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REBLOG! Dr Maryanne Demasi’s Playing With My Heart, Again…

Posted: November 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on REBLOG! Dr Maryanne Demasi’s Playing With My Heart, Again…

Dr Maryanne Demasi As previously mentioned, I’m not a huge television watcher, discerning nut no couch-potato, one show I must see each and every week – or I seriously get the grumps – is Catalyst.

For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.

My favourite science reporter is back with another superlative question, “Is the role of cholesterol in heart disease really one of the biggest myths in the history of medicine?”

The answer is surprising. In this must see episode of Catalyst, Dr Demasi and team track down some surprising insights.  The science show has come under considerable fire from sections of the medical community for it’s latest two-part special.

Catalyst described the claim that saturated fats and cholesterol causes heart attacks as one of the biggest myths of medical history. Professor Emily Banks, the chair of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines, raised concerns over the program prompting people not to take necessary medicines.

Ms Demasi, a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Research, says as a broadcaster she has a responsibility to inform the public that people may be using the drugs unnecessarily. Ms Demasi (we should be calling her Dr, but Ms sounds so neat) said via Catalyst’s Facebook page that she moved from medical science to journalism to encourage critical thinking about people’s health :: Read the full article »»»»


MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic

Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic

Dr Maryanne Demasi Does ChiropracticI’m not a huge television watcher, discerning, one show I must see each week – or I seriously get the grumps is Catalyst. For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.

My favourite Catalyst, Dr Demasi, this week looked into a worrying trend that has science based medicine up in arms – chiropractors with ambitions of replacing the family gp – There have been reports that chiropractors are the new refuge for a range of health problems, like asthma, colic, reflux and even autism?

Dr Maryanne Demasi reckons, “…most people go to the chiropractor for back pain, and, despite its surging popularity, its proven benefit is fairly limited. A review of spinal manipulation showed that it could alleviate lower back pain, but it was no more effective than heat therapy, or even a good massage.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Crisis Group Lifeline in Crisis

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Crisis Group Lifeline in Crisis


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Thousands of calls to crisis group Lifeline are apparently going unanswered each year, Lifeline is facing a drastic shortage of volunteers, funds and is finding it difficult to deal with rising costs. With suicide and depression rates rapidly rising, Lifeline is more in demand than ever, the crisis line recieved over 750,000 last year, and expects that number to grow in 2012.

However, ABC TV’s The 7.30 Report has reported that the hotline is severely under-resourced, with callers abandoning almost 40 per cent of attempts to make contact :: Read the full article »»»»