Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Healing Diet & Protocol (1)

Cancer: Essentially A Problem of Right and Wrong Fats & Lack of Sunlight?

An important introduction to Dr. Budwig's protocol

Copyright © 2005 - 2012 Healing Cancer Naturally

"What she (Dr. Johanna Budwig) has demonstrated to my initial disbelief but lately, to my complete satisfaction in my practice is: CANCER IS EASILY CURABLE, the treatment is dietary/lifestyle, the response is immediate; the cancer cell is weak and vulnerable; the precise biochemical breakdown point was identified by her in 1951 and is specifically correctable, in vitro (test tube) as well as in vivo (real)..."
Dr. Dan C. Roehm M.D. FACP (oncologist & former cardiologist) in "Townsend Letter for Doctors", July 1990

What would you think if you heard someone claim that there is a diet-based protocol centered on the ingestion of two simple foodstuffs plus sunlight that has actually helped heal numerous cases of cancer including saving the so-called terminally ill - some given a few hours to live!? If you react like many, you will think that this sounds far too simplistic to be true.

And yet it is.

As Dr Willner, M.D., Ph.D. (The Cancer Solution) writes, "Numerous, independent clinical studies published in major medical journals world-wide confirm Dr. Budwig’s findings…. Over 40 years ago Dr Budwig presented clear and convincing evidence, which has been confirmed by hundreds of other related scientific research papers since, that the essential fatty acids were at the core of the answer to the cancer problem…You will come to your own conclusions as to why this simple effective prevention and therapy has not only been ignored—it has been suppressed!". Or as someone commented, "Over the years I have been given a lot of different advice as well, so when I heard about Dr Budwig’s protocol I too was very sceptical, until I tried it."

Before you proceed to reading any further, please know that not everybody reacts the same to this or any other treatment, and that in any healing diet or protocol one may undertake, one should never underrate the often amazing power of the Mind, i.e. the placebo or belief effect, as well as the influence of the emotions and energetic and spiritual factors on both the disease and healing process.

So here are five important pieces of advice before we start:

1. If you do decide to follow the Budwig diet & protocol, give it a fair try, meaning that you follow Dr. Budwig’s instructions to the letter for a while such as at least 1 to 3 months, and then see how you or the patient fares. Dr. Budwig’s instructions are very strict and include no supplements apart from brewer's yeast flakes (and possibly plant-derived enzymes for fat/protein digestion, with herbs in their natural form also being ok), daily fresh ground flaxseeds etc. etc. You can read up on all the details on this site and her genuine books.

Apart from the possible placebo effect she exerted (as any healing professional who instills confidence in his patients), Dr. Budwig heavily insisted on her instructions being closely followed since she believed that only in this manner, success could be reached.

Don’t get misled by self-proclaimed “Budwig diet experts” or a self-styled "Budwig center" who combine her basic flax oil/cottage cheese with a regime of their own making rather than with Dr. Budwig's real protocol, claiming to thus “reinforce” the Budwig diet. While such regimes may well be effective against cancer and other diseases, they are a far cry from what Dr. Budwig recommended (for more details and warnings see Oil-protein diet: on self-appointed "Budwig experts" and fake Budwig books misleading cancer patients). Remember that while it is true that much of the conventional cancer treatment approaches is about business (compare On Cancer Business & the Cancer Industry), so is much in the "alternative cancer treatment" field (compare Negative experiences in the alternative cancer treatment field).

2. Healing Cancer Naturally considers minerals and trace elements and the ubiquitous lack of them a major player in cancer genesis and healing, see Minerals. The fact that so relatively few of those who undertake the Budwig protocol today seem to report dramatic success when compared to the near 100% success rate claimed by Dr. Budwig who started treating patients decades ago, might (apart from non-compliance with her instructions) also be related to the reported significant decline in mineral and trace element (as well as vitamin) content in today’s foods, caused by soil depletion and inorganic husbandry. So an important piece of advice would be to look for and incorporate naturally rich sources of mineral and trace elements in your diet. More inexpensive sources are, apart from organically grown foodstuffs, particularly seaweeds which I highly recommend adding. Seaweeds among other things contain high levels of iodine which reportedly has anticarcinogenic (toxic to cancer cells) and cancer-preventative properties (more at seaweed).

3. Detoxify in a healthy way (i.e. don't become obsessed with any uncleanliness or toxicity you may suspect in yourself while still striving to get rid of most obvious sources of "filth" in yourself and your environment). See Detoxification.

4. The Budwig diet already prescribes the daily ingestion of quark (cottage cheese) and sauerkraut juice both of which are lactic-acid fermented foods. Judging by another successful cancer researcher's results with cancer patients, the little-known but truly outstanding Dr. Dr. Johannes Kuhl who based his approach primarily on lactic-acid fermented foods and supplements (see Lactic-acid-fermented food treatment for cancer according to Dr. Dr. Johannes Kuhl), this part of the Budwig protocol may be one of the decisive pillars and reasons for its effects. So Healing Cancer Naturally advises the liberal addition of lactic-acid-fermented foods and drinks in the diet even beyond what Dr. Budwig may have explicitly recommended to further enhance your chances of healing.

Incidentally, both Dr. Budwig's and Dr. Kuhl's approach are featured under Greatest Hits, and virtually all modalities listed there are fully compatible with Dr. Budwig's protocol while having obtained cancer remissions as a stand-alone treatment as well.

5. Lastly, but in fact most importantly, Healing Cancer Naturally advises following one's intuition, spiritual guidance or whatever name you may wish to call it as you travel along your journey to health and healing. A beautiful example has been set by Dr. Nancy Offenhauser who wrote a book about her experience called Healing Cancer Peacefullly (Dr. Offenhauser did not use the Budwig approach - as you may or not be aware, there are numerous non-conventional ways which have been used to heal from cancer).

Who Was Dr. Johanna Budwig?

Dr. Johanna Budwig (born 30 September 1908, died 19 May 2003, pronounced Yaw-hun-nah Bood-vig), a seven-times Nobel prize nominee, was a qualified German pharmacologist, chemist and physicist with a doctorate in physics who worked as the chief expert-consultant for drugs and fats at the former Bundesanstalt für Fettforschung (Federal Institute for Fats Research). Described as "the world's leading authority on fats and oils", Dr. Budwig studied in-depth the effect of hydrogenated and other denatured fats upon human health and found it to be desastrous, while she discovered the truly "essential" and powerfully healing nature of essential fatty acids on all manner of degenerative diseases including cancer. She authored numerous books (among them Cancer - The Problem and The Solution, Das Fettsyndrom [The Fat Syndrome, discussing the links between fats and nextto all diseases of the heart and lung as well as cancer], Krebs, ein Fettproblem [Cancer - A Fat Problem, on the right choice and use of fats], Der Tod des Tumors [The Death of the Tumor], as well as numerous scientific papers and treatises in which she published her findings on the critical importance of the right fatty acids and the deleterious effect of the wrong fats on human health (the use of "wrong fats" having become widespread since the invention and ubiquitous introduction of the hydrogenation process in order to extend the shelf life of fats and to create margarine).

Three of her works "FlaxOil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, And Other Diseases" (read excerpts here), "The Oil Protein Diet Cookbook" and the above-mentioned Cancer - The Problem and The Solution (excerpts here) have been translated into English. The former, though a slender volume of only about 60 pages, is "packed with the most clear thinking on the genesis of serious diseases and health recovery" including healing cancer. The fact that so far solely three of Dr. Budwig’s works are accessible to the English-speaking world makes it hard, however, to appreciate the true scope and breadth of her protocol and cancer treatment approach. While the situation is naturally better for German readers, even these have easy access only to parts of her work since a number of her books - in fact, the majority - are currently out of print and much determination is called for to find a copy of these books in second-hand stores.

As other researchers who have offered a non-profitable and effective way of healing cancer (or keeping it under control by preventing metastasis), Dr. Budwig and her work have been attacked and silenced by vested medical, industrial and pharmaceutical interests throughout her life (compare History of Cancer Treatment). As summarized by Cliff Beckwith who has kept his prostate cancer under control for over a decade: "Dr. Budwig to my knowledge had over 1000 documented successes. However, her work was not popular with the Oncology Industry in Europe. Her ideas would have meant a lot of losses in the Food Industry [too]; especially in the fats industry.
My cousin, Richard Beckwith, called her probably eleven years ago and talked to her about forty five minutes. She told him that American doctors had come to Germany and been impressed with her work. Then they wanted to try to work out some way to have exclusive rights to her methods in the United States and make a lot of money and she wouldn't do that.
She believed her work was very important and was anxious to see it carried on but no one seemed interested unless they could make a lot of money.
I had Advanced [prostate] cancer and I could not wait for scientific confirmation and began to use these ideas immediately. One thing led to another, none of it planned, and we have seen many folks recover from cancer or have lives greatly extended. A lot of that information is at www.beckwithfamily.com.
That is all based on anecdotal evidence. Other than the evidence in Dr. Budwig's records [as far as they are available in English] that is all there is. No one is doing any scientific testing. That is done to prove the value of drugs for profit and one cannot patent Flaxseed Oil.
...In my view there should be enough on those lists [the evidence reported on two Budwig discussion lists he founded] and what we have seen to at least cause someone really interested in human welfare to be curious."
And it seems likely that apart from financial interests, human failings such as intellectual pride play a part in the silencing and ignoring of Dr. Budwig’s apparently often life-saving discoveries. Cliff Beckwith again: "For the most part one cannot expect the doctors to place any real credibility to the use of FO/CC [flax oil and cottage cheese]. It seems incredible that anything could be successful other than what they are taught in Med school. Imagine the blow to one's ego if it became official that something with which he or she is not familiar would be found to be much better than the things that were studied 10 years to learn."

Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Major Discovery

In 1952, Dr. Budwig wrote in a paper entitled On Fat Biology V. Paper Chromatography of Blood Lipoids, the Tumour Problem and Fat Research: "It is basically proven that highly unsaturated fatty acids are the heretofore undiscovered decisive factor in respiratory enzyme function", i.e. constitute the second part of the "equation" that nobelist Otto Warburg[1] had been unable to find. What sounds insignificant to the layman’s ears, is arguably one of the greatest breakthroughs in medicinal science: from that moment onward we have known that the highly unsaturated fatty acid is the decisive factor achieving the desired effect of cellular respiratory stimulation. Working in conjunction with sulfurated amino acids (protein), the highly unsaturated fatty acid plays a part, even the critical part, in the "bridging" taking place between fats and protein, in the absorption AND utilization of oxygen, in all growth processes, in the formation of blood and in many other processes. Working from this theory, Dr. Budwig was able to help a great many cancer patients with the scientific oil-protein diet of flaxoil plus cottage cheese she designed (the "Budwig diet"), which allows cancer cells to start "breathing" again. A few physicians followed in her footsteps, such as Dr. Dan C. Roehm from Florida or Dr. Robert E. Willner (Miami).

Unsolicited visitor’s comment on Healing Cancer Naturally’s Budwig Diet pages:

"I have been educating myself on the Budwig protocol and your site is by far the most informative." ~S. G.

Based upon her research findings, Dr. Budwig was not only against processed foods and supplements (no pills) but also against chemotherapy, radiation and drugs, and in a less categorical manner, surgery (see interview). And, rare as that may be, she also was aware of the critical importance of sunlight as well as the spiritual, mental and emotional factors in healing cancer and other illness. That said and as hinted at above, it is important to keep in mind that the fuller details of her published thought on healing cancer are not currently known/accessible in the English- and most of the German-speaking world, thus making all efforts presently undertaken at implementing and spreading the word about Dr. Budwig’s discoveries in English a grassroots movement liable to be enlarged as more details become known to the general public via correctly translated editions of more of her books.

Basic Introduction to Dr. Budwig’s Diet, Fats, Essential Fatty Acids and Related Subjects

The basis of Dr. Budwig’s diet or protocol is the ingestion of a special oil-protein mixture in the form of organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil plus cottage cheese or "quark" (a dairy product readily available in German-speaking countries made from various types of milk and roughly similar to cottage cheese), to balance an oversupply of omega-6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats in the Western diet and to provide an immediately available abundant supply of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Of all plant oils, flax oil is the richest source of these omega-3 fatty acids (naturally occurring variations not considered, 100 g of oil contain 72g of polyunsaturated fatty acids, 54g of which are omega-3 acids). This oil is combined with protein (or more precisely, sulphurated amino acids[2] such as liberally found in quark/cottage cheese) to allow the highly unsaturated fatty acids to become water-soluble, thus bypassing the need for an (often) diseased or impaired liver to break down the unsatured fat by its own efforts. Quote: "The lipotropic protein connections, e.g. Cystein, as they are found in ... cottage cheese or nuts are able to make water-soluble the ...highly unsaturated fatty acids in seed oils. And that is what matters. When you mix together ... cottage cheese and linseed oil in your blender the fat becomes water-soluble" and thereby immediately available for use by the body. In this manner, the necessary "spark plugs" are provided for cells to "breathe", optimally detoxify and function, even more so when additionally combining the flax oil cottage cheese mix with an optimised sugar-free diet devoid of respiratory poisons [substances which inhibit cellular respiration] but containing much raw organic food (compare excerpts from Dr. Budwig’s Flax Oil As A True Aid and the Nutrition section).

Dr. Budwig’s diet (which, when properly applied, is an entire protocol and involves not only ingestion of the above oil-protein mixture, but also a healthy minimally processed vegetarian diet, freshly ground flaxseeds, sunlight, stress management, "Eldi" oils, etc.[3], has literally pulled people back from death’s doorstep. Based on this evidence and its ease of implementation, it may be the quickest and easiest move to take for many stricken with a cancer challenge and/or those who are looking for an often fast-working approach to health recovery. In fact, eminent alternative & conventional cancer treatment researcher Lothar Hirneise considers Dr. Johanna Budwig’s protocol the indispensable nutritional basis of any healing plan for cancer patients.

Dr. Johanna Budwig’s proposed diet and basic protocol IS easy to implement in daily life (see Dr. Johanna Budwig: The practical implementation of my oil-protein diet), and for "how-to" details on the Budwig diet, start with Making the Flaxseed Oil plus Cottage Cheese or Quark Mixture. Budwig Linomel Breakfast Muesli Recipe, Oleolux Recipe, Quark-Flax Oil Mayonnaise Recipe as well as the very extensive Budwig Diet & Protocol FAQ I have written and compiled from authentic Budwig sources including the 14 original German-language books by Dr. Budwig I own).

I’d also like to refer you to Dr. Johanna Budwig’s available English-language books, with some people expressing particular appreciation for her oil-protein cookbook. One comment reads: "I have found that one of THE MOST VALUABLE, yea NECESSARY items one should get for following the Budwig diet is Dr. Budwig's ‘Oil Protein Cookbook.’ It demystifies all kinds of things for you, and has OVER 500 recipes in it to make sure [you] will be getting all the things Dr. Budwig wanted her clients to get in their diet." I too believe it is essential for anyone "serious" about implementing the Budwig diet with the aim of healing from serious disease such as cancer to at the very least own Dr. Budwig’s inexpensive oil-protein cookbook. It would seem best to also read her book "Flax Oil as a True Aid" and to make sure to share these books with others, both to possibly help them prevent and heal from serious disease. More comments.

Research Studies On Animals Into the Effects of Flaxseed and Flaxseed Components (Lignan, Lignan Precursors & Oil) on Cancer and Tumor Growth

Please note Healing Cancer Naturally's stance on animal experimentation.

1 A 2002 animal experiment on the "[e]ffect of flaxseed supplementation on prostatic carcinoma in transgenic mice" found that a "diet supplemented with 5% flaxseed inhibits the growth and development of prostate cancer in the TRAMP model".

Aiming to "investigate the effects of flaxseed supplementation on prostatic neoplasia in the transgenic adenocarcinoma mouse prostate (TRAMP) model", a "total of 135 male TRAMP mice 5 to 6 weeks old were randomized to a control group (AIN-76A diet) or an experimental group (AIN-76A diet plus 5% flaxseed by weight). One half of the mice in each group were treated for 20 weeks and the remainder for 30 weeks. At autopsy, urogenital tissues (four prostatic lobes, seminal vesicles, and emptied bladder), lungs, lymph nodes, and grossly abnormal tissues were collected for histologic evaluation. RESULTS: Of the control mice, 100% developed prostate cancer versus 97% of the mice in the flaxseed group. The tumor/urogenital weight was 3.6 +/- 0.4 g in the controls versus 1.9 +/- 0.2 g in the flaxseed-treated mice (P = 0.0005). At 20 weeks, no significant difference in tumor grade was seen between the two groups; however, at 30 weeks, the flaxseed-treated mice had significantly less aggressive tumors than did the controls (P = 0.01). The prevalence of lung and lymph node metastases was 13% and 16%, respectively, in the control mice versus 5% and 12%, respectively, in the experimental group (difference not significant). After 20 weeks of treatment, cellular proliferation (Ki-67) differed significantly between the control and experimental groups (38.1 +/- 2.03 versus 26.2 +/- 2.03; P <0.0001), and the apoptotic index (deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-digoxigenin nick end labeling) was 1.45 +/- 0.14 versus 3.3 +/- 0.31 (P <0.0001). Similar differences were seen after 30 weeks of treatment.
The original NCBI report with references

2 A 2002 animal experiment on "the effect of flaxseed (FS), the richest source of lignans and alpha-linolenic acid, on growth and metastasis of established human breast cancer in a nude mice model" concluded that "Dietary flaxseed inhibits human breast cancer growth and metastasis".

Dietary flaxseed inhibits human breast cancer growth and metastasis and downregulates expression of insulin-like growth factor and epidermal growth factor receptor.
Chen J, Stavro PM, Thompson LU. Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3E2.
Recent studies indicate that diets rich in phytoestrogens and n-3 fatty acid have anticancer potential. This study determined the effect of flaxseed (FS), the richest source of lignans and alpha-linolenic acid, on growth and metastasis of established human breast cancer in a nude mice model. Estrogen receptor-negative human breast cancer cells, MDA-MB-435, were injected into the mammary fat pad of mice (Ncr nu/nu) fed a basal diet (BD). At Week 8, mice were randomized into two diet groups, such that the groups had similar tumor size and body weight. One continued on the BD, while the other was changed to BD supplemented with 10% FS, until sacrifice at Week 15. A significant reduction (P < 0.05) in tumor growth rate and a 45% reduction (P = 0.08) in total incidence of metastasis were observed in the FS group. Lung metastasis incidence was 55.6% in the BD group and 22.2% in the FS group, while the lymph node metastasis incidence was 88.9% in the BD group and 33.3% in the FS group (P < 0.05). Mean tumor number (tumor load) of total and lymph node metastasis was significantly lower in the FS than in the BD group (P < 0.05). Metastatic lung tumor number was reduced by 82%, and a significantly lower tumor trend (P < 0.01) was observed in the FS group. Lung weight, which also reflects metastatic tumor load, in the FS group was reduced by 20% (P < 0.05) compared with the BD group.
Immunohistochemical study showed that Ki-67 labeling index and expression of insulin-like growth factor I and epithelial growth factor receptor in the primary tumor were lower in the FS (P < 0.05) than in the BD group.
In conclusion, flaxseed inhibited the established human breast cancer growth and metastasis in a nude mice model, and this effect is partly due to its downregulation of insulin-like growth factor I and epidermal growth factor receptor expression.
The original NCBI report with references

More research studies incl. on humans.

Why Use Organic Dairy in the Budwig Diet?

1. Antibiotics

Conventional milk (and meat) products are very likely to contain antibiotics which harm and destroy the good (beneficial) intestinal flora. This apparently both impedes proper digestion/optimal mineral nutrient assimilation and immune system performance and contributes to the currently observed Candidiasis epidemic (Candidiasis being defined as "overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract of the usually benign yeast [or fungus] Candida albicans"). Candida fungus overgrowth has become widespread apparently due to indiscriminate antibiotics use in the food chain.
Compare On food and supplement absorption, intestinal flora, cancer and immune system and Fungi producing mycotoxins: The Fungal/Mycotoxin Etiology of Human Disease (particularly CANCER).

2. Genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (Posilac)

Conventional dairy products in the US may or do contain bovine growth hormone. See for instance rense.com/general48/milk.htm ("cows treated with Posilac have been developing bone cancers").
Also compare Milk and the Cancer Connection I, Milk and the cancer connection II and Cancer Causes: Aflatoxins.

3. Ethics

See Vegan Alternatives.

Budwig Testimonials

See the Complete list of Johanna Budwig diet & protocol cancer healing testimonials.

Support Groups, Flaxseed Oil/Cottage Cheese Forums, Budwig Forums & Other

Introductory note: As I know from owning 14 of Dr. Budwig’s original German-language writings, Dr. Budwig’s work contains many details and scientific intricacies. Browsing the internet for websites offering free Budwig information, alternative cancer treatment advisors who sell such information as well as for forums and groups discussing the Budwig diet/protocol made me keenly aware that there is a certain amount of (doubtless largely well-intentioned but) partially incorrect information on the Budwig Protocol offered to the English-speaking public. To help dispel the misinformation / misinterpretation / misrepresentation shrouding the genuine Budwig Protocol and to implement and spread the word about Dr. Budwig’s authentic discoveries and "teachings", I have published the authentic central details (a number of which translated by me) gleaned from Dr. Budwig’s original works as well as from my contacts with Budwig patients, Budwig cancer carersand Dr. Budwig’s former associate, using the platform of Healing Cancer Naturally’s Budwig pages.

It is to be hoped that eventually correctly translated editions of more of her books will allow all parts of Dr. Budwig’s work and the full details of her thinking and experience with the healing of cancer to become known and accessible in the English-speaking world.

The following non-exhaustive list shows some "grassroots" forums discussing the use of Dr. Johanna Budwig’s oil-protein protocol (or parts or "free-style versions" of it) to treat and control cancer as well as other diseases.

flaxseed Oil & Virgin Flax Oil Cottage cheese Forum - Dr. Budwig

This flax oil/cottage cheese group is inactive but carries several thousand messages in its archives which are freely accessible without needing to subscribe.

Budwig approach for cancer healing discussion group (moderated)

"This group focus is to spread the good word about the postive benefits of utilizing flax in your diet"
(The complete Budwig protocol for healing cancer and other diseases calls for the daily addition of freshly ground flaxseeds.)

Flaxseed Oil Sources: Buying Quality Flax Oil

There are several companies and outlets which offer quality flax oil. Barlean's is known to offer a discount to (verified) cancer patients but you may also find bargains on quality flaxoil elsewhere including at Amazon. I’d make sure to go for organic, fresh, cold-pressed and unadulterated flax oil (no Vitamin E or other preservatives added) and read the customer reviews before deciding on any one brand. Also be aware that Dr. Budwig did not use flaxseed oil with lignans (in fact, lignan-"enriched" flax oil to this day is not even available in Germany). This factor may however be of little consequence.

To find flax oil on Amazon, you can enter Amazon via one of these links, then type "flax oil" or "flaxseed oil" into their search box:

By shopping (any items) via Healing Cancer Naturally's above Amazon partner links you help support its humanitarian work at no extra cost to you, for details see Support this site.

Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Works in English

Warning: since Dr. Budwig's death in 2003, books/CDs have been published which give misleading information on Dr. Budwig's approach, details under Oil-Protein Diet: on self-appointed "Budwig experts" and fake Budwig books misleading cancer patients.

FlaxOil As A True Aid

FlaxOil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, And Other Diseases

by Dr. Johanna Budwig

"Every home library needs to have a copy of this book."
At the time of most recent publishing of this page, Amazon.com had the following offer: List Price: $6.95, used & new from $4.45
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Read excerpts from FlaxOil As A True Aid.

The Oil-Protein Diet CookbookThe Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook

by Dr. Johanna Budwig

How to use flax, even including ice-cream! "[I]ndispensible to someone serious about closely following the Budwig Protocol." "I have found that one of THE MOST VALUABLE, yea NECESSARY items one should get for following the Budwig diet is Dr. Budwig's ‘Oil Protein Cookbook.’ It demystifies all kinds of things for you, and has OVER 500 recipes in it to make sure [you] will oil plus cottage cheese in many varied tasty vegetarian dishesbe getting all the things Dr. Budwig wanted her clients to get in their diet." "I recently received my copy of the Oil Protein Diet Cookbook by Dr. Budwig. I am so glad I ordered it! It is much more than a cook book, it helped to really understand the use of flax oil and seeds, and how to portion our food intake throughout the day. The suggested ways of preparing food also were wonderful, and allow for using your imagination in ways to prepare the food to be tasty as well as healthful. This book is way [more] thana cook book....should be entitled more like, "practical applications of the oil protein diet in your everyday life". (Users’ comments)
Read excerpts from her book FlaxOil As A True Aid.
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Dr Budwig: Cancer - The Problem and The SolutionCancer - The Problem and The Solution

by Dr Johanna Budwig

This is the last book Dr. Budwig published. You can read here an Extract from Cancer - The Problem and The Solution.

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(The following title is not written by Dr. Budwig but on the subject of her healing diet & protocol for cancer and other disease:)

William L. Fischer: How to Fight Cancer and WinHow to Fight Cancer & Win

by William L. Fischer

William L. Fischer has been involved in medicine, health care, and natural healing for over 30 years. After working with several of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in his native Germany, he moved to the United States and began publishing books on natural healing. For him to obtain the most comprehensive information available, his research has taken him around the world to such diverse places as Iran, the Far East, Europe, and Egypt to study natural healing techniques... Fischer, too, arrived at the conclusion that Dr. Johanna Budwig’s easy-to-implement protocol is the number one choice in healing cancer... Read excerpts from Dr. Budwig’s book FlaxOil As A True Aid.
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Amazon seems to regularly offer most of the above titles at discounts (such as offering brand-new copies at "used" prices). Support this site by buying any of these books or other products through my Amazon links (US, UK, Canada, France, Spain, Brazil, Italy & Germany) and take advantage of their (often) low prices.

Dr. Johanna Budwig's books in German

Krebs - Das Problem und die LösungKrebs - Das Problem und die Lösung [Cancer - The Problem and The Solution] by Johanna Budwig

Sensei-Verlag, Germany (September 1999)

Öl-Eiweiß-KostÖl-Eiweiß-Kost [The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook]

by Johanna Budwig

Sensei-Verlag, Germany (November 2000)

Kosmische Kräfte gegen KrebsKosmische Kräfte gegen Krebs [Cosmic Forces Against Cancer]

by Johanna Budwig. Hyperion-Verlag, Germany (1966)

(possibly available second-hand in bookstores)

Krebs, ein FettproblemKrebs, ein Fettproblem. Richtige Wahl und Verwendung der Fette [Cancer - A Fats Problem, on the right choice and use of fats]

by Johanna Budwig, Hyperion, Freiburg, Germany (1967)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Fette als wahre Hilfe gegen Arteriosklerose, Herzinfarkt, Krebs u. a.Fette als wahre Hilfe gegen Arteriosklerose, Herzinfarkt, Krebs u. a. Drei Vorträge. [published in English as FlaxOil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, And Other Diseases. Three Lectures]

by Johanna Budwig, Hyperion, Frbg. Germany (1972)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenDie elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen Nahrungsstoffen [The Elementary Function of Respiration in its Relationship to Autoxydable Foodstuffs]

by Johanna Budwig

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Das Fettsyndrom Das Fettsyndrom [The Fat Syndrome]

by Johanna Budwig
Hyperion, Frbg., Germany (1972)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenFettfibel

by Johanna Budwig
Hyperion, Frbg., Germany (1979)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Der Tod des TumorsDer Tod des Tumors, Bd. I,

by Johanna Budwig

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenDer Tod des Tumors, Bd. II

by Johanna Budwig

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenLaserstrahlen gegen Krebs

by Johanna Budwig
Hyperion, Frbg., Germany (1968)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenFotoelemente des Lebens

by Johanna Budwig
Resch Verlag, Innsbruck (1979)

(possibly available second-hand or in bookstores)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenInaugural Disputation

by Johanna Budwig
(November 1979)

"Dieses Manuskript mit Einleitung liegt dem Karolinska MedicoKirurgiska Institut Stockholm vor, in englischer Sprache. Der Nobelpreis für Medizin wurde für die Autorin vorgeschlagen von mehreren Vertretern der Medizin aus dem In- und Auslande."
(possibly available second-hand)

Die elementare Funktion der Atmung in ihrer Beziehung zu autoxydablen NahrungsstoffenMensch sein. Atmung, Immunabwehr im Würgegriff

by Johanna Budwig

A very personal book describing both her scientific work and inventions and the relentless suppression of her research findings & work Dr. Budwig had to face.
(possibly available second-hand)


1 Dr. Otto Warburg, twice Nobel Laureate, awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1931 for his research on cellular respiration, explains: "The growth of cancer cells is initiated by a relative lack of oxygen. Cancer cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment...Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by an anaerobic (i.e., oxygen deficient) cell respiration." Going into greater detail in The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer, he writes: "...the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements. Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energyneeds by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation. All normal body cells are thus obligate aerobes, whereas all cancer cells are partial anaerobes." Compare Otto Warburg On The Prime Cause & Prevention of Cancer: Respiration of Oxygen in Normal Body Cells vs. Fermentation of Sugar in Cancer Cells.

2 Methionine, cystine, and cysteine and their derivatives owe their designation of "sulphurated amino acids" to the fact that they contain sulfur in addition to carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Incidentally, they are also well-known as an effective cleaning "squad" for all toxic substances that we ingest because they attach themselves to harmful substances and pollutants and carry them out of the body. One example: methionine and cysteine aid in lead elimination (Karen Vago).

3 Compare Complementary therapies Dr. Johanna Budwig recommended and endorsed.

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