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Your Life In Your Hands: Understand, Prevent and Overcome Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Paperback – 9 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Revised edition edition (9 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753512041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753512043
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Plant is one of the world's leading geochemists and Professor of Environmental Geochemistry at Imperial College, London. She held the position of chief scientist for the British Geological Survey between 2000 and 2005 and has been awarded a CBE for services to earth sciences.

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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.

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.

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"indispensable reading" (Professor Devra Lee Davis, member of the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Fund and Senior Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology 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)

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

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104 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Dave Pickett on 1 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
Everybody should read this book, It is a true life saver, facts are backed up with proof that red meat and milk are linked to cancer. Breast and prostate cancer have both been cured by following the diet, I have a friend that followed the diet and has been cleared of bowel cancer for two years.
I had nothing to loose when I was diagnosed with inoperable oesophageal cancer in October, I was told it was as good as having a death sentance. By following the simple diet of fresh organic fruit and veg and cutting out red meat and milk I've managed to astound my doctors by shrinking a 14cm tumer to 1cm that has come back clear of cancer cells. I'm now on a quest to get as many people as I can to read the book and follow the diet. How many other type of cancers will the diet be able to cure, and why aren't the government doing anything about it ???
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have just read Professor Plant's book and it seems to have a strong ring of truth about it!
As a retired family doctor who did two baby clinics a week for 30 years, I found it not uncommon for breast-feeding mothers to switch to the bottle saying that their babies grew better. Gradually, I came to suspect that growth was excessive, not better. Babies triple their weight in the first year of live, calves about a dozen-fold. There seems to be a correlation between growth factor in milk, and cows milk contains more than mother's milk and this factor stimulates breast and prostate gland growth.
Six years ago my brother-in-law, then aged 72 years, developed prostate cancer with bone secondaries. At my suggestion he promptly went vegan (though later he added fish twice a week making a 'macro-biotic like' diet. Although he also received hormone therapy, the surgeon initially felt he had made an error in diagnosis because the secondaries in the bones vanished so rapidly. However his PSA rapidly dropped from 211 to under 1!
This, and other clinical experiences over many years suggested to me a relationship between diet and cancer, especially some animal products but milk in particular. Milk is designed as an interim food, from birth until weaning and cow's milk is for calves. (There is an argument for 'formula' if mother cannot breast-feed). Cow's milk derives from various grasses, and similar nutrients are found in the green-leafy vegetation which people eat. Dairy products are irrelevant to the human diet. I feel it wiser to restrict or avoid dairy foods until proved safe and healthy to eat.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sceptical Shopper on 19 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I wrote a review of this book in 2001 - Plain Common Sense. So yes, the diet, and other advice, worked. It helped me to beat secondary breast cancer against all the odds. My blood counts throughout my third course of chemo were far better than during the first two, and better than a normal woman. This caused so much comment that the nurses wanted to know what on earth I had been doing.

And for anybody who thinks it is hard work, I liked the diet so much that I still follow a modifed form of it. Once you are accustomed to not eating dairy, it seems rather revolting and I can't imagine ever touching the stuff again. It's also made me, far more aware of the hormone altering chemicals that leach into our food from packaging, that we ladle on our faces, and have all around our homes.

Perhaps if this book had been available before, I, and a distressing number of friends, could all have avoided breast cancer. My daughter was very sceptical thinking I was just following the latest guru, but she heard Jane Plant's work discussed in a lecture at University, changed her degree to focus on hormone altering chemicals in the environment, and is now an eco-toxicologist.

So for anybody not sure, read this book and give it a go. It worked for me.

UPDATE Fourteen years later, still following her advice, and still here. I've just been searching for my copy to check something and for a dose of inspiration. The best most valuable book I've ever bought. And the daughter who became an ecotoxicologist is now working internationally and doing important and very influential work. Two reasons to thank Jane Plant
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a medical doctor I can appreciate the difference in between a scientific based and orientated book and a bluff. The amount of well documented articles quoted by the author and the clear way of thinking supporting the whole, make this book a real revolution in cancer and nutrition realms. Still many people (if they call themselves scientist or not is not important) would not forgive you are alive and healthy and making some profit from your book sales. One day they will understand. In the meantime, no matter what you do or how well you expose your ideas, they don't want to see the evidence. A colleague gave me the book, deeply impressed by it. After fifteen years taking care of cancer patients, helping them to understand illness and to become responsible for their lives (using anthroposophical medicine, remedies and therapies), this book gives to me the tool I was looking for to complement what I already know. Many thanks, Jeanne, and never loose your courage!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
A truly inspirational book, well researched and highly illuminating - its a crime that this information isn't given priority over the political power of the dairy industry. A must for anyone with breast or prostate cancer - here's the biggest and easiest way you could shape your own future. Well written, justifiably angry and a good inspirational read for anyone hoping to take control of their cancer even if its of a different sort. I have a rare endometrial stromal sarcoma on which there is no literature so I read anything else that's going ! As my cancer is also hormone dependant (as many breast and prostate cancers are ) this book has made me give up dairy and I've already beaten the stats !!
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