In 1952, Johanna Budwig, Ph.D first described her Budwig Diet or Budwig Protocol as an effective way to address the nutritional deficiencies she believed led to the growth of cancerous tumors. Over the succeeding decades, her own and followers' findings claimed a better than 80% effectiveness rate in reducing the size and symptoms of tumors with several common forms of cancer.
The Budwig Diet at its core is extremely simple. Flaxseed and cottage cheese are consumed regularly to provide the body with lipoproteins and phosphatides, a healthy supply of which can allow the body to heal itself--reducing tumor size and even curing cancer completely.
Some clinical studies have supported the use of flaxseed against specific cancers, and the diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to have numerous health benefits.
Natural Cures: The Budwig Diet is recommended for prostate cancer, breast cancer, bone and lung cancers among a long list of other cancerous conditions. Additionally, the protocol is said to improve cardiac health and can fight diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis.
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10/09/2011: Sofia from Claymont, Delaware/united States: "I researched the Budwig Protocol after I read about on a yahoo group about 4 years ago. To help control my asthma AND terrible psoriasis. I consumed the foundation meal (flaxseed oil/cottage cheese - focc) religiously for 5 months. My psoriasis totally cleared and my asthma improved immensely. This diet, once you get used to it, helps many conditions but is used primarily for cancer. This is a "great anti-inflammatory diet."
Till this day, I eat it 3 to 4 times a week for breakfast. Be sure to follow the exact guidelines if you are on a quest to cure cancer. Also, be careful to stop consuming "focc" 3 to 4 days before any surgeries as it thins your blood nicely. I am a true believer in this diet as a "cancer preventative".
10/25/2012: Davie from Sante Fe, New Mexico replies: "I've read that asthma can be caused by vitamin defiecienies in Omega 3 which is flax seed, as well as B6, B12, Vitamin C Selenium, Mangesium and Iodine ( Kelp works) A Harvard study suggests children severe asthma are vitamin D deficient. Also found low levels of vitamins A and C in the diets of people with asthma. Make sure you buy the best quality vitamin D"
03/10/2008: Sandy from Bangalore, India: "Hi Salim, About cancer cure... suggest you go to Divya Yoga Mandir in Haridwar and admit your wife there. Baba Ramdev there has cured innumerable cancer patients through specialized yoga sessions and ayurvedic treatment. Please do give it a try. Best of luck! Do update back on this web-site as to what treatment was successful."
[YEA] 03/09/2008: Lavette from west palm beach, usa: "to the guy who's wife has a brain tumor: blend:1cup organic cottage cheese, 2-5 tbsp. flaxseed oil, 1-3 ground flaxseed, and a little cayenne, blend until very soft. Eat some everday. If that doesnt work try kombucha tea."
03/07/2008: SALIM NAGORI from MEHIDPUR DISTT, UJJAIN M.P. PIN: "Dear doctor, My wife has been suffering from brain tumor since last month. Doctor said about him that she will alive three months because the growth of the tumor is very fast. It starts before three months and it dies my wife soon. Its medical record I am submitting here please check it and please reply to me sympathetically to me that there is any treatment have you for him. God bless you. I am telephone operator in India . I hope you will give me a positive reply."
[YEA] 11/27/2007: G. Michael from Reading, Pennsylvania: "Cancer is an anaerobic disease and cannot thrive in an oxygen rich environment, Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg discovered in the 1930's. Johanna Budwig a famous German Biochemist used Warburg's discovery to create a cancer cure and it is as follows: 4 Tablespoons of Organic Flaxseed Oil mixed with 8 Ounces of Organic Cottage Cheese. The oil is loaded with electrons and electrons attract lots of oxygen. The protein in the cheese acts as a vehicle carrying the oil and oxygen to every cell in your body, flooding the cells with oxygen. Since cancer CANNOT thrive in an oxygen-rich environment, it falls apart. The side effect: You feel wonderful! When you mix the flaxseed oil and the cottage cheese together it is important that the oil "vanish"; then it is ready to eat. If you put the oil and cheese in a regular blender and add a couple of ounces of SKIM milk, it makes it easier to mix. Keep all ingedients refrigerated until eating. Johanna Budwig was used by the Lord to cure thousands of people with cancer, including many of whom had Stage 4 Cancer, some of whom were at death's door. I found out about this cure while doing research on a book about natural cures that the Lord is having me write. About 21 months ago the Lord had me pray and fast about the book and also about cures for different disease, including cancer. The day after praying and fasting I went to a local college where I was doing my research, got on the computer and within a couple of minutes the above cure was on the computer screen. Praise The Lord! I have told many people who have cancer or who family members or friends have cancer about this cure and the feedback I am getting back is wonderful. Two stage four cancer patients are doing wonderfully and a friend of mine who had an aggressive form of breast cancer, in her latest tests cannot find any cancer."Replies
[YEA] 12/09/2007: G. Michael from Reading, PA replies: "I forgot to mention on my 11-27-07 cancer cure that I posted what type of organic cottage cheese you should buy. You should buy the 1% or non-fat organic cheese to use in the cancer cure along with the organic flaxseed oil."
[YEA] 01/15/2008: G. Michael from Reading, Pa replies: "follow-up on 11-27-07 flaxseed oil/cottage cheese cancer cure. When I first made this post I wasn't sure about how long the post should be so I didn't add the following: It is also important to stop eating foods that are unhealthy and that help to cause cancer especially partially hydrogenated oils(trans fats,) chemical preservatives, food dyes, aspartame and any other chemical sugar substitute, msg, public water(chlorine,) farmed-raised fish especially salmon, meats and poultry that have antibiotics and growth hormones, sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and Fast Food. Also stop using your microwave oven. Some foods to ADD to your diet would be as much organic food as you can afford especially broccoli and carrots(juicing carrots would be great,) nuts, beans, seeds, and of course other vegetables and fruits. Plenty of non-public water is also helpful. Spices such as garlic, ginger, and curry are excellemt. Finally, a colon cleanse is also beneficial."
10/13/2012: Joellelee from Landisville, Pa, Usa replies: "I have just been diagnosed with at least stage 2 breast cancer with possible lymph node inclusion... estrogen driven. I am so shocked I have this as I have been supplementing with Lugol's iodine to prevent this... So confused on what protocol to try... Have not done anything conventional. I am interested in Gerson Therapy. Would Budwig protocol work with Gerson's? Also, do you add milk or water to the cottage cheese and flax? I see some people do and others don't. On the Budwig video they do not... So, am confused. Thanks."
10/14/2012: D M from Orlando, Fl replies: "I would try a plant-strong or preferably plant-based diet with lots of juicing (carrots, greens, etc. ) and as little sugar / animal products as possible. According to a study reported on the video "Forks Over Knives" there is a link between milk protein (casein) and cancer, so I would avoid all milk products and use a substitute like almond milk (naturally high in calcium and protein). In the video, a graph showing results of the study showed cancer rates in a population group went up when intake of animal products (I believe milk) went up. Cancer rates dropped/remission occured when intake went down. This was repeated several times over time, so a definite link on the graph was evident. Bovine Growth Hormone in milk may or may not be a factor. My father is a cancer survivor and vegan (86 and in perfect health -- no cancer, no meds, no diabetes, no HBP -- walking over 2 miles daily); he avoids milk due to studies linking animal products to cancer. Instead he drinks plant-based milks. Best wishes! :)"
10/14/2012: Kevin from Ne replies: "Check out hemp oil, or Cannibus oil on YouTube!"
10/14/2012: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "I cant remember if I read it on earth clinic or in another blog.. But a woman sent home from hospital and told to put her "affairs in order". Decided to tackle the problem of her cancer with baking soda mixed with a sugar. Normal healthy cells after three days fasting go into a hibernation pattern, the cancer cell cant do this and get ravenous. So she fasted for three days but drank copius amounts of pure water, on the fourth day she consumed the baking soda that had been mixed with sugar, the cancer cells needing 18 times more sugar than ordinary cells took up the baking soda now bound with the sugar... After about four sessions of doing this she was tested as clear. Correct me if i'm wrong but there's a utube video of a guy mixing the concoction which he swears cured him. He does it in easy to follow steps."
10/15/2012: Kelli from Dayton, Tn. replies: "Hello I was told after a mammo and ultrasound that I need a biopsy for breast cancer. I have a 1.5 centimeter tumor in left breast. I have appointment next week for a biopsy. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do until that appointment after hopfully after thru any treatments. I was told to try dmso and vitamin c and rub on 2 times a day which will start tomorrow. I was also told to swallow dmso and buffered vitamin c. What does anyone think?"
12/16/2012: Lloyd from Charlotte, NC replies: "Well, I can speculate "in theory. " The DMSO is a carrier/ solvent and will transport the Vitamin C into the site. The question is, will the Vitamin C attack your particular tumor. My wife tried a well known natural remedy using enzyme therapy on her breast cancer (under the supervision of an MD) and the tumor kept growing. We then went the traditional route and now, five years later she is fine.
The DMSO itself has extraordinary qualities alone. I suggest you google it and read about the healing qualities of DMSO but if you go an alternative method, monitor closely and be ready to opt for another method if the tumor continues to grow. Of course, we all know the dangers of metasticised tumors. One more thing about DMSO, you must dilute it by at least three to one, purified water (reverse osmosis) to DMSO, or otherwise it will "burn" the skin. Why not add a few other things into the mix? Add a few drops of colloidal silver in case the tumor is virally based. Look at other herbals that you might add that have a history of helping with cancer. A salve with four or five elements might be a poultice that already exists. A good google search could give you ideas to add to the DMSO/ Vitamin C combo."
12/05/2011: Julie from Toronto, Ontario / Canada: "Quark, flax, cheese - forget it - just try those l-carnisine eye drops.
2. Bright eyes
You might have to order them online but they exist and reduce your floaters amazingly well. Use them as much as you want - the more the better. No side effects except your eyes feel a million times better. They are a miracle so try them if you have bad floaters. Forget diets, looking into the moon or sun & any other stupid old remedy - just get those drops and start using them alot.
Then get back online and tell people - maybe the eye community can make those eye doctors tell us about these drops even if they aren't a prescription. They don't seem to recognize them - which led me to get my 2nd floater - if I had used them when I got the first one - I never would have got this second one and my life would have been way better."
09/09/2011: Bonecrusher from Denver, Colorado: "No, you cannot just take the flax oil by itself, that defeats the whole premise of the Budwig Protocol. Oil pulling will just be a waste of good flax oil.
Mix 3tbsp flax to 6tbsp cottage cheese (2:1 ratio) mix it, add in some blueberries or other fruit of your choice and mix some more. Eat it, no whining about cottage cheese."
04/08/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "I don't like cottage cheese. Can I just take it by the spoon? What about doing oil pulling with flaxseed oil? I hadn't seen the answer to a first question I posted on this subject but I will surely look into the mini-beet protocol. I am so fed up of these floaters especially in my right eye which is the one most affected by myopia. I have tried countless natural medication for the liver but nothing ever changed. As someone suggested here that massaging the shoulders seems to help I will roll my shoulders next time I go for a walk in the sunshine as I see them when I am in bright lights."
11/05/2008: Ross from Kildare, Ireland: "i have floaters and you say that the use of flax seed oil can help .how much per day should i take and can i get it from my local organics shop. please write back"
EC: The Budwig Diet: 3-5 tablespoons of organic flax seed oil thoroughly blended (hand blender works best) with 1 cup of low fat organic cottage cheese. The 1 cup is eaten throughout the day. Flax can be found in the refrigerated section of your local health food store (important). More here: http://www.cancure.org/budwig_diet.htm
10/26/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "Hi Gavin, thanks for all the good advice! One question about cayenne pepper, I was using as much as possible in my food and drinking a bit of Tabasco in water once in a while as suggested on this site but now I read in a book that cayenne pepper makes the intestine porous causing leaky gut syndrome. Now I am confused.... But then I am in a permanent state of confusion as far as health goes! Eating asparagus is great advice but at least here the asparagus season is very short, maybe everywhere? After that one can buy them tinned and the green ones frozen, no idea whether those are of any interest as far as health goes!"
10/26/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe: "Francisca, I am as confused as you are about all the info out there. I'm still reading and reading and hoping to find answers, and also, I have an appointment with a homeopath finally!
A few things I did find out are: 1. Cayenne is useful in smaller amounts. A big capsuleful (I fill them myself) gave my husband heart palpitations and strange feelings for quite a few hours, but a small capsuleful is fine.
2. I experimented with cutting out all grains and starches for a few weeks, and the only difference I noticed was that my white/geografic tongue, is now pink and normal. Anything else I was "testing" for, stayed the same.
3. When I was cutting out grains, I added more nuts and seeds than usual to my diet (I did take animal protein but not anywhere near what low-carb diets recommend) and after a few days got a BIG breakout of canker sores - I had thought those days were over! So now I am fairly sure that nuts and seeds must be eaten in moderation (maybe because they are concentrated foods).
4. So basically for now my diet is mainly fruits and veggies (raw and cooked), some whole grain foods, and some animal protein (like once in a day or two, some eggs or fish. Once a week some chicken and meat). I'll be adding back my bit of almonds and flaxseeds and sesame seeds to my morning smoothie when these cankers are gone. Thank G-d they are on their way out now!
5. Writing all this has made it clear to me that "everything in moderation" is the key, and each person has to find his/her "moderation" level!!"Replies
03/11/2013: Marille from Auckland, Nz replies: "I strongly suspect your canker sores were from excess nuts and seeds being a food high in arginine, which should always be balanced with lysine (found in good amounts in yogurt and apples) I used to get similar health issues as did my son until I realised the cause. Look up lists of high arginine food and high lysine food and you will see how well balanced you are or not."
10/26/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand: "Hi Francesca, I'm pretty sure the effects of Cayenne are accumulative so, a little regularly is probably the best way to go, I've been smearing it into the butter along with some turmeric, at least once a day with no ill effects.. Probably about a fith of a teaspoonful for both.. Then adding some juienned ginger. In fact just using it like a condiments."
10/25/2011: Sofia from Claymont, Delaware: "I want to emphasize to this board, that the Budwig Protocol needs to be done correctly for it to work. You can't simply just "mix" the protocol ingredients and expect it to work completely. You must understand the science and research Dr. Budwig wrote and researched Please listen to Sandra Olsen on this site: http://www.budwig-videos.com/
If you have cancer, please study and research the sources of the Budwig Protocol.
10/25/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand: "Don't forget Asparagus and Garlic.. Asparagus is packed with anti cancer molecules.. And garlic slows the cell division down to the point where the immune system cleans the cancer cells up. If you add some Cayenne to this mix, with time it should come right. The Urine will smell on Asparagus but that's nothing. Fresher the better for the veg. And hotter the better for the cayenne. Cancer cells can't stand it."
10/24/2011: Marti from Blairsville, Georgia Us: "Interesting - I got a "Budwig Diet" 5 years ago. Strawberries and cottage cheese. It didn't work!! But it did taste good! Strangely, I feel very well and have quite a bit of energy at 72! I refused chemo - working at natural solutions. I believe the Lord will heal this thing if I get & keep my body alkaline and healthy otherwise!
I would love to have her REAL Diet as I have stage 4 melanoma in my liver and a spot on my lung and who really knows where else.
I have been on a 30 day juice (carrots & beets, w/tops - they taste like dirt) and doing a lot of detox.
Looking forward to your reply with the REAL Budwig Diet!