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What Is the Budwig Diet?

By Lynette Hingle

If you have cancer, you may be tempted to try the Budwig diet, a naturopathic remedy that uses food combinations to treat and cure cancer. However, there are no clinical trials that support the claims that the Budwig diet can cure cancer, only anecdotal evidence from the experience of others who have tried the diet. Therefore, you should speak with your medical doctor about the benefits and risks of the Budwig diet before you incorporate it into your existing cancer treatment plan, as components of the diet may negatively interact with your prescription medications.

Identification

The Budwig diet, also called the flaxseed diet, is an alternative health treatment that uses a mix of two organic foods--flaxseed oil and cottage cheese--to treat all forms of cancer and other diseases and conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, acne, diabetes, high blood pressure and psoriasis. The Budwig Center, a facility in Spain, uses the Budwig diet as the base for all of the clinic’s alternative medical treatments.

History

Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German chemist, pharmacologist, physicist and chief expert at Germany’s Federal Institute on Fats Research, discovered essential fatty acids in the 1950s, according to the American Cancer Society. Budwig found that the blood of healthy people had high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, and that the blood of terminally ill cancer patients had low levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Budwig then developed a diet that included high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids to cure cancer and other degenerative diseases, reports the Budwig Center.

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Methodology

The Budwig diet suggests that you combine one part of flaxseed oil to two parts cottage cheese and eat the freshly prepared mixture several times throughout the day. Then, you also follow a diet that includes raw fruits and vegetables, green tea, sauerkraut juice and vegetable juice. Your diet is accompanied by light exercise, daily exposure to sunlight, and water and coffee enemas.

Considerations

You must avoid all trans-fats, hydrogenated oils such as margarine, olive oil, white sugar, soy products and soy milks, and butter while on the diet, advises the Budwig Center. You must also avoid maple syrup, molasses, eggs, corn, all processed foods and wheat products. You also cannot microwave any of your food or use products, such as cosmetics and household cleaning products, that contain any unnatural chemicals, fillers or preservatives.

Warning

You should speak with your doctor before taking flaxseed oil if you take blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin, as the omega-3 acids in flaxseed oil may strengthen the effects of the drugs, reports the UMMC. The UMMC further reports that omega-3 acids may also increase your blood sugar levels, a cause for concern if you take insulin or other blood sugar lowering medications.

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