Chef Pete Evans has released a new documentary about his controversial paleo diet and Australian doctors aren't happy.
The film, called The Magic Pill, claims that the diet can treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and autism by reducing symptoms and reliance on medication.
Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Michael Gannon spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the film, saying that the claims are "hurtful, harmful and mean."
"The idea that a high-fat diet can change a child's behaviour in a month is just so patently ridiculous… and yet the reality is the parents of autistic children are so desperate they will reach for anything.
"I enjoy [Evans'] emphasis on protein because there's no question that lean meat, eggs and fish are superfoods... but exclusion diets never work."
The Magic Pill was filmed over two years here in Australia, with Pete and director Rob Tate working with regular Australians to highlight “holistic land management with ethically raised animals."
The film had various participants who tried the paleo diet to help stabilise their illnesses.
One participant, a four-year-old non-verbal autistic girl named Abigail, supposedly spoke for the first time at the end of the film.
The film will screen in Toowoomba, Queensland tonight.