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Doctor Oz: The Power of Collagen

Updated: Jan 15


Release Date: 11/18/22

Podcast Duration: 27:11

A summary by Brandon Johnson, DC


5 Key Takeaways

  1. Western medicine is great for treating acute "traumatic" cases but lacks the capabilities to treat most chronic diseases

  2. Western medicine and alternative medicine can be very effective if used together

  3. Diet, Exercise and Stress play the largest roles on health

  4. 33% of human tissues are made up of collagen proteins

  5. Bone broth, animal skins and organ meats are the best natural sources of collagen



This Podcast begins with Dr. Oz introducing a Chiropractic doctor by the name of Josh Axe. He specializes in functional medicine with a strong emphasis in nutrition.


Background Information

  1. The mother of Dr. Axe was diagnosed with cancer

  2. She lived a sedentary lifestyle

  3. The family decided to try alternative treatment for 4 months

  4. Several life changes were implemented

  5. Stress reduction (meditation)

  6. Nutrition (leafy greens, juicing, whole non processed foods)

  7. Regular exercise

  8. The tumor shrunk and eventually became dormant


After describing the origin of Dr. Axe's background the two doctors begin to discuss the differences and synergies of multiple approaches to medical care.


Western Medicine Vs Alternative (holistic) Medicine

  1. Western Medicine

  2. Usually more invasive

  3. Involves use of drugs

  4. Surgical intervention

  5. Great for treating acute (traumatic) issues

  6. Broken bones and cuts

  7. Aggressive cancers

  8. Alternative Medicine

  9. Usually minimally invasive

  10. Uses natural herbs/vitamins and lifestyle change

  11. Great for treating chronic (long term) issues

  12. Type 2 diabetes

  13. Autoimmune disorders

  14. Metabolic disease

Using Western & Alternative Medicine Together

  1. First try everything naturally with minimal invasive action

  2. Monitoring progression via Western testing

  3. Manage lifestyle variables

  4. Diet

  5. Exercise

  6. Stress

Dr. Axe concludes his thoughts by saying "do everything naturally, and then fill in the gaps" with western medicine. The Doctors then begin to discuss foods and the role of collagen in human physiology and health.


Favorite Food for medicine

  1. Herbs and spices

  2. Can be powerful antioxidants

  3. Can have drug like properties without strong side effects

  4. American men in the US consume 1/8 of herbs and spices (antioxidants) when compared to men in japan

  5. Indian and Asian diets are filled with herbs and spices

  6. Live longer healthier lives on average

  7. Vegetables and Berries

  8. Offer phytonutrients and polyphenols that can improve bodily functions

  9. Bone broth

  10. Good source of collagen and other crucial minerals

Why is Collagen Important?

  1. ⅓ of protein in human body is made up of collagen proteins

  2. Skin

  3. Hair

  4. Nails

  5. Bones

  6. Discs

  7. Ligaments

  8. Tendons

  9. Fascia

  10. Connective tissue

  11. Gut lining

  12. Arterial walls

  13. Women (placenta is mostly collagen)

How to Increase Endogenous (your body's ability to make) Collagen

  1. Eat foods that are rich in:

  2. Vitamin C

  3. Iron

  4. Zinc

  5. Easiest for the body to create collagen when it has the direct building blocks

  6. Proline

  7. Glycine

  8. Hydroxy proline

  9. Found in bone broth and other dense collagen foods


Best Natural Sources of Collagen

  1. Bone broth

  2. Animal skin

  3. Chicken

  4. Beef

  5. Fish

  6. Organ meats (liver)

  7. Eating skeletal muscle of animals (normal meat cuts in grocery store) supplies the body with muscle building amino acids (building blocks of proteins)

What is the Next Super Food?


  1. Adaptogen herbs are going rapidly in society

  2. Mushrooms

  3. Reshee

  4. Lions mane

  5. For brain and nervous system

  6. Foti

  7. For testosterone and energy

  8. Dong gui

  9. For Iron

Chinese Medicine

  1. Did not do double blind studies

  2. Did 3,000+ years of case studies

  3. Based on bodies internal environment

  4. Is it too hot or cold ?

  5. Is it too damp or too dry ?

  6. Too much movement (wind) or stagnation?

  7. Why do we call sickness a cold?

  8. Stems from Chinese medicine


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