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Winning the War Against Cancer by Sylvie Beljanski is an intriguing story about a family fighting to make innovative new cancer treatments available to the public. The author’s father, Mirko Beljanski, discovered four biological substances during his research. Two appeared to have cancer-targeting properties, while the other two supported recovery from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
But some influential people in the French government saw Beljanski’s work as a threat, and proceeded to persecute him in unethical and potentially illegal ways. Her father eventually passed away, and Ms. Beljanski vowed to continue his legacy.
These days, she runs a non-profit foundation that spreads awareness and sponsors clinical research about the supplements. She is also the president of a retail company that manufactures and distributes the products her father developed.
But before her success, there was a lot of struggle for the Beljanski family, their supporters, and colleagues. The story was very well laid-out and provides a lot of pertinent details about supplement regulations, and the science behind cancer and its therapies. There were also a lot of personal touches about the people who were helped by the products.
The writing style was very clear and easily understandable by the layperson. Ms. Beljanski was an attorney before she underwent this journey, but she obviously learned a lot about this industry. Yet she didn’t go over the top with technical jargon that would confuse the average reader.
This book appeared to be professionally edited, as the errors found were very few and did not detract from the reading experience.
The only thing that I didn’t like, was that I felt Ms. Beljanski failed to disclose that she has a vested interest in the supplement company. She referred to it as if it was an independent entity, and it was easy to infer from her language that she was not related to the company in any way. I felt like this was a financial conflict of interest that any attorney or researcher would know they should reveal in good conscience. However, the information regarding her connection was easily discoverable on the supplement website.
In summary, this was an informative text that had a strong emotional component. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars, as I found it an excellent and interesting book. Even readers who are skeptical about alternative and natural treatments would benefit from the data this book provides. Those who dislike non-fiction or science-oriented stories may not care for it.
Winning the War on Cancer
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