If My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans thought he was silencing his critics with his Sunday Night interview he was wrong.
After was interviewed by Alex Cullen over his Paleo lifestyle and his controversial thoughts on fluoride, dairy and sunscreen. But many media accused the segment of being little more than a 20-minute promotion for his commercial ventures like MKR, his speaking tours and cookbooks.
The AMA even tweeted, that Evans was “putting his fans’ health at risk with extreme advice on diet, fluoride, calcium. Celebrity chef shouldn’t dabble in medicine.”
AMA President Dr Michael Gannon later told SKY News Evans relies on “fairly flaky ideas” and is receiving dodgy advice.
“I think that Pete should stick to pearl couscous, and the scientists can stick to pertussis,” he said. “Some of his comments are so irresponsible.
“He is an opinion leader, and when it comes to things like the importance of adding fluoride to the water… when it comes to some of his comments about nutrition and about important dietary sources of calcium, and now he’s dipped a toe in the water when it comes to vaccination, he needs to be more responsible.”
On his Facebook page on Monday morning Evans hit back at the AMA, suggesting it is “in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industries”.
“How much nutritional training does the AMA provide for their doctors?” he asked. “Remember ‘you don’t need to be qualified to have common sense!'”