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Pete Evans has responded to criticism from Australia's peak medical body.

Pete Evans has hit back at the Australian Medical Association after it claimed his “extreme” health advice is putting people’s health “at risk”.

It was always going to be controversial when the paleo diet “tribe leader” chose to “share the truth” on Sunday Night.

Evans is a loud voice behind claims such as: some sunscreens are toxic; osteoporosis sufferers should stop drinking cow’s milk it because takes the calcium out of your bones; and bone broth is a suitable alternative for newborns when breastfeeding fails.

The celebrity chef’s interview on the Channel Seven program aimed to clear up some of the “misinformation” circulated by mainstream media.

Unsurprisingly, the AMA wasn’t happy with Evans’ attempts to undermine the efforts of the medical professionals they represent and hit back at the star with a tweet, pointing out he and other untrained individuals should not “dabble in medicine”.

AMA vice-president Tony Bartone then reiterated the organisation’s stance and accused Evans of “willful” arrogance for questioning medical advice and decades of scientific research.

But on Monday morning, Evans doubled down.

In a lengthy Instagram post, he responded to the AMA’s criticism by claiming that his theories are backed by “some of the worlds leading doctors, scientists and researchers” and questioned whether the peak medical body ought to be “tweeting their personal opinions of a chef”.

“Shouldn’t the role of the AMA be to help prevent illness and reduce medications through lifestyle changes?” he wrote.

“How much nutritional training does the AMA provide their doctors?”

The AMA (Australian Medical Association) has once again tweeted that I am putting people’s lives at risk….WHY? Because we encourage the following, which has shown numerous times to help improve peoples overall health including reversing type 2 diabetes and lowering some medications. Lets take a look at what they think is dangerous advice shall we…. We promote an organic diet of small to moderate amounts of well sourced seafood and or meat from land animals, an abundance of colourful vegetables and fruit, (lower carb preferably as the majority of your intake) and good quality dietary fat as opposed to the criminal low fat movement. We also encourage breast milk as the number one food for babies. We also talk about respecting the sun and not getting burnt and choosing a non toxic sunscreen and making are to get adequate vitamin D exposure as so many people are lacking this. We encourage people to ditch the dairy as a marketed health food from the dairy association for 3 months and see how their bodies feel without it. And finally, we encourage people to drink the most natural, clean water they can source without a known neurotoxin in it. Shouldn’t the role of the AMA be to help prevent illness and reduce medications through lifestyle changes? Is the AMA in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industries and are they in the business of helping people get healthy? I have many friends that are doctors and they do amazing work, just like I have friends that are dietitians, however are their governing bodies representing them the best way by tweeting their personal opinions of a chef promoting the above information? And if anyone has ever watched my videos or talks or read our books we also encourage people to work with healthy health professionals when changing their diets and encourage them to get the blood tests done so they can track their progress. This information we share is coming from some of the worlds leading doctors, scientists and researchers that are having massive success in helping their patients! How much nutritional training does the AMA provide their doctors? “You don’t need a qualification in common sense” #paleo #foodismedicine

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The My Kitchen Rules chef painted a pretty picture with his wife and two daughters on a green farm with chickens and an organic vegetable patch. He goes on surfing trips with his family, and there was his 12-year-old daughter Chilli who likes spinach but doesn’t eat oysters.

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The pretty picture faltered only once, when Evans was asked about his anti-fluoride stance. He’s lobbying state governments across Australia to have fluoride taken out of tap water.

“Why are doctors experts in fluoride?” an increasingly frustrated Evans asked.

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“And what are their qualifications to be up to date with the neurotoxin that fluoride is?”

This came after journalist Alex Cullen asked Evans about the “mountain of evidence” he claims is out there suggesting fluoride, even in small doses, is bad for our bodies. “Doctors are telling me that this evidence doesn’t exist,” Cullen said.

“A lot of the times I feel like when I sit across from a journalist, and no disrespect, you ask me questions that you should be doing the research on yourself,” Evans retorted.

“Your response is that ‘doctors have told me’: why are doctors experts in fluoride?… There’s a mountain of evidence.”

Evans switched roles, and quizzed the journalist: “If I asked you, would you say fluoride is a health food or do you think it’s a health ingredient? What’s your response?”

“It was one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of the last century,” Cullen replied.

“For what?” Evans pushed.

“For stopping dental cavities,” Cullen shot back.

“Do they?” Evans refused to budge.

Sydney general practitioner Dr Brad McKay told the program, “Fluoride has been shown to be excellent at decreasing dental cavities in children. There’s no evidence to show [fluoride] is bad for you at all.”

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Pete Evans. Image via Instagram.

That's right, a doctorsomeone who's spent at least seven years studying medicine and anatomy and the chemical interactions that occur inside the human body - says one thing. A celebrity chef and restaurant owner says something else entirely.

"Why do you need a qualification to talk common sense?" Evans continued.

"Why do you have to study something that is outdated, that is industry backed, that is biased, that is not getting the results? That would be insane to study something that you're going to waste your time with. It is just crazy."

Evans also addressed some of the other "lies" the media has spread about his approach to nutrition and "healthy eating".

On sunscreen: "I generally use none. I only go out in the sun for 30 minutes or so, which we try to do every day because so many people are lacking in Vitamin D," Evans said.

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"A lot of sunscreens are full of toxic chemicals you wouldn't put on your face or your kid's face. I never said 'don't use sunscreen'. Just be careful to choose one that's the least toxic."

On bone broth for babies: "There are some children, babies, out there that can't take human milk." Evans' recipe for bone broth for babies was labelled "poisonous" by Dr McKay.

And on cow's milk taking the calcium from your bones: "It's a myth to think that drinking cow's milk is the be all and end for calcium intake. Calcium through dairy is the best piece of marketing I've ever heard."

As for the number-one question from the whole episode: "Do you take criticism well, do you think?"

"It depends who the criticism comes from and what it's about," Evans replied.

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