2 out of 4 stars
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Winning the War on Cancer by Sylvie Beljanski is an interesting book by an impassioned daughter. Her father made great strides as a molecular biologist. His studies unearthed extracts from plants that showed great promise to help people with cancer. He first tried them on mice. Somehow he was convinced to give them to humans. The author speaks with such passion about her father that she practically deifies him. With all the support she got from the community, she may not be the only one. Indeed, she presents much evidence that many have used Beljanski's extracts in their own studies.
It is hard to come away from this book without some sense that these extracts do help people. As the author said, extracts and supplements are considered food and not medication. They do not have molecules that can be patented or created in a laboratory. Therefore, clinical trials cannot be held similar to those for new medications that need to be approved by the FDA.
The author mentions integrated medicine, using the best of both worlds of conventional and herbal treatments. To actually win a war, however, there would need to be a victory over the enemy. In this case, the enemy is obviously cancer. As for a cure, you will have to consider the presentation and decide for yourself.
When she speaks of her own problems, she goes a bit off topic and talks of other unrelated therapies and ideas. Some of these ideas were almost in the realm of psychobabble.
I give this book 2 out of 4 stars. It is indeed a passionate story about her father, his work, and how she has endeavored to continue it. As I said, she is very fervent, even zealous, about her subject. Somehow that took away from the scientific basis of her claims. On the other hand, she didn't use language as a scientific journal and I did like that. To read it well the reader must first have a basic understanding of DNA, RNA, and their functions in the cell. It would be a good book for people who are looking for alternative methods of treating cancer. It would also be good for people who want well-rounded knowledge of alternatives that are actually available. Young adults may enjoy the book; age would not be a key factor in recommending or not recommending this book. The editing seemed good, I noticed a few grammatical errors or misused words.
Winning the War on Cancer
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