The Original Budwig Diet

Johanna Budwig was a German biochemist, pharmacist, and author whose research on fatty acids led her to develop a diet for the treatment of cancer.

Budwig found that highly unsaturated fatty acids stimulated cellular respiration and worked in conjunction with sulfurated amino acids in the absorption and utilization of oxygen. The goal of the Budwig diet she designed was to allow cancer cells, which have converted from normal oxygen respiration to anaerobic fermentation, to start “breathing” again.

She found that a low oxygen environment would develop in the absence of sulhydrul groups and/or fatty acids, which encouraged the growth of cancerous cells. Budwig used paper chomatography techniques to compare the fatty acid profiles of sick and healthy individuals. The Budwig Diet, a result of this research, is based on the idea that cancer cells can be killed by changing the type of fats in the diet. 

Flax seeds are the richest source of unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids. Flax seed oil, when mixed with sulphurated amino acids (such as found in quark), became water-soluble and therefore readily available without the need for the liver to break it down for use in the body. 

The Budwig Diet is based on a daily Muesli prepared 1-2 times per day. Flax seed oil (kept sealed and refrigerated) is mixed with quark (low heat cultured dairy product) and served with freshly ground flax seeds (consumed within 15 minutes of grinding), topped with fresh seasonal organic fruit and raw organic nuts. It can be flavored with a bit of cinnamon or vanilla to taste.

For each tablespoon of flaxseed oil, add 2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese or quark. The flax oil and cottage cheese (quark) mixture should be fully blended until no traces of oil remain visible and the highly unsaturated fatty acids have become water soluble.

The diet to be used along with the flax/quark mixture is high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber (raw or lightly cooked). Avoid sugar, refined grains, animal fats, salad oils, butter, and margarine. Fresh meat is allowed, but not store-bought meat. Avoid all processed foods, as well as caffeine, liquor, and tobacco.

To learn more about the original Budwig Diet, here are three of Johanna Budwig’s books, which have been translated into English from the original German.

• The Oil-Protein Cookbook (l-Eiwei-Kost) Sensei Verlag (2000)
• Cancer – The Problem and the Solution (Krebs. Das Problem und die Lsung) Sensei Verlag (1999)
• Flax Oil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer And Other Diseases(Fette als wahre Hilfe gegen Arteriosklerose, Herzinfarkt, Krebs) 1972

Information Sources:
•  The True Budwig Protocol
•  Johanna Budwig on Wikipedia
•  The Budwig Protocol
•  Budwig Diet Health Topic
•  The Oil Protein Diet Cookbook by Johanna Budwig
•  The Basis of Dr. Budwig’s Oil/Protein Diet

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