Budwig Protocol

Cottage cheese and flaxseed oil can help cancer patients?  You’re probably thinking I have gone off the deep-end and completely lost my mind.  Although I have had some serious lack of sleep lately, I assure you my mind is fully functional.  I even have the images to prove it.  :P

“The basis of Dr. Budwig’s diet or protocol is the ingestion of a special oil-protein mixture in the form of organic cold-pressed flaxseed oil plus cottage cheese or “quark” (a dairy product readily available in German-speaking countries made from various types of milk and roughly similar to cottage cheese), to balance an oversupply of omega 6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats in the Western diet and to provide an immediately available abundant supply of essential omega 3 acids.”
http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/budwig_protocol.html#more

Essentially combining the flaxseed oil with a protein such as cottage cheese allows the unsaturated fatty acids to become water soluble.  This is good for a dog like Kai, because it doesn’t require the liver to do the work of breaking it down.

If you think Dr. Budwig may be a quack, she truly had knowledge about the benefits of flaxseed well before our time.  Consider this info on WebMD on the benefits of flaxseed in relationship to cancer:

“Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. At least two of the components in flaxseed seem to contribute, says Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, M.Sc., director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada.

In animal studies, the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth.

Further, the lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones. Some studies have suggested that exposure to lignans during adolescence helps reduce the risk of breast cancer, Thompson says.

Lignans may help protect against cancer by:

  • Blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism.
  • Interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.

Some of the other components in flaxseed also have antioxidant properties, which may contribute to protection against cancer and heart disease.”

While we are not following the entire Budwig Protocol with Kai, there are benefits for dogs and cats.  Rather than paste all the info in, you can read it here – http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/pet-cancer-cure-testimonials.html  Not all animals may benefit from it, but we feel Kai is doing well with his daily mixture of 4T cottage cheese and 2T flaxseed oil.  Not only does he love it, but it provides him with the benefits of the nutrition found in both foods.  He comes running when he hears the blender!  This is certainly worth at least looking into if you know anyone with cancer.

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The Daily Routine

I had planned on posting each day from our diary into the blog, but my time is limited.  The routine each day is about the same, so I will give you a brief rundown and then expand into the different aspects in later posts.  Working from memory here, so hopefully I didn’t leave anything out.

Meals – 1 – 1.5 cups of the Dog Cancer Diet 3 times daily, some additional dry food as needed

Supplements –

Budwig Protocol with probiotics – 1 time daily

Filtered water

Catching up to today

Having Kai home has been a joy, but it hasn’t been without its difficulties.  Although there are days that he acts like a healthy dog, we know that the cancer is still in his body.  While I was preparing things at home, Mark was researching how to heal Kai through means other than chemotherapy.  If we only have limited time with him, we don’t want it to be filled with stressful trips to the vet paired with chemicals being dumped into his body which would weaken his body and kill normal healthy cells along with the cancerous.  The surgeon had said that chemo is better tolerated in dogs than humans.  Something about they use a dose and if it causes any ill effects they reduce it, so side effects are less prevalent in dogs.  I am not sure if I fully believe this or if dogs simply just can’t tell us what they feel.  Kai had a body fully of cancer and we didn’t know until he started to fill up with blood in his abdomen.  There may have been subtle clues, but he acted like himself.

When Kai finally settled in at home, I started a diary to keep track of the medications, supplements, diet  and his progress.  Making sure he receives everything he needs each day is key, but we also don’t want to miss those subtle indications that something may be not quite right.  Today, we are a month into the diary, so I will try to play catch up to bring us up to date.

Day 1 found him resting mostly as he had already had a busy day at the vet and a long car ride home.  He was prescribed Tramadol for his pain three times a day.  Eventually I will get back to this medication, because I believe it is important to discuss its side effects.  That can come on another day.  I am happy he had something to help his pain.

Kai had not had a bowel movement since Saturday or Sunday.  I am not sure the folks at VC even tried to see if he would go outside.  That is a bit frustrating but maybe they did try and he just didn’t need to go yet.  After having pumpkin puree and almost a full can of food, he did ask to go out and finally went that Wednesday evening.  Good news!  He also was urinating a lot.  The push of IV fluids at the clinic as well as his hearty drinking made this possible.  He was able to go out on a leash to go.

29 September 2010 – Wednesday
Good demeanor, gums slightly pink, barked at some animals outside, protecting food from other pets, lots of tail wags, BAR (bright, alert and responsive), some whining likely due to the need for many bathroom breaks, much more mobile than before the surgery, ate some roasted squash and loved it, glad to see him home!

30 September 2010 – Thursday
Tramadol – AM, Noon, PM
K9 Immunity Plus – 6x per day
BM – AM
Meals – broth and 1/2 C canned food, 2 cookies, 1/4 C ground food with leftover brekkie, 4T cottage cheese with 2T flaxseed oil, 4T cottage cheese with 2T flaxseed oil, sardines and 1/2 C dry food
Water – lots!
Notes – drinking less but still plenty, wants to be more active, curious about things happenings outside and of indoor pets, seems more alert, gums pink. :)

1 October 2010 – Friday
Tramadol – AM, Noon, PM
K9 Immunity Plus – 6 times
Bio-Sily – 2 times with peanut butter
Urine – 8+ times
BM – 1 in AM, 1 in afternoon, 1 in evening
Meals – 4T cottage cheese and 2T flaxseed oil, cookies, 1C oatmeal, 1/4C rice, 4T cottage cheese with flaxseed oil with 1/4C rice, started dog cancer diet 1C plus broth
H2O – lots!
Notes – Better night’s sleep, went out once during the night and then slept on the bed with me, went upstairs when I was walking Elli, way more active and bored, need to find ways to entertain, Biosily arrived! First day of full dose of K9 Immunity Plus, incision site looks pretty good small amount of oozing, may have licked site briefly in the night, ate cancer diet heartily.

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