Professor Tim Noakes appeared before the Health Professions Council SA today to again defend himself against allegations that he gave
unconventional advice to a mother on Twitter.
The council heard arguments during the first day over procedural matters that would govern the seven day hearing. This related to whether or not a Canadian- based expert would be allowed to give testimony via video link.
The legal team for Noakes, who promotes a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet told the panel that local experts were “reluctant” to testify on behalf of
Noakes as they were wary to into in the arena of an HPCSA hearing.
Noakes was also not in a position to foot the financial bill to fly and accommodate the Canadian expert — Professor Stephen Cunnane — to testify
to the science which it has been claimed would vindicate the South African professor.
The hearing has been stemmed from a tweet that Noakes posted in response to a query from a mother who asked him what he recommended as a diet option for her child.
The tweet was picked up by past president of the Association of Dietetics SA (ADSA) Claire Jusling-Strydom who has charged that Noakes’ use of social media as a means to dispense advice.