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Noakes found not guilty


Very good news!

Low-carb specialist Professor Tim Noakes found not guilty of misconduct


Noakes has been involved in a three-year on-off trial after he offered advice on Twitter about what food to wean breast-fed babies on to.

Four of five committee members ruled that it was not proven Noakes had acted in capacity as a doctor, and that consequently it was not a reasonable inference that he was undermining breast milk.

Joan Adams, the chairman of the independent panel, announced the verdict in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday upon reading a 60-page judgement.

No penalty will be imposed against Noakes, and the matter is regarded as finalised.

In what had been dubbed the “Nutrition Trial of the 21stCentury”, Noakes was forced to answer a charge of unprofessional conduct made by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Noakes, a world-renowned South African scientist and low-carb advocate, had advised Pippa Leenstra in 2014 to wean her baby onto a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.

Noakes said on Twitter: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy high fat breast milk. Key is to wean baby on LCHF.”

In Noakes’ book The Real Meal Revolution he promotes the benefits of a low-carb diet, and argued that he was trying to discourage Leenstra from feeding highly-processed breakfast cereals to her child.

But former president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire Julsing-Strydom, registered a complaint about Noakes’ behaviour, leading to a protracted three-year trial which is now finally over.



Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

6 thoughts on “Noakes found not guilty

  1. PHEW! *colour me relieved *When the email ‘New Post On LF’ notification popped up in my gmail a few minutes ago I have to admit my first thought was “WTF! Was John Noakes (Blue Peter) up on historic abuse charges and no one told me?!”.

    ” he was undermining breast milk.”

    Mirroring the rise of the Tobacco Control Industry, the Tit Twits and Norks Nazis, the Breast Milk Fascists are a particualrly insidious and nasty sub sect of the Public Healthistas. Even when The Bestes Frau In The World first gave birth in 1988 and found she couldn’t breast feed there were vague noises of disapproval from nurses, doctors and other new Moms -especially those who permanently had to bloody stigmatas on their blouses as outward signs of their obedience to the new creed. I’m told that in the mean time refusing to breast feed for whatever reason is now regarded as Child Abuse.

    A couple of years back , when Granddaughter2 was born, I was quite proud of her Mom for standing her ground and not breast feeding (although I can’t now recall why she couldn’t).

    As Anna Raccoon once reported; I thought to make the new family of youngest son and his wife and baby a gift of a month’s supply of pampers and milk powder. As we say in German ‘grip them under their arms’- a gift that actually helps. New parents can only use so many ‘Baby books, whale song CDs and Nepalese Birthing Mats.

    I was shocked by 1.the near Heroin gramme price of baby milk powder and 2. the ‘must contain nicotine’ restrictions on it’s sale! I was allowed to buy 2 tubs, despite being over 18 and having a note from my Mummy. That the tubs of Cow N Gate weren’t next to the packs of B&H behind the steel blast doors of the supermarket tobacco counter….

    So I’m happy for Prf.Noakes, whoever he is and I wonder if HPCSA really had nothing more pressing to investigate? God knows how much money it cost.

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  2. This all sounds rather silly. Breast fed babies have to be weaned onto something, and the lower the carb the better, I would have thought. And what I did if my memory hasn’t failed me. It was a long time ago, in the days when breast feeding was considered to be not quite nice. I was actually hidden behind a screen in one hospital, in case I upset someone.

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    • Well, the breast feeding was just a small part of the witchhunt against Noakes actually. It was really because he has ideas on food that are not mainstream! I absolutely agree with you about the weening – and so would every sane person. No one would ween babies on hi carb foods. But as I type this – our babies all went on to “baby porridge” – that must have been pretty hi carb I suppose. Also, breast feeding was something we did in private or with a shawl in modesty. I actually hated breast feeding – I never had any milk. What a god awful struggle!


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