Pete Evans is a renowned Australian chef and judge on the TV show My Kitchen Rules. Also known as "Paleo Pete," not many things get in the way of Evans and his Paleo way of life. So much so, that he believes a Paleo diet is the cure-all to everything, including osteoporosis. (Insert eye roll here.)
In a public Facebook discussion earlier this month, a woman asked the chef if going on a Paleo diet could help treat her recent osteoporosis diagnosis. Evans responded by saying: "I strongly suggest removing dairy and eating the Paleo way as calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones."
In a later comment, he added: "Most doctors do not know this information."
Just FYI, his suggestions go entirely against standard medical advice, which instead recommends that people with osteoporosis consume more dairy-rich foods (like milk) to ensure they have enough calcium in their system.
Not surprisingly, people are fuming. Another Facebook user and actual medical professional, Brad Robinson, an OB-GYN from Australia who practices in Brisbane, called out the chef directly.
"You are a chef, NOT a doctor," Robinson said in his post. "Further, you are not someone who magically knows things that the sum total of generations of medical research has determined."
He continues: "Your astounding advice about osteoporosis would be amusing if it wasn't so potentially damaging to anyone at risk who actually believed you."
Twitter users were equally unimpressed by the chef's comment and shared their opinions as well.
This is how you need rank the veracity of your medical advice.
16333. Pete Evans
— Stephen Carlyon (@StephenCarlyon) August 28, 2016
According to Pete Evans the cure for osteoporosis is cutting out calcium..According to me the cure for stupidity is cutting out Pete Evans
— Colonel Kickhead (@colonelkickhead) August 28, 2016
No matter your feelings about Pete Evans or the powers of the Paleo diet, this situation is a great reminder to be aware of irresponsible (and inaccurate) medical advice floating around on the Internet––especially when it comes to the treatment of serious medical conditions. It's dangerous (and in some cases illegal) for someone without proper medical training, certifications, or the knowledge of an experienced physician to dish out medical advice. So be aware that even the most well-intentioned trainers, chefs, or best friend with an incredible body, can accidently spread misinformation about major health issues that does more harm than good.