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.
Does the Budwig Diet allow meat or other 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 without increasing tumor growth or adding to other health problems.
By consuming the flaxseed oil and Quark/Cottage Cheese twice a day, we are getting that 5% of animal protein.
Dr. Budwig did allow some fish (wild and with fins and scales) to be consumed on a rare occasion, such as when traveling or dining at a friend’s house. 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 fish such as trout, pike, carp and other fresh fish. However, canned (tinned) fish, also shrimp, 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 such as Chlorella and especially Spirulina (which contains about 65% protein; three times as much protein as red meat). There are many other vegetarian sources of protein such as hemp, legumes like lentils and beans, 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 altogether.
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.
Can kefir, yogurt, fromage blanc, ricotta, queso fresco replace cottage cheese or quark?
In the publications of Dr. Budwig, she never sanctioned Kefir or Yogurt. Homemade low-fat Kefir cottage cheese is 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. In Spain Queso Fresco is the same as Quark.
Ricotta is an Italian “cheese” product produced from milk whey. The curds from milk or cream are used to make Cottage Cheese and the Whey into Ricotta. Dr. Budwig did not endorse this type of “cheese” so to be on the safe side we do not recommend it as a replacement for Quark or Cottage cheese.
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.
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 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%.
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.
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.
Is the Budwig Center regulated and/or authorized?
Yes, the BUDWIG CENTER is an officially approved Cancer Clinic. We have been fully authorized by the Ministry of Health here in Spain with the registration number N.I.C.A. 43493 – http://www.msssi.gob.es/en/home.htm
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 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%!
How can I enjoy the Budwig Muesli if I am dairy intolerant?
In many cases, dairy intolerance is an indication that the body needs some detoxification. Often the liver is congested, and an effective herbal detox formula would be helpful. Also, people with a dairy intolerance often have advanced “candida,” which can be dealt with by taking diatomaceous earth and active charcoal.
Another cleansing clay that would be ideal for removing years of buildup toxins on the intestinal walls is Bentonite Clay. However, it should never be consumed on its own. We recommend a product called Colon Depur that has additional natural ingredients that prevent the clay from clogging up the intestines.
It would be best to start with a 30 to 45 day cleanse before you begin regularly consuming the Budwig Muesli. If after the cleanse you still suffer from dairy intolerance, you could take a product that provides the necessary enzymes that seem to be lacking to help deal with the lactose in dairy. A product such as Lactaid could be helpful. Please contact us for more information.
Can I take CELLECT or any other synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements on the Budwig Protocol?
Dr. Budwig very clearly discouraged any vitamin or mineral supplement. She commented: “Vitamin pills are fragmentized nutrients and they are in most cases synthetic. …[they often contain fillers]….High doses or levels of antioxidants (antioxidant supplements) [might] reduce the effectiveness of or interfere with the Budwig Protocol.” Dr. Budwig goes on to explain that these do not help a person who has ingested the wrong fats. A person who has been damaged by improper fats cannot utilize either vitamins or minerals. She pointed out that we must understand and recognize the cause of the damage if we want to help sick people.
CELLECT needs to be taken in conjunction with cod liver oil, to activate it. The Website, Healing Cancer Naturally commented: ”The Budwig Protocol has helped people regain their health without fish oils. Flaxseed oil is 58% LNA. In fact, LNA’s role is not only to serve as a precursor for long chain fatty acids. LNA is the only really essential omega-3 fatty acid. That is because it cannot be made in the human body or animal body, and much of it is used in its original form. That is why Dr. Budwig stressed the importance of seed oils over and over again, especially in conjunction with sulphurated amino acids which provide the opposite polarity in cellular functionality….The problem is that most cod liver oils are heated to an enormously high temperature in the processing which is called molecular distillation. The same is true for other fish oils as far as I know. One would have to look for cold processed fish oil. In that case, taking some cod liver oil in addition to the rest of the Budwig Diet should work out fine.”
Scientists are finally beginning to appreciate what Dr. Budwig discovered some 50 years ago. In a study reported in Cancer Research, researchers gave lab rats with cancer tumors several types of food that contained lycopene and other rats the substance via supplements. Those taking the supplements had no significant reduction in tumor growth, but those eating the foods did.
What can we conclude from this study? Whole, complete foods, the way God made them, contain many other phytochemicals that work together with lycopene in an anti-cancer way. When man manipulates these ‘foods’ and puts them into a supplement, they are fragmented and do not provide all the benefits.
The human body has been designed intelligently, and it knows the difference between ‘real food’ and ‘manipulated foods.’ It’s not surprising that the vitamins and minerals we derive from organic foods have a more significant impact on our health when compared to an equal number of synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Dr. Budwig did not favor artificial vitamin supplements but instead included herbs and plant-based remedies to complement the therapies she recommended. Keep you and your loved ones healthy by following the wisdom of Dr. Johanna Budwig and replace vitamin and mineral supplement with ‘real live foods’ and if possible, always chose organic.
Our policy at the Budwig Center is to test the efficacy of the various remedies available and identify which one will fit the needs of each patient. Every 40 days or so we do another test. After a month of intense treatment, the body’s needs have changed in most cases. The majority of patients must begin with remedies that will help their body to detox. Only then will they be able to properly absorb nutrients and kick-start their immune system enabling it to work at optimum levels. We use the Vega test and GSR scan to select the required remedies, and we administer no more than five at a time. We source the most effective extracts for cancer treatment, such as organic medicinal mushroom extracts, pure essential oils and more. To be clear, we do not use CELLECT at the Budwig Center.
Should I avoid honey if I have cancer?
One of the first things we teach our patients at the Budwig Center is how cancer cells function. They differ from healthy cells in that cancer cells have ten times more insulin receptors on their cellular surface than normal cells. Thus, they will greedily feed on glucose (sugar) and quickly thrive and spread. Due to this knowledge, the Budwig Diet totally excludes all harmful refined sugars. But what about honey?
Many ask us if honey will feed cancer since it is sweet and is a form of sugar. The answer is that raw honey, although sweet, does not act the same as sugar does in our body. Unlike refined white sugar, unpasteurized honey contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Studies have shown that raw honey has various cancer-fighting benefits. Many of the antioxidants found in honey are classified as flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Honey also has antibacterial properties and is full of enzymes that actually aid your body in digesting it.
It is only when honey has been processed by being heated and boiled at high temperatures (to maintain its liquid texture indefinitely on the shelf) that honey loses these properties and becomes like sugar. We must warn against the kinds of honey that are possibly not even 100% honey! Some are diluted with rice sugar and other unwanted ingredients that will make it cheaper.
So please find out about the honey that you are buying to be sure it is pure and raw. At the Budwig Center, we perform a food scan on our patients to determine if honey will help their digestive system or irritate it. The test also tells our patients if they should be adding it to the Budwig muesli or not, in their particular case.
To learn more about the amazing benefits of raw honey, please check out this informative video.