My Story -- Dr. Budwig's Formula, A Hero by bg ..... Success Stories Forum
Date: 4/24/2002 10:00:59 AM ( 11 year ago)
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Subject: My Story -- Dr. Budwig's Formula, A Hero
Ten years ago, I became ill, and was prescribed antibiotics. I'd
been diagnosed with TMJ about 8 months before this time, but didn't
associate this with the current illness. However, within a few days
after starting the antibiotic, the TMJ pain vanished. What I'd had
was an infection in the jaw, not true TMJ.
The TMJ recovered, but I didn't. After two years of constant,
extreme illness and penicillin type antibiotics (15 RX's), I was
still so ill I literally thought I was not going to make it. At this
point, I "fired" my physicians, except when tests were indicated, and
got on a natural health program outlined by Dr. William Crook
(pediatric M.D. allergist by training)in his books. Almost
immediately on his program, the life force was rekindled. Progress
was slow, but steady.
After a move and exposure to mold/fungus from a rented apartment's
heating system, I relapsed, looked like death warmed over, and was
having esophageal reflux. I didn't know about, or associate at the
time, that the mold/fungus was involved. Today I know it was. Tests
showed Rheumatoid Arthritis, though a month later at a
rheumatologist, who redid all the tests, he said even though the
tests were positive, I did not have RA (because no crippling in hands)
but maybe Lupus or a Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder. I did not
remain under his treatment, for it would have consisted of drugs that
did not get you well, but I felt would damage my body further.
Instead, a bookstore lady recommended a book by renowned
rheumatologist Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown. If you or someone you
care about has RA, Lupus, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue,
etc., I recommend they get and read the current version of the book,
updated with results of controlled studies by The National Institutes
of Health, "The New Arthritis Breakthrough."
I had been given a grim picture from my physician about what to
expect from my diagnosis. He said it was going to be downhill from
now on. I was a bit shocked to hear a physician be that forthright
with bad news, but I respected it. I'm a "no holds barred" person.
We have to have the truth so we will know how and what to fight. I
learned that an effective treatment had no longterm bad side effects
and was, indeed, a treatment used for teenagers with acne and for the
elderly with bronchietasis. So, I had to go to Iowa to find an
experienced physician, but it was worth it. After only 3-4 months my
improvement was remarkable, and accelerated after that.
However, what I didn't realize was that even as I was feeling well
and doing well, there were EXISTING CHANGES in my gastrointestinal
system from the prior longterm pencillin type antibiotics that were
prohibiting absorption and utilization of vitamins, minerals, etc.
from food and supplements ingested. To this condition, the current
treatment involved low-dose minocycline on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays. I had been taking probiotics -- acidophilus, bifidus, etc. -
- to restore the flora, but later realized the dosage while still on
antibiotics was not nearly enough. Wise medical writers recommend 2
to 3 times the usual dosage.
At that time, over 3 years ago, not realizing the reasons why, I went
into a wasting syndrome when I developed the malabsorption problem.
This was very scary. Though I had a big appetite and was consuming
lots of good food, supplements, etc., little apparently was being
absorbed. I began eating organic, plain, whole-milk yogurt with a
good acidophilus/bifidus powder stirred in, twice a day. Also, in
this I was adding ground flax seed, fresh fruit, and liquid flaxseed
oil. Little by little, I stopped losing weight, it stabilized for a
while, then eventually but very gradually I gained back the weight I
had lost. At my lowest weight, I had looked very unhealthy and a bit
like the World War II concentration camp prisoners.
Last year (during June and July 2000), I learned -- after some
routine neck x-rays showed more serious problems -- that I had
developed metastatic bone lesions all over my body. I was feeling
very well at the time, and this really puzzled my physicians. If I'd
learned this 3 years ago, I would not have been surprised, but at the
time of the findings I felt I was doing extremely well. During
subsequent tests, my liver was found to have lesions also.
In November 2000, I read in www.arthritistrust.org in the
article, "Essential Fatty Acids Are Essential," about Dr. Johanna
Budwig's being nominated 7 times for the Nobel Prize in Medicine for
her work with essential fatty acids with a sulphurated protein
carrier and the effects these discoveries had on terminally ill
cancer patients. I did a search on Dr. Johanna Budwig and found
several excellent articles about her and flax. To read about these,
go to: www.naturesdistributors.com, click on "Reference Section"
then "Healthy Cell News" and then "Flax Articles."
The bottom line, I found, is that if sulphurated proteins (1/4 cup
cottage cheese or 1/2 cup yogurt) are consumed daily with 2
tablespoons of liquid flaxseed oil -- cold-pressed, unrefined -- the
essential fatty acids get into the cells and have curative effects
for cancer and 59 other serious illnesses. It is recommended that you
read/print all of the flax articles; each different and helpful.
Also, a great help for our bones (whether malsorption is involved or
not)is to be found on this same Arthritistrust site in the
article, "Boron & Arthritis." Another excellent article to pay
attention to (this same site) and to read can be found
under "Articles"; go down to "Other" and at the bottom of the list,
click on the article on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
When we are unable to absorb vitamins and minerals, the parathyroid
gland cannot mineralize the bones. Boron is one of the main minerals
in this. The parathyroid gland has the highest concentration of boron
in the body. When proper mineralization is done, boron also stops
calcium loss in the urine, causes an increase in our good hormones
comparable (per studies with post menopausal women) to being on
Hormone Replacement Therapy (which is very instrumental in calcium
absorption in osteoporosis). There is much in these articles that
can be of help to men as well as women.
During the work-up from June to October last year, they could not
find a source of my metastatic lesions, after many types of scans,
metastatic surveys, biopsies of liver and bone marrow, etc. The
liver scan last year was also abnormal with lesions. A repeat scan
in January 2001 showed "normal." The repeat bone scan still showed
lots of problems, BUT showed improved "homeostasis." The bottom line
to me is that these problems developed when I was in the wasting
syndrome 3 years ago, and we accidentally found this condition --
which I believe now is actually improving because of the regimen of
the yogurt/flax/etc. I was on. What would these scans have looked
like several years ago?!!!
I have converted to Dr. Budwig's formula of 1/4 cup cottage cheese
(or 1/2 cup yogurt) mixed thoroughly with 2 T. flax oil, then add 1/2
chopped apple, blueberries, or other fruit, and 1 T. ground flax
(daily), a bit of vanilla flavoring and a Sweet 'n Low packet. It
really is very tasty. However, for cancer or other very serious
condition, I understand the amounts should be doubled. I also take
liberal amounts of a probiotic -- acidophilus/bifidus -- every day
and feel it is also very important to keep the lining of my
intestines in condition to absorb the food that is consumed.
Digestive enzymes to aid in digestion are also a part of my daily
My desire in sharing this story is that the reader will come away
realizing how important it is, not only to consume the raw material
that our bodies need for good health, but that we must make sure that
these substances are absorbed. If our guts are overgrown with
Candida, H. Pylori, and other organisms, these set us up for Cancer
and other diseases. We must get the junk food, sugar, etc. out of
our diets. I have grave concerns over the health of our children and
our grandchildren in today's culture with their addiction to these
terrible foods. Dr. Paul Ewald, author of "Plaque Time" featured on
the cover of Time last fall, said in an interview that it is his
belief (and has been proved already in numerous illnesses like some
forms of Cancer, Diabetes, et al)that stealth organisms are involved
in all degenerative disease. So, it would behoove us to find ways
to "detox" our bodies on an ongoing basis.
Cliff has given me information showing the flax capsules do not have
the same effect as the oil. My appreciation to you, Cliff, for making
me aware of this site. Hope some of this information will be helpful
Best wishes to all of you,
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