How it works

The Budwig Diet is one of the best known and most established alternative treatments for cancer. Two Nobel Prizes combined to create this treatment. It can be classified as one of the oxygen treatment plans, though it is more than that. “The theory is: the use of oxygen in the organism can be stimulated by protein compounds of sulphuric content, which make oils [omega-3] water-soluble…” In short, this diet stops the spread of cancer and kills cancer cells.

However, the effectiveness of this diet is heavily dependent on using her entire treatment, including her diet and supplements.

Budwig Flaxseed Diet

It has been shown that the oxygen levels in cancer cells largely determine how aggressive the cancer is at spreading. The less oxygen in the cancer cells, the more aggressive the cancer cells are at spreading. Of course, if there is too much oxygen in the cancer cells, the cancer cells die. That is good. Thus, this treatment can not only lead to a slowing down or stopping of metastasis, but also to cell death.

“Dr. Szent-Gyorgy won the nobel prize in 1937 for discovering that essential fatty acids combined with sulphur-rich proteins (such as those found in diary products) increases oxygenation of the body. Dr. Budwig applied this discovery in clinical trials by feeding cancer patients a mixture of 3-6 Tbsps. flaxseed oil and 4 oz. (1/2 cup) low-fat cottage cheese daily. The mixture is most effective if the flaxseed oil and low-fat cottage are thoroughly mixed or blended. You can add pineapple or other fruit to improve the taste.”

(Note: I have been told by an expert on Johanna Budwig that she was the person who made this discovery, but I have not had time to research exactly how, or if, Szent-Gyorgy influenced Budwig. There were many Nobel Prizes given in the early twentieth century for discoveries in natural medicine. Szent-Gyorgy's main discoveries were related to Vitamin C, but he did make several other key discoveries.)

Here is how cancer frequently starts. The chemical processing that leads to hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated [e.g. trans fatty acids] and even polyunsaturated oils [e.g. corn oils] cause these substances to be deposited within the body or even on the cells. The heart, for instance, rejects these fats and they end up as inorganic fatty deposits on the heart muscle itself. They end up blocking circulation, damage heart action, inhibit cell renewal and impede the free flow of blood (and thus oxygen) and lymph fluids. The Budwig diet overcomes many of these problems.

The Budwig flaxseed diet is one of the oldest (dating back to the early 1950s) and most proven cancer diets on earth. The complete diet recommended by Johanna Budwig includes foods you must eat, food that you can eat, and foods you definitely should not eat. It is best to go on her diet exactly as she tells it. While you are on her diet, you can immerse yourself in the theory of the proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and all of the other related issues (such as margarine and other trans-fatty acids). My point is this: don't delay treatment by overcomplicating something that is fairly simple and has been shown to work in many thousands of cases.

“It is essential to use only unrefined, cold-pressed oils with high linolic acid content, such as linseed, sunflower, soya, poppyseed, walnut, and flax oils. Such oil should be consumed together with foods containing the right proteins [the cottage cheese part] otherwise the oils will have the OPPOSITE EFFECT, causing more harm than good.” Obviously, do NOT cook the flaxseed oil [or buy cooked flaxseed oil].”

My wife found another way to kill the taste of the flaxseed oil – cinnamon. Pineapple is better because it is a cancer-fighting food by itself. But for those who do not like, or cannot get, pineapple, cinnamon will work.

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Supercharging this treatment

You could add a supplement called Omegasentials™ to your treatment. I would not use this instead of the flaxseed and cottage cheese, but Omegasentials is designed to contain everything you need for a Budwig Diet.

Since this treatment deals with cell walls, it might be wise to take MSM, a sulphur compound, to supplement the sulpherized proteins of the Bugwig treatment. MSM will soften the cancer cells to better absorb the increased oxygen flow in the blood. 100 percent purple, red or black grapes will also do this and are recommended with the Budwig Diet.

An alternative cancer treatment should be a complete treatment protocol. Do NOT forget to study the complete treatment protocol for Stage I, II and III cancer patients and the complete treatment protocol for Stage IV cancer patients:

Treatment For Stage I, II and III Cancer Patients
Treatment For Stage IV Cancer Patients

Site Comments
Cancer the Problem and Solution Key book by Johanna Budwig
CureZone MUST READ article on Budwig Diet
Minnesota Wellness MUST READ article on Budwig Diet (also linked to on main page)
German Site Major Budwig Site (in German)
Educate-Yourself More good theory and information
Shirley's Wellness Cafe Several, of many, testimonials
Shirley's Wellness Cafe Several books, etc. related to Budwig, flaxseed, omega-3, etc.
Dr. Mercola Dr. Mercola on omega-3 and omega-6 – FYI
CureZone Very technical stuff for those who are interested
GNC I include this mostly for the references