Guest: Sylvie Beljanski, PhD
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Sylvie Beljanski was born in New York City after her father, Mirko Beljanski, Ph.D. came to New York to pursue a two-year fellowship with Nobel Prize winner, Severo Ochoa, known for his DNA research on living cells. Raised and educated in Paris, Ms. Beljanski completed her undergraduate studies at The Sorbonne, and after receiving her law degree, she was admitted to the French Bar. Sylvie founded The Beljanski Foundation, a registered not-for-profit, whose mission is to further Dr. Mirko Beljanski’s research within a network of high-profile research institutions.
Segment Overview: Sylvie Beljanski joins us to discuss her new book, “Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a National Cure”. She also talks about why we don’t necessarily have to lose this war.
Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, thank you so much for joining us here today on the program. Now President Nixon signed the war on cancer into law back in 1971. Now here we are nearly half a century and hundreds of billions of dollars later and it looks like we’re still fighting a losing battle but maybe we’re not fighting a losing battle. Our guest is Sylvie Beljanski, she’s joining us to discuss her new book, “Winning The War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure” and she’s also going to talk about why we don’t necessarily have to lose this war. Welcome to the program Sylvie.
Sylvie Beljanski: Hello and thank you for having me.
N: Thank you so much for taking the time. Give our listeners a bit of background about yourself.
S: Well I was born in New York, raised in Paris and became a lawyer. And when I came back to work as a lawyer in a law firm in New York just shortly after that, I learned that my father and my mother were arrested in France by the French government as part of a secret operation. I was very surprised, tried to understand what happened and what I discovered is that my father being a molecular biologist had uncovered some natural molecules that had helped a former president, French president Francois Mitterrand to deal with his advanced prostate cancer and Francois Mitterrand against all odds was able to finish his second term. When Mitterrand finally passed away, there was a number of political well positioned people who had been very interested that by with the fact that my father had allowed Francois Mitterrand to continue to the end of his second term. They were ready to take power and you know, that did not happen. So after Mitterand finally passed away with the disease and Mitterand tried to destroy everything. But I had grown up seeing what those products of natural molecules could do to people and they decided to create a foundation here in New York, the Beljanski Foundation and continue with the research, get the research – my father’s research – validated and I just wrote a book about it which is Winning the War on Cancer.
N: Yes. Is this the first book that you’ve written?
S: I wrote, not a book in French with my mother a few years ago which was more about scientific and this one is more about the story explaining science of course but telling the story from my own eyes what happened for the past 20 years and how everything was able to start all over again if I’m in New York and speaking about the validation of the research.
N: In telling your story, it does sound like an actual war on cancer but maybe on the other side of that conflict from your father and your point of view. However the war on cancer as it relates to what we’re talking about today, all we hear about is more and more cancers, more resilient forms of cancer, more money needed for research and development of cancer treatments and possible cures. Are we winning this battle? Are we losing it? And how can we win it if we’re losing it?
S: Well as of today, according to the World Health Organization about 1 out of 3 people is touched with a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetime and this number worldwide is expected to double by 2030. So we cannot say that we are winning the war on cancer unfortunately. However, I mean we are not doomed as there are things that we can do. If we do not change what we are doing of course, we are going to get always the same result. But there are things that we can do and we should change. As of now, we have a system which are completely broken, which are completely turn to sick people and nothing is done to get a health system which would be based on prevention and I make a big difference between prevention and diagnosis. Prevention is about preventing people to get sick. Diagnosis is about telling people that they are sick and they should enter into a sick center health system. Then there are also other things that leaders should be done I mean especially with natural compounds. As of today, there’s a little bit of research that we have is showing us that some natural compounds are really able to fight very effectively cancer. But there is not enough research being done with that and not enough research because in order to patent a molecule, it has to be new. So only new synthetic molecule can be patented and make return-on-investment. So there is no incentive for companies to research natural compounds and also, they have no economic incentives, they cannot make claims on something natural, they don’t have any exclusivity. So nothing has happened to really unlock the power of nature and to tap this what nature has given to us to protect ourselves. So we definitely could change all those things.
N: How can we harness this power of nature to fight cancer and how can the government get involved in order to facilitate the the process of discovering and shaping some of these new treatments that you say are needed?
S: Natural molecules can go a long way, we know that from research now I’ve done with Columbia University, Kansas University, Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The Beljanski Foundation which is a non-for-profit based in the U.S. has invested research now showing that natural molecules are really able to make a difference. This research has to be supported and to be funded and there is also a lobbying effort that has to be made in order to get a better acceptance of natural medicine. It’s all about integrative medicine actually that accept that drugs are needed in some conditions but also along that, natural compounds are able to go a long, long way and sometimes in synergy with drugs.
N: When it comes to natural versus synthetic compounds, is the link between toxic body and toxic mind still apply? Can you explain that briefly?
S: Emotions are kind of cellular signals and they do have an effect just like toxic compounds, toxic chemicals, they interfere with the proper regulation of our body. Everyday we are facing chemicals and we have to process them and eliminate them. If we are in emotional toxic environment, we are not able to do that properly and then it has been seen again and again that a big emotional event shock can absolutely trigger cancer. There has been some research done showing that the risk can be a link between what organ is getting cancer and what kind of emotion as we have been unable to process properly just like sometimes we are unable to process properly an assault of chemicals. I do believe that emotions are part of the root of the problem. I don’t think that treating the emotions is the solution is enough for treating all cancer but I think it should be absolutely looked into for successful treatment. You just cannot ignore emotions, we are flesh and emotion and just part of what we are.
N: You’re right. Now your book “Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure” published by Morgan James, where can our listeners get a copy of your book?
S: So on the website winningthewaroncancer.com, the book is not out yet but it can be pre-ordered and it also can be pre-ordered on Amazon, amazon.com at the page of Winning the War on Cancer by Sylvie Beljanski.
N: Great. Thank you so much for joining us today Sylvie Beljanski, it’s been a pleasure.
S: Thank you very, very much Neal.
N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Transcripts and audio of the program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm. You can subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, listen in and download at SoundCloud and be sure and visit affiliates page at healthprofessionalradio.com.au