4 out of 4 stars
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As I am interested in alternative healing, I eagerly picked up Winning the War on Cancer because this is a topic close to my heart.
Sylvie Beljanski is the daughter of the French molecular biologist, Dr. Mirko Beljanski, who found a new cure for cancer. Anyone who has researched alternative cancer approaches knows that there are over 300 proven treatments and cures that go beyond the “cut, burn and poison” (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation) methods oncologists use today. But there is no incentive for the FDA and big pharmaceutical corporations to invest in researching such methods because there is no money in it. You cannot patent something that comes from nature which existed long before humankind walked the Earth. There is a lot more money to be made from isolating a particular molecule that a mega-corporation can put its name on (regardless of how toxic said component is) and sell it at exorbitant prices.
The book offers an intriguing look at the research that the author’s father did in France many years ago, the persecution that killed not only his work but probably Dr. Beljanski as well, and the enormous effort the author undertook with various organizations all around the world to resurrect the lost knowledge about curing cancer using exotic plants. The journey was hard, and the book describes all the trials and tribulations Sylvie Beljanski went through to complete her father’s work.
In the book, she criticizes greedy corporations that want the research and the resulting products buried. Yet, after a long struggle, the supplements that can treat several forms of cancer (and even other serious illnesses) have seen the light of day and are now purchasable at the author’s website. Based on her claims, the supplements work, and there are countless people on both sides of the pond who can attest to their efficacy. As long as the person keeps taking the extracts, the cancers are suppressed.
The book itself is engaging and – considering such a serious matter – quite entertaining to read. The pages grabbed my attention right from the start, and I’ve read the book in only two afternoons. The anecdotes the author shared detailed just how greedy not only corporations but also governments are, and how quick they are to shut down anything that doesn’t serve their own interests. One of the stories Sylvie shared was about how her father treated the French president, Francois Mitterrand, who had cancer, with his extracts and prolonged his life enough to allow the president to serve full term. After reading the book, I went online to look for stories about this because they truly captivated my attention.
The writing was clear, concise, and the examples given by the author fully illustrated the points she was making in the book. I only found a handful of grammatical and punctuation errors, pointing to the editors doing a great job with the manuscript. I enjoy reading a book when I don’t have to worry about getting past the bad grammar on every page.
However, there is one point I will have to touch on as well because for me it’s a personal issue. Towards the end of the book, the author mentioned that it is important for the supplements to be of high quality (which I agree with fully) and they should not be synthetic, but whole food. This is where I knew exactly what she was referring to: vitamin C, which is yet another way to keep cancer and other illnesses at bay (I know this from long-term personal experience with it). Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Every scientist, biologist, and chemist will tell you exactly the same thing. They do not differentiate between wholefood and synthetic. Most mammals (with the exception of a few bats, monkeys and the guinea pig) make ascorbic in their bodies. The higher stress they experience, the more vitamin C they make. They don’t make “whole food natural vitamin C.” They make ascorbic acid.
I have been a long-time advocate of orthomecular medicine, a term coined by two-times Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling who kept his prostate cancer at bay for over 20 years while taking 18 grams of synthetic ascorbic acid per day. Eventually, he succumbed to the illness, but it was at the ripe age of 93. I don’t think I would mind hitting the bucket at that old age myself.
Having said that, I give the book 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who has been let down by Western medicine, along with readers who are open to natural healing methods and want to learn about treatments and cures which can be safer and just as powerful as anything that manufacturers have created in their labs so far. If you are a faithful believer in Orthodox medicine, this book might not be for you. At least not until something happens in your life that shakes you to the core and makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about your own health.
Winning the war on cancer
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