Cancer and dairy products

Professor Jane Plant is a wife, a mother and a well-known and respected scientist for her work in geochemistry. When in 1987, at the age of 42, he discovered that he had cancer, his world fell apart. But, despite having had four relapses, Jane refused to throw in the towel. She wrote a book about the experimentation she did on herself: "Your Life in your Hands", Virgin edition, UK. She devised a revolutionary diet and lifestyle, which she believes saved her life, that can help other women from falling prey to the disease.

Her theory remains controversial - but every woman should read it and decide for herself - Here is her experience:

"I had a breast amputated and underwent radiotherapy. And now I was receiving painful chemotherapy. I was seen by the most eminent specialists in the country. But deep down, I was sure I was facing death.

She had a wonderful husband, a beautiful home, and two young children to care for. Fortunately this led me to discover facts, some that only a few scientists knew at that time.

Anyone who has been in contact with breast cancer will know that there are certain risk factors:

• increasing age

• an early menarche (1st period before the usual age)

• a late menopause

• a family history of breast cancer

All of these factors are beyond our control. But there are many risk factors that we can easily control. These controllable risks translate into simple changes that we can all make in our daily lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer.

My message is that even advanced breast cancer can be BEAT because I DID IT!

The first clue to understanding what was causing my breast cancer came from my husband Peter, who was also a scientist, when he returned from China and they started me on chemotherapy.

He brought me postcards and letters, as well as some amazing herbal suppositories, which my Chinese friends and colleagues sent me. I was sent the suppositories as a cancer treatment. Despite the terrible situation, we both laughed a lot, and I remember saying that if this was the treatment of breast cancer in China, then no wonder Chinese women avoided getting the disease!

Those words echoed in my mind: WHY DON'T CHINESE PEOPLE GET BREAST CANCER?

The disease was virtually non-existent throughout China. Only one in 10 women died from breast cancer, compared to that terrible figure of one in 000 in the UK and even worse, the average of one in 12 women in most Western countries, there was a substantial difference.

The point is not that China is a more rural country with less urban pollution. In highly urban Hong Kong, the rate rises to 34 women out of 10, but is still much lower than in the West.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have rates similar to those of China, and it must be remembered that these two cities were attacked in 1945 with nuclear weapons, so in addition to cancers related to pollution, one expected to find cases related to radiation. Well no, the conclusion that can be drawn from these statistics is shocking. If a Western woman had to go live in the industrialized and irradiated Hiroshima, she would reduce her risk of contracting breast cancer by half.

Obviously this is absurd: It seemed obvious to me that some lifestyle factor unrelated to pollution, industrialization or the environment was seriously increasing the chances of contracting breast cancer.

Then I discovered what caused the huge difference in breast cancer rates between Eastern and Western countries. IT IS NOT A GENETIC CAUSE. Scientific research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people move to the West, within one or two generations, their rate of contracting breast cancer approaches the rates of the community that welcomes them.

The same thing happens when Orientals adopt a completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong. For the Chinese, all Western food, including everything from ice cream, chocolate to spaghetti and cheese, is "Hong Kong Food" because there in the former British colony you could find all those foods, which were scarce in ancient China. continental.

It therefore seemed logical to me that whatever was causing my breast cancer, and its high incidence in this country (Britain) in general, surely had to do with the Western lifestyle.

Here is an important point for men as well. I have observed in my research that much of the data related to prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

According to data from the WHO (World Health Organization), the number of men contracting prostate cancer in rural China is insignificant, at 0.5 men out of 10. When in England, Scotland and Wales, however, This figure is 000 times higher.

Like breast cancer, it is a disease of the middle class, which attacks the richest and the highest socio-economic classes, those who can afford to eat foods rich in calories and various substances.

I remember saying to my husband: "Come on, Peter, you just got back from China. How is China's lifestyle different from ours? Why don't they get breast cancer?"

We decided to use our scientific knowledge and use it logically. We study the scientific data regarding dietary fats. Researchers discovered in the 1980s that only an average of 14% of the calories in the Chinese diet were from fat, compared to 36% in the Western diet. But the diet I had followed for years before I had breast cancer was low in fat and high in fiber.

Furthermore, as a scientist, I knew that eating fat, in adults, has not been proven to increase the risk of breast cancer in most studies that followed large groups of women for a dozen years. Then one day something special happened. Peter and I have worked together so much over the years that I'm not sure which one of us said first: Chinese people don't eat dairy products! . . "

It is difficult to explain to a non-scientist the sudden mental and emotional reaction you feel when you have the impression that you have discovered something important. It's like you have a bunch of puzzle pieces in your mind and suddenly in a few seconds, they all fall into place and the whole picture is clear.

I suddenly remembered how many Chinese were physically unable to tolerate milk. As the Chinese with whom I had worked always said that milk was only for babies, and as one of my good friends always, very politely, refused to eat cheese at the dinners to which he was invited.

I didn't know any Chinese who, living a traditional Chinese life, used cows or dairy products to feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet nurse, but never dairy products.

Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation with milk very strange. I remember dealing with a large Chinese delegation of scientists shortly after the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s.

The Foreign Office advised us to order a pudding with lots of ice cream. After being informed what it consisted of, all the Chinese, including the interpreter, with very good manners, but very firmly, refused to take it, and there was no way to convince them otherwise. At that time we were all happy because we were able to have a double portion!

I discovered that milk is one of the causes of food allergies. More than 70% of the world's population is unable to digest the milk sugar lactose, which has led nutritionists to think that this is the normal condition of adults, and not a deficiency. Maybe nature is trying to tell us that we are eating the wrong food.

Before I had breast cancer the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy products, such as skim milk, cheese, and low-fat yogurt. I had used them as my main source of proteins. I also ate cheap, lean minced beef, and now I realize I would be a dairy cow.

To endure the chemotherapy I received for my fifth cancer, I had been eating organic yogurt to help my digestive system recover and repopulate my digestive tract with "good" bacteria.

I recently discovered that back in 1989 yogurt was implicated in ovarian cancer. Dr. Daniel Cramer from Harvard University (USA) studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer and made them detail what they ate. I wish I had known about his discoveries sooner!

Following what I and Peter had discovered regarding the Chinese diet, I decided to cut out not only yogurt but all dairy products immediately. I threw the cheese, butter, milk and everything that contained dairy products in the trash. It's amazing how many products, including soups, cookies, and commercial pastries, contain dairy products. Even some supposedly soy, sunflower, or olive oil spreadable margarines contain dairy products. Then I started carefully reading all the labels and the fine print.

At this point, I was watching the progress of my fifth cancerous tumor with a compass noting the results. Despite the encouragement and encouragement that my doctors and nurses gave me, my own observations told me the bitter truth.

My first chemotherapy sessions had no effect

The tumor remained the same size. So I cut out dairy products. In just days the tumor began to shrink. Two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and a week after I cut out dairy products, the tumor in my neck began to itch. Then it began to soften and shrink in size. The tumor was getting smaller.

One Saturday afternoon, about 6 weeks after cutting dairy from my diet, I began doing an hour of meditation and then felt what was left of the tumor. There was nothing left.

Yes, I was very used to detecting cancerous tumors. I had discovered my 5 tumors myself. I asked my husband to feel my neck. He didn't find any tumor either.

The following Thursday I had an appointment with my oncologist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where the lump was. He marveled: "I can't find it!" he said. No doctor, apparently, expected anyone with my type of cancer at the level it was (it had already invaded the lymphatic system) to survive!

My specialist was as happy as I was. When I initially discussed my ideas with him, he was understandably skeptical. But now he uses maps of China showing cancer mortality in China in his lectures and recommends a dairy-free diet to his patients!

I now think that the relationship between dairy products and breast cancer is similar to the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. I believe that by identifying the relationship between breast cancer and dairy products and following a specific diet to maintain the health of my breast and my hormonal system, I was cured.

It was difficult for me, as it might be for you, to accept that a substance as "natural" as milk can have such tremendous implications for health. I will reveal the secrets of my revolutionary action plan.

Extract from the book "Your life in your hands" by Prof. Jane Plant. Edited by Virgin (UK)


Jane Plant's conviction that dairy products can cause cancer comes from the complex chemicals in milk. All human or mammalian breast milk is a transport medium for hundreds of chemical components. It is a powerful biochemical solution, especially to provide the individual needs of the young mammal of the same species. Jane says: "It's not that cow's milk is a bad food. It is a great food, but for calves. It is not intended by nature to be consumed by any species other than a calf. Nutritionally it is distinct from milk. human mother and contains three times more protein and much more calcium.

Breast milk, like cow's milk, contains chemicals intended to play an important role in a baby's development. One of these products - insulin growth factor: IGF-1 - causes cells to divide and reproduce.

IGF-1 is biologically active in humans, especially at puberty, when growth is rapid. In young girls, it stimulates breast tissue to grow and while its levels are high during pregnancy, the hormones prolactin and estrogen are also active, widening breast tissues and increasing milk ducts in preparation for breastfeeding.

Although the concentration and secretion of these hormones in the blood are low, they have a powerful effect on the body. All of these hormones are present in cow's milk. The composition of IGF-1 is identical in either human milk or cow's milk, but its levels are naturally higher in cow's milk. They are also found in beef.

High levels of IGF-1 in humans are considered a risk factor for breast and prostate cancer. . A 1998 study of premenopausal women revealed that those with the highest levels of IGF-1 in their blood were almost three times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with low levels. Among women under 50, the risk is multiplied by two.

Other studies show that high blood levels of IGF-1 in men are an important indicator of prostate cancer. It is interesting to know that recent measures to improve milk production have increased IGF-1 levels in cows. Could IGF-1 in milk and meat cause its reinforcement in humans, especially over a lifetime, leading to inappropriate cell division? . . Although we produce our IGF-1, could it be that the excessive amounts we eat of dairy products cause cancer?

Jane Plant already knew that the high-profile drug tamoxifen, used in the treatment of breast cancer, is designed to reduce the levels of IGF-1 circulating in the blood.

IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization, but critics argue that it is destroyed by digestion, rendering it harmless. Jane thinks that the main protein in milk, casein, prevents this from happening and that homogenization, which prevents milk from separating into milk and cream, could further increase the risk of cancer-causing hormones as well as other products. chemicals that would reach the blood circulation.

She also thinks that other chemicals in cow's milk may be responsible for sending the wrong signals to adult tissues.

Could the prolactin released stimulate milk production in cows, have a similar effect in human breast tissues, triggering the same response and causing the cells to become confused, stressed and start making mistakes, replicating their own DNA? Studies have confirmed that prolactin promotes the growth of prostate cancer cells in culture.

Another hormone, estrogen, considered one of the main risk factors for breast cancer, is present in milk in small quantities. But even low levels of hormones are known to cause serious biological damage. Microscopic amounts of estrogens in our rivers are powerful enough to cause the feminization of many males of different species of fish. While estrogens in milk do not pose a direct problem to the tissues, they can stimulate the expression of IGF-1 resulting in long-term tumor growth.

Jane, who has found increasing support for her theories from specialists, says that she does not attack the more orthodox theories. She tries to make her diet a complement to the best therapies that can be found in conventional medicine, and not a replacement.

Pure, but deadly. Is milk potentially lethal?

Does anyone have opinions or experiences regarding Prof. Plant's approaches? British scientist Jane Plant, who believes a dairy-free diet helped her recover from breast cancer, spoke to Katie Donovan.

Tempted by a cream puff, you talk yourself out of it by thinking how bad it is for your arteries to become clogged by fat. You opt for low-fat yogurt and skimmed milk in your tea, congratulating yourself on your sensible self-control. According to an original new book, which talks about breast cancer (which kills 600 women in Ireland annually), dairy products, whether full fat or skimmed, should be removed from everyone's menu overnight. (They are also responsible for prostate cancer, so I really mean everyone.)

Prof. Jane Plant, PhD, CBE, author of the book "Your life in your hands", was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago. She was 42 years old and a successful biochemist (she is now Chief Scientist of the British Geological Survey) and she thought she led a healthy life. She did not have a family history of breast cancer. She discovered that "only 5 to 10% of breast cancers are the result of inherited genes, and the disease does not always manifest itself, even in those who carry the mutated gene."

Dizzy from the medical jargon and frozen with panic, she relied on her scientific training to try to understand how the disease had developed, and how it could be cured.

He went on the Bristol diet. She had a mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast), her ovaries were irradiated (to cause menopause and suppress estrogen). He asked a lot of questions and a lot of research. But he didn't get anywhere.

One night, with her scientist husband, they began to wonder why in the West 1 in 10 women get breast cancer (1 in 14 in Ireland), while in China only 1 in 10.000 get it. And suddenly the couple had the answer: "In China they don't eat dairy products! . . . EUREKA!!"

Plant eliminated all dairy products (including goat and sheep) from his diet. Six weeks later, his tumor was gone. When I meet her I see that she is a young-looking woman at 55 years old, drinking mint tea and a tuna sandwich (without butter or mayonnaise). She sticks to her dairy-free diet and remains cancer-free.

Cutting out dairy products from her diet was just part of a healthy plan she had made during her cancer. He also took folic acid and zinc supplements. He drank filtered water and never consumed anything that was wrapped, packaged in plastic (pthalates, a harmful chemical, comes out of the plastic and enters the food).

Despite all his efforts it was only when he cut out dairy products that the cancer disappeared. 63 women who had breast cancer and who came to her for advice were also cured of it after stopping eating dairy products.

So he asked himself: Can dairy products, so beloved of the British and the Irish, not to mention Americans whose diets are 40% dairy, have such a lethal effect? "Milk is intended as the perfect food for newborn animals. They cannot eat ordinary food, they depend on milk to develop and keep cell differentiation going. But milk contains chemicals such as the growth factor IGF-1, that children have naturally when they are teenagers, to help them develop their breasts. This chemical intended to stimulate cell growth can send the wrong signal to adult breast tissue.

She cites studies done in the US and Canada in 1998 that found that pre-menopausal older women, with the highest blood concentration level of IGF-1, had a much higher risk of developing breast cancer (similar studies have found a relationship between IGF-1 and prostate cancer). The medication, tamoxifen, prescribed to women with breast cancer works, it is thought, by reducing levels of IGF-1 in the blood.

"More than 70% of the world's population is unable to digest the sugar in milk: lactose," she said. "Lactose intolerance could be nature's system of warning us in advance that we are eating the wrong food. Homogenization apparently only means that the chemicals that promote cancer reach the blood circulation sooner."

Plant has done his homework. "Epidemiological studies have indicated a positive correlation between the consumption of dairy products and the occurrence of breast cancer in urban areas." It cites further research data to suggest that "free estrogens" found in marketed, pasteurized whole cow's milk, as well as skimmed milk, may stimulate IGF-1 expression and indirectly result in long-term tumor development. !".

It lists dioxins and other harmful environmental chemicals, some of them carcinogenic, which are often fat-soluble and end up "particularly concentrated" in milk.

As for the argument that we need dairy products because they contain calcium, Plant cites what the WHO has found in its research, namely that countries that have low calcium intake do not have an increase in osteoporosis. "Scientific studies regarding calcium absorption show that only 18 to 36% of the calcium in milk is used by the body."

Now that we are convinced, what should we eat instead of dairy products? Plant recommends:

• NON-GMO soy milk (Everyone disagrees. See below)

• herbal tea, sesame seed, tofu, nuts, fish, organic eggs

• lean meat (not minced beef, which can be dairy cow)

• lots of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables (salads, juices or lightly steamed)

But how can a woman afford the time and energy to find and prepare these foods? She says your priority should be healthy foods and not junk. But organic foods first. Your health is more important than a new car. Anyway, I don't find it too expensive. "What I don't buy are processed foods, which are also expensive."

Neither her husband nor her two children have a problem following her meal plan. And even though she travels a lot for her job, she finds that it can be fixed (she includes many tips and tricks in her book to know what to take on a trip: powdered soy milk, herbal tea bags, algae tablets for the iodine, etc...)

She has written a new book, a guide for the busy woman who wants to stay in good health.

Advises a thorough and frequent self-examination of the breast. You strengthen yourself by collaborating with your doctor as part of his team instead of feeling like a victim.

Plant is not an enthusiast of Louise Hay's philosophy in "You Can Heal Your Life." She says: "Yes, I believe in positive thinking, but I am also a scientist and I wanted a rational explanation. I have friends who have read Hay's book who feel guilty for not being able to adapt mentally, or if they have adapted and not been cured , they get anguish."

Plant, who advocates Acupuncture, has varying opinions regarding alternative medicines. He distrusts Aromatherapy, finds that visualizations do not work (in his case), but he found a lot of relief with cognitive therapy and hypnotherapy (these last two therapies helped him reduce his stress and anxiety caused by having cancer). .

Above all, however, it was her professional research as a geochemist into the relationship between disease and microelements in the Chinese and Korean environment that led her to discover the role of dairy products in cancer. She finds the medical profession very short-sighted regarding the influence of environmental factors - such as pollution and industrialization - on disease. "I think public health has done a lot to eradicate infectious diseases, but considering the environment and nutrition, they could already do the same for degenerative diseases."

Plant began writing "Your life is in your hands" for his daughter Emma (now 25 years old). Emma's adolescence was dominated by the fear that her mother was going to die. The book's original title was "What I Want My Daughter to Know," Plant recalls. "The 63 women with breast cancer encouraged me to publish the book. At first I didn't want to know anything about it. I knew they would attack me, because science is a process, a system of adversaries."

Leslie Dungan


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1. The cancer cell is anaerobic, meaning it cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen. There is an oxygen treatment, but particularly, at home, it is important to breathe deeply and well in an outside environment without pollution. Also exercise if you can.

2. Cancerous tissues are acidic. Healthy tissues are alkaline. Hence the advantage of a vegetarian diet.

3. It is important to take antioxidants: MAK, Vitamin C and E, coenzyme Q10, selenium, organic germination. . .

4. Purification of toxins by hyperthermia (sauna, elevation of fever, etc.). The cancer cell dies at temperatures around 40º and 41º.

5. Enzymes dissolve the protein coating of the cancer cell making it vulnerable to attack by white blood cells. The most important enzymes are trypsin and chymotrypsin. Eating too much protein and refined foods like white sugar, white flour, white rice, etc. It empties the body of pancreatic enzymes, paving the way for cancer. Hence the interest in whole foods.

6. Vitamins to fight cancer:

- Vitamin B17 kills cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Found in: the seeds of apricot, apple, cherry, nectarine, plum, peach, sloe; bitter almonds, flax grain, barley, chickpea, lentils, corn. However, without enough zinc in the body, vitamin B17 does not work. The results are also better if taken with nutrients such as vitamin C, the other B vitamins, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Doctors who prescribe vitamin B17 generally use it as part of a total program consisting of diet, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acids.

SOY foods are not always advisable because they have the effect of inhibiting the body's absorption capacity of certain minerals including calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

7. Alternative names for vitamin B17 are: amygdalin and laetrile.

8. Vitamin F is the omega-3 fatty acid. Found in: flax seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, corn germ, walnuts, oily fish.

9. Vitamin C stimulates the formation of lymphocytes (up to 10 g daily, can triple them)

10. Vitamins E (antioxidant), A + D (for calcium metabolism).

11. Minerals that help include iodine for thyroid function, selenium (antioxidant) 12- coenzyme Q10 (antioxidant, stimulates the immune system, strengthens the heart, protects it from the toxic effects of chemo, balances blood pressure, helps to prevent the side effects of chemotherapy. A good source of CoQ10 is sesame oil, wheat germ oil, corn oil, whole grains, soybeans, tofu, peanuts, sesame seeds...).

(Dr. Brodie "Intensive Supplement Program).

Milk thistle: The traditional use of milk thistle fruit is due to its content of an active ingredient called silymarin, which has proven to be very useful in liver disorders. Silymarin exerts a direct action on liver cells, regenerating them and combating hepatotoxic substances (alcohol, food toxins, etc.), which is why it is revealed as an excellent hepatoprotector. It prevents the destruction of the liver and stimulates the regeneration of damaged liver cells. It is also used in case of liver failure or gallstones.

The need to eat foods rich in all vitamins and minerals - especially rich in vitamin B17 - and the need to reduce prolonged damage and stress to the body, is the most important thing that the patient should know.

* By Prof. Jane PLANT, PhD, CBE

The Daily Mail - UK (May 27, 2000) Taken from General Council of Colleges of Naturopathic Doctors of Spain