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No diet of words as Tim Noakes lambasted during hearing

Professor Hester Vorster also believes Noakes was reckless in sharing such complex advice via social media.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is investigating a complaint against the Banting diet advocate, Tim Noakes, after he advised a mother via Twitter, to wean her baby onto a low carb/high fat diet. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The first expert witness in a hearing into Professor Tim Noakes' professional conduct has lambasted him for failing to do a thorough consultation before advising a mother to adjust her toddler's diet.

Retired North West University Professor Hester Vorster said Noakes did not adequately consider the potential harmful effects of a low carb/high fat diet for a toddler.

Vorster also believes Noakes was reckless in sharing such complex advice via social media.

Claire Julsing-Strydom laid a complaint with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) against Noakes for advice he had given a breastfeeding mother on Twitter.

Vorster labelled Noakes' conduct as irresponsible and unprofessional.

She added Noakes does not have the proper qualifications to provide nutrition advice and should have referred the mother to a registered dietician.

Vorster also dismissed the historical data the low carb/high fat diet is reportedly based on as insufficient.

Noakes' lawyer Micheal van der Nest, is today expected to cross-examine the expert witness today.

'BANTING SAVED MY LIFE'

A supporter of Noakes said his version of the Banting diet saved her life.

The side of the room where Noakes' supporters were seated was considerably larger than the other side of the room where non-supporters were.

During the cross-examination of Julsing-Strydom, Noakes' lawyer affirmed that his client is a highly regarded health professional with great influence.

One banter, Amanda Youngleson, said she came to support Noakes because his diet had saved her life.

"Professor Noakes said if I didn't drop my carbohydrates down to about 25g of carbs, I could end up on kidney dialysis and get diabetes. So for the last three and a half years, I followed the high fat/low carb diet. I've regained my health."

During the lunch break when Noakes' supporters shared their Banting snacks, management informed them they were not allowed to bring in their own food.

COMPLAINANT ADMITS SHE 'OVERREACTED'

Julsing-Strydom said she didn't believe the Banting advocate should be struck from the health professions roll for giving unconventional advice.

She came under fire during the cross-examination by Noakes' lawyer.

Julsing-Strydom admitted to over-reacting when she sent a tweet about how horrified she was by Noakes' advice to a breastfeeding mother.

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