4 out of 4 stars
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Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure by Sylvie Beljanski is a must-read for people suffering from cancer and other chronic diseases. All those who are willing to give integrative medicine a chance will find this book a valuable source of information. The author does not blindly dismiss the benefits of allopathic treatments. On the contrary, her greatest merit is that she pleads for a holistic approach to medicine and the convergent action of both traditional and alternative cures.
I am neither a doctor nor a patient. However, I found Sylvie Beljanski’s book highly educational and inspirational from multiple perspectives. Firstly, the author’s ideas are thoroughly backed by scientific research, published articles signed by experts in the field, and treatment protocols for different kinds of cancer. Secondly, Winning the War on Cancer is the most wonderful tribute a daughter could pay to her father. In addition, the book raises the alarm on the financial interests of pharmaceutical companies and the hidden agenda of elected officials.
All ten chapters are exceptionally well organized and edited. Although this is mainly a piece of scientific non-fiction, it also includes many personal stories that display the kind of high action and drama characteristic of a novel. The first part of the book focuses on Mirko Beljanski, PhD, a brilliant biologist-biochemist who joined the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris and started to rethink the origin of cancer. Gradually, the book progresses toward Sylvie’s own journey since the moment she decides to carry on her father’s legacy and research program.
Driven by the idea of helping people to fight against cancer, Mirko Beljanski found two miraculous plants in nature: Pao pereira, a tree native to the Amazon, and Rauwolfia vomitoria, an African root bark. Moving a step further, he developed natural molecules able to selectively block cancerous cell multiplication without killing healthy cells. Due to Beljanski’s treatment protocol, the French president François Mitterand could finish his second term in office after he had almost given up the struggle against pancreatic cancer. If cancer patients were thankful for Beljanski’s products, the conventional oncology community sought to destroy his scientific credibility.
Her father’s persecution and subsequent arrest trigger Sylvie’s strong emotional reaction and her commitment to accomplish the mission of proving his innocence and manufacturing his products. The book details on the trials and tribulations of a long journey for a daughter who is ready to change her entire life and risk her marriage only to clear her father’s name and make people aware of Mirko Beljanski’s contribution to the advancement of science. I have particularly enjoyed Sylvie’s frankness coupled with her courage and determination to achieve her goals. Her ability to deal with extremely diverse and challenging situations kept me tuned in all the way to the end. A law graduate, Sylvie finds the strength to set up the Beljanski Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to further Dr. Beljanski’s research within a network of high-profile institutions around the world.
I am rating Winning the War on Cancer 4 out of 4 stars. Since I believe in the healing power of nature, I have no reservations when it comes to environmental medicine. Besides, Mirko Beljanski’s theories and products are meant to complement surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, not replace them entirely. Sylvie’s journey of self-discovery is pigmented with many ups and downs. No matter if she is in the Amazon rainforest, at a Las Vegas medical convention, or on a hospital bed, she manages to overcome all obstacles and stay true to the promise she made to her father. I am recommending the book not only to cancer patients, but also to people interested in living a healthier life. Unlike synthetic drugs and their associated side effects, natural products could work well in eliminating toxins and providing quality support to the body’s rejuvenating process. There is nothing I liked least about this book. Its overall optimistic message, the scientific references, and the author’s encouraging tone will definitely convince many of those who are still skeptical about integrative medicine.
Winning the War on Cancer
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