Isn’t it nice to wake up in the morning and learn that sanity can still prevail — even when government committees are involved?
Tim Noakes, the victim of an inquisition triggered by an idiot dietician, was found not guilty of unprofessional conduct yesterday. Here are some quotes from a report by News24 in South Africa:
Professor Tim Noakes has been found not guilty of misconduct, a professional conduct committee found on Friday.
That’s the good news. Excellent news, in fact. The bad news is that Noakes was dragged before a committee in the first place. Read on to see just how ridiculous this entire episode was.
Noakes – whose book The Real Meal Revolution promotes a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet – was charged with giving unconventional medical advice via Twitter two years ago after he advised a breastfeeding mother to wean her baby onto LCHF.
Charged with giving unconventional advice … riiiight, because the conventional dietary advice handed down since the 1970s has done such a bang-up job of improving people’s health worldwide.
The independent committee made its finding following a protracted hearing into a complaint by the former president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire Julsing-Strydom. She had complained about Noakes giving advice relating to his LCHF diet on Twitter to a mother.
And why did Julsing-Strydom (the idiot dietitian) feel the need to bring charges? Was Noakes going around giving unsolicited, unconventional advice? Was he sneaking into people’s homes and feeding their kids an “unconventional” diet when the parents weren’t looking?
The mother’s tweet read: “@ProfTimNoakes @SalCreed is LCHF eating ok for breastfeeding mums? Worried about all the dairy + cauliflower = wind for babies?? [sic]” Noakes advised her to wean her child onto LCHF foods, which he described as “real” foods.
His tweet read: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy high-fat breast milk. Key is to ween [sic] baby onto LCHF.”
So there’s the basis for the witch hunt: a mother SPECIFICALLY ASKED NOAKES FOR ADVICE on Twitter, and he replied. His reply went against the arterycloggingsaturatedfat! and hearthealthywholegrains! nonsense promoted by the Axis of Incompetence, so one of its members decided she’d try to ruin his life and his career.
Earlier in the hearing, which started in 2015, witnesses for the HPCSA said a consultation was required before any advice could be given or diagnosis made.
A mother asks Noakes for advice online, and he’s supposed to tell her sorry, we need to have a consultation in my office? And what the @#$% kind of diagnosis is required in this situation? The mom didn’t say her baby had a strange rash and ask for an online prescription. She asked a question about diet … and since she asked Noakes, it means she obviously respects his opinion on the matter.
Noakes questioned why Leenstra, who ostensibly could have suffered harm, did not lay the charge. He argued he did not give advice on breastfeeding, but on weaning.
BINGO!! The mother who asked for advice didn’t complain. A dietitian who had nothing to do with the situation complained. This is, of course, what The Anointed are all about: restricting other people’s speech and freedoms — for their own good, of course.
Noakes alleged that Julsing-Strydom’s complaint was not centred on breastfeeding, but on the diet he advocates in his book, of which she did not approve.
Of course that was the basis of her complaint.
The HPCSA argues that Noakes gave unconventional and unscientific advice, and was unprofessional in his conduct for dispensing the advice via social media.
You want to see unscientific advice? Look no further than arterycloggingsaturatedfat! and hearthealthywholegrains!
As for giving advice via social media being unprofessional … does any sane person believe Julsing-Strydom and the other dietary fascists would have gone after a doctor who advised the mother to wean her baby on hearthealthywholegrains?
Out of curiosity, I just checked Twitter to see if The American Heart Association tweets dietary advice. Yup. I guess somebody needs to drag them before a committee for engaging in unprofessional conduct … you know, giving out advice online without a proper consultation and all that.
Two international witnesses testified in his defence – diet and health researcher Dr Zoe Harcombe from London, and investigative journalist Nina Teicholz from New York, who is the author of The Big Fat Surprise, which “explains the politics, personalities, and history of how we came to believe that dietary fat is bad for health”.
And bless you both, ladies.
Professor Willie Pienaar, a psychiatrist and part-time bioethicist, during the hearing said that doctors cannot give expert advice without consultation. He argued that Noakes had the opportunity to refer the mother to a general practitioner, and pointed out that he didn’t ask the age or health status of the baby.
“Professor Noakes, what foods should I feed my baby?”
“I’m sorry, Mom, I’ll have to refer you to a general practitioner who will give advice I believe with all my heart and soul is completely wrong.”
He said his main concern was that Noakes had given specialist advice via social media and that consultation was key to giving the correct diagnosis.
Again, exactly what kind of diagnosis is required when a mother asks for general dietary advice? What diagnosis does the American Heart Association make before going online and telling people to replace butter with corn and canola oil?
Expert witness Professor Este Vorster, a former president of the Nutrition Society of SA, said Noakes could not give convincing evidence that his was the optimal diet for lactating mothers.
The Anointed can’t give convincing evidence that vegetable oils and grains are the optimal diet. But they’ll keep pushing them and occasionally conduct a witch-hunt when a prominent doctor dares to disagree. Thank goodness The Anointed lost this round. Let’s hope they lose many, many more.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate the decision — even though there never should have been a trial in the first place — and applaud Tim Noakes for having the backbone to stand up to these bullies.