Activated almond-enthusiast and My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans has posted a lengthy rejoinder to Dr Tony Bartone, after the new AMA President urged Netflix to take down the controversial new diet documentary The Magic Pill.

The documentary, which was produced and narrated by Evans, suggests that the modern diet can be blamed for a variety of chronic diseases, and that a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet can alleviate health conditions ranging from asthma to autism and even cancer.

Earlier today, Fairfax published a piece in which Dr Bartone raised serious concerns over the documentary, saying that it might influence people with chronic health conditions to ignore the advice of their doctors, and urging the streaming service to pull it. He said:

“All forms of media have to take a responsible attitude when trying to spread a message of wellness. Netflix should do the responsible thing. They shouldn’t screen it. The risk of misinformation … is too great.”

Bartone cautioned that while eliminating certain food groups from your diet can lead to weight loss, it can “make certain other conditions worse”, adding:

“I respect Pete Evans’ ability and expertise in the kitchen, but that’s where it begins and ends. I would never dream of telling him how to prepare a meal. However, when it comes to the trusted health of our patients, everyone should turn to a health professional. That is, in the first instance, your GP.”

Fairfax spoke to Pete Evans for their piece, and he told them that modern medicine is “fabulous and vitally needed”, but maintained that “70 to 80 per cent of illness is dietary or lifestyle related.” After the article appeared today, Evans took to Instagram to post a lengthier statement, saying:

“Does the head of the AMA believe that eating vegetables and fruit with a side of well sourced meat/seafood/eggs to be a dangerous way of life? If so can they please share the evidence that this way of eating is detrimental to the health of human beings. Perhaps the bigger question to ask would be, ‘is the head of the AMA fearful of people in Australia becoming healthy? What would this mean to their industry?'”

Evans went on to criticise the practice of making referrals to dietitians, saying that the Dietitians Association of Australia has “multinational food companies as partners”, and also took aim at the medical profession, saying that it “relies” on a large percentage of the population being sick.

You can read Pete Evans’ post below, and presumably you can look out for another wild Facebook live stream in the not-too-distant future.

BREAKING NEWS! The new AMA (Australian Medical Association) president wants NETFLIX to remove our film “the magic pill”. Below is my response to the journalist about my thoughts that the AMA want to remove our film…which by the way they cannot! ???? Does the head of the AMA believe that eating vegetables and fruit with a side of well sourced meat/seafood/eggs to be a dangerous way of life? If so can they please share the evidence that this way of eating is detrimental to the health of human beings. Perhaps the bigger question to ask would be, “is the head of the AMA fearful of people in Australia becoming healthy? What would this mean to their industry?” Modern medicine is fabulous and vitally needed as we do say in the film, however, when 70-80% of illness is diet/lifestyle related, then shouldn’t prevention be a considered approach? The information that is shared in the film by leading cardiologists, neurologists, doctors and scientists has prevention at the top of their priorities and to be used as an adjunct to modern medicine which then ultimately is a holistic approach. Can you also ask why doctors are not allowed to give dietary advice (please see the recent silencing of dr gary Fettke in Tasmania) yet the head of the AMA who is a doctor, somehow is allowed to speak on this topic with authority, when his counterparts cannot? As for their referrals to dietitians can you also ask why the DAA have multinational food companies as partners….surely this is a conflict of interest? So going back to the initial question, why does the head of the AMA believe that choosing to eat a non inflammatory diet that is promoted by doctors in our film considered dangerous to the humans that choose wisely what they put into their bodies? Time and time again these simple changes have a long lasting sustainable positive impact on people’s lives. Or is the bigger picture for the AMA, that this simple approach may actually hurt the industries that rely on a large % of the population being sick? I am happy to give you the email addresses to the doctors interviewed for any questions you may have. For whole story visit my FB

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