The Budwig Diet or Protocol is garnishing a lot of attention in the viral internet world of natural treatments for cancer. It was invented by Dr. Johanna Budwiga great German lady, Dr. Johanna Budwig who had died in 2003 at the age of 95.

However, after her death, it appears that she is even more famous today than when she was alive. To some people whom her cancer protocol had saved, she was simply a saint. It has been said that her special diet saved the lives of approximately 90% of her cancer patients, of whom many were terminally ill.

What is the famous natural cancer treatment that has now been dubbed, the Budwig protocol or diet?

The Budwig Diet is simply organic cottage cheese and organic flaxseed oil.

Budwig was by no means some quack doctor or a fly by night physician. She was a highly esteemed pharmacist and held doctorate degrees in physics and chemistry. She was also nominated six times for the Nobel Prize for medicine during her career. Based on Budwig’s extensive research on the healing and curative benefits of fatty acids, she developed a diet that she believed was useful in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Johanna Budwig had said, “Without these fatty acids, the respiratory enzymes cannot function and the person suffocates, even when he is given oxygen-rich air. A deficiency in these highly unsaturated fatty-acids impairs many vital functions. First of all, it decreases the person’s supply of available oxygen. We cannot survive without air and food; nor can we survive without these fatty acids. That has been proven long ago.”

Flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, L.). Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for good health. The presence of omega-3, omega-6 rich oil, alpha-linoleic acid, dietary fibers, secoisolariciresinol diglucoside, protein and minerals in flaxseed constitute a very strong basis for the utilization of flaxseed in various food preparations as a curative agent. An extensive body of literature illustrates that flaxseed has gained a significant position in the domain of nutritional sciences owing to its pivotal role as an antioxidant agent.(1)

The benefits of the Budwig Protocol with fatty acids and oils such as Flax Seed Oil in the treatment of cancer are actually starting to be verified by science. Studies suggest that flaxseed oil may help prevent the growth of breast tumors. In one Canadian Study, researchers discovered that flaxseed oil prevented breast tumor growth, likely through ALA content.(2)

Also, a recent PubMed article from December 2015 titled, “Flax seed oil inhibits metastatic melanoma and reduces lung tumor formation in mice,” shows that at least in mice, flax seed oil inhibits the growth of metastatic melanoma and reduces lung tumor formation.(3)

In the study, cultured metastatic tumor cells were injected into the C57BL/6 mice through tail-vein injection (TVI) and the anti-metastatic properties of flax seed oil. Elevated marker enzyme activities in serum and altered enzymic and non-enzymic antioxidants were recovered during FSO treatment. Altered metastatic markers levels favoring the formation of metastatic lesions were observed in the disease group. FSO administration re-altered the levels of these markers in the treatment group contributing to better control of metastasis development.

The conclusion of the study stated, “These results support the protective role of FSO against lung cancer metastasis.”

Another study published on PubMed in 2007, details how 344 rats were given flax seed oil, and as a result, putative precursor lesions in the development of colon cancer in the distal colon by 88% and 77%, in the proximal colon by 86% and 87% with a total reduction of 87.5% and 84%, respectively.(4)

Some people may ask the question, why is cottage cheese part of this diet? 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that one cup of cottage cheese provides one-third of your daily dairy food requirement. Cottage cheese is very high in protein, high fat and contains some great essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B-12, B-6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

A single serving provides all the selenium you need in a day. It is also believed that selenium-rich foods may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Also, a recent study also suggests that a diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer. The report was published online June 23 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Cottage cheese is a cultured dairy product of unripened cheese formed by the natural action of lactic acid. In addition to its high nutritional value, the lactic acid bacteria in cottage cheese as an incredible natural antimicrobial and anti bacterial substances and organic compounds having antagonistic activity against microorganisms.

As you can see, there is ample proof that I have provided above in this article that shows that this diet actually may work wonders!

How do you do the Budwig Diet?

As I mentioned above, the diet consists of supplementing a healthy organic food regime with mainly organic cottage cheese and organic flaxseed oil. Here is the important thing to remember: The ratio of cottage cheese to flaxseed oil is 2:1.

For example, before breakfast you can take 2 tablespoons of organic cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon organic flax seed oil. For young children, you can lower it to 1 tablespoon of cottage cheese and 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil. You may also add in organic fruits, 100% juices (no added sugar etc) and or spices to make it more palatable to your taste buds. You can repeat this regime later in the afternoon, and or in the evening as well if needed be.

You are supposed to consume it from one to two, and or three times per day depending on your health condition. Dr Budwig had said that people who are suffering from a chronic or terminal disease should try to work themselves up to consuming 4 – 8 tablespoons of the flax seed oil daily.

Many people do not like cottage cheese and when mixed with flax seed oil, it is even worse tasting. If you are going to try this and think you might have problems trying to follow this diet, then you may want to try it in some type of smoothie form. Here is an example of a Budwig smoothie I found on the internet.

* 1/4 cup organic cultured cottage cheese

* 1-2 Tablespoons organic flaxseed oil

* Blend together in a blender until thoroughly mixed, and then add:

* 1/2 cup organic unsweetened grape, cherry or cranberry juice with no sugar added

* 1/4 to 1/2 cup frozen organic berries of your choice, and or a 1/2 banana (optional)

* 4 or 5 ice cubes (helps to provide thicker texture)

* Blend the mix until it is smooth, and enjoy

NOTE: Please keep in mind that you will also NEED to follow an organic healthy diet by avoiding foods such as hydrogenated fats, trans-fats, most animal fats, butter, sugar, white flour, preservatives, processed foods, soda, and alcohol; as well as pesticides and chemicals, even those in common household products and cosmetics. In addition, you will need to get plenty of healing rays from the sun (30-60 minutes a day minimum), and only drink chemical free water with no chlorine and or fluoride in it.

This type of diet is crucial in any health protocol when someone is ill and or has a disease. Most people who have knowledge of natural medical treatments and a healthy organic lifestyle, understand that this is just modern day basic common sense.

That’s it folks!

I will leave you with a quote from Dr. Johanna Budwig who had once said, “I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed. Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money. I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country.”


  1. PudMed: Flaxseed – a miraculous defense against some critical maladies.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center
  3. PubMed: Flax seed oil inhibits metastatic melanoma and reduces lung tumor formation in mice
  4. PubMed: Flax seed oil and flax seed meal reduce the formation of aberrant crypt foci (ACF) in azoxymethane-induced colon cancer in Fisher 344 male rats