Budwig Diet

Practical Implementation (II)

How to do the Budwig Protocol

by Wilhelm H © 2004

Following up from Dr. Johanna Budwig: Practical Implementation of My Oil-Protein Diet (I), this page further addresses the how-to of her oil-protein diet including some “finer points”.

It is important that all foods are electron-rich fresh foods, preferably organically grown and that much of it is eaten raw as in salads and juices, and that it is freshly prepared so as to supply a maximum of nutrients including electrons to the patient. Please note the emphasis on electrons... flaxseed oil is especially rich in these, but it has to be maximized from all sources. Every bit helps and all help is needed... because the neglected detail could be the one that tips the balance.

Daily reasonable exposure to the sun is very important.
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Environmental influences usually cannot be helped, but the immediate environment can be taken care of, like home pollution (such as sprays), radiation from electronic equipment can and should be avoided as much as possible. Also, synthetic clothing and bedding should be avoided - wool, linen and cotton should be used instead.

In cases where persons were too ill to eat, Dr. Budwig gave flaxseed oil enemas. She also developed a transition diet so that patients can gradually be conditioned to eat and tolerate the diet. [Also see her books.] From 1968 on Dr. Budwig used Eldi Oil "R" for enemas. She also used Eldi Oils for body rubs which enhances the effectiveness of her diet. ...
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Below is an outline (not detailed) of what a typical day on the Budwig Diet could be like. Drinking of water is self evident and is not shown. Neither are the wide variety of foods detailed except in a few instances.

First thing in the morning a glass of sauerkraut juice.

Breakfast - Green tea or herbal tea, Muesli, consisting of 3 tblsp flaxoil plus other ingredients [for recipe see the Budwig Linomel Quark/Cottage Cheese-Flax Oil Breakfast Muesli or Dr. Budwig’s Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook]).

Mid morning - fresh vegetable juices, mainly carrot juice.

Before lunch - 2 tblsp ground flaxseeds stirred into a glass of champagne

Lunch - Salad and raw vegetables with flaxseed oil/cottage cheese (or quark) dressing [see Making the flaxseed oil plus cottage cheese or quark mixture] or mayonnaise [see Basic Budwig Mayonnaise Recipe].

For steamed vegetables use spices and/or herbs, nutritional yeast flakes and Oleolux [see Oleolux Recipe].

For dessert - A tasty flaxseed oil/cottage cheese (or quark) dessert crème

Mid afternoon - 2 tblsp ground flaxseeds stirred into a glass of champagne
2 tblsp ground flaxseeds stirred into a glass of juice

A little later - 2 tblsp ground flaxseeds stirred into a glass of papaya juice

Supper - Vegetable soup, well spiced, add Oleolux and nutritional yeast flakes after cooking

Enzymes are important. Dr. Budwig had her patients take papaya juice for enzymes. (Many people take enzyme supplements).

Eat whole and natural foods - organic where possible. Prepare foods fresh. Don't keep foods for the next meal or the next day.

It is very important to avoid unwholesome foods and substances such as hydrogenated fats, animal fats, sugar, white flour, preservatives, chemicals[1] and processed foods.

Also, Dr. Budwig was very much opposed to chemo and radiation therapy.

Please note

The amounts of flax oil and seed stated above are the general rule. However individuals and illnesses are different. You must tailor your intake to what you can handle. There is no point in forcing it down if it doesn't agree with you. For some it is too much and for others not enough.

Addendum by Healing Cancer Naturally: The home pollution mentioned above may possibly be another major factor to consider. In fact indoor air apparently can be more heavily polluted than the air outside, due to the manifold toxic chemicals used in household furnishings, cleaners, personal care products, etc. etc.

For suggested remedial action, see Plants are nature's most efficient environmental air cleaner: Living indoor plants clean chemicals and other harmful pollutants from the air and Dr. Hulda Regehr’s advice on cleaning up your home in The Cure For All Diseases. Note: Dr. Hulda Clark’s use of a zapper for cancer treatment may possibly impede the success of Dr. Budwig’s healing protocol.

Transition diet

Excerpted from the book Cancer — The Problem and the Solution by Dr. Johanna Budwig and translated by Healing Cancer Naturally © 2007

1 to 3 transition days according to individual prescription:

( ) oatmeal mucilage with Linomel[2] mucilage, hourly

( ) oatmeal soup with Linomel[2], 3 x daily

( ) 250 g Linomel[2] daily with juices, as prescribed

Fermentgold (papaya juice) is highly important.

10 am: freshly pressed carrot juice

Make sure to serve a hot beverage such as green tea or herbal tea at least 3 times a day. The only sweetener allowed is honey. Even seriously ill patients tolerate this transition diet well!

Read more on the Transition diet in Dr. Johanna Budwig: Practical Implementation of My Oil-Protein Diet (I).

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1 Example sodium nitrite which results in the formation of highly carcinogenic nitrosamines in the human digestive tract. These nitrosamines are equally toxic and strongly tied to the formation of cancerous tumors in rats: lab researchers actually inject nitrosamines into rats when they want to give them tumors to study.

2 Freshly ground flaxseeds can be substituted for Linomel.

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