Therapy - Cancer


Following cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in industrialized Western countries. In Germany, approximately 395,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, of which about 195,000 are women and 200,000 are men. Most cases occur in people who are over the age of 60 years. Approximately 107,000 cases affect people under the age of 60 – in other words, only around a quarter of cancer diagnoses. In nearly half these cases, unfortunately treatments are received without success. With great effort, therefore, scientists from around the world are trying to find a cure for cancer. New findings are reported daily - sometimes there are setbacks, but sometimes the results yield hope. Nevertheless, it is clear that the efforts to find an effective treatment must continue.


Every organ and every tissue in the human body has the potential to degenerate and grow abnormally. Therefore, it is unsurprising that there exist countless different types of tumors, which differ in their origin, treatment, and prognosis, as well as in their symptomatology.


In the early stages, most forms of cancer often cause no or very mild symptoms. However, some may occur as symptoms associated with other diseases or as a temporary ailments or disorders. Some symptoms, however, such as chronic fatigue or significant weight loss, have been observed across many types of cancer, which means that they can be interpreted as a potential early warning signs.


In order to live a healthy and active life, we need energy.  Today we know that a good balance of energy in our cells ensures the proper function of cells, organs, and, thus, also maintains the overall health of the entire person. Temporary or permanent disturbances of the balance of energy in our cells can weaken the whole human organism and contribute to the formation of various diseases such as cancer.

As far as Dr. Johanna Budwig was concerned, diets which contained evermore predominantly industrially produced foods and the wrong sorts of fats were the greatest evil. With the popularization of trans fats in margarine and other hydrogenated fats in processed foods these fatty acids were appearing in increasing quantities in human cells. The refining techniques used to generate these fats strips their fatty acid chains of their electric charges.  The scientist, who carried out her research in the footsteps of the Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, saw a clear link between impaired oxygen uptake and the structure and function of cell membranes. She was convinced that many of the serious diseases afflicting modern societies, such as cancer, are due to impaired cell respiration.


The 1931 Nobel Prize winning doctor and biochemist, Otto Heinrich Warburg, found in the 1920s that cancer cells have their very own metabolism. Whereas healthy cells break down sugar from food into carbon dioxide and water while consuming oxygen in so-called cellular respiration, tumor cells obtain their energy by fermenting the sugars into lactic acid. This process takes place even when enough oxygen is available.

Natural remedies and their effects

Warburg among other scientists had already recognized that the sulfur-containing protein building block (amino acid) Cysteine was clearly ​​crucial to a cell’s ability to take up oxygen. However, not alone. There had to be another factor and Otto Heinrich Warburg suspected was related to fatty acids.

The answers to these great questions could only be achieved after the development of a suitable method for the identification and differentiation of fats and fatty acids. Only once Dr. Johanna Budwig developed her paper chromatography method in 1950 was it possible to divide fats into their components - a major achievement for both the researcher and the entire field of lipid science.

As part of her subsequent research, Dr. Johanna Budwig confirmed the open hypothesis. She demonstrated that the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, act as vital partners for the sulfur-containing amino acids in the uptake of oxygen uptake for use in our cells. Dr. Budwig found both fatty acids in an ideal proportion in flax seed oil. What makes these polyunsaturated fatty acids so special is their enormous electron potential. The energy contained in their double bonds can be made available to the body for electro-physical processes. Together, these fats and the amino acids build the battery of our cells, determine their electromagnetic field, and, thus, also the energy potential of our cells.

All a question of energy

Dr. Johanna Budwig saw a clear link between the structure and the function of cell membranes and impaired oxygen uptake. The cell membranes lacked the polyunsaturated fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid-  ordered and energy-rich, thus, a life-giving and activating force. However, the omega-3 fatty acids are necessary not only for good oxygenation of the cell. Harmonious metabolic processes, a strong immune system, and mental balance are also regulated via the communications which take place between the cell membrane and the cell interior. The fluidity and flexibility of the cell membrane affect its characteristics and, therefore, also functions. Information and substances are exchanged and transported across the cell membranes. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to the proper fluidity of the membrane and, thus, have a decisive influence on its functions.

Nutrition and Co.

Dr. Johanna Budwig’s extensive knowledge of oils and fats along with the research findings which resulted from her cell experiments led her to develop the oil-protein diet. In other words, a nutritional approach, which biologically-friendly, natural, and energy-dense foods play the leading role. This nutritional strategy is built around the essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and the sulfur-containing amino acids (protein building blocks) methionine and cysteine.


The oil-protein diet became a treatment concept, the guidelines of which Dr. Johanna Budwig’s patients had to strictly follow. However, for people recovering from cancer or recuperating, the oil-protein diet also serves as an appropriate supplementary treatment plan. Due to its ideal fatty acid composition- which includes a very high proportion of ALA- Dr. Johanna Budwig only recommended flax seed oil to cancer patients. As far as meat was concerned, she disapproved of everything that was on the market. The same was true of frozen foods, which had been stripped of the electron potential naturally found in vegetable sources. Bread was acceptable as long as it was homemade. As a bread spread or to refine vegetables, she recommended Oleolux. Fruit juices should be fresh squeezed if possible. If this was not possible, Dr. Budwig advised her patients to drink Fermentgold. She also prescribed Fermentgold to alleviate nausea which sometimes occurred as an initial reaction to the unusual consumption of flax seed oil in conjunction with Quark.

Take good care of your digestive tract!

Whether our cells actually benefit from the food we consume each day, depends largely on our intestinal health. The decisive factor is our intestines’ ability to absorb the nutrients that we eat. Dr. Johanna Budwig, thus, recommended daily consumption of fresh sauerkraut juice or sour milk to maintain our intestines and their intestinal flora. Furthermore, the regular consumption of dietary fiber plays an important role in healthy bowel function. Therefore, an integral part our daily diet should include 1-2 tablespoons of shredded and fortified flax seed, blended into a Budwig cream, made of quark and flax seed oil, or in Muttersaft such as Fermentgold.

In addition, Dr. Johanna Budwig also devoted the necessary attention to her patients’ surrounding environment:

“It is of utmost importance that a person is seen as a unity of mind, body, and soul. [...] I am still certain that if a woman is in a very bad marriage or relationship [...] Then I cannot help her with quark and flax seed oil. All three aspects go together in humans " (DJB," Cancer - The Problem and the Solution").

Dr. Johanna Budwig rejected synthetic textiles, as these robbed the body of too much energy.  The same was true in her opinion of foam mattresses. 

"The surrounding environment and living conditions must be as organic as possible. The way a person lives, for example, if they get regular sleep, is very important. Many cancer patients go to bed far too late and are up in the morning far too early." (DJB,"Cancer - The Problem and the Solution")

Dr. Johanna Budwig developed her ELDI oils- which she also prescribed to comprehensively treat patients with cancer- in the late sixties. Cancer patients were to use them:


  • for external use as a topical rub on the whole body,

  • for specific applications, such as oil wrapping or compress

  • rectally as an enema if necessary.


Omega-3 fatty acids help fight cancer

Omega-3 fatty acids have beneficial effects on cancer: the substances reduce the size of tumors and support cancer drugs. Furthermore, they also alleviate some adverse side effects of chemotherapy. These conclusions were drawn by Egyptian researchers under Abdulla El-Mowafy at the University of Al-Mansoura from experiments performed on mice.

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Effekt von Leinsamen auf das Wachstum von Prostata-Krebs
Beim Jahreskongress der US-amerikanischen Krebsgesellschaft ASCO in Chicago wurden in diesem Jahr auch Studien aus dem Bereich der Komplementärmedizin vorgestellt. Erste ermutigende Ergebnisse brachten zum Beispiel Studien, in denen es um die Wirksamkeit von Ginseng-Extrakt bei Fatigue sowie um den Effekt von Leinsamen auf das Wachstum von Prostata-Krebs geht. [...]
Ebenfalls ermutigende Ergebnisse brachte die Leinsamen-Studie bei Männern mit Prostata-Krebs. In die Studie wurden 161 noch nicht operierte Krebspatienten aufgenommen und in vier Gruppen aufgeteilt. Patienten der Gruppe 1 nahmen täglich 30 Gramm Leinsamen ein, Gruppe 2 reduzierte die tägliche Kalorienaufnahme um 20 Prozent, Gruppe 3 wendete beide Strategien an und Gruppe 4 diente als Kontrolle. Primärer Endpunkt der Studie war das Tumorzellwachstum in den resezierten Prostatadrüsen. Die Operation erfolgte nach median 30 Tagen.
Patienten beider Leinsamen-Gruppen hatten ein um etwa 40 Prozent verringertes Tumorzellwachstum im Vergleich zu Männern, die Placebo erhielten oder mit alleiniger kalorienreduzierter Diät. Die Kombination aus Leinsamen plus Diät war offenbar am wirksamsten.
Das Studienteam von der Duke University in Durham im US-Staat North Carolina will nun prüfen, ob Leinsamen mit oder ohne Diät das Rezidivrisiko von Männern mit operiertem Prostata-Ca verringern kann. Leinsamen ist reich an Omega-3-Fettsäuren und hat antioxidative und proliferationshemmende Effekte.
Quelle: Ärzte Zeitung, 05.06.2007,

Studie: Unterschiede im Membranaufbau zwischen gesunden und kranken Mäusen
2009 haben sich US-Biologen, ein Forscherteam um Michael Kiebish und Thomas Seyfried vom Boston College, erneut mit der Warburg- Hypothese auseinandergesetzt.
Die Wissenschaftler beschäftigten sich intensiv mit dem Aufbau und der Funktion der Mitochondrienmembran in Mäusen mit unterschiedlichen Hirntumoren. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit bekam in ihren Betrachtungen eine Substanz mit dem Namen Cardiolipin, einem stabilisierenden Phospholipid der inneren Mitochondrienmembran. Es zeigten sich deutliche Unterschiede im Membranaufbau zwischen gesunden und kranken Mäusen. Die Cardiolipine der kranken Mäuse waren anders zusammengesetzt, was zu einer Störung des für den Stoffwechsel so wichtigen Elektronentransportes und damit zu einer Störung der gesamten Energiegewinnung führte.

Eine vitalstoffreiche Ernährung mit viel Obst und Gemüse mindert offenbar das Krebsrisiko
Wissenschaftlichen Untersuchungen zufolge wirkt eine gesunde Lebensführung, wenn also mit genügend Bewegung, gesunder Ernährung, seelischem Wohlbefinden und einer einigermaßen intakten Umwelt das Immunsystem immer wieder gestärkt werden kann, vorbeugend gegen Krebs. Die Immunologie nimmt heute auch bei der Krebstherapie eine zentrale Rolle ein, so dass sich die Frage stellt, wie auch die Ernährung auf unser Immunsystem wirkt.

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Dr. Budwig consultant

The Dr. Johanna Budwig Foundation is committed to supporting those in suffering from ailments to their health.  In the spirit of this commitment, we are happy to recommend qualified "Dr. recommend "Budwig consultants, who have been trained in the implementation of the oil-protein diet. Currently, we are working on setting up a corresponding nationwide network.

Important note: Dr. Johanna Budwig had no doubt that many modern ailments could be treated with her oil-protein diet. The Dr. Johanna Budwig Foundation has made it its mission to supplement her work with modern, intensively reviewed scientific findings. These are vital issues too serious for false hopes. Therefore, we find it very important to emphasize: While there are primary scientific findings which indicate that the oil-protein diet may support- under certain circumstances – medical treatments, diet alone cannot replace proper medical treatment. We distance ourselves from promises of false miracles.