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Feb 9, 2019

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by empowering them to use nutrition to fuel their health. He operates one of the world’s largest health websites at, which has over 17 million visitors a month looking for healthy recipes, herbal remedies, nutrition and fitness advice, and information on essential oils and natural supplements.

He is also the co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, which provides protein powders, holistic supplements, vitamins, essential oils and more to the modern world. Dr. Axe is an expert in functional medicine, digestive health and herbal remedies and founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world, in Nashville, TN, and served as a physician for many professional athletes. J

osh just published his brand new book Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease.

During this episode, we dive into the book, and more, including...

-The heartwarming story behind how Dr. Axe got into natural healing...7:50

  • Mother diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40
    • Conventional treatments were not effective
    • Antidepressants, thyroid drugs; chronic fatigue
  • Ten years later, diagnosed with lung cancer
    • Decided to treat it naturally for 6 months; if it doesn't work, so be it
    • Did extensive research; sought validation from doctors
    • "Keto meets Gerson therapy"
    • Spoken affirmations
    • Horseback riding
    • After 4 months, cancer was nearly gone
  • Article: How My Mother Survived Stage-4 Breast Cancer
  • There's no one size fits all diet, but certain principles can apply to most people
  • Chinese medicine:
    • Certain emotions affect particular organs
    • Chinese and Ayurveda are some of the oldest forms of medicine

-How Dr. Axe's business partner treated his own cancer naturally...20:20

-What Dr. Axe set out to accomplish in writing his book...32:05

  • Go back to Chinese medicine:
    • Holy basil
    • Cinnamon
    • Hot peppers
    • Turmeric
  • Turmeric Golden Milk
    • Turmeric
    • Trikatu
    • Ghee
  • Clary Sage essential oil - good for balancing estrogen
  • Have lots of color in your diet: purple, red, green

-How do you tackle the paradox of a ketogenic, thyroid-friendly diet...42:00

  • Do a keto diet for 30-90 days, then move into keto cycling;
  • Watch carb-intake
  • Utilize fasting
  • Rice is thyroid-friendly
  • "Keto Forever Cycling"
    • Intended for more than 90 day Keto dieting
    • Carb days, Keto days, alternating

-What does a ketogenic diet look like for a plant-based eater...51:30

-Rapid fire questions...55:10

  • What's the difference between bone broth protein powder and actual bone broth?
  • What to make of all the different types of collagen available at Ancient Nutrition?
  • What is "Keto Fire"?

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-Ancient Nutrition (use 15% discount code "BEN" on any order)

-Book: Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease

-How My Mother Survived Stage-4 Breast Cancer

-The strange connection between your emotions and your organs

-Book: The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin

-Midwest Permaculture

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Josh Axe or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!