Budwig Diet Protocol & Lifestyle Plan in Detail

Written by Sandra Olson, M. Ed., owner of Budwig-Videos.com & researcher of anticancer healing plans since 1990. All materials on this site are protected by International Copyright and cannot be printed elsewhere by others.

Please read this carefully, print it out & use it daily.

This plan has been stopping cancer & other diseases for over 50 years

This can help you to follow Dr. Budwig’s FULL 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 the experiences  of the people who have successfully followed it and have regained health.

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

In liver, pancreatic, stomach and gall bladder disease it’s best to begin with a “Transition Diet” which is explained in our next article.  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 she recommended. There are many testimonials on this site written by members of the Yahoo Group I moderate, FlaxSeedoil2, who have regained their health by following this protocol after being diagnosed with cancer – many of them terminal. The plan has helped people to overcome other conditions as well. You can read about some of them in our Testimonial section.

To start the Budwig 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.
2- An immersion hand-held electric mixer (stick-shaped mixer) 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.
3- A vegetable juicer. A masticating type juice is said to give a more healthful juice than a centrifugal type. Research Green Star & Omega 8005.  [As a member of this site, if you join, you will see a video demonstration of the Omega 8005.]

TO START THE DAY – About an hour before breakfast, have a glass [4 to 8oz] of raw sauerkraut juice. It has cancer-fighting benefits. Homemade is best in order to get the digestive enzymes.  To get saurkraut juice, run the finished homemade kraut through your juicer. Upon joining our site, you can watch a video on making sauerkraut at home.

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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 call it FOCC]. Cottage cheese, quark, homemade yogurt cheese or kefir cheese is OK to use also.

Dr. Budwig’s oil/protein Muesli [or mixture] that we call FOCC, which stands for flax seed oil and cottage cheese, is a key part of this healing plan. By blending and bonding the oil and cheese, the flax oil is more easily metabolized & helps to oxygenate & normalize the function of the body’s cells.

MEASUREMENTS: In her books, Dr. Budwig said to use 100 grams quark (or cottage cheese) in her “oil-protein” [or “FOCC”] recipe. 100 grams equals approximately 6 U.S. tablespoons or British dessert spoons of cheese. She recommended 3 tablespoons of flax oil. That’s a ratio of approximately 1:2 flax oil to cheese. Cold-pressed liquid FO is used. It’s more economical to buy plain FO instead of High Lignan FO because you’ll obtain plenty of lignans at a lower cost by using freshly ground flaxseeds [used instead of Linomel]. Ground seeds should be consumed within 15 to 20 minutes. FO does not have to be refrigerated until the container is opened. After opening, refrigerate.

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 CC or quark with a hand-held immersion electric mixer for up to a minute. If needed, add 3 Tbs milk. Avoid adding water or juices when blending FO with CC or quark.
The mixture should be thoroughly blended with no separated oil showing.
Layer or stir in the following ingredients:
[2] Grind 2 Tbs whole flaxseeds and add. [This replaces Linomel]
Freshly ground seeds should be eaten 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 or cinnamon, lemon juice, etc.
Try various fresh organic fruits & flavorings.
[This recipe is one example of how FO can be blended with cheese. If you don’t like the taste of cottage cheese, you can make yogurt cheese by draining off the whey. We have a video for members showing how to easily do this. Besides changing the taste of the cheese, you can also change the fruit for vegetables and spices for a savory flavor & eat the fruit at another time.]
Afterward, you can have whole grain bread with cucumber, tomato, radishes or other raw veggies.

Please look on our home page for the free video of the FOCC recipe being made.

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.

GO OUTSIDE FOR SUNLIGHT – 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, when strong enough, is using a rebounder
[a mini-trampoline] because it helps clear the lymph system and promotes better drainage. [See www.healthbounce. com & www.needakrebounder .com]

One Tbs whole flaxseeds, freshly ground and added to a glass of champagne, known to help digestion & absorption. [1999 book] .  Pure fruit juice can be used in place of champagne if you prefer. The amount of liquid can vary.

RAW vegetable salad with various home-made salad dressings which may include one or more Tbs FO blended with 1 or 2 Tbs organic CC plus one Tbs organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and spices. Or, for sweeter dressing, try FO & grape, orange, apple or another juice plus 1 Tbs Bragg apple cider vinegar. You can vary the salad dressings based on the recipes in our videos or in the Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook. The body can digest 1 or 2 Tbs flax oil without cottage cheese. Avoid commercial salad dressings. Pumpkin seed oil can also be used along with FO. Experiment with spices or honey for variety.

If still hungry, make boiled or steamed veggies and grains. [See “DINNER”]

LUNCH DESSERT: It’s IMPORTANT to have a SECOND SERVING of FOCC with varied fresh raw fruits (organic if possible). Again, use 3 Tbs FO & 6 Tbs CC with fresh fruit but NO flaxseeds. If there are problems digesting this amount of oil, begin with smaller amounts of FOCC and increase it slowly. Chew very well to optimise digestion. Predigestion starts in the mouth by mixing saliva with the foods. Try to have meals in a peaceful atmosphere. Relaxing is important.

One Tbs whole flaxseeds, freshly ground, stirred into a glass of sparkling wine or Champagne OR one Tbs flaxseeds, ground and stirred into a 4 to 8 ounce glass of fruit juice: grape, cherry or pineapple.  Chew or swish the ground flaxseeds in your mouth to mix with saliva for better digestion.

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.

SUNBATHING in summer is very important. Sunlight on the skin [without sunscreen or lotion] makes vitamin D and gives the body healing energy. Start slowiy so that you avoid getting a burn. Work up to 20 or 30 minutes in the sun. Wait a few hours after sunbathing before showering with soap as it takes time for vitamin D to be made on the skin.

One Tbs 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 flax seeds & oils]. [Note: Instead of the fruit juices, some
heal using homemade vegetable juices as described at 10 a.m.]

Have 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, and 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.  Used also as a spread on bread [whole or sprouted grain, homemade or Ezekiel].

A glass of organic red wine if desired.

The above diet guidelines can be varied by the many recipes on this website & in Dr. Budwig’s book “The Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook,” sold by applepublishing.com

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.

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

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

++ Stress is damaging. Avoid & reduce 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 chronic anger and sadness through counseling, a support group or some method of letting go of it. [We have a video of relaxation methods.]

++ ELDI oils are oils for external application or enema. Dr. Budwig had her patients use them. Some do well without them. [Read our articles on ordering ELDI oils.]

++ Dr. Budwig did not include drugs or supplements in her protocol guidelines.
In her 1999 book, she spoke against them. Some patients wean off of some drugs slowly under a doctor’s care. Always consult your doctor in these matters. 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 such as chemo and radiation, cortisones, hormones & pain killers.
She also warned against the dangers of oxygen therapy for the cancer patient & said that the cells are not ready to absorb extra oxygen until they are healed through diet.

++ The foods in the Budwig Protocol give your body what it needs daily to help to stop cancer. Dr. Budwig warned that you should follow the diet closely for three years before relaxing a little, but you cannot regularly include damaging foods in your daily menu. Doing so may allow the cancer to return. This has happened to some people who left the diet too soon. Please notice that the diet does not include animal proteins or fats other than that in cheese and milk. Meats, poultry, fish, eggs and butter are excluded. Research has shown that these foods can promote cancer growth. Cane sugar and any products including it are also excluded. Avoid highly processed foods; try to eat as naturally as possible. Avoid commercial salad dressings, trans-fats and preserved oils. We show various salad dressing recipes on our videos.

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

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 cookbook, The Oil-Protein Diet, gives practical diet information and recipes.
These two books can be ordered from Apple Publishing at this link. http://applepublishing.com/Dr-Budwig_c8.htm

Budwig-Videos will give you recipes & information based on all three of the books by Dr. Budwig listed here.

Her newest (and last) book, Cancer-The Problem and The Solution, written in 1999, is available from

The science from that book is discussed in our video for members.

Be aware that another book based loosely on Dr. Budwig’s plan was published in 2011. It’s entitled, The Budwig Cancer and Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Diet. This book was prepared by Dr. Budwig’s nephew, Armin Grunewald, M. D. and his son, Alexander Grunewald, Ph. D.  Please be aware that this book presents their ideas for a program for healthy people even though it says ‘by Dr. Johanna Budwig’ on the front of the book.