+ The Heart of the Matter - a Catalyst Report review

The Heart of the Matter – A Catalyst report review

Last week, ABC Catalyst broadcast the first of a two-part investigative report on dietary fat and the role it plays in cardiovascular disease.  “The Heart of the matter”  subsequently sent shock waves through the community and I’ve read, sent the Heart Foundation, who have been busy blaming fat and salt for causing obesity and heart disease whilst promoting candy like breakfast cereals, into some serious damage control.

I’ve long opposed the conventional dietary guidelines surrounding dietary fat, so these reports are music to my ears.  The show is hosted by Dr. Maryanne Demasi, who moved from medical science to journalism to encourage people to think critically about their own health.  Following on from her scathing Catalyst investigation into sugar (“Toxic Sugar”, if you missed it catch up here), “The Heart of the Matter” does just that.

She says
“Over the last 2 to 3 years, I have interviewed at least a hundred experts and patients worldwide about their views on diet, heart disease and medications to lower cholesterol. It became obvious that there was a growing scepticism about the advice we have been given – with many saying that the links between cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease haven’t been grounded in good science. Through a mixture of politics, personality struggles and self-preservation, we have put too much focus on saturated fat and cholesterol – which has led to millions of people believing that low-fat diets and medication to lower cholesterol are the best treatment for heart disease.”

If you’ve missed these reports, then I encourage you to take time out and watch them…


Below is Part one “Dietary Villains,” which is about why saturated fat or cholesterol are not the cause of obesity and heart disease.



Below is part two “Cholesterol drug war,” which claims that cholesterol lowering medication (one of the most prescribed medications worldwide) does more harm than good and exposes the truth behind a very corrupt pharmaceutical industry.  The report was venomously opposed and after watching it, I know why.  If you currently take or plan to take any form of a pharmaceutical, watch this first!


Dr. Maryanne Demasi and the Catalyst report were placed under serious scrutiny after its release.  This was a response posted by Dr. Demasi about her 3-year investigation into statins and her refute.  Worth a read is you feel the footage above is incomplete.  Click here.

This is also an interesting article “The Statin Insanity.”


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  • Hannah

    So good to finally hear this on some more mainstream media!

  • Hannah

    So good to finally hear this on some more mainstream media!

    • Yes I agree, even though there was a lot of opposition to these reports, they thankfully made it on air. G x

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