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It's not a surprise that the Australian Medical Association aren't big fans of a new documentary by celebrity chef Pete Evans.
'The Magic Pill', screening at selected Aussie cinemas, follows several families with individuals suffering with chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and autism, who adopt Evans' popular 'Paleo Diet' for five weeks.
Apparently the diet is shows to drastically reduce symptoms of their illness, even their reliance on modern medicine.
One of the case studies revolves around a 4-year-old girl with autism who is unable to speak and suffers multiple daily seizures. By the end of the film, she speaks for the first time.
AMA President Dr Michael Gannon believes the documentary contains "ludicrous and hurtful commentary" about diet improving chronic illnesses.
"The man's ideas seem to have no limit. The truth is, people should be offered evidence-based treatments, whether that is surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and to deviate them from the treatment path is potentially harmful," he said.
"Parents of children with autism, it's a daily struggle and the idea that you can have a high-fat diet and change the course of that chronic brain condition is patently ludicrous and preys on desperate parents who will almost try anything to improve their child's behaviour."
"There's no question that many more Australians could eat more healthily and I even like some of his ideas about reducing our reliance on processed food. But to suggest that people can avert evidence-based medical treatments with some sort of manipulation of the diet is simply silly."