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Tim Noakes hearing to resume with cross-examination

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CAPE TOWN - A hearing into the professional conduct of Tim Noakes continues with his cross-examination today.

The Banting diet advocate landed himself in trouble after advising a mother on Twitter to wean her child on a low carb/high fat diet.

A complaint was then lodged with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The hearing, which resumed this week, has heard Noakes is the 38th most followed sports scientist on Twitter with more than 68,000 followers.

Proceedings were adjourned after Noakes broke down in tears yesterday.

Prior to that, the debate circled around whether or not a doctor-patient relationship existed between Noakes and Pippa Linstra, the mother he advised on Twitter.

All parties agreed that for such a relationship to exist, both doctor and patient must agree to treat and be treated.

Noakes emphasised such a relationship could not exist as he does not consider himself to be a doctor but is recognised as an A1 scientist.

(Edited By Winnie Theletsane)

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