Q: How Successful Was Dr. Budwig in Treating All Types of Cancer?
A: In the book Cancer Cause and Cure by Dr. O.P. Verma, on page 47-48, Dr. Budwig is quoted as stating “… So I decided straight away to go for human trials and enrolled 600 patients from four big hospitals in Munster (Germany). I started to give flax oil and cottage cheese to the cancer patients. After just three months, patients began to improve in health and strength, the yellow green substance in their blood began to disappear, tumors gradually receded…I treated approximately 2500 cancer patients in the last few decades. Prof. Halme of surgery clinic in Helsinki used to keep records of my patients. According to him my success was over 90% and this too was achieved in cases where allopathy failed”
In addition to the several clinics and doctors who endorsed Dr. Budwig’s work such as Drs. Willner and Roehm, here is a comment from two German physicians, Dr. Bernd Belles MD and Dr. Gerd Belles MD. Both specialize in cancer treatment and are strong proponents of Dr. Budwig’s healing approach. Here is what they have to say:
“We are general practitioners specializing (among other areas) in Holistic Cancer Treatment. For our holistic approach, we use Tumor Therapy…. the one element which clearly stands out as having the greatest importance and forming the basis of all holistic tumor therapy is the oil-protein diet according to Dr. Johanna Budwig. If this nutritional regimen is implemented without deviation, there is a chance of recovery at every stage of tumor development (which we have personally witnessed in our practice!). We now try to make all our tumor patients arrange their regimen in accordance with Dr. Johanna Budwig’s suggestions. It is crucial to stick to her dietary schedule exactly as stated, however. Any deviations will be severely punished by the renewed formation of tumors”. Courtesy of German original: www.oel-eiweiss-kost.de and German-language homepage: www.belles.de
A very balanced comment by Dr. Vincent Gammill of the non-profit “Center for the Study of Natural Oncology” reads: “Budwig’s observations were correct, but her conclusions require clarification. Flax oil or FSO/CC [cottage cheese] is not in and of itself an anticancer diet. It simply helps correct (perhaps even overcorrects) an omega-3 deficiency in our diet. This can affect many pathways ranging from prostaglandins to cellular immune function.”
But perhaps it doesn’t even matter how the “Budwig diet” is called (which, as detailed elsewhere, involves an entire “protocol” comprising healthy diet, sunlight, stress management, etc., when properly implemented). As the German saying goes, “Wer heilt, hat recht.” (The one who heals is right). And Dr. Budwig’s protocol has, at least when applied under her direct tutelage, a respectable track record of (sometimes near-miraculous-seeming) healings.
“This diet is far and away the most successful anti-cancer diet in the world”, says Dr. Dan C. Roehm M.D. FACP (oncologist & former cardiologist)
“It is amazing how quickly the tumor, for instance with colon cancer, is being eliminated. Even with an old patient of 84 years who was scheduled for an operation because of his colon threatening to become blocked, I was able to achieve the complete elimination of the tumor and the patient’s restoration to health within a few days. These are not isolated cases, in fact 99% of the sick that come to see me to use the biological method of cancer therapy, are cancer patients who have had operations and radiation sessions, or who were diagnosed as being too far advanced for an operation to be of any help. Even in these cases health can be restored, usually within a few months, I would say in 90% of cases.”
“I suggest that all those who find it necessary to add other protocols or to add supplements to it have not even given the Budwig Protocol half a chance. They just don’t look beyond the flaxoil/cottage cheese part. There is much more to it than that. It is a scientifically well thought out, all natural approach to health, that has a tremendous rate of success and track record… and it costs next to nothing. I think that if it were very expensive and much money could be made on it, it would be much more popular because it would be pushed by business. But as it stands, it doesn’t lend itself to it. So, you have to take it at practically no cost or go for some other high-priced methods.”
“I only wish that all my patients had a PhD in Biochemistry and Quantum Physics to enable them to see how with such consummate skill this diet was put together. It is a wonder.”
From the back cover of Dr. Budwig’s last book: Cancer – The Problem and The Solution
“Over 50% of Dr. Budwig’s patients were doctors or relatives of doctors who knew why in such a serious disease they would rely on the experiences of this brilliant physicist, chemist and pharmacologist rather than follow the prevailing opinion which says that tumors must be destroyed through chemotherapy and radiation.”
“And what do I actually do? I give cancer patients simple, natural foods. That is all. I take sick people out of the hospital, when it is said there that they do not have more than an hour or two left to live, that the scientifically attested diagnosis is at hand and that the patient is completely moribund. In most cases I can help even these patients quickly and conclusively.”
*See complete list of all types of cancer treated successfully with the Budwig protocol at the end of this FAQ file
Q: Will the Budwig program work for my type of cancer?
A: According to Dr. Budwig “cancer is cancer” and so no matter what kind of cancer it is or where it is herapproach is effective. The reason why theBudwig approach has worked for all types of cancer starting way back in the 1960’s and up to today is that corrects the cause of cancer in the first place which is mainly toxins and helps correct an omega 3 deficiency that, when corrected, allows the body to heal itself.
Many anti-cancer therapies that have the approval of Dr. Budwig need to be used as cancer is a formidable disease and curing it just with good food is not enough.
The removal of these dead foods and processed chemical foods and then switching to live foods such as the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese along with fresh real foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and so on, restores the energy on a cellular level and helps the body restore the balance of energy.
Q: Can I eat animal protein, on the Budwig diet?
A: Dr. Budwig encouraged a plant-based diet. Was she out of touch with science or was she ahead of her time? We have been told for decades that meat gives us the best protein, strength and energy. However, is it really based on scientific facts? What is the diet of the strongest man on earth? What is the food choices of many top Olympic athletes?
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If you check out the China Study,it indicates that no more than 5% of your protein from animal source is recommended. By consuming the flaxseed oil and Quark/Cottage Cheese 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.
Q: Can I make the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture ahead of time?
A: No, the mixture needs to be consumed within 20 minutes after making it otherwise its starts to separate again.
Q: Can I do the Budwig protocol the same time as I receive chemotherapy?
A: Yes, however please keep in mind that you will need to take specific natural remedies to help support the immune system which is be ravaged by the chemotherapy. Also, you would need to do a lot of continuous detoxification to remove the residues of the chemotherapy from the body
Q: Is the consumption of alcohol allowed on the Budwig diet?
A: For certain types of cancer, such as brain cancer patients or patients very low on energy, Dr. Johanna Budwig recommended 2 to 3 glasses of champagne (or Spanish Cava). Champagne and sparkling wine apparently exert a positive influence on the intestinal environment. Their ethanol found in these types of alcohol content is a great supplier of energy which is rapidly absorbed by the body but unlike glucose cannot be used by cancer cells. Ethanol thus is an optimal energy source for weak cancer patients without feeding their tumor. Ethanol offers another benefit in that it stimulates the appetite which typically will be a problem with these types of advance cancer patients. The bubbles in the champagne brings the ground up flaxseed nutrition and frequency signature to the brain which is where it’s needed to treat the tumor.
Note: You could replace the champagne with fresh papaya juice and ground flaxseeds.
Dr. Budwig writes in her book “Fettsyndrom” on page 150 regarding the overcoming of pain and sleeplessness: “Often a glass of wine is more valuable and bio-logically more beneficial than the pill.”
(credits: Michael B. of oel-eiweiss-kost.de)
Even liver cancer could be given the champagne, or they could opt for papaya juice instead. In that case, they may need to be eased into the Budwig Diet with a transition diet. Dr. Budwig says in her 1977 book “Der Tod des Tumors” (The Death of the Tumor), p. 167: “In liver and gall bladder disease we first only gave (ground) flaxseeds, i.e. Linomel for several days besides the regular diet. Only after a few days did we begin with the actual Oil/Protein Diet, for instance with 1 tablespoon quark (cottage cheese) mixed with 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil. We then gradually increased (it) depending on the severity of the case and on tolerance. The quick and beneficial effect of the Oil/Protein Diet is especially evident in such sick people.”
Q: Why did Dr. Budwig discourage taking vitamin and mineral supplements?
A: 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 obviously 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.”.In other words, it suggests that in fighting cancer cells, the use of antioxidants may be counterproductive. This supports Dr. Budwig’s position that antioxidants counter the effect of her diet.
According to Dr. Budwig the reason for the anti-cancer activity is that flaxoil (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 basic requirement for this bio- or auto-oxygenation to take place. [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 [German-language] book “Fotoelemente des Lebens” (Photo Elements of Life), p. 5
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 particularly seaweed and unrefined salt contains all the basic minerals. No wonder that real foods often have many times the real healing power compared to an equal number of synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Q: Why are Oxygen Therapies not approved by Dr. Budwig?
A: Many alterative natural cancer clinics claim they follow the Budwig protocol but then offer hyperbaric oxygen, ozone and other forms of oxygen therapies. This goes totally against what she said to do.
Dr. Budwig commented: “By using concentrated oxygen, aerosols, hydrogen peroxide injections and other methods attempting to counter tissue hypoxia or anoxia, numerous attempts are being made to force the blood to take up more oxygen. But trying to accomplish this via a non-biological route is the wrong way to go. Such approaches (frequently based in financial interests) must lead to setbacks and do more harm than good. Such approaches are wrong, particularly with cancer patients! The important issue to address is the question why the blood doesn’t take up sufficient oxygen in the first place.
What agent can rectify the dysfunction apparent in the living organism and bloodstream’s oxygen absorption? … As everybody knows, flax oil readily accepts oxygen from the air, and its essential fatty acids act as oxygen acceptors in the biological terrain, in the blood and mucosa.
They surround the red blood corpuscles which fulfil the decisive function of oxygen carrier. …
When these vital highly unsaturated fatty acids are absent, respiration and fat combustion in animal organisms will be throttled. The anoxia accompanying cancer requires these highly unsaturated fatty acids to be clearly recognized as the oxygen carriers and mediators that they are. When due to civilized diets, hydrogenation of fats etc. these fatty acids are missing from the blood, the entire bloodstream’s affinity for oxygen will forcibly be paralyzed, which in turn results in systemic anoxia affecting all cells, tissues and of blood formation.” Excerpted and translated by Healing Cancer Naturally © 2006 from Dr. Budwig’s books Das Fettsyndrom and Der Tod des Tumors
(And Werner Henning MD writes in his foreword to the book:)“It isn’t increased oxygen input that will remedy hypoxia and anoxia for good. It’s the oxygen acceptor which is decisive in the utilization of oxygen.”
“It isn’t additional oxygen (ozone therapy as so frequently practiced today) that allows anoxia to be remedied but rather the advantageous combination of fat and protein as per the insights shared herein.” From Das Fettsyndrom pp. 76 ff.: From Der Tod des Tumors:
If you have cancer, then artificial oxygen is not a good thing. Dr. Budwig wrote that forced oxygen could be dangerous for cancer patients unless they had healed the cell membrane through a diet like hers using Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese and other natural foods so that the cells would be able to absorb the oxygen.
We could illustrate it this way: Let’s say that for some reason, your airway was obstructed, maybe by a piece of food. You might have all the air in the universe in the room, but that air doesn’t do you any good because it cannot reach your lungs. You could open some windows and turn on fans, but before any of the oxygen in the room will do you any good, the obstruction must first be removed.
The reason that oxygen therapy is not a good idea is as Dr. Budwig continues by saying: “because the ability of the cells to “breathe” has been impaired. Crisco, corn oil, margarine and other bad fats have done this to the cells. When you stop eating the bad fats and start eating flax oil with cottage cheese, you are giving the cells what they need in order to “breathe” properly.”
In the case of cancer, the defective cancer cells lose their ability to breathe correctly because of the junk fats that are consumed in the typical Western diet.
Q: Can Kefir, Yogurt, Fromage Blanc, Ricotta, Queso Fresco instead of Cottage cheese or Quark?
A: In all the 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 very dry and hard to work with.
Cottage cheese and Quark go by different names in different countries. For example, in France they sellFromage blanc is what you need to look for and when made from skimmed milk is very similar to low-fat quark. In Spain Queso Frescois the same as Quark Ricotta is an Italian “cheese” product produced from milk whey.When a cheese maker separates milk or cream into curds and whey, the curds are used to make cottage cheese and the whey is used to make ricotta. As Dr. Budwig did not endorse this type of “cheese” to be on the safe side we would not recommend it be used as a replacement of Quark or Cottage cheese.
Q: Did Dr. Johanna Budwig recommend surgery to remove cancer tumors?
A: Dr. Budwig said you must carefully examine each case one by one. If the cancer tumor is life threatening, then for sure surgery would be advised.
Of course, nobody wants a cancer tumor in their body. But to be honest, just cutting the tumor out is not the real solution, as it will just grow back in the same area of some other part of the body in most cases.
We need to consider these (4) aspects concerning a cancer tumor:
- Tumors are not really your enemy
- Tumors help remove toxins from your body
- The body made the tumor, so if we give the body the right “tools” it removes the tumor
- How can the Budwig protocol help remove the tumor naturally
Q: Why did my tumors get bigger when I started the Budwig diet?
A: Dr. Budwig commented: “In addition to the favorable influence of this diet upon the cancer patient’s general condition, the increased supply of the above-identified nutritional substances, of the oil-protein diet, frequently – in the beginning – results in tumor enlargement, as shown by x ray. Even in cases where the tumor had caused a narrowing of the gastric or intestinal passages, the better health and improved functioning of all vital phenomena (even at the tumor-stricken site) of the cancer patient are so unmistakable, that one can calmly wait until such time when the cancerized tissue will have returned to normalcy as well.”Dr. Budwig observes in Der Tod des Tumors, Bd. 2 [The Death of the Tumor, Vol. 2], p. 141:
As you can see, according to Dr. Budwig, an initial increase in tumor size in tandem with increased wellbeing is often observed after adoption of the Budwig diet and considered by her to offer no reason for concern. What you may observe is that even if the tumor temporarily increases in size it often becomes less dense and softer. What is important to look for is you are eliminating and detoxing more, urinating more and sleeping better and starting to acquire more energy.
Q: Should I avoid all fruits, juices, honey, etc., since sugar feeds cancer?
A: We must keep in mind that there are two (2) types of sugars. There is refined sugar which is bad for you and feeds cancer and causes a host of diseases. However, 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. So do not worry, as these natural sugars will not feed the cancer.
Q: Can I use olive oil with the Budwig diet?
A: Dr. Budwig wrote another cookbook for healthy people “Krebs, ein Fettproblem” [“Cancer, A Fats Problem”] and recommends: “For oils we mostly use flax oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil, soy oil and corn oil [always referring to natural cold-pressed and unprocessed oils]. She writes in Cancer – The Problem and the Solution and in other books: “The fatty acid found in olive oil is not considered essential.”
In her book “Fettfibel” she somewhat qualifies her stance by writing: “…natural unprocessed olive oil is valuable. When travelling in the south [of Europe], I’d prefer olive oil over the numerous artificial products of ‘modern hotel cuisine’.”
Dr. Budwig writes in her Oil-Protein Cookbook which neither mentions nor recommends olive oil: ”This ‘oil-protein diet’ cookbook represents the strict form of this diet, limited to the optimum foods. This cookbook helps the ill person and those who wish to assist them.”
So, in conclusion olive oil is not harmful of course, however in harmony with Dr. Budwigs findings people with cancer are best to favor cold pressed sunflower and walnut oil and of course the flaxseed oil in the muesli mixture.
Q: Why is it so serious to be constipated when fighting cancer?
A: It is dangerous when you are fighting cancer, as the body is expelling countless dead microbes, toxins and debris. These need to be eliminated daily, otherwise you will suffer from ‘autointoxication’. You can use 1 teaspoon of Castor oil every hour or 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in a glass of juice every hour, until you get results. A water or coffee enema is also helpful.
Q: Is there any oil that can replace the flaxseed oil or seeds if one is allergic or intolerant to it?
A: The closest replacement would be chia seeds.
Q: Is this protocol okay for someone who is pregnant?
A: Yes, there is no problem as the Budwig diet is a very healthy food-based diet that will provide excellent nutrition for the mother and the baby.
Q: What other diseases will the Budwig protocol help with?
A: It not only is famous for reversing cancer but helps with 50 of the most common illnesses, such as those involving the circulatory system, heart disease, regulates cholesterol, liver dysfunction, diabetes, arthritis, stomach ulcers, eczema, immune deficiencies, MS, IBS and other diseases.
*CANCERS – ALL TYPES TREATED SUCCESSFULLY WITH BUDWIG PROTOCOL
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Adrenocortical Carcinoma
- Anal Cancer
- Appendix Cancer
- Astrocytomas, Childhood (Brain Cancer)
- Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin – see Skin Cancer
- Bile Duct Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Bone Cancer (includes Ewing Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma)
- Brain Tumors
- Breast Cancer
- Bronchial Tumors (Lung Cancer)
- Burkitt Lymphoma – see Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Carcinoid Tumor (Gastrointestinal)
- Cardiac (Heart) Tumors, Childhood
- Cervical Cancer
- Childhood Cancers
- Cholangiocarcinoma – see Bile Duct Cancer
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
- Colorectal Cancer
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) – see Breast Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer (Uterine Cancer)
- Ependymoma, Childhood (Brain Cancer)
- Esophageal Cancer
- Esthesioneuroblastoma (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Ewing Sarcoma (Bone Cancer)
- Extracranial Germ Cell Tumor, Childhood
- Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumor
- Eye Cancer
- Fallopian Tube Cancer
- Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone, Malignant, and Osteosarcoma
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Gastric (Stomach) Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)
- Germ Cell Tumors
- Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors
- Testicular Cancer
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Heart Tumors, Childhood
- Hepatocellular (Liver) Cancer
- Histiocytosis, Langerhans Cell
- Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Hypopharyngeal Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Intraocular Melanoma
- Islet Cell Tumors, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Kaposi Sarcoma (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)
- Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer
- Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
- Laryngeal Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell, Small Cell, Pleuropulmonary Blastoma)
- Male Breast Cancer
- Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone and Osteosarcoma
- Melanoma, Intraocular (Eye)
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer)
- Mesothelioma, Malignant
- Metastatic Cancer
- Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Midline Tract Carcinoma with NUT Gene Changes
- Mouth Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndromes
- Multiple Myeloma/Plasma Cell Neoplasms
- Mycosis Fungoides (Lymphoma)
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
- Myelogenous Leukemia, Chronic (CML)
- Myeloid Leukemia, Acute (AML)
- Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Chronic
- Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Nasopharyngeal Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Oral Cancer, Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer and Oropharyngeal Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Osteosarcoma and Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of Bone
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (Islet Cell Tumors)
- Papillomatosis (Childhood Laryngeal)
- Parathyroid Cancer
- Penile Cancer
- Pharyngeal Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Pituitary Tumor
- Plasma Cell Neoplasm/Multiple Myeloma
- Pleuropulmonary Blastoma (Lung Cancer)
- Pregnancy and Breast Cancer
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
- Primary Peritoneal Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Recurrent Cancer
- Renal Cell (Kidney) Cancer
- Rhabdomyosarcoma, Childhood (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)
- Salivary Gland Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Ewing Sarcoma (Bone Cancer)
- Kaposi Sarcoma (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)
- Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Uterine Sarcoma
- Sézary Syndrome (Lymphoma)
- Skin Cancer
- Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Small Intestine Cancer
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin – see Skin Cancer
- Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary, Metastatic (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
- T-Cell Lymphoma, Cutaneous – see Lymphoma (Mycosis Fungoides and Sèzary Syndrome)
- Testicular Cancer
- Throat Cancer (Head and Neck Cancer)
- Thymoma and Thymic Carcinoma
- Thyroid Cancer
- Tracheobronchial Tumors (Lung Cancer)
- Transitional Cell Cancer of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter (Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer)
- Ureter and Renal Pelvis, Transitional Cell Cancer (Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer
- Urethral Cancer
- Uterine Cancer, Endometrial
- Uterine Sarcoma
- Vaginal Cancer
- Vascular Tumors (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)
- Vulvar Cancer
- Wilms Tumor and Other Childhood Kidney Tumors