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

Dipolarity in the Human Cell and Tumor Formation

What is it about the double bond that is so important?

The moment two unsaturated double links occur together in a fatty acid chain, the effects are multiplied and in the highly unsaturated fats, the so-called linoleic acids, there is generated a field of electrons, a veritable electrical charge which can be quickly conducted off into the body, thus causing a recharging of the living substance – especially of the brain and nerves.{1}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 8.

Dipolarity in an Atom

In an atom, a cloud of electrons orbits continually around a dense central nucleus. The atomic nucleus, made of heavy matter (consisting of protons and neutrons), is positively charged while the electrons in the cloud are negatively charged. Dipolarity exists between the negative electrons and a positive nucleus, and this dipolarity creates an electric field. Simultaneously, each electron, being in movement, also creates a magnetic field surrounding it. The electric and magnetic fields cause the nucleus and the electrons to attract each other, but they are far apart compared to the size of the nucleus; the electrons maintain freedom of movement and are never close enough to the atomic nucleus to be drawn out of orbit.

Flaxseed oil in glass bowl.

Flaxseed oil is rich in electrons, making it the ideal oil for blending with high-sulfur protein in the Budwig diet.

Dipolarity in Seeds Oils

Dipolarity also exists in the seed oils. In the fatty acid molecule, the carbon and hydrogen atoms are the heavy matter and the electrons are the light matter. The atoms are bonded to each other by covalent bonds, i.e. they share electrons. In the single bond, they share two electrons. In the double bond, the carbon atoms share four electrons between them.

With two double bonds, the electron energy in linoleic acid is greater than in the single double bond of oleic acid. And with three double bonds, the energy in alpha-linolenic acid is even greater, so great that the electron energy from the triple double bonds in relation to 18 heavier matter carbon compounds is biologically far stronger than that of the next chain of 20 carbon compounds in arachidonic acid with its quadruple double bonds.{2}Budwig, J. Cancer – The Problem and the Solution, pp. 19-20, 104.

(Theoretically, arachidonic acid (AA) with 20 carbons and four double bonds should have very high electron energy, but the two additional carbon compounds offset this. Carbon compounds are heavy matter, even in fatty acids, which, as molecules, are light matter compared to proteins. Additionally, very little or no arachidonic acid is found in common plants, and the body can convert linoleic acid into arachidonic acid.{3}“Arachidonic acid”. Wikipedia.)

The electron energy in the double bond wanders and is not fixed in place as it is with ionic bonds in a chemical compound like salt. These covalent bonds are a type of bond called π (pi) bonds, thus, these electrons are called pi electrons. The energy wanders between pi electrons and creates a magnetic field. The dipolarity with one double bond in oleic acid is weaker than with two double bonds in linoleic acid. With three double bonds in alpha-linolenic acid, the energy is as strong as a magnet. And if the double bonds are placed closer together on the chain, the energy is even greater. This electrical energy, because it is in constant movement, creates a current that flows and spreads the magnetic field even greater.{4}Budwig, J. Cancer – The Problem and the Solution, p. 19.

Dipolarity in the Oil and Protein Combination

A tablespoon of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.

Dipolarity is emulated in the combination of electron-rich flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.

This electrical field is emulated in the electrical field between highly unsaturated fats and sulfur-containing protein. When the fatty acid is combined with protein, the positively charged sulfhydryl group adheres to the unsaturated bonds of the fatty acid where the electrons are and insert their –SH compounds.{5}Budwig, J. Cancer – The Problem and the Solution, p. 20. The resulting electrical dipolarity creates a continual exchange of electrons between the two. As the physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, had proven, an electrical charge in movement generates magnetic fields.{6}“Electromagnetic radiation”. Wikipedia. Thus, the movement of electrically charged electrons in this oil-protein mixture creates an electromagnetic field. This field further cements the adhesion of proteins with fatty acids. The more electrons the fats contain, the greater is the electromagnetic field and the greater is the electron energy exchange.

Thus, dipolarity exists within the single atom, within the fatty acid molecule, and within the molecular bonding of fat and sulfur-containing proteins. This is the key.

The combination of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese in the Budwig diet is a parallel of the atom, of the fatty acid molecule, and ultimately, of the human cell.

Dipolarity of the Living Cell

Detailed illustration of the cell membrane.

The cell membrane, also called the plasma membrane, consists primarily of lipids and proteins. Its structure is a semipermeable lipid bilayer made of two rows of phospholipids, which are molecules made of a diglyceride of fatty acids (as opposed to triglyceride in fats and oils), a phosphate group and an organic molecule. The membrane contains a variety of molecules of proteins, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Note the protein channel (far left), also called the ion channel, which controls the selective transport of ions and nutrients into the cell. (artwork: courtesy, Mariana Ruiz, Germany, released to the public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

The sulfur-containing protein compounds of the sulfhydryl group are found within all living, breathing cells. This protein is positively charged and is located inside the cell nucleus. It is considered heavy matter and lifts downwards. The fatty acids, with their abundance of pi electrons, are negatively charged and are found in the cell membrane. The nucleus is the control center of the cell and the membrane is the outer skin barrier enveloping the cell. The structure of the cell membrane is formed by the phospholipid bilayer – here, the fatty acids are located, in the form of diglycerides in phospholipids. In the human cell, the negatively charged fatty acids, known as lipoids, thus, form an opposite electrical pole to the positively charged protein in the cell nucleus.{7}Budwig, J. Cancer – The Problem and the Solution, p. 13.

The living cell is analogous to an atom. Just as the negative electrons lift away from the positive protons in the atomic nucleus, analogously, the negatively charged light matter fatty acids in the living cell membrane also lift away from the positively charged heavy matter proteins in the cell nucleus.

This dipolarity between the electrically positive cell nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane is essential in growing cells and in normal cell division. Cell division is a necessary function of the life processes of growth, healing and replacement. Thus, the electrical dipolarity between fat and protein is essential for the regeneration of any body substance.

When the cell divides, it is the cell nucleus which begins this. The cell body and the daughter cell are then separated and tied off by the lipoid membrane. When a cell divides, its surface area is larger and must, of necessity, contain enough material in this surface with its fatty acids, to be able to divide the new cell completely from the original.{8}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 17.

The emphasis is on enough material. If the cell membrane must become larger in surface area in order to fully enclose two newly divided daughter cells, what would happen if it doesn’t have enough material? (1) The dipolarity cannot exist; and (2) cleavage cannot occur and the parent cell does not divide completely.

Tumor Formation

Dr. Budwig discovered that a tumor occurs when the daughter cell does not separate completely from the parent cell. It had been taught in medicine, and still being taught, that tumors are associated with too much growth.{9}Budwig, J. Cancer – The Problem and the Solution, pp. 13-14.

(To verify this, I looked up “tumor” at Wikipedia. Citing the definition of British oncologist R.A. Willis: a tumor, also called a neoplasm, either benign or malignant, is defined as: “an abnormal mass of tissue” or “an abnormal pattern of growth exceeding and uncoordinated with that of normal tissues and persists in the same excessive manner…”{10}“Neoplasm”. Wikipedia.)

According to Dr. Budwig, this is wrong. Tumors are not a problem of too much growth; a tumor occurs when the cell does not divide completely.

The formation of tumours usually happens as follows: In those body areas which normally host many growth processes, such as in the skin and membranes, the glandular organs, for example, the liver and pancreas or the glands in the stomach and intestinal tract – it is here that the growth processes are brought to a standstill. Because the required dipolarity is missing, due to the lack of unsaturated fat, the course of growth is disturbed – the surface-active fats are not present, the substance becomes inactive before the maturing and shedding process of the cells ever takes place.{11}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 18.

During cell division, the nucleus is first duplicated and as the two nuclei separate, the cell membrane must expand to fully envelope each of the nuclei. Not only do the fatty acids provide raw materials for the new membranes, they also provide the opposite dipolarity to the nucleus to lift away during division. If the electrically charged fatty acids are lacking, normal cell division is interrupted. If this process is stunted, cleavage or separation does not occur and the result is an immature cell, an abnormal cell with two nuclei.

It is also known that carcinogens – substances that are known to cause cancer – attach themselves to the parts of the cell that reproduce the protein substance and in the external lipoid membrane where the highly unsaturated fats are located.{12}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 17. Again, carcinogens attach themselves to the cell membrane and to proteins causing interruptions in cell division.

Therefore, treating tumors is not simply a matter of using growth inhibitors, surgery, irradiation or chemotherapy, which will only lead to a worsening of the disease or earlier death because the root cause has not been addressed. Because the highly unsaturated fatty acids have the capability to influence immature division, they are thus the avenues towards restoring harmony and eliminating tumors.

It is essential, then, to provide the cells with the raw materials they need for normal growth processes, that is, the highly unsaturated fatty acids. Fatty acids must be continually supplied in order to replenish the lipoid membranes of living cells. The protein also has to be continually renewed. In both growing children and adults, old cells are continually being shed with new ones being formed to replace them. If this process is interrupted, if cell division does not take place, then the body will begin to die. Cell life is dependent on the proper intake of electron-rich fats with high sulfur protein.{13}Budwig, J. Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases, p. 17.

Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture with strawberries and bananas

The flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture topped with strawberries and bananas.

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