Budwig Protocol

Why Use Organic Dairy in the Budwig Diet?

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There appear to be three principal reasons why any health- (and environmentally) conscious person following the Budwig diet (or generally interested in eating as healthily as possible while including animal products) might wish to opt for organic dairy and avoid dairy from conventionally treated animals: These are

  • antibiotic residues
  • bovine growth hormone, and
  • ethical considerations.

1. Antibiotics

Conventional milk (and meat) products are very likely to contain antibiotics which harm and destroy the good (beneficial) intestinal flora. This is likely to both impede proper digestion/optimal mineral nutrient assimilation and immune system performance and inter alia 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 the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in the food chain.[1]

Incidentally - a little known fact worth knowing is that a not insignificant proportion of ingested antibiotics will land, still in biologically active form, in our water bodies since we evacuate it via our urine. With sewage treatment plants unable to filter them out, even our tap water is likely to be a source of antibiotics (together with heavy metals and multiple drug residues incl. hormones from birth control pills, HRT and more).

Perhaps of greatest concern is the fact that the overuse of antibiotics has been associated with the emergence of very dangerous multi-drug-resistant (MDR) bacterial strains. In fact, in October 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) described antibiotic resistance (which can affect anyone anywhere) as one of the biggest threats to health and food security in the world today. More and more infections including tuberculosis and pneumonia are becoming increasingly intractable resulting in longer hospital stays and increased medical expenditure and of course mortality.

2. Genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (Posilac)

Conventional dairy products in the US may or do contain bovine growth hormone.[2]

3. Ethics

See Vegan Alternatives.

Further advantages of organic milk and additional considerations

Milk obtained from animals eating organic grass and hay will have a more balanced mineral and trace element spectrum and be richer in nutritional elements.[3] Additionally, organic milk will be free from or low in pesticide residues and other endocrine disruptors.[4]

The very healthiest type of milk would be raw, i.e. unpasteurized.[5]


1 Compare On food and supplement absorption, intestinal flora, cancer and immune system and The Fungal/Mycotoxin Causation of Human Illness (particularly CANCER).

2 See for instance rense.com/general48/milk.htm ("cows treated with Posilac have been developing bone cancers"). Also compare On cow's milk and the cancer connection, Milk and the cancer connection (II) and Cancer Causes: Aflatoxins.

3 More at On organic vs conventional food and cancer.

4 See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrine_disruptor#Types .

5 Compare On cow's milk and the cancer connection.

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