27 September 2022 | Tim Noakes’ promotion of the idea that the prevention and reversal of most modern chronic diseases can be achieved by dietary means and not by the prescription of patented pharmaceutical products, might explain why he was targeted for cancellation by both his alma mater, the University of Cape Town, and his profession.
Tim spent his academic career at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 1969 to 2014 earning the MBChB, MD and DSc degrees; the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) from the State President of South Africa and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Research Foundation. A recent analysis has found that he is the third most-cited medical researcher in South Africa; the second highest from UCT. He is also the world’s third most-cited living Sports Scientist.
However none of this was sufficient to protect him in 2014 from being “cancelled” by the UCT Medical Faculty with support from the then UCT Vice-Chancellor. His crime was that he dared to present the evidence that the dietary advice promoted by that institution and essentially all medical faculties around the world, contributes to the global obesity/diabetes pandemic and that the first step in reversing these pandemics would be to tell this truth to the public.