Pete Evans' fiery response to claims Netflix show should be pulled

Pete Evans defends his controversial diet documentary.
Pete Evans defends his controversial diet documentary. Photo credit: RadioLIVE

Celebrity chef Pete Evans has issued an angry response to a medical expert who urged Netflix to can his controversial diet documentary The Magic Pill, which is available to watch on the streaming platform.

The documentary was never promoted on Netflix's social media, and was quietly released earlier in the month.

Evans says inThe Magic Pill that modern diets in the Western world can be blamed for chronic diseases, and claims that the way to combat it is to take up a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet.

The My Kitchen Rules judge also says the diet can also rid those who take it of health conditions like asthma, autism and cancer.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Tony Bartone wrote in a Fairfax piece that the documentary is concerning. He also said he worries that some people living with illnesses might opt to believe the claims in the documentary over what health professionals say.

"All forms of media have to take a responsible attitude when trying to spread a message of wellness," Dr Bartone wrote.

"Netflix should do the responsible thing. They shouldn't screen it. The risk of misinformation... is too great.

In a fiery Instagram post, Evans responded to Dr Bartone's claims, asking if the AMA thinks eating healthily is dangerous. He then questions if his simple approach may damage the industries that rely on sick people.

 

In the instagram post Evans he talks about doctors who support his documentary.

"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 is ultimately is a holistic approach," he said.

Furthermore asking how the director of AMA can offer advice on this topic but doctors in Australia is unable to give out dietary advice.

Netflix is yet to comment. 

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