Budwig Diet – The Science of a Superfood in the Prevention of Chronic Diseases

Part I – Introduction to the Budwig Diet

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Eat This Food Every Day to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases

Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese muesli with sliced strawberries and bananas.

The flaxseed oil and cottage cheese muesli topped with sliced strawberries and bananas.

If there were one super meal that could be eaten every day to prevent and reverse chronic diseases, it would have to be the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, a world-renowned biochemist and seven-time Nobel Prize nominee. This mixture of flaxseed oil and protein is the core recipe of her Oil-Protein Diet, a protocol that she developed, which many now refer to as the “Budwig diet”.

The idea behind this meal combination is simple. Dr. Budwig discovered during her fifty years of scientific research that fats and fatty acids govern all the vital functions of life – all cellular functions from brain and nerve, to heart, respiratory and immune functions, to all growth processes, including repair, replacement and the generation of new life, to all organ functions, including stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder and kidneys, etc., and to other biological functions such as circulation, capillary activity, secretion of mucous, excretion, etc. Fats are essential for all aspects of the human body – without fats, the body could not live, and with them, disease cannot occur.

As a fats expert, Dr. Budwig isolated the very best fatty acids – the highly unsaturated fatty acids found in flaxseed oil. She further discovered that when this oil is combined with the right kind of protein that can easily dissolve it – that is, a high sulfur protein like that found in cottage cheese and quark – the fatty acids become water-soluble, allowing the body to better metabolize fats, thus revitalizing the cells by restoring oxygenation. The heart and soul of her oil-protein diet, then, is the blending of flaxseed oil with cottage cheese (or quark) in order to produce a highly biologically available oil that is essential for all life processes. The result is a life-changing food that can mean the difference between life and death.

During her fifty years of scientific and medical work, Dr. Budwig worked with many terminal cancer patients. Her oil-protein diet was able to dissolve the tumors of various forms of cancer including prostate, breast and brain cancer and leukemia. Her protocol called for: a change in diet using her flaxseed oil and quark mixture as the core recipe, combined with fruits and vegetables; the external use of her Electron Differentiation oils (ELDI oils) on the skin and in enemas; sun therapy and exposure; stress reduction and a natural lifestyle. All these factors helped to promote healing and well-being and eliminate disease. She worked with patients for over fifty years until she was in her 90s. Her success rate was over 90%. It was incredible to many that Dr. Budwig could cure cancer with her oil and protein meals. It is still incredible today.

Ingredients of the Budwig diet core recipe: flaxseed oil, cottage cheese and flaxseeds.

The ingredients of the core recipe of the Budwig diet protocol: flaxseed (linseed) oil, cottage cheese and flaxseeds.

The flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture, which she called muesli, is easy to prepare; it is very filling and can replace regular meals. I eat this muesli once a day for the prevention of degenerative diseases. It requires only three basic ingredients, plus fresh fruits, and takes 5-10 minutes to prepare. The ingredients for the base recipe are: organic flaxseed oil, cottage cheese (or quark) and whole flaxseeds freshly grounded. The cottage cheese can be substituted with another sulfur-containing protein like yogurt or kefir cheese. In one super meal, you will get: essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids), high sulfur protein, fiber, probiotics and all the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits. It is a nutrient dense meal. “Man’s hunger for meat is only proof that he has lost his instinct for the right kind of nutrition.”{1}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 34. As Dr. Budwig said, when the right kind of fat is ingested, people need only one-sixth of what they are currently eating with the wrong kinds of food and denatured fats. I know this to be true for when I eat this Budwig muesli, it fills me all day until dinner time and it eliminates the cravings for snacks and sweets in between meals.

The flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture is the core recipe around which other recipes are based, all of which constitute the complete Budwig diet protocol. Her cookbook outlines other recipes that build on the flaxseed oil & cottage cheese mixture by alternating with other ingredients and gives many ideas for combinations to create over 500 meal possibilities. In addition, there are numerous variations of recipes for cooking potatoes and legumes, and making salads, sauces, vegetable dishes and desserts. These healing recipes will greatly benefit all, both the healthy and the weak, the young and the old. For those who are ill or who require the full protocol of dietary changes, I highly recommend her cookbook. For those who would like a more gradual transition or for the general prevention of disease, the core recipe is a great place to start. With quality ingredients and the right fruits to suit your taste, it may be all you need for a lifetime of good health maintenance.

To learn how to make the core meal, see this recipe for the Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese Mixture.

Although I have been eating the Budwig diet muesli for a few years, and have read about Dr. Budwig’s high success rate with her patients, I had never completely understood why or how this food actually worked, beyond the basic understanding of essential fatty acids and that oil and protein need to be bonded in order to be biologically available for absorption. So, I decided to go back to the source, her books, in order to understand the scientific principles behind her protocol.

The rest of this article will discuss the science behind the Budwig diet to explain why the combination of flaxseed oil and a sulfur-containing protein works. Dr. Budwig had authored a number of papers and books, but only three books have been translated into English; most of the research here is taken from those three books: Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, 3rd ed. (1994); The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook (1994); and Cancer – The Problem and the Solution (1999). The first book is a collection of presentations & lectures; the cookbook is her oil-protein diet protocol put into practice; and the third book is a collection of interviews, letters, reports and papers of her scientific work.

I must admit that I did not understand her books at first. It took several re-readings and delving into some background on chemistry and quantum physics before I could understand enough to put the pieces together into a coherent picture of Dr. Budwig’s science to support her oil-protein diet. (My apologies in advance for any errors in my interpretation of her work.)

Additionally, some of her scientific explanations were a little difficult to follow for these reasons: some technical materials assumed prior knowledge and were not explained in detail as they were meant to be presentations, not textbooks; differences and changes in terminology used in the last fifty years; and, difficulties arising from an imperfect translation with typographical errors. For example, it took me awhile to realize that what she called “solidified fats” (which I had thought meant fats in the solid state), referred to “partially hydrogenated fats” or “trans fats”; and, what she referred to as “highly unsaturated fats”, is today called “polyunsaturated fats”.

Beyond these few difficulties of reading translations, her books are really excellent.

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