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Is Milk Causing Breast Cancer?


Geoscientist Jane Plant attributes her remission from cancer to cutting diary from her diet. Is there any scientific basis to this?

By Matthew Flavel

Is there any basis to claims that a dairy-free diet can prevent breast cancer?

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Milk and breasts are unlikely enemies. However, geoscientist Jane Plant has a different view. Plant contracted breast cancer in 1987 and for 6 years she experienced the remission and relapse cycle of the cancer an agonising five times before making a drastic change: she cut dairy products from her diet entirely.

This serious decision was based on a link she drew between the low-incidence of breast cancer in China and their populations’ incidental low consumption of dairy. Within 6 weeks of this new diet – and her continued chemotherapy treatment – the lump was gone.

The cancer remained absent for 18 years, but it reappeared at a stressful time for Plant during which her old dietary habits re-emerged. A switch back to her trusted dairy-free diet, plus the commencement of treatment with a prescribed oestrogen suppressor, saw the cancer disappear again.

Jane Plant has considerable credibility as a scientist. She is currently a Professor of Geochemistry at Imperial College, London. She has published widely, including the somewhat relevant discovery that nutrient deficiencies in livestock can be caused by the geochemistry of the land on which they live. In the past she also held the position of Chief Scientist of the British Geological Survey.

Plant has recruited cancer researcher Mustafa Djamgoz to co-write their recently released book Beat...

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