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Heart of the Matter Documentary

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The most significant risk factors of cardiovascular disease are insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and chronic inflammation
  • The documentary “Heart of the Matter” exposes the saturated fat/cholesterol myths behind the statin fad and the financial links which lurk beneath
  • The research by physiologist Ancel Benjamin Keys establishing the saturated fat/cholesterol theory omitted results from 16 countries
  • Replacing saturated fats with double-bonded transfats is a health risk
  • Polyunsaturated, omega 6 fats oxidize and become rancid, causing inflammation
  • The worldwide success of dangerous and ineffective statins rests on poor science

Contrary to the saturated fat/cholesterol theory, the most significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are actually insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and the chronic inflammation associated with these conditions. The damage to interior layers of arteries that invites cholesterol-rich plaque buildup can also be induced by elevated blood sugar, smoking, stress and high blood pressure.

A two-part documentary called "Heart of the Matter," which ran on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show ABC Catalyst in 2014, does an excellent job of exposing the cholesterol/saturated fat myths behind the statin fad and the financial links which lurk underneath. In fact, the documentary was so thorough in debunking the myths behind the popularity of statins, that vested interests convinced ABC TV to rescind the series.


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