The Budwig Diet for Cancer

by Wellness Warrior on February 8, 2009

Basic Introduction to Dr. Budwig’s Diet

Fats, Essential Fatty Acids and Related Subjects

jbudwigThe basis of Dr. Budwig’s diet or protocol is the ingestion of a special oil-protein mixture in the form of organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil plus cottage cheese or “quark” (a dairy product readily available in German-speaking countries made from various types of milk and roughly similar to cottage cheese), to balance an oversupply of omega 6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats in the Western diet and to provide an immediately available abundant supply of essential omega 3 acids.

Of all plant oils, flax oil is the richest source of these omega 3 acids (naturally occurring variations not considered, 100 g of oil contain 72g of polyunsaturated fatty acids, 54g of which are omega 3 acids). This oil is combined with protein (or more precisely, sulphurated amino acids** such as liberally found in quark/cottage cheese) to allow the highly unsaturated fatty acids to become water-soluble, thus bypassing the need for an (often) diseased or impaired liver to break down the unsatured fat by its own efforts. Quote: “The lipotropic protein connections, e.g. Cysteine, as they are found in … cottage cheese or nuts are able to make water-soluble the …highly unsaturated fatty acids in seed oils. And that is what matters.

When you mix together cottage cheese and linseed oil in your blender the fat becomes water-soluble” and thereby immediately available for use by the body. In this manner, the necessary “spark plugs” are provided for cells to “breathe”, optimally detoxify and function, even more so when additionally combining the flax oil cottage cheese mix with an optimised sugar-free diet devoid of respiratory poisons [substances which inhibit cellular respiration] but containing much raw organic food

Dr. Budwig’s diet (which, when properly applied, is an entire protocol and involves not only ingestion of the above oil-protein mixture, but also a healthy minimally processed vegetarian diet, freshly ground flaxseeds, sunlight, stress management, “Eldi” oils, etc.*, has literally pulled people back from death’s doorstep.

Based on this evidence and its ease of implementation, it may be the quickest and easiest move to take for many stricken with a cancer challenge and/or those who are looking for an often fast-working approach to health recovery.



Dr. Budwig’s Oil-Protein Diet:

Vegan Alternatives to Cottage Cheese/Quark?

By Healing Cancer Naturally © 2005, 2006 & 2007


Some people display allergy symptoms to dairy (lactose intolerance), and some, like myself, feel or felt uncomfortable using dairy products. This feeling can be due to the way non-organic dairy is produced – with unspeakable cruelty to the animals involved, including their stressful and painful killing when no longer profitable – and to the fact that even in organic husbandry, the male offspring and to my knowledge, the cows themselves are killed when they don’t “perform” (lactate) sufficiently to make them financially viable. The thinking here would be in terms of “global” karma: can we (as individuals and as a species) truly hope to base true and permanent health on the suffering and death of other sentient beings?

See for instance:

On Vegan Alternatives to Cottage Cheese/Quark

For a vegan alternative to cottage cheese/quark or for use while travelling, some suggest to try BioSan’s “Companion Nutrients” (Nature’s Distributors (Arizona) at 1 (800)-624-7114). One capsule is guaranteed to “activate” (i.e. make water soluble) one tablespooful of flax seed oil. Note, however, that Dr. Budwig disregarded companion nutrients completely when she was asked by a Swedish professor for quark alternatives for his client, Bill Clinton.

This and the fact that they have a completely different make-up than cottage cheese and are man-made – not a more natural food as always recommended by Budwig (remember that she was against processed foods and supplements/pills) – makes them a very unlikely candidate as a dairy replacement.

Quote: ”As far as I am concerned companion nutrients should not be given as an option to dairy. Dr. Budwig did not… I believe it to be misleading, playing into the pockets of pill makers. There is no indication that it works.“

Another possibility might be the use of Vegetable Protein powder instead of cottage cheese. If you opt for powdered vegetable protein, I would advise to make sure it is soy-free.

As mentioned, to date there seem to be hardly any cancer healing testimonials on record achieved with the help of proposed cottage cheese substitutes such as BioSan’s Companion Nutrients, powdered vegetable protein or others. I do know of one case of an apparent cancer cure which did involve the regular use of tofu (a soy product) instead of quark/cottage cheese).

This doesn’t automatically preclude the possibility of more such healings being achieved, of course. In fact, there have been health improvements (such as the limiting or reducing of cancer, at least in animals) reported through the sole use of flax seed oil and/or meal without added sulphurated proteins/amino acids (as found in cottage cheese, nuts etc.) while Dr. Budwig herself apparently warned against the “unaided” use of liberal amounts of flaxseed oil by cancer patients (she does authorize the addition of smaller servings of pure flax oil in her oil-protein diet cookbook and the other cookbook she wrote for the healthy homemaker).

On using plant sources of sulphurated (sulfur-containing) amino acids

Some commonly suggested substitute food sources of the sulfurated amino acids** methionine and cystine, which make the flaxseed (and other) oil water-soluble and which are so richly present in cottage cheese, include: nuts, vegetables such as leek, chive, onion and garlic as well as, according to Karen Vago in her book “Protégez votre corps”, chives, legumes, cabbage, red peppers, asparagus and egg yolk as a non-vegetable source.

Quoting Wilhelm H.,a Budwig-knowledgeable source who has researched this subject in considerable depth: “It is a common misconception that the former can be substituted for cottage cheese or quark in the Budwig Diet. Based upon USDA food tables, leeks, chives, garlic, cabbage, red pepper and asparagus contain sulphur but not sulphurated proteins in any appreciable amount… it is not the sulfur in vegetables that we are after but the sulphurated proteins. So while these vegetables (as well as many other foods) do contain sulphurated proteins, which is good in a general sense, they do not contain them nearly at the levels required for the Budwig flaxoil/cottage cheese mixes. To take leeks as an example: leek has only 9% (broccoli 11%) of the sulphurated proteins in a 100 grams serving found in an equivalent weight serving of quark or cottage cheese.

One might think that since leeks have so much less calories than cottage cheese, that one could easily consume 11 times the amount of leeks in weight to reach a similar caloric amount and simultaneously the same sulphurated proteins amount in one’s flaxoil/’sulphurated protein’ mix. But for preparing the equivalent of Dr. Budwig’s recommended morning muesli mixture which calls for 100 grams of quark, for instance, one would have to consume 1.1 kg of leeks with one’s flaxoil. That is a lot to eat at any meal. Also, leeks don’t have the protein concentration to make the oil water soluble. So leeks etc. are not a viable substitute for quark and cottage cheese in the Budwig diet.

Egg yolks would be a better choice but they are much too fatty for consideration in the Budwig diet. They contain about 31% fat. That is close to the fat content of whipping cream. Remember, the motto is very low animal fats” [since Dr. Budwig generally classifies animal fats as “respiratory poisons” inhibiting cellular respiration].

And as to the question whether nuts could be used as a substitute for cottage cheese in flax oil/cottage cheese: Nuts are very good …, but as a substitute for COTTAGE CHEESE in flax oil/cottage cheese they are questionable.

A few months ago I investigated possible alternatives for dairy products in the Budwig Diet because of frequent requests for substitutes. I found that nuts and seeds have a very high level of sulphur containing proteins. I came up with examples such as X number (or grams) of almonds provide the same protein level as COTTAGE CHEESE for a given quantity of flaxoil. So far so good. Then someone pointed out that this would increase the omega-6 level and therefore upset the omega-3 to -6 balance. That was a good point. But what we both missed was that the high proteins in nuts and seeds are already balanced with oils by nature, I would assume at or near an optimum level. I did not take the already present oils into account in the equation. By adding flax oil, this natural balance is upset. We will not reach the proper oil/protein proportion that we get with dairy as recommended by Dr. Budwig.

Therefore, I see two problems with using nuts as a dairy substitute: Too much omega-6 and too little sulphur proteins relative to the total oils.”

The author concludes, “There really is no good substitute for dairy products in the Budwig Diet. However, the flaxoil/cottage cheese mixture changes the two components into a different food which is easier to tolerate. As one person reports: ‘For many years I have been unable to tolerate dairy but have no problem with flaxoil/cottage cheese’. I guess we should believe Dr. Budwig when she says that she has never had a patient who couldn’t tolerate quark (cottage cheese) as part of her Oil-Protein Diet.”

On using plant sources of sulphurated (sulfur-containing) amino acids:

A reader’s comment:

“After reading the paragraphs on nuts and why they ultimately would not work (fat content), I’d like to add that some grains have relatively high levels of methionine and cystine as well as low levels of fat. Oat bran, wheat germ, and quinoa would be possible choices to look into, among others. Mashed beans might be another thing to think about–according to the database I looked at, 1 cup of kidney beans would be slightly lower in methionine than 1/3 cup cottage cheese, which is not quite as bad as trying to eat pounds of leaks.”

**Methionine, Cystine, and Cysteine: Methionine, cystine, and cysteine and their derivatives owe their designation of “sulphurated amino acids” to the fact that they contain sulfur in addition to carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Incidentally, they are also well-known as an effective cleaning “squad” for all toxic substances that we ingest because they attach themselves to harmful substances and pollutants and carry them out of the body. One example: methionine and cysteine aid in lead elimination.

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