The Budwig Diet – so simple, yet so effective
by Lynn Hinderliter CN, LDN

budwig dietWhen I learned in September 2005 that a CT scan had detected a large tumor in my abdomen,  my first re-action was “where do I turn”?  I find this ironic, since of all people you would think I would have the process at my finger tips.  This kind of news, however, is overwhelming: knowing that whether at this point one chooses the correct path will determine life or death, can focus the mind wonderfully. My first step was to discuss with my husband how we should react to this news.  My proposal was to take a 3 month period, implement all the therapies I chose, and then check our results and make further decisions based on that.   Fortunately, I have a supportive and unique husband, who also works along with me here at our business!

I had heard of the Budwig diet previously, but the concept of cottage cheese and flax poll affecting the outcome of a killer cancer – no, it sounded ridiculous.

Research changed my mind.  Reading Dr. Budwig’s books changed my mind.  And the (admittedly ongoing –  admittedly not the only thing I am doing) results confirm my choice. I want to put that in right here, so you know that the results to date are cautiously positive.

I also would like to add that this diet has applications beyond cancer:  Dr. Budwig recommended it to help most chronic diseases

My first criterion for a viable therapy, was that it not be something I was being sold.  In other words, I was not looking for a solution or product based on testimonials, preying on the desperation of the cancer victim, nor something I had to  pay a fortune to go to a specific clinic to experience. This cut out a number of possibly valuable therapies: even with my life at stake, our resources are limited.  My thinking was, there are no guarantees:  if we spend everything, and then the result is still negative – the only thing that would have changed is that I would leave my family penniless.

At this point too, I think it would be appropriate to express my anger at the health system in this country , the only major industrial country where you have to be rich or old to get the treatment you need for a deadly disease.  I fall into the latter category, or probably even the CT scan  would have been beyond my means.

Dr. Johanna Budwig died in 2004 at the age of 94.  She was a German Biochemist who became interested in the relationship between fatty acids, and chronic disease.  She built her theory on the research of  Dr. Szent Gyorgy, who won the Nobel prize in 1937 for showing that essential fatty acids need sulfur containing amino acids to carry oxygen to the cell, and that of Dr. Warburg, who won the Nobel prize in 1931 for proving that cancer cannot grow where oxygen is present in high enough concentrations. Presciently, she recommended the use of coconut oil, and exposure to sunshine for the Vitamin D effect.

Interview with Dr. Budwig –

The Budwig Diet – guidelines. Warning:  total dedication required: I did not  have time to do much else!!

The diet requires the elimination of

  1. any sugar not naturally present in food

  2. red meat

  3. hydrogenated and animal fats

  4. almost all alcohol (except the champagne)

  5. all caffeine ( except the occasional cup of black tea before noon).

  6. white flour, white rice and other denatured grains

  7. preservatives, chemicals and processed foods.

Daily exposure to sunlight is important.  Foods should be fresh, preferably organic and eaten raw where possible, or very lightly cooked. Cook fresh every day – no re-heating!

This is the routine:

  • First thing in the morning, a glass of sauerkraut juice.

  • For breakfast, green tea and either a Budwig smoothie, or the Budwig Muesli.

  • Midmorning -freshly juiced vegetable combo juice, : mainly carrot juice.

  • Before lunch: 2 tblsps ground flax stirred into a small glass of champagne

  • Salad with the Budwig dressing/Mayonnaise.  OR steamed fresh veggies with nutritional yeast flakes and Budwig’s OLEOLUX.  Desert:  one of her recipes with fresh fruits and the flaxseed/cottage cheese (CC) blend.

  • Mid afternoon: 2 tblsps ground flax stirred into a glass of papaya juice.

  • Early evening:  2 tblsps ground flax stirred into a small glass of champagne

  • Soup from fresh veggies; serve with nutritional yeast and the OLEOLUX.

Follow the links for recipes for the mainstays of the diet, and note a link to her books in RESOURCES.

I followed this regimen strictly for 2 months, then was forced to make some changes. For example, the champagne mid-morning made me sleepy:  at first, I think that was beneficial because my energy was depleted.

I replaced that with papaya juice and flax.

I added Essiac after the sauerkraut and before bed.

I moved the fresh juice to the afternoon to better reflect my work habits.

I also have to tell you, though this would never be my choice, nor my recommendation, that there have been people who have simply added the cottage cheese mixture and done nothing else, and have still seen results.

My question would be, if you do the regimen partially and do NOT experience results, who do you blame?? Who can tell which detail it is that is the deciding factor for you?  No, all or nothing is my motto here!

It was also important for me to be choosing my foods from those high in B17, or laetrile.

I have not yet added the actual apricot pits, but am planning on doing so. (Note:  I added them in April 2006) 

Foods high in laetrile are the following:

Apple seeds, alfalfa sprouts, apricot kernels, bamboo shoots, barley, beet tops, bitter almond, blackberries, boysenberries, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, buckwheat, cashews, cherry kernels, cranberries, currants, fava beans, flax seeds, garbanzo beans, gooseberries, huckleberries, lentils, lima beans, linseed meat, loganberries, macadamia nuts, millet, millet seed, peach kernels, pecans, plum kernels, quince, raspberries, sorghum cane syrup, spinach, sprouts (alfalfa, lentil, mung bean, buckwheat, garbanzo), strawberries, walnuts, watercress, yams.

Read the other articles in this series (see RESOURCES at right) to see what other strategies I implemented to address this tumor.  I will say that at the end of the 3 month period, the main tumor had regressed by 1/2 centimeter, and the many other lymph nodes which were enlarged on the original scan, now all measured  under 1 cm, which is arbitrarily considered to be the danger mark.

Generally, the Budwig Diet is considered to show some effect by 90 days;   my understanding is that she claimed it then took up to 5 years for the disease to be totally controlled. 

For those who are allergic to dairy products – no useful studies have been done comparing the results of people using alternatives such as yoghurt, so there is no good substitute I can recommend.

Remember, though, that mixing the flax with the cottage cheese in this manner changes the consistency of the food – changes it almost into another food altogether:  so perhaps we need to rely on Dr. Budwig’s comment that she has never had a patient who couldn’t tolerate quark (cottage cheese) as part of her Oil-Protein Diet.

Monitoring my progress

I should have known better, of course.  All my studies had convinced me that cancer could not grow in a body with an alkaline pH, yet over the years, I had never managed to keep my results anything but acid – I react very badly to stress, and even all the right things I did with diet and lifestyle were not enough to move my readings into the beautiful green area on the litmus paper where they should be.

I made sure I had a good supply of pH strips on hand, and immediately after starting the Budwig diet, I was comforted to see my pH readings perfectly alkaline:  I have been sure to check every day that they remain where they should be.

Recipe for Dr. Budwig’s Salad Dressing/ Mayonnaise

  • 2 tblsps Flax Oil
  • 4 tblsps organic, low fat cottage cheese 
  • 2 tblsps milk  (preferably raw and/or unhomogenized)
  • 2 tbsps of Lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar.

Blend together, and add: mustard, chopped (organic) pickles, spices and herbs to taste. I used a small half pint canning jar on my blender.

Recipe for Dr. Budwig’s OleoLux9 tblsps Flax Oil
18 tblsps  Coconut Oil, no chemicals
half a medium onion
10 cloves of garlic.
Heat the coconut oil, add chipped onion and garlic, and cook until lightly browned.  Strain through sieve, and let cool slightly.  Add to flax oil, and refrigerate.
The Vitamin Lady’s Juice comboCouple of slices fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
1/4 lemon
1 apple
2 lbs carrots
Some broccoli, zucchini, beet or other solid fresh veggie
Some kale, chard, bok choy, spinach or other leafy green
Some pineapple, strawberries, blueberries or other soft fresh berry/fruit
2tblsps ground flax
Powdered muscadine grape
Aloe vera juice  – 1 or 2 fl.oz
Noni juice – 1 fl.oz

helpful, but run by a Dictator.  He barred me from the list when I most needed support, because he doubted that I really had cancer. I made the mistake of referring someone to my article on CoQ10 on my website, but was given no opportunity to explain, nor any second chance.  However, if you are in this situation, I recommend contacting them and joining the group:  it is comforting to communicate with other people in the same boat!

If you have any questions I can answer for you, there is a mechanism for communicating directly with me at the top of the page.

The Cancer Cure Foundation’s report on the Budwig Diet –

Now that you have Cancer – what do you do?

Can a biopsy cause cancer to spread?

Some personal stories from People who have beaten Cancer with Nutrition.

Gold Flax Seed – All the benefits of flax seed oil are available here.

Relaxing, soul-strengthening movies –

 Steve Dunn’s  informative and comprehensive site which takes a balanced look at alternative treatments. –

Another well-informed and useful alternative Cancer Therapy site.

Putting Laughter & Humor  in your Life – as the inimitable Victor Borge put it – he who laughs, lasts!

Cancer Treatment Center of America – Organic Food & Cancer –

 Source for Apricot Kernels
Our Father’s Farm –

Food sources of B 17

About Laetrile –

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