Tim Noakes sticks to his guns in the face of ‘Banting for babies’ flak

Though the Health Professions Council South Africa (HPCSA) hearing into the professional conduct of sports science expert Tim Noakes has been postponed to November 2015, Noakes is not budging on his Banting diet philosophy and says that medical and scientific practitioners need to progress.

Tim Noakes. Image credit: 2oceansvibe.

Noakes says that if he were to turn in his medical registration, then the Council would have no ambit or control over him; however he says that he is not prepared to do that because he feels this matter is too important.

The hearing will look into a complaint about Noakes allegedly giving ‘unconventional’ dietary advice on social media, conduct after he suggested a mother wean her baby with a low-carb high-fat diet, via Twitter.

The Association for Dietetics in SA laid the complaint with the (HPCSA) and if found guilty, the medical doctor and UCT professor faces losing his right to practise.

Dismissing criticism

Noakes stands steadfast in his beliefs and says that he understands the biology behind the low-carb high-fat diet, unlike some practitioners who look at nutrition through the lens of epidemiology.

They’re practicing medicine that went out in the 90s, based on the idea that fat in the diet causes heart disease. There is absolutely no evidence for that. In fact, the evidence is the opposite. It’s the carbohydrates that are killing us. Unfortunately, we don’t teach that in our medical schools; and until we do, we’ll get the wrong information to the public.

Professor Tim Noakes, sports science and health expert

6 times that Tim Noakes says he successfully challenged medical and scientific convention

1. Disproving the theory that if you run in marathons, you’ll never have heart disease.

2. Disproving the assumption that neck injuries are inevitable as a rugby athlete.

3. Disproving the idea that lactate acid causes fatigue during exercise.

4. Proving that over drinking during exercise can cause great harm.

5. Providing evidence that rugby players need adequate rest (8 weeks)to reach peak performance.

6. Dispelling the notion that cricketers must bat by lifting the bat directly towards the stump.

For more information on Noakes' claims, read his article here.

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