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William Butler Yeats

The Song of Wandering Aengus,” by William Butler Yeats

Dr. Maryanne Demasi worked as a journalist and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for 11 years. In 2013, she produced a two-part series called “Heart of the Matter,” which challenged the role of cholesterol in heart disease and addressed the overprescription of statin drugs. The series received excellent ratings and was praised by ABC management for being “superbly presented” and “provocative.” Over time, however, reception became less favorable. Demasi attributes the shift to the media storm stirred by those with vested interests in statins. Here, she shares her story and explains why the fallout is indicative of a “crisis of democracy” in the sciences.

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Judy Graham
August 23rd, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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Congrats to Maryanne Demasi for the excellent docs on cholesterol and statins. Watched on YouTube. Be heartened there are patients like me who refuse to take statins based on all the available evidence.

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Kim Burk
August 23rd, 2019 at 4:36 am
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How ironic is it that the ironically titled liberal media supports big pharma and big food, surely the dark heart of neo-liberal capitalism? For a follow up why don’t you investigate charitable foundations in the nutrition space.

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RAPHAEL SIRTOLI
August 22nd, 2019 at 10:26 am
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One might think that a big organization like ABC could stand their ground against the blowback from big pharma, especially given the critical acclaim your expose earned. But no... i guess it all speaks to just how much bigger and more committed to financial gain big pharma is than ABC's commitment to journalistic integrity. it's a sad realization...

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Timothy Hsu
August 20th, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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I love the lilting lyricism

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Caitlyn Chione
August 22nd, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Agreed. This is one of my favorite things about the changes CrossFit HQ has made: the return of the arts to their main site. One of the most important facets of CrossFit, to me at least, is its practical application to the rest of life, and if we aren't learning about literature, music, and paintings as well, how does CrossFit contribute to a true broad and general life education?

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Jonata Ferreira
August 20th, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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Is CrossFit going to bring back “Heart of the Matter” or does ABC own it? Thanks for another great article!

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Katina Thornton
August 20th, 2019 at 3:36 am
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The messenger has been eviscerated. There will be no further scientific discourse. But, what if, just what if, the world isn't flat?

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