Dr. Maryanne Demasi PhD

Toxic Sugar? There are different types of "calories"!

Excellent program on the toxicity of sugar. "In only a few decades, there are now more obese people on the planet than there are undernourished. When it comes to getting fat, we've come to believe it's as simple as 'calories in' versus 'calories out' - if you want to shed the kilos, you need to burn more calories than you consume. But not all calories are the same. Some people absorb calories more efficiently and it matters what types of foods your calories are coming from. Sugar is now being proposed by experts as the new dietary villain that's making us fat and sick. Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the bitter truth about the dangers of a sweet diet."

'What is 'best evidence'? Today's challenges'

Health headlines - is the evidence behind them good or bad. Dr. Demasi explains the quality of medical studies ranked from epidemiological studies at the lowest, to randomized control trials for good evidence, and systematic reviews metanalysis for best evidence. Studies claiming evidence that red meat causes cancer and low carb diets shorten the lifespan were all based on epidemiology relying on people's recollection of what they ate. These are the studies that make the headlines and guidelines are based on. New regulation implemented in 2004 require all studies to be registered with ClinicalTrials.gov. Dr. Robert DubRoff, a cardiologist examined data on statin trials. None of them found mortality benefit, 60% did not find CVD benefit. A far cry from the claims of statins as a powerful intervention for treatment of CVD.

Statin Wars: Have we been misled by the evidence?

Dr. Maryanne Demasi on why Statins became the most profitable drug in history. Are they safe? Are the benefits as big as the pharma industry claims? Statins certainly have their place but might be grossly overprescribed. These reports broadcast on mainstream media in Australia were done by Dr. Demasi.
The Cholesterol Myth: Heart of the Matter (Part 1)
Heart of the Matter Part 2 - Cholesterol Drug War

Low Carb Diet: Fat or Fiction? Does it work?

Recent research suggests low carb diets could improve the lives of people suffering from obesity and diabetes. Low carb diets help with weight loss by reducing cravings and making us feel fuller for longer. Reporter, Dr Maryanne Demasi, asks international advocates, sports scientists and Australia's leading nutritionists is it just another fad or is there more to cutting the carbs?