We all have our own opinions on Pete Evans.
On Sunday, the chef came under fire for advising an osteoporosis sufferer to cut out all dairy, after the woman asked him a question on his Facebook page during a regular Q&A session.
When the follower asked if Paleo could help with her osteoporosis, the celebrity chef responded: “I would strongly suggest removing dairy and eating the Paleo way as calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones.”
The woman indicated she might check out this advice with her doctor, saying, “I’m obviously going to need to read some more about this”.
But Evans responded: “Read one of my comments below on calcium – most doctors do not know this information.”
His “advice” has come under severe scrutiny, with many people pointing out that he isn’t qualified to provide this type of guidance.
Thankfully, someone who IS qualified to have an opinion on this is one of our dear friends, Dr Brad Robinson (MBBS, FRANCOG; Masters of Reproductive Medicine (UNSW); Grad Dip Comms, BBus).
Dr Brad. ALL HAIL, DR BRAD. Image via Facebook.
In one glorious Facebook post, Dr Brad has advised Pete that he should probably let the experts speak next time:
Dear Pete Evans,
I presume you have forgotten (silly you!) so please allow me to remind you.
You are a chef, NOT a doctor.
Further, you are not someone who magically knows things that the sum total of generations of medical research has determined. You do not have access to information that us uneducated doctors do not. Your astounding advice about osteoporosis would be amusing if it wasn't so potentially damaging to anyone at risk who actually believed you.
Even worse, your advice to the user of an anti-cholesterol medication to cease its use is - through an increased risk of stroke and heart attack if your advice were followed - potentially deadly.
Can we make a deal?
You don't give medical advice and I won't tell you how to best shuck oysters.
And that, everyone, is how it is done.
Dr Robinson's post comes almost two weeks after he delivered a particularly remarkable baby. On August 16, Caitlin and Tom Perkins welcomed daughter Lucy - whose birth was one in 48 million. You see, Caitlin and Tom were both born on August 16 1986, meaning that mum, dad and baby all share the same birthday.