There has been a lot of talk about celebrity chef and now former My Kitchen Rules host, Pete Evans.
The controversial reality star has not only lost his high-paying judging gig on the Channel 7 series but has positioned himself as a problematic self-styled health guru.
Evan’s views on health and nutrition have been increasingly seen as troublesome. He heavily promotes a serious paleo diet (hence the nickname ‘Paleo Pete’) which is backed by unscientific health claims — disproven by scientists and the Australian Medical Association.
Last month, Evans spruiked a $15,000 light machine on his social media, claiming that it could help fend off the coronavirus — only to be hit with a $25,200 fine by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
In the post, Evans promoted a three-hour-long video by a British conspiracy theorist, David Icke, who claimed that COVID-19 was “a fake pandemic with no virus” and linked infections to 5G antenna installations.
According to the Daily Mail, one of Australia’s leading doctors, Dr Harry Nespolon, expressed his concern for the chef after he shared more bizarre conspiracy theories online.
The President of the Royal Australian College of GPs suggested that the former TV host should seek medical help after Evans posted a lengthy message condemning mainstream media for its reporting of the global pandemic.
Evans also questioned the agenda of the “experts”, encouraging his 230k Instagram followers to “manifest their own reality”.
Then, in another post, Evans shared a detailed list of “code words” people should look out for in the media, implying that “mass trials” and “executions” were happening behind closed doors.
“Soon you will hear about certain high profile people (celebrities, politicians, executives, elite, billionaires) having CV (coronavirus). Here are some code words to look out for,” it read (see the post below).
“Self Quarantined = under house arrest either under Federal agent guards or ankle bracelet. Self Quarantined, CV exposure = detained and being questioned by authorities. Tested negative for CV = no confession so they are going to trial after world mass arrest. If convicted their reputation and legacy will be destroyed.
“Tested positive for CV = they confessed and taking a deal, their execution will be out of the public eye. Execution will be portrayed as suicide or some sort of accidental death. Their reputation and legacy will be preserved.”
“Remember, these people are being arrested for major crimes against humanity. NO PITY.
“Pay very close attention for these code words in the media.”
Speaking to Ben Fordham on 2GB, Dr Nespolon said he was “keen” to ensure Evans was isolating with his family as losing an $800,000 contract could be affecting his mental health.
“If he really is in trouble, dare I say, he should make an appointment with his GP and I’m really quite serious about that,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what he has done in the past, it really is important that we do take care of him and that we reach out to him if there is a problem,” he said, before saying: “If people actually follow what he (Pete Evans) has been promoting in the past — look for activated almonds it really doesn’t matter — but when it comes to giving people the view that they might be protected from the COVID-19 virus that can potentially be a real problem,’ he said.
In response, Evans took to his official Facebook page (and 1.4 million followers), expressing thanks and assuring fans that he was “happy” and “enjoying life”.
“I have the most robust health (physical, emotional and spiritual) ever at the age of almost 47 years, and currently do not take any medications/pharmaceuticals,” before adding, “I have some wonderful friends that are great integrative/functional medical doctors, so if I ever need any ‘help’, I know who to go and see.”
Thank you to this doctor, and for his concern for my well-being. For the record, I am extremely happy, content and…
On Mother’s Day, Evans shared a photograph of his mum, Joy, with her grandchildren, revealing that he embraces her every time they see one another.
“I will continue to give you a hug and a kiss every single f$&@”n time I see you like I have over the last few months (unless YOU say no), [sic]” he captioned the post.
While the list of social media controversies continue, this isn’t the first, and dare we say last time, that “Paleo Pete” will make headlines for his beliefs.
Then, in July 2016, Evans claimed that vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advised against “normal” sunscreen due to having “poisonous chemicals” and claimed that Wi-Fi was “extremely dangerous”.
In 2017, Evans campaigned against the “mass fluoridation of public water” saying that he “strongly believe that if people want to add fluoride to their drinking water then they should, but it should be a choice that each person has the ability and the right to make for their own household.”
Then, in 2018, he revealed he looked directly into the sun, as a “simple, yet powerful practice” which is the best form of “free medicine on the planet for body, mind and spirit.”
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Everyday I love to immerse myself in an experience within the cleansing ocean water as well as a brief gaze into the radiant light of the early rising or late setting Sun. These simple, yet powerful practices have got to be two of the best forms of free medicine on the planet for body, mind and spirit. #sungazing 🌞👁💦❤️
While we continue to wrap our heads around Evans’ theories, it’s important to make well-informed decisions based on information provided by actual health officials.
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