By Marika Sboros
Critics of world-renowned scientist Prof Tim Noakes say his eponymous “Banting”, low-carb, high-fat diet is killing people. Noakes, a University of Cape Town emeritus professor, says the only killers are dietitians and doctors who cling to official dietary guidelines. He says the guidelines in SA are unscientific and always have been.
To find out more, watch this video of Cape Town TV talk show host Faizal Sayed interviewing Noakes. In it, he explains why Banting really is brilliant – and perfectly safe. And why the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) case against him is a sham.
Noakes is as combative and controversial as ever and believes he has science on his side. His critics, including Johannesburg dietitian Claire Strydom, president of the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA), believe the same.
Strydom reported him to the HPCSA in 2014, for a couple of tweets to a breastfeeding mother. He opined that low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) foods (meat, dairy and veg) are good for first weaning foods for babies. Oddly enough, Strydom gives the same advice.
Critics say she overreacted and is trying to silence scientific debate. She has set off theories that she and ADSA are proxies for Big Food and Big Pharma in the fight against Noakes.
ADSA has tried hard to persuade critics that its food industry sponsors have no influence on advice it disseminates.
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The HPCSA has come down heavily on ADSA’s side. That’s despite the HPCSA’s legal obligation to be impartial in investigating complaints by one health professional against another. It has charged Noakes with unprofessional conduct for giving “unconventional advice” on a social network (Twitter).
Noakes is unrepentant. He could have made the hearing go away simply by deregistering from the HPCSA. The HPCSA would no longer have jurisdiction over him. Instead, Noakes has chosen to go on trial for his views.
In the video below of his interview Sayed, he explains why he welcomes the hearing. He also explains why science really does support LCHF diets.