The great Himalayan salt empire of Dr. Axe

Dr Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. Dr Axe also has a doctorate in chiropractic.  In 2008 he started Exodus Health Center, which grew to become one of the largest natural healthcare clinics in the world. Dr. Axe has created one of the top 10 most visited natural health websites in the world…
 

A certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist

Dr Axe is branded on his website as a “certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist”. He is Dr Axe, a “board certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM)…and is certified nutrition specialist (CNS) from the American College of Nutrition. At the bottom of the DNM tab is the following disclaimer: NOTE: CERTIFICATION UNDER BNMDP/NMCC IS NOT AN ACADEMIC DEGREE. Even the home page contains a similarly worded disclaimer: Certifications under NMCC/BNMDP-NA are not equivalent to an academic degree. “Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNSs) are advanced nutrition professionals. CNSs engage in science-based advanced medical nutrition therapy, research, education, and more…” (®-cns®-credential)

The Doctorate of Chiropractic is the only qualifying degree he holds.
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The Himalayan salt “miracle”

I am not interested in arguments about the DNM or CNS degree but I do find it misleading that the doctorate is in chiropractic and not a biology related field. If the degree was in a relevant field then Dr Axe would, I hope, not make basic biological errors like claiming Celtic Sale brand lowers blood pressure. Salt, as from previous post, is salt and rather has a tendency to raise blood pressure. Whilst he is correct that table salt is iodised, there is little risk with consuming too much iodine. In fact it is iodine that promotes proper thyroid function; an ingredient that is present in only trace amounts from sea salts. It is correct when he asserts “REAL salt like Celtic Sea Salt® or Himalayan salt” provide trace elements, but the amounts are negligible. In fact, all of the benefits listed by Dr Axe for Celtic Salt (r) are the benefits attributed to either to salt (e.g. prevent muscle cramps), regardless of the brand, or are made up hocum (e.g balance blood sugar). If you are worried about too much iodine, cut back on your home use as processed foods do not use iodised salt.
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Shiitake mushrooms cure cancer (apparently)

Clicking through a number of articles on Dr Axe’s website I do question the scholarliness of his research (given his CNS certificate is awarded from an institution engaged in science-based advanced medical nutrition therapy, research, education…): he publishes snappy internet articles that have an air of “research” and “science” about them all with one nice little superscript numbers. ONE reference only.  When one follows the links to check the references, such as shiitake mushrooms curing cancer one is lead to this summary: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16566671, one article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. ONE article in a journal that “does not make readily apparent the process by which manuscripts are judged; manuscript submission $49 USD is required, and manuscripts cannot be submitted that have been submitted elsewhere. The journal will “NOT publish studies containing animal models, lab-based cellular work, or in vitro studies [sic]. and also appears in the list of non-recommended periodicals on Quackwatch.
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There is no “alternative” medicine

A 1998 editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association states:
“There is no alternative medicine. There is only scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine supported by solid data or unproven medicine, for which scientific evidence is lacking. We must focus on fundamental issues —namely, the patient, the target disease or condition, the proposed or practiced treatment, and the need for convincing data on safety and therapeutic efficacy” (Fontanarosa PB, Lundberg GD. Alternative medicine meets science. JAMA 280:1618-1619, 1998)
Dr Axe has the right to call himself a doctor and he correctly references his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). In his articles the reference number is there, technical words are scattered about, he makes reference to research but there is no weight to the information. Do not let his shining smiling face fool you: he is (most likely) a multi-millionaire, a TV celebrity, a radio show host, a friend to professional athletes and ‘dr’s’ alike. He has is own line of nutrition products and his own exercise regime. His raison d’être is to sell you his products and his exercise regime. Dr Axe is an empire, a brand, and he works very hard to get you to forget that.
– The Countess of Evil
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The Countess of Evil

Evil genius. Killing with looks and kindness.

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