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Do you know someone who has cancer or has died of cancer? I do. This disease has created an insurmountable amount of hatred, anger, and despair in my mind for as long as I can remember. I am not quite sure when or why this started; maybe it was when my friend's four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Or perhaps when my favorite English teacher died of breast cancer. However, this horrible disease makes me angry. I would never wish it even on the worst of my enemies.
Cancer is very deadly, and it is a universal disease. Medicine has developed significantly in the past decades but still cannot cure all cancer patients; death rates are notably high. Sylvie Beljanski mentions in her book, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure, that if humankind had declared war against cancer, we would be losing. However, Beljanski further claims that her father has discovered the winning card. Who is this father? And could that be true?
Sylvie's father, Mirko Beljanski, was a French-Serbian molecular biologist. Later in his career, he concentrated on antiviral and anticancer remedies. Beljanski discovered two plants, Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria, that seemed to work against cancer and other chronic diseases. Based on his findings, he developed treatments and started treating people who were beyond the help of others. Unfortunately, Beljanski unintentionally provoked the wrong people. Someone made it their business to brutally silence him and destroy his work.
This book is a remarkable collection of unique, scientifically verified information. Furthermore, it is a touching story of Sylvie's determined work to carry on her father's inheritance. From childhood, Sylvie remembers the endless flood of pale, ill-looking visitors on their doorstep. At the time, she always felt that her parents found their work more important than her. When Sylvie's father died, these people came to meet her, asking for help. She realized that her father had helped all these people with his self-developed remedies. One step led to another, and Sylvie could not turn back. Abandoning her career as a lawyer, she jumped fearlessly into the world of medicine previously unknown to her. Finally, she created Beljanski Foundation from the ashes left of her father's work.
Reading this book was a mind-blowing experience. At first came feelings of utter disbelief. The thought of somebody finding a cure for cancer sounded unbelievable. In addition, the late chapters of the life of Sylvie's father, Mirko Beljanski, could have been from some bad science fiction movie. It seemed outrageous that something like that could happen in our modern world. I had to do some research to fact-check that this wasn't just some trick to sell products of the Beljanski Foundation. However, my disbelief slowly turned into admiration. I appreciated the author's passion that shone through from every page. I loved how Beljanski built this book. Instead of just pouring the medical facts on the paper, she caught the reader's attention by telling real-life stories.
Furthermore, she realized the importance of relatable scientific research and supported her message with proven facts. Even though Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria are natural extracts, this author is not on a crusade against modern medicine. Instead, she has inherited her father's holistic approach. Mirko Beljanski never meant his theories and products to replace or revoke any existing cancer treatments. On the contrary, his extracts were to complete those treatments.
I disliked only one detail in this book; the author listed protocols for treating different illnesses with Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria in the bonus section. I am not a doctor. Furthermore, I am not one to read indexes; therefore, going through this listing was tedious. This information is relevant for medical professionals, but I can't see why the author included it in the book she wrote for everyone. Maybe she feared that her father's work would disappear again. However, I would have preferred the author to find another way to store this information.
I recommend Winning the War on Cancer to anyone interested in integrative medicine or wanting to know more about cancer. I am awarding this excellent book with 5 out of 5 stars. Even though I could not see the purpose of the listing of protocols mentioned above, it was not enough to deduct any stars from the rating. This book was well-written and exceptionally well-edited. I encountered no grammatical errors. It offered well-researched information and exciting stories. As expected, this book did not lessen my anger toward this horrific disease. However, it gently replaced the feeling of despair in my mind with a message of hope. Severely ill cancer patients might have a future after all.
Winning the War on Cancer
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