Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Diet & Protocol

Budwig diet and protocol: tips and frequently asked questions

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Question 125: Should I buy low-fat quark or quark with 20 or 40% fat content?


Only quark [cottage cheese] with as little fat as possible (under 1%) is optimum. The importance of the quark [cottage cheese] lies in its sulfurated amino acids. The higher the fat content of quark/cottage cheese, the lower the amount of amino acids it contains. (credits: Lothar Hirneise, top Budwig expert and the only "pupil" she ever personally taught, in his book "Das große Koch- und Lehrbuch der Öl-Eiweiß-Kost" [The Great Cook and Text Book of the Oil-Protein Diet], p. 137, under the heading "Questions re quark", translated by Healing Cancer Naturally)

Compare Which is best to use with the flaxseed oil -- low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese?.

Question 126: I read a number of assertions purporting to present the "True Budwig Protocol" online which contradict what I have learned here particularly re the importance of low-fat quark/cottage cheese. Can you clarify?


Without quoting the false assertions (found at healthwyze.org/reports), please know that low-fat quark has been the "standard" quark in Germany for many decades, in fact, likely centuries, with the higher-fat varieties created by adding varying amounts of cream to the finished low-fat quark.

The earliest reference to low-fat quark being the norm that I could find is owed to no less a luminary than naturopath Fr. Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897)[1]. In his book "Thus Shalt Thou Live" (first German edition in 1889) he describes how "curd-cheese" is made: ""Sweet milk is allowed to stand, according to the season, one or two days. When it has become thick, the cream which swims on the surface is taken off, and the milk poured into an earthen... vessel..."

Kneipp goes on to describe the next steps to obtain finished quark and ends with the advice: "If you wish to eat it as food, you will do good to mix it with milk or cream". The cream no doubt was removed to extend the "shelf-life" of the quark, since cream when going rancid can become very bitter and unpleasant (thanks to its butyric acid content) and if mixed into the quark would most unfavourably influence its taste.

Some 80 years later, the German "Käseverordnung" [Cheese Directive] of 24 June 1965 stipulated (under point 2b) that "sour milk quark [the most common type of quark] must be made from skimmed milk". Milram, a large German milk processing company states on www.milram.de/heimat-der-frische/milram-von-anfang-bis-heute.html that they introduced full-fat quark (40 percent fat) in 1963.

Secondly, to address other glaringly inaccurate statements presented as truth in the mentioned "True Budwig Protocol" article, quark is, as apparent from the above, far from having the "highest fat content of any soft cheese". And it is of course NOT the fats in quark which contain the sulfurated amino acids, in fact, as seen from Question 125 above, the higher the fat content, the lower the amount of beneficial amino acids found.

So a reminder is in order that Dr. Budwig "strictly forbade all animal fats ... including butter [for cancer patients]". See What are the "Respiratory Poisons" Dr. Budwig refers to as to be avoided? (credits: Healing Cancer Naturally)

Question 127: When can tumor-destroying therapies such as vitamin C high-dose infusions, Ukrain, Galvanotherapy make sense with the Budwig protocol?


The oil-protein diet takes time. Before cells start to "reprogram", weeks can pass, and sometimes one does not have the time to wait such as in the presence of very large tumor masses. I've seen e.g. high-dose vitamin C infusions, Ukrain or galvanotherapy cause tumors to literally fall apart, allowing the patient to gain time. One must understand however that these treatments do not return the body to health. What they do, is destroy the tumor(s) while making your body (even) more toxic. But ideally, they allow the patient to gain extra time. It is imperative however to continue treating oneself holistically even if the tumor has totally disappeared. (credits: Lothar Hirneise and Healing Cancer Naturally)

Question 128: How can one overcome a lack of appetite?


Dr Budwig used champagne plus linomel (ground flaxseed with honey) for the seriously ill and suggested using the icecream recipes in her cookbook for those lacking an appetite (other recipes in her cookbook also mention that they further the appetite).

Famous herbalist Maria Treben (who reported many cancer cures) recommended a number of teas to increase appetite in the very ill (such as calamus root, walnut leaf, sage, and yarrow tea, Swedish bitters and others). Judging by animal experimentation results, the powerfully medicinal St John's wort also increases appetite.

Also see Dr. Budwig’s Treatment Advice for Very Ill Cancer Patients (who are very weak and/or unable to eat).

Finally you may find "energetic" approaches such as EFT very helpful (in any case a useful technique to learn). (credits: Healing Cancer Naturally)

Question 129: How should I store flax oil?


Cool, best at 40-50°F (5-10°C), i.e. in the fridge. Always stand the bottle upright, never horizontally, since otherwise it could oxidise more quickly (presumably due to the greater surface area exposed to air when placed horizontally).

More details under How do I keep flax oil fresh? and How long, if at all, can flaxseed oil be stored / preserved in the freezer?. (credits: Lothar Hirneise and Healing Cancer Naturally)

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1 More on this eminent naturopath on this site under Sebastian Kneipp on the medicinal power of horsetail / shavegrass (Equisetum arvense).

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