Budwig Flax Oil Diet
Science has proven that fats play an important role in the functioning
of the entire body. To function efficiently, cells require true polyunsaturated,
live electron-rich lipids, present in abundance in raw flaxseed oil.
Dr Johanna Budwig is one of Germany’s premier biochemists and
an expert on fats and oils. She holds a PhD in natural science, has
undergone medical training, and was schooled in pharmaceutical science,
physics, botany and biology.
She is best known for her extensive research on the properties and
benefits of flaxseed oil combined with sulphurated proteins in the diet,
and over the years has published a number of books on the subject, including
Cancer – A Fat Problem, The Death of the Tumour, and True Health
Against Arteriosclerosis, Heart Infarction and Cancer.
In the mid-1950s, Dr Budwig began her long and meticulous research
on the importance of essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic)
in the diet. Her subsequent discoveries and announcements sparked mixed
reactions. While the general public was eager for this astounding information,
German manufacturers of commercial dietary fats (margarine, hard shortening,
vegetable oils) went to extremes to prevent her from publishing her
findings. Fortunately, while Dr Budwig’s vital announcements were
initially met with resistance backed by those with financial stakes
in the commercial fats industry, her persistence paid off. Today, Dr
Johanna Budwig is world renowned for her important discoveries on the
benefits of flaxseed oil. Her fame precedes her as she lectures all
Dr Johanna preaches against the use of what she calls ‘pseudo’
fats. In order to extend the shelf life of their products, manufacturers
use chemical processes that render their food products harmful to the
body. These harmful fats go by a number of names, including ‘hydrogenated’,
‘partially hydrogenated’ and even ‘polyunsaturated’.
The chemical processing of fats destroys the vital electron cloud within
the fat. Once the electrons have been removed, these fats can no longer
bind with oxygen, and they actually become a harmful substance deposited
within the body. The heart, for instance, rejects these fats and they
end up as inorganic fatty deposits on the heart muscle itself.
Chemically processed fats are not water-soluble when bound to protein.
They end up blocking the circulation, damaging heart action, inhibiting
cell renewal and impeding the free flow of blood and lymph fluids. The
bioelectrical action in these areas slows down and may become completely
paralysed. The entire organism shows a measurable loss of electrical
energy, which is replenished only by adding active lipids to the diet.
These nutritional fats are truly vital for man and beast alike.
Science has proven that fats play an important role in the functioning
of the entire body. Fats (lipids) are vital for all growth processing,
renewal of cells, brain and nerve functions, even for the sensory organs
(eyes and ears), and for the body’s adjustment to heat, cold and
quick temperature changes. Our energy resources are based on lipid metabolism.
To function efficiently, cells require true polyunsaturated, live electron-rich
lipids, present in abundance in raw flaxseed oil. True polyunsaturated
fats greedily absorb proteins and oxygen and pump them through the system.
Lipids are only water-soluble and free flowing when bound to protein;
thus the importance of protein-rich cottage cheese. When high quality,
electron-rich fats are combined with proteins, the electrons are protected
until the body requires energy. This energy source is then fully and
immediately available to the body on demand, as nature intended.
Since Dr Johanna Budwig’s findings on the benefits of flaxseed
oil have been widely publicized, scientists around the world have eagerly
jumped on the bandwagon. Studies conducted using flaxseed oil on numerous
disorders have been pouring in from all over the world, showing impressive
results, including anti-tumour activity, increased metabolism, greatly
boosted immune system, reduced cholesterol levels, normalized blood
pressure levels and inhibition of cancer cell growth. Books, research
reports, articles and testimonials abound, all touting the healthy benefits
achieved by supplementing the diet with organic, raw, cold-pressed flaxseed
oil and with low-fat cottage cheese. Dr Budwig’s research was
based on using the ratio of two tablespoons flaxseed oil mixed with
one-quarter cup of low-fat cottage cheese.
Backed with all this extensive research, the indisputable fact is:
supplementing your diet daily with flaxseed oil combined with sulphurated
proteins could very well be the most important thing you do for yourself
After 30 years of research, Dr Budwig, six times nominee for the Nobel
award, found that the blood of seriously ill cancer patients was deficient
in certain important essential ingredients, which included substances,
called phosphatides and lipoproteins. (The blood of a healthy person
always contains sufficient quantities of these essential ingredients.
However, without these natural ingredients cancer cells grow wild and
out of control).
Blood analysis showed a strange greenish-yellow substance in place
of the healthy red oxygen-carrying haemoglobin that belongs there. This
explained why cancer patients weaken and become anaemic. This startling
discovery led Dr Budwig to test her theory.
She found that when these natural ingredients were replaced over approximately
a three-month period, tumours gradually receded. The strange greenish
elements in the blood were replaced with healthy red blood cells as
the phosphatides and lipoproteins almost miraculously reappeared. Weakness
and anaemia disappeared and life energy was restored. Symptoms of cancer,
liver dysfunction and diabetes were completely alleviated.
Dr Budwig then discovered an all-natural way for people to replace
those essential ingredients their bodies so desperately needed in their
daily diet, by simply eating a combination of just two natural and delicious
foods. (These two natural foods, organic flaxseed oil and cottage cheese,
must be eaten together to be effective since one triggers the properties
of the other to be released.)
After more than ten years of solid clinical application, Dr Budwig’s
natural formula has proven successful where many orthodox remedies have
failed. Dr Budwig’s formula has been used therapeutically in Europe
for the prevention/treatment of: cancer, arteriosclerosis, strokes,
cardiac infarction, irregular heartbeat, fatty degeneration of the liver,
bronchial spasms, irregular intestinal activity, stomach ulcers (normalizes
gastric juices), hypertrophic prostate, arthritis (exerts a favourable
influence), eczema (assists all skin diseases), common afflictions of
old age, poor brain activity, immune deficiency syndromes (multiple
sclerosis, autoimmune illnesses). The Budwig Flax Oil Diet
The flaxseed (linseed) oil diet was originally proposed by Dr Johanna
Budwig in 1951 and recently re-examined by Dr Dan C Roehm MD FACP (oncologist
and former cardiologist) in 1990. Dr Roehm claims: “this diet
is far and away the most successful anti-cancer diet in the world”.1
Budwig claims that the diet is both preventative and curative. She says
the absence of linoleic acids (in the average Western diet) is responsible
for the production of oxidase, which induces cancer growth and is the
cause of many other chronic disorders. The beneficial oxidase ferments
are destroyed by heating or boiling oils in foods, and by nitrates used
for preserving meat, etc.
The theory is: the use of oxygen in the organism can be stimulated by
protein compounds of sulphuric content, which make oils water-soluble
and which is present in cheese, nuts, onion and leek vegetables such
as leek, chive, onion and garlic, but especially cottage cheese.
Ferments of cell respiration closely connected with the highly unsaturated
fatty acids, are also needed for proper oxidation. It is essential to
use only unrefined, cold-pressed oils with high linoleic acid content,
such as linseed, sunflower, soya, poppy seed, walnut and corn oils.
Such oils should be consumed together with foods containing the right
proteins, otherwise the oils will have the opposite effect, causing
more harm than good.
The best combination is cottage cheese and linseed oil. The linseed
should be freshly ground. Carbohydrates containing natural sugar, such
as dates, figs, pears, apples and grapes, are also included in the diet.
Honey is also beneficial. Some synthetic vitamin A preparations are
bad because they contain oxidation products, but much carotene as provitamin
A (from carrot) is consumed. Vitamin B from buttermilk, yoghurt, and
natural yeast is beneficial.
A person requires daily about 4 oz of cottage cheese mixed well with
1.5 oz of linseed oil and 1oz of milk. A blender or eggbeater works
fine. The mixture can be sweetened with honey or otherwise flavoured
naturally. Fresh fruits can be added. Every morning two spoonfuls of
freshly ground linseed oil should be taken in luke-warm buttermilk or
The diet is indicated for all kinds of chronic diseases, especially
heart ailments (coronary thrombosis), gall disorders, diabetes, arthritis,
and malignancies. It improves failing hearing and sight. It is the ideal
nutrient for children and infants. It is suggested that this diet be
supplemented with lactic acid ferments.
The patient has no nourishment on day one other than 250ml (8.5oz)
of flax oil with honey plus freshly squeezed fruit juices (no sugar
added!). In the case of a very ill person, champagne may be added on
the first day in place of juice and is taken with the flax oil and honey.
Champagne is easily absorbable and has a serious purpose here.
Sugar is absolutely forbidden. Grape juice may be added to sweeten
any other freshly squeezed juices. Other ‘forbiddens’ are:
all animal fats; all salad oils (this includes commercial mayonnaise);
all meats (chemicals and hormones); butter; margarine; preserved meats
(the preservatives block metabolism even of flax oil). Freshly squeezed
vegetable juices are fine – carrot, celery, apple and red beet.
Three times daily a warm tea is essential – peppermint, rose hips
or grape tea – all sweetened as desired with honey. One cup of
black tea before noon is fine.
Before breakfast – a glass of Acidophilus milk or Sauerkraut juice
Breakfast – Muesli (regular cereal) is overlaid with two tablespoons
(30ml) of flax oil and honey and fresh fruit according to season, e.g.
berries, cherries, apricots, peaches, grated apple. Vary the flavour
from day to day. Use any nuts except peanuts! Herbal teas as desired
or black tea. A 4oz (120g) serving of ‘the spread’(directions
below). This is fine to eat ‘straight’, like a custard,
or add it to other foods taken in the day as you will see.
Morning tea (10am) – A glass of fresh carrot, apple, celery,
or beet-apple juice is taken.
Lunch – Raw salad with yoghurt-flax oil mayonnaise (directions
In addition to ‘greens’ salads, use grated turnips, carrots,
kohlrabi, radishes, sauerkraut or cauliflower. A fine powder of horseradish,
chives or parsley may be added for flavour.
Cooked meal course – Steamed vegetables, potatoes, or such grains
as rice, buckwheat or millet may be served. To these add either ‘the
spread’ or ‘the mayo’ for flavour and to up your intake
of flax oil. Also mix ‘the spread’ with potatoes for an
especially hearty meal. Add caraway, chives, parsley or other herbs.
Dessert – Mix fresh fruit other than those used for breakfast
with ‘the spread’, this time (instead of honey), flavoured
using cream of lemon, vanilla or berries.
Afternoon tea (4pm) – A small glass of natural wine (no preservatives)
or champagne or fresh fruit juice with 1-2 tablespoons of honey-coated
Supper – Have this early, at 6pm. Make a hot meal using buckwheat,
oat or soy cakes. Grits from buckwheat are the very best and can be
placed in a vegetable soup, or in a more solid form of cakes with herbal
sauce. Sweet sauces and soups can always be given far more healing energy
by adding ‘the spread’. Only honey or grape juice can be
used for sweeteners. No white sugar (or brown!). Only freshly squeezed
juices and not reconstituted juices (preservative danger) may be used.
These must be completely natural.
"If only all patients had a PhD in biochemistry and quantum physics
to enable them to see how with such consummate skill this diet was put
together. It is a wonder. The champagne vehicle is easier to assimilate
and get someone almost on his or her deathbed going again. A retention
enema of 250ml (8.5oz) of oil is another route to get this precious
life furthering, electron-rich oil into the body. It can also be applied
to the skin for transdermal absorption."1
In 1967, Dr Budwig broadcast the following sentence during an interview
over the South German radio network, describing her incoming patients
with failed operations and x-ray therapy:
“Even in these cases it is possible to restore health in a few
months at most, I would truly say 90% of the time.
"This has never been contradicted, but this knowledge has been
a long time reaching this side of the ocean, hasn’t it?
"May those of you who have suffered from this disease (and I include
your family and friends in this) forgive the miscreants who have kept
this simple information from reaching you for so long."1
Flax seeds may also be used. Seeds need only be cracked in a food blender,
or they may be ground in a coffee grinder. One needs three times the
amount of seed to get the oil equivalent. Seeds are high in calories,
so one may gain weight. The seeds are also high in soluble fibre, so
blending with liquid tends to produce ever-hardening ‘jellies’.
Fresh-cracked seed sprinkled on muesli and eaten promptly tastes great.
Ed McCabe2 discusses his point of view on essential fatty acids:
“The red blood cells in the lungs give up carbon dioxide and take
on oxygen. They are then transported to the cell site via the blood
vessels, where, they release their oxygen into the plasma. This released
oxygen is ‘attracted’ to the cells by the ‘resonance’
of the ‘pi-electron’ oxidation-enhancing fatty acids. Otherwise,
oxygen cannot work its way into the cell. ‘Electron rich fatty
acids’ play the decisive role in respiratory enzymes, which are
the basis of cell oxidation…”
“Don’t eat anything hydrogenated (like margarine, or fried
foods) as it defeats oxygenation. Avoid products that say ‘hydrogenated’.”
“We should eat essential polyunsaturated fatty acids to enhance
oxygenation. They can be found naturally in carotene, saffron, and flaxseed
How to Prepare ‘the Spread’ Place 250ml (8.5oz) flax oil
into a mixer bowl, and add one pound (450g) of 1%-fat cottage cheese
and 4 tablespoons (60ml) of honey. Turn on the mixer and add just enough
low-fat milk or water to get the contents of the bowl to blend in together.
In 5 minutes, a preparation of custard consistency results that has
no taste of the oil (and no oily ‘ring’ should be seen when
you rinse out the bowl). Alternatively, you can use yoghurt instead
of cottage cheese in proportions of 1oz (30g) of yoghurt to 1 tablespoon
(15ml) each of flax oil and of honey and blend as above. Note: When
flax oil is blended like this, it does not cause diarrhoea even when
given in large amounts. It reacts chemically with the (sulphur) proteins
of the cottage cheese, yoghurt, etc.How to Prepare ‘the Mayo’
(Mayonnaise) Mix together 2 tablespoons (30ml) flax oil, 2 tablespoons
(30ml) milk, and 2 tablespoons (30ml) yoghurt. Then add 2 tablespoons
(30ml) of lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) and add 1 teaspoon (2.5g)
mustard plus some herbs such as marjoram or dill. Next add 2 or 3 slices
of health food store pickles (no preservatives! – read label!)
and a pinch of herbal salts. (The above mayonnaise plus lots of mustard
and a few bananas is very tasty!)