I have been rather outspoken about my opinion on breast cancer for many years. I see it as a modern lifestyle cancer – preventable and reversible in most cases, if you are willing to change.
I have also written and presented many times of the research and remarkable journey of Professor Jane Plant (Professor of Geochemistry at Imperial College London, a specialist in environmental carcinogens, highly regarded in her field, having been awarded a CBE in 1997).
This piece covers her cancer, her scientific mind, her stumbling onto ‘the dairy foods link’ and then her self-curing, which went against all her training and knowledge at the time.
Here is a small extract from The New Zealand Herald article.
“In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour - a lump in her neck the size of half a boiled egg. Doctors told her that she had only months to live. Then a mother of two young children, Prof Plant recalls the shocked discussion she had with her husband, Peter. As scientists - she is a geochemist, he a geologist - they had both worked in China on environmental issues, and knew that Chinese women had historically very low rates of breast cancer: one epidemiological study from the 70s showed the disease affected one in 100,000 Chinese women, compared with one in 12 in the West.”
“I had checked this information with senior academics,” Prof Plant says. “Chinese doctors I knew told me they had hardly seen a case of breast cancer in years. Yet if Chinese women are on Western diets - if they go to live in the US or Australia, for example - within one generation they got the same rate. I said to Peter, ‘Why is it that Chinese women living in China don’t get breast cancer?’”
“Feeling she had nothing to lose, Prof Plant switched to a dairy-free, Asian-style diet. Within six weeks the lump in her neck had disappeared; within a year, she was in remission and remained cancer-free for the next 18 years.”
“Her approach to cancer is supported by some eminent scientists. Her latest book, co-written with Mustafa Djamgoz, professor of cancer biology at Imperial, has a foreword from Prof Sir Graeme Catto, president of the College of Medicine, who describes its findings as “illuminating... even, at times, shocking” but all backed up by scientific research.”
“She is particularly worried about the fashion for high- protein diets, pointing out that there is evidence that too much protein generally - particularly from animals - is “at best unhelpful and at worst dangerous to those at risk of cancer”.”
“As a scientist, all I can do is tell the truth based on the evidence. I started my first book because I didn't want my daughter [Emma, now 39] to go through what I went through. All my books have come out of not wanting this to happen to others.”
Good to have an open mind eh?
Here is the new article as it appeared in The Daily Telegraph UK and The New Zealand Herald on June 3, 2014: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11266900