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Professor Jane Plant’s website
Suzannah Olivier’s website, with a summary of dietary recommendations
Foods that contain hormones

The Cancer Directory, by Dr Rosy Daniel.
Your life in your hands, by Professor Jane Plant.
The Breast Cancer Prevention and Recovery Diet, by Suzannah Olivier.
Eat to Beat Cancer, by Jane Sen and Dr Rosy Daniel.
anticancer a new way of life by Dr David Servan-Schreiber

The IBCwatch site has links to articles on research relating to green tea, ginger, ginseng, resveratrol, reishi mushrooms and curcumin.
There is a discussion of foods to fight/prevent cancer on the BreastCancerCare website, with some thoughts on interactions between these foods and chemotherapy or tamoxifen.

Curcumin is available as a supplement eg from the Penny Brohn Bristol Cancer Care website (Medpro brand). or Ageless Cures/Doctors purest (web page says this formulation is used in medical research trials). I’m using this and feel positive about it. This is being researched by the MD Anderson Hospital, USA, particularly in relation to Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Within days of taking this, my back improved for the first time.

I have found reishi supplements as part of a mushroom combination from Solgar.

I have come across an article that raises concerns about cancer in women, and high blood sugar levels. Having a diet based around fruit and vegetables can help in this situation.

While searching on the web for more information on natural ways of treating IBC, came across this article.


Veg box recipes - including a vegetable identifier (I need that), newsletter, tips on what to look for when buying vegetables and what’s fresh at the moment, and a really good range of recipes. I have tried the beetroot and celeriac gratin.
Waitrose recipes - I have tried the Hot Mango chutney.
Recipes from the BBC Vegetarian and Vegan Food section.
Vegan recipes from Sainsburys
Vegan recipes from the Vegetarian Society


Following up on the news article on green tea and mushrooms being beneficial there is a Wikipedia entry on medicinal mushrooms which I found helpful.

Many mushrooms may have beneficial properties, including:
• Fresh white button mushroom (agaricus bisporus) ( wikipedia entry); portobello; crimini
• shiitake mushrooms (lentinula edodes) ( wikipedia, American Cancer Society). I have tried growing my own, which was fun.
• maitake (wikipedia entry)
• enoki wikipedia and the Mushroom Basket (livesey bros) website.
• oyster
• reishi
I’m not too clear on how much or how often - though there seem to be some research trials in progress.

Using mushrooms
There is some advice on veg box recipes, The Mushroom Bureau website contains a wide range of mushroom recipes, from breakfast to snacks and main meals.

More background
There is a detailed study on the Cancer Research UK site, , Medicinal Mushrooms and Cancer. An overview of the research is given at Cancer Research UK,
Mushroom extract could stop breast cancer cell growth on the Cancer Research UK site discusses research relating to Phellinus linteus. There is a similar article on the NHS site . covers research on a range of mushrooms, particularly white button mushrooms.
anti-cancer, a new way of life by Dr David Servan-Schreiber discusses a range of foods including mushrooms
The Cancer Directory, by Dr Rosy Daniel, includes a review of the use of mushrooms in integrated medicine



Herbal and green teas:
Information on green and herbal teas:

teabenefits website

Chamomile tea: wikipedia
Green tea:wikipedia
Nettle tea: wikipedia
White tea: White tea central, Wikipedia


Vegan nutrition fact sheet, by the Vegetarian Society, with advice on how to maintain a balanced diet

Where to find a local veg box scheme (UK)
The Vegan Society
bioSnacky sprouting seeds and germinators.
Thompson & Morgan range of sprouting seeds, including onion, radish, rocket, wheatgrass and cabbage as well as the more usual ones. Also germinators.
Sutton Seeds - sprouting lentils, alfalfa, mung beans, fenugreek, radish

Dairy-free products

Some of the authors recommend cutting out dairy products. I tried this and it hasn’t been a complete solution to keeping the cancer at bay. However, it has encouraged me to have a higher intake of vegetables, and avoid high-calorie desserts, so I still tend in this direction.

Rice & Easy Rice & Easy Rice Milk
Mrs Crimbles range of cakes
Kinnerton - great dairy-free chocolate. I like the Luxury Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mints.
Plamil - dairy-free chocolate spread is one of my favourites. All products are diary-free.
9 Bar - Seed and nut bars with carob toppings - a handy snack
Virginia Harvest - shelled hemp seeds, crushed sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cold-milled flaxseed - I find these are kinder on my digestive system than whole seeds.

Manuka honey - research & suppliers

Dorset Cereals - really tasty cereals, with a fun approach to their packaging and website. I particularly liked making the cardboard land yachts from the cereal packet!