Pete Evans

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Pete Evans is an Australian celebrity chef, anti-fluoride campaigner, conspiracy theorist and paleo diet advocate.[1] BTW, paleo diet is not a fad diet, just ask Pete. Just read Pete's 2100-word Facebook post on the issue (if you can find it). Case closed. Incidentally, his post, if you can find it, will also teach you about the incompetence and malice of health professionals, dieticians and public health institutions.

Pete is best known for his role as a judge on the highly popular Australian television show MKR (My Kitchen Rules).

He is also famous for writing a self-published cookbook (an e-book on iTunes, since no respectable publisher would touch it) for babies.

The Paleo Way[edit]

The site created by Evans in 2013 describes its self as a guide for anyone wanting to go paleo. It's run by Evans himself, Nora Gedgaudas, the site's "expert nutritionist" and Luke Hines, the site's personal trainer. A subscription to the site will set you back $99 AUD for a lifetime subscription or $10 a week. This is a small price to pay for a lifetime of amazing benefits, one of them being the knowledge that you are helping Pete earn a lot of money.

Nora Gedgaudas[edit]

A self-educated "expert nutritionist", she holds many anti-science beliefs such as that the "use of cod liver oil helps children recover from autism due to the DPT vaccine", and claiming the pertussis toxin interferes with retinoid receptors in the brain. She does not, however, have any university qualifications whatsoever. [2] [3]

Paleo diet recipe book for babies[edit]

In order to avoid any unintentional promotion, the title of the book is not mentioned here. Anyways, if you want to wreck your child to overdose on vitamin A you probably shouldn't be wasting your time on RationalWiki. Ask Dr. Google and he will tell you anything you want to believe.

With some help from other nutrition and health "experts" like Charlotte Carr (self described as an actress, voice artist and presenter) and Helen Padarin (a naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist), Pete wrote the ultimate paleo diet recipe for babies, which, if followed closely, will prevent autism, obesity, allergies, auto immune diseases, stuttering, premature ejaculation, negative body image, depression, hairy palms, constipation, tooth decay, kidney stones, Communism... you know, the lot. For an exhaustive list, consult any paleo expert. A possible explanation for this is that the baby could be dead well before it has time to develop any of the above problems (according to Professor Heather Yeatman - the president of the Public Health Association of Australia.[4]) The book has received similar praise from other leading health and diet experts and institutions. It has a disclaimer saying that relying on the information from the book could lead to negative health consequences [5]. Because, you know, paleo works and is perfectly safe.

Sunscreen will kill you[edit]

Other than his never-ending quest to dispense unqualified dietary advice to the general public, Evans publishes comments on his Facebook page on any topic that tickles his fancy. On one particularly notable occaision in 2016, he claimed that sunscreen contained "poisonous chemicals" and advised his followers not to apply these products.[6] An admirable stance in a country which has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.[7]

After criticism from pretty much every relevant medical organisation in the country, with one describing him as “the kitchen version of Pauline Hanson”, he decided that it was a good idea to restate his original claims in an interview with another television channel. Evans posed the unforgettable question: “[Why] do you need a qualification for to talk common sense?”[8]

COVID-19 "cure"[edit]

Evans was fined over $25,000 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia's regulatory body) for selling and promoting a "BioCharger" device (marked as a "hybrid subtle energy revitalisation platform") that claimed to cure COVID-19. His website claimed that the phallic-shaped item was "proven to restore strength, stamina, coordination and mental clarity" and could cure the disease using light, electromagnetic waves and "frequencies".[9]

This episode prompted yet another response from the president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) who advised the public to "ignore his social media content" and that the machine "doesn't do anything but drain your wallet".

Conspiracy theories[edit]

One of the images shared by Evans on his social media profiles, proving once again that fame ≠ sanity.

After losing his job in May 2020,[10] his social media and levels of wingnuttery skyrocketed. He began sharing material from David Icke, which eventually culminated in him posting other conspiracy theories (described as "fringe even among QAnon adherents")[11] and content supporting Donald Trump[12]

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