High-profile neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has appeared in a video with controversial conspiracy theorist and anti-Vaxxer Pete Evans amid explosive allegations that the hot doctor operated on the wrong side of a patient’s brain.
The Australian brain cancer expert spoke to the disgraced chef and My Kitchen Rules judge about the potential benefits of medical marijuana in a newly released video from a podcast originally recorded in 2019 for its Evolve Network website.
Dr. Teo was beaten up by a prominent medical expert for giving Evans legitimacy by appearing on his website even when he disagreed with his views.
Associate Professor Ken Hughes, president of Friends of Science in Medicine – an organization that opposes non-evidence-based alternative medicine – said it was “unfortunate” that Dr. Teo connected with Evans.
“It was a shame to see Charlie Teo being linked to Pete Evans, who is notorious for his views on alternative medicine,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“The last thing Pete Evans needs is an endorsement from a neurosurgeon – especially one this celebrity.”
Disgraced former My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans has spread dangerous conspiracy theories about the coronavirus, including:
Evans largely opposes modern medicine – like life-saving vaccines – and has been fined more than $ 80,000 for trying to profit from fraudulent Covid-19 treatments online.
Dr. Teo, 62, uses scientific research and modern medicines to save the lives of cancer patients who would die without his help.
But the video showed up when Dr. Teo is threatened with an occupational ban because the NSW Medical Council convened an “immediate action committee” and restricted him from carrying out certain procedures.
Despite their opposing views, the two enjoyed a 47-minute chat covering topics ranging from the 5G network and whether cell phones cause cancer to jokes about marijuana-smoking politicians before the debate in Parliament.
Evans believes the absurd theory of 5G towers somehow played a role in the spread of Covid-19 and was subsequently banned from social media for spreading false health advice among susceptible Australians.
Conspiracy theorist Pete Evans at a Covid vaccine protest in Sydney
Dr. Charlie Teo was interviewed by Pete Evans in 2019, with the video of the podcast only recently released
When he tried to find Dr. Asking Teo about 5G towers, the surgeon strategically steered the conversation towards scientific evidence.
‘5G – do you have any thoughts on this?’ asked Evans.
“No, I’m not an expert on 5G, 4G or the physics of electromagnetic radiation – I’m an expert on brain cancer and that’s all,” said Dr. Teo.
The doctor explained that old-fashioned “brick” models of cell phones from the early 1990s emitted large amounts of cancer-causing electromagnetic radiation, but modern phones don’t emit nearly as much and are perfectly safe.
‘Nowadays the trend towards happiness is on hold [phones] away from your head, text message – and the energy given off by these phones is significantly less than the old bricks, ”he said.
Charlie Teo with his daughter Nicola. Dr. Teo offers life-saving surgeries to people with brain tumors
Pete Evans with Nicola Robinson. Evans is an antivaxxer and conspiracy theorist
When Evans Dr. When asked about his studies on medical marijuana, Teo gave an example of his only experience with the substance: as a young man at a house party in Glebe, in inner west Sydney.
“There was a very good looking girl who smoked dope and I think I was trying to impress her, so I sat down next to her and she said, ‘You want a joint?” He recalls.
When Dr. Teo refused, asked the girl if he was on drugs – which he lied and said yes, so he agreed to have a hash biscuit.
“This is someone whose body is incredibly pure – I never took a drug, I ate that hash cookie and was off my face,” he said.
“I had my bike with me and I got on the bike to go home and the road was everywhere and I was disoriented so I had to leave the bike there and go home.”
He went on to say that he was conducting clinical trials of medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) oil to see if it could shrink brain tumors – and he went into research with an “open mind”.
Charlie Teo lived through the moment when he first started taking drugs. He has not touched any drugs or alcohol since then
“I didn’t know about it,” he said.
“I’ve never smoked, drank alcohol, my body is a temple and I treat it with a lot of respect, so it’s not like I have a background in cannabis.”
The medical study was announced in 2018 and is ongoing.
Evans and the surgeon joked about sprinkling CBD oil on the breakfast of his colleagues, who beat him up for doing the studies.
“Maybe cannabis is your gateway to looking at life differently,” said Evans.
“A few small drops in breakfast,” joked the Dr. Teo.
‘So [marijuana] could be a magical plant, ”Evans continued. “I get this picture of parliament sitting around and everyone smoking one before they go in there.”
Dr. Teo couldn’t hold back his laugh at first before his tone changed and he said, “Oh my god, oh my god, can you imagine that? It could really change the whole face of the planet. I like this.’
Daily Mail Australia contacted Charlie Teo for comment.
Pete Evans at a march against mandatory Covid-19 vaccines in February this year
On Saturday, Dr. Teo accused of having operated on the wrong side of the brain of Sydney woman Michelle Smith, who was 19 years old in 2003, when she went to a high-profile surgeon to have a tumor removed.
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, specialists who reviewed the MRI scans 12 years later accused Dr. Teo for having healthy brain tissue removed from the wrong side of her brain.
But the prominent surgeon hit back on Sunday at the “insults” of his professional reputation, saying he has “never operated on the wrong side of the brain in my entire career.”
“I was not given an opportunity to respond to these slanders,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
“If I had been given the opportunity to address the allegations, I would have welcomed the opportunity.”
Dr. Teo explained that the surgical technique used in Ms. Smith’s surgery required approaching the tumor from a “difficult location” to reduce the risk of the procedure.
He also said Ms. Smith knew the tumor wasn’t completely removed during surgery, but Dr. Teo said he was unaware that her seizures had returned until she filed a lawsuit against him in 2019.
The case was settled out of court.
Dr. Charlie Teo and his model girlfriend and former patient Traci Griffiths, 46, attended the Rebel Ball Reimagined at Doltone House in Sydney on May 2nd
The NSW Medical Council has appointed Dr. Teo instructed to provide evidence that he clarified the financial costs and risks to the patient prior to surgery.
He is also only allowed to perform certain operations with the written consent of a neurosurgeon friend.
The restrictions follow that the NSW Medical Council Dr. Teo asked last week to participate in an “Emergency Action Panel”.
The neurosurgeon accepted the instructions and said he always consulted with a colleague, often from a leading medical school.
Aside from the guidelines of the council, he will review the results of operations retrospectively with a colleague.
Evans has been embroiled in a litany of controversy that has resulted in fines and bans from social media platforms.
In addition to being fined for selling fraudulent Covid-19 treatments online, he was also fined $ 25,000 for attempting to sell his so-called BioCharger for $ 15,000 per pop on Facebook.
He insisted the device could cure Covid-19 and protect users from infection – but had no evidence to support these claims.
Despite the first fine, the gruff-faced conspiracy theorist continued to attempt to sell the light to the unwary, along with a host of other false treatments.
Dr. Teo credits his “great personality” and the fact that he was educated in the USA as reasons why his colleagues were quick to fire him
In May, he was fined another $ 79,920 for promoting the BioCharger and several other unapproved and totally ineffective treatments
He also advertised two oral medications, static magnet products, and hyperbaric chambers for breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment.
Evans has falsely indicated that the products were endorsed by healthcare professionals, but has now been directed to remove the posts and put all ads on them.
The former reality TV star has also been permanently booted from Facebook and Instagram for sharing misinformation and conspiracy theories.
He has repeatedly written articles against Covid-19 vaccines and masks and falsely claimed in a podcast that the coronavirus was a joke.
Evans was a judge on My Kitchen Rules between 2010 and 2020 and had more than a million Facebook followers by the time he was forced out.