The Flaxseed (Linseed) oil diet was
originally proposed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist and expert
on fats and oils, in 1951. Dr. Budwig holds a Ph.D. in Natural
Science, has undergone medical training, and was schooled in
pharmaceutical science, physics, botany and biology. She is best known for
her extensive research on the properties and benefits of flaxseed oil
combined with sulphurated proteins in the diet, and over the years has
published a number of books on the subject, including "Cancer--A Fat
Problem," "The Death of the Tumor," and "True Health
Against Arteriosclerosis, Heart Infarction & Cancer."
Dr. Budwig found that the blood of
seriously ill cancer patients was deficient in certain important essential
ingredients which included substances called phosphatides and lipoproteins,
while the blood of a healthy person always contains sufficient quantities
of these essential ingredients.
She found that when these natural
ingredients where replaced over approximately a three month period, tumors
gradually receded, weakness and anemia disappeared and life energy was
restored. Symptoms of cancer, liver dysfunction and diabetes were
Dr. Budwig then discovered an all natural way for people to replace those
essential ingredients their bodies so desperately needed in their daily
diet. By simply eating a combination of just two natural and delicious
foods not only can cancer be prevented but in case after case it was
actually cured. (These two natural foods, organic flax seed oil &
cottage cheese) must be eaten together to be effective since one triggers
the properties of the other to be released.)
After more than 10 years of solid clinical
application, Dr. Budwig's natural formula has proven successful where many
orthodox remedies have failed. Dr. Budwig's formula has been used
therapeutically in Europe for prevention of: cancer, arteriosclerosis, strokes,
stomach ulcers (normalizes gastric juices), Prostate (hypertopic), arthritis
(exerts a favorable
influence), eczema (assists all skin diseases), and even immune
Thousands have been helped by her protocol.
Testimonials can be found for almost every type of cancer and tumors, even
late stage. Dr. Budwig has assisted many seriously ill individuals, even
those given up as terminal by orthodox medical practitioners, to regain
their health through a simple regimen of nutrition. The basis of Dr.
Budwig's program is the use of flaxseed oil blended with low-fat cottage
Dr. Johanna preaches
against the use of what she calls "pseudo" fats -
"hydrogenated," "partially hydrogenated" and even
"polyunsaturated." The chemical processing causes the oils to
become a harmful substance deposited within the body. The heart, for
instance, rejects these fats and they end up as inorganic fatty deposits
on the heart muscle itself. They end up blocking circulation, damage heart
action, inhibit cell renewal and impede the free flow of blood and lymph
Science has proven that
fats play an important role in the functioning of the entire body. Fats
(lipids) are vital for all growth processing, renewal of cells, brain and
nerve functions. Our energy resources are based on lipid metabolism. To
function efficiently, cells require true polyunsaturated, live
electron-rich lipids, present in abundance in raw flaxseed oil.
Lipids are only
water-soluble and free-flowing when bound to protein; thus the importance
of protein-rich cottage cheese. When high quality, electron-rich fats are
combined with proteins, the electrons are protected until the body
requires energy. This energy source is then fully and immediately
available to the body on demand, as nature intended.
Budwig claims that the diet is both a
preventative and a curative. She says the absence of linol-acids [in the
average western diet] is responsible for the production of oxydase, which
induces cancer growth and is the cause of many other chronic disorders.
The theory is: the use of oxygen in the
organism can be stimulated by protein compounds of sulphuric content,
which make oils water-soluble and which is present in cheese, nuts, onion
and leek vegetables such as leek, chive, onion and garlic, but especially
It is essential to use only unrefined, cold-pressed oils with high linolic
acid content, such as linseed, sunflower, soya, poppyseed, walnut, and
flax oils. Such oil should be consumed together with foods containing the
right proteins otherwise the oils will have the OPPOSITE EFFECT, causing
more harm than good.
The best combination is cottage cheese and linseed oil. The linseed should
be freshly ground. Carbohydrates containing natural sugar, such as dates,
figs, pears, apples and grapes, can also be included in the diet.
Honey is also beneficial. She feels most of the synthetic vitamin A
preparations are bad because they contain oxidation products, but much
carotene as pro-vitamin A (from carrot) is consumed. Vitamin B from
buttermilk, yogurt, and natural yeast is beneficial.
A person requires daily about 4 oz. of cottage cheese mixed well with 1.5
oz. of linseed oil. A blender or egg beater works fine. The mixture an be
sweeten with honey or otherwise flavored naturally. Fresh fruits can be
Dr. Johanna Budwig Mix:
Put in your blender:
- 1 cup Organic low fat cottage
2-5 Tbsp. of flaxseed oil
enough water to make it soft
- 1-3 Tbsp. of freshly ground up flaxseed
(coffee grinder works fine)
For those who can't eat dairy products, you
can substitute "Companion Nutrients" available through
Nature's Distributors in Arizona, 1-800-624-7114. These are capsules
containing dried sulfurated proteins and enzymes which activate the
essential fatty acids. They guarantee that one capsule will activate one
Tbsp. of oil.
Make it very soft.
Eat some of it every day.
Some people just add the above to their diet, while others follow a
Program that she recommends:
The patient has no nourishment on day #1 other than 250 ml (8.5 oz) of
Flax Oil with honey plus freshly squeezed fruit juices (no sugar added!).
In the case of a very ill person, champagne may be added on the first day
in place of juice and is taken with the Flax Oil and honey. Champagne is
easily absorbable and has a serious purpose here. (The champagne vehicle
IS easier to assimilate and get someone almost on their death-bed going
again. A retention enema of 250 ml (8.5 oz) of oil is another route to get
this precious life-furthering, ELECTRON-RICH oil into the body. It can
also be applied to the skin for transdermal absorption.)
1) SUGAR IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN. Grape juice may be added to sweeten any
other freshly squeezed juices.
2) Other 'forbiddens' are:
- All animal fats.
- All Salad Oils (this included commercial mayonnaise)
- All Meats (chemicals & hormones)
- Preserved Meats (the preservatives block metabolism even of Flax Oil)
3) Freshly squeezed vegetable juices are fine - carrot, celery, apple, and
4) Three times daily a warm tea is essential - peppermint, rose hips or
grape tea - all sweetened as desired with honey. One cup of black tea
before noon is fine.
Before breakfast - a glass of Acidophilus milk or Sauerkraut juice is
Breakfast - Muesli (regular cereal) is overlaid with 2 tablespoons (30 ml)
of Flax Oil and honey and fresh fruit according to season - berries,
cherries, apricots, peaches, grated apple. Vary the flavor from day to
day. Use any nuts except peanuts! Herbal teas as desired or black tea. A 4
oz (120 g) serving of THE SPREAD (directions below). This is fine to eat
'straight' like a custard, or add it to other foods taken in the day as
you will see.
Morning tea (10am) - A glass of fresh carrot juice, apple, celery, or
beet-apple juice is taken.
Lunch - Raw salad with yogurt-Flax Oil Mayonnaise (directions below).
In addition to 'greens' salads, use grated turnips, carrots, kohlrabi,
radishes, sauerkraut or cauliflower. A fine powder of horseradish, chives
or parsley may be added for flavor.
Cooked Meal Course - Steamed vegetables, potatoes, or such grains as rice,
buck-wheat or millet may be served. to these add either THE SPREAD or THE
MAYO - for flavor and to up your intake of Flax Oil. Also mix THE SPREAD
with potatoes for an especially hearty meal. Add caraway, chives, parsley
or other herbs.
Dessert - Mix fresh fruit other than those used for breakfast with THE
SPREAD, this time (instead of honey), flavored using cream of lemon,
vanilla or berries.
Afternoon Tea (4pm) - A small glass of natural wine (no preservatives) or
champagne or fresh fruit juice with 1-2 tablespoons of honey-coated Fax
Supper - Have this early, at 6pm. Make a hot meal using buckwheat, oat or
soy cakes. grits from buckwheat are the very best and can be placed in a
vegetable soup, or in a more solid form of cakes with herbal sauce. Sweet
sauces & soups can always be given far more healing energy by adding
THE SPREAD. Only honey or grape juice can be used for sweeteners. NO white
sugar (or brown!) Only freshly squeezed juices and NOT reconstituted
juices (preservative danger) may be used. These must be completely
How to prepare 'THE SPREAD'
Place 250 ml (8.5 oz) Flax Oil into a mixer bowl and add one pound (450 g)
of 1% Cottage Cheese low fat or Quark) and add 4 tablespoons
(60 ml) of Honey. Turn on the mixer and add just enough low fat milk or
water to get the contents of the bowl to blend in together. In 5 minutes,
a preparation of custard consistency results that has NO taste of the oil
(and no oily 'ring' should be seen when you rinse out the bowl).
Alternatively, you can use Yogurt instead of Cottage Cheese in proportions
of 1 oz (30 g) of Yogurt to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) each of Flax Oil and of
honey and blend as above.
NOTE: When Flax Oil is blended like this, it does not cause diarrhea even
when given in large amounts. It reacts chemically with the (sulphur)
proteins of the cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.
How to prepare 'THE MAYO' (Mayonnaise):
Mix together 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Flax Oil, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk,
and 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Yogurt.
Then add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Lemon juice (or Apple Cider Vinegar) and
add 1 teaspoon (2.5g) Mustard plus some herbs such as marjoram or dill.
Next add 2 or 3 slices of health food store pickles (no preservatives! -
read label!) and a pinch of herbal salts.
According to Dr. Budwig, you need to remain on this diet for a good 5
years. If you break the rules of this diet, Dr Budwig reports, (ie. eating
preserved meats, candy, etc), the tumors will sometimes grow rapidly
FLAX (LINSEED) OIL is readily denatured by oxygen, heat, and light.
Rancid oil is bad for health, so oil MUST be carefully produced, packed
under nitrogen in light-proof containers, refrigerated until used, used as
fresh as possible, and stabilized with protein (THE SPREAD, etc) promptly
once the container is opened..." Brands to look for include Omegaflo
and Barleans. These should be refrigerated and used within a couple of
months after opening.
Flax Seeds may also be used. Seeds need only be cracked in a food blender,
or they may be ground in a coffee grinder. One needs three times the
amount of seed to get the oil equivalent. Seeds are high in calories, so
one may gain weight. The seeds are also high in soluble fiber, so blending
with liquid tends to produce ever-hardening "jellies".
Fresh-cracked seeds can sprinkled on muesli and should be eaten promptly.
For a complete transcript of a tape of the Budwig
Diet at http://home.usit.net/~spinner/.
A forum on flax oil is available. Email email@example.com
Dr. Budwig can be reached by fax in Germany:
There are several clinics that use Budwig as part of
their cancer protocols. These include Mariposa
Clinic in Spain and Taylor's
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