Which diets can cure autoimmune disease?


The dietary guidelines that we’ve outlined so far in this chapter are heavily based on the guidelines of other well-known, highly effective disease-curing diets. While some of the information we give elsewhere differs slightly from the diets below (due to research and experience of our own), many of the guidelines we recommend to patients are based on diets that have been used for decades to successfully cure cancer, autoimmune disease, and other serious illnesses. Below, we talk about the Budwig Diet, the Gerson Diet, and the China Study Diet as important, groundbreaking dietary protocols. Patients with autoimmune disease will benefit from learning about these. 


We also talk specifically about Sir Jason Winters Tea, a special herbal tea blend used to cure cancer, as well as to cure other types of disease. While this isn’t technically a diet protocol, it can be incorporated into any of these diets as a part of a healing food-based protocol.


The Budwig Diet

The Budwig Diet focuses heavily on the consumption of healthy fats and oils. Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German doctor, advised her patients on similar protocols like we have above, in addition to advising against the consumption of any and all heated oils. She believed that cancer (and other diseases, including autoimmunity) could be cured by incorporating “living” oils into the diet and eliminating all “dead” oils. One of the key parts of her diet protocol involved the Budwig Smoothie, a mix of quark or cottage cheese and flaxseed oil, combined until light and fluffy, and then eaten at least once daily while sitting out in the sun. Thus, this diet combined the nutritional benefits of grass-fed, organic animal proteins (which contain iodine and vitamin K2, nutrients that most of the population are now deficient in) with the benefits of living oils (to regenerate lipid cell membranes) and the power of sunlight. 


Dr. Budwig had her cancer patients eat nothing but this smoothie 8 times per day. While this may be extreme for some people, eating this smoothie a minimum of one time per day is something we recommend to all autoimmune disease patients. However, if you want to eat the smoothie more often than this, you’re welcome to do so.


The Budwig Smoothie can be made according to the ingredients/instructions below: 


  • 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed, organic, extra virgin flaxseed oil
  • 6 tablespoons of grass-fed, organic cottage cheese or quark (if you don’t have access to grass-fed cottage cheese or quark, you can substitute this with grass-fed goat’s/sheep’s milk, full fat coconut milk or another creamy nut milk, or a similar ingredient). 


Blend the above two ingredients in a blender until they fully integrate and become light and fluffy. At this point, you may add some raw honey or fresh fruit, if you’d like, or eat the mixture plain. Spoon the smoothie into a bowl and eat it while sitting in full sunlight with as much of your skin exposed as possible. 


Read more about the Budwig Diet here. 


The Gerson Diet

The Gerson Diet is a famous cancer-curing diet developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the early 1900s (meaning that this diet protocol has now been around for about 100 years). Dr. Gerson used this diet to cure patients from all manners of illness, including bile duct cancer, tuberculosis, digestive system disease, liver-based diseases, allergies, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, and many others. 


This diet is very strict, and a wide range of foods are heavily restricted for patients who follow it. A modified version of the Gerson Diet can be followed at home, though, and is successful. Alternatively, patients can visit Gerson Centers in Mexico or Hungary where they can follow the exact protocol with staff support. Trained Gerson practitioners may also be able to help guide some patients on their journey via telephone or video chat. 


The Gerson Diet advises patients to drink at least 13 juice drinks per day. Patients will drink a citrus juice in the morning, and then have their choice of either a carrot-apple juice or a green juice for the remaining juices of the day. The patients also are allowed to eat 3 meals per day according to the dietary rules of the protocol, and may drink some teas. They also are required to take a list of specific nutritional supplements that support healing. Finally, patients on the Gerson Protocol must do daily coffee enemas as a part of their detoxification process; they may do between 2-5 per day, depending on their individual health situation and needs. 


Many of the dietary principles of the Gerson Diet resemble the ones we describe here. For example, the Gerson Diet also prohibits processed/refined foods, and limits animal products (only plain, organic, non-fat yogurt and liver are permitted). The diet also advises against the use of sweeteners, with the exception of small amounts of raw honey, blackstrap molasses, and maple syrup. Unlike our diet, patients are restricted from eating aromatic foods and spices (such as chili peppers and berries), and also are advised against eating most grains. 


You can learn more about the details of the Gerson Diet at this link.


The China Study Diet

The China Study Diet is based on the China Study, one of the largest nutritional studies ever undertaken, and is regularly employed to halt and reverse the progression of cancer and other types of serious disease, including autoimmune disease. In general, patients who follow the China Study Diet are permitted to eat any whole food that they wish, but must completely eliminate dairy and ensure that their consumption of animal proteins makes up 5% or less of their diet.


Read more about the China Study and the China Study Diet here


The China Study revealed that individuals who consumed higher amounts of animal protein were significantly more likely to develop cancer. It also noted that these individuals were able to reverse their cancer by reducing their consumption of animal products. This study also noticed a direct correlation between the consumption of dairy products from cows and the probability of developing osteoporosis. Indeed, other research by other experts indicates similar findings. 


I want to add a layer here, though. I don’t personally believe that eating meat always equals poor health. In fact, after having been a vegan for a few years and experienced the negative repercussions of this, and learning about the Gonzalez Diet, a different protocol that sometimes advocates for the consumption of more animal products for some people with particular constituencies (and then having to implement this philosophy in my personal life, since my husband needs meats more than I do), I’ve had to adjust my perspective. Meat isn’t inherently bad. After all, some of the healthiest societies in the world, like the Hunza tribe in Pakistan, regularly consume meat as a part of their daily cuisine.


Read more about the Gonzalez Protocol here


The problem that I see is with the way that meat and animal products are produced in modern society. In the modern world… yes, absolutely, the vast majority of meats and animal proteins are significantly more likely to do more harm than good. Cow’s milk, for example, no longer contains vitamin K2 or iodine when it’s produced by commercial farms. So, in effect, a person drinking regular cow’s milk from the supermarket may be consuming not only high levels of vitamin D and calcium, but also organophosphates, since these are frequently given to milk cows as “medicines”. The combination of these factors means that, yes, commercial cow’s milk can definitely cause conditions like osteoporosis and organ calcifications when consumed in high quantities over time. 


However, I don’t think that organic, grass-fed cow’s milk necessarily has these same negative consequences. The presence of vitamin K2 and iodine in this type of cow’s milk ensures that the vitamin D will direct the calcium in the milk into the bones, and that it won’t build up in soft tissues where it doesn’t below. And, the iodine also helps regulate hormones in a healthy way, acting as a preventative against hormone-related types of osteoporosis (in contrast, commercial milks generally contain added hormones that negatively interfere with natural human hormones). Unfortunately, organic, grass-fed cow’s milk is extraordinarily difficult to find, especially in the US and other developed countries. For this reason, all commercial cow’s milk and cow’s milk products should be avoided, because they do indeed cause disease, as was proven by the China Study. 


Commercial meat products have a similar set of problems as commercial dairy products, and therefore must be avoided for the same reasons. Indeed, there are cultures that eat mostly animal proteins, such as the Inuit in Alaska, who, before contact with colonizers, had extremely low rates of cancer, yet regularly followed a diet that was exclusively animal proteins. I tend to believe that some people need more fruits and vegetables, while other people need more animal proteins. Some people fall right in the middle of these two extremes. But regardless, I also tend to believe that all people need a suitable balance between fresh plant foods and animal foods, since both offer important health benefits.


I also know, however, that limiting animal proteins is essential for healing cancer and other autoimmune diseases in many cases. The body has to use a lot of bile and pancreatic enzymes to digest animal proteins, yet it also needs these substances to target and kill cancer cells and other pathogens. By limiting animal proteins, your body has more bile and more enzymes that it can use to heal disease. It also puts less pressure on your digestive system, meaning that your body can use that energy in other ways for healing.


The China Study offers groundbreaking information that I strongly agree with. However, there are some additional layers of complexity to the information uncovered in this study that deserve careful consideration. The dietary guidelines that we present here are based both on the information found in the China Study and by experts in cancer research, as well as in the other more recent research that we’ve found in our hunt for an autoimmune disease cure.


Sir Jason Winters Tea

Sir Jason Winters was a British man (he later lived in Canada) who searched the world for a cancer cure after being diagnosed himself with cancer of the neck. His herbal remedy, which can be consumed as a tea or in a tablet that he called “Tribalene”, includes a set of herbs, including Indian Sage (Salvia officinalis), Chaparral (Larrea tridentata), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), and an unnamed herb that Sir Jason Winters referred to only as “Herbalene” in an effort to protect his teas and other products from being swept up by Big Pharma. 


Besides being a treatment for cancer, Sir Jason Winters Tea has also successfully cured: 


  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Calcium deposits / calcifications
  • Chronic bladder infections and kidney infections
  • Autonomic dysreflexia
  • Chronic cough
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • GERD
  • Varicose veins
  • Behçet’s disease
  • Dermatitis and other skin problems
  • Migraine headaches
  • Hair loss


Sir Jason Winters tea can be drank daily as an autoimmune disease cure. Because some of the herbs in the remedy may be problematic during pregnancy, women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be avoid this tea; otherwise, autoimmune disease patients are welcome to experiment with either the tea blend or the Tribalene tablets. Multiple testimonials indicate that this tea can not only cure certain autoimmune diseases (as well as cancer), but that it can also work to treat pathogenic infection, which is often the root cause of autoimmunity. 


Read more about Sir Jason Winters teas and their healing benefits here


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