Resurrected Videos From ABC Australia Explode The Cholesterol Myth

Resurrected Videos From ABC Australia Explode The Cholesterol Myth

How long has the truth been known?

BY BARBARA MINTON
POSTED ON MARCH 16, 2015

Resurrected Videos from ABC Australia Explode the Cholesterol Myth

A two-part documentary from ABC Australia on the criminality of Big Pharma sent shock waves through mainstream media and the medical establishment when it first aired in 2013. Titled “The Heart of the Matter,” the airing left the pharmaceutical industry in a tailspin. Its message was so powerful. Pressure to remove it so intense that ABC buckled and took down the videos from its site. Now they have been re-released. Why all the uproar?

This documentary drives a stake through the heart of the cholesterol theory that has resulted in millions taking deadly statin drugs, the biggest blockbuster and cash cow the pharmaceutical industry has ever known. If you are now taking a statin drug or just thinking about it, you won’t want to miss these videos. They are full of information that may save you life.

Both parts of the documentary, reported and moderated by Dr. MaryAnne Demasi, first appeared on a popular news program called The Catalyst, and were subtitled The Cholesterol Myth, and Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War. After the first episode, the pharmaceutical industry threw a fit and demanded the network not air the second episode. The network aired it anyway, but finally removed both episodes, announcing that the documentary “breached its impartiality standards.” The show has been in mothballs until now, when Health Impact News resurrected a copy.

Just a few years ago, more than one in four Americans over the age of 45 were taking a statin drug, such as Lipitor or Crestor to reduce their cholesterol levels, thinking that would keep them safe from heart disease. Some doctors in the U.S and abroad were even advocating mandatory statins for everyone over the age of 50. Today it appears that the cholesterol myth is crumbling under a growing pile of evidence documenting that rather than preventing heart disease, taking statins can actually causes and accelerates it.

A landmark study in 2012 showed that statin use is associated with a 52% increase in prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to those who used no statins. “Arterial plaque is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease and increases risk of all-cause mortality,” according to natural health advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola. Anything that increases calcification and stiffening of arteries should be avoided, and statins fall into that category.

Another study found that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis, and taking statin drugs regularly, had significantly more coronary artery calcification compared to those who did not take statins. Participants not initially taking statins saw their progression of coronary artery calcification as well as abdominal aortic artery calcification significantly increase when they began frequent statin use.

Dr. MarkHyman, the physican called in to treat President Clinton after his bypass, says patients who lower cholesterol with statins have higher levels of insulin, while those who lower it with diet have lower insulin levels. This is important because elevated insulin levels are the first sign of diabetes, and are what cause weight gain around the middle, high blood pressure, increased inflammation, and may cause stickiness of the blood. Each of these conditions contributes to heart attacks and heart disease.

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Dr. Mercola seconds those statements, saying that diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is why so many diabetics are prescribed a statin drug. However, statins actually accelerate the progression of disease. “If you don’t have diabetes already, taking statins will significantly increase your risk”, he says, noting a study in which statins increased the risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women by a whopping 48 percent.

In spite of all this, the use of statin drugs continues to be recommended by physicians who get most of their continuing education from pharmaceutical companies. Just a coupe of weeks ago I was astonished when my highly intelligent and thoughtful dentist told me he is now taking statins because his doctor says he must. Before you fall into the same trap, be sure to watch these videos, if they haven’t as yet been taken down.
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March 17, 2015
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The Cholesterol Drug War: ABC Australia Bans Documentary Exposing Statin Drug Scandal


Dr MaryAnne Demasi from the Catalyst. Her investigative reporting on the dangers of statin drugs has now been banned.

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Dr. MaryAnne Demasi’s documentary on the criminal activity of the pharmaceutical industry regarding cholesterol-lowering statin drugs sent shock waves through the mainstream media in Australia last year. Published in two parts on the popular news show The Catalyst, the pharmaceutical industry complained loudly after the first show, and requested the network not air the second episode, “Heart of the Matter Part 2 – Cholesterol Drug War.”

ABC Australia aired it anyway, but the pharmaceutical influence is apparently too strong, as it was announced that the network would remove the videos from their website because “they breached its impartiality standards.” They also removed them from YouTube.

These two episodes were among the most watched videos on Health Impact News in 2013, with tens of thousands of “likes” on Facebook alone, helping the videos go viral outside of Australia.

We found other copies on YouTube for now, but it may only be a matter of time before YouTube bans these altogether. If you or anyone you know have been prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, then you need to watch this documentary. It could save your life.

Here are the two episodes, with our original commentary:

Outside of the United States, the myth that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease is quickly falling apart. Sweden just recently became the first western nation to reject the low-fat dietary philosophy in favor of a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet. A leading cardiologist in the U.K. made shock waves recently by appearing in the mainstream media and stating that saturated fats were not the cause of heart disease, but refined carbohydrates were.

Now, ABC TV in Australia has released a news documentary with the title: “HEART OF THE MATTER: The Cholesterol Myth: Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War.” This documentary interviews cardiologists, science writers, and other experts who expose the saturated fat and cholesterol myth. This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

Part 1 caused so much controversy when it was aired (watch it below), that Australia’s top medicine safety expert, Emily Banks, urged the ABC not to air the follow-up, because it might encourage people to go off their anti-cholesterol statin drugs. “If people stop using their statins . . . it’s very likely that it will result in death,” she said. (Source.)

Wow, talk about scare tactics! If the science that is represented in this documentary is wrong, why not refute the science instead of using scare tactics to endorse censorship? Fortunately, ABC Australia did not censor it, and you can watch Part 2 here.

People around the world are waking up to these dietary myths, as well as the scam of cholesterol-lowering drugs and how harmful they actually are. But given how much of a threat exposing this myth is in losing billions of dollars in profits in the United States, will the mainstream media and the U.S. Government follow other western nations? Those of us in the alternative media, via the Internet, have been covering this issue for more than a decade now!

Heart of the Matter – Part 1

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ABC News in Australia has done an incredible investigative report on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, daring to expose organized crime in the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S. This is an area where no mainstream media outlet in the USA dares to go, due to the influence of the pharmaceutical industry.

In this excellent investigative documentary, cardiologists are interviewed to reveal the fraud of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and the criminal activity that has allowed this class of drug to become the best-selling class of drugs all-time.

After ABC Australia aired Part 1, The Heart of the Matter, Australia’s top medicine safety expert, Emily Banks, urged ABC not to air the follow-up, because it might encourage people to go off their anti-cholesterol statin drugs. “If people stop using their statins . . . it’s very likely that it will result in death,” she said.

But those scare tactics and attempts at censorship failed, and below is Part 2 as it was aired in Australia, and is now available for the world to watch via the ABC TV Catalyst YouTube channel. Some of the top cardiologists in the U.S. have stated that there is not one single study showing that people who take statins will actually live longer. This fraud is now coming out into the open.

If you or someone you know are prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, you would do well to invest 30 minutes of your time to watch this investigative report. You are not likely to learn this information from your doctor, and it could literally change your life.

Heart of the Matter Part 2 – Cholesterol Drug War

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