Dr Harry Nespolon (pictured), President of the Royal Australian College of GPs, is concerned about the mental well-being of celebrity chef Pete Evans
One of Australia’s top doctors is concerned about the mental well-being of celebrity chef Pete Evans after the paleo-diet enthusiast shared a series of bizarre coronavirus conspiracy theories online.
Dr Harry Nespolon, President of the Royal Australian College of GPs, suggested Evans should seek medical help following his recent online ramblings, with his latest a lengthy message condemning ‘mainstream media’ for its reporting of the COVID-19 crisis.
He also questioned the agenda of ‘experts,’ promoted an unfounded conspiracy theory about former US president Barack Obama and encouraged his 230,000 followers to ‘manifest’ their ‘own reality’.
Pete Evans (pictured with wife Nicola) recently took to social media to slam mainstream media
Pete Evans (pictured) has taken to social media in recent days with bizarre coronavirus-related rants
‘I’d really be a little bit keen to make sure that Pete is actually with his family or with someone else,’ Dr Nespolon told Ben Fordham on his 2GB radio program.
‘If he really is in trouble, dare I say, he should make an appointment with his GP and I’m really quite serious about that.’
Following a dive in Seven’s My Kitchen Rules ratings, Evans parted ways with the program this week after 11 seasons as a judge on the reality show.
Comments on Mr Evan’s lengthy and divisive Instagram post were later limited
The extraordinary rant was captioned on a US President Donald Trump meme shared by Mr Evans
Dr Nespolon said losing the $800,000-a-year gig could be having an effect on his mental state.
‘It doesn’t matter what he has done in the past, it really is important that we do take care of him and that we reach out to him if there is a problem,’ he said.
‘He has just lost his job, or he has resigned from his job. That is a very stressful thing to have happened.
‘I don’t know Pete Evans, I don’t know his family so this is just pure speculation but it really is one of the oddest things I have ever read.’
Dr Nespolon also warned Australians against taking health advice on coronavirus from anyone who is not a medical or health professional.
‘If people actually follow what he (Pete Evans) has been promoting in the past – look for activated almonds it really doesn’t matter – but when it comes to giving people the view that they might be protected from the COVID-19 virus that can potentially be a real problem,’ he said.
The alternative lifestyle advocate also garnered a wave of concern from social media users perplexed by his strange online behaviour.
For many loyal, long-time fans, the issue of Evans’ mental well-being came to a head on Mother’s Day when the 47-year-old shared a photo of his mum, Joy, with her grandchildren and revealed that he is flouting social distancing guidelines and embracing his elderly mother every time he sees her.
The controversial chef wrote on Sunday: ‘We love you mum. Happy MUM day and thank you for being you and also a rebel in your own right.
‘I will continue to give you a hug and a kiss every single f%text@’n time I see you like I have over the last few months (unless YOU say no).’
‘Poor Pete has completely lost the plot,’ one person wrote on Facebook. ‘Fame and money has gone to his head,’ another said.
‘I will continue to give you a hug’: On Mother’s Day, he shared a photo to Instagram of his mum, Joy, with her grandchildren and revealed that he is flouting social distancing guidelines and embracing his elderly mother every time he sees her
‘Fame has gone to his head’: Fans have expressed their concerns for Evans, who is preparing to open a Byron Bay healing clinic after quitting Channel Seven after a decade
Just a day earlier, the celebrity chef shared a cryptic message to Instagram about questioning mainstream narratives.
He posted a picture of himself standing alongside a horse and wrote: ‘The phrase ”straight from the horse’s mouth” is another way to say confirmed information from the best source.’
He continued: ‘Where do you choose to get YOUR information from and is it the BEST source? I always ask ‘why are they sharing this information and who does it benefit the most?”
Evans went on to say it’s important to question everything including our beliefs as they ‘may be inherited from our culture, our media, our parents, our teachers and so on’.
‘How many times in history have the ‘authorities’ got it wrong and, many times they have got it right also. This also makes it even more imperative, in my opinion, to keep asking the biggest of questions and to not just trust inherently, without critical thinking and we all must have freedom of speech,’ he wrote.
The celebrity chef shared a cryptic message to Instagram about questioning mainstream narratives while being pictured with a horse
‘Deep down you know the answer, if you choose to sit with yourSELF and question yourSELF. Our intuition is our greatest sense in my experience… don’t only think, but feel.’
Last week, Evans also posted a cartoon that showed a lone man carrying a massive boulder with the words ‘The Truth’ carved onto it while others watched on.
The cryptic post – which suggests that Evans feels he is carrying the weight of truth on his back – hints at the possibility that he was let go from Seven because of his controversial views on alternative health.
‘What are you willing to carry and share?’ he captioned the post.
‘What are you willing to carry and share?’ Last week, Evans also posted a cartoon and hinted at the possibility that he was let go from Seven because of his controversial views on alternative health
History of Pete Evans’ controversies
October 2014: Pete claims the Paleo diet can prevent autism
March 2015: His book is pulled from shelves due to its bone broth recipe for infants
July 2016: Pete claims vegan women should eat meat during pregnancy, advises against wearing ‘normal’ sunscreen, and claims Wi-Fi is ‘dangerous’
August 2016: He says osteoporosis suffers shouldn’t eat dairy
September 2016: Pete claims camel milk could supplement breastfeeding
April 2017: Pete campaigns against the ‘mass fluoridation of public water’
December 2018: Pete reveals he looks directly into the sun
April 2020: Pete’s ketogenic recipe book is slammed by health professionals and he is fined for promoting his ‘healing lamp’