Budwig Protocol

Simple introduction to Dr. Budwig’s Diet

Fats, Essential Fatty Acids and Related Subjects

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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).

The fundamental principle of the diet is to reduce and balance an oversupply of omega-6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats as typically found in the Western diet by providing 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 72 g of polyunsaturated fatty acids, 54 g of which are omega-3 acids).

This oil is combined with protein (or more precisely, sulphurated amino acids[1] 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. Dr Budwig explains:

"The lipotropic protein compounds, e.g. cysteine, as 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[2] devoid of respiratory poisons[3] but containing much raw organic food.[4]

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.[5], has literally pulled some people back from death’s doorstep.

Based on its relative 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 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.[6]

Compare the related background page Cancer: Essentially A Problem of Right and Wrong Fats & Lack of Sunlight? An important introduction to Dr. Budwig's protocol.


1 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).

2 Compare On the Link Between Sugar Consumption and Cancer.

3 Respiratory poisons are substances which inhibit cellular respiration, for details see the Budwig FAQ.

4 Compare excerpts from Dr. Budwig’s book "Flax Oil As A True Aid" and the Nutrition section.

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

6 More comments on the oil-protein cookbook.

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