Introducing Johanna Budwig
Over 50 years ago a famous lady by the name of Johanna Budwig, who did some pioneering work on fats, laid out a diet for terminally ill people, based upon the flax seed and its oil that is known to be very high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you haven't woken up yet, omega-3 fatty acids are very good for your health and you need a sufficient intake in your diet.
Unfortunately we are bombarded with the very generic propaganda, "cut down your fats to avoid heart disease". Well that's simply not true! You need to increase your fats, but increase in the good, healthy fats which are omega-3 fatty acids.
So here is a recipe that we have been enjoying for a while after our research and investigation into the Budwig Protocol. We have sourced all available English translations of Johanna Budwig's writings and speeches and studied them. Dr. Budwig was a licensed pharmacist, qualified chemist, had doctorates in both chemistry and physics and was a recognised expert in pharmaceuticals and fats.
Upon discovering the health benefits of "essential fats" (i.e. Omega-3 fatty acids) and the harmful effects of certain other fats, she became the target of the margarine industry and was hounded in and out of court numerous times. In every case she was acquitted with the facts and the science on her side.
That's enough with the history! We know you want the core recipe that forms the underlying basis for the "Budwig Protocol" and with which Dr. Budwig treated hundreds of terminally ill-patients (all documented).
Please note we have already covered a flax seed porridge that is taken from the Budwig Protocol (with our own little modifications including the black seed). You should take a look at that and try to implement it in your diet.
The flax Seed and quark / cottage cheese Base Recipe
This is a base recipe for which you can make scores of variations. This makes one serving for one person. You will need a hand-held blender and a good coffee grinder. You can buy both items from Argos at a cost of around £30).
These are ingredients for the base recipe. You can then add your own choice of fruits, which should mainly consist of berries. On this occasion we will use:
- 12-15 medium to reasonably-sized strawberries
You can also use raspberries and blueberries too, or a mixture of these fruits.
In a bowl put 2 tbsp of flax seed oil. Use a bowl that is deep to avoid the contents from flying out when you use the blender. To the oil add 4 tbsp of cottage cheese or quark. Next, use the hand-held blender and bring it in and out of the mixture to cause the mixture to become homogenous. In other words, all the oil should become mixed with the quark or cottage cheese and you should not see any oil left.
Next, grind the flax seeds (also called linseeds) in a coffee grinder and put them into the mixture. Mix well with a spoon until the ground flax seeds are well mixed in.
Next, you can cut up the strawberries into small to medium size chunks and add to the mixture.
Because the taste of the combination of the fat and oil may not be to your taste, you can add more fruit, and add a bit of honey to it as well. The great thing is you can experiment until you find the right combination of ingredients that you can then enjoy.
Notes and Explanations
- This recipe is very filling. It can serve as a meal on its own.
- The reason for the quark or cottage cheese is that it contains proteins made of certain types of amino acids that bind to the fatty acids, to make them water soluble. On their own, fatty acids are not soluble in water. So by mixing them with the protein, we make them water soluble and hence more efficiently digested.
- You may find that you get different textures with different brands of cottage cheese or with quark. Quark tends to be more thick and sticky whereas the cottage cheese is generally lighter. You can experiment and see whether quark or cottage cheese is more preferred, or which particular brand of cottage cheese is better for you.
- This recipe will improve brain and nerve functioning alongside many other enhancements at the biochemical level. This is a result of the omega-3 fatty acids. This is a nice way to take plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
- omega-3 fatty acids lead to the body being "well-lubricated" so to speak. Essential fats are governing substances in all vital bodily functions. Imagine a car engine with a very low amount of oil in it. It won't be lubricated and it will cause the engine to become wrecked. That's a nice analogy for your body.
- Your brain's dry weight is made of 60% fat, and it needs essential fatty acids to function properly. After taking this recipe twice a day for just a few days, we noticed an immense difference in levels of concentration.
- Only grind the flax seeds at the point when you use them in the recipe. This is because in just 10-15 minutes the goodness starts to disappear by way of the fats becoming rancid. Never buy already ground flax seeds. Always grind them fresh.
- You can also add some black seed oil (about half a teaspoon) if you wish to the oil at the very beginning. You can also add some Vitamin C powder as well (about half a level teaspoon) as that facilitates the use of omega-3 fatty acids in the body.
- You are free to experiment with what you want to add to the base mixture. You can use any combination of raspberries, blueberries, grapes, a bit of honey, walnuts and so on. These fruits are used because they are high in antioxidants.
- We try to take at least two servings of flax seed (omega-3 fatty acids) in the form of the flax seed porridge and this recipe on a daily basis.
There is a lot more that can be said here but we will expand upon the topic of flax seeds, the Budwig Protocol and omega-3 fatty acids in future articles.
Further Exploration and Reading
For those who are interested, these are the books we have (all translated from the German originals):
- Flax oil As A True Aid Against arthritis, heart Infarction, cancer And Other Diseases, Dr. Johanna Budwig, apple Publishing Company (Canada)
- Cancer, the Problem and the Solution, Dr. Johanna Budwig, with a foreword by Lothar Hirneise, Nexus Books, Germany
- The Oil-Protein diet Cookbook, Dr. Johanna Budwig, apple Publishing (Canada) - this book contains hundreds of variations of the core recipe, and illustrates many ways you can include flax seed and flax oil into your diet.