Budwig Diet

Thoughts on supplemental vitamins & minerals

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This page adds a different viewpoint to the issue of supplements towards which Dr. Budwig had a generally critical stance (see Budwig FAQ). It also complements the advice regarding the crucial importance of minerals and trace elements for health and healing expressed under Cancer: Mostly A Problem of Right and Wrong Fats & Lack of Sunlight?.

"I am a firm believer in using food as your main source of vitamins.

The only thing that is worrying, is the fact that a variety of fresh organically grown fruits and veggies are not always available to us on a daily basis. We know that by the time we buy these veggies they are more often than not two or more days old, and often, left in the sun etc., etc.

I have also read that because of the soil depletion of nutrients[1] (compared to 50 years ago, before there were vitamin pills available), we need to take extra care that we are getting those valuable vitamins and minerals we so desperately need when we are trying to heal from a disease.

In some parts of the world, there is virtually no selenium in the foods we eat. We know how important selenium is if you are trying to heal from a cancer. What if the valuable digestive enzymes in fruits such as papaya and pineapples are not available to us because those fruits are not in season or simply not available?

Why is it that people with severe flu or even the common cold, get well so much quicker when they take really high doses of buffered vitamin C, compared to people who don't take the vitamin C? I am talking about personal experience with myself and family members and friends.

Then Coenzyme Q10 - I don't want to sound as if I know anything because I truly don't, and have so much to learn still, but I have seen what the use of Coenzyme Q10 can do for severe heart arrhythmia and sudden fainting and dizzy spells because of heart palpitations in patients (people as well as dogs).

Then, the use of lecithin with the Budwig protocol for severe cholesterol problems. The Budwig protocol makes a huge difference but the moment lecithin granules are added to the muesli breakfast the change is really significant.[2]

Also I3C or DIM for hormone-related cancers? It is impossible to eat all that broccoli or brussel sprouts, even if you juice them - enough to be truly beneficial and make a difference.
Compare Brassica vegetables and cancer risk.

Then, the use of vitamin B2, 6, 12, folic acid and zinc supplements for high homocysteine levels - we all know how dangerous a high homocysteine level is - it leads to high blood pressure, heart problems, cancer and diabetes, to name a few.

The use of these vitamins brings these levels down within a couple of days. I know Dr Budwig recommended nutritional yeast flakes (and most of these vitamins are in nutritional yeast flakes) as part of her protocol, but nutritional yeast flakes sometimes lead to cutaneous candidiasis in people with an immune deficiency.

Yes, I agree that we should always try to get all our nutrients from organic fresh foods and juices and that is truly what we should strive for - but if we are not lucky enough to have our own vegetable and herb patches and fruit trees where we can harvest on a daily basis, I think that if vitamin pills are the only way out and our healing depends on those nutrients, then maybe?"[3]

Compare the Budwig FAQ on Dr. Budwig's stance regarding supplements, Supplements & Herbs and On Supplementing, Glyconutrients, Cancer and Mannatech.


1 Regarding the crucial role of rich healthy soil see The importance of minerals and trace elements for health and cancer prevention.

2 While some "cholesterol problems" might indeed be cause for concern, it appears likely that much of the negative hype surrounding this essential player in our body is just that, and that the "solutions" offered by the pharmaceutical industry are nothing of the sort (see for instance the "Statins" discussion under Alzheimer causes).

In fact high cholesterol levels seem to be associated with a lower cancer risk, see On the link between cholesterol and cancer incidence.

3 One of the richest while most neglected sources of vitamins and minerals are edible wild herbs which, incidentally, Dr Budwig also strongly recommended to include in one's diet. Some of the most outstanding examples are stinging nettles, dandelion and St. John's wort.

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