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Expert witness in Noakes hearing accused of ‘making assumptions’

Dietician Salome Kruger has been testifying in a hearing investigating a complaint against Tim Noakes.

FILE: The 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 - Lawyers for Professor Tim Noakes have accused an expert witness of making assumptions in a report into his professional conduct.

Dietician Salome Kruger has been testifying in a hearing investigating a complaint about a tweet in which Noakes advises a mother to put her child on a low carb/high fat diet.

Kruger's testimony today has been based on an initial report she wrote during a preliminary inquiry into the matter last year.

Advocate Ravin Ramdass argued Professor Kruger's report was not based solely on facts, but mainly on assumptions.

In her report, Kruger wrote Pippa Leenstra was concerned her baby would suffer abdominal cramps due to a high intake of dairy and cauliflower.

But Ramdass argued that was an assumption, because Kruger's never met Leenstra or her baby.

The advocate said Kruger assumed Leenstra's baby was suffering from winds without knowing the facts.

In reply, the dietician said she based her report on her experience as a mother and the information she was given at the time.