Disclaimer: Consult with a doctor before deciding on a treatment plan for cancer or any other disease.

The Budwig Protocol increases cellular energy by fostering the development of healthy cell membranes. Dr. Budwig was successful at treating a wide variety of different diseases using her Quark Recipe which consists of cold-pressed flaxseed oil and cottage cheese which should ideally be consumed in the sunlight.

NOTE: This article was written primarily about cancer, but the Budwig Protocol can be used to treat the following diseases and disorders:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Disease
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Diabetes
  • Poor neurological functioning
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Inflammation [9]

Quick Summary

Dr. Budwig was a one-of-a-kind expert on fats and oils. Additionally, she was regarded as a top European cancer researcher, biochemist, blood specialist, physicist, and pharmacologist who was short-listed for a Nobel Prize seven times. She developed a diet that focused on using fats and oils to rejuvenate the body at the cellular level. According to Budwig processed fats such as trans fats “suffocate” the cells. This suffocation can trigger the development of cancer. Budwig advocated that patients consume only “living oils” that were organic and cold pressed such as extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, and in particular cold-pressed, organic flax seed oil. Her dietary recommendations regarding oils meld easily and can enhance the healing benefits of many of the other cancer diets that are recommended for patients in this section on nutritional therapies. In particular, most cancer patients can benefit from consuming Budwig’s “quark” recipe of cottage cheese and flaxseed oil in a 2:1 ratio.


Important Note: Do not take antioxidants 3 hours before or 3 hours after of doing the Budwig Protocol.



Detailed Introduction

Dr. Johanna Budwig was a German doctor who lived between 1908 and 2003. She was regarded as a top European cancer researcher, a biochemist, pharmacologist, blood specialist, physicist, and a leading authority on the health benefits of fats and oils. She was short-listed for a Nobel Prize seven times [1][2][7].


Dr. Budwig was the German government’s senior expert on fats and pharmaceutical drugs in 1952. Her research demonstrated the negative impact that highly processed fats such as trans fats and oils can have on cellular membranes and functioning in the human body. Specifically, she believed that diseases like cancer resulted from the cellular membrane’s inability to properly transport oxygen into cells. This lack of cellular oxygen resulted from a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. According to her research, commercially processed fats and oils cause human cells to have a lower voltage, which leads to chronic disease. The cell becomes like a dead battery that fails to function properly and lacks flexibility and vitality in the body [1][2][7][9].  


Cells that lack the proper amount of omega-3’s also become congested and inflamed which can lead to a variety of circulatory problems including arteriosclerosis. The nervous system benefits from omega-3’s as well. Budwig learned that by providing patients with the proper amount of linoleic and alpha-linoleic fatty acids, that their brain and nervous system functioning improved. The best source of the omega-3 fatty acids comes from flax seeds (Linum usitatissimum) [2][9].


Though Budwig was highly regarded in scientific circles, when she spoke out about the potential health hazards of trans fats and other highly processed oils and fats after World War II she was exiled from the Institute for Fats Research in Germany [2]. She said,


“The vast majority of chronic illnesses today are caused by the improper mass processing of foods and oils, plus poor nutrition as well as the worldwide use of dangerous pesticides which contaminate food and destroy electrons” [2].


Today, large organizations and the medical establishment claim that “there is no reliable evidence” that the Budwig diet works to treat cancer. As with other holistic medical treatments for cancer, and particularly diet therapies, special linguistic tricks have been employed to misinform the public without officially lying about them. In this case, for example, the word “reliable” is used as an adjective to describe the word “evidence” as it pertains to the Budwig diet. But the word “reliable” is subjective. The definition for this word (reliable) has been set by the large organizations that wish to keep the pharmaceutical industry in power. There is in fact, quite a lot of evidence that the Budwig diet can help cancer patients recover their health, but this evidence would not necessarily live up to the standards set by powerful organizations like the Sloan Kettering Center, for example. The Sloan Kettering “standards” involve double-blind testing, for example. But many doctors like Dr. Budwig aren’t willing to do “double-blind” testing on their patients for the simple reason that to do so would mean excluding half of the patients from receiving healing treatments while leading them to believe that they were receiving it. The Sloan Kettering Center uses the word “unproven” to scare cancer patients away from the Budwig diet. They can’t say that there’s “no evidence” or that the diet doesn’t work, because there is evidence that it works. And the word “unproven” is particularly useful in a context like this because in science, nothing can be proven [4][5][9][12]. Theories can only be disproven, but the general public doesn’t know this scientific jargon or the rules of science so the word “unproven” implies that a treatment is ineffective or even dangerous even if it’s ten times more effective than conventional treatment options.


The Budwig Center provides testimonials from patients who have been healed of a variety of diseases (including cancer) using their treatment strategy [6].

Safety and Effectiveness

Dr. Budwig’s research led her to discover that a particular kind of cheese called “quark” contains the same sulphydryl groups found in cancer treatment drugs. The suphydryl groups are:


  • Methionine amino acids
  • Cysteine [7]


The Budwig Diet is based on the idea that when cells are growing, the nucleus and the membrane of the cell have opposite charges. The nucleus is positively charged while the membrane carries a negative charge. When cells are dividing, this charge differential causes daughter-cells to break off from mother cells, but if the electrical charge of the mother cell is disordered, the daughter cell can’t break off from it, which can lead to tumors [1][2].


Because cellular membranes are made up of fats, the electrical charge of cellular membranes is altered by processed fats. When unsaturated fats have been chemically altered, their field of electrons are removed. The result is that these processed fats destroy the field of electrons that are necessary in order for the cells to function properly and communicate with other cells in the body [1].


Dr. Budwig’s research demonstrated that cancer patients who followed her protocol had higher concentrations of oxygen in their cells and they were able to overcome all states of cancer including cancer of the digestive system, breast, brain, and skin [7].


NOTE: Those with a colostomy and patients with colon or colorectal cancer should not consume chia or flaxseeds.

How the Budwig Protocol Is Administered

The Budwig Protocol involves a diet as well as enemas [1].


Budwig Diet Summary

Below is a summary of the Budwig Protocol:


  • The most important part of the diet involves the consumption of quark or cottage cheese (full fat coconut milk or coconut yogurt, soy milk, or rice milk could be substituted for these ingredients) mixed with flaxseed oil in a 2:1 ratio. The two should be blended together until no visible oil remains floating. The combination of proteins and fats consumed together makes it easy for the body to assimilate. Patients can add other ingredients like fresh fruit to this mixture only after the ingredients in the mixture have been fully incorporated [2][7][9].


  • Cancer patients should consume 8 tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil can be consumed daily to prevent cancer [7].


  • Patients should avoid all refined and granulated sugars and meats


  • Patients should avoid all processed foods


  • Patients should avoid drugs and supplements


  • Patients should only eat fresh foods, never leftovers


  • Patients should only drink purified water


  • Patients should eat only fresh, organic fruits and vegetables


  • Flaxseeds should be consumed fresh, within 15 minutes of grinding them [7]


In addition to consuming the flaxseed oil-quark mixture, patients should also get plenty of sunshine. Dr. Budwig recommends eating the mixture outside in the sun because the sunshine activates it in the body [7][8].


Some experts recommend combining the Budwig Protocol with the Gerson Diet for best results [9]. Patients could also combine the Budwig Protocol with the Binzel Diet or The China Study diet.

How to Make the Budwig Diet Quark Mixture



1 Tbsp. cold pressed flaxseed oil

2 Tbsp. organic cottage cheese, quark, soy milk, or rice milk


Combine the above ingredients in a glass bowl using an immersion blender. Blend for 1 minute until it has the consistency of whipped cream.


In a separate glass bowl,


Grind 2 Tbsp. golden or brown flaxseeds in a coffee grinder for 1 minute until they appear “fluffy”. Add the mixture to the ground flaxseeds and stir [7]. Add fruit or honey to taste after the above ingredients have been mixed together thoroughly.

Other Information

Barlean’s Linseed Oil

It’s important that the flax seed oil used in the Budwig Protocol is cold-pressed and that it isn’t pressed too hard, heated, and that it is not chemically extracted. It should be stored in a cool, dark place, ideally the refrigerator. Shake well before use to distribute the lignans throughout the oil before consuming it [2].


Dr. Budwig recommends the use of Barlean’s linseed oil [2].


The Budwig Center

Huescar, 5. Ed. Galaxia. 1 L-11

EU (+34) 952-577-369-

USA (+34) 664-174-281



Two week program cost – €11,400 (or $12,950 USD)

Three week program cost– €14.900 (or $16,950 USD)


Treatment is available at the Budwig Center for 1, 2, or 3 weeks. Cancer patients can all receive a medical consultations, hyperthermia treatments, intravenous therapies, homeopathic treatments, bio-energetic restoration, detoxification treatments, analyses and tests, par biomagnetic sessions, and lunch in the Budwig kitchen. Lodging is not provided. A distance program is available for patients who wish to do the Budwig protocol in their own home [6].


Frankincense Oil for Brain Cancer Patients

Dr. Budwig recommended the use of frankincense essential oil for patients suffering from brain cancer. She recommended that the oil be rubbed on the body, ideally the area around the neck, three times per day. High-quality, 100% pure frankincense oil can also be taken internally as 3 drops, 3 times daily [9].

 Buy doTERRA frankincense essential oil here.

The Budwig Diet in Conjunction with Cesium Therapy

The Budwig Diet is an alkaline diet and patients can use this diet in conjunction with Cesium Chloride and the High pH protocol [10].


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Other Important Links:

Quark and the Budwig Protocol for Psoriasis

Chlorine Dioxide – Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)

Iodine Therapy for Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Other Reproductive Organ Cancers

Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) Basics: What Everyone Needs to Know about This Tree-Medicine

Bob Beck Cancer Protocol – Bob Beck Micropulser Cancer Treatment

Gonzalez Protocol: Supplement-Focused, Customized Diet for Cancer



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[2] Budwig, J. (2010). The Budwig Cancer & Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Diet: The Complete Recipes, Updated Research & Protocols for Health and Healing. Freedom Press.


[3] Erasmus, U. (1993). Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol, and Human Health. Alive Books.


[4] Cancer Research UK (n.d.). Budwig diet. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/budwig-diet


[5] Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/budwig-diet-01


[6] Budwig Center (n.d.). The Dr. Budwig Diet and Food Plan. A balanced diet for optimum health, flaxseed, or linseed oil and cottage cheese. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://www.budwigcenter.com/the-budwig-diet/


[7] Jockers, D. (2018). How the Budwig Diet Protocol for Cancer Works. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/budwig-diet-protocol-cancer/


[8] Mannion, S., Page, S., Heilman Bell, L., Verhoef, M. (2011). Components of an Anticancer Diet: Dietary Recommendations, Restrictions, and Supplements of the Bill Henderson Protocol. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257729/


[9] Dr. Axe (2018). 7 Budwig Diet Benefits for Cancer Prevention + More. Retrieved May 4, 2018 from https://draxe.com/budwig-diet-protocol-cancer/


[10] KillCancerCells.com (n.d.). Budwig Diet and Cesium Chloride. Retrieved May 10, 2018 from http://www.killcancercells.com/cesium_budwig/cesiumandbudwig.html


[12] Griffin, G. E. (1974). World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, 3rd Ed. American Media.