The following text is an excerpt from the excellent book “Cancer Step Out of the Box” by Ty Bollinger. Reproduced here, with his kind permission.
A remarkable alternative cancer treatment was devised by a German biochemist, Dr. Johanna Budwig, also a seven time Nobel nominee. Her most important medical contributions involved her research into the roles of essential fatty acids (EFAs). In order to mass produce and distribute foods high in oils, food manufacturers deliberately alter the chemical composition of the oils, which gives them longer shelf lives. In the 1950s, she proved that these chemically-altered, hydrogenated fats (which she called “pseudo” fats) are rigid fats which stick to the cell membranes, thus causing them to malfunction.
Dr. Budwig believed that these hydrogenated, processed fats and oils shut down the electrical field of the cells and make us susceptible to chronic and terminal diseases, since the beneficial oxidase ferments are destroyed by heating or boiling. She also demonstrated that the absence of essential unsaturated fats is responsible for the production of oxidase, which induces cancer growth and causes many other chronic disorders. She came to believe that cancer was not the result of too much cell growth, but defective cell growth ( i.e., cell division), caused by the combination of too much “pseudo” fats and too few healthy fats in the cell membrane.
But exactly what happens to fats when they are processed? In healthy fats there is a vital electron cloud which enables the fat to bind with oxygen. Healthy, oxygenated fats are capable of binding with protein and in the process become water-soluble. This water solubility is vital to all growth processes, cell damage restoration, cell renewal, brain and nerve functions, sensory nerve functions, and energy development. In fact, the entire basis of our energy production is based on lipid metabolism. Hydrogenation destroys the vital electron cloud and as a result, these “pseudo” fats can no longer bind with oxygen or with protein. These fats end up blocking circulation, damaging the heart, inhibiting cell renewal, and impeding the free flow of blood and lymph. It would be wise to remember this fact the next time you want to buy some margarine or fried foods, since both typically contain these harmful fats.
Dr. Budwig began to study fats in the 1950s, and she quickly discovered much more about the metabolism of fats than had previously been known. She began her research by analyzing the blood samples of thousands of seriously ill patients, and then she compared these samples to the blood of healthy people. She soon found that the blood of seriously ill cancer patients was deficient in certain important essential ingredients, including phosphatides and lipoproteins, whereas the blood of a healthy person always contained sufficient quantities of these ingredients. She hypothesized that the lack of these ingredients resulted in the proliferation of cancer cells. When she analyzed the blood of cancer patients, instead of finding healthy, red, oxygen-rich hemoglobin, she discovered a greenish-yellow substance. She found that when these natural ingredients were replaced, that the cancerous tumors began to shrink. The strange greenish elements in the blood were replaced with healthy red blood cells as the lipoproteins and phosphatides amazingly reappeared. She then discovered that eating a combination of two foods would replace the lipoproteins and phosphatides and turn the blood healthy again.
The two EFAs are linoleic acid (LA), an omega-6 fat, and alpha- linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. Good health requires the proper ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats; the ideal ratio is around 2:1. Vegetables and nuts (corn, safflower, cottonseed, peanuts, and soybeans) are the highest in omega-6 fats. LA is the primary omega-6 fat, which a healthy human will convert into gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Other omega-6 fats include conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), and arachidonic acid (AA). Ocean fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and certain nuts/seeds (such as flax/linseed, and walnuts) are the highest in omega-3 fats. ALA is the principal omega-3 fat, which a healthy human will convert into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and later into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA).
Budwig believed that chronic disease is a result of a body lacking EFAs, which are full of electrons and bind to oxygen and proteins. When they are absorbed into the cell wall, they pull oxygen into the cell. And when bound to sulfur-based proteins, they become water-soluble. This is the theory behind the Budwig Diet: The use of oxygen in the organism can be stimulated by lipoproteins (sulfur-rich proteins and linoleic acid).
On page 85 of his book, Oxygen Therapies , Ed McCabe discusses his point of view on EFAs: “ 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 … 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. ” EFAs combined with sulfur-rich proteins (such as those found in cottage cheese) increase oxygenation of the body, since the electrons are naturally protected until the body requires the energy.
Of course, as you would expect, Dr. Budwig was persecuted for her work. Just think of the money generated each year from the fat and oil industry. The hydrogenation process is central to both of these industries, and Dr. Budwig’s theory was based upon the foundation that hydrogenated fats contribute to the formation of cancer cells! Eventually, she was prevented from doing further research and prevented from publishing her findings. In her own words, “ I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed. Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money. I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country.”
Several excellent sources of sulfur-rich proteins are nuts, onions, chives, garlic, and especially cottage cheese and yogurt. The flaxseed oil should optimally be virgin, cold-pressed, organic, liquid, refrigerated, and unrefined. One of the best brands is Barlean’s Flaxseed Oil. The blend of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese should be a part of every cancer patient’s diet. You simply mix one cup of organic cottage cheese with two to three tablespoons of flaxseed oil. Be sure to blend them together and let them sit for several minutes. This will convert the oil-soluble omega-3 into water-soluble omega-3. It is also a good idea to grind fresh flax seeds and add to the mixture. It is important to note that neither foods rich in EFAs nor sulfur-rich proteins alone will accomplish these tasks. This is because the oils must first bind to the proteins before oxygen can be bound and before the body can assimilate the combination.
Thanks to the tireless work of Dr. Budwig we now know that electron- rich fats interact with sulfur-rich proteins to bind oxygen and promote aerobic metabolism which restores health. According to oncologist and former cardiologist, Dr. Dan C. Roehm, “What she (Dr. Budwig) has demonstrated to my initial disbelief but lately, to my complete satisfaction in my practice is: CANCER IS EASILY CURABLE , the treatment is dietary/lifestyle, the response is immediate; the cancer cell is weak and vulnerable. The precise biochemical breakdown point was identified by her in 1951 and is specifically correctable, in vitro (test-tube) as well as in vivo (real)… This diet is far and away the most successful anti-cancer diet in the world. ” ( Townsend Letter for Doctors , July 1990)
Bill Henderson has worked with over a thousand “terminal” cancer patients. The keystone to his treatment protocol is the Budwig Diet. His book, Beating Cancer Gently , is excellent as is his new book, Cancer-Free . Bill is a wonderful man and will “coach” you over the phone. His protocol includes some very advanced attributes that make it one of the most potent cancer treatments available. He really focuses on a strict cancer diet, which is one of the reasons that so many people have been cured using his treatment. And as the name says, it is also one of the most “gentle” treatments. Anyone who chooses the Budwig protocol should use Bill Henderson’s protocol. His book may be purchased at www.beating-cancer-gently.com .
Please be aware that if you are on the Budwig Diet, you should not take Protocel , since it works in the opposite manner. Also, do not take any product with Paw Paw or Graviola since these plants lower ATP and may offset the Budwig Diet.