Professor Tim Noakes' hearing at the Health Professionals’ Council of SA (HPCSA) continues today (23 November 2015) following a pause in proceedings in June.
Earlier this year Noakes advised a mother on Twitter to wean her child on low carbohydrate, high fat foods.
The Tweet read: "Baby doesn't eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very health high fat breast milk. Key is to ween baby onto LCHF."
A complaint was lodged by the Association for Dietetics in South Africa's (ADSA) president Claire Julsing-Strydom.
The HPCSA has charged him with unprofessional conduct, alleging he acted in a manner not in accordance with the norms and standards of the profession, by providing “unconventional advice on breast feeding babies”.
Michael van der Nest SC representing Noakes has requested that New Zealand dietitian Caryn Zinn testify. He has also requested that Canadian researcher Professor Stephen Dunnane testify via video link.
Who is Caryn Zinn?
Caryn Zinn qualified as a Dietitian in 1995 from the University of Cape Town South Africa after studying a Bachelor of Science (physiology) and a Bachelor of Science Honours (Nutrition & Dietetics).
She moved to New Zealand in 1995 and is currently Senior Lecturer / Nutrition Researcher at the Auckland University of Technology where she teaches and researches aspects of sport and public health nutrition.
In 2004 she completed her Master’s degree in sports nutrition and in 2012 completed her PhD which had a focus on sustained weight loss.
Professor Tim Noakes has described her as "one of the leaders in the food revolution in New Zealand and Australia"in response to her co-writing What The Fat Book.
She is currently in South Africa, attending the hearing, and posted the following status update on her Facebook page:
Noakes is being reported for tweating (sic) "unconventional information" to a breast-feeding woman, after she asked him a question over twitter. Noakes says this as part of his tweat "Just very healthy high fat breast milk. Key is to wean baby onto LCHF".
2. While some might find this information "unconventional", see below for word-for-word proposed "conventional" guidelines - which form part of the SA guidelines for paediatric nutrition on weaning practices:
i.. From 6 months of age, give your baby meat, chicken, fish, liver and eggs every day, or as often as possible.
ii. Give your child dark-green leafy vegetables and orange-coloured vegetable or fruit every day.
Am I missing something or can anyone else see the obvious similarity in guidelines here? Unconventional and conventional are essentially the same. What's the problem? The most interesting aspect is that this forms part of ADSA evidence against Noakes, in fact the author of the article from where the guidelines are derived is part of the opposing panel.
My question is: Are we more on the same page than we think?
LCHF = whole foods...this connection needs to be made to move forward!
Watch Caryn Zinn speak at the Low Carb Downunder seminar