This article features Jane Plant, a prominent professor and expert of geochemistry, but also a mother and wife.
In 1987, at the age of 42 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis also suggested that her career would soon be over. But, Jane was determined to do her best and fight cancer.
The first thing she did was change her lifestyle. This included a specific dietary regimen. It was this dietary regimen that actually improved her health and well-being. Today, she’s sharing her personal experience with women all over the world trying to raise awareness on alternative ways to fight breast cancer.
At the time when she was first diagnosed with cancer, her husband, an eminent scientist himself, was working in China. With the help of his colleagues, he started researching why breast cancer rates are so low among Chinese women. At the end of his research, he came up with an effective cancer-fighting method that he immediately proposed to his wife. This method, which has proved extremely beneficial, is now made public. Many people still find this method controversial, but people should be entitled to choosing their own anti-cancer treatment.
Jane received a lot of support in the form of letters and cards by her Chinese colleagues. At one point she started wondering why Chinese women rarely develop breast cancer. It was then that she did a research of her own. She found that only 14% of the calories in the typical Chinese diet were fat as opposed to 36% of calories in the Western diet.
But, Jane’s diet before her cancer diagnosis was high in fiber and low in fats, which eliminated fat as a contributor to her cancer onset.
After further research, she discovered that the Chinese don’t consume dairy products, which took her by surprise. It then dawned on her that her Chinese colleges never ate cheese or drank milk, with the excuse that milk was for babies. Then she also remembered that she didn’t know any Chinese woman feeding her baby with cow milk or dairy products.
This only motivated her to continue with her research, which brought on another shocking discovery – over 70% of the world population is lactose-intolerant! Plus, milk can trigger many allergies. However, the most shocking thing was that nutritionists turned a blind eye to this.
Jane’s diet was largely based on dairy before she was diagnosed. She also consumed cheap beef. During chemo, she consumed organic yogurt to support growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
At the time of her research, she found out that in 1989, yogurt was linked to ovarian cancer, after hundreds of women were examined by Dr. Daniel Cramer from Harvard University. The thing is Dr. Daniel monitored the diet of these women only to conclude that ovarian cancer was in some way related to dairy products.
Upon discovering this, Jane immediately stopped consuming dairy products including butter, milk, and yogurt.
Her chemotherapy was not showing any results at the time, so her next step was to cut out all dairy from her diet.
Two weeks later, Jane noticed that the lump on her breast started to itch. It also became much softer and soon afterwards significantly decreased in size. Her test results also showed that not only did her lump shrink its size, but her tumor was also cured.
It all happened in only 6 weeks’ time. The moment neither she nor her husband could find the lump, she decided to see a specialist, who was rather skeptical about her dietary regimen.
Having gone through this ordeal, Jane realized that there is some link between breast cancer and dairy products, similar to the link between lung cancer and smoking.
All in all, Jane is a living example of the effectiveness of dairy free nutrition in fighting breast cancer.