The following are quotes from Dr. Budwig: “Vitamins in capsules or pills contain fragmented nutrients and are mostly synthetically made. Vitamins should come from fresh whole organic foods (and freshly made juices) which provide proper balance of nutrients for synergism. Not only that… these foods come loaded with electrons and photons from the sun – and with as yet unidentified factors. There is a long list of synthetic components some of which are damaging; amongst these synthetic elements is talcum which is similar to asbestos.”
Dr. Budwig talks about “the addition” of chemical substances which are antioxidants. She stated: “How then do we get sick? Because we take in too many of these ‘electron thieves’ or in other words, because we eat foods and poisons which block cell respiration. Known electron thieves are for example margarine, animal fat, butter, nitrate, radiation and cytostatics (chemotherapy). They all prevent the uptake of electrons. Interestingly, belonging to this also are antioxidants, like for example vitamins (from a certain level on). [She was apparently referring to man-made antioxidants, which are synthetic, and not antioxidants that are naturally occurring in foods]. Therefore, be careful about using high doses of vitamins.”. [translation from page 2 of a 6-page book review (formerly published at www.sensei.de/budwig.html) of Cancer-the Problem & the Solution] (Dr. Budwig’s book [German-language] “Fotoelemente des Lebens” (Photo Elements of Life), p. 5)
Dr. Budwig’s book suggests that when fighting cancer cells, the use of antioxidants may be counterproductive. This supports Dr. Budwig’s position that antioxidants counter the effect of her diet. The reason for the anti-cancer activity is that flax oil (combined with quark or cottage cheese) promotes bio-oxygenation and that antioxidants interfere with that process because they counteract the oxygen affinity of flax oil which is a fundamental requirement for this bio or auto-oxygenation to take place.
That is another reason why the Budwig protocol would not permit Vitamin C IVs. Very low doses of vitamin C as found in some herbal plant-based formulas as a preservative would not be an issue. She encouraged her patients to eat food in the form that God made it, not manipulated and processed. Therefore, foods that naturally contain antioxidants are acceptable. For example, when eating grapes try to eat the seeds, as they are one of the best sources of natural antioxidants.
Now scientists have discovered what Dr. Budwig already knew some 50 years ago. In a study reported in Cancer Research, researchers gave lab rats that had cancer tumors several types of food that contained lycopene. Other rats received the substance via supplements. Those taking the supplements had no significant reduction in tumor growth, but those eating the foods did.
Even high-quality vitamin/mineral supplements may interfere with the delicate process of the oxygen producing flaxseed oil and cottage cheese process.
Food Supplements Allowed on the Budwig Diet
The Budwig Center, staying true to the original Budwig approach, avoids vitamin/mineral supplements, but like Dr. Budwig, we use a lot of herbal and homeopathic supplements. Also, amino acids, algae seaweed extracts, spirulina, mushrooms, active probiotic and especially spore-biotics are encouraged. However, vitamins and minerals are best obtained from organic foods. Enzymes are also best obtained from foods, such as pineapples which are rich in bromelain enzymes. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) are antioxidants, so caution would need to be used in taking an enzyme supplement.
What can we conclude from this study? Whole foods contain many other phytochemicals that work together with lycopene. When man manipulates these ‘foods’ and puts them into a supplement, they are fragmented and do not provide all the benefits.
Our body is intelligently designed, and it knows the difference between ‘real food’ and ‘manipulated foods.’ You can obtain minerals naturally in marine phytoplankton and mainly in seaweed, and unrefined sea salt which contains all the necessary minerals.