Catalyst crushed?

22 05 2014

I wonder if “Big Pharma” had anything to do with this…?


Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
Winston Churchill

ABC takes down Catalyst heart disease episodes after review criticism

Controversial TV program on cholesterol-lowering statins found to have breached editorial standards1

And that, as the Guardian reported, seems to be pretty much that. Here is some of the accompanying text.

‘Two episodes of the TV science program Catalyst will be removed from the ABC’s website after an internal review found the program had breached editorial standards on impartiality.

The controversial Catalyst program on statins and heart disease, The Heart of the Matter, was attacked by health experts even before it aired last year.

The presenter of ABC radio’s Health Report, Norman Swan, warned “people will die” as a result of the TV program’s messages about heart medications.

Swan, whose criticism of the program has been vindicated by the…

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4 responses

22 05 2014

There is clear evidence that reducing cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease. I attended a lecture by a Cardiologist a few weeks ago and he mentioned that episode as a source of misinformation that led to patients stopping medication, which could have dire consequences. He also said that statins are prescribed when other avenues (e.g. dietary changes) have failed to reduce cholesterol levels. There are some unpleasant side effects so people don’t tend to take them if they don’t need to.

22 05 2014

He’s wrong………

22 05 2014

Wrong about what exactly? Are all Cardiologists wrong or just one that I didn’t even name? I’ve modified my own diet over the last 12 months to improve my lipid profile and I’ve read quite extensively on the topic as I wanted to avoid medication if possible. He didn’t say anything about heart disease that isn’t contained in other scientific literature. I’ll have to take him at his word that some of his patients stopped taking statins as a result of that show, but I think he’s in a better position than most anyone else to know that.

It’s worth taking a more critical look at the information put forward by Malcolm Kendrick. High cholesterol is not the only risk factor in heart disease and they influence individuals to varying degrees. Hence the reason why Australian Aborigines generally have low HDL cholesterol levels but a high incidence of heart disease, because they have a high incidence of some of the other risk factors. For example, NIDDM is a big problem in this group. The role of cholesterol in the development of atherosclerosis has been known for approximately 100 years, so it’s hardly a modern day conspiracy.

22 05 2014
Terry J Wall (@terryjw7)

I will start taking notice of medical people when they start taking genuine notice of nutrition and the world wide (WHO confirmed) dietary deficiencies of (at least some) minerals as components of well being. May I cite the need for saturated fats as a component of enzymes and enzymes as a component of neuron function. Yep, it seems that you can eat yourself into a bad corner.

It will also be a help when these people are paid to keep us healthy instead of being paid per treatment of disease. As individuals they are hard working, empathetic and earnest. It is just that their eduction and work training has been hijacked by corporations who need disease to make their shareholders happy.

In the meantime, I have observed that what works in the animal world (boosted minerals intake) also works for me (us). Should not be surprised really as the pharmaceutical companies find it entirely suitable to use animals to test their drugs. 🙂

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