Johanna Budwig Revisited


Jan 14
Johanna Budwig

This could be one of the most important articles on cancer you can read. Just recently I sat and interviewed a genius who has continued and expanded on Johanna Budwig’s work. I returned to my office to do some homework (research, reading, etc.) and finally, I fully understand what’s going on, and I’m passing it on to you.

First there was Otto Warburg who was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize for medicine for his describing the metabolism of a cancer cell. He stated that the cell suddenly became anaerobic (metabolism without oxygen) and required massive amounts of glucose (sugar) to metabolize in a form that could only be described as fermentation:

“The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the normal oxygen respiration of body cells by an anaerobic cell respiration.”

Otto Warburg

That is only the beginning.

The cell takes in glucose (sugar; Cancer Loves Sugar) and gives off lactic acid which creates an acidic environment. Again, this is something that has been known for years.

Now here is a statement that must be looked at objectively: “Cancer needs an acidic environment to flourish, and conversely, cannot survive in a balanced alkaline environment.”

Cancer creates an acidic environment, but many websites claim that an acidic environment creates cancer.

If we’re going to truly be scientific about this, then everyone must know that the human body regulates its alkalinity and this number fluctuates very little. Normal blood pH fluctuates between 7.35 and 7.45. We cannot really control our pH as much as some would like us to believe we can. However, an alkaline diet of fruits, veggies, nuts, and mineral will keep down inflammation and inflammation is one of the root causes of cancer. Also, this type of diet feeds our good bacteria and all sorts of issues stem from imbalances in our “biome.” Again, we cannot control our pH as much as some would have us believe because it is the body’s own homeostatic mechanisms that do that. What we can to is assist these mechanisms by maintaining an alkaline diet, thus not over straining the systems that keep us regulated.

Please note that any number 7 is alkaline in pH. 7.35 is alkaline. Were you able to raise pH significantly, then yes, cancer could not survive in that environment. However, neither could you.

So, let us consider real science here but keep in mind that healthy eating that promotes your good bacteria and fights inflammation is what we want, but as for curing cancer, you’re not really going to approach any of the results Gerson got when he used diet because his diets were very complex and designed for the individual.

There is also an electrical connection to cancer too.

Chinese medicine for centuries (some 4 to 6 thousand years ago) has described the life force as energy. They mapped the meridian system that was re-mapped in 1994 by conventional medicine (using high-tech instruments that measured the tiniest amount of electricity). Along these meridians travels our life force: Chi (Qi) according to the Chinese, though we can call it energy.

As an aside, in 1968 it was discovered that living cells produce light. The amount of light determines the health of the cell. The brighter the light, the healthier the cell. Interesting stuff, eh?

In the fifties, Johanna Budwig added her two cents to the cancer equation. She said that in normal, healthy cells “we find a dipolarity between the electrically positive nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane with its highly unsaturated fatty acid.”

She goes on to state that, “Electrons have a great affinity for oxygen—they love it. They attract oxygen and stimulate our breathing….” By “breathing” she’s referring to the breath of life in each living cell.

Now we have the picture of the healthy cell, a cell that will grow, thrive, and replicate in a normal manner. Budwig then goes on to describe the formation of cancer by first describing the changes to the cell membrane.

The cell membrane consists of lipids, or fats. The highly unsaturated fatty acid she refers to are called omega-3 fatty acids. These are related to the “fish oils” that even conventional medicine has finally picked up on. You won’t find a drug store in America that doesn’t have a row of fish oils on sale. These oils are also found in other foods (as we will show you below), but mostly in flax. Most fish oils on the market are suspect. I’ve consistently read warnings of mercury content in them.

And another thing. Have you noticed that most fish oil “smell?” That’s because they’re going bad. Yes, good fish oils don’t have a strong smell, and a lot of fish oils go bad during the manufacturing process. If you find one you like, store it in the refrigerator.

Another lipid in a cell membrane is cholesterol. And you thought it was a terrible thing. The cholesterol in each one of your cells forms a “hydrophobic” bond within the cell membrane. Hydrophobic means “fear of water.” It’s a cute way to describe this function of our cells, but in our lives it simply describes the reason we don’t melt in a rainstorm or fall apart when we take a shower or bath. Our cells resist water. Without this resistance, we would be water-soluble and we’d all dissolve in the rain.

Our diets in this country (and in Budwig’s country at the time) lack these highly unsaturated fatty acids and contain an excess of man made oils known as trans fats (or partially hydrogenated oils). These oils are very much like cholesterol and our bodies just can’t seem to tell the difference. These oils get into our cell membranes (where cholesterol should be) and destroy the electrical charge. Without the charge, our cells start to suffocate. Without the oxygen, the only way the cell can replicate is anaerobically. They also are very tough oils in that they have a 20-year shelf life. They impede the process of cellular exchange, or allowing nutrition while allowing wastes out. Trans fats are also partially responsible for Type II diabetes, since insulin is a very large molecule it has a difficult time passing through a cell membrane created with man made fats and not cholesterol. In other words, trans fats clog up the insulin receptors and there you have what used to be called adult-onset or noninsulindependent diabetes.

Do you see what’s happening?

Let’s take a minute to look at our diets. I once went to the store with a naturopath who took along an instrument that measured very small amounts of electricity. It was so sensitive that before we went he measured the charges along my meridians and acupuncture points.

In the store, he measured the energy inside various foods. Yes, everything has energy and the better the food, the more the energy. He showed me that organic vegetables contained more energy than conventionally grown foods. When we got outside, he opened a few cans of vegetables we’d picked up. The beans and tomatoes (both canned) had more energy than the asparagus and canned fruits (which were nearly dead). He said that tomatoes and beans are the only vegetables to buy canned. However, I’ve since learned that canned asparagus is very alkalizing and contains cancer fighting chemicals. Asparagus is good in any form.

Life is electrical. To the Oriental physician, disease begins with a blockage or disruption in energy flow. In this country, disease begins with symptoms. The blockage or disruption in energy flow is about 7 or 8 steps before symptoms. So, as you can guess, real preventative medicine is practiced in the Orient, and not here in our western, conventional medicine, or, to be most accurate, money-based medicine.

Back to our little cancer cell and Dr Budwig: she states there are many reasons for a cell to lose its charge, but peanut butter is a very common one. Can you believe it? Something as simple as peanut butter causing your cancer? Most peanut butters are hydrogenated. Why? To keep from separating, increase shelf life, and make them more flavorful. Go look at your natural peanut butters. Many are kept in the refrigerator section because that is how they keep them from separating.

By the way, she also went on to describe some of the collateral damage from chemotherapy: she said that chemotherapy causes this loss of energy in healthy cells too; that chemotherapy and radiation destroyed the normal energy flow in healthy cells making them ripe for cancer. She attacked the cancer industry for killing the cancer when they should focus on healing the healthier cells so they could over grow the cancer cells. In other words, take care of the healthy cells and the cancer will take care of itself.

A little aside here: as a writer, I must be responsible for all I write. If I make a claim that the National Cancer Institute buried hydrazine sulfate by killing off the cancer patients in a study, then I’d better be able to back this up. We have laws in this country. We are not free to lie about a business and in doing so cause them monetary damage. If you pass on a chain letter that libels a specific company, you are guilty of libel and can be prosecuted (there’s a case already on record). So, anything I say at my web site or here in these newsletters had better be backed up with facts or I can be sued. This is what happened to Dr Budwig when she attacked the cancer industry. She was sued.

She attacked them thusly: “It is not correct to regard the problem of tumors simply as a problem of too much growth and thereby to instigate all manners and means of growth inhibiting treatments….”

The Central Committee for Cancer Research in Germany that had been studying and creating these chemotoxic drugs didn’t like this woman running around making these statements that surely injured their industry, and so they sued her in court for libel: for telling lies and hurting the wonderful people making these wonderful drugs.

In court, the judge, after having reviewed the evidence from both sides, pulled the cancer research people aside and told them not to take on this woman. The court records quote the presiding judge: “Doctor Budwig’s documents and papers are conclusive. There would be a scandal in the scientific worlds, because the public would certainly support Doctor Budwig.”

Do you understand the import of this? This woman had a documented method for healing cancer and the medical community did not. They could kill cancer cells, but they couldn’t cure it. Budwig could help heal cancer by diet and lifestyle alone.

Now the real sad part is, science has known the cancer/fat connection for years. Years prior to Budwig’s research they knew there was something in the fat. Years after her initial work we know that a high fat diet can lead to cancer. We also know that the Mediterranean diet is 60% fat, but they have a very low incidence of cancer. What does this tell us? Not all fats are the same. The Mediterranean diet is high in olive oil. One problem with our modern medical science is that our physicians have little or no training in nutrition, and they label all fats as bad when, in fact, there are good fats and bad fats. (Pssst…and there is no such thing as “bad” cholesterol; see Cholesterol Myths)

And now, you know about highly unsaturated fatty acids, commonly referred to as omega-3 fatty acids. They are also called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They are called essential not because they are optional. They are not optional. They are essential to health and the body cannot make them.

And though they have been essential to health since the beginning of time, it is only recently (late last century) that a group of international experts gathered at The National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids to human health. They came up with a recommendation for AI (Adequate Intake) of 2.2 grams of LNA (Alpha Linolenic Acid, the EFA found in flax, fish, olive, and other oils). AI is different from the RDA (Required Daily Allowance) which is determined by our government. Many nutritionists feel that the RDAs, as established, are just enough to keep us all on the verge of illness and often refer to them as Ridiculous Daily Allowances.

How can we get this requirement into our diet?

Many people take flax oil pills or brave a spoonful of the oil itself. Apparently, this is not the best or most effective way to take flax oil. Taking flax oil creates an acidic environment. Next, flax oil alone is missing all the co-factors to potentiate its benefits: magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, etc. Co-factors are those things that help something to work. To modern nutritionists, vitamin C is not ascorbic acid alone; vitamin C is a “complex” consisting of ascorbic acid with co-factors: bioflavanoids, copper, and calcium, and sometimes even a few amino acids.

And finally, taking flax oil capsules is not the best way to take it because the oils are not “body-compatible”: water-soluble and bio-available. They will not be stored in the body as well as if they were water-soluble. The health benefits that are potentially received via fatty acid metabolism will be limited or absent without the conversion to water-solubility.

Johanna Budwig solved this problem with her simple recipe that made the oils water-soluble: three tablespoons of flax oil to a third of a cup of cottage cheese (originally kefir). It tastes terrible, but I’ve experimented with this recipe and added all sorts of good stuff to make it even better. (I had a reader write to me that this did not taste bad at all. I tried to explain that she was the exception, but sometimes there’s no telling anyone anything. To the average American pallet, this concoction simply does not taste very good. To help our readers get past the taste, we’ve developed a few recipes here that can use flax, Udo’s DHA Blend, or even Chia Oil in our recipe sectionBudwig’s Recipe in a Salad Dressing,(I.Link) and a Second Version,(I.Link) and finally some chia recipes we call, Better Than Budwig.)(I.Link) 

Editor’s Note: We are currently moving our site to this location and our recipes will probably be the last things we will move. But for now, those links do work and bring you to our original site.

In this form, mixed with the sulfured protein, the oil becomes water-soluble. Now the oils will be absorbed from the digestive tract and not have to be processed by the liver, and not get passed out of your body unused as some of the fats we take in do. They will bring the healthy charge back into each cell. Healthy cells will flourish and unhealthy cells will starve. The oxygenated healthy non-acidic environment will, as Budwig points out in her lectures, knock out the cancer cells.

Can we get these oils from our foods? Yes, but to get 2.2 grams of LNA, you would have to eat….

2.5 cups of Wheat Germ

40 cups of Alfalfa Sprouts

9 cups of Mixed Nuts and Peanuts

157 slices of Whole Wheat Bread

1/3 cup English Walnuts

56 Big Apples

3.5 cups Tuna Salad

51 Eggs (6 Free-Range Eggs!)

7.75 quarts Milk 2%

244 Tomatoes

56 Granola Bars

72 Canned Sardines

81 cups Frosted Mini Wheats

So, as you can see, it’s going to be difficult to get your daily requirements from your diet alone, but I have a very special surprise for you.

I interviewed the man who has continued on with Johanna Budwig’s work, here in Minnesota. Omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs) have a long history here in Minnesota. They were first discovered at the University of Minnesota in the late twenties, and some 20 years later were named “Omega”-3 fatty acids, again, here in Minnesota.

His name is Stan Mann, and he has not only discovered a recipe for stabilizing milled flax seed (it normally starts to go bad in just fifteen minutes at room temperature), he’s created a product that adds rice bran, many other nutritional co-factors to aid in fatty acid metabolism such as magnesium B6, B12, Vit C, Vit E, zinc, and others. Even greater amounts of antioxidant spectrums are added to help control the living fire that is created when your cells are suddenly hit with this “super” oxidative nutrition (Additionally, when cells find super nutrition, they dump their toxins immediately and without antioxidants to help clean up, you could get sick and feel terribly rotten from this process, often referred to as a healing crisis.)

Working with University of Minnesota scientists, Stan has also helped to create a blood test that measures how your body is storing these essential fats in a ratio with omega-6s (which, in the average American, are way out of proportion causing an unhealthy condition). They’ve even trademarked one blood test whose results produce an Inflammation Index, which measures the body’s potential to produce inflammation.

Incidentally, the surgeon who fixed my hernia at the VA hospital was the chief investigator for Stan’s testing done at the Uof Minnesota.

Inflammation should interest all of us since the medical news lately, as well as television commercials, are hot with Cox2 inhibiting anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex or Vioxx. Next time you see their ad on TV, pay attention to the side effects. Science cannot inhibit the Cox2 without side effects. Your NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin or Motrin) all have terrible side effects and if you use them over a period of time you will feel the effects, because they are not just “side” effects, they ARE the effects of these drugs.

In May of 2017 it was reported that just after a week of using certain NSAIS, the odds of a heart attack increased 50%.

When using them for one week, the greatest risk was associated with rofecoxib, followed by diclofenac, ibuprofen and then celecoxib, respectively, though all except celecoxib had similar levels of risk, hovering around 50% increased odds of a heart attack, at any dose. [CNN]

You see, when you inhibit the Cox2 enzyme using NSAIDS this same process inhibits Cox1 production and hence all prostaglandin production, even those prostaglandins that are protecting the stomach lining and kidney function, hence the side effects.

This was supposed to be fixed with the new Cox2 inhibitors that do not inhibit Cox1 production, but sadly, just take a short shrift of all the side effects (you can find them online) and you’ll easily depress yourself.

We think you might want to take a look at one of our latest articles, Aspirin Therapy Revisited.

Let’s go back a bit here to Johanna Budwig. There is a book available by her called: Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer, and Other Diseases. I used this book to help write this article. Now I want you to note that she aims at three disorders: heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Yes, there are the other diseases (like behavioral disorders: ADD, ADHD, and a host of others), but note the arthritis. This is just one more connection between her work and Stan Mann’s work. With continued intake of water-soluble omega-3 fatty acids, your Inflammation Index drops and you need less and less NSAIDS or Cox2 inhibitors; the EFAs increase the effectiveness of NSAIDs and Cox2 inhibitors, but reduce their damaging side effects. This was proven by the good Dr Budwig in her work, and by Stan, with his new product, Omegasentials™; he’s taken it all one step further creating a product that is easily taken daily (you can put it on your cereal, in your yogurt, or in your morning breakfast juice). We’ve even created a few recipes ourselves here using Omegasentials™: OmegaSweets. (I.Link)

Let me tell you right now, in all my years of researching cancer, Omegasentials™ is the single most exciting product I have found to date. Johanna Budwig, in her life time, according to Stan Mann’s research, had a better success rate against cancer than any therapy to date. We know she helped cancer patients more than her chemotherapy counterparts at the time. The German judicial system helped to demonstrate that.

But if you go to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s website, you will read this about Budwig’s protocol (and more):

The Budwig Diet has not been proven to treat or prevent cancer. The Budwig Diet is an unproven anticancer treatment developed by the German biochemist Dr. Johanna Budwig in the 1950s. The diet consists of multiple daily servings of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese, as well as vegetables, fruits and juices.

A lot of things are “unproven” in medicine, especially when you know the original meaning of the verb “to prove.”

Allow me to show you something really special. I have The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. It cost me, I think, $99.00 when I bought it years ago. You need to read it with a magnifying glass, because it’s over 20 volumes shrunk down (in print size) and placed on two thick volumes (which I’ve found at AbeBooks for just a couple of bucks).

Here is the first mention of the word prove:

Dictionary entry for prove.

The sixth line down you see that it originates from the Latin word meaning “to test.”

First usage of the word prove

What I love about this dictionary is that it was put together by everyone. At one time, not that long ago, perhaps around the time of the Civil War, a person could read every nearly every book ever written (in his modern tongue). Well, the construction of this dictionary started in 1857, and people everywhere, including scholars who were still reading Old English and Middle English, when they found a word would send a letter to the editors showing the date of the book, the title and author, and the sentence in which the word was found. It was like a contest to find the earliest usage of a particular word (with a particular connotation), but the winner got nothing, except if the editors thought it was significant, the sentence sent was published.

In the photo above, you can see that the first sentence was published in 1297, in middle English, and the meaning, noted above, was “to test.”

And now you know the significance (and meaning) of the old cliché, “The exception proves the rule,” in that the exception “tests” the rule.

So, back to Sloan Kettering’s statement that the Budwig Diet is unproven, we respond, yes, it is unproven because it is untested.

I hope you enjoyed that little excursion.

This new product, Omegasentials™, takes Budwig’s work a step further. The co-factors are designed to make the fats product water soluble in your digestive tract; co-factors that potentiate (make work better) the action of omega-3 fatty acids, and they add the antioxidants needed to help control the healing oxidative energy created by bringing healthy oils into the body (not to mention cleaning up dead cancer cells).


It should be noted that the human body can convert the fatty acids in flax to DHA, however you need one of two things: 1. a healthy functioning liver and the proper nutrients, or 2. plenty of good bacteria (probiotics) in your gut.

DHA, when stored in your body, fights depression. It is theorized that Postpartum Depression is caused by the developing fetus, who needs DHA for brain development, during the last stages of pregnancy, pulls all the DHA from the mother (there usually isn’t all that much to begin with since our diets are so poor) leaving her bereft of DHA, hence the massive depression after giving birth. Increase the stores of DHA and you help prevent that depression and possibly get off your Prozac or whatever other drug that’s helping you with one hand and killing you with the other. [Editor’s Note: I created a muffin using Omegasentials™ for a young lady who was pregnant and refused to take her fish oil pills. The baby was a happy baby and mom never suffered a day of postpartum depression.]

Omegasentials™ is simply the best form of omega-3s on this planet, bar none.

Anti-angiogenesis Drugs?

With all the brouhaha (because they’re “supposedly” non toxic) about anti-angiogenesis drugs (the drugs that stop the growth of new blood vessels to a tumor) lately, perhaps you should know this: your polyunsaturated oils (corn oils sold in supermarkets everywhere) promote the growth of small blood vessels (by promoting the production of “bad” prostaglandins).

Just Say No To Drugs

Omega-3 oils, the oils found in Budwig’s recipe and in Omegasentials™ inhibit angiogenesis by inhibiting the prostaglandins that promote it.

So, there you have it. Omegasentials™ is the best product I’ve yet to find to prevent and help fight existing cancers, reverse heart disease, prevent and treat arthritis, prevent and treat depression and a variety of mental disorders, and it has one more added benefit to you athletes out there.

Here is one letter we received from a happy consumer of Omegasentials™:

I had breast cancer 6 years ago and used your product after I was diagnosed/before my surgery. The area of cancer was not found when they did my surgery- made me left to wonder why I had the mastectomy, but it was found on 2 separate biopsies before.


Remember back where Johanna Budwig talked about how electrons loves oxygen? Well, the company making Omegasentials™, Integrity Direct, Inc., is receiving letters from their users. And these letters are confirming what Stan Mann theorized all along.

If you’ve ever worked out, you’ve probably felt that “burn” you get from a good work out whether you’re lifting weights, playing tennis, or running long distances. It’s caused by using up your oxygen stores. The muscles then produce lactic acid by burning glycogen without oxygen, and this lactic acid is what causes the burn.

The letters from users tell a different story. No matter how much they work out, lift, or run, they feel less and less of the burn; not during, or even after their workout. Recovery is much, much quicker too:

From Mike and Kati who successfully participated in the World Duathelon Championships held in October 2000 in France: “I was third overall and Mike was first in his age group too, and the amazing thing is we weren’t hurting afterward! Mike said, ‘My gosh, my legs just don’t hurt,’ and we both were expecting them to the next day, and they didn’t! So, it’s going exactly the way you said it was, and we can’t thank you enough….”

Editor’s Note Feb 2008: A reader wrote me complaining that I was just too over the top in my praise for Omegasentials™; that I was not being objective. However, it’s hard not to be over the top when the product saved your (my) life. However, I see now that I might have led a few to believe that Omegasentials™ can take the place of the Budwig Protocol. It cannot. The Budwig Protocol is so expansive and detailed that it would take a book’s worth of writing to present it. That is why we only mention it and have posted two links below for you to learn more.

And if you are ill, the regular recommended daily amount of two tablespoons of Omegasentials™ is far too little to be of therapeutic value. Though I’ve received email from woman who beat their breast cancer adding Omegasentials™ to their diet, you have to consider that these women also did everything they possibly could and “included” Omegasentials™.

In fact, to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Budwig Protocol, here are two sites:

The Budwig Diet & Protocol

The Budwig Diet & Food Plan

So we come back to the basics: “Let your food be your medicine.” When your body gets the nutrition it needs you stay healthy. If you are sick, you get better. This is the best food product I’ve yet to discover and you will not ever find my home without it. When I’m on the road I even take it with me.

Something Special For Our Readers

Omegasentials™ used to sell for $50.00 per two pound bag when we first wrote this article, and I had secured a really good discount for our readers. However, for 3 years, it was impossible to even get Omegasentials™ because Stann Mann and his partner who marketed it passed away and the formula was a secret. The families didn’t care about the formula and weren’t about to get involved with it, so, yours truly, did some investigative journalism and tracked down the companies supplying the parts to making the product. With everyone dead, and no one willing to keep the company, Integrity Direct going, I went to the Secretary of State’s website and applied for the name. Once I had the name, I went to every company that supplied the formulas, showed them that I was the CEO/President of the company, and I ordered everything to make the product. Then I found a chemist to reverse engineer the ingredient amounts and we discovered the ratio of “formula” to flax and now I make the product.

Keep in mind, everything I’ve written about the product above and at this website was written long before I became the manufacturer of the product. I loved the product so much, that I refused to let it die.

And there you have it; full disclosure.

OmegaSweets: Omegasential™ Recipes.  (I.Link)

Wikipedia, Sloan Ketteriong, the Mayo Clinic, and WebMD are free to tell you that there is no proof that the Budwig Protocol cures cancer, because no one in the US has ever tested it. They can even claim that neither the Gerson Protocol nor any nutritional protocol can cure cancer; it’s all unproven.

Unproven because untested, but clinical studies show a lot more than the cancer centers working within a money based system of medicine want you to know.

There are documentaries on the successes at the Gerson Clinic using their case studies pulled right from their medical records and interviews with patients. I’ve watched one of the following documentaries, Dying to Have Known, but I’ll link you to all three:

Dying to Have Known

The Beautiful Truth

The Gerson Miracle

References and Further Reading:

Flax Oil as a True Aid against Arthritis Heart Infarction Cancer and Other Diseases

  • Guillermo Ruiz says:

    Good article

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