014: 13th JAN:

I am delighted to be still around and add to my earlier review in 2008.

In April this year I will celebrate NINE years since my Prostate Cancer diagnosis.
Thanks to Prof Jane Plant and this book (it is still my 'bible')I have confounded all those dire predictions and am doing very very well.
I would strongly recommend that any man who has been diagnosed with PCa takes a good look at Prof Plant and her books concerning cancer and diet. I owe her an immense debt of gratitude. THANK YOU JANE!

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It is 3 years since I bought this book,in April 2005, soon after being diagnosed with the most serious staging of prostate cancer. I had only just celebrated my 54th birthday and here was I being told that the prognosis was very, very bleak.

I then bought and read Jane Plant's own inspiring story of her fight against breast cancer in her book "Your life In Your Hands", and I became convinced of the wisdom of her words and her successful strategy in the battle against such devastating illness.

The first step in my fightback was to completely change my diet, and to do this I needed a guide to help me through the planning of all my daily meals. Never having been on any type of diet before, I was at a loss as to where to start, what to buy, what to avoid, and how to prepare and to cook the foods I would now need.

This simple, well written book was my guiding light, my very own cookery 'bible. To this day it sits proudly on my kitchen shelf, now very well thumbed through and extrememly well worn.
I could never have managed to stay on the path to recovery without it.

And a recovery it has indeed been.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to healthy eating 23 Sep 2001
In the forerunner to this book (Your Life In Your Hands) Professor Jane Plant CBE draws together some startling scientific proven facts that firmly points the finger of suspicion toward dairy produce as the trigger for breast and prostate cancer.
In this new book written with a fellow scientist and friend Gill Tidey the able Professor continues to explore the cancer / dairy food link concluding that it may also impact on statistics for testicular and lung cancers. Previously Professor Plant has offered criticism toward some of the various cancer charities, particularly in recognising they are all working toward the same goal, often they can't see the wood for the trees overburdened as they are with administration staff and often blinkered to the fact that others are working in the exact same area of the science. The message needs to be thrust upon health professionals and the charities that Professor Plant has probably at least loosened the nut they are trying to crack.
In The Plant Programme Gill Tidey and Jane Plant offer a clear explanation of how to live not only dairy free but also live with a healthy intake of all the nutrients necessary to sustain healthy life. A large number of interesting and varied menus are offered that can take the reader a long way toward achieving this health goal. A scoring system is laid out indicating just how "anti cancer" various approved foods are thought to be. This scoring system is linked to a particularly helpful suggested daily meal planner section listing how to achieve the 30 plus different food ingredients needed each day and achieve the optimum daily score.
As the son of a retired dairy farmer initially, I found the anti dairy message hard to accept.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for the future. 24 Dec 2007
Jane Plant has given us hope! I came upon this book by accident two years ago, just 2 months after my daughter had been diagnosed with breast cancer and we were all feeling very low. A dairy free lifestyle is easy to follow! There is now more choice of organic and free range and dairy free foods available. I have joined my daughter in following the Plant programe and feel so much healthier myself. Jane Plant is a scientist which gives us confidence in her research but we cannot understand why people like the WCRF do not advocate Dairy Free. So buy the book, ditch the microwave, plastic and chemical laden food and go dairy free.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but.... 4 May 2009
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I thought I would get a little more from this book. I found that the advice given was common sense on healthy eating. Cut down on saturated fats and increase fruit and veg. However, there are some brilliant vegetable recipes in here so I will be keeping it close to hand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read 7 Feb 2009
This is very easy and quick to read with lots of interesting and easy to make recipes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy to follow recipes 9 Sep 2009
I placed an order for both this book and her first "Your Life in Your Hands" after receiving an email with an excerpt from Jane's book on the effect of dairy on your body. This books makes a great supplement for her first book and it gives in great details recipes that may be helpful in the transition to a dairy free diet. I find her chart (acid/alkaline food) particularly helpful. She also provides information on other common ailments/diseases and the type of food that may help to alleviate such problems. Her recipes are easy to follow and I love the way she separate the meals in different categories. A great buy and one that will have a special place in the kitchen!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plant Programme
Very good little book. We are all scared of getting cancer these days and this book shows how we can help combat it and if needed to help our bodies be strong during treatment with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy eating.
Professor Plant has written a first rate book here which is full of excellent advice and valuable information. It is down to earth and practical. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Lots of really good recipes, shame there aren't any photos but it doesn't really matter, I would recommend if you are going dairy free.
Published 3 months ago by Elleode
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
Plenty of great recipes to try but some foods are not easy to get hold of in smaller shops. The diet plan itself, coupled with 'your life in your hands' gives full guidance for a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heatherruns
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Good recipe book for anyone with any kind of health issues, not just cancer. Healthy, easy to use and a great book to keep in your kitchen.
Published 6 months ago by Gail L Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense that everyone should know
This book gives an insight into the terrible eating habits of the western world. The false appetites for over processed, sweetened food that inevitably causes the body to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by joy burnett
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book if required reading
This is a great follow on from Professor Plant's other book on Prostate Cancer and if you were to by both as a package together they'd be a definite 5 stars. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Happy Chappie
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought.
A book I bought for my wife to browse through and give her an awareness of what is new in health field, she has read it right through and found a lot that interests her and will... Read more
Published 7 months ago by turtleneck
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plant Programme
Really good recipes and ideas.
Recommend the book to anyone dealing with Cancer
Easy to read and follow. great book
Published 10 months ago by Heather M Lewis-Pryor
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading to 'Your Life in Your Hands'
The 'Plant Programme' is the 'how to' that enables you to put Jane Plant's recommendations in to action. The recipies look easy, varied and healthful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by caz.t
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