The Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA) is facing a global backlash for its role in the trial of scientist Prof Tim Noakes. The backlash has grown faster in the wake of an ambiguous statement that ADSA released after the comprehensive verdict of not guilty for Noakes on a charge of unprofessional conduct for his views on low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) foods.

American Ben Fury is one of many critics who has reacted with undisguised anger at ADSA’s statement. Along the way, he has identified “17 lies” that ADSA has told about its case against Noakes.

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Senate Committee releases report into AHPRA bullying of Dr. Gary Fettke

The (Australian) Senate Community Affairs References Committee conducted an inquiry into the Medical complaints process in Australia focusing on bullying in the health professions. The committees report was published on 10 May 2017.

A section has been devoted to the treatment that Dr. Gary Fettke received from AHPRA, while under Parliamentary Privilege as a witness to the Inquiry into the Australian Heath Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) last year.

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Tim Noakes Found Not Guilty Of Misconduct Over Advising Mother To Get Her Baby Onto The Banting Diet

Professor Tim Noakes has been found not guilty of professional misconduct over advising a mother on Twitter to wean her baby onto a low-carb, high-fat diet, a committee found on Friday.

The majority of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) committee found the South African sports scientist and Banting diet advocate not guilty, and that it was not proven Noakes had acted in his capacity as a doctor.

Noakes, author of “The Real Meal Revolution”, was called before the committee after the former president of The Association for Dietetics in SA, Claire Julsing Strydom, laid a complaint with the HPCSA.
It was prompted by a tweet Noakes sent to Pippa Leenstra after she asked him for advice on feeding babies and on breastfeeding.
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CAPE TOWN – Professor Tim Noakes has been found not guilty by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on a charge of unprofessional conduct.

Noakes came under scrutiny in 2014 when he advised a woman on Twitter to wean her baby onto a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet.

But the council has found Noakes was not guilty of negligence or providing advice without sound information.

Council chairperson Advocate Joan Adams: “Professor Noakes, on the charge of unprofessional conduct, the majority of the committee found you not guilty.”

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Insecticides Can Increase Your Risk for Diabetes and Other Ailments

Two insecticides linked to circadian and metabolic disruptions are part of a new study that looks at a new way garden chemicals can affect health.

Gardening may not be on the minds of most Americans as cold temperatures continue to persist across much of the country.

But when the warmer temperatures move in and everyone wants to get outside, making sure to use safe lawn and garden products is important. The chemicals found in some of those products can be harmful to your health.

A study published last month in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that chemicals in some gardening products and insecticides can affect melatonin receptors and put humans at a higher risk for metabolic diseases, including diabetes.

“Exposure to these chemicals could put people at higher risk for diabetes and also affect circadian rhythms,” Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in New York who served on the research team, told Healthline.

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On trial: Monsanto’s ‘alternative facts’ about glyphosate

Reeling from California’s decision to ban glyphosate, fearful of ‘re-evaluation’ by EU and US regulators, and facing ruinous cancer claims in federal courts, the US chemical industry are fighting back, writes Carey Gillam. Their key argument: don’t trust independent doctors and scientists – trust us! And as they just told a California court, profit must come before people.

“Industry campaigners insist that those making money from chemicals are more trustworthy than scientists studying the causes of cancer. Their rationale is clear: It’s not about protecting public health, it’s about protecting corporate profits.”

Read Full Article By Carey Gillam (The Ecologist)