Category Archives: Budwig News

Flaxseed (linseed) studies for Prostate Cancer and PAD peripheral artery disease

A study into prostate cancer and the use of flaxseed (linseed) is reported in an article on Doctor Mercola’s site:  The study only included linseed (flax seed) and not the oil, it was not part of a holistic treatment but still showed encouraging results.

Another interesting study on the web is into peripheral artery disease (PAD) reported on

Natural News: Flaxseed (Linseed), Hormones and Cancer

Flax or linseed is well-known for its benefits for the digestion and in helping prevent type-2 diabetes – but there is a lot of modern research to show it can be of benefit in helping to prevent or slow down the spread of hormone-linked cancers in both men and women.

Research data compiled by Sayer Ji at shows  the harmful effects caused by oestrogen that can result in growth and spread of cancer can be modulated  by flax (linseed).

This helps to make sense of the advice of Dr Johanna Budwig and the benefits of ground linseed in the Budwig diet even though a lot of oncologists tend to lump phytoestrogens with all all other oestrogens.  However Ji states “It helps to understand the biochemistry in order to make sense of how a plant estrogen may actually reduce estrogen activity in the body.”

Other studies quoted look at how linseed / flax can be of benefit to men in reducing tumour markers and reducing the proliferation of cancer cells related to prostate cancers.

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Fox News: anti-prostate-cancer-foods

In an article about foods that can help to protect men’s health, flax (linseed) is mentioned for two anti-cancer components – lignans and omega-3.

“Both flaxseed and its oil have been promoted as anti-cancer substances since the early 1950s, but only recently has any solid evidence emerged.”

“Only a handful of small studies have investigated the link between flax and prostate cancer in humans, but the results all look promising”

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“The Island Where People Forget to Die”

Recently both the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph have run an inspirational article by Dan Beuttner about a 65 year old man in New York who had “terminal” cancer and went home to his native Greek island of Ikaria  to die.  He didn’t die and thirty years later is still alive like many other nonagenarians on the island.   The whole lifestyle on Ikaria seems to help them avoid many of the ailments of the West and live longer healthier lives.  This island has triggered several longevity and health studies.

Importantly the story illustrates well that, given the right diet and environment, the human body can heal itself – even from cancer –  more easily than modern medicine gives credit for.

Read the whole article in the New York Times

Read the whole article in the Daily Telegraph