Maryanne Demasi is an Australian science reporter and presenter, best known for her at times controversial work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Catalyst television program.
She completed a doctorate in medical research at the University of Adelaide and worked for ten years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a research scientist, specialising in rheumatoid arthritis research. She has also worked as an advisor to the South Australian Government's Minister for Science and Information Economy.
Maryanne produced and presented two controversial episodes of the science program Catalyst in October 2013, which questioned the link between cholesterol, cholesterol-reducing medication (statins) and ill-health.
She was given a particularly hard time in the media and she defended herself well against such an adverse reaction, particularly by the Australian Hear Foundation.
In the end the ABC folded under the weight of the criticism and Maryanne was sacked.
Today (Monday 22nd January 2018) , Maryanne had her peer-reviewed paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, BMJ group.
Statins are the most widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs in the world. They make billions of dollars in profits. But the raw data on side effects remains secret. Independent researchers have been denied access. Pressure is mounting on those guarding the information to respond, not with criticism, but with data.
We support Maryanne Demasi in her quest for truth and her utter refusal to lie down in spite of multi-billion dollar companies trying to silence her and the ABC refused to back her.
Here is her entire peer reviewed article if you’re as geeky as we are and want to know the truth before a doctor just glibly gives out another prescription for something their patient may not need…