Joshua Lee Axe

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Dr. Joshua Lee Axe practices quackery chiropractic and naturopathic medicine in Tennessee.[1] He has doctorates in chiropractic[2] and naturopathic medicine; he is not a medical doctor.[1] He is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist.[3] Allegedly his "DrAxe" website receives over 100 million visits per year.[4] Assuming this is true, his website receives more visitors than Doctor Oz, Dr. Mercola or NaturalNews.[5]

Dr. Axe pushes[6] a range of natural health-products, including the classics: apple cider vinegar,[7] Himalayan pink salt,[8] and colloidal silver.[9]

He has written a book called Eat Shit & Die Eat Dirt,[10] whose title is intended to be taken literally.[11]

Dr. Axe makes money by selling dirt sandwiches nutritional supplements that contain — among other things — a "Soil and Plant based probiotic and prebiotic blend with 5 billion cfu…[note 1] Saccharomyces boulardii, Bacillus clausii, Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus sbutilis, Bacteriophage[note 2] Blend (Myoviridae T4, Myoviridae LH01, Myoviridae LL12, Siphoviridae LL5)".[12]

I wanna get off Dr. Axe's wild ride[edit]

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Dr. Axe warns customers against consuming heavy metals, whilst simultaneously pushing bentonite clay,[13] a quack-treatment which contains potentially hazardous levels of the toxic heavy metalsWikipedia's W.svg arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and lead.[14][15]

He compares (confuses) ionizing radiation from a (Fukushima) nuclear reactor with non-ionizing radio waves from a microwave oven.[16][17]

Dr. Axe recommends chelation as a treatment for autism, despite the fact it has not been shown to work, and can be hazardous to the patient.[18]

Dr. Axe promotes coffee enemas,[19] which have no known medical benefit but have numerous risks (burning, rectal perforation, infection and electrolyte imbalance).

Dr. Axe states he is a creationist.[20] This declaration could endear him to the only sector of the market who would buy his shtick, i.e., those who don't ask for evidence.

If you are having trouble swallowing his bullshit, Dr. Axe has a treatment for your dysphagiaWikipedia's W.svg: acupuncture.[21]

"Dr Josh Axe is a moron" by AddictedToIgnorance[edit]

Some of Axe's older videos reveal hilarious confusion in basic biology.

External links[edit]


  1. "CFU" is Colony-forming unit, or the number of units that are able to multiply via binary fission under the controlled conditions.
  2. Bacteriophages are viruses that target bacteria


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Dr. Axe Dr. Axe.
  2. Apparently Dr Axe's chiropractor-license expired in 2013.
  3. Where To Get Professional Nutrition Advice by Stephen Barrett. Quackwatch.
  4. " ... has over 11 Million visitors a month." says "".
  5. 2017 comparison of "Dr." with competing websites,
    (the "SE traffic" figures are monthly visitors via Google Search Engine).
  6. Affiliate Disclosure Dr. Axe. In the small-print Dr. Axe states he's on-commission.
  7. 20 Unique Apple Cider Vinegar Uses and Benefits Dr. Axe
  8. Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits that Make It Superior to Table Salt Dr. Axe
  9. 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits, Uses and Side Effects Dr. Axe
  10. Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Josh Axe (2016). Harper Wave. ISBN 0062433644.
  11. Book summary on Google Books. Dr. Axe offers simple ways to get these needed microbes, from incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet to forgoing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil.
  12. Compare: Probiome RX Adrenal Restore Dr. Axe. "Contains Rhodiola rosea, Holy Basil and Schizandra [...] INGREDIENTS: 5 Billion CFUs* per serving, Plant- and Soil-Based Organisms, Prebiotics, 10 Adaptogen Superfoods and Herbs"
  13. 10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses Dr. Axe
  14. Best Bentonite Clay by Best Bentonite: FDA Alert — Risk of Lead Poisoning (03/23/2016) U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  15. Bentonite Clay Nutrition Dr. Axe (archived from February 17, 2017). A table from Dr. Axe acknowledging that bentonite clay contains lead and other toxic metals.
  16. With a sunburned face, Dr. Axe has the cheek to lecture his audience about protection from radiation.
  17. YouTube where Dr. Axe tells his audience microwave ovens & cellphones cause cancer.
  18. "autism-natural-treatment", from Dr. Axe.
  19. Fight Cancer & Detoxify with a Coffee Enema Dr. Axe
  20. Why I DON’T Eat a Paleo Diet… But Close Dr. Axe writes "I personally am a creationist." (archived from February 17, 2017)
  21. Graphic from Dr. Axe, at bottom right he recommends acupuncture for dysphagia.