The Budwig Diet
The Budwig Diet is a natural method of preventing and curing all types of cancer. It has delivered many positive results since its discovery, and has enjoyed a phenomenal 90 percent success rate. It was created as an alternative treatment to the sometimes-harsh conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery, which can often have unpleasant and painful side effects.
This new approach is the favoured choice by many people looking for a natural cure to cancer and as a means to stave off the onset of the disease. Its positive results mean that it is a good alternative to conventional treatments, and as its benefits become increasingly clear, the popularity of the Budwig Diet continues to spread.
Who Invented the Budwig Diet?
The inventor of the Budwig Diet was the German cancer expert Doctor Johanna Budwig. One of the most esteemed cancer researchers in Europe during her lifetime, Doctor Budwig spent her whole life searching for a cure to the disease that she believed was caused more by lifestyle and dietary habits than anything else.
Born in 1908, she died in 2003 after a lifetime dedicated to finding a natural cure for cancer. During this time she was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times, and won the respect of her peers through her remarkable findings.
Her discovery that cancer is mainly caused as a result of the hydrogenated oils in our unhealthy modern diets was one of the most important discoveries in the history of cancer research.
Doctor Budwig discovered through her research that the trans fats in our diets were responsible for harmful changes to the cells within our bodies. By affecting the electrical charge within the cells, cancerous cells are able to form more easily. This became a key problem that she wanted to counteract through her natural diet.
She also discovered numerous differences between the blood of healthy people and of cancer patients. These included cancer patients having lower levels of Omega 3, lipoproteins and phosphatides. Her idea was to form a diet that would limit the amount of trans fats being consumed and reverse the features of the blood that were prevalent in cancer patients.
The Budwig Diet
After years of research, Doctor Budwig created her diet. It is based on two simple ingredients that, when combined, provided a powerful anti-cancer boost. The two ingredients are flaxseed oil and quark, which is a product baring many similarities to cottage cheese.
These provide the foundation of the diet, but on top of that there are many more natural and healthy ingredients that are important to its success. These include fresh vegetables, baking soda, lentils, brown rice, oatmeal porridge and many others. This enables lots of tasty recipes to be made from the ingredients to form a diet that is long lasting and interesting.
Only a few months after she began trialling the diet, Doctor Budwig began to see results. Her patients began to regain their strength and their tumours began to get smaller. The signs of recovery were unquestionable. When she began to perform blood tests on her patients, she also started to see changes in the red blood cells and the levels of phosphatides and lipoproteins which were more in line with those of healthy people.
The Power of Flaxseed and Quark
Flaxseed oil was chosen by Doctor Budwig because of its high concentration of Omega 3, the essential fatty acid that was lacking in cancer patients. It is not the only food to contain high levels of Omega 3, but it also has the benefit of being highly tolerant by most people and not having any adverse side effects, making it perfect for the foundation of the diet.
Quark, on the other hand, has very high levels of protein, which made it a perfect partner for flaxseed oil. The combination of the two ingredients provides a powerful formula to combat cancer, and the success of the diet has proven the initial findings of Doctor Budwig.
Just as the diet has a number of ingredients that are essential to its success, so it excludes numerous ingredients that can have a detrimental effect.
High on the list of things to avoid is sugar. Due to the manner in which cancer cells feed off glucose in order to strengthen, sugar should be completely avoided to starve the cancer cells of their energy, increasing the chances of destroying them. Any product that contains sugar should therefore be completely avoided. On top of that, all meats, supplements and anything with hydrogenated fats are also off the menu.
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Alternative Cancer Treatment Researcher Lothar Hirneise Interviews Dr Johanna Budwig
Extract from Dr. Johanna Budwig’s book “Cancer - The Problem and The Solution”, published in autumn 2005.
Lothar Hirneise:What is the fundamental concept of your therapy?
Dr Johanna Budwig:I was senior expert for pharmaceuticals and fats in the Federal Health Office; this was the highest authority in our country responsible for deciding on approvals for medication. At this time, 1951, many applications had been submitted to me for approval, or to be more precise, these were medications for cancer therapy with the sulfhydryl group (sulfur-containing protein compounds). Everywhere I saw that fats played a role, also in expert reports provided by well-known professors like Prof. Nonnenbruch.
Unfortunately, we could only detect fats in the late stage, and there were no chemical values to detect fats chemically at all. By this time, 1951, I had already developed the first chemical verifications for fat, jointly with Professor Kaufmann, the director of the German Federal Institute for Research on Grain, Potatoes and Fat, and my former doctoral advisor, who was also director of the Pharmaceutical Institute. This was published in 1950 in Neue Wege in der Fettforschung (New Directions in Fat Research).
Using the method of paper chromatography, which I had developed, I could analyze 0.1 mg of fat, and characterize it as highly unsaturated or unsaturated. We then published this extensively.
These were the first studies that made it even possible to detect linoleic acid or linolenic acid. Due to the importance of this work, 16 doctoral candidates were assigned to support my efforts. In this situation I noticed the sulfhydryl groups in my appraisal of the medications for cancer therapy. Through official channels I had the right to ask the companies questions relative to how they wanted to substantiate how this substance (sulfhydryl group) could help with cancer. The companies e.g. the company Knoll, which wanted to use these types of medications as cancer therapy were prepared to send all the copies of the created file, on my request.
Consequently, in early 1951, I got a very fast overview of where the problems were in this issue. That was the same year that B. Flaschenträger’s manual appeared: Physiologische Chemie (Physiological Chemistry). The problem of automatic oxygen absorption for the living substrate is one of the most elementary questions in all of physiology, and it is one of the darkest. Everybody knows the sulfur-containing protein compound of the sulfhydryl group can be detected in all breathing tissues.
However another partner must be present in the interplay with this sulfhydryl group, because the self-active oxygen consumption in the living system is executed in a zig zag curve. Strictly speaking, it is manifest that oxygen consumption does not produce a reaction product; rather it occurs in an interplay between the positive electrically-charged sulphur compounds in the protein, and some kind of fatty substance that we cannot detect, because no verifications for it are available. This fatty substance however plays a major role in the Warburg’s respiratory enzyme.
Warburg recognized that with the Warburg respiratory enzyme or the cytochrome oxydase, fats play a role in the lack of oxygen consumption and oxygen utilization (utilization in the living substrate). He wanted to overcome this blockade in the experiment with butyric acid. This attempt was a failure.
Lothar Hirneise:Does this mean that Warburg was the first who attempted to introduce more oxygen into the cell with butyric acid?
Dr Johanna Budwig:No, von Helmholtz [...] had attempted to get more oxygen into the cell. He showed that when we treat doves who have become asphyctic (i.e. doves that have been fed in such a manner that oxygen absorption is blocked), with increased ozone or oxygen, they then die more quickly – and this is still the case today. If the “oxygen bomb” is set up in the hospital for a person with oxygen deficiency, then the sick person dies more quickly.
If animals can be made asphyctic through a certain diet, e.g. bleached rice, then they suffocate and neither increased introduction of oxygen nor activation with any other possible substance will help. At this time we already knew vitamin A, B, C, D, and E, but this did not help. Prof. Linus Pauling for example had been involved with animal experiments and knew precisely that it had been published in 1951 that all vitamins had been investigated in searching for the respiratory activator for Warburg’s respiratory enzyme, but this had produced absolutely nothing, not even vitamin C. By the way Professor Pauling, who had requested all my books from me personally, and who also received them from me, never referred to my work later.
And then the idea occurred to Warburg in 1926 that fats play a role. However he did not know which ones, and experimented with butyric acid. By the way, [Albert] Scent-György also experimented with fats and wrote as early as 1952 that the substances are too easily oxidized and we cannot detect them. In this situation I then published my new ways of fat analysis, namely to introduce sensitive and specific verifications, nice stains. I was able to analyze fats precisely and break them down into the individual fatty acid components.
Lothar Hirneise:What effects do these fatty acids have?
Dr Johanna Budwig:They form the opposite electrical pole to the positively charged protein in the cell nucleus. They are located in the cell membrane and have been known for a long time as lipoids (fatty substances). In the case of tumor formation it was not known why cells in division are present in such great quantities. The wrong concept is still being pursued in medicine today; the tumor is associated with too much growth. This is incorrect. In 1956, I had published that with the tumor many cells in division are present, and amitosis has already started (see Fig.).
However in the case of tumor formation, cleavage of the daughter cell is lacking, which then results in rejection of the aging cells. When a leaf falls from a tree, a skin has formed over it and this vital function for [the normal] growth process is interrupted if the electrically charged fatty acids are lacking.
Lothar Hirneise:How are fatty acids charged electronically?
Dr Johanna Budwig:An important physicist, Kenneth Ford, said in 1966 that the elementary function of the electron exchange with the photons of solar energy is so intense, that one gets the impression the electrical energy stored in the electrons of seed oils, for example, still recognizes the relationship to its forbears in the photons of solar energy. Physically this has been strictly proven. And this absorption of solar energy in seeds is already adjusted in the green leaf to certain very specific wavelengths; science refers to this via the quantosomes. The quanta of physics, of the wave movement are adjusted to the photons of solar energy. This means that they do not even absorb other rays, and if other radiation such as with the transport of nuclear waste (1998) influences human functions, the elementary function between fats and proteins for oxygen absorption, then the radiation from the ashes of the atom bomb work so radically that this dipolarity which must remain in interplay in movement for the life process, is torn apart and the life function is destroyed. In physics these products in physical processes that disturb (i.e. pull apart) the dipolarity in the life process, which really should be banned, have been called radicals for a long time.
Now if you expose a normal life function, regardless of whether it is a seed or a person, to these rays, then intervention in the life function is so radical that in these experiments with quanta biology with the wrong rays even rats and mice jump around until they fall to the floor dead. The term radical comes from physics and was later used as camouflage for the highly heated oils, which we do not want to name by name, but that work exactly the same way.
The base reaction of oxygen consumption and energy extraction from food is executed in the interplay of positive sulfur-containing protein, electronically highly charged with the photons that are suitable in terms of solar energy quanta, stored in seed oils of various quality. This dipolarity differs in quality and it is crucial for the function of the fatty acids that are recognized as vital. Other fatty acids that have a shorter fatty acid chain, e.g. 4, 6, or 8 links, are also utilized under other conditions in the life process.
Here however we are only referring to the fatty acids that are recognized as vital with 18 links in the hydrogen chains (chain with 18 links) and with high electronic enhancement. It is scientifically known that the electronic energy, e.g. in the linoleic fatty acids, is so high-grade that this energy lifts off of the heavy mass and moves as an electron cloud. You must start with the idea that heavy matter, charged positively, pulls down, the electrons pull upwards. In this dipolarity man can stand up, and in this dipolarity man has more capacity to store solar photons than does any other form of life, as demonstrated in the quantum biology of Professor Dessauer in 1954. It is particularly in the brain that these electrons are highly enhanced.
Lothar Hirneise:What is an electron cloud?
Dr Johanna Budwig:If the enhancement of electronic energy is always higher through absorption of photons in the electron compounds of the fats, then the power of the electrons is so high in the dipolarity in between gravity and electrons, that they move from the fatty acid (which also contains hydrogen compounds, and which is heavy matter), over the chain with electrons.
Lothar Hirneise:What is the significance of the cloud?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:No life form has as much energy to store the electrons and photons in depots as does man. This electronic energy, stored in the electronic substrate of the human being, stored particularly in the vital, highly unsaturated fatty acids, is such a strong life element for man, that it was correctly said previously that these are certain fatty acids that have been recognized as vital foodstuffs. Man cannot live without them.
For instance, chemists measure the iodine value of fats and say that if oils have a certain iodine value, then these oils are unsaturated. If oils, regardless of whether sunflower oil or flax oil, are treated with overheated steam then these oils can indeed give a positive iodine value, but they are not the vital fats with 18 links, but rather they form cross-links between the fatty acids like a large net, and are highly detrimental to metabolism of the fats, and with protein they act like radicals.
I repeat because it is so important: I have detected particles in oils treated with steam, which indeed have a positive iodine value, but which are highly toxic for man.
Lothar Hirneise:And you attempt to avoid this toxin when treating people who are sick?
Dr. Johanna BudwigIn my nutrition therapy I expressly switch off these fats. By the way the discovery of switching-off these toxic oils, has been recognized as nationally worthwhile since 1971. In the oil and fat industry production has not been changed to this day, because they say these products are billion-dollar items, and nobody will give the industry money to establish something new. That is understandable. The representatives of chemotherapy pose another problem. Our chemotherapy is aimed at destruction of the tumor, and it is recognized that chemotherapies destroy many living cells, and the entire person. Anything that disturbs growth is fatal because growth, as elementary life function, is part of the life process of man. We cannot achieve something good with bad tools.
Lothar Hirneise:Can you tell us something more about the unsaturated fatty acids and their net-like connections?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:For a moment try to forget everything that you have read previously. In butter the fatty acids consist of 4 carbon compounds, in coconut fat, goat fat, and sheep fat the fatty acids consist of 6, 8, 10, or 12 carbon compounds respectively. The unsaturated vital fatty acids really start in the chain with 18 carbon compounds. For example, in olive oil there is only one unsaturated bond in the fatty acid. A person who has a deficiency of vital fats does not absorb it. Thus today’s publicity concerning olive oil does not help at all. The fatty acid chains are primarily saturated in the lower area of the carbon chain links, butyric acid, coconut fat, and palm fat, primarily saturated, however they are more easily co-combustible for people if the essential fatty acids are present. The fatty acids with 18 links are the most important essential fatty acids. There are also fatty acids with up to 30 links.
Fatty acids with 18 links, like in sunflower oil or in flax oil with the higher level of unsaturation, are more important for people, particularly for the brain functions of man.
The carbon compounds are heavy matter, even in the fatty acid. If two people reach out to each other with two arms, then they are more strongly bound to each than if they only extend one arm. It is precisely the same for carbon. The fatty acid in olive oil is not considered to be a vital fatty acid; it can only be co-combusted in the organism if essential fatty acids are also present. Linoleic acid rich in electrons is considered vital. There is a particularly high amount of energy in this double double bond of the linoleic acid. This energy wanders and is not fixed in place as it is with a chemical compound, such as with table salt. This energy, wandering between electrons and the positively charged protein with sulfhydryl groups is an alternating association process in the electromagnetic field. This is very important. Perhaps you are familiar with the painting of Michelangelo, where God creates Adam (two fingers pointing to each other, however they do not touch). This is quantum physics, the fingers do not touch. The physicists who I know, Max Planck, or Albert Einstein, or Professor Dessauer all represent the view that man is created by God in His image. You see in being together as human beings there is certainly also a connection without directly touching the other person. People who maintain that they only believe what they can touch are wrong.
The dipolarity with a simple double bond in olive oil is weaker than it is in sunflower seed oil, which is bonded twice. This double double bond is considered to be vital for man. However if the same chain length of 18 carbons has three unsaturated fatty acid compounds, then the electrical energy is as strong as a magnet, depending on the position of the double bond. If double combinations are now closer together, then the energy is greater. All electrical energy that is in movement produces a current that flows and spreads a magnetic field. These electrons also have a magnetic field. You can see this on the window when it rains, for instance. When one drop comes down, it attracts another drop and becomes a larger drop. Precisely the same principle applies with electrons.
This electronic energy is negatively charged. The positively charged sulfhydryl groups of the protein adhere in the unsaturated bonds where the electrons are and that is where they insert their sulphur-containing compounds.
This produces the lipoproteins. The life process is sustained in the interplay between the positively-charged particles and negatively-charged particles. In this process there is no connection, and this is our life element. If a radical break occurs at this point through fatty acids that no longer give off electronic energy, but rather are cross-linked like a net, then the dipolarity can no longer work actively in this net. This is the deadly effect of radicals, because instead of the chains with the electron clouds they interlace a net without electron clouds, indeed with unsaturated bonds, but without dipolarity.
I quickly knew that the triple unsaturated fatty acids, which were called linolenic acid, and which no one had isolated before me, had 18 links and that they did not always carry their double bonds at the same point. They have such a strong electronic energy compared to the heavier matter in the 18-link fatty acid chains, that biologically this energy is far greater than it is with the next arachidon acid with 20 links. The highest electron collection is with the combination of linoleic-linolenic fatty acids in flax oil. The linolenic acid as conjugated (interaction of neighboring double bonds in the molecule that are separated by a single bond) fatty acid is even more effective and is even more strongly effective in interplay with linoleic acid as it is present in the flax oil chain as essential fatty acids for oxygen absorption. This was relatively easy for me to verify in my experiments. I would like to emphasize this. The combination of double unsaturated linoleic acid with triple unsaturated linolenic acid is particularly well-combined in flaxseed. Naturally the quality of flaxseed differs greatly. Naturally red flowering flaxseed and blue flowering flaxseed are naturally different; there is also a difference depending on whether flaxseed is harvested in the cold like in Siberia, or in Africa.
Lothar Hirneise:Is it this energy that heals cancer?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:Yes, this energy is now movable and it is easily released. It is precisely this energy that heals cancer, or does not even allow it to occur. If this vital element is present then no tumor can occur. This vital element is a deciding factor in the immune system. There is a lot of talk these days about immune defense. There is no effective factor in the immune system other than the essential fatty acids. Let’s take for example a patient with a breast tumor. I do not radiate the woman directly on the tumor with my laser, rather I soak the surrounding tissue with fat and protein through the diet, use my oils, e.g. ELDI oils for external application, and radiate the healthy tissue.
Another case. For example I had a child here with a sarcoma in the bone. The child repeatedly claimed that somebody pushed him in kindergarten and he fell on a sharp rock. Since then I have had this. The doctors say, that’s nonsense, falling on a sharp rock does not cause a sarcoma. But I say, if the child’s immune system is weak, and the child is injured, then this can be a trigger.
Lothar Hirneise:But shouldn’t all those people who eat these heated oils get cancer?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:It is very important to view the person as a unit consisting of body, soul, and psyche. However, the factor that is primarily effective at the moment can be quite different. I am still convinced today that if a woman has a very poor marriage, and has to deal with suppression and taunts from her husband day in and day out, then I cannot help her with quark-flax oil. All three factors belong together in a human person. Here is another example. It is very cold here in November. Let’s assume that several people must spend the night outdoors. One takes a hot bath and everything is fine. Another gets lymphogranulomatosis, and another gets pneumonia. They do not all get sick in the same way. The life function of the person always plays a very significant role.
Or let’s look at another case. I have a patient with lung metastases. Her doctor from Ulm came along as well. I counseled her first to change the diet, and then use the oil pack with ELDI oils, to more quickly dissolve the metastasis. The patient was rubbed with oils over the entire body, but naturally in determining the diet and the environment, the whole person must be taken into consideration. This patient knew that she had been given up on. I set up the diet in different steps. Now the patient lives in Ulm and against my advice, she is involved with yoga. In this case I counselled against yoga, and recommended autogenic training, so that her body is pacified and her body is balanced and calm. Sometimes* yoga or sport is very important, but sometimes the patient should not do this.** Guiding the sick person is very important. There is no one treatment that applies for everyone. The patient must also feel for himself what is good for him. Yoga alone cannot replace the healthy basis of nutrition.
Lothar Hirneise:Does this mean that generally you do not recommend physical training [exercise]?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:Correct, it must always be viewed individually. I would never allow a cancer patient with metastases to jog, ride a bicycle, or to practice yoga. His body must relax. I am more an adherent of Zen philosophy in this area. It is based very much on the factor: Let it come. Do not be inactive, rather be very active. I (advise) in my consulting, the patient should not stay in bed, stretch out and let others act. That is incorrect. The patient must work as well. On the other hand, unfortunately I have often experienced what it means when family members do not participate, for example if food is prepared without love, and if the family member basically rejects the treatment. The whole subject of sport must be treated on a very individual basis.
Lothar Hirneise:Do you think that a large tumor must be operated on?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:I can’t make a general statement here. I totally reject radiation and chemo; I also reject hormonal treatment for abdominal cancer. However, operations must be considered very individually. This also applies for tumors in the intestine. I am not a proponent of quickly creating an artificial anus. The ubiquitous technocracy no longer does justice to people.
Lothar Hirneise:How did you get your naturopathic license?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:I acquired my insights in the area of natural science as a well trained expert for fats and pharmaceuticals in a responsible position. Then I tried to make my findings known regarding the significance of the highly unsaturated fats and the damage caused by denatured fats. Naturally this is not necessarily connected with the practice of naturopathy.
However as the number of sick people who sought and received help from me increased, the number of attacks from the medical fraternity who viewed my nutritional advice as an encroachment on their area also increased. Up to 1968, these attacks from doctors were unsuccessful. In 1968, I realized that the use of laser radiation is only possible if the resonance capability is provided in the biological area based on my quantum biological findings. In the USA it was published at that time that the absorption capacity in the living substrate must still be verified.
In this regard, I created the so-called ELDI oils (Electron Differentiation oils) through exact spectroscopic measurements via the absorption of light in different oils. This enabled me to immediately switch the metabolism to positive using the ruby laser that I had chosen. The success was surprising, even to me. These ELDI oils, which are used externally, have a very favorable retuning effect on the metabolism for people who are ill. With my knowledge of the borderline situation concerning the practice of alternative medicine, I said to myself, if I now treat with laser beams, then that constitutes treatment of sick people. Consequently, I obtained the additional permission to practice as a non-medical [naturopathic] practitioner.
Lothar Hirneise:But then you also studied medicine.
Dr. Johanna Budwig:That’s right, in 1955 and in the following years, I also studied medicine, totally real with anatomy and everything that goes along with it. Through the illness of Ms. Martius (wife of the well-known Professor Martius in Göttingen, I am not revealing any unauthorized secret, because this was carried in all the press releases), where I was called on for advice, I was able to use my therapy in various clinics in Göttingen. This was very successful, as is documented in my book Der Tod des Tumors Bd. II (The Death of the Tumor Vol. II). Then, however, I reached a limit as industrial groups and also professors became involved.
Since the people who were opposed to what I was doing always said that I had not studied medicine, I took the time in Göttingen to study medicine. I still remember the time I was working late one night in Göttingen, a woman came to me, with her small child whose arm was supposed to be amputated due to a tumor (sarcoma). I told her what she should do and soon thereafter the subject of amputation was dismissed and the child quickly did very well.
Because I was still a medical student at this time, I was summoned to appear before the Municipal Court due to a petition that I should be prohibited from studying medicine. I was accused of walking through surgery clinics, looking for patients and pulling them out of the clinic. Then I said: “I have never been in the surgery clinic, I do not even know where it is,” I explained that the mother sought me out; I did not seek her out. I then asked what I should do. Shouldn’t I help the child? Because I demonstrably helped a patient successfully (documented in the book Der Tod des Tumors Bd. II (The Death of the Tumor Vol. II), there was a petition to bar me from studying medicine. But the director of the court and counsel for the university, Dr. Henze, rejected this and said: “You have nothing to fear. In my area of jurisdiction nothing will happen to you. If it does there will be a scandal in the scientific community.”
Nevertheless, I concluded that I could better deal with the opponents to my direction as a university graduate and no longer as student. And I still believe today that this decision was right.
Lothar Hirneise:Where have you had the opportunity of presenting your position at congresses and presentations?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:A very important presentation was held in 1964 in the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, at the invitation of the American Oil Chemists Society. Before Professor Kaufmann and I published the validity of my finding concerning the significance of the highly unsaturated fats for the vital function of the human being, Dr. Kaufmann wanted to be sure, and he ordered cytochrome dyed yellow-green in vials from the company Mack in Illertissen. This is considered to be the preliminary stage for hemoglobin, the blood pigment that cancer patients do not produce adequately.
He gave me the yellow-green cytochrome on paper and said: “Touch this and see if it turns red.” I touched it and it turned red, then Prof Kaufmann asked; “Do you have red paint on your finger?” I laughed and said, “No Professor, you can do the same thing as well. Touch it with your fingers.” It turned red, and I said: “I know that you have now started eating flax oil, too.” Then the audience stood up and applauded me. This presentation is in my book Kosmische Kräfte gegen Krebs (Cosmic Powers Against Cancer). Another important presentation was given in Tokyo, where I was the first woman allowed to speak at a congress. At night in my hotel then several women requested that I should give a presentation on the role of women in the world because the newspapers were devoting a lot of attention to the fact that I was the first woman who had been allowed to speak at a conference.
That’s why I was no longer impressed that German doctors who knew too little of real science criticized my work as all philosophy and not science, which is still going on to this day. However I have the impression that the public trend, recognizing the importance of the natural basis for the vital function of the human being, has also become so strong, even in Germany, that pure medical doctrine must join it. The German physician Dr. Roehm who immigrated to the USA published an article in the USA in favor of my work: Who are we, we doctors? In this article he takes the position that it is beneath the dignity of physicians to exclude the natural basis of the life function, as is still attempted in Germany to a great extent. By the way, on the advice of friends in Innsbruck I have put all my scientific work together in a well organized manner (see Presentations at congresses, see Appendix….).
Lothar Hirneise:Does a cell become malignant if it does not get enough oxygen?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:There is an error in your question, because your question reduces the human being to a cell, that is not possible. In humans the lymph system plays a very significant role in the metabolism of fats. When discussing this holistic medical issue you should not localize on the cell, but to return to my previous example – when this child falls on a sharp stone in kindergarten then the important thing is which immune forces are active in the body and which are not.
You see, a doctor comes to me with his 12-year-old child. As I said previously, I always let the sick person speak for himself, this applies to children as well. The boy was happy that he was now allowed [to] speak and said: “OK, now I am going to tell you something. The man who is sitting over there is my father. But the woman sitting next to him is not my mother, that is his secretary, and my mother does not live with us. When my mother lives with us then the muesli tastes good. And when this woman makes the muesli, it doesn’t taste good at all.”
The father turned very red indeed. You see, these things are very important. You cannot reduce the illness to the cells. When people learn that they have been given up on by allopathy then I ask whether the patient is Catholic or Lutheran. And often the patients proceed to tell me for instance how much they are troubled by the fact that they have not been to confession for some time.
Then I tell the patients that before they return in 4 weeks, they should go to confession, and speak openly with their priest. I am Lutheran myself. I always take the whole person very seriously.
Lothar Hirneise:What do you recommend when people do not want to eat quark for ideological reasons or because it does not agree with them?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:A well-known professor from Sweden who is director of a sanatorium for biological therapies, and who knows my treatment very well, called me because he had been called in to treat President Bill Clinton and, according to his information, unfortunately President Clinton cannot eat quark. I did not give him any advice. But I can tell you the following. I have never had a patient who was not able to eat quark in combination with my oil-protein diet.
Lothar Hirneise:What do you recommend to people as a preventative measure so that they don’t get cancer at all?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:Only flax oil as oil. I reject all meat that is in the stores. Fresh meat is OK. Nothing from the frozen food section. You should bake your bread yourself. Oleolux, for example, is something that lasts longer than flaxseed that you can spread on bread or add to vegetables (see the instructions on the next page). You should also prepare your fruit juices yourself. Potatoes are OK, so is cheese.
Also the electromagnetic environment in which we live is very important. Also the textiles that we wear are not insignificant. I reject synthetic materials because they consume too many forces.
I dislike modern foam mattresses because they rob too much energy from you when you sleep. A lot of wood is important in home construction. Carpets are also important so that radiation remains as biological as possible. Gemstones and semi-gem stones are also important because they have good biological radiation and thereby they influence the environment. Books could be written about the favorable effects of gem stones. The environment and living conditions must be as biological [organic & natural] as possible. The lifestyle, e.g. regular sleep is very important. Many cancer patients stay up too late at night and sleep too long in the morning. There is often incorrect or misleading advertising on the labels of our grocery products.
There are hundreds of such aspects that must be taken into consideration. I would never maintain that I heal patients with tumors with the oil-protein diet, on the other hand I get a steady stream of confirmations of my work from recognized experts, that in the surgery clinic in Helsinki they have experienced a success rate of 90% and more, when using the findings of Dr. Budwig, and this success was achieved in cases where allopathy failed. This was submitted by Professor Halme.
Lothar Hirneise:[How] do you work with patients?
Dr. Johanna Budwig:When patients come, I generally schedule two hours for the initial discussion; this is usually between 3:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon. Usually I let the patient report first – about his difficulties, treatments, diagnoses that he is aware of, the medical history, which therapeutic measures have been already employed, etc. In this report, I also learn about the patient’s environment, the workplace, what kind of work the patient has done, and I also learn about the living conditions, e.g. condition of the marriage, and the diet.
Johanna Budwig Revisited or How To Heal Cancer
This is probably the most important article on cancer you will ever read. Just recently I sat and interviewed a genius who has continued and expanded on Johanna Budwig’s work. I returned to my office to do some homework (research, reading, etc.) and finally, I fully understand what's going on, and I'm passing it on to you.
First there was Otto Warburg who was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize for medicine for his describing the metabolism of a cancer cell. He stated that the cell suddenly became anaerobic (without oxygen) and required massive amounts of glucose (sugar) to metabolize in a form that could only be described as fermentation:
"The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the normal oxygen respiration of body cells by an anaerobic cell respiration." -- Otto Warburg
That is only the beginning.
The cell takes in glucose (sugar; cancer loves sugar) and gives off lactic acid which creates an acidic environment. Again, this is something that has been known for years. Cancer needs an acidic environment to flourish, and conversely, cannot survive in a balanced alkaline environment.
But again, this is still only the beginning. As Dr Garnett discovered in his research for Poly-MVA, there is an electrical connection to cancer too.
Chinese medicine for centuries (some 4 to 6 thousand years ago) has described the life force as energy. They mapped the meridian system that was re-mapped in 1994 by conventional medicine (using high-tech instruments that measured the tiniest amount of electricity). Along these meridians travels our life force: Chi (Qi) according to the Chinese, though we can call it energy.
As an aside, in 1968 it was discovered that living cells produce light. The amount of light determines the health of the cell. The brighter the light, the healthier the cell. Interesting stuff, eh?
In the fifties, Johanna Budwig added her two cents to the cancer equation. She said that in normal, healthy cells "we find a dipolarity between the electrically positive nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane with its highly unsaturated fatty acid."
She goes on to state that, "Electrons have a great affinity for oxygen—they love it. They attract oxygen and stimulate our breathing…." By "breathing" she’s referring to the breath of life in each living cell.
Now we have the picture of the healthy cell, a cell that will grow, thrive, and replicate in a normal manner. Budwig then goes on to describe the formation of cancer by first describing the changes to the cell membrane.
The cell membrane consists of lipids, or fats. The highly unsaturated fatty acid she refers to are called omega-3 fatty acids. These are related to the "fish oils" that even conventional medicine has picked up on. You won’t find a drug store in America that doesn’t have a row of fish oils on sale. These oils are also found in other foods (as we will show you below), but mostly in flax.
Another lipid in a cell wall is cholesterol. And you thought it was a terrible thing. The cholesterol in each one of your cells forms a "hydrophobic" bond within the cell wall. Hydrophobic means "fear of water." It’s a cute way to describe this function of our cells, but in our lives it simply describes the reason we don’t melt in a rainstorm or fall apart when we take a shower or bath. Our cells resist water. Without this resistance, we would be water-soluble and we'd all dissolve in a rainstorm.
Our diets in this country (and in Budwig’s country at the time) lack these highly unsaturated fatty acids and contain an excess of man made oils known as trans fats (or partially hydrogenated oils). These oils are very much like cholesterol and our bodies cannot tell the difference. These oils get into our cell walls and destroy the electrical charge. Without the charge, our cells start to suffocate. Without the oxygen, the only way the cell can replicate is anaerobically. (They also are very tough oils and have a 20-year shelf life. They impede the process of cellular exchange, or letting nutrition in and letting wastes out. Trans fats are also responsible for Type II diabetes, since insulin is a very large molecule it has a difficult time passing through a cell wall created with man made fats and not cholesterol.)
Do you see what’s happening?
Let’s take a minute to look at our diets. I once went to the store with a naturopath who took along an instrument that measured very small amounts of electricity. It was so sensitive that before we went he measured the charges along my meridians and acupuncture points.
In the store, he measured the energy inside various foods. Yes, everything has energy and the better the food, the more the energy. He showed me that organic vegetables contained more energy than conventionally grown foods. When we got outside, he opened a few cans of vegetables we’d picked up. The beans and tomatoes (both canned) had more energy than the asparagus and canned fruits (which were nearly dead). He said that tomatoes and beans are the only vegetables to buy canned.
Life is electrical. To the Oriental physician, disease begins with a blockage or disruption in energy flow. In this country, disease begins with symptoms. The blockage or disruption in energy flow is about 7 or 8 steps before symptoms. So, as you can guess, preventative medicine is practiced in the Orient, and not here in our western, conventional medicine.
Back to our little cancer cell and Dr Budwig: she states there are many reasons for a cell to lose its charge, but peanut butter is a very common one. Can you believe it? Something as simple as peanut butter causing your cancer? Most peanut butters are hydrogenated. Why? To keep from separating. Go look at your natural peanut butters. Many are kept in the refrigerator section because that is how they keep them from separating.
By the way, she also went on to describe some of the collateral damage from chemotherapy: she said that chemotherapy causes this loss of energy in healthy cells too; that chemotherapy and radiation destroyed the normal energy flow in healthy cells making them ripe for cancer. She attacked the cancer industry for killing the cancer when they should focus on healing the healthier cells so they could over grow the cancer cells. In other words, take care of the healthy cells and the cancer will take care of itself.
A little aside here: as a writer, I must be responsible for all I write. If I make a claim that the National Cancer Institute buried hydrazine sulfate by killing off the cancer patients in a study, then I’d better be able to back this up. We have laws in this country. We are not free to lie about a business and in doing so cause them monetary damage. If you pass on a chain letter that libels a specific company, you are guilty of libel and can be prosecuted (there’s a case already on record). So, anything I say at my web site or here in these newsletters had better be backed up with facts or I can be sued. This is what happened to Dr Budwig when she attacked the cancer industry. She attacked them thusly: "It is not correct to regard the problem of tumors simply as a problem of too much growth and thereby to instigate all manners and means of growth inhibiting treatments…."
The Central Committee for Cancer Research that was studying and creating these chemotoxic drugs didn’t like this woman running around making these statements that surely injured their industry and so they sued her in court for libel: for telling lies and hurting the wonderful people making these wonderful drugs.
In court, the judge, after having reviewed the evidence from both sides, pulled the cancer research people aside and told them not to take on this woman. The court records quote the presiding judge: "Doctor Budwig’s documents and papers are conclusive. There would be a scandal in the scientific worlds, because the public would certainly support Doctor Budwig."
Do you understand the import of this? This woman had a documented method for healing cancer and the medical community did not. They could kill cancer cells, but they couldn’t cure it. Budwig could help heal cancer by diet alone.
Now the real sad part is, science has known the cancer/fat connection for years. Years prior to Budwig’s research they knew there was something in the fat. Years after her initial work we know that a high fat diet can lead to cancer. We also know that the Mediterranean diet is 60% fat, but they have a very low incidence of cancer. So we know that not all fats are the same. The Mediterranean diet is high in olive oil.
And now, you know about highly unsaturated fatty acids, commonly referred to as omega-3 fatty acids. They are also called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They are called essential not because they are optional. They are not optional. They are essential to health because the body cannot make them itself.
And though they have been essential to health since the beginning of time, it is only recently that a group of international experts gathered at The National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids to human health. They came up with a recommendation for AI (Adequate Intake) of 2.2 grams of LNA (Alpha Linolenic Acid, the EFA found in flax, fish, olive, and other oils). AI is different from the RDA (Required Daily Allowance) which is determined by our government. Many nutritionists feel that the RDAs, as established, are just enough to keep us all on the verge of illness.
How can we get this requirement into our diet?
Many people take flax oil pills or brave a spoonful of the oil itself. Apparently, this is not the best or most effective way to take flax oil. Taking flax oil creates an acidic environment. Next, flax oil alone is missing all the co-factors to potentiate its benefits: magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, etc. Co-factors are those things that help something to work. Vitamin C is not ascorbic acid; vitamin C is ascorbic acid with the co-factors bioflavanoids, copper, and calcium.
And finally, taking flax oil capsules is not the best way to take it because the oils are not "body-compatible:" water-soluble and bio-available. They will not be stored in the body as well as if they were water-soluble. The health benefits that are potentially received via fatty acid metabolism will be limited or absent without the conversion to water-solubility.
Johanna Budwig solved this problem with her simple recipe that made the oils water-soluble: three tablespoons of flax oil to a third of a cup of cottage cheese. It tastes terrible, but I’ve experimented with this recipe and added all sorts of good stuff to make it even better.
In this form, mixed with the sulfured protein, the oil becomes water-soluble. Now the oils will stay with your body. They will bring the charge back into each cell. Healthy cells will flourish and unhealthy cells will starve. The oxygenated healthy non-acidic environment will, as Budwig points out in her lectures, knock out the cancer cells.
Can we get these oils from our foods? Yes, but to get 2.2 grams of LNA, you would have to eat….
2.5 cups of Wheat Germ
40 cups of Alfalfa Sprouts
9 cups of Mixed Nuts and Peanuts
157 slices of Whole Wheat Bread
1/3 cup English Walnuts
56 Big Apples
3.5 cups Tuna Salad
51 Eggs (6 Free-Range Eggs!)
7.75 quarts Milk 2%
56 Granola Bars
72 Canned Sardines
81 cups Frosted Mini Wheats
So, as you can see, it's going to be difficult to get your daily requirements from your diet alone. And here I have a very special surprise for you.
I interviewed the man who has continued on Johanna Budwig's work, here in Minnesota. Omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs) have a long history here in Minnesota. They were first discovered at the University of Minnesota in the late twenties, and some 20 years later were named "Omega"-3 fatty acids.
His name is Stan Mann, and he has not only discovered a process for stabilizing milled flax seed (it normally goes rancid in just fifteen minutes), he's created a product from this process that adds rice bran, many other nutritional co-factors to aid in fatty acid metabolism such as magnesium B6, B12, Vit C, Vit E, zinc, and others. Even greater amounts of antioxidant spectrums are added to help control the living fire that is created when your cells are suddenly hit with this "super" oxidative nutrition (Additionally, when cells find super nutrition, they dump their toxins immediately and without antioxidants to help clean up, you could get sick and feel terribly rotten from this process).
Working with the University Scientists, Stan has also helped to create a blood test that will measure how your body is storing these essential fats in addition to or in place of unhealthy fats. They've even trademarked one blood test whose results are called the Inflammation Index. It actually measures the body’s potential to produce inflammation.
Inflammation should interest all of you, since the medical news lately, as well as television commercials, are hot with Cox2 inhibiting anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex or Vioxx. Next time you see their ad on TV, pay attention to the side effects. Science cannot inhibit the Cox2 without side effects. Your NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin or Motrin) all have terrible side effects and if you use them over a period of time you WILL feel the effects, because they are not just "side" effects, they ARE the effects of these drugs.
You see, when you inhibit the Cox2 enzyme using NSAIDS this same process inhibits Cox1 production and hence all prostaglandin production, even those prostaglandins that are protecting the stomach lining and kidney function. This produces the side effects.
This was supposed to be fixed with the new Cox2 inhibitors that do not inhibit Cox1 production, but sadly, look at the side effects.
Let's go back a bit here to Johanna Budwig. There is a book available by her called: Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, and Other Diseases. I used this book to help write this article. Now I want you to note that she aims at three disorders: heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Yes, there are the other diseases (like behavioral disorders: ADD, ADHD, and a host of others), but note the arthritis. This is just one more connection between her work and Stan Mann's work. With continued intake of water-soluble omega-3 fatty acids, your Inflammation Index drops and you need less and less NSAIDS or Cox2 inhibitors; the EFAs increase the effectiveness of NSAIDs and Cox2 inhibitors, but reduce their damaging side effects. This was proven by the good Dr Budwig, and Stan, with his new product, Omegasentials™; he's taken it all one step further creating a product that is easily taken daily (you can put it on your cereal, in your yogurt, or in your morning breakfast juice). His company is also about to print an educational book that provides recipe ideas for all kinds of ways to incorporate the valuable supplement in your normal dietary habits like cookies, breads, muffins, salads, etc.
Let me tell you right now, in all my years of researching cancer, Omegasentials™ is the single most exciting product I have found to date. Johanna Budwig, in her life time, according to Stan Mann's research, had a better success rate against cancer than any therapy to date. We know she helped cancer patients more than her chemotherapy counterparts at the time. The German judicial system helped to demonstrate that.
This new product, Omegasentials™, takes Budwig's work a step further. Mix it with water and you'll see that it is already water-soluble. The oils do not rise to the top. It contains all the co-factors that potentiate (make work better) the action of omega-3 fatty acids, and they add the antioxidants needed to help control the healing oxidative energy created by bringing healthy oils into the body (not to mention cleaning up dead cancer cells).
As an added bonus, they include fish oils to the formula. Stan Mann happens to be a vegan. Vegans do not eat fish products. However, he felt so strongly about how our bodies need the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid; important for maintaining the fluidity and function of cell membranes, particularly in the retina and the brain) from fish oils, that he felt he had to include it in this product. Why? Because the average American either drinks too much caffeine, alcohol, or smokes too much and uses up their stores of DHA. Even those of us who don't smoke take in enough second hand smoke that depletes our DHA.
DHA, when stored in your body, fights depression. It is theorized that Postpartum Depression is caused by the developing fetus, who needs DHA for brain development, during the last stages of pregnancy, pulls all the DHA from the mother (there usually isn't all that much to begin with since our diets are so poor) leaving her bereft of DHA, hence the massive depression after giving birth. Increase the stores of DHA and you help prevent that depression and possibly get off your Prozac or whatever other drug that's helping you with one hand and killing you with the other.
Omegasentials is simply the best form of omega-3s on this planet, bar none.
With all the brouhaha (because they're non toxic) about anti-angiogenesis drugs (the drugs that stop the growth of new blood vessels to a tumor) lately, perhaps you should know this: You already know that I prefer natural anti-angiogenesis substances to the drugs (because they are cheaper and safer) but did you know that your polyunsaturated oils (corn oils sold in supermarkets everywhere) promote the growth of small blood vessels (by promoting the production of "bad" prostaglandins)?
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Omega-3 oils, the oils found in Budwig's recipe and in Omegasentials™ inhibit angiogenesis by inhibiting the prostaglandins that promote it.
So, there you have it. Omegasentials is the best product I've yet to find to prevent and fight existing cancers, reverse heart disease, prevent and treat arthritis, prevent and treat depression and a variety of mental disorders, and it has one more added benefit to you athletes out there.
Remember back where Johanna Budwig talked about how electrons loves oxygen? Well, the company making Omegasentials™, Integrity Direct, Inc., is receiving letters from their users. And these letters are confirming what Stan Mann theorized all along.
If you've ever worked out, you've probably felt that "burn" you get from a good work out whether you're lifting weights, playing tennis, or running long distances. It's caused by using up your oxygen stores. The muscles then produce lactic acid by burning glycogen without oxygen, and this lactic acid is what causes the burn.
The letters from users tell a different story. No matter how much they work out, lift, or run, they feel less and less of the burn; not during, or even after their workout. Recovery is much, much quicker too:
From Mike and Kati who successfully participated in the World Duathelon Championships held in October 2000 in France: "I was third overall and Mike was first in his age group too, and the amazing thing is we weren’t hurting afterward! Mike said, ‘My gosh, my legs just don’t hurt,’ and we both were expecting them to the next day, and they didn’t! So, it’s going exactly the way you said it was, and we can’t thank you enough…."
So we come back to the basics: "Let your food be your medicine." When your body gets the nutrition it needs you stay healthy. If you are sick, you get better. This is the best food product I've yet to discover and you will not ever find my home without it.