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Dr. Josh Axe Interview | Cancer and Autoimmune Conditions

by Dr. David Minkoff December 01, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Dr. Josh Axe Interview | Cancer and Autoimmune Conditions


Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutrition, and author of The Gut Repair Cookbook and Keto Diet. His website,, is one of the largest natural health websites in the world.

Dr. Axe’s passion for his work in nutritional medicine eventually led him to Dr. David Minkoff, a world-renowned natural health expert. In this episode of The Dr. Axe Show, Dr. Axe and Dr. Minkoff discuss cancer, autoimmune conditions, and offer positive suggestions for alternative therapies.

This episode covers the following subjects:

  • 1:51 – An explanation of how Dr. Minkoff shifted his practice to functional medicine after his wife became ill. His wife, a registered nurse, suffered serious symptoms after her mercury fillings were removed incorrectly – including autoimmune disease. Dr. Minkoff speaks about his journey to discovering alternatives to conventional medicine.
  • 5:04 – Dr. Minkoff explains how he discovered his wife was suffering from mercury toxicity and how they were then trained in groundbreaking treatments for heavy metal toxicity in Seattle. The treatment resolved his wife’s physical issues.
  • 6:17 – Dr. Minkoff covers how his clinic was originally established, treating friends on his days off from his ER duties. He was treating chronic migraines, thyroid problems, and many other complaints, and his clinic grew organically from that point forward.
  • 8:31 – Dr. Minkoff explains the science behind the root cause of cancer and his approach to treating the disease. With 80,000 foreign chemicals in the environment that did not exist 100 years ago, toxins continuously enter our cells and damage them, rendering them unable to use oxygen to make energy.
  • 10:43 – Dr. Minkoff explains how toxins affect the “kill-switch” in a cell, turning on cellular growth genes that should only be activated during body growth and healing. Cancer cells are unable to stop cellular growth.
  • 11:54 – Explains how tumor stem cells are sent to other areas of the body, causing cancer to spread. He explains how specific genes bring a higher susceptibility to some cancers, but generally, cancer is the result of exposure to environmental toxins.
  • 13:03 – An explanation of how chemotherapy and radiation do not address the root cause of cancer, the tumor stem cells, which chemo does not kill. The only way to eradicate the tumor cells circulating in the body is to work with the body’s immune system.
  • 13:30 – Dr. Minkoff discusses how most people with advanced cancer typically do not die from the cancer itself, but from the treatment process. Cancer patients often develop infections and other serious health problems as a bi-product of the medications administered.
  • 14:04 – An explanation of Dr. Minkoff’s philosophy on treating cancer and how understanding the mechanism allows him to address the vulnerabilities in cancer cells. A strict ketogenic diet creates low blood sugar, starving the cancer cells (which thrive on sugar) while allowing healthy cells to thrive. Vitamin C, oxygen, mistletoe treatment, and low-dose chemotherapy trick the cancer cells, allowing a lower dose of medication to be more effective.
  • 18:34 – An explanation of how Dr. Minkoff uses a keto diet to treat cancers, neurological conditions, Lyme disease, and how the diet calms the nervous system. Dr. Minkoff explains how the keto diet is appropriate for many endurance athletes, for weight loss, treating diabetes, neuropathies, and cancers.
  • 21:29 – Dr. Minkoff covers his approach to treating autoimmune diseases. He points out that 99 percent of autoimmune diseases are related to gut health. He covers how protein is digested in a healthy digestive system and broken down into amino acids. If there is damage to the intestine’s lining, which is only one cell thick, it causes it to become porous and leak.
  • 23:40 – An explanation from Dr. Minkoff on how chemicals, parasites, pesticides, bacteria, and pharmaceuticals cause holes in the thin intestinal membrane, allowing protein strands to pass through without first being transformed into amino acids. These substances are recognized as invaders and attacked by the immune system.
  • 24:25 – An explanation of how each protein source is different, and when entering through a hole in the intestinal lining, it will trigger the creation of an antibody to that protein. As the gut becomes overwhelmed, the immune system begins attacking other parts of the body, and how autoimmune diseases originate from that source.
  • 25:39 – Dr. Minkoff explains the antinuclear proteins the body makes, as well as the processes that tell the body to stop making those proteins. Resolving the overproduction of antinuclear proteins can resolve rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Epstein-Barr, and other autoimmune diseases. He covers how these are not really diseases but are symptoms of a damaged intestinal lining.
  • 28:59 – An explanation of EECP (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) to restore blood circulation without surgery to place a stent. He discusses how a heart condition could develop and treatments to restore healthy heart function to live a healthier, more active life.
  • 30:39 – An explanation of ozone therapy, its use, and how it works. When the ozone combines with the positive charge, it functions as an antibiotic. He covers how ozone can increase natural immune function and increase survival rate after a heart attack. When administered to athletes, they can run faster, jump higher, and perform better after ozone treatments to reset the body. He considers it “nature’s cure-all” as it sets off a healing reaction.
  • 36:40 – An explanation of the treatment with ozone and how it is injected. He explains that with four to six ozone treatments, the patients experience significant long-lasting pain relief and why ozone therapy is one of the most effective healing and pain relief therapies available.
  • 43:00 – The actions Dr. Minkoff recommends as the “game-changers.” He recommends always eating organic as it is impossible to eat your way to good health with bad food. He advises taking PerfectAmino, as every person is deficient in amino acids. He recommends spending time outdoors, moving your body, sleeping well, and nurturing your immortal spirit. 

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Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.

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