“Ketogenic Diet” Or “Budwig Diet”?

For many cancer patients, following a healthy diet is a must. With the countless healthy-eating programs out there to choose from, few have offered as much hope and reaped as many benefits for cancer patients as both the Budwig diet and also the Ketogenic diet. For those familiar with both, the question begs to be asked: which diet should I follow? Which is the most effective for a cancer patient?

What’s the difference?

Consider the science behind the two diets. The Budwig diet is known for minimizing toxins and maximizing nutrients by using as many natural and organic foods as possible. Most importantly, it acts as a pro-oxidant, oxygenating our cells and changing the way diseased cells behave so that they function as “normal” again.

The Ketogenic diet, on the other hand, induces a different “change” causing the body to get its energy from fats instead of glucose. This process is specifically indicated for those cancer patients with an advanced diagnosis that are “fighting against the clock”. Those suffering pain caused from inflammation have also noticed that in a question of days the pain subsides.

So, keeping in mind the distinct functions and benefits of both methods, do we really have to choose, or can we have the best of both worlds? The Budwig Center has worked to provide the needed instruction to anyone interested in doing a combination Keto-Budwig diet. Here are some reasons why we recommend this diet when compared to regular ketogenic diets.

Three (3) Reasons Why Plant Based Protein is the Better Choice

The Keto-Budwig diet works solely with plant-based protein. Plants provide quality essential amino acids in just the right amounts. Advocates of animal protein will often refer to plant-based proteins as “low quality”. However, research affirms that proteins from both plants and animals are “complete proteins” (meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids we need).1

The difference is in the proportion of essential amino acids. Plants have a lower percentage of these amino acids. However, that is a good thing.  A higher ratio of essential amino acids, as is the case with animal protein, is actually damaging to our health.

Another factor that favors plant protein is that animal protein lacks essential fiber. Meat, dairy, and eggs have no fiber, whereas plant protein has fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, making it the better choice. According to the USDA, 95% of Americans do not get an adequate amount of dietary fiber.2,3

Increased Risk of Cancer with Animal Protein and IGF-1 Hormone is our third reason for choosing the plant protein alternative.

As already mentioned, animal protein contains a higher amount of essential amino acids. This results in our bodies producing increased levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).4,5,6,7,8,9,10

What does that mean?  The IGF-1 hormone stimulates cell division and growth in both healthy and cancer cells.  Therefore, the result of having higher circulating levels of IGF-1 has been consistently associated with increased cancer risk, proliferation, and malignancy.

Dr. Budwig Encouraged a Vegetarian Diet for Cancer

Dr. Budwig was undoubtedly ahead of her time by recommending a vegetarian diet for her cancer patients. The Dr. Budwig approach that allows for all fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, beans, etc., has successfully helped countless people reverse their cancer.

However, the Budwig Center has introduced the “Keto-Budwig” food plan specifically for those “stubborn” cases that do not respond to the regular program and seem to need an extra ‘push’.

In addition, many would like to reverse their cancer and recover their health in the shortest time possible.  Following a minimum six-week “Keto-Budwig” diet literally “starves” cancer cells.

Learn more about her diet in this video:

Keto-Budwig Diet

To understand how this program can reverse cancer faster, we need to take a look at the ways cancer cells differ from normal cells.

Cancer cells have ten times more insulin receptors on their cellular surface than normal cells. Thus, they will gorge themselves on glucose (sugar) and quickly thrive and spread. This is supported by the data that the lowest survival rate is found among cancer patients with the highest blood sugar levels.

What else? Well, cancer cells also have damaged mitochondria and are unable to create energy from aerobic respiration. Cancer cells cannot metabolize fatty acids for energy.  The concept behind the ketogenic diet is that your liver uses fatty acids to produce ketones. These small molecules are then used as fuel by the body. The ketogenic approach switches the body from a glucose energy source to a fatty acid energy source. This restriction is in effect removing the food source of cancer cells, causing them to starve to death.

Now, how about we kick cancer while its down! In addition to the above benefits, when the Keto-Budwig approach is combined with intermittent fasting (for example eating your last meal at 6 pm and not eating again until the next morning at 8 a.m. or 10 a.m.), it increases ketone production and can starve cancer cells even more.

Scientists at the European University of Frankfurt followed a specific research group and found several of the patients using the ketogenic diet had dramatic recoveries. In one case a woman with breast cancer that had metastasized to her lungs and bones had full remission.

Fast Facts on Fasting

  • Fasting is by no means a new way of healing as it has been promoted over the centuries in ancient historical and even religious texts.
  • Animals instinctively stop eating when they are sick.
  • Significantly, fasting releases vast quantities of stem cells that assist with the body’s self-regeneration process. It’s interesting to note that many people currently spend thousands of dollars at stem cell clinics in the hopes of similar benefits.

Try it out Today!

The Ketogenic Diet has helped countless people reverse all types of cancer and recover their health.  The same has been proven with the Budwig Diet. Why not try the amazing diet that incorporates the healing power of both! You can get the “Keto-Budwig” diet when you enroll in the Budwig Center natural, nontoxic cancer program.   Our program comes with a complete guide on how to correctly implement the “Keto-Budwig” diet into your daily routine.

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  1. Gary

    Could I ask an opinion regarding the ketogenic diet and prostate cancer. .?

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Gary, yes, it is very beneficial. The guide is something we have put together for patients that sign up for one of our programs. We don’t want to encourage people to do it without guidance. Also, when a patient has cancer, a proper diet is only the beginning. We will have Mr. Jenkins contact you about how we can help you best.

  2. Adrian Grech Cumbo

    I wish to have the possibility of having a budwig center in my country as our hospital has been listed in 9th position and many have started to believe in alternative medicine too . I also wish to see that their products reach my country as I believe in budwig 100 per cent !!

    • Kathy Jenkins

      That is great Adrian. Come see us whenever you come to Spain to see what we are doing.

  3. Dr.Belovai László

    Hello, I live in Hungary and I have been on your Budwig diet for several months. As I read above the Keto-Budwig diet, it sounds good, very reasonable and logical.
    I have prostate cancer with metastasis for one and a half year. At present everything is OK, I excercise a lot.
    How could I try out the Keto-Budwig diet which corporates the healing power of both?
    Best regards,
    Dr. Laszlo Belovai

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Dr. Belovai, It would certainly be good to incorporate with what you are doing. The guide is something we have put together for patients that sign up for one of our programs. We don’t want to encourage people to do it without guidance. Also, when a patient has cancer, a proper diet is only the beginning. We will have Mr. Jenkins contact you about how we can help you best.

  4. Marcel De Wit

    ketogenic diet is new for me, tell me more please.

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Marcel, the guide is something we have put together for patients that sign up for one of our programs. We don’t want to encourage people to do it without guidance. Also, when a patient has cancer, a proper diet is only the beginning. We will have Mr. Jenkins contact you about how we can help you best.

  5. Jerome Taub

    The original Budwig Diet uses cottage cheese (ANIMAL PROTEIN).
    That seems to be similar to the Keto. Does that go against the statement about animal protein and cancer?

    • Kathy Jenkins

      5% of animal protein, which would be in the Budwig muesli, is an acceptable amount without contributing to cancer

  6. Jerome Taub

    Please send the guide. Can’t get link to work

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Jerome, the guide is something we have put together for patients that sign up for one of our programs. We don’t want to encourage people to do it without guidance. Also, when a patient has cancer, a proper diet is only the beginning. We will have Mr. Jenkins contact you about how we can help you best.

  7. David Shelley

    Hi, I visited your centre for 3 weeks around 2012 and have had the Budwig diet every day since. I also have a chi machine and infrared sauna. I was looking at the Keto diet but felt the 0 fat Quark I have with my diet isn’t Keto? We did look at intermittent fasting as well, so we have dinner about 19.00 and miss breakfast, having lunch at 13.00. Does this satisfy the Keto – Budwig diet?
    Hope everyone is well over there in Malaga.

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Hello David, always nice to hear from a previous patient. Glad to hear you are doing well. The reason the quark must be no more than 2 % fat is to have the correct reaction with the oil. The oil is the fat and the quark is the protein. The intermittent fasting is a good idea, yes, we encourage that. The Keto-Budwig would mean less pulses, less fruit and hardly any grains (even if they are whole grain and organic), and more veggies, nuts and seeds as well as the occasional acceptable meat. Most ketogenic diets would encourage a lot of meat but the Keto-Budwig diet wouldn’t allow very much meat, maybe once a week or so. We are keeping well, thank you.


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