Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most commonly asked questions related to the Budwig Diet, the Budwig protocol, and natural cancer treatments and therapies. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to get in touch with us directly.
If I follow the Budwig Diet can I eat animal protein?
Being a vegetarian herself, Dr. Budwig encouraged a vegetarian lifestyle, which is very evident in her books and recipes. However, some studies suggest that at least 5% of our protein intake can be animal protein.
By consuming the flaxseed oil and Quark/Cottage Cheese twice a day would be about 5% of animal protein. Dr. Budwig occasionally allowed fish (wild and with fins and scales). Again, that would be as an exception. In her Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook, she writes on page 175: “While traveling, you can always care for yourself with Linomel and hot or cold milk, and/or fruit juices.” She added “you can protect yourself against harm while traveling by ordering fresh fish such as trout, pike, carp and other fresh fish. However, canned (tinned) fish, also shrimps, prawn and other items from the deli counter which frequently contain artificial coloring agents and harmful chemical preservatives, must be strictly avoided.”
Should I avoid dairy if I have cancer?
Dr. Budwig had outstanding success with her oil-protein diet using dairy. True, dairy does have some negative aspects, so we encourage organic dairy whenever possible. Also, it seems that the negative aspects of dairy are neutralized when combined with flaxseed oil and other ingredients. The Budwig Center does not encourage the consumption of any other dairy other than within this mixture of flaxseed oil and Quark.
Can I prepare the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mix and save it for the following day?
To get the maximum benefit from the mix Dr. Budwig encouraged to make it fresh every day and eaten no later than 20 minutes after preparation.
In fact, it’s best to prepare all meals as fresh as possible. One exception is Oleolux butter which can be stored for days because of the coconut oil and flaxseed oil combination.
What foods stimulate red blood cell production?
The Budwig food plan encourages the generous consumption of vegetables. For patients who are anemic, it is good for them to opt for foods rich in chlorophyll such as chard, broccoli, artichoke, dandelion, lambs lettuce, endive, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, green beans, green pepper, green asparagus, and fruit (kiwi, avocados and some types of seaweed). These veggies are also recommended to add to a one’s diet to fight fatigue and anemia.
What drugs stimulate red blood cell production?
Cancer patients with Leukemia often face an issue of multi blood transfusions. Liquid chlorophyll is a great natural alternative. However, more may be needed, and certain drugs have proven to be helpful. Your doctor can recommend which ones would be advisable in your case. For example, Epoetin stimulates red blood cell production.
Thrombopoietin stimulates platelet production. Also, G-CSF stimulates the bone marrow to produce granulocytes (white blood cells). On the other hand, hemostatic agents can be given to control minor bleeding. You may also want to look into stem cell transplants to replenish healthy cells destroyed by chemotherapy.
What food supplements stimulate red blood cell production?
In addition to iron, your body needs folate (folic acid) and vitamin B-12 to produce enough healthy red blood cells. You may need to take a Vitamin B Complex supplement, at least temporarily, because it also contains folic acid. Bee Pollen is rich in B vitamins as well.
What dosage of liquid chlorophyll should I consume?
If your red blood count is low, then consume one glass of liquid chlorophyll every day until the level is back to normal. Then drink 1⁄4 cup for another week until the blood count is back to normal. After that continue with two tablespoons daily for maintenance.
Is coffee allowed on the Budwig Diet?
Some studies show that drinking fresh, organic coffee on rare occasions can help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, and kidney stones. Non-organic coffee is obtained from pesticide intensive harvesting and should certainly be avoided.
It’s important to know that coffee can upset your digestion because it interferes with hydrochloric acid production. Also, it can irritate your stomach linings which could lead to ulcers, gastritis, IBS and Crohn’s disease. Because it serves as a laxative, it promotes increased gastric emptying whereby the food passes too quick into the small intestine before it’s fully digested.
Coffee also interferes with the uptake of essential minerals in your diet. Acrylamide is a potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substance that forms when coffee beans are roasted at high temperatures. To be on the safe side, the Budwig Center discourages cancer patients from drinking coffee.
Can kefir, yogurt, fromage blanc, ricotta, queso fresco replace cottage cheese or quark?
In publications of Dr. Budwig, she never sanctioned Kefir or Yogurt. If you could make low-fat Kefir cottage cheese that would be fine, but it tends to be hard to work with and very dry.
Very popular in France is Fromage Blanc. When made from skimmed milk this can be a good option because it is very similar to low-fat quark.
Ricotta is an Italian “cheese” product produced from milk whey. As a source of sulphurated amino acids, ricotta can be compared to cottage cheese or quark since it has a similar composition. Ricotta is very low in fat but always double check the label to make sure. In some countries like Australia, organic ricotta is much more widely available than low-fat organic cottage cheese or quark. Always get organic if available.
How can I tell when flaxseed oil is rancid, or is going rancid?
Fresh flax oil typically doesn’t have a strong smell. If it has gone rancid, you will notice it has a fishy, paint-like smell. If it has a bitter taste that would indicate a degree of rancidity.
Buy linseed or flaxseed oil if possible directly from a manufacturer in bulk and put the bottles in the freezer and remove them one by one as you need them but always keep refrigerated. They will last up to a year in the deep freeze.
As sugar feeds cancer, should I avoid fruits, juices, and honey?
Refined sugar is bad for you and is believed to be a significant factor in cancer growth and causes a host of other diseases. However, please understand that most natural foods – such as vegetables, legumes, grains, and nuts – also contain carbohydrates, which are broken down into glucose (sugar) during digestion.
When consumed in reasonable quantities, most natural foods, especially berries have a glycemic load that is low or average. These natural sugars will not feed cancer. The important thing is to have a balanced, healthy diet that will provide our body with the necessary energy and nutrition. Stevia, raw honey, as well as all fruits, are acceptable sugar substitutes.
Does flaxseed oil and cottage cheese thin the blood, posing a problem if I’m going to have surgery?
Some suffer from swelling and/or excessive bleeding after an operation. Flax oil does thin the blood somewhat; however, the flaxseed oil’s mild blood thinning quality should not be a severe matter unless you are on blood-thinning medication. In that case, you should make allowances for it. You need vitamin K, which is the natural blood clotting agent. You can get it from dark green leafy vegetables, especially swiss chard, and kale.
If you are about to go in for surgery, please consult with your doctor, let them know that you regularly consume flaxseed oil and cottage cheese and follow the suggestions he or she gives you.
Which scans are used to detect cancer and tumors?
The Budwig Center is not advising its patients to get any types of scans. However, if you do decide to get a scan as you want to know the level of active diseased cells and tumor activity, you need a PET/CT scan, and not a simple CT or MRI scan. When tumor cells die, they may still show up on CT & MRI scans with no indication that they are dead.
However, PET scans indicate whether diseased and tumor cells are dead or alive and whether cells are actively dividing and growing. However, you need to understand that this involves subjecting yourself to radiation.
After starting the Budwig protocol, it’s essential to have clear in mind that it took perhaps years for cancer to develop, so it’s logical that it will take some time to overcome it. So it is best to do the program for at least 3 or 4 months or even more before getting these scans if that is what you want to do.
Should I use a hand whisk blender or a hand-held electric blender when making the Budwig mix?
It is imperative that flaxseed (linseed) oil be mixed with the dairy quark or cottage cheese correctly. We need to keep in mind that the oil and the dairy generally do not blend well together. For the linseed oil to become water soluble is best accomplished with an electric hand-held blender. However, one must be careful not to mix it too fast, nor for too long, as this could cause unnecessary heating, which would damage the mixture.
So, in conclusion, either mixing method seems to be acceptable, but the main thing to keep in mind is that the oil disappears altogether and that it is well blended. With an electric blender, this typically takes about a minute at low speed. Most people use mechanical mixing with excellent results.
Why is constipation so dangerous when fighting cancer?
It is unhealthy for anyone to suffer from constipation, but it is a big concern when you are battling cancer. The body is expelling many dead microbes, toxins, and debris. These have to be eliminated daily otherwise you will suffer from ‘autointoxication.’
Use one teaspoon of Castor oil every hour or one teaspoon of Epsom salts in a glass of juice every hour, until you start noticing results. A water or coffee enema is also helpful.
Should I continue taking medication while on a natural cancer program?
Please work with your local doctor on this matter as he/she monitors your progress. It is essential to keep in mind that, at times, those who start with conventional medicine cannot easily wean off it. The body seems to become dependent on certain drugs to help cope with specific symptoms or deficiencies.
What type of bra is recommended to prevent breast cancer?
Bras have evolved over the years. Many gynecologists recommend the use of wireless bras. Why? The pressure that underwired bras put on the breast and the lymph nodes can provoke bumps and mastopathy, which could develop over time into breast cancer.
A tight under-wired bra may press on various lymph nodes and block the lymphatic system. As a result, toxins cannot be eliminated naturally through lymphatic drainage.
Over time, this can cause an accumulation in the breasts, leading to the formation of cysts, fibrous nodules or cancerous tumors.
Due to all of the above, we recommend the use of wireless bras. Use sports bras and, when possible, limit wearing bras altogether. Do not wear a bra to bed at night or while around the home.
What other options are there if I am allergic to flaxseeds or flaxseed oil?
It is very rare, but some people are allergic to flaxseed oil and flaxseeds. The closest replacement would be chia seeds. Both seeds contain plenty of protein and omega-3 fats. Flax seeds contain significantly more manganese, copper, and potassium. Chia seeds contain slightly fewer calories and more fiber, but they include 1.5 – 2 times more of the bone-strengthening minerals calcium and phosphorus, as well as a little more iron.
How long must I continue with the Budwig program?
Dr. Budwig cautioned her patients who were cancer-free about going back to consuming harmful foods otherwise cancer could return. Some research would seem to indicate that if someone developed cancer, he or she is more predisposed to this disease and need to be more cautious than usual. We recommend that once you recover that you move over to what we call the “Budwig Maintenance” program. This program is not as strict the diet, but it encourages eating live foods as opposed to processed foods and leans towards a mostly a vegetarian approach.
Most find that after several months of eating the nutritious Budwig diet, their taste buds change, and they no longer crave the unhealthy way of eating. Once they appreciate the value of healthy foods, most tend to have a psychological aversion to damaging processed foods.
How can I follow the Budwig Diet while travelling?
Much depends on the type of trip you a making. Many find that on a short journey it’s possible to take a cooler for the dairy and flaxseed oil. When this is not practical Dr. Budwig allowed some fish (wild and with fins and scales). Also, clinical studies have shown that the consumption of the herb Cordyceps increases the oxygen in the blood by up to 40%.
How does the Budwig Diet help with parasites?
A person with cancer can automatically assume they have some parasites. There are about 1000 different types of parasites, and they are easily contracted by touching animals, eating unwashed fruit and vegetables, as well as by mosquito or insect bites. At the Budwig Center, we provide a useful and entirely natural remedy that effectively destroy the adult parasites, babies, and the eggs. Also, we encourage our patients to deworm their pets and to always wash their hands after touching an animal. It is also vital to wash fruit and veg with apple cider vinegar and then rinse with pure water.
Would the Budwig Diet be suitable to help with chronic digestive issues?
Yes, the addition of fermented foods, such as sauerkraut juice, plenty of fruits and vegetable and other healthy foods while at the same time eliminating dead processed foods would do wonders for your digestive system. Also, we add spore biotics to your food plan which floods the body with healthy bacteria and helps establish the microbiome, which is vital for proper digestion.
Does the Budwig protocol only help with cancer?
Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Protocol helps with 50 of the most common illnesses, such as those involving the circulatory system, heart disease. It also helps regulate cholesterol, liver dysfunction, diabetes, arthritis, stomach ulcers, eczema, immune deficiencies, MS, IBS and other disorders.
Did Dr. Budwig recommend whey protein powder?
Dr. Budwig didn’t specify whey protein as an alternative source to Quark or cottage cheese. Also, Dr. Budwig never suggested or approved of working her “mix” into a (watery) smoothie.
Why Dr. Budwig called refined oils and margarine ‘dead’ oils?
Dr. Budwig used only “cold-pressed”, “virgin” or “extra-virgin” oils in her food preparation and she was a big fan of extra virgin coconut oil. When cooking, only use coconut oil as it will not break down with the heat. For salads any cold pressed oil, such as olive oil is recommended. Dr. Budwig of course used cold pressed flaxseed oil with her Quark (German cottage cheese) mixture that she feed her cancer patients.
However she strongly condemned all other processed and refined oils, calling them dangerous dead oils that cause death to those who consume them. One margarine manufacturer admitted that if there was one more process done to their margarine it would ‘turn into plastic’!
Dr. Budwig noticed that sick cancer patients’ blood was all clumped together instead of free-flowing as in healthy people. Also the blood had a strange greenish unnatural color, which was a sure sign of oxygen deficiency. She blamed it on bad oils. To quote Dr. Budwig, she said: “Our eating habits are often lacking in high unsaturated acid fats, and contain an excess of man-made oils known as trans fats (or partially hydrogenated oils)”. These Trans fats are found in commonly used cooking oils and margarine. Vegetable oils may be labeled “100% pure” which may deceive you into believing they are not harmful, but most companies extract oil from corn, canola, sunflower seeds, and other plants through extreme heat, and other artificial processes, none of which are the natural extraction procedure. According to Dr. Budwig, corrosive and caustic chemical products, namely, sodium hydroxide (commonly known for its use as a drain cleaner) are also used in the refining process.
As a result, these oils are no longer alive, and are no longer advisable for consumption. Additionally, when these heavy oils are incorporated into our cell membranes, they destroy the electric charge. Without that charge, our cells start to suffocate due to a lack of oxygen. The aforementioned trans fats are also a trigger factor for Type II Diabetes, since insulin is a large molecule and trans fats challenge the molecule’s entry through the cell membrane.
After administering a mix of flaxseed oil and quark, Dr. Budwig found that the blood of her patients was no longer clumped together and displaying a greenish color. Instead, she could see a bright red color, which was a very positive indicator and a sign of improvement and increased oxygen intake.
Refined vegetable oils are also abundant in processed foods such as; mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, and others sauces and dressings fried food, fried chicken, French fries, chips, doughnuts, etc. When these oils are mixed with proteins, they hinder blood and lymphatic circulation, cause heart damage and inhibit our regeneration process. This slows down – and potentially halts completely – the bio-electric activity in these areas.
Will ‘fasting’ help reverse cancer?
The basic answer is no. The body is already so depleted that it would not normally do well on a fast. For people in good health this is an effective tool. The Budwig Center’s program includes a detox program using herbs to cleanse the liver, lungs, kidneys and intestinal tract. Coffee enemas are used to detox the liver. The food, juices and smoothies in the Budwig food plan will also help the body to cleanse, so no additional fasting/cleansing would be needed nor advised.
The only exception might be someone that is several pounds overweight. Although having said that most people reach their ideal weight on the Budwig protocol, especially if they use Cottage cheese or Quark that is 0% fat content.
Can I claim back costs on my private health care program?
The Budwig Center does not have any arrangements with any health care schemes or companies. However, many people do have a type of insurance that refunds them a set amount or covers certain medical treatments when they have an illness (diagnosed), allowing them to get treatment in the clinic of their choice. We will provide you with an official invoice and a medical report which you can then present to your health insurance company once you return home.
Did Dr. Budwig allow meat on her diet?
Dr. Budwig was a vegetarian and she encouraged a vegetarian type approach. This is evident in her books and recipes. Studies, such as the China Study indicates that about 5% of your protein from animal source is recommended. By consuming the flaxseed oil and Quark/Cottage Cheese/Ricotta twice a day that would be about the 5% of animal protein. Consuming more than 5% of protein from animal sources caused tumors to grow and caused a multitude of other health problems. She did allow some fish (wild and with fins and scales) to be consumed on a rare occasion, such as when travelling and at a gathering with friends. Again, that would be as an exception. In her Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook, Dr. Budwig writes on page 175: “While traveling, you can always care for yourself with Linomel and hot or cold milk, and/or fruit juices.
” She also recommends eating various types of fresh fish to fill in for the flax oil and cottage cheese/quark when travelling. She writes: “…you can protect yourself against harm while travelling by ordering fresh fish such as trout, pike, carp and other fresh fish. However, canned (tinned) fish, also shrimps, prawn and other items from the deli counter which frequently contain artificial coloring agents and harmful chemical preservatives, must be strictly avoided.”
Meat can be replaced with mushrooms and seaweeds; especially Spirulina (contains about 65% protein and 3 times as much protein as red meat). There are many other vegetarian sources of protein such as hemp, lentils, sprouts, nuts and seeds.
Processed meats such as bacon, ham, sausages, cold cuts, corn beef, etc., have several harmful preservatives and so should be avoided completely.
What other foods can I add to the Budwig flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture?
Dr. Budwig allowed a small amount of pure raw honey. To sweeten the muesli you may add 1 teaspoon of honey (raw, unpasteurized honey is best, containing all of its healthy properties). Here are some other great suggestions on how to make the Budwig Muesli (Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture) taste great and to keep it interesting:
• Add the juice of ½ a lemon makes it very palatable and a great fresh ziggy taste.
• Add fruit in season, especially berries can be added
• Add parsley and garlic
• Dried fruits
• Ground hemp seeds
• Ground almonds or Brazil nuts
• Ground sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (do not use peanuts)
• Vanilla or cinnamon
• Raw cocoa makes it like a chocolate ‘mouse’ desert
• Grated coconut (unsweetended)
• Some prefer a touch of cayenne pepper… be creative!
• If you would rather a runnier consistency, add goat’s milk, oat milk, almond milk, or organic rice milk.
Why did Dr. Budwig forbid sugar in her cancer diet?
Cancer is like fertilizer to sugar and cancer cells require 18 times more sugar than normal healthy cells, because their mitochondria are damaged. Further proof that cancer needs sugar to survive is shown when the doctor injects glucose (sugar) into the veins to perform a PET scan and the glucose is quickly taken up by the cancer cells and they light up like a Christmas tree in the test.
Dr. Budwig only allowed natural sugars as they occur in food the way they are naturally made them in the first place, such as in fruits, vegetables, honey, Stevia, etc.
Although we may directly avoid sugar, please keep in mind that the following foods have sugar content: Store bought pastries, Ice-cream (commercial ice creams also often contain chemicals like carboxymethyl cellulose, butyraldehyde, amyl acetate and diethyl glycol which is also used in anti-freeze and paint removers), fizzy drinks, boxed cereals, ready-made sauces and even in savory food, for example, bread.
Many Researcher now concur that ‘your life span is determined by the amount of sugar you burn during your years of life’, so please read labels carefully. Fizzy (soft) drinks can have up to 10 teaspoons of white refined sugar. Fruit juices from concentrate have high sugar content and low nutritional value since the UHT manufacturing process leads to the loss of most of its beneficial vitamins. Avoid fructose syrups, (molasses) and artificial sweeteners and if you have cancer even maple syrup and sugarcane should be avoid. A small amount of raw honey is allowed and Xylitol from birch tree source could be used in baking.
Why did Dr. Budwig not use artificial oxygen therapies?
Dr. Budwig believed in oxygen but only natural oxygen in her treatment. Let me explain. She discovered that by supplying a flaxseeds and quark mixture, that she called ‘muesli’ to her patients, the body´s oxygen absorption increased immediately and naturally.
Dr. Budwig´s in her books Das Fettsyndrom and Der Tod des Tumor and Das Fettsyndrom pp. 76 ff: [translated from German] stated: “The use of oxygen concentrate, aerosols, hydrogen peroxide injections and other methods of counteracting hypoxia or tissue anoxia, means forcing blood to take oxygen. Trying to do this through non-biological means is the wrong way to go about it. The priority should be to investigate why the blood is not absorbing enough oxygen?”
That is why at the Budwig Center we do not use therapies such as the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, ozone IV’s, Hydrogen Peroxide IVs’, nor any other form of artificial oxygen therapies along with the Budwig protocol. In fact if you used the two therapies together they would cancel each other out. It would be like pressing on the accelerator of your car when the transmission is in neutral.
The link between a lack of oxygen in the blood and how it affects our health has been firmly established. The effects of insufficient oxygen can range from fatigue to a potentially fatal disease. Once a cell´s oxygen availability drops below 60% of its normal rate, the cell is forced to change to an inferior energy production method (fermentation); the cell cannot return to an adequate oxygenation system, and loses control of replication, and therefore starts to frantically make copies of itself, a condition we call cancer. Dr. Warburg pointed out that any substance depriving a cell of oxygen is a carcinogen.
Dr. Budwig favored natural herbs and plant extracts. Along with the muesli or for people not able to consume the dairy due to an intolerance or allergy, the Budwig Center recommends the superfood that Himalayan guides, called Sherpas who have been bringing explorers to the top of Mount Everest for centuries used to improve energy, increase stamina and support physical performance. As part of their job, these guides must carry extraordinarily heavy packs of food and equipment. Not only that, but they have to do it for many miles at high altitudes where there is less oxygen in the air. In fact, the oxygen concentration at 12,000 feet is 40% lower than at sea level. That’s why so many mountain climbers often get light headed, dizzy, or fatigued. Sherpas were on the first expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. One Sherpa has scaled the summit an unprecedented ten times and all without oxygen. Another Sherpa raced up the side of Mount Everest in less than 17 hours, when it takes most hikers four days to do it. They consume cordyceps which grows at 16,000 feet high in the mountains of Tibet.
One study found that older adults who took cordyceps significantly improved their oxygen absorption. Another study found that athletes who took cordyceps daily for six weeks had double the rate of oxygen intake as those in the placebo group. And yet another study found that cordyceps increased cellular oxygen absorption by an enormous 40%!