Author’s note: Sometime between the publication of this article (December 2015) and April 2018, Axe’s manufacturer quietly changed the formulation and relabeled the product reviewed here. Axe has repeatedly ignored requests for comment since I wrote this piece, including blocking me on his social media pages, so I’m unable to say when the changes took place. The screen snapshots of the product/ingredient labels stand testament to what was being sold. I leave this article, with this correction, as a record of what took place. In the meantime, Axe continues to sell products that contain the same ingredients he claims are harmful. Just type his name in the search box in the upper right corner of BadScienceDebunked.com and enjoy the reading. — Mark Alsip, 04 Apr 2018, Lexington, KY
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When we last visited our good friend Josh Axe, he was hard at work selling antimatter-laden miracle dirt to unsuspecting customers, with the claim it would sweep toxins out of their bodies while simultaneously delivering vital nutrients. (Yes, I was confused too.)
Today I’d like to take a look at another product being peddled by “Dr.” Axe. If you read to the end, I can guarantee you’ll be outraged. The hypocrisy could not be more blatant.
The topic of the day–and don’t be scared by the long words–is para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Let’s start off with Josh Axe giving us a quick backgrounder on PABA:1
“A recent study published in Environmental Science Technology has also shown the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer. That’s right, I read the labels on not only my food products, but on anything I’m putting on or near my body, and you should too.” 1
(Emphasis mine.) So PABA is an “estrogenic chemical linked to cancer”, Josh? Hold that thought, and let’s go shopping at draxe.com. You might want to put on some older clothing. This is going to get messy.
Here’s a nice vitamin B supplement:2
If you’ve read my blog before, having seen me highlight Josh’s disdain for PABA followed by a screen snapshot of a product he’s selling, you’ve probably guessed where this article is heading. You won’t be disappointed. Time to have a look-see at what’s actually in the supplement Axe is hawking:2
Oh, good grief… this supplement contains PABA! Para-aminobenzoic acid. The cancer-causing boogeyman of Josh Axe’s nightmares: on sale now for only $39.99 on the Dr. Axe web site (you save $11.25!).
This would almost be comical if not for the fact that in the same sentence in which Axe attacked PABA, he said:
“That’s right, I read the labels on not only my food products, but on anything I’m putting on or near my body, and you should too.”1
So there you have it. Here’s a chiropractor/”natural medicine doctor” who warns his followers to avoid putting a chemical on their bodies due to cancer concerns, sells them that very same compound in a supplement they’re supposed to ingest, and in the same breath tells them he reads product labels to avoid putting dangerous product on or in his body.
The mind boggles.
Josh Axe product and 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.
Axe “look at that” parody by the author. Created and used under parody/education/public health knowledge provisions of Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of United States copyright law (commonly known as “fair use law”).
(1) 75% of Sunscreens Are Toxic: What To Do Instead
(2) Dr. Axe Vitamin B Complex
Organic Vitamin B Complex