Josh Axe: Fly On A Windshield

josh axe heavy metals cover

Sitting at a stoplight yesterday, I noticed a fly on my windshield.  It stubbornly held on while I accelerated to 10MPH.  It was still there at 20, 30, then 40MPH.  At 45MPH I admit a cruel streak brought on thoughts of flipping on the windshield washer, but the scientist in me fought off the urge, and so, curious, I accelerated hard and, finally, at 55MPH, the creature succumbed to the inevitable.

Chiropractor Josh Axe is a lot like that insect  Give him a bad idea and he’ll cling to it like a fly to a windshield in a tempest.  Hang on at all costs.  Never, ever, let go, despite the obvious outcome.  No matter how much the right thing to do would be to let go (of your incorrect opinion).

Back in December, 2015, I wrote that Axe was pushing Bentonite clay as a detox agent, even though the product was loaded with the same “toxic” heavy metals Josh claimed would kill you.1  Undeterred, on November 19, 2018, Axe used Facebook to recycle another Bentonite detox post.  Like a fly on a windshield, Josh clings to irony in a hurricane of hilarious gaffes.2  Let’s have some fun.

For reference, below is an analysis of one of the Bentonite clay products Axe was hawking back in 2015.1  I don’t have a breakdown of the bath product he’s pushing in his 2018 Bentonite resurrection, but it’s reasonable to assume the clays are chemically similar:

Chemical analysis of a Josh Axe Bentonite product from 2015

Chemical analysis of a Josh Axe Bentonite product from 2015 .1
Note the lead, cadmium, and mercury.
(click/enlarge)

According to Axe, Bentonite clay is used to remove toxic heavy metals from the body, by either consuming or applying the mud topically.  Quoth the raven, er, chiropractor:

“Heavy metal toxins” usually refer to substances like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene.”4 — Josh Axe, Ten Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses

Isn’t it ironic then, that Axe’s own chemical analysis revels that Bentonite contains mercury, cadmium, and lead, the very elements he’s trying to remove?1 (See the chart above)

Now, this is the part in our story where Axe defenders leap in to invent a magical chemical matrix that works synergistically to scoop up the toxic heavy metals and channel them safely away.  “Even though they’re present,” (I hear you, David Avocado Wolfe!) “they aren’t toxic.  Their ionic charges are reversed causing them to blah blah blah…”

Go ahead Axe fans.  Make something up, I’ll wait. Then I’ll shoot you down in Axe’s own words.  Time is on my side.

 

Ready now?  You see, in his article, Axe confesses that Bentonite clay does not trap toxins.  He acknowledges that lead is present in the clay, and warns that it’s a danger, but only to pregnant women, except when you’re pregnant.  SAY WHAT?  OK, walk through this with me… it’s all from the same article:

“Bentonite clay benefits your body by helping to expel many of these toxins–Josh Axe, Ten Bentonite Clay Uses and Benefits3

 

“Some bentonite clay products contains trace amounts of lead and other heavy metals and may not be appropriate for consumption by children and pregnant women.”–Josh Axe, Ten Bentonite Clay Uses and Benefits3

 

“Some people use bentonite clay as relief for nausea and vomiting by pregnant women–Josh Axe, Ten Bentonite Clay Uses and Benefits3

So Bentonite clay expels toxins, except that it retains them when you’re pregnant (why only then?), so pregnant women shouldn’t use it, except that pregnant women should use it for nausea relief.  And what about the mercury and lead?

Oh God, just shoot me now. Josh Axe calls himself a doctor and he cranks out medical advice like this?

Dear reader, I humbly submit to you that (1) if you wish to eat mud it’s going to taste, well, muddy, but the trace amounts of metals found therein are not going to be of any health concern and, more importantly, (2) you can find far, far better sources of health information than chiropractors who falsely call themselves doctors and make their living selling you bone broth and mud for a living.

Live long and prosper.

References
(1) Axe-idental Poisoning (Bad Science Debunked)
https://badsciencedebunked.com/2015/12/08/axe-idental-poisoning-josh-axe-debunked/
Retrieved 20 Nov 2018

(2) Ten Detox Bath Recipes
Warning: Not a reputable/scientific article
https://draxe.com/detox-bath-recipes/
Retrieved 20 Nov 2018

(3) Ten Bentonite Clay Benefits and Uses
Warning: Not a reputable/scientific article
https://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/
Retrieved 20 Nov 2018

Image Credits
Josh Axe, Redmond Clay, website screen snapshots are used in strict compliance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of United States copyright law (commonly known as “fair use law”). This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.

Forrest Gump meme used under parody provisions of Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of United States copyright law (commonly known as “fair use law”). This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.

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5 thoughts on “Josh Axe: Fly On A Windshield

  1. UNSUBSCRIBE ME NOW! G. ROSS

    On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 2:35 PM Bad Science Debunked wrote:

    > Mark Aaron Alsip posted: ” Sitting at a stoplight yesterday, I noticed a > fly on my windshield. It stubbornly held on while I accelerated to 10MPH. > It was still there at 20, 30, then 40MPH. At 45MPH I admit a cruel streak > brought on thoughts of flipping on the windshield wash” >

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    • Gilbert, I did not subscribe you to anything; neither can I unsubscribe you. This is WordPress blog. The only reason you would be receiving notifications is if you intentionally clicked a series of buttons to sign up to receive notifications when new posts were published. Please look for removal instructions in the same emails that are carrying the new post notifications, or, perhaps at the bottom of the posts themselves.

      Commenting in a post as you’ve done won’t, I believe, accomplish anything. WordPress manages subscriber lists. To the best of my knowledge, I have no control over who sees/reads what I read.

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  2. My poor mother got duped into getting on this guy’s autoship before I could do some research on his supplements and it’s been a comedy of errors trying to get them to stop billing her. They finally stopped shipping the silica-filled products but decided they’d just keep right on billing her so American Express has been kind enough to give her a refund of everything they ever billed and then blocked them from further billing. Let me tell you, their customer support is an utter nightmare but ultimately I’m just glad we got her off that junk and onto some proven, high-quality herbs.

    I was surprised that apparently the Dr. Axe brand is in a tailspin. https://urbol.com/dr-axe-reviews/ I wonder what’s going on? Time to pay the piper?

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting Tim. That link to Urbol is gold (no, not because it has a quote of mine ;-)) It was interesting how they caught on to the multiple positive reviews all posted for him, back-to-back, among other suspicious things. I’m going off to explore… as soon as I do the more important thing, which is to express condolences for your mother getting caught up in his supplement scam. It’s so easy to do 😦

      I’ve been having a go-round with another well-known supplement pusher’s customer service over a simple question on whether or not the guy is selling GMO soy (I’m pretty sure he is). It is becoming apparent that “customer service” for these folks is there to do one thing, and one thing only–take your money, and never give it back. I’m so sorry you have run into the same thing. Thank you for sharing your story, and very glad to hear it sounds like you’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel!

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