Dr. Johanna Budwig was a German author and biochemist who claimed to have developed a diet useful for treating cancer. Though no evidence has been found that her diet can treat cancer, it has been found to have positive effects.
Johanna Budwig was best known for the Budwig protocol, a controversial diet plan she developed in 1952. She proposed a theory that cancer developed in the absence of fatty acids due to a low oxygen environment. Budwig collaborated with H.P. Kaufmann, a fellow scientist, to map and identify fatty acids to best diagnose their connection to cancerous cells. Though their research yielded no concrete results, Budwig was one of the first scientists to research the connection between fat and cancer cells.
Budwig was born on Sept. 30, 1908 in Germany and died on May 19, 2003 at the age of 95. Though there was insufficient scientific backing for Budwig's thesis regarding fatty acids and cancer cells, she lived on a diet based on her theories and lived in good health until her death from an accidental fall. She frequently gave speeches throughout the last years of her life, advocating a high-fat diet for the prevention of cancer. Bugwig also received significant respect throughout her career as a female scientist in a male-dominated field.