Thousands quit cholesterol meds after viewing “unbalanced” TV program

SMH, 15 June 2015
Author: Harriet Alexander
“An ABC science show that controversially claimed cholesterol medication was “toxic” resulted in 60,000 people not taking their medication, potentially increasing their chances of heart attack or stroke. A University of Sydney study into the impact of the Catalyst program recorded a marked change in the use of statins directly after the two-part series was aired in October 2013. The program claimed the causal link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease was “the biggest myth in history” and that cholesterol medication was toxic. It was slammed by cardiologists and medicine safety experts, who said it downplayed a body of evidence showing that cholesterol medication was effective.”
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