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Budwig Flax Oil Diet

by Chris Turner(more info)

listed in essential fatty acids, originally published in issue 60 - January 2001

Science has proven that fats play an important role in the functioning of the entire body. To function efficiently, cells require true polyunsaturated, live electron-rich lipids, present in abundance in raw flaxseed oil.

  1. Sugar is absolutely forbidden.
    Grape juice may be added to sweeten any other freshly squeezed juices.
  2. Other 'forbiddens' are:
  • all animal fats;
  • all salad oils (this includes commercial mayonnaise);
  • all meats (chemicals and hormones);
  • butter;
  • margarine;
  • preserved meats (the preservatives block metabolism even of flax oil).
  1. Freshly squeezed vegetable juices are fine – carrot, celery, apple and red beet.
  2. Three times daily a warm tea is essential – peppermint, rose hips or grape tea – all sweetened as desired with honey. One cup of black tea before noon is fine.


Daily Plan

Before breakfast – a glass of Acidophilus milk or Sauerkraut juice is taken.

Breakfast – Muesli (regular cereal) is overlaid with two tablespoons (30ml) of flax oil and honey and fresh fruit according to season, e.g. berries, cherries, apricots, peaches, grated apple. Vary the flavour from day to day. Use any nuts except peanuts! Herbal teas as desired or black tea. A 4oz (120g) serving of 'the spread'(directions below). This is fine to eat 'straight', like a custard, or add it to other foods taken in the day as you will see.

Morning tea (10am) – A glass of fresh carrot, apple, celery, or beet-apple juice is taken.

Lunch – Raw salad with yoghurt-flax oil mayonnaise (directions below).

In addition to 'greens' salads, use grated turnips, carrots, kohlrabi, radishes, sauerkraut or cauliflower. A fine powder of horseradish, chives or parsley may be added for flavour.

Cooked meal course – Steamed vegetables, potatoes, or such grains as rice, buckwheat or millet may be served. To these add either 'the spread' or 'the mayo' for flavour and to up your intake of flax oil. Also mix 'the spread' with potatoes for an especially hearty meal. Add caraway, chives, parsley or other herbs.

Dessert – Mix fresh fruit other than those used for breakfast with 'the spread', this time (instead of honey), flavoured using cream of lemon, vanilla or berries.

Afternoon tea (4pm) – A small glass of natural wine (no preservatives) or champagne or fresh fruit juice with 1-2 tablespoons of honey-coated flax seeds.

Supper – Have this early, at 6pm. Make a hot meal using buckwheat, oat or soy cakes. Grits from buckwheat are the very best and can be placed in a vegetable soup, or in a more solid form of cakes with herbal sauce. Sweet sauces and soups can always be given far more healing energy by adding 'the spread'. Only honey or grape juice can be used for sweeteners. No white sugar (or brown!). Only freshly squeezed juices and not reconstituted juices (preservative danger) may be used. These must be completely natural.

"If only all patients had a PhD in biochemistry and quantum physics to enable them to see how with such consummate skill this diet was put together. It is a wonder. The champagne vehicle is easier to assimilate and get someone almost on his or her deathbed going again. A retention enema of 250ml (8.5oz) of oil is another route to get this precious life furthering, electron-rich oil into the body. It can also be applied to the skin for transdermal absorption."[1]

In 1967, Dr Budwig broadcast the following sentence during an interview over the South German radio network, describing her incoming patients with failed operations and x-ray therapy:

"Even in these cases it is possible to restore health in a few months at most, I would truly say 90% of the time.

"This has never been contradicted, but this knowledge has been a long time reaching this side of the ocean, hasn't it?

"May those of you who have suffered from this disease (and I include your family and friends in this) forgive the miscreants who have kept this simple information from reaching you for so long."[1]

Flax seeds may also be used. Seeds need only be cracked in a food blender, or they may be ground in a coffee grinder. One needs three times the amount of seed to get the oil equivalent. Seeds are high in calories, so one may gain weight. The seeds are also high in soluble fibre, so blending with liquid tends to produce ever-hardening 'jellies'. Fresh-cracked seed sprinkled on muesli and eaten promptly tastes great.

Ed McCabe[2] discusses his point of view on essential fatty acids:

"The red blood cells in the lungs give up carbon dioxide and take on oxygen. They are then transported to the cell site via the blood vessels, where, they release their oxygen into the plasma. This released oxygen is 'attracted' to the cells by the 'resonance' of the 'pi-electron' oxidation-enhancing fatty acids. Otherwise, oxygen cannot work its way into the cell. 'Electron rich fatty acids' play the decisive role in respiratory enzymes, which are the basis of cell oxidation…"

"Don't eat anything hydrogenated (like margarine, or fried foods) as it defeats oxygenation. Avoid products that say 'hydrogenated'."

"We should eat essential polyunsaturated fatty acids to enhance oxygenation. They can be found naturally in carotene, saffron, and flaxseed oil."

How to Prepare 'the Spread'
Place 250ml (8.5oz) flax oil into a mixer bowl, and add one pound (450g) of 1%-fat cottage cheese and 4 tablespoons (60ml) of honey. Turn on the mixer and add just enough low-fat milk or water to get the contents of the bowl to blend in together. In 5 minutes, a preparation of custard consistency results that has no taste of the oil (and no oily 'ring' should be seen when you rinse out the bowl).
Alternatively, you can use yoghurt instead of cottage cheese in proportions of 1oz (30g) of yoghurt to 1 tablespoon (15ml) each of flax oil and of honey and blend as above.
Note: When flax oil is blended like this, it does not cause diarrhoea even when given in large amounts. It reacts chemically with the (sulphur) proteins of the cottage cheese, yoghurt, etc.

How to Prepare 'the Mayo' (Mayonnaise)
Mix together 2 tablespoons (30ml) flax oil, 2 tablespoons (30ml) milk, and 2 tablespoons (30ml) yoghurt.
Then add 2 tablespoons (30ml) of lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) and add 1 teaspoon (2.5g) mustard plus some herbs such as marjoram or dill.
      Next add 2 or 3 slices of health food store pickles (no preservatives! – read label!) and a pinch of herbal salts.
(The above mayonnaise plus lots of mustard and a few bananas is very tasty!)



1. Roehm DC. Townsend Letter for Doctors. July 1990.
2. McCabe E. Oxygen Therapies. p85.1991.


Kearney R. Promotion and Prevention of Tumour Growth Effects of Endotoxin, Inflamation, and Dietary Lipids. International Clinical Nutrition Review. 7: 4. October 1987.
Brown AJ. March of Truth on Cancer. 7th ed. Summary of 79 non-toxic cancer treatments. Available from the Arlin J. Brown Information Centre Inc., PO Box 251, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 22060. Tel: 1-703-752-9511.
Bullivant. The Natural Way to Better Health and Longer Life.

Useful Books

Budwig J. Flax Oil as a True Aid against Arthritis Heart Infarction Cancer and Other Diseases. 1982.

Read more about this title:

Breuss R. The Breuss Cancer Cure: Advice for the Prevention and Natural Treatment of Cancer, Leukemia and Other Seemingly Incurable Diseases.
Gerson MM. A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy: A Summary of 30 Years of Clinical Experimentation. Element Books. 1958.


Editor's Note

It is vital to bear in mind that, to date, there is no universal cancer cure. Patients and researchers alike should inform themselves of the various treatment options for this highly complex constellation of cancer types, and proceed, with the help of their physicians, along the most appropriate treatment route(s).


  1. Bunny Schlien said..

    My husband was diagnosed with non hodgekins lymphoma in 2005, at age 55, stage 4. knowing conventional medicine was a likely death sentence, he explored first a raw foods diet. This was effective for a time, but the tumors re appeared, even more threatening. Serendipitously, he discovered the Budwig Protocal, with truly spectacular results. Even his doctors (reluctantly) are amazed. His blood tests are consistantly 'cancer free'. We run a no kill shelter for abandoned dogs, recently using the protocal on sick dogs with amazing results also. (Budwig indicated this therapy even more effective for animals). I would be especially grateful to confer with you on your thoughts about the use of Budwig on Dogs with cancer as I know it truly works, within obvious limits.

  2. Katharine Schlien said..

    I am particularly interested in speaking with you about Budwig for pets.

    Thank you in advance;

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About Chris Turner

Christopher J Turner ND, DC(BEST), runs a Centre for Bioenergetic Medicine in Bournemouth. The practice uses Electroacupuncture backed up by medical tests such as EKG, urine analysis, and blood work. The practice is essentially a Naturopathic practice and uses herb teas, tinctures and supplements. Detoxification and Lymph drainage techniques are employed using ozone and steam therapy, and massage (manual and electrical). Neuromuscular Reprogramming is used for structural and musculoskeletal problems. He can be contacted at The Richmond Clinic on 01202 515090 or e-mail

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