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Budwig Center – Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of some our most commonly asked questions in regards to our alternative therapies and wellness course.

Why Dr. Budwig called refined oils and margarine ‘dead’ oils?

Why Dr. Budwig called refined oils and margarine ‘dead’ oils?

Dr. Budwig used only cold-pressed”, “virgin” or “extra-virgin” oils in her food preparation and she was a big fan of extra virgin coconut oil. When cooking, only use coconut oil as it will not break down with the heat. For salads any cold pressed oil, such as olive oil is recommended. Dr. Budwig of course used cold pressed flaxseed oil with her Quark (German cottage cheese) mixture that she feed her cancer patients.

However she strongly condemned all other processed and refined oils, calling them dangerous dead oils that cause death to those who consume them. One margarine manufacturer admitted that is there was one more process done to their margarine it would ‘turn into plastic’!

Dr. Budwig noticed that sick cancer patients’ blood was all clumped together instead of free-flowing as in healthy people. Also the blood had a strange greenish unnatural color, which was a sure sign of oxygen deficiency. She blamed it on bad oils. To quote Dr. Budwig, she said: “Our eating habits are often lacking in high unsaturated acid fats, and contain an excess of man-made oils known as trans fats (or partially hydrogenated oils)”. These Trans fats are found in commonly used cooking oils and margarine. Vegetable oils may be labeled “100% pure” which may deceive you into believing they are not harmful, but most companies extract oil from corn, canola, sunflower seeds, and other plants through extreme heat, and other artificial processes, none of which are the natural extraction procedure. According to Dr. Budwig, corrosive and caustic chemical products, namely, sodium hydroxide (commonly known for its use as a drain cleaner) are also used in the refining process.

As a result, these oils are no longer alive, and are no longer advisable for consumption. Additionally, when these heavy oils are incorporated into our cell membranes, they destroy the electric charge. Without that charge, our cells start to suffocate due to a lack of oxygen. The aforementioned trans fats are also a trigger factor for Type II Diabetes, since insulin is a large molecule and trans fats challenge the molecule’s entry through the cell membrane.

After administering a mix of flaxseed oil and quark, Dr. Budwig found that the blood of her patients was no longer clumped together and displaying a greenish color. Instead, she could see a bright red color, which was a very positive indicator and a sign of improvement and increased oxygen intake.

Refined vegetable oils are also abundant in processed foods such as; mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, and others sauces and dressings fried food, fried chicken, French fries, chips, doughnuts, etc. When these oils are mixed with proteins, they hinder blood and lymphatic circulation, cause heart damage and inhibit our regeneration process. This slows down – and potentially halts completely – the bio-electric activity in these areas.

Will ‘Fasting’ Help Reverse Cancer?

Will ‘Fasting’ Help Reverse Cancer?

Would ‘fasting’ help to detox and speed up the healing process for people with cancer?

The basic answer is no. The body is already so depleted that it would not normally do well on a fast. For people in good health this is an effective tool. The Budwig Center’s program includes a detox program using herbs to cleanse the liver, lungs, kidneys and intestinal tract. Coffee enemas are used to detox the liver. The food, juices and smoothies in the Budwig food plan will also help the body to cleanse, so no additional fasting/cleansing would be needed nor advised.

The only exception might be someone that is several pounds overweight. Although having said that most people reach their ideal weight on the Budwig protocol, especially if they use Cottage cheese or Quark that is 0% fat content.

Can yogurt or kefir be substituted for cottage cheese?

Can yogurt or kefir be substituted for cottage cheese?

Dr. Johanna Budwig was concerned about consuming too much animal products in general and Dairy products are not encourage in the Budwig Diet, especially if you have cancer or any chronic illness. For a healthy person consuming the occasional amount of dairy, goat or sheep dairy would be the best option.

As for the best ingredient to be used to mix with the flaxseed oil, the cottage cheese, quark or requesón are the only types of cheese that have the sulfurated protein (not found in yoghurt, kefir or other dairy products)

Remember to use a cottage cheese or quark with NO added sugar and no more than 2% fat. Once the mixture has become homogenous, some do add a little goat or sheep kefir or yoghurt to the mixture for texture and this would be OK.

Should I avoid all fruit, juices, honey etc… because sugar feeds cancer?

Should I avoid all fruit, juices, honey etc… because sugar feeds cancer?

Refined sugar is bad for you, without a doubt it feeds cancer and a host of illnesses. Dr. Budwig made that clear. She did however allow berries, fruit and some fruit juices because of their nutritional value. When taken in small quantities all natural sugars enter the body slowly and provide important energy and nutrition. Fruit is more nutritious when consumed blended, whole instead of juiced. Raw honey that has only been heated to 20ºC so that it can be poured into necessary containers is also very good for the immune system but once it has been boiled (pasteurized) it loses its valuable enzymes and nutrients, therefore acting like refined sugar in the body. Other acceptable sweet options are: Stevia, Xylitol from Birch trees and dried fruit.

Can I claim back some of the costs on my private Health care program?

Can I claim back some of the costs on my private Health care program?

The Budwig Center does not have any arrangements with any health care schemes or companies. However, many people do have a type of insurance that refunds them a set amount or covers certain medical treatments when they have an illness (diagnosed), allowing them to get treatment in the clinic of their choice. We will provide you with an official invoice and a medical report which you can then present to your health insurance company once you return home.

Is the Budwig Center regulated and/or authorized?

Is the Budwig Center regulated and/or authorized?

Yes, the BUDWIG CENTER is an officially approved Cancer Clinic. We have been fully authorized by the Ministry of Health here in Spain with the registration number N.I.C.A. 43493http://www.msssi.gob.es/en/home.htm

Did Dr. Budwig allow meat on her diet?

Did Dr. Budwig allow meat on her diet?

Dr. Budwig stated in her book “Flax oil as a True Aid against Arthritis, Heart Infarction and Cancer”, on page 34: “I do not forbid patients meat, unless they are on the edge of the grave.”
Following an interview Dr. O.P. Verma held with Dr. Budwig, he quoted her in his book “Cancer Cause and Cure”, on page 56 as saying: “I reject frozen and preserved meat. Fresh meat is OK.”
In her Oil-Protein Diet Cookbook, Dr. Budwig writes on page 175: “While traveling…you can protect yourself against harm while travelling by ordering fresh fish such as trout, pike, carp and other fresh fish”.

If you did decide to consume meat, it would be absolutely imperative that it was organic and free range. Fish (with fins and scales) seems to be the choice of Dr. Budwig for her patients. When I visited her in the year 2000 she was serving fresh water trout to her patients that day. DHA is a very important omega 3 and it is found abundantly in sardines, anchovies, roe and Alaska salmon and mackerel. It is best to avoid or greatly reduce red meats, even organic as they cause inflammation and studies show that inflammation is involved in almost every type of illness and especially cancer. Meat can be replaced with mushrooms and seaweeds; especially Spirulina (contains about 65% protein and 3 times as much protein as red meat). There are many other vegetarian sources of protein such as hemp, lentils, sprouts, nuts and seeds. Free range, organic poultry (chicken, duck, and turkey) once a week is an option.

Processed meats such as bacon, ham, sausages, cold cuts, corn beef, etc., have several harmful preservatives and so should be avoided completely.

What other foods can I add to the Budwig Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture?

What other foods can I add to the Budwig Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture?

Dr. Budwig allowed a small amount of pure raw honey. To sweeten the muesli you may add 1 teaspoon of honey (raw, unpasteurized honey is best, containing all of its healthy properties). Here are some other great suggestions on how to make the Budwig Muesli (Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture) taste great and to keep it interesting:

• Add the juice of ½ a lemon makes it very palatable and a great fresh ziggy taste.
• Add fruit in season, especially berries can be added
• Add parsley and garlic
• Dried fruits
• Ground hemp seeds
• Ground almonds or Brazil nuts
• Ground sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (do not use peanuts)
• Vanilla or cinnamon
• Raw cocoa makes it like a chocolate ‘mouse’ desert
• Grated coconut (unsweetended)
• Some prefer a touch of cayenne pepper… be creative!
• If you would rather a runnier consistency, add goat’s milk, oat milk, almond milk, or organic rice milk.

Why Did Dr. Budwig forbid sugar in her Cancer diet?

Why Did Dr. Budwig forbid sugar in her Cancer diet?

Cancer is like fertilizer to sugar and cancer cells require 18 times more sugar than normal healthy cells, because their mitochondria are damaged. Further proof that cancer needs sugar to survive is shown when the doctor injects glucose (sugar) into the veins to perform a PET scan and the glucose is quickly taken up by the cancer cells and they light up like a Christmas tree in the test.

Dr. Budwig only allowed natural sugars as they occur in food the way God made them in the first place, such as in fruits, vegetables, honey, Stevia, etc.

Although we may directly avoid sugar, please keep in mind that the following foods have sugar content: Store bought pastries, Ice-cream (commercial ice creams also often contain chemicals like carboxymethyl cellulose, butyraldehyde, amyl acetate and diethyl glycol which is also used in anti-freeze and paint removers), fizzy drinks, boxed cereals, ready-made sauces and even in savory food, for example, bread.

Many Researcher now concur that ‘your life span is determined by the amount of sugar you burn during your years of life’, so please read labels carefully. Fizzy (soft) drinks can have up to 10 teaspoons of white refined sugar. Fruit juices from concentrate have high sugar content and low nutritional value since the UHT manufacturing process leads to the loss of most of its beneficial vitamins. Avoid fructose syrups, (molasses) and artificial sweeteners and if you have cancer even maple syrup and sugarcane should be avoid. A small amount of raw honey is allowed and Xylitol from birch tree source could be used in baking.

Why did Dr. Budwig not use artificial oxygen therapies?

Why did Dr. Budwig not use artificial oxygen therapies?

Dr. Budwig believed in oxygen but only natural oxygen in her treatment. Let me explain. She discovered that by supplying a flaxseeds and quark mixture, that she called ‘muesli’ to her patients, the body´s oxygen absorption increased immediately and naturally.

Dr. Budwig´s in her books Das Fettsyndrom and Der Tod des Tumor and Das Fettsyndrom pp. 76 ff: [translated from German] stated: “The use of oxygen concentrate, aerosols, hydrogen peroxide injections and other methods of counteracting hypoxia or tissue anoxia, means forcing blood to take oxygen. Trying to do this through non-biological means is the wrong way to go about it. The priority should be to investigate why the blood is not absorbing enough oxygen?”

That is why at the Budwig Center we do not use therapies such as the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, ozone IV’s, Hydrogen Peroxide IVs’, nor any other form of artificial oxygen therapies along with the Budwig protocol. In fact if you used the two therapies together they would cancel each other out. It would be like pressing on the accelerator of your car when the transmission is in neutral.

The link between a lack of oxygen in the blood and how it affects our health has been firmly established. The effects of insufficient oxygen can range from fatigue to a potentially fatal disease. Once a cell´s oxygen availability drops below 60% of its normal rate, the cell is forced to change to an inferior energy production method (fermentation); the cell cannot return to an adequate oxygenation system, and loses control of replication, and therefore starts to frantically make copies of itself, a condition we call cancer. Dr. Warburg pointed out that any substance depriving a cell of oxygen is a carcinogen.

Dr. Budwig favored natural herbs and plant extracts. Along with the muesli or for people not able to consume the dairy due to an intolerance or allergy, the Budwig Center recommends the superfood that Himalayan guides, called Sherpas who have been bringing explorers to the top of Mount Everest for centuries used to improve energy, increase stamina and support physical performance. As part of their job, these guides must carry extraordinarily heavy packs of food and equipment. Not only that, but they have to do it for many miles at high altitudes where there is less oxygen in the air. In fact, the oxygen concentration at 12,000 feet is 40% lower than at sea level. That’s why so many mountain climbers often get light headed, dizzy, or fatigued. Sherpas were on the first expedition to reach the top of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. One Sherpa has scaled the summit an unprecedented ten times and all without oxygen. Another Sherpa raced up the side of Mount Everest in less than 17 hours, when it takes most hikers four days to do it. They consume cordyceps which grows at 16,000 feet high in the mountains of Tibet.

One study found that older adults who took cordyceps significantly improved their oxygen absorption. Another study found that athletes who took cordyceps daily for six weeks had double the rate of oxygen intake as those in the placebo group. And yet another study found that cordyceps increased cellular oxygen absorption by an enormous 40%!