“The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.” Carl Lewis
This week the Prof Tim Noakes’ trial dubbed the “Nutrition Trial of the Century” started again on Monday 23 November.
The hearing against Prof Noakes is by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on behalf of dietitian Claire Strydom, former president of the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA).
The charge follows a complaint lodged with the council by Strydom for a tweet Prof Noakes made in February 2014, in which he said that low carb high fat foods were good first foods for babies.
Prof said that he didn’t regret the tweet because: "What I said is correct."
"I don’t have to be here. I don’t practice medicine. I gave it up 15 years ago. But I believe that South Africans have to hear the truth. I have incurred enormous costs, but I believe so strongly that this message needs to get out. That’s why I am here." Prof Noakes
This is the tweet:
The summary of day one of the trial can be seen here.
HPCSA advocate Meshak Mapholisa tried to prevent an application by Noakes’ legal team to present evidence by video link. Some of the reasons he used included load shedding, that the witness might be “tampered with” during a toilet break, and that the witness could receive coaching off camera.
The committee unanimously agreed that Noakes could present evidence by a Canadian medical professor Stephen Cunnane, of Sherbrook University, by video link.
Claire Strydom (the complainant) while on the stand, tried to present evidence that Prof Noakes’ legal team hadn’t seen and also tried to act as an expert witness, when she was a factual one.
Experts, celebrities and people whose lives have been changed by Banting, across the world, are all supporting Prof. The consensus is that not only is this important for South Africa, but for the world.
Claire Strydom appeared to be uncomfortable under cross-examination and said that according to her, the tweet was not evidence-based and that a LCHF diet is not suitable for infants as a ketogenic diet requires hospitalisation (this is again expert and not factual-based). A fellow dietitian Marlene Ellmer entered the debate with the mother and Prof at the time of the tweet and Claire Strydom implied that it was ok for the dietitian to give advice and not Prof. There was also talk of double standards, and conspiracy.
Here are some tweets from day two:
"Although a growing child has different caloric and nutrient demands compared to adults, removing unnecessary added empty calories from carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods while providing the necessary proteins, fats and micronutrients essential for growth and brain development provides benefit. I see nothing controversial in Professor Noakes’ statements.”"Denver’s Diet Doctor – Jeffry Gerber, Board certified family physician, Denver, Colorado, USA
To follow the trial on twitter use the hashtag #NoakesHPCSA"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." Author unknown
We are behind you one hundred percent of the way Prof – it’s time for the truth to come out.
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