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Victory for Tim Noakes!

West Lafayette, IN, United States

Jun 8, 2018 — Dear Friends!


Professor Tim Noakes was today found innocent of all charges! This is his second acquittal by S. African authorities; the first was in April 2017, which was then appealed. As you know, the charges were always hard to believe: Prof. Noakes was accused of endangering the public and of “unprofessional conduct" for giving “unconventional” advice to a breastfeeding mother, by tweeting to her that she could safely wean her child on to a low-carb, high-fat diet. For this lone tweet in February 2014, Prof. Noakes endured more than 4 years of hearings (all at his own expense), with the threat that his medical license would be taken away. If you want to read the official, unanimous (13-0) decision, it is here:

(Full disclosure: I traveled to S. Africa to testify on Tim's behalf in Oct 2016:

As we know, the battle was really an effort to silence his voice and to keep him from speaking out about the science of low-carb. Now that it's over, many thanks to the nearly 43,000 of you who signed the petition in his defense. It is a great day for Tim Noakes and a great day for science!

The larger story behind the Tim Noakes trial is truly alarming: it reveals that the S. African Dietitian's Association, together with university professors and S. African Medical authorities, had been making a “plan” to bring him down even before the tweet-accusation.

Right now, there are similar efforts worldwide to silence the science of low-carbohydrate diets, by targeting health professionals like Noakes, by attempting to censor media such as the film The Magic Pill, and by actively ignoring the science.

This is why Dr. Sarah Hallberg and I are working with The Nutrition Coalition, a group which aims of ensuring that nutrition guidelines around the world are evidence-based. We want a future where the US Dietary Guidelines -- and other guidelines globally — reflect the best and most rigorous science and are not influenced by special interests or a bias for the status-quo.

Please join us in this fight by taking a moment to sign up for our newsletter so that we can stay in touch with you about food politics—the real news on nutrition science—and our efforts to bring good science to policy. And please consider a donation--since we accept no industry money, we rely entirely on the generosity of passionate people like you.

We made a difference when we delivered hundreds of pages--with tens of thousands of signatures—to the offices of the S. African Health Authorities. They must have known that they would end up on the wrong side of history if they ruled against Tim Noakes.

We aim to continue to make a difference and stand up for the science.

That said, today, Friday June 8th, is Professor Noakes’ Day. Please head to social media to congratulate him!!

All the best,

Nina Teicholz
p.s. If you need a short explainer on the Noakes hearing and our thoughts about implications for the future, see our blog post on it here:

On behalf of the original MD petition signers:

Dr. Sarah Hallberg DO, MS, FOMA
Medical Director, Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Indiana University Health Arnett
Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Virta Health
Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow

Debra Ravasia, MD, FACOG, FRSCS
Diplomat – American Board of Obesity Medicine
PO Box 18426
Spokane, WA, 99208

E. James Greenwald MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
SpecialtyHealth, Reno Nevada. 89511
Associate Professor, Dept of Surgery
Univ. of Nevada School of Medicine

Nancy Noyce MD MPH
Ashland, Oregon, USA
Internal Medicine
The Noyce Clinic for Metabolic Rehabilitation

Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
Board Certified Oncologist
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
Medical Director, Oregon Integrative Oncology
Ashland, Oregon USA

Ann M. Childers, MD, FAPA
Life Balance Northwest LLC
1595 Holly Street
West Linn, Oregon 97068

Mark Nelson, MD
Family Physician (I take of adults, children and infants)
Wheaton, IL 60187
Jasmine Moghissi, MD
Board Certified Family Practice
9401 Lee Hwy, Suite 302
Fairfax, VA 22031

Christy Kesslering, MD
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist
Medical Director Radiation Oncology
Northwestern Cancer Center Warrenville
Warrenville, IL

John Madany M.D.
Board-certified ABFM
Barrett Hospital and Healthcare
Dillon, Montana

Georgia Ede MD
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts

Dr Rod Tayler

Dr Paul Mason
Concord Orthosports, NSW, Australia
M.B.B.S. (Hons)
B. Physio
Master Occ. Health

Brett Nowlan
Cardiologist, Internal Medicine
Bloomfield, CT

Charles Cavo
DO, FACOG, Diplomat ABOM
Medical Director Pounds Transformation
West Hartford, CT. 06107

Peter Brukner OAM, MBBS, FACSP
Professor of Sports Medicine
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Vic 3086

Sean Bourke, MD, FACEP, Diplomate American Board of Obesity Medicine
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer JumpstartMD
Portola Valley, CA 94028

Eric J. Sodicoff, MD
Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine
PMA Medical Specialists LLC
Pottstown, PA
Office Phone# 610-495-2300

Barbara M Buttin, MD, FACOG
Practice Leader, Gynecologic Oncology
Northwestern Regional Medical Group
4405 Weaver Pkwy
Warrenville IL 60555 United States

Mark Cucuzzella MD FAAFP
Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine
WVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health

Radley Griffin MD
Board Certified Family Physician
Griffin Concierge Medical
Tampa, FL USA

Carol Loffelmann MD FRCPC
Anesthesiologist, Toronto
Cofounder: Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition

Jeffry Gerber, MD, FAAFP
Board certified Family Physician
South Suburban Family Medicine
Denver's Diet Doctor
Denver, Colorado, USA

Barbra Allen Bradshaw, MD FRCPC
Anatomical Pathologist
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Center
Co-founder: Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition
Caroline Roberts, MD. Endocrinology
Virta Health. Portland, OR. USA

Robert A. Schulman MD
Director of West County Integrative Medicine
Santa Rosa, CA
Board Certified
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pain Medicine
Integrative Medicine
Medical Acupuncture

Dr. Jason Fung, Nephrology
Scarborough General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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