Naturally, with my current terminal diagnosis, I am researching all kinds of things to slow or stop the cancer. Two prominent protocols have come to light: the Budwig protocol and the Gerson Theory.
Both alternative medical approaches to defeating cancer have many similar guidelines that generally lean toward a more healthy lifestyle — more exercise and specific (generally plant based) foods. I even looked at the program offered by Chris Wark.
I have done a lot of reading and watching videos. In the end, I need at least some small basis of scientific evidence to lean on. For this reason much of my research, or debunking of other’s claims, has taken place on medical websites and Science-Based Medicine. Chris Wark’s program specifically is debunked on that site.
The Gerson Theory’s unusual attribute that stands out is the coffee enema. This is not favored with scientific evidence. However, if it was, I would do one daily if it was shown to fight cancer.
Dr. Budwig does have studies, though her work was conducted mostly outside of America. The big thing in her protocol is our general lack of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. Her recipe and directions are simple enough that even if it doesn’t help, it surely wont hurt.
Below is a summary of the research from many sources I have done.
If suffering from cancer, it is recommended consuming up to 8 tablespoons of flaxseed oil (in the mixture outlined below) daily. Otherwise, 1 tablespoon per day to prevent cancer.
1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil and 2 tablespoons of organic low fat cottage cheese or quark is recommended for every 100 pounds of an individual.
- place 1 tablespoon of cold pressed flaxseed oil into a glass container
- mix in 2 tablespoons of organic, low fat cottage cheese or quark
- never by hand, and preferably using an immersion blender, blend the two foods for 1 minute; this will result in a whipped cream like consistency
- grind 2 tablespoons of either golden or brown flaxseed in a coffee grinder for 1 minute until an airy, fluffy appearance results
- place ground flax seed in a separate bowl
- add the cheese and oil mixture to the ground flax seed and stir with a spoon to combine
- additional add-ins including organic fruits, nuts, and spices can be added on top for a tasty meal (a little cayenne)
- use a wooden spoon, never a metal one
- stay away from sugar and add grape juice to sweeten any other freshly squeezed juice
- avoid pure animal fats, such as lard, fatback, drippings, etc.
- do not use any commercial salad dressings or toppings
- never consume commercial mayonnaise
- avoid meats if they are not organic and range fed
- avoid butter and margarine
- drink freshly squeezed vegetable juices made of carrots, celery, and red beets
- drink a cup of warm tea three times daily, such as peppermint, rose-hip, or grape tea; use natural sweetener like honey
- avoid artificial sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup
- follow a chemical-free diet
- avoid all processed foods
- reduce the use of all pharmaceuticals
- don’t consume soft drinks
- avoid tap water and bottled water, and use products that do not contain fluoride
- eat only freshly prepared foods, never use leftovers
I follow many of the things she outlines in the diet, though I am sticking with hard keto rather than avoiding animal fats and meats (though few studies exist, there are studies). I am consuming 3 tablespoons of flaxseed oil a day using the recipe above.