I was recently asked what is the story behind the name French Secret, the line of skincare products using high-quality essential oils and nourishing botanicals.
Well, everybody knows now that “entrepreneur” is a French word (since the historical “gaffe” -another French word – by George Bush). But few know that “aromatherapy “ is also a French word.
We owe the term “aromatherapie” (in English “aromatherapy“, “aromaterapia” in Spanish, etc .) to Rene-Maurice Gattefossé (1881-1950). Famously in 1910, after a laboratory explosion, Gattefossé, a French chemical engineer specializing in the fields of cosmetics and perfumes, plunged his burned hand in a solution of essential oil of lavender and observed immediate relief. In the following days, he experienced ultra-fast recovery without infection or scarring and started to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s, when Gattefossé passed away, massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other healthcare providers were using aromatherapy.
What an extraordinary display of love and respect for the memory of Dr. Mirko Beljanski at the 7th European Congress of Integrative Medicine, which took place last week in Belgrade, Serbia!
Not only was the Congress (ECIM) dedicated to his memory, but a documentary movie on his life and major scientific achievements was presented at the opening session. In addition, copies of Morton Walker’s book “Cancer’s Cause, Cancer’s Cure” that had been translated into Serbian arrived just in time for the opening session and were distributed to all Congress participants (the book was also available in English).
Sylvie and Monique Beljanski and others speakers presenting their diplomas
People who contributed to the success of the Congress received beautiful diplomas with gold plated inlays, showcasing the drawing of the likeness of Mirko Beljanski, as it appears on the logo of The Beljanski Foundation.
It was really a great Congress, with enough very interesting conferences covering various approaches to integrative science and therapies to satisfy the most curious minds. And of course, since any gathering in a Slavic country has to be filled with music and dance, this one was no exception. With a wonderful display of friendship, this Congress offered a perfect mind-body connection.
Check all the pictures on the facebook page of The Beljanski Foundation.
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I am pleased to announce that The Beljanski Legacy, a short film about the life and discoveries of my father, Mirko Beljanski, PhD, was screened for VIPs in the U.S., and will be premiered in Europe at ECIM – the prestigious conference of integrative medicine.
This moving documentary traces his humble beginnings in Serbia through his discoveries on the nature of DNA while at The Pasteur Institute in Paris.
Left to right: Dr Gaynor, Dr Perez Garcia, Sylvie Beljanski, Dr Hall and Alex Lubarsky
“Mondo Well”, in NYC, always attracts its share of wellness-oriented, cause-focused and integrative doctors, health-minded celebrities and bestselling authors. This recent program was no different, with Dr. Perez Garcia, Dr. Mitchel Gaynor, Dr. Jane Goldberg, Dr. Vastola, Dr. John Hall and myself among the main speakers.
While the United Nations focuses on climate change as the main upcoming danger for the environment, the concern at Mondo Well was more about the increasing toxicity and the epidemic of cancer. A highly suitable platform to present the work of Mirko Beljanski- coined as the father of Environmental Medicine- and the recent publications resulting from the collaboration of The Beljanski Foundation and Kansas University Medical Center.
Natural Source was also present with a booth, and we could not resist filming Dr Jane Goldberg when she spoke about the Beljanski® products as well as Recipe for Health ™, from the Targetage® line.
Each year, it is estimated between 15 and 30 percent of the population in developed countries are prescribed drugs known as benzodiazepines (Valium®, Xanax®, Ativan®, etc.) for anxiety and insomnia, even though research shows that adults over 65 who used benzodiazepines were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia over a 15-year period.1 There are times when a prescription drug may help restore balance to your body, but the risks in taking them are sometimes simply too great…
Safe and effective ways to address anxiety and sleep disorder include:
• Dramatically decrease your consumption of sugar (particularly fructose), grains, and processed foods. In addition to being high in sugar and grains, processed foods also contain a variety of additives that can affect your brain function and mental state. MSG and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are especially harmful.