Science

Cholesterol, the Great Bluff

Author/Director Anne Georget
Producer Quark productions
Country France
Length 52' & 82'
Year 2016

The link between coronary accidents and cholesterol in the blood is a mainstream medical dogma that has been going on for the last 50 years. It has led to the development of a billion dollars “low-fat” food industry ; and statins, the drug that lowers the cholesterol rate, is one of the most prescribed medicines in the world, with 30 millions users in the USA.
Yet, although cholesterol rates have decreased in developed countries, the number of coronary accidents remains almost stable. And more and more researchers contest the mainstream explanation.
How did the dogma settle, what are the stakes of the discussion and where do we stand today?
The film is a rigorous investigation on the cholesterol case, dealing with social, political and scientific issues of a question that concerns many of us.


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