Jeez, Pete, give it a rest, mate!
The potty paleo preacher / celebrity chef and Best Friend to Manu™ has posted yet another diatribe to his social media channels bemoaning both the sorry state of journalism today and the folly of modern mainstream medicine.
This time it’s in the form of a Facebook post, which first and foremost apologises to his many fans who didn’t get to be on telly, despite attending a seminar which Channel 7 filmed for the now-infamous Sunday Night profile on Evans.
The 700-word post also deploys some high-level passive-aggression at his many critics, including gems like:
“I guess the producers thought that a selfie is what they deemed more important to the story, instead of sharing real life Australians, reclaiming their health through simple dietary changes that work.”
“We interview professionals that are changing peoples lives instead of the nonsense of everything in moderation mantra that so many fall back on.”
“Oh, and thanks to the doctor that appeared on the segment, they couldn’t of picked a better representative of the medical industry than you…thumbs up mate!”
And then there’s this unsubtle stab at the concerned members of the medical community:
“It doesn’t get much simpler or better than some beautiful vegetables with a side of well sourced seafood or meat with the cleanest water possible and that is what we promote as Paleo, or you can call it meat and three veg and the AMA & DAA can still call it dangerous until they try it for a few months and see if it works.”
Look: no-one is hanging shit on Pete Evans for caring about his and others’ health. All that dietary stuff he’s talking about? At its core, it’s good advice! No-one, doctors included, is going to argue with “put down the 2.5L Fanta and eat a carrot once in a while.“
tough shit m8
But no-one is arguing with him on that. We’re arguing with him about fluoride being toxic (it’s not), dairy sucking the calcium from your bones (IT DOESN’T), sunscreen being full of dangerous chemicals (it’s not, and even if it were I’d choose chemicals on my skin over getting cancer from that giant ball of LITERAL RADIATION we call the sun), and other shit that can actually have detrimental effects on people’s health if they choose to believe a chef over a doctor.
— Tony Bartone (@tbbart1) March 26, 2017
Evans can stamp his paleo foot on his anti-bad vibes earthing mat until he falls through the floor like an extremely tan Rumpelstiltskin, but it won’t make any of his batshit claims true. Eating healthy is good, yes. But telling people to feed their infants bone broth so high in Vitamin A as to be poisonous is bad, regardless of how frequently you invoke “common sense“.
Doctors and other medical professionals have a legal and ethical obligation to tell the truth, as president of the Public Health Association Professor Heather Yeatman did a few years back, when she said of Evans’ baby food cook book:
“In my view, there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead“.
Chefs don’t have to take the Hyppocratic Oath. They just make food and try to sell cook books.
Image: Sunday Night.