Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The Catalyst for censorship

I s'pose it was only a matter of time. 

Australia's ABC broadcast two episodes of their Catalyst program late last year, in which Dr Maryanne Demasi presented the counter argument to mainstream advice on saturated fat and cholesterol medication.

Not surprisingly, the authorities and experts didn't like it. Apparently it was biased and misleading and "people would die" as a result of watching it.

An ABC internal review has now found that the program breached editorial standards on impartiality and the videos have been taken down from the website.

I can attest to the Catalyst episodes being a big deal here. I didn't know they were being aired until I started getting phone calls from family saying things like "turn on the ABC, there's some people agreeing with you about fat". 

Of course I didn't think the show was biased, but maybe that's because the Heart Foundation, food companies and authorities have it had it their own way for decades. They've had a free run of things, with little to no opposition. When someone pops their head up to question their 'facts' and 'thorough research', they get it chopped off.

Sad, but predictable, and I certainly hope it isn't the end of rational debate on this incredibly important topic.

You may still be able to view the episodes on YouTube or otherwise. While they aren't flawless in their presentation, they did wake a few people up and have them questioning why they were taking pills "just because".

not relevant, but nice to look at. Mmmm..mud crabs.

7 comments:

  1. the interests who will lose money if everyone goes LC are willing to throw their influence around even if THEIR info is death-dealing! grrr ... i HATE how BigCorporations get away with their lies!!!

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    1. ps -- but i LOVE crabs! :-)

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    2. G'day Tess. You'd love mud crabs, then. Big, full of meat and beautiful rich flavour. Caught these last year.

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  2. As you stated it is sad and it is predictable as big food and big pharma throw their money behind their lies in the hope that all the population will toe the line, and continue to eat the food that is making us ill and then taking their medicine in the belief it will make us feel better. The money rolls in .....

    Thank goodness for fellow minded bloggers who do their best to spread a different story and keep the subject and debate open to all.

    Daren't let Eddie see those crabs ..he just loves them and I like them.

    All the best Jan

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    1. So true, money is the key.

      Unfortunately Singapore chili crab is full of sugar, but luckily they are just as delicious boiled in salt water. No sauce required.

      Cheers.

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  3. Last time I had crabs was picked up in a Bangkok knocking shop. OK I jest, but crab has got to be my number one food. Years ago Jan me and the kids used to go for a holiday in the Isle of White, Shanklin. In the late afternoon we walked from out hotel down the road to a crazy golf place. The kids played crazy golf, and me and Jan sat back with a glass of wine and a crab sandwich.

    Simple pleasures, but memories I will never forget.

    Eddie

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    1. Looks very serene, Eddie - http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/towns-and-villages/shanklin

      Cheers.

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