With it being Melanoma Awareness Day in the U.S., I wanted to say a few words about the virtual event we are organizing on May 18th. Healthy Tuesdays will be dedicated to skin cancer and the effects of the sun. With the return of the warm weather, we will finally have the opportunity to get outside and expose ourselves to the sun. The urge to enjoy it a little too much will probably be present for some, and skin cancers will become an issue that we will unfortunately discuss a lot in the coming months.
With 2 million new cases per year in the USA, skin cancer is one of the most common cancers and as such cannot be ignored. A distinction must be made between carcinomas, which are relatively easy to treat, especially with surgery at the initial stage of the disease, and melanomas, which are much more dangerous.
The skin is made up of different layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The roots of melanoma will go much deeper into the dermis than the roots of other cancers, increasing the risk of metastasis. Melanoma represents the majority of deaths from skin cancer.
The Melanoma Debate
The big debate, of course, is about the causes of melanoma. Officially, the main cause of this disease is the sun. The development of melanoma is indeed accelerated if you sunbathe irresponsibly, especially by sunbathing for hours on end. A burn or even simply damaged skin cannot defend itself well and eventually risks developing cancer.
But studies show that people who work outdoors and are exposed to the sun on a regular basis as part of their normal physical activity, statistically develop less melanoma than others.
So, is the Sun the Main Cause of Skin Cancer?
The media keeps telling us that it is essential to put on sunscreen before going out and that we should put it back on every two hours, but it turns out that sunscreen could be a source of carcinogens. This information is now being repeated, even in the mainstream press. We must distinguish between the different types of sunscreens. There are chemical and natural (or physical) sunscreens. Natural sunscreens are made up of molecules such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that reflect the sun’s rays, while chemical molecules absorb UV rays.
Among these chemical molecules, we find octocrylene. Remember this name and look on the box before you buy your next sunscreen. This molecule tends to change over time or with heat. It degrades and turns into another molecule called benzophenone, which is a carcinogen. This is why you should avoid sunscreens based on chemical screen molecules.
Once Melanoma is Diagnosed, what are the Remedies?
The traditional treatments are chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy (which does not work very well. For this reason, it is often combined with anti-inflammatory drugs).
There are also natural alternatives. At the end of my book Winning The War On Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure, you will find the suggested dosages by Dr. Christian Marcowith, a great friend of my father’s.
Pao Pereira has a broad-spectrum anti-cancer activity and melanoma is among the cells that respond well
Rauwolfia Vomitoria is particularly effective for hormone-dependent tissues and the skin is a hormone-dependent tissue.
Green Teas (which was not known to be a potent anticancer agent in Dr. Marcowith’s time). According to recent studies conducted by The Beljanski Foundation, a specific blend of green teas identified by my father (OnkoTea) has been shown to be effective against different types of cancers, including breast cancer, bladder cancer and melanoma. Four lines of melanoma have been successfully tested.
- Golden Leaf of Ginkgo biloba (not green Ginkgo recommended for blood circulation or memory). Golden Ginkgo helps the regulation of nucleases, and this is very important in the fight against melanoma. The Beljanski Foundation is currently conducting studies on melanoma with Golden Ginkgo.
I look forward to seeing you at the Healthy Tuesdays conference on melanoma and at this special event, you will get to hear directly from the researcher who is currently working on our Ginkgo/melanoma project as part of The Beljanski Foundation’s research programs.
~ Sylvie Beljanski
It’s all about bringing
healthcare to everyone.
World Health Day is observed annually to create awareness about health and wellbeing and draws the attention of people from all around the world to highlight important health issues. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website: “more than half of the world’s 7.3 billion people do not receive all of the essential services they need. In terms of financial protection, over 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets to pay for health care, and about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to their health expenditures.”
I am wondering how many Americans are accounted for within WHO’s data. With the average insurance deductible being around $3,000, while the average saving account of many Americans is $2,000 (information casually provided by an insurance broker in an effort to sell me a second line of insurance to cover my deductible), many are actually pushed to poverty, if not bankruptcy, because of the way our health care system is provided.
The problem is not new. In his 2007 movie Sicko, director/writer Michael Moore exposed how corporations have corrupted our North American health care system, making it all about profits and not about saving lives.
But is it much with other systems? In France, where the one single payer system has long been put in place and access to health care is mostly free, doctors are regularly marching in the streets to protest their conditions. Who wants to go to years of medical training, just to be turned into five-minute prescription dispensers and see your decisions overturned by insurances? In Switzerland, a new law is being considered where Naturopaths will simply be allowed to replace G.P., a breed officially in danger of extinction.
Whatever their differences, health care systems around the world are all plagued by ever-increasing costs and long waits at hospitals for expensive conventional treatment. Some systems work better than others in terms of reimbursements, accessibility, and coverage, but they are all straining under the pressure of spiraling cost and reduced access. One would think that if there were evidence of a natural product or treatment that could begin to address these problems, it would be embraced by mainstream science and the politicians in charge of our future. Think again: with health care being a multi-billion dollar per year business, it’s no surprise that pharmaceutical companies- whose quest for innovation are solely driven by intellectual property rights- will protect their brands at all costs and decry natural solutions as quackery, even if this blanket rejection of natural treatments screams conflict of interest. To make this worse, in the face of failure, those who are supposed to be accountable for our malfunctioning public health policies will witch-hunt the free thinkers and discoverers who dare defy the laws of money, think outside the box, and, in the end, offer substantial help to humanity.
Meanwhile, patients are becoming more and more empowered and educated. In growing numbers, they are demanding new personalized solutions to replace the old one-size-fits-all approach to medicine. Doctors whose practices are thriving are those who recognize that medicine is a holistic, multifaceted discipline. They value nutrition, psychology, and environmental medicine as part of their medical practices.
Bringing healthcare to everyone is a great idea, a generous one that should be applauded. Yet, we should take the time and reflect: what kind of health care? The question is urgent, as the pollution that we have carelessly dumped into the environment since World War II, is getting back at us and affecting our health in big ways.
For most of us who get confronted with increased pollution and epidemics of cancer and other chronic diseases, all we want is the safest, most effective option available, whether it’s food, herbs, or a pharmaceutical drug. And for those who have been told their condition is terminal, alternative medicine may offer precious hope they thought was lost. But choosing between herbs and drugs is often difficult because the information that we need to make these decisions is largely unavailable.
Pharmaceutical and biotech companies invest heavily to create new-to-nature molecules they can easily patent, in order to create lucrative monopolies. That is why there is very little money and interest from the pharmaceutical companies for natural compounds (but plenty for “analogs”). And what if the best treatment is natural, and is of no interest to pharmaceutical companies? Today, it would go unnoticed. The system is distorted. By changing patent laws that force medical companies to create a new man-made molecule in order to be able to patent and make money on it, by changing the way scientific grants are awarded, by creating a patient-centered and health-centered health system rather than a sick-centered health system, the government could possibly create a new way to look at drugs. But this is not an easy task. On the other hand, preventing dietary supplement manufacturers from making any health claims, even when backed by solid science, deprives the public access to useful information, and is something that the government could easily change.
In 2004, Fortune magazine dedicated a full issue to cancer research. On the cover, in capital letters was the question: “Why We’re Losing the War On Cancer.” Under this provocative title the intriguing tagline appeared in parentheses: “And How to Win it.”
Clifton Leaf, the article’s author listed a number of “miracle cures that weren’t,” including radiation therapy, Interferon, Interleukin-2, Endostatin, and Gleevec. He concluded that we need to “change the way we think about cancer” and went on to quote Eli Lilly’s Homer Pearce:
“I think everyone believes that at the end of the day, cancer is going to be treated with multiple targeted agents—maybe in combination with traditional chemotherapy drugs, maybe not. Because that’s where the biology is leading us, it’s a future that we have to embrace—though it will definitely require different models of cooperation.”
That’s exactly what we need from our Health System: new models of cooperation that would tap Nature’s wonders to research molecules selective and non-toxic, able to prevent the damage to DNA structure, and to help restore cellular Health. Treatments will be cheaper, have less side effects, and we would all be healthier.
Health Advocate, Public Speaker, Award Winning Author
International Women’s Day! Everybody is celebrating the advancement of women’s rights and equality over the past decades, and the few remaining donjons of social resistance are being stormed as our society is quickly reshaping itself. All what my grandmother hoped for me was to reproduce her own life pattern: marry well and raise children in a safe and peaceful environment. Instead, I chose to go to law school, before founding my own company, and ditched (or missed?) the family thing altogether. Am I proud of my accomplishments and glad I was able to create my own destiny (something my grandmother could have never even dreamed of.) Absolutely! But am I confident that our society is going in the right direction? Actually, not so sure.
We, the women, the daughters, wives, mothers, teachers, employees, bosses, consumers, caregivers, breadwinners, leaders…have become accustomed to do whatever it takes to rise to every challenge.
This year of COVID-19 saw countless female doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers go the frontline to selflessly fight the pandemic, while all mothers added “home teacher” and “cooks” to their job description. We the women have become pretty good at extending ourselves. And on the way, we have also shattered countless glass ceilings; however, we would be lying to ourselves if we denied the price we are paying for it.
Super Woman, exhausted, but still trying to run with her high heels, does her best to cope with the many pressures coming along with each one of her multiple roles in society. She needs a drink, or some other display of mindless consumerism, to shatter the inner whispers: the way we live is not sustainable. Our home, planet earth, is full of pollution, which will cause not only ourselves, but our children to live shorter lives. Babies are exposed to an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants (1), which one can correlate to the increase of childhood cancer and autism. Additionally, our parents are not doing any better: today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. According to Alzheimer’s Association, by mid-century, it will be every 33 seconds (2). And what if we get sick ourselves? With one out of three people (3) getting diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime, who will take care of them? Who will take care of us?
There is no point in mixing imagination and fear. It is a deadly cocktail. Anxiety causes our brain and body to release a flood of stress hormones to help us deal with the threat, but we are not meant to be in this charged state for extended periods of time. Chronic and uncontrolled anxiety ends up elevating our stress hormones, straining our body and resulting in serious in physical consequences, ranging from muscle pain, to rashes, to digestive issues, and eventually cancer.
What’s the point of fighting the last donjons of inequality, if we are to reign on a dead planet? We have to come to the realization that the industrial revolution did not serve us well and that a serious life change is not only imperative, but essential to our well-being.
We have to become mindful consumers who will stop the cacophony of carcinogens that weaken our immune systems, and those of our children. Learn to choose health. Ask yourself: why so many cancers, why so much inflammation? Then carefully read the labels around you and stop buying harmful products. If you stop buying them, they will disappear. It is actually that simple. Instead, embrace the idea of supporting businesses which act responsibly, but please, when ordering, don’t just consider the carbon print of the manufacturer. Consider what you are doing by buying and returning stuff on line. Each delivery, even sold as “free,” translates into additional traffic in the streets, additional pollution, gas and carbon consumption.
We need to learn what one can do to detox ourselves and our home. Learn which supplements will support a gentle removal of “heavy metals” such as lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic. These all induce acute or chronic toxicity and are widely distributed in the environment (4). Learn about traditional medicine and the ancient use of botanicals. Some, like pao pereira, will help ward off the onslaught of viruses (5) and also help fight cancer. Learn about the benefits of natural vitamins over synthetic ones, often poorly bio-available. Learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome for your gut and mouth. When times become too challenging, give your immune system a healthy boost, with good RNA fragments (6).
It is seriously time to shake things up, make this planet a cleaner one, embrace a more natural way to take care of ourselves. Feel better naturally! You go girls! Who said we can’t have it all?
Sylvie Beljanski is the founder and vice president of The Beljanski Foundation, which does research on natural compounds in order to help fight cancer. She is also the author of Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure.
- “Tolerance and Feasibility of a 12-Month Therapy Using the Antiretroviral Agent PB100 in AIDS-Related Complex Patients.”
Natural Connection: Changing the Face of Cancer Research
I had the honor of virtually speaking to the students of Georgetown University about the work of my late father Dr. Mirko Beljanski and The Beljanski Foundation. The overall mission of the Beljanski Foundation is to study and share knowledge of effective non-toxic natural answers that work both alone and in synergy with traditional western medicine to cure cancer and other chronic diseases the natural way. Sharing this information with others is what drives me. I have been traveling all over the world since the 1990s speaking to all types of people about the research conducted on Pao pereira, Rauwolfia vomitoria, Golden Leaf of Ginkgo Biloba, RNA fragments and OnkoTea, but there was something incredibly special about being asked to speak to the students at such a prestigious university. There was no way I was going to pass up this opportunity to speak to the young generation who represent the future of medicine. If the importance of acknowledging and studying what Mother Nature can offer to us gets forgotten, there will be no alternative left to the all-chemical approach that has flourished since the 19th century. What the Beljanski Foundation is doing is offering the opportunity to research in an academic environment the benefits of select natural compounds, then making sure that the results are published and available to all through its website.
As Dr. Beljanski said, “When we have the power to help, we have the duty of doing so.” Nixon declared the war on cancer in 1971. Here we are 50 years and billions of dollars later and there is still so much work to be done. People need to know about all possible options to fight and beat this disease, not just what mainstream medicine has to offer. Our work gives people treatment options and the students at Georgetown really understood this important topic.
After my initial presentation, the students spent 45 minutes asking me questions ranging from the Foundation’s activities to what it takes to be a leader, a CEO, a woman and a first generation immigrant at the same time. They asked how to set priorities. Visibly they were not only interested in learning about the science, but also to be inspired. I definitively hope that I have emulated some vocation here, and the Foundation looks forward to welcoming those who have expressed a wish to spend their practicum with us. Thank you Georgetown for having me speak to the students. It was truly an honor and I am happy to have made an impact on the students.