Pete Evans Is Now Spruiking 'Important' Anti-Vaxxer Views And WTF?
We regret to inform you that Pete Evans is at it again.
The celebrity chef who brought you such classics as 'Paleo for babies' and 'Sunscreen -- what is it good for???' is returning again to the headlines for some objectively bad opinions.
This time, it's vaccinations. Evans shared a podcast interview between two notorious anti-vaxxers, and 10 out of 10 doctors really wish he wouldn't.
"One of the most important podcasts to listen to," Evans wrote, in a post to his 1.5 million Facebook followers and 200,000 Instagram followers.
"Thank you Paul for asking the questions that need to be asked about vaccines and medicine."
The podcast in question is Living 4D, hosted by 'holistic health practitioner' Paul Chek. In this particular episode, Paul chats to fellow notorious anti-vaxxer Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, about why vaccinations are bad -- for three hours.
"Do vaccinations cause more harm than they're worth?" the episode's description notes asks.
"What are the health risks of immunisation?"
10 daily has contacted Evans for comment.
If the name Dr. Sherri Tenpenny sounds familiar to you, it's because she had planned to give a series of talks in Australia in 2015 about why you shouldn't vaccinate your kids, before widespread campaigning forced her to cancel.
Tenpenny grew up in a "chiropractor family", and was not vaccinated as a child.
But back to Pete Evans. What role has he played in all this? Nothing -- except spreading the anti-vaxxer news to his legions of fans, most of whom are rapturous their leader has shown his cards.
"I love Pete Evans, but now I love him even more," writes one fan.
"You are a god send Pete. Thank you for your courage and bravery," writes another.
The reaction from the medical community -- you know, the people with medical degrees and relevant experience and who underwent years of rigorous study just to deal with patients who found out about a snake oil treatment on YouTube -- is far less positive.
"When it comes to cooking, Pete Evans might be an expert, but his misinformation about vaccination is a recipe for disaster," Australian Medical Association president Dr. Tony Bartone said.
"He should leave the medical advice to the experts and keep quiet about matters he has no skills, experience or expertise in.
“Celebrities who promote anti-vaccination viewpoints and messages need to be held to account."
Vaccination campaigner Catherine Hughes -- whose son Riley died of whooping cough when he was just 32 days old -- agreed.
"I wonder what he'll have to say if he's responsible for influencing a parent not to vaccinate, and then their unvaccinated child succumbs to a vaccine-preventable disease like meningococcal or whooping cough?" she said.
"I hope he decides to give his anti-vaccine activism a rest, and goes back to cooking delicious dishes filled with activated almonds and the like."
It comes as NSW Health has issued yet another alert for measles, and as a mother in New Zealand waits for blood tests to see if her two-week-old baby contracted the infection.
It also comes as an 11-year-long study conclusively proved there is no link between vaccines and autism.
But you know. The famous cooking man has opinions.
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