Noakes wins ap­peal brought by health pro­fes­sion­als com­mit­tee af­ter 2014 tweet

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - SI­BON­ISO MNGADI

PRO­FES­SOR Tim Noakes has lauded the Health Pro­fes­sion­als Coun­cil of SA’S ap­peal com­mit­tee which up­held its not guilty ver­dict on Fri­day re­lat­ing to un­pro­fes­sional con­duct al­le­ga­tions brought against him.

“The lat­est judg­ment stems from an ap­peal that the HPCSA lodged with its ap­peal com­mit­tee.

“I’m very pleased with the judg­ment. I spent 28 days in court de­fend­ing my­self, and I knew that what I’ve said was ev­i­dence-based,” said Noakes.

“I’m also glad that all 13 mem­bers of the pre­sid­ing com­mit­tee ruled that my state­ment was 100% cor­rect and fac­tual,” he added.

In a state­ment from Noakes’s foun­da­tion, it said it was cel­e­brat­ing: “Fin­ished and klaar! Ac­quit­ted on all counts, twice, by two dif­fer­ent judg­ing pan­els.

“We fought the bat­tle for the health of all South Africans… Now you know the truth; that you have been mis­in­formed for 50 years.

“We all have been and the con­se­quences on our health have been dire.”

The tweet that started the trou­ble for Noakes was from a mother who asked in 2014: “@Prof Tim­noakes @Sal­creed is LCHF (low carbs high fat) eat­ing ok for breast­feed­ing mums? Wor­ried about all the dairy + cau­li­flower = wind for ba­bies??”

Noakes ad­vised her to wean her child onto LCHF foods, which he de­scribed as “real” foods.

He tweeted: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cau­li­flower. Just very healthy high-fat breast milk. Key is to ween (sic) baby onto LCHF.”

Noakes was sub­se­quently found not guilty in April 2017.

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