Noakes wins appeal brought by health professionals committee after 2014 tweet
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.