Did Dr. Budwig Add Milk to The Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese Recipe?

On the Internet, there are several videos and web pages that explain how to make the famous Dr. Budwig mixture, often called “muesli” and very few of them – if any – add milk to the mix.

However, many of these same web pages also say that yogurt or kefir can replace the cottage cheese or quark; this is totally incorrect.

Additionally, some researchers claim that full-fat dairy should be used, which again is incorrect, as the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese will not blend properly if the fat content of the dairy is over 2%.

Many ask whether adding milk to the mixture is only in cases where the cottage cheese is too dry and not permitting for a good liquid mix. Therefore, the Budwig Center decided to provide a clear and detailed explanation about adding milk to the Budwig muesli recipe.

Did Dr. Budwig add milk to her recipe?

One reliable source is William Fischer, who also personally visited Dr. Budwig and spent considerable time at her clinic following everything she did with her cancer patients. On how to make the muesli, he wrote down in his book “How to Fight Cancer & Win” on page 147

“…. Prepare cream topping, as follows: 3-4 ounces of low-fat cottage cheese, add 1 teaspoon honey, 1 to 2 tablespoons linseed oil, 3 tablespoons low fat milk and blend together. (It is important to use a blender or electric mixer so that the mixture becomes completely homogenized). Add a little additional milk if necessary”.

William Fischer was right beside Dr. Budwig for several days as she treated her patients, and he states that she added low-fat milk to the recipe.

Another good source of research comes from Dr. Verma who visited Dr. Budwig and then later wrote a book entitled; “Cancer Cause and Cure” and on page 10-11, he outlines what he learned from Dr. Budwig on how to make the mixture:

“The ingredients are 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil, 6 tablespoons of quark or cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds and 2 tablespoons of skimmed milk. If the mixture seams thick add 1 – 3 tablespoons of milk”

Dr. Verma was also in contact with Lothar Hirneise. In fact, Lothar wrote the forward to his book “Cancer Cause and Cure.” Lothar, who spent considerable time with Dr. Budwig, encourages the addition of milk.

In conclusion, Dr. Budwig did add from 1 to 3 tablespoons of milk to the recipe. She mixed the flaxseed oil, low-fat cottage cheese (Quark), and low fat (skimmed) milk, and then when these were blended correctly, which takes about a minute using an electric blender (not blending by hand), she added honey and freshly ground flaxseeds.

Many have had good results over the years without the addition of milk; however, at the Budwig Center, we believe that the closer we follow the original Dr. Budwig recipe, the more we can hope to achieve the outstanding success rate of Dr. Budwig.

What type of milk should be used?

As we stated, the first thing to keep in mind is that it should be low-fat milk, skimmed to be used in this recipe. Many find that goat and sheep’s milk is easier to digest so look for skimmed milk from these sources. Always avoid UHT milk.

Here are two different ways you can make the Dr. Budwig muesli the way Dr. Budwig would approve.

Flaxseed oil (Linseed oil): Flaxseed oil (Linseed oil):

  • Mix 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil), six tablespoons of cottage cheese, and 1 to 3 tablespoons of low-fat milk. If the mixture is dry, you would be best to add up to 3 tablespoons of milk. Be sure the cottage cheese has no more than 2% fat content (the lower the fat content, the better); otherwise, it will not blend properly.
  • Use a blender or a hand-held electric mixer to blend for 1 minute at low speed (do not just stir by hand). The muesli should have the consistency of whipped cream, with no excess oil showing. Do not add anything else until it has a creamy consistency.
  • Next, grind two tablespoons of flaxseeds and add them to the mixture. IMPORTANT! Please be advised that this step (adding the flaxseeds) does not apply to patients with colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and/or rectum) and especially patients who have had a colostomy.


If you are not able to get fresh cold-pressed flaxseed oil or you would like to benefit from the nutrition that the flax shell provides, then you can make the muesli using flaxseeds instead of flaxseed oil. Simply follow the recipe below:

  • Put 12 tablespoons of organic flaxseeds into a bowl and add triple the amount of pure water to cover the seeds, then soak overnight,
  • Using an upright stick hand blender, grind half the amount of soaked seeds (you need to consume the muesli twice a day. Thus the other half of presoaked seeds will be used in the afternoon),
  • Add six tablespoons of low fat (2% or less) cottage cheese or quark, 1 to 3 tablespoons of low-fat milk (avoid UHT milk) and blend with an electric stick hand blender for a minute. As an option, add honey, fruit, lemon juice, etc. (see Optional)


  • To sweeten the muesli, you may add one teaspoon of honey (raw, unpasteurized honey is best, containing all its healthy properties).
  • Adding the juice of ½ a lemon makes it very palatable and gives the muesli a great fresh taste.
  • Fruit, especially berries, can be added.
  • Be creative: for a change, some days, try adding things like parsley, garlic, dried fruits, ground hemp seeds, ground almonds, ground sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, and pumpkin seeds (do not use peanuts), vanilla, cinnamon, raw cocoa or grated coconut. Some prefer a touch of cayenne pepper.
  • If you prefer a runnier consistency, you can add organic oat milk, almond milk, or rice milk.

The muesli turns rancid after 20 minutes, so it must be ingested immediately. Do not grind or store seeds to be used later.

The flaxseed oil must be kept cold, so store it in the fridge. Try to purchase directly from the manufacturer, (e.g., Barlean´s, N. America, or Linovita, Europe), or from a herbalist/health food shop. The cottage cheese/quark can be frozen if necessary.


When quantities are mentioned, this is what we mean: 1 teaspoon = 5ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml, 16 spoonfuls = 1 cup, 4 tablespoons = ¼ cup.

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62 thoughts on “Did Dr. Budwig Add Milk to The Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese Recipe?”

    1. Dear Stephanie,

      Thank you for sending us this question. Seeds in general are irritating to the inside of the walls of the intestine so colon cancer patients would avoid this part of the recipe and add 1 extra tablespoon of the oil to the recipe.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy L. Jenkins

      Director of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath
      [email protected]

  1. Dear Kathy, My father is diagnosed with squamous cell carcinomas on his tongue and neck. He just underwent surgery and now radiation & chemotherapy. I would like to put him Budwig protocol, but he is unable to swallow anything. He has feeding tube. Could you please let me know if there is another way to give him Budwig protocol via feeding tube? I will highly appreciate if you could suggest me something to tackle this problem.
    I highly appreciate your time and help.
    Looking forward to hear from you.


    1. Dear Bhaskar,

      Thank you for contacting us with this question.
      Patients with feeding tubes water down or add fresh milk, almond milk or oat milk to make it more liquid and be able to administer the mixture through the feeding tube. He can still follow the diet and take remedies, just all liquefied so that they go through his tube.

      Let us know if we can help further by contacting us directly: [email protected]

      Kathy L. Jenkins

      Manager of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath

  2. How. Many days. In a row do you need. The Budwig .,One. Day a week or two or thee and for. How long do you. Do this. Intake?a week or two? Thank You,Tract Horton

    1. Dear Tracy,

      The Budwig mix of flaxseed oil, cottage cheese and flaxseeds should be taken daily until a patient is in remission. It can be taken up to twice a day or minimum once per day. Then, for maintenance or for a healthy person wanting to maintain optimum health, taking it 3 times a week or so is enough. For personalized advice, please contact us directly: [email protected]

      Kind regards,
      Kathy L. Jenkins

      Manager of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath
      [email protected]

  3. Sandra Christensen

    Just recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer with lung mets. Tumours on lungs are very small. I’ve had mastectomy and two rounds of chemo. Doctors want me on letrozole which I haven’t started yet. I hesitate only because they’ve been very wrong about my cancer from the beginning. I’ve been on the budwig protocol for three weeks. Doing everything I can from home. No sauna or enemas. I’ve also started marijuana oils… THC and CBD. My tumour is estrogen fed. I’ve read that cbd needs to be much higher than thc for ER+. Has anyone tried these things together? Oils and budwig. I’m terrified to do the wrong thing! My daughter is 12. They gave me 3-5 yrs

    1. Thank you for contacting us Sandra.

      We hope you have been able to download the Free guide we offer online, on our home page. This helps and guides you in following the Budwig protocol. Unfortunately the oild with THC and CBD are not part of this oil and these are not questions we would be able to answer for you. If there is anything else you would like to consult with us directly about, please do so by email to: [email protected]

      Kind regards,
      Kathy L. Jenkins

      Manager of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath

    1. Hello Nancy,

      It is best not to juice the fruit and separate the fiber as this is a high intake of fructose. To make it thinner it is best to use low fat milk that has not been UHT treated or another drink from oats or almond (be sure to read the label so that you get one with no added sugar)

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Jenkins

    1. Dear Bedrich,

      Thank you for contacting us with your question. Yes, natural stevia with nothing else added to it is an acceptable sweetener when one is following the Budwig diet. It should come in liquid or the powder should be green if it is pure.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy L. Jenkins

      Manager of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath
      [email protected]

  4. Jennifer Martines

    can the cottage cheese and flax seed oil be made in a larger quantity and stored in refrigerator and used twice? Taking out a portion and then adding the fresh ground flaxseed?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      “Dr. Budwig said that the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture needs to be eaten within 20 minutes otherwise it could start to go rancid and the oil and dairy will separate”

      Best Regards
      Lloyd Jenkins
      Founder of Budwig Center

  5. Why is honey used? Honey is considered not only to be highly acidic but high in sugar. I thought those were two things that are forbidden for a person with cancer. Also, it says to add”berries”. Alot of berries are also acidic – like the blueberries used in some of the pictures, The “dried fruit” suggested is also high acidic. “Nuts’ are also suggested but a lot are acidic except Brazil nuts and a few others but it doesn’t say to check for whether the nuts used are acidic or not. Combine that with the cottage cheese which is also considered acidic and that’s a lot of acid.

  6. The only cottage cheese I can find without additives(guar gum, Xanthan gum, carageenan,etc) is dry curd cottage cheese. Is that OK? Also, am looking for a diet but a Budwig diet (not just the flax cottage cheese mixture) and much of it contains grains, sugar, dairy, and highly acidic foods, So is the flaxseed oil/cottage cheese mixture supposed to somehow counteract all this?

    1. Dear El,

      Thank you for contacting us with your questions. When honey is raw, not pasteurized, it is a natural preservative, helping the freshly ground flaxseeds to stay fresh and not oxidize. Treating cancer is about a lot more than just avoiding every type of food that might be acidic. Fresh fruit that is in season in the area one lives in will contain the nutrients our bodies need for that climate. When you follow the Budwig diet you are mainly eating fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, NO sugar, NO processed foods and a minimum of animal protein. The only dairy allowed was used to combine with the flaxseed oil because of its sulfurated proteins that carry a positive electric charge which combines well with the flaxseed oil and its negative charge while also allowing it to be highly absorbable in our intestinal wall.

      Dry curd cottage cheese is ok and add 2 tablespoons of fresh skimmed or semi skimmed milk (no UHT milk). If you can find goat or sheep’s milk it is often easier to digest than cow’s milk but the important thing is that it is fresh and low fat.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Jenkins

  7. Hi…how come milk isn’t shown in the video as an ingredient in the muesli? Also, I do not see it mentioned in the Budwig download with lots of other great info.

    1. Hello Sonia, there is dairy already in the quark and although milk is recommended, many have been taking this mixture without the milk due to dairy intolerance and have had success. We will actually be making another video shortly and will be including milk in it. Go ahead and make it with milk when you are able to source organic milk but if you can’t always add milk, it will still be good.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Jenkins

  8. Hi there! I was wondering why the milk is not shown in the video or listed in the download. I’m confused which way to start making the recipe, with or without the milk.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Sonia, the milk is for better texture especially when the quark is too thick and to make sure the absorption of the flaxseed oil is better. We make a very basic video but we will be making another one. We do recommend using milk but if you can’t find organic milk, you can benefit greatly (as have many for years) by making this recipe without the milk.

      Kind Regards,
      Budwig Team

    1. Hello Michelle,
      You can add water after, not at the same time as you try and get the quark and flaxseed oil homogenous. If you use milk you can use together. With water it would be a separate addition.

      Kind Regards
      Kathy Jenkins

  9. Hello Kathy,

    For a cancer survivor with digestive issues who live in France, among fromage blanc 0% cow organic, fromage blanc 0% sheep organic, and fromage blanc 0% goat non-organic, what could be the best option to replace the quark/cottage cheese? Thank you so much!

  10. Dear all,
    is higher fat quark a huge problem and is really prohibited, or could I use it and it will have the benefits anyway. I checked the one we can usually get and I just bought it today, and its actually 20% fat. It is organic.
    Thank you and best regards,

    1. Dear Valeria,
      If one has to choose between organic or the correct fat content, in this case the correct fat content is more important. All the ingredients in the Budwig kitchen are organic except for the cottage cheese because it is more important to get low-fat content.

    1. Dear Lynette,
      Thank you for contacting us about helping your husband. We have provided a free guide to download on our homepage. You have to sign up to receive the link by email. This will get you started on the diet. We would certainly recommend more than simply changing his diet and if you are interested in what we can do for your husband, please email us: [email protected]

  11. It seems to me that the part of the mixture that goes rancid is the flax oil, which is very sensitive to air. Making the small batches is quite a lot of trouble with cleaning the blender. Couldn’t a larger batch of cottage cheese be blended in advance and then the oil added to individual portions and that then blended completely by hand?

  12. Hi Kathy
    I’m worried I may have harmed my husband as he has possible liver and pancreatic cancer and I started him on budwid muesli but didn’t build dose up , I didn’t know to start slowly . He now has developed classic pale stools since having it , what should I do and has it caused him damage ?

  13. Hello,

    I saw a comment above that using low fat cottage cheese and mixing with the flax oil, makes it OK for people with a dairy intolerance? I haven’t eaten any form of dairy for over 10 years but wanted to ask if there was a dairy free alternative … coconut milk and flax? Or stick to the dairy and the flax oil and it should be OK for people with dairy allergies and Intolerances. Does the flax somehow make dairy acceptable to digest? Thanks!!

    1. Dear Carlos, Dr. Budwig did look at the patient as a whole, with an integrative approach (mind, body and soul). As naturopaths we look at the contributing factors and diet is a very important one, good place to start, but yes, so much more has to be considered. Please get in touch with us by email if you are interested in what else you can do ([email protected])

  14. Hello,
    I only have one kidney and with the remaining kidney I have stage 2 cancer. I picked up some advice not to eat flaxseeds because they weren’t good for the kidney.
    Is this information true or false.
    Many thanks

  15. Hi Kathy,

    My sister have been diagonised with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

    what dosage can she start with? She had a blocked duct possibly due to tumor and have a tube fitted

    1. Dear Sue, we have provided the recipe at with measurements and explanations at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGXQwz08pPY
      We have also provided a Free Guide to download as en e-book when you sign up on our website. It is the first link you receive after confirming your email address. If she can take it twice a day sometimes even, that would be good. Dr. Budwig did much more than give her patients the Budwig muesli though so please see the guide about the whole protocol. Also, for personalized recommendations and information, we recommend contacting us by email directly: [email protected]

  16. Hi Kathy. I am in South Africa and have breast cancer. I had a mastectomy on my left breast. I refused chemo and tried the chemo. I heard about the cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. I take it every morning with berries and ginger. Is there something else to do. Thanx for your advice and help

    1. Dear Lulu, thank you for contacting us. Adding this recipe to your daily food plan is a start but Dr. Budwig did so much more for her patients to address the reasons cancer is being formed in the body. Have you been able to download the Free Guide we offer as an e-book when you sign up on our home page? Also, to apply the protocol to your personal condition, you can contact us via email: [email protected]

  17. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you so much for everything on this site. I have breast cancer, HER2+ only, and began the Budwig Protocol in Oct., dropped it, then started again ten days ago. I’ve been very careful with it since then, and am vegetarian, not eating meat, sugar, but also not eating a lot of fruit or fruit juices, I just don’t care for them. I do drink coffee. Since Oct., I’ve been drinking carrot juice daily, about 50 ounces. In the last ten days, the first thing I noticed was the pain went away. But the one breast with two tumors has swelled about 50% larger, and this scares me. Please advise? Should I cut back the Budwig cream to once daily? I jumped right in with twice daily FOCC. I have not had chemo, radiation or surgery. Thanks so much, Leigh

    1. Dear Leigh, thank you for getting in touch with your question. The fact that pain is reducing or leaving is a great sign. We are used to seeing tumors appear a bit larger in the first 3 months but the description you are giving does sound like one would want to double-check cellular proliferation and whether there is something specific that needs to be addressed. We cannot tell you for sure anything without seeing you and being able to test you with the Vega test and GSR scan. Other types of tests you can get done is a blood test for Thymidine Kinase or the Greece blood test. These will tell you more about cancer growth but not necessarily the reason for this. So please get in touch with us if you are able to come to the clinic, even for a day or two. [email protected]

  18. Carol Rebecca Reiss

    Hi Kathy,

    My brother, a former heavy smoker, was diagnosed withvstGe 4 lung cancer after having no sickness other than a a persistent worsening cough. For the last decade he has led a super healthy lifestyle, all organic foods, no sugar, etc., with lots of outdoor exercise.

    He repudiated “the cream”, which is how he refers to the Budwig mix. I then conncealed it under a homemade avocado mash seasoned with turmeric black pepper, cayenne, ginger , lime and kalamata olives. He enjoyed it for a few days, then said it made him nauseous.

    I substituted the Barleans flax seed oil with Mountain Harvest hemp oil. I then added the ground flax seed and then added turmeric and black pepper. So far so good.

    However, I am concerned the hemp oil is not as good as the flax seed oil.

    Also he is on no allopathic treatments. He drinks Essiac tea. Takes his cod liver oil and dandelion root in a cold drink, ie alie vera.

    I am having a difficult time getting him to like the Meuseli. I started with the 6:3: 2 proportion and added berries and walnuts until he said it made him nauseous.

    He is now on a 3:2:1 ratio but using the hemp oil instead of flax oil.

    Is this okay.

    Also since giving up the avocado mash on top odm if the Bidwig ooooooooooi n ro of sprouted Ezekiel breD he has become constipated.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Also is it necessary to use Manuka honey or is raw organic acceptable?

    Thank you,


    1. Dear Carol, you are such a good sister taking care of him like a child, disguising the mixture. Bravo! It could be that the oil is rancid and this is the reason he is feeling nauseous and not liking it. Try the version without the oil, by putting 6 tablespoons of organic flaxseeds into a bowl and triple the amount pure water to cover the seeds and then soak overnight. Using an upright stick type electric blender, grind and blend up half the amount of soaked seeds (you need to consume the muesli twice a day thus the other half of presoaked seeds will be used in the afternoon) and then add to 6 tablespoons of low fat (2% of less) cottage cheese or quark, 3 tablespoons of low fat milk (avoid UHT milk) and blend with electric stick type blender for a minute.
      On another note, Dr. Budwig did much more than feed her patients this recipe so if he is interested in how we can help him, please contact us directly by email: [email protected]

  19. Hello Kathy,

    I am a breast cancer second timer after ten years of “health”. I have been on Budwig diet for about half a year now, no conventional treatment besides biopsy which I regret.

    I feel good but now for about a month, I can feel that the tumor is growing and there is also a sore little lump in my armpit. Metastasis?? If I go to the oncologist she ‘ll offer me mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes.
    Any suggestions? What should I do? I am otherwise “healthy”, no other medication but Thyroxin and some supplements.

    1. Dear Seija, diet is certainly a good place to start when we need to make changes in our health. Sadly, by the time we are dealing with cancerous tumors we need to do more than that. What we learned from Dr. Budwig’s philosophy was that we need to understand that the “cancer” cell is the result of the problem, not the cause. Therefore, the solution will be addressing the reason the body is producing these cancer cells in the first place so that the body resumes correct DNA instructions leading to correct cell production. The reason cancer cells are produced are:
      -Toxins the body hasn’t been able to deal with and eliminate
      -weakened immune system from stress and lack of healthy habits (even lack of sleep)
      -malnutrition and lack of proper hydration
      -virus, bacteria, parasites and fungus’
      This can be done with the help of professionals and this is what we do at our clinic. Would you be able to come to us in Málaga? If you’d like to get in touch directly by email, the address is: [email protected]

  20. Hi Kathy,
    My wife, Stacy, has been using the protocol upon recommendation from our local naturopath for a few weeks for her diagnosed breast cancer. His recommendation has been only for the cottage cheese/oil mixture with very little “flavor” adds. As she used to love smoothies for breakfast (almond milk, spinach, banana, strawberries, yogurt and variations thereof). Could she make the Cottage cheese/oil mixture and then add the fruits and spinach and almond milk and blend all in blender? If so, any particular adds to stay away from? Thanks, Tim

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