Your help needed: South African medical authorities appeal own decision on Tim Noakes acquittal


Sign the petition to support Tim Noakes

Medical authorities are back on the warpath in the legal battle with Professor Tim Noakes that we all thought was over. Dr. Sarah Hallberg and colleagues have set up a new petition to support Professor Noakes, and you can sign it here:

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What is the latest development in the Tim Noakes case?

When we celebrated Noakes’ legal triumph in April of last year, we thought his long battle with South African medical authorities was finally over. But The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has now launched an appeal on its own committee’s verdict to acquit Tim Noakes of a charge of unprofessional conduct in April 2017.

The HPSCA has stated that its Professional Conduct Committee “erred and misdirected themselves on the law and facts”.

Was the trial even legal in the first place?

According to an article on, the Committee has objected to a request by Noakes’ lawyers to introduce incriminating new evidence that dietitians from the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) in fact set Noakes up:

Noakes’s legal team has filed a cross-appeal going for costs. They say that the HPCSA went after Noakes illegally. It had no sustainable case from the outset.

How did it all begin?

Noakes’ legal nightmare began after a Tweet to a breastfeeding mother on February 4th 2014 that she could safely wean her child onto a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. The “unprofessional conduct” charge was centred around the HPSCA’s argument that the Tweet was “not evidence-based”.

What can you do?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg, medical director at Virta Health and medical director and founder of the Indiana University – Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program in Lafayette Indiana, has started a petition addressing the claim that there is lack of a scientific basis for LCHF. The petition cites the scientific articles that provide reliable evidence of the benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet.

The appeal will be held at the HPSCA’s Pretoria offices from February 21st to 23rd 2018.

To help Professor Tim Noakes, you can sign the petition presenting data to show that LCHF is, indeed, evidence-based.

You can access the petition by following this link>

More information

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  1. Rachel
    The petition does not exist at that link
  2. Mags
    Also can’t access petition
  3. Andre
  4. Ewa
    Can't access petition
  5. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    The petition seems to be down – let us know via a comment below or via if you know what happened to it.
    Reply: #6
  6. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    OK, the link is now working again.
  7. Tiffanee
    Found the petition, the response is great, 6250/7500 when I signed...
  8. Elizabeth
    I had problems too last night. Instead I googled and then searched using Tim Noakes as search term.
  9. Elizabeth
    Sorry spelling error -
  10. Jeff
    I'm kinda on the edge of my seat here. This appealing of their own verdict starts tomorrow: "The appeal will be held at the HPSCA’s Pretoria offices from February 21st to 23rd 2018"
  11. Jennifer
    I can't believe he is still going through this. What a mess. Signed and it was over 17,000. Please keep up the great work here and promoting how we need to change our diets! You are making a difference! Thank you!
  12. Elle Rossi
    Can’t access the petition OR change .org ! Seemed to blocked at every turn. Weird.
  13. Simmy
    Can someone please provide me with the studies that say low carb is good for a baby and toddler. I need to see the science first.

    As a 43 year old woman, I can say that low carb have always been fantastic for body fat loss but in the past low carb alone has caused major hormonal issues and thyroid problems for me (I bled for 41 days until I started eating rice). I'm hoping that because I've included high fat and reduced my HIIT and Strength Training this time, those problems (which take about 10 months to a year to show up) wont occur.

    It's not just my personal experience, women all around the world are discussing the problems online so I want to see the science on children and women. I can't seem to find very much (I found 18 studies on women and they were very poorly conducted) so apart from studies on men, I'm wondering how this Dr was convinced it would be good for a baby after breastfeeding.

    Dr Fung doesn't even recommend it for teenagers because they are still growing let alone a child.

  14. Carol
    Time for Prof Noakes to sue....dr Mercola outlines a case where Dr Grier in U.S. Successfully sued equivalent professional body for harassment and won....and the best bit was that individual tribunal members were held personally liable to the tune of $10,000 - $200,000.
  15. RT
    The appeal verdict was supposed to have been decided before the end of March, but it's now April and I can find no news about it online.
  16. RT
    Over one month since the appeal decision was supposed to have been announced. Still nothing. best guess is that even the persecutors - I mean prosecutors - in the HPCSA realize they’ve dug themselves into a hole.

    They have no credibility if they find Noakes guilty on the basis of this sham, pseudoscientific accusation and the bogus appeal.

    But they also have no credibility if they exonerate him, because that will be admitting it was wrong to charge him in the first place. (It was.)

    In other words, they have no credibility.

    Perhaps I am being a bit vindictive, but they have spent so much time and so much money - public money that could have been much better spent - persecuting an innocent man and surely by extension causing unjustifiable suffering to his family. His crime: sincere efforts to provide people with valid (and actual science-based) nutrition information. (The tweet was merely a pretext, the baby was never endangered.) I cannot feel sorry for them one little bit.

    Freedom of scientific discourse, freedom of speech. These concepts obviously mean nothing to these people. Behind the false aegis of allegedly protecting public health, they try to destroy Noakes’ reputation and in doing so the credibility of Banting, simply (I am convinced) because it threatens their own authority.

    The honorable thing for them to do would be to own up to the fact that they’re wrong and change their approach accordingly. This is exactly what Noakes did when he began to promote Banting / LCHF instead of the high-carb approach he had previously championed. Speaking for myself, what the HPCSA is doing causes me to accept the validity of their opinions far, far less, not more. I don’t think I am unique in this; you can’t get people to believe you’re right by conducting witch trials. But the people going after Noakes simply refuse to comprehend this, or else they just don’t care.

    I am reminded of a quote by the 8th century Irish theologian John Scotus Eriugena:

    “Every authority that is not confirmed by true reason appears to be weak, whereas true reason does not need to be supported by any authority.”

  17. RT
    The appeal by the South African medical authorities has failed, and Professor Noakes has once again been exonerated of any wrongdoing.
    Congratulations, Professor Noakes, and thank you.
    Reply: #18
  18. Erin
    Thank God for that! The HPCSA should hang their heads for all they have dragged Professor Noakes through. Then again this whole crock of bull has sent a strong message to the world: we won't be silenced and we're not going down without one hell of a fight!

    The appeal by the South African medical authorities has failed, and Professor Noakes has once again been exonerated of any wrongdoing.
    Congratulations, Professor Noakes, and thank you.

  19. RT
    Strangely, I see no articles yet on the HPSCA’s decision here on Diet Doctor, but also not on Foodmed, where Marika Sboros has been giving regular updates on the whole process. (I posted a comment on her most recent article about the Noakes trial, but somehow it got “eaten” and does not appear on the thread. I guess they’re all busy with other stuff and posts will be made in the near future.)

    Anyway, great cause for celebration among LCHF / Banting advocates. If credible scientific evidence (or even legal evidence) against low-carb / high fat as a viable way of eating truly existed, then how could the prosecution team and appeal panel *not* have gotten Noakes found guilty? They had 1. the resources and funding of the state at their disposal, 2. A large prosecution team, and 3. four years to build and then prosecute their case, and appeal the not-guilty verdict. And they still couldn’t discredit Noakes’ defense.

    As it was, if Noakes’ team hadn’t worked for him pro bono, he might have had to concede due the the phenomenal legal costs the case would have incurred. This underscores the fact that this was a case of unjustifiable persecution by those with institutional power against a lone individual with relatively few resources with which to defend himself. Bullying, pure and simple.

    All the people who were involved in this - those who had “special plans” for Noakes (as stated in one email uncovered by the defense) - should truly be ashamed of themselves. They have absolutely *no right* to refer to themselves as health care professionals.

    The sheer hypocrisy of that dietician in her screeching, histrionic denunciation of Noakes on Twitter is sickening. I’ll say it again, and I really hope the people who tried to discredit Noakes (and by extension, truly healthy and life-saving dietary interventions) read this:

    This whole sorry affair has had the opposite effect you have intended. There are many, many people who trust you and your so-called expertise far, far, less, not more. You have utterly destroyed and chance that anyone disagreeing with you would give you the benefit of the doubt. You have absolutely no professional ethics and no credibility. If you have even an ounce of integrity, you will apologize to Noakes and his family, and to the people of South Africa for wasting their resources in your unjustified, quixotic, and pseudoscientific persecution of an innocent man.

  20. RT
    Ironically, the HPCSA has a page from which one can report health care-related offenses such as dishonesty, harassment, and intimidation.

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