Tag: Association for Dietetics in SA

NOAKES TRIAL: WILL IT BE MORE MADNESS OR MODERN MIRACLE?

Tim NoakesBy Marika Sboros

The strange trial of world-famous South African scientist Prof Tim Noakes resumes in Cape Town on February 6, 2016. The Health Professions Council of SA is prosecuting him for his views on butter, eggs, bacon and broccoli for babies.

But what’s really behind this case?  Here, I look at the bad, the ugly and the miraculous good that could come out of the madness. I’m hoping the good bits will be prescient: 



Can you trust dietitians who are in bed with Big Food?

Weight Loss Signpost Showing Fiber Exercise Fruit And CaloriesShould you follow advice from dietitians who are bed partners with the food industry? Even when they say it’s just for the sponsorship money, and food companies have no influence on their advice whatsoever? 

The spotlight falls often on the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), but it’s  a global concern. Food companies exert influence subtly through orthodox-trained dietitians who act as proxies whether by default or design. British investigative health journalist Jerome Burne has written a scathing blog on it: Cuddly dietitians in cosy embrace of industry fat cats.

In the first of a two-part series, Eategrity consumer activist  Sonia Mountford looks at ADSA’s links with Big Food and what effect this may be having on the advice it gives. But do you really need independent dietary advice? As an ancient Ayurvedic sage once said: When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is right, medicine is of no need. – Marika Sboros

By Sonia Mountford*

Like many consumers, you are likely to be more aware these days than you were in the past, of what certain foods or food components may be doing to promote your health, and reduce your



NOAKES: LEGAL TEAM FIGHTS ‘TRIAL BY AMBUSH’ – Part 2

Tim NoakesWhen is an expert witness not an expert witness? I look at answers to that in the second of a two-part series reviewing the November 2015 session of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against Prof Tim Noakes. It follows from part one of the review, which looks at what Noakes’ legal team calls ‘trial by ambush’.  It  explains why the HPCSA felt an urgent need to call surprise last-minute witnesses that led to yet another delay. 

By Marika Sboros

The HPCSA has so far called three expert witnesses: former Northwest University nutrition professor  Este Vorster, Northwest University nutrition professor and pharmacist Dr Salome Kruger, and paediatric specialist Prof Muhammed Ali Dhansay, now with the Medical Research Council.



NOAKES: LEGAL TEAM FIGHTS ‘TRIAL BY AMBUSH’ – PART 1

The November 2015 session of the hearing against Prof Tim Noakes was a trip through ethical landmines territory. In the first of a two-part series, I give my impressions of what went down this time round. Like all good whodunnits, it had twists and turns. His legal team has called it ‘trial by ambush’.

By Marika Sboros

Here’s a shocker for the legal and ethical books. The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) admits to procuring secret reports to charge health professionals. In other words, it doesn’t give the accused a chance to respond to all evidence before being tried. It has done so in its case against University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes.



NOAKES TRIAL: ‘TROJAN HORSES’ WORKING IN HIS FAVOUR?

By Marika Sboros

Prof Tim Noakes

Prof Tim Noakes

If I didn’t know better, I’d think that the HPCSA’s legal team and its star witness, dietitian Claire Styrdom, were  Trojan horses for Prof Tim Noakes. The first day of the HPCSA’s hearing against Noakes in Cape Town in November 2015 could not have gone better for him if he had scripted it that way.

The charge follows a complaint Strydom lodged with the HPCSA for a single tweet Noakes made in February 2014. It it, he opined that low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) foods were good first foods for infant weaning. Here’s what went down on the first day:



NOAKES TRIAL: ‘I’M NOT KILLING PEOPLE. HERE’S THE REAL KILLER!’

 

TIM NOAKESBy 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: WILL ‘NUTRITION INQUISITION’ FINALLY MUZZLE HIM?

By Marika Sboros
Tim Noakes

If the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing against Prof Tim Noakes succeeds, it could strike him off the roll. Whether that will happen is anybody’s guess right now. My guess is it won’t.

My guess also is that the HPCSA is marshaling a host of orthodox forces that will go down fighting to ensure it will. That’s why I call trial that begins on June 4, 2016  a “nutrition inquisition”. Here’s a look at how this trial came to be:



NOAKES: IS HE REALLY SA’S NEXT ‘DR DEATH’?

 

Tim Noakes

By Marika Sboros

I’ve watched with mild amusement how the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is conducting its case against Prof Tim Noakes. It has charged him with unprofessional conduct. That’s a charge it usually reserves for doctors who have done something, really, really bad. Its most recent, high-profile case was against the man dubbed “Dr Death'” – apartheid era cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson. But could  Noakes really  be SA’s next Dr Death?