Dr. Johanna Budwig was a seven time Nobel Prize nominee in the 20th century for her work with helping fight cancer in its most hopeless cases. Dr. Budwig believed that all states of illness or health begins in the gut. The Standard American Diet of highly processed and refined foods, the use of vegetable oils, and toxic dirt creates an imbalanced chemistry in the body. This is called a lack of homeostasis.
This lack causes the body to have less energy and less electricity, similar to a lower watt light bulb versus a higher watt light bulb. This lower energy can cause a poor circulation and systemic problems, with less oxygen reaching every cell. Dr. Budwig’s therapy was similar to Dr. Gerson in that she treated cancer patients with high amounts of vegetable juices. She believed that the super concentrated nutrients from these juices were essential for healing.
In her work, Dr. Budwig discovered that when she combined cold pressed, organic, raw flax seed oil with cottage cheese or quark (a type of European cottage cheese), the chemical reaction from the combination of foods made the oils and water more easily absorbed into the cells. The essential fatty acids in this combination of cottage cheese and flax seed oil also helped other nutrients to be absorbed. Changing the internal environment of our body is essential to making a place where cancer cannot thrive, or even survive. Dr. Budwig worked on the premise that cancer was a result of the problem. The problem seemed to be that a person was unhealthy in their diet and lifestyle. She did not believe that cancer was the cause of the problem.
Both Dr. Budwig and Dr. Gerson believed that cancer could not survive in an alkaline environment. Processed foods and sugars create an acidic environment where cancer can grow. My current eating style embraces foods that lower acidity and raise alkalinity in the body. Nutritional restoration, and changing habits to better our food choices are also the basis of the HCG protocol.
The Budwig Anti-Cancer Diet starts with a porridge-like substance of the flax seed oil and cottage cheese. This is made fresh three times a day. It is blended until smooth, like a ricotta cheese texture. One may add in raw nuts, cinnamon, cayenne, or fruits.
The rest of the diet includes raw nuts, raw seeds, and raw oils, especially coconut. It uses spices, herbs, raw fermented vegetables, raw vegetable and fruit juices, fresh fish, and 100% pastured eggs. No animal fats or hydrogenated oils are allowed. No high mercury shellfish is permitted. No soy, corn, or the many names for sugar are permitted.
This sounds familiar to me! The Budwig Diet recommends 80% raw foods and 20% cooked foods. This is right in line with the HCG Body for Life protocol. After Phase 4, I eat 80%-90% clean, whole, real foods and 10%-20% planned treats now and then.
Dr. Johanna Budwig encouraged the elimination of all toxic foods, all preservatives, additives, dyes, pesticides, artificial colors, and flavorings. She did permit flours if they were whole grain and organic. Johanna Budwig said, “If God made it, we can eat it, but try to eat it in the form that God made it.”
I love that message!
Dr. Budwig noticed that many of her cancer patients had Candida infections. Candida is a fungal infection caused by the body not being able to oxygenate well. She found that if we feed the body with super nutrients we can eliminate fungal Candida, and rid the body of cancer. A grain free and sugar free diet will eliminate the Candida from the body. This type of diet will reduce inflammation as well, which adds to relief of pain and other symptoms of chronic conditions.
Dr. Budwig believed in massage and saunas to further remove toxins from the lymphatic system. The foods ingested combined with detoxification can renew the body’s environment and heal cancer.
There is more information available for free at www.budwigcenter.com. There is a free download in PDF form and free references listed there as well.