This can help you to follow Dr. Budwig's protocol. It is based on her book, "Cancer - The
Problem and the Solution"
[1999], her cookbook, "The Oil-Protein Diet" [1952] as well as
on our Files for this group and experiences of our members.

Most people begin gradually, adding healthy foods & liquids and eliminating damaging ones. The
diet seems simple, but foods are powerful and can damage or heal a person. The Budwig plan has
healed people of many kinds of cancer and other diseases and conditions.

In liver, pancreatic, stomach and gall bladder disease it's best to begin with a "Transition Diet"
which is explained in our Files Section, Folder 3. After the transition, begin the diet below with
small amounts of the oil & cheese as well as the other foods.

Dr.Budwig had over a 90% success rate with this protocol with all kinds of cancer patients over a
50 year period. Many research studies done in the last ten years support the cancer-fighting value
of the foods, juices, sun exposure and relaxation Dr.Budwig recommended. There are many
testimonials in the Files of this group written by members who have regained their health by
following this protocol after being diagnosed with cancer - many of them terminal.

Preparing for the diet

To start the diet, it helps to have 3 appliances:

1- A
coffee bean grinder to grind the whole brown flaxseeds sold in health food stores or online.
Freshly ground seeds are a must.
I prefer a little burr grinder (from General Electric, $30.00) that has a storage bin on top for the
flaxseeds, and at the touch of a button grinds the correct amount of seed (adjustable). The only
thing you have to do is fill the storage bin every few days.

2- A hand-held immersion  blender (a stick-shape blender) or a mini-food processor to blend
and bond the flaxseed oil [FO] & cottage cheese [CC] together so that they become one food,
making the oil water-soluble and more absorbable. It's important to use an electric mixer rather
than stirring the two.
I prefer the mini-food processor (3 cups) for the flaxseed/cottage cheese mixtures, but I also like
the immersion blender for making pureed soups out of broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

3- A vegetable juicer. A masticating or extractor type may give a more healthful juice than a
centrifugal type. Many members like Green Star.
You can get by with a more inexpensive juicer (I have a Braun) for the fruits. If you want to also
juice leafy greens, you will need a more expensive one.

Generally, each tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil (FO) is blended with 2 or more tablespoons of low-fat
organic Cottage Cheese(CC), Quark (a German soft cheese easily made from cultured
buttermilk), or Yogurt Cheese (drained organic yogurt). The yogurt must be drained overnight to
achieve the proper consistency and ratio of sulfurated proteins.  
More about yogurt cheese and
easy yogurt making directions here.

Cold-pressed refrigerated liquid FO is used, for example, Barlean's or Spectrum brands. It's better
to buy regular FO instead of high-lignan FO. Healthier lignans are obtained at a lower cost by
using freshly ground flaxseeds.  (This FOCC is used instead of the Linomel, as it was called
in her book). Ground seeds must be used within 15 minutes.

Recommended Daily Schedule

About an hour before breakfast, have a glass of raw sauerkraut juice. It has cancer-fighting
benefits. Homemade is best in order to get the digestive enzymes [recipe in
Files - Folder 5 'Foods']. Go to this site for a video on making sauerkraut:  Press the arrow to start video.
For a 2nd video and website with more directions, use this link.
To get sauerkraut juice, run the finished homemade kraut through your juicer.

Also, you can order RAW sauerkraut juice at this link: Anything pasteurized has lost its
enzymes but still offers lactic acid which is important and helps with digestion. Biotta is a brand
that is pasteurized but is a high quality juice, has lactic acid & vitamins C & K. Biotta juices can be
ordered online from several vendors. One 17oz bottle offers 2 or 3 servings.

Start with a cup of green tea or herbal tea. It provides warm liquid required for the ground
flaxseeds to swell properly. That is important. Then eat your Muesli [Muesli in the Budwig diet
refers to the recipe below - we often call it FOCC]. Cottage cheese, quark, homemade yogurt
cheese or kefir cheese is OK to use. [Recipes in Files]

Budwig FOCC [or quark] Recipe:
Make enough for 1 meal only, avoid storing. Eat immediately. Use organic foods if possible. JB's
cookbook has varied recipes
1. Blend 3 Tbs flaxseed oil with 6 Tbs low-fat CC or quark with a hand-held immersion electric
mixer for up to a minute. If needed, add 2 Tbs milk.  The mixture should be like rich whipped
cream with no separated oil.  Layer or stir in the following ingredients:
2. Grind 2 Tbs whole flaxseeds and add. [This replaces Linomel] Freshly ground seeds become
rancid within 20 minutes, eat recipe immediately.
3. Add various fruits such as fresh [or thawed-out frozen if necessary] berries, all kinds, which
contain strong cancer-fighting ellagic acid.
4. Add other fresh fruit if you like, totaling 1/2 to 1 cup of fruit.
5. If mixture is too thick, add 1 or 2 Tbs of fruit juice [e.g. dark grape, blueberry] or milk. Fruits &
their juices are proven cancer fighters.  
6. Add organic raw nuts such as walnuts or Brazil nuts [no peanuts] and a bit of raw honey and, if
you like, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon juice, etc. Try various fresh organic fruits & flavorings. Limit
honey to 3-5 tsp a day.

[This recipe is one example of how FO can be mixed with cheese. If you don't like this recipe, you
can make yogurt cheese, kefir cheese, goat cheese. You also can add veggies/spices rather than
fruit & eat the fruit at another time.]

Freshly-pressed vegetable juice from carrots and/or beet, celery, lemon, apple as well as green
vegetables - lettuces or spinach [carrot & beet juices are especially helpful to the liver & are strong
cancer fighters] Vary vegetables.
Chart comparing juicers:

Dr. Budwig emphasized that being in sunlight is very healthful for vit.D and other benefits [even
in winter].  Avoid burning & avoid sunscreen & sunglasses.

If you feel up to having some exercise, individualize it according to your strength - DON'T
OVERDO IT. Some quotes by Dr. Budwig regarding exercise: "Often yoga or sport is very
important, but sometimes the patient should not do this" and "I would never allow a cancer
patient with metastases to jog, ride a bicycle, or to practice yoga. His body must relax." One form
of exercise that is beneficial for most people is using a rebounder [a mini-trampoline] because it
helps clear the lymph system and promotes better drainage.
See &

A cup of warm green or herbal tea. Use honey if desired (no sugar). Also suggested, one tblsp
whole flaxseeds, freshly ground and added to a glass of Champagne, known to help digestion &
absorption. [1999 book]

RAW vegetable salad with various home-made salad dressings which may include one or more
tblsp FO blended with 1 or 2 tblsp organic low-fat CC plus one tblsp organic apple cider vinegar or
lemon juice and spices. Or, for sweeter dressing, try FO & red grape juice or another fruit juice.
You can vary the salad dressings based on the recipes in the Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook. Several
recipes do not include cottage cheese at all. The body can utilize 1 or 2 tblsp oil without cottage
cheese. Avoid commercial salad dressings. Experiment with spices, honey or garlic for variety.  If
still hungry, make baked or steamed veggies and grains. [See dinner]

LUNCH DESSERT:  Repeat the breakfast recipe with varied fresh raw fruits (organic if
possible). This is the second FO/CC serving of the day: 3 tblsp flax oil & 6 tblsp CC with fresh fruit
but NO flaxseeds.  Smaller amounts of food are digested better. Work up to six tblsp FO, if
possible, mixed with twice as much CC, depending on digestive ability and size. Chew very well to
optimize digestion. Predigestion starts in the mouth by mixing saliva with the foods. Try to have
your meals in a peaceful atmosphere. Stress reduction is important.

Two tblsp whole flaxseeds, freshly ground, stirred into a glass of sparkling wine or Champagne OR
one tblsp flaxseeds, ground and stirred into a glass of fruit juice: grape, cherry or pineapple.
Chew the ground flaxseeds for better digestion. Repeat 1/2 hour later.

RELAX, in sunlight if possible, TO RELIEVE STRESS. Empty the mind of worries, angers, fears.
Focus on nature, music, chat, laughter, or what pleases you.
Think kind thoughts about yourself & others. Dr. Budwig said that relieving stress is extremely
important. Many research studies support this idea.

One tblsp whole flaxseeds, ground & added to blueberry or papaya juice. Both papaya & pineapple
[above] have digestive enzymes if they are fresh. Most bottled juices have lost their enzymes but
still have valuable nutrients. If making the juice, drink it immediately after
preparation before the enzymes are lost by air and light. You want to get as many natural
enzymes as possible [as well as electrons from flaxseeds & oils]. [Note: Instead of the fruit juices,
some members heal using homemade vegetable juices as described at 10 a.m.]

Vegetable soup or a variety of veggies and starch-containing foods, well spiced. Add Oleolux and
nutritional yeast flakes after cooking. Nutritional yeast adds important B-vitamins, which boost
energy & mood. Choices of cooked starchy foods - buckwheat (JB's top choice-digests well & very
nutritious), millet, brown rice, lentils, beans, peas, yams & potatoes. Add lightly cooked vegetables
such as kale, tomatoes, spinach, beets, carrots, chard, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, onions,
artichokes, asparagus, peppers, green beans, etc. Also, add healthful spices such as cayenne
pepper, paprika, turmeric & others. AFTER COOKING, add homemade Oleolux 'to taste,' which
adds more nutrition and satiates appetite. [Oleolux recipe in File 5].
Use also as a spread on bread [whole or sprouted grain, homemade or Ezekiel].

A glass of organic red wine if desired.

The above diet can be varied by the many recipes in Dr. Budwig's book "The Oil-Protein Diet
Cookbook," sold on Amazon and Barlean's websites for about $10.

Dr. Budwig stressed that we must AVOID UNHEALTHY FOODS and SUBSTANCES such as
hydrogenated fats, trans-fats, animal fats [other than in cheese]; avoid butter, sugar, white flour,
preservatives, processed foods, pesticides and chemicals, even those in household
products & cosmetics. Drink chemical-free, filtered water if possible.

Note:  It is essential to remember that the essence of this diet is replacing damaging fats with
healthy fats. The only fats consumed are those occurring naturally in the foods you eat and
Flaxseed Oil, along with some Coconut Oil, and the sparing use of Pumpkinseed Oil, and Wheat
Germ Oil. There is a recipe in the book (and in the online group files) for a butter replacement
called Oleolux made with flaxseed oil, coconut oil and onions and garlic (for the flavor and their
cancer fighting sulfur content).

++ Avoid leftovers - food should be prepared fresh and eaten soon after preparation to maximize
intake of health-giving electrons & enzymes.

++ At least 3x a day, drink warm green or herbal teas, unsweetened or sweetened only with honey.

++ Stress is very damaging. Avoid stress and anxiety; take time to relax & enjoy each day. Listen
to beautiful music, laugh, do deep breathing, connect with nature, spend time with people you
like. Eliminate anger and sadness through EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
http://www., counseling, support group or some method of letting go of it.

++ ELDI oils are oils for external application. Dr.Budwig had her patients use them extensively.
[See Files for information] .

++ Dr.Budwig did not include supplements in her protocol.
Also, as far as we know, she did not use drugs with her protocol. Flax oil is known to thin the
blood, be careful about using blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin. It could be dangerous.
Some supplements, especially high amounts of man-made antioxidants, can seriously interfere
with how well the diet works, as can some drugs and treatments (particularly cytostatic [chemo
and radiation] treatments, cortisones, hormones and many painkillers). She also warned against
the dangers of ozone and oxygen therapy for the cancer patient. Ozone resulted in death for some

++ The foods in the Budwig Protocol give your body what it needs daily to stop cancer. Dr.
Budwig warned that you should follow the diet strictly for three years before relaxing a little, but
you can never stop these foods for more than a few days, and you cannot regularly include
damaging foods or supplements. Doing so may allow the cancer to return. This has happened to
some members.

++ Take care of your teeth. If there are hidden infections, they could interfere with your

Dr. Budwig's book
"Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer
and other Diseases"
offers an understanding of the scientific principles behind this protocol. Her
"The Oil-Protein Diet" gives practical diet information and recipes. Both of these books can be
ordered from  or from for about $10. Excerpts are in our
files section.

Her newest (and last) book,
"Cancer-The Problem and The Solution," written in 1999, is
available from Excerpts from this book are in the Links Section of
our group along with Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]& other information.

To read more information, many testimonials of those who regained their health with the Budwig
Protocol, and excerpts from FLAX OIL AS A TRUE AID..., click here for the Files Section of the

The flaxseed group moderator, Sandra Olson, has recently launced a new website with videos,
recipes, and more,  to further help people implement the Budwig Protocol.  There is a modest
monthly fee to join, but it would probably be very helpful for people new to Budwig.  
Return to "My Cancer Story" Home

Introduction to the Budwig Protocol
with Diet Details

This plan has stopped cancer & other diseases for over 50 years
From the Budwig Support Group at
This is only to give you a clear preview of the Budwig Protocol.  
For best results, please order Dr. Budwig's two books (listed below)
and join the Budwig support group (link above)

Some people follow this whole protocol, others follow parts of it,
depending on their own health conditions and objectives.  
Do not be put off by the apparent complexity - it sure beats chemotherapy!  
The diet becomes easier as you get more familiar with it.  

I've edited this just a little bit for the sake of simplicity and easier reading,
with a few additional notes of mine  in italics.  
                                 - Wanda
A Natural Healing: My Cancer Story
Return to My Cancer Story Home