Do You Need A Caregiver?

Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience. At the Budwig Center, we have welcomed people from many parts of the world, and have witnessed firsthand the benefits of a supportive caregiver.

When one confronts new challenges, it is wise to take a moment to plan, evaluate, and understand what’s involved. Even something as seemingly straight forward as changing one’s diet can mean shopping at new supermarkets, using different kitchen appliances, and also making changes in your social life and daily routine.

So, the questions arise, will you be able to do this on your own or will you be dependant on a caregiver? If so, how much help will you need?

Here are a few factors to consider:

  • How good are you at researching and sourcing natural ingredients available in your area?
  • Do you have the energy to go shopping for fresh produce every few days?
  • How much time do you have to spend planning and preparing meals?
  • Are you a motivated person?
  • Are you mentally and emotionally prepared to strictly following a new diet plan?

In many fields, people recognize the need for a “coach,” someone who can support and motivate them to pursue their goals. This type of assistance has proved to be invaluable for a person facing cancer. At the Budwig Center, we have had the privilege of hearing numerous testimonies of individuals who have attained remission and recovery. The vast majority have had strong support at home. These caregivers and assistants are worthy of our praise and commendation!

Caregivers Are A Gift

We think especially of caregivers who are also family members. The shock to hear that someone you love has a chronic illness is a huge blow. One’s emotions and thinking can be consumed with worry.

Many caregivers have the following feelings:

  • They aren’t doing enough.
  • They aren’t doing it right.
  • The life of their loved one is in their hands and depends on them.

These thoughts can paralyze us instead of empowering us. Instead, try to think this way:

  • Can I network?
  • Are there others near me or online doing the same who can give me ideas?
  • My (spouse/son/daughter/relative) is not alone. They have me on their side, and I’m going to give it my best, and learn a lot in the process!

For the cancer patient in need of support, there may also need to be an adjustment in viewpoint. For example, Having a caregiver does not mean that they do everything from here on out. One must take responsibility for their own healthcare, to the extent possible. The more proactive you are as a patient, the more empowered you will feel, which will help dissipate some of the worries and the fear you may experience. The key is to find the balance between not being ashamed to ask for help and taking responsibility for your health.

Many of our patients have found writing a diary, or a blog has helped them be fully present in each step of the journey. Sharing their feelings in this way has enabled them to balance the fear of their circumstances with the joy of having a “team” of loving friends and family around them. A team who are cheering them on and providing practical and emotional support. These daily gratitude sessions keep us balanced on an emotional level, which is imperative to our overall health.

Many who have published blogs online have subsequently broadened their support base and have garnered more friends and supporters along the way. They have even found that they have been a source of strength to others who are on a similar health journey.

Caregivers and The Budwig Center

What many cancer patients and caregivers comment on is how surprised they are to learn that the Budwig Diet is not a restrictive diet. Interestingly, many caregivers have decided to also follow the diet themselves. Why? So that they can have the optimum energy needed to continue to provide support.

For example, watch the following testimonial from caregiver Sheila Devlin:

When you come to the Budwig Center for a natural cancer program, both caregiver and patient can stay in one of our designated apartments at no extra cost. Also, we provide daily meals for patients, their families, and any other helpers. In the Budwig kitchen, all can enjoy personal training sessions from our nutritionists and other staff and are taught how to make meals that harmonize with the Budwig Diet and Protocol. These training sessions and daily meals have been a highlight for many who come to our clinic.

“No Man Is An Island”

Upon returning home, patients will continue to receive support from our medical team. Each patient returns home with the GSR hand cradle, which enables us to monitor the progress made. Using this same device, we are also to provide emotional support.

You’ve heard it said before: “No man is an island.” Any support you can get during this stressful and uncertain time will make a huge difference. So, don’t hold back. Go ahead and ask for help and support. The response will likely be a pleasant surprise.

Do you or a loved one have cancer? If so, contact us immediately. We are available to answer questions and help you face cancer using natural methods.

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  1. Suresh

    My wife on Budwig protocol for breast cancer metasised to bones, Ling’s, liver and brain lastly diagnosed on 26.07.2017. Completed radiation of 10 cycles. Had developed balancing , problems, presently partially immobilised in legs and bedridden. I have been reading Dr. BUDWIG protocol for the last two years and on follow up intermittently with apprehensions it might interfere with chemotherapy. Now after hands up in chemotherapy determined to strictly follow Dr. BUDWIG protocol.and needs guidance due to short survival time left. Thanks, Suresh Kanjan

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Suresh,

      Thank you for contacting us through the blog. I believe Lloyd has tried to contact you about a possible distant program since your wife would not be able to make the trip. Please check your spam folder for his message and I will ask him to resend it to you directly.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Jenkins

      Manager of Budwig Center
      Certified Naturopath

  2. Rami Akkawi


    My mom lymph nodes are all swollen, and she had Myeloproliferative disorder since 1999, she also did a mastectomy to he right breast in 2009. in late of 2013 we noticed her lymph nodes started to swollen and in 2014 she was very ill, we thought she was going to die. What we did is started giving her CBD oil, she got a lot better..
    by mid of 2017 she started getting tired until we rushed her to hospital in june 2017, he lungs were retaining fluid. It was suspected because of cancer spread. after several months of fluid drainage and eventually doing two surgeries to put an adhesive on the surface of the lung to stick the tissue surround the lung to the prevent fluid retention.
    The surgeon showed me a high amount of mass spread on the thin pleura tissue..the biopsy didn’t reveal cancer cells, yet the pleural fluid showed It had cancer cells…
    We are following now budwig diet, doing jucing (especially carrots), eliminated all sugars, wheat, meat and diary products. I’m giving her CBD oil, THC tinctures, Colloidal Silver, MSM, Curcumin and Boswalic acid In addition to many Other supplements as D3, K2. Magnesium, NAC, Ubiquinol, Sperolina, …etc.

    The problem I have now Is that when I saw the CT scan results, Mom seems to have Pulmonary hypertension.
    That explains why she is having fluid retention in her feet, difficulty breathing, especially when she eats or drink or perform any activity. I started giving her Hawthorn Extract with K2 and Ubiquinol in higher doses for that issue…
    But how can I give her the juices, Kiefer milk or the green vegetables without making her extremely fatigued and tired.
    Whenever I give her a mug of juice she start suffocating..I ask her to do a breathing techniques and connect her to on oxygen supply.
    I’m giving her hawthorn every 3 hours in high doses
    Any help for that issue?

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Rami,

      Thank you for sending us a detailed description of what your mother has gone through and what you are doing for her. We have sent you an email to your inbox directly to discuss how we can help. Please have a look at your spam folder if you don’t see the email in the inbox. Alternatively you can contact us directly:
      You can leave your phone nº for us in the email as well and we can contact you that way if you prefer.

      Kind regards,
      Kathy L.Jenkins

  3. Kenneth

    Hello my ex wife was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and had a small tumor removed, they said she is in stage 1 going into early stage two , she is active and I think we would be able to do the budwig diet on our own but would like to know more in depth about it , if you could email me it would be much appreciated, thanks

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Kenneth,

      Thank you for contacting us. We have actually had encouraging feedback from people like your ex-wife that thank us for the free report we provide on our home page as they have been able to take care of their health without spending money when their condition isn’t critical and they still have energy so please tell her to download this link and then maybe print it. It is too large to email this file but if she’d like to get in touch with us and ask any questions, our email is:

      Kind regards,
      Kathy Jenkins


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