Tim Noakes: does the public REALLY need to be protected from him?

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    • Tim Noakes: does the public REALLY need to be protected from him?

      Looks like things heat up again next week, it will be interesting to see. I watched a debate with him and a dietician once and he totally nailed it!

      Professor Tim Noakes Debates LCHF for Adults and Babies with Dietitian



      The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) resumes its hearing against University of Cape Town professor emeritus Tim Noakes in Cape Town from February 8 to 18. Noakes is charged with unprofessional conduct after Johannesburg dietitian Claire Julsing Strydom, then president of the Association of Dietetics (ADSA), laid a complaint against Noakes with the HPCSA for a tweet to a breast-feeding mother in February 2014. In the tweet, Noakes opined that good first foods for infants were low-carb, high-fat (LCHF), in other words, meat and veg. This is advice that ADSA routinely gives. However, ADSA also advises cereals for infants and mostly high-carb, low-fat (HCLF).

      The hearing, variously called the ‘Banting for Babies Trial’, even somewhat hyperbolically the ‘Nutrition Trial of the Century’, certainly is controversial. Noakes has been pilloried as much praised, the HPCSA and ADSA are mostly ridiculed locally and internationally for what can look like an extraordinary over-reaction to a world-renowned scientist’s opinion. (Noakes is one of few scientists in the world with an A1 rating from the National Research Foundation.) ADSA and HPCSA seem to see themselves as heroes protecting an ignorant public from a dangerous man with dangerous views on butter, eggs, bacon and broccoli. In the first of a four-part series (maybe more) for BizNews, science and business writer Rob Worthington-Smith gives his perspective on this strange scientific saga. (In his bio below, Worthington-Smith discloses his interest: he is undecided on all aspects of LCHF v HCLF but is working with Noakes to bring much-needed perspective to the current debate over official dietary guidelines.) – Marika Sboros


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