Tim Noakes guilty finding not true: lawyer

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28 October 2016

The news that Tim Noakes has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professions Council of South Africa is not true, his lawyer says.

Adam Pike told News24 that Noakes had not yet been found guilty -- despite the HPCSA's earlier statement saying he had.

"It is impossible for them to make a finding," Pike said.

Earlier, the Council released a statement that read: "This is after he provided unconventional advice on breastfeeding babies on social media which was not in accordance with the norms and standards of his profession."

UPDATE: The HPCSA has since apologised for the "incorrect" statement.

Professor Noakes caused outrage last year on Twitter after he encouraged a mother to introduce her baby to a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF).

Read more: Tim Noakes in trouble over advice he gave on Twitter

Claire Julsing Strydom, president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (Adsa), reported him to

the Health Professions Council of South Africa on behalf of Adsa.

But Professor Noakes maintained you can wean kids on the LCHF diet and says he can justify his claims scientifically. He says when his case is heard in November, Professor Nancy Krebs, an American gastroenterologist who focuses on children’s health, will give evidence that children on the LCHF diet are taller and leaner than other children.

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He decided to write the book before the Twitter debacle, having researched the subject for more than a year, and says he expects more criticism.

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