Evans reveals support for anti-vaxxer
MKR host Pete Evans has flirted with a new anti-vax stance, urging his followers to ask questions about vaccination and medicine.
Posting yesterday to his Instagram account, Evans shared links to the podcast of anti-vax parent and exercise coach Paul Chek as he interviewed a fellow anti-vaxxer, osteopath Sherri Tenpenny.
In the podcast, Dr Tenpenny, who is well-known in the US for her views, shared provocative opinions about the intellectual superiority of unvaccinated children, and argued that all doctors are uneducated about vaccines.
Mr Chek rhetorically compared medical professionals to "prostitutes" for science.
"One of the most important podcasts to listen to. Thanks @paul.chek for asking the questions that need to be asked about vaccines and medicine," Evans wrote on Instagram, followed by the love heart emoji and prayer hands emoji.
In the podcast, Mr Chek rails against the medical industry.
"If you're believing what any doctor says or believing what so called science says - whatever that has become these days - it's a throwback from … religious programming," he says.
Mr Chek also claims doctors and nurses administering vaccines are "not aware of the side effects".
"Are medical staff the modern prostitutes for scientists these days?" Mr Chek asks.
Dr Tenpenny, who has written two books urging people to steer clear of vaccines, says she doesn't recall immunisation ever being discussed while she was in medical school.
She claims medical students aren't educated on administering vaccines beyond delivering them to patients on schedule.
"(Doctors and nurses) don't learn how to recognise side effects, they have no idea what the ingredients are in them." Dr Tenpenny claimed in the podcast.
She said children are being "pummelled" with carcinogens as part of a larger conspiracy to have "every single human being on the planet on a minimum of two pharmaceutical drugs for life beginning in childhood".
"You can only do that when you are pummelling little bitty kids with all of these foreign proteins, all of these carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals."
Dr Tenpenny's first book argues that widely discredited links between autism and vaccines have not been disproved. She recommends legal methods for parents to dodge vaccinations.
In her second book she begins linking vaccinations to widespread outbreaks of illnesses. She compares vaccination to "Russian roulette … that could kill you".
Dr Tenpenny attempted to visit Australia in 2015 to share her anti-vax views but had her visa denied, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Dr Tenpenny and Mr Chek discuss their opinions on how non-vaccinated children go on to be intellectually superior to those who are vaccinated; Dr Tenpenny says her chiropractor told her that vaccinated kids seem "messed up".
"They can't follow two step commands," she said.
Evans has more than 207,000 followers on Instagram, he also shared the podcast to his 1.5 million Facebook followers.
Commenters on his recent post have praised the chef for posting about anti-vax topics and criticised no jab no play laws.
"Amazing podcast. Especially important now VIC with No Jab No Play," wrote one commenter.
"You are an amazing beacon of honesty & integrity. You showed your bravery in speaking out about Paleo. This takes you into a whole new dimension of firing line. Thank you for the much needed face & voice. We've got your back," wrote another.
"Thank you! At the moment, there is a measles outbreak in Christchurch, NZ. Everyone is being urged to double-check that they, and their kids, have been vaccinated," wrote another supporter.
"The media coverage is everywhere, and families who are choosing not to vaccinate are vilified. Hello, witch-hunts. It is shameful!"
Evans has shared a number of controversial views on the medical profession in recent years, and hasn't shied away from conflict with institutions.
He claimed that sunscreen was "toxic" in 2016, saying people putting on regular sunscreen had "covered themselves in poisonous chemicals, which is a recipe for disaster as we are witnessing these days".
For many years he has spruiked a Paleo diet, and has made a number of claims about the benefit of giving up dairy and grains.
In a 2014 Facebook post he accused Dietitians Association of Australia and Heart Foundation of creating guidelines that cause autism.
He also told a sufferer of osteoporosis they could find relief from their illness by "removing dairy and earning the Paleo way as calcium from dairy can remove calcium from your bones".
Evans is also against fluoride in drinking water, which he labelled a "neurotoxin", and warned people should educate themselves about "Wi-Fi" which he believed to be "causing a lot of issues".