This story is all about an English woman who got breast cancer. And whey Chinese women don’t get breast cancer. Professor Jane Plant decided to fight the cancer her way, by doing her own research. The interesting part about this story is that Jane is a scientist with a PhD in geochemistry. But she beat breast cancer by finally following an alternative diet. And she won!
Professor Jane Plant got breast cancer in 1987 at age 42. At this time of her life, she was eating a lot of dairy and minced beef (which she deduced as simply dairy cow meat). She had one breast surgically removed and was on chemotherapy plus radiotherapy when her husband was away on a business trip to China. He returned with herbal pills someone gave him for her cancer and she started to wonder why Chinese women don’t get cancer. Even the women who survived the nuclear bombs don’t succumb to breast cancer at the same rate that Western women do. In China, only 1 in 10 000 women who get breast cancer actually die from it. But in Britain and most other Western countries, 1 in 10 women die from breast cancer. Jane wanted to find out why. She wanted to live and she wanted to help other women who had breast cancer, or had risk factors for the disease.
Chinese women do not drink alcohol and do not eat dairy. Jane Plant did plenty of research to find out how the average Chinese woman lives and eats. At this stage, she was on her fifth stage of cancer and was measuring her tumours. She noted that Chinese women who were exposed to Western type of foods, including dairy, were more at risk from breast cancer. For example, those Asians living in Hong Kong seemed to have a higher rate of breast cancer than women in China. Also, urban women had a higher risk compared to rural women. Naturally, an urban setting also contains more pollution, chemicals and environmental factors than a rural setting. Jane gave up all dairy products and changed her diet completely.
She started to read The China Study, by T.C Campbell and T.M Campbell, a study on nutrition and how the Chinese and Western diets differ so much. Why do so many Westerners get cancer? Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in cancers in the Western world. There was a study done in 2013 called High- and Low-Fat Dairy Intake, Recurrence, and Mortality After Breast Cancer Diagnosis which concluded that women who ate more high-fat dairy, not low-fat dairy, were more likely to die after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Scientists are linking this to the knowledge that many dairy products eaten in the West contain high levels of estrogen and progesterone. This is because cows produce milk when pregnant or lactating. It seems that some of these hormones are removed when the fat is removed for low fat dairy products. But back to the Chinese and their escape route from breast cancer…
In the China Study, authors link cancer risk to animal proteins. Following a whole-food, plant based diet is a winner against cancer. Chinese women eat this kind of diet daily, without thinking about diet as such. They eat these ingredients because they LIKE them. In the west, women worry so much about what they eat and are often on diet. The best diet to beat cancer and to be an energetic healthy person, like a Chinese woman without cancer is to follow these steps:
In China, the women eat three balanced meals a day which contain plenty of (1) and a little meat. No dairy.
When Jane cut out dairy, her tumours shrank in size. After 6 weeks of no dairy consumption, Jane’s tumour completely vanished. She has now written her own book Your Life in Your Hands which details nutrition as it should be. She notes the western diet and its evils: huge portions of food, high cholestrol foods, too much salt and sugar, too little fibre,, too many processed foods and drinks, too much alcohol and cigarettes, too little exercise and no connection with nature or family anymore.
The bottom line is that every person choose the right diet for their body. But base it on the China Study and a whole food, plant based diet. Use common sense. Eat real food. Say no to meat and dairy.