Dr. Maryanne Demasi – 'Who really influences nutrition policy in Australia?'

Dr. Maryanne Demasi – 'Who really influences nutrition policy in Australia?'

Dr. Maryanne Demasi is a former medical scientist who completed her PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Her research focused on the pathology of Rheumatoid arthritis and potential therapies. Her innovative research has appeared in several internationally published medical journals.

Leaving her lab coat behind, Maryanne accepted a position as a political advisor and speechwriter for the South Australian Minister for Science and Information technology portfolios. She advised on issues concerning Intellectual Property and commercialisation of research.

Maryanne was headhunted by the ABC ‘s Catalyst program in 2006 and gained a reputation for reporting on relevant and sometimes controversial medical stories. She has won numerous accolades for her work and in 2008, 2009 and 2011 was awarded the National Press Club of Australia’s prize for her excellence in health journalism.


  1. Manny Radzky on June 11, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Dr. I ate low-fat high carb all my life, and at age 56 needed coronary bypass surgery. I’m 61, I have been low carb high fat for 3 years……I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER IN MY LIFE. Again, thank you DR.

  2. Li'l Al on June 11, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Two dieticians dislike this video.

  3. Lesley S on June 11, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Excellent presentation thank you, that was clear and concise. Let’s hope that it will be taken on board by those who can exert influence. Hopeful too that when the American Dietary guide lines are reviewed next year, current thinking will be turned on its head. Looking hopeful according to Sarah Hallberg from the Nutrition Coalition, who made a presentation to Congress recently. https://www.nutritioncoalition.us/news/2018/11/9/report-to-congress-low-carb-diet-yields-groundbreaking-results-for-t2-diabetes. We can but hope that sanity will return to the decision makers!

  4. Paul Nielsen on June 11, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Healthy population = Big loss of profits

  5. Krydolph on June 11, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    If I went to a dietitian, and she looked like that former leader you showed a picture of, I would know to not listen, and wouldn’t bother coming back. I mean best case scenario, she just didn’t follow her own advice, but much more likely, they either don’t work, or are impossible to follow long term. I don’t need any of that.

  6. Salman on June 11, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Snake oil merchants Rockefellers and their hit man Bill Gatz Foundation fund most of the Quacks and "institutions"

  7. David Stevenson on June 11, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
    10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

    11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

    14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

    15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

    21 ……Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

    22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and 

    >>>>> the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

    Milestone SHALL be HEARD NO MORE,  milestones are used in grinding wheat and all other grains

    GMO is an abomination and against Gods laws of nature and will be a target for destruction when Babylon Falls, they use corruption, conflict of interest, and every other illegal manipulation.

  8. Mark Wilton on June 11, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Wow for $500k I could write up some guidelines with dodgy references, in fact id do it for a mere $400k

  9. j Cornish on June 11, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    This as well as Gary Fettke story should be shared to every one you know

  10. eileenfb1948 on June 11, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Excellent talk. We need to get these deceptions exposed. Hoefully one day people will know what is true.

  11. Gay Preator on June 11, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    The nutrition in nursing homes is so disastrous. My grandmother, father, aunt and mother used to complain as did many other residents. Starches up the ying-yang. Sweets beyond measure. I would bring meat every time I visited. They would all but attack me to get to the meat and seasonings. Was/is heart breaking. If we complained or mentioned diet changes we were given that “look”.

    Wish I’d know then what I know now.

  12. Ken Jay on June 11, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Blood work analysis with an emphasis on metabolic profilie dominates the direction any person should go towards improving overall health.  Your Thoughts?I am a keto/nutritarian.  My keto lifestyle is about 90% plant based.  I am in a health management phase at 56 y/o, 6′-1", 190 lbs.  I strive for overall good health and maintaining optimal biomarker levels.  I do not take any meds.

  13. Adam King on June 11, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Outstanding presentation well done!!!

  14. Jennifer Grove on June 11, 2022 at 11:48 pm


  15. Automation Community on June 11, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you Doc. Good work.

  16. NM505 on June 11, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    The fact that gov entities would site studies that actually refute their claims is shocking. We need more people like Dr Demasi

  17. Keny Charles on June 11, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for bringing the truth to light. Keep up the good work.

  18. Ange Kenos on June 11, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    An excellent presenter. ||Thank you. But one issue re nutrition – we have all seen some exceptionally well known nutritionists on TV promoting Kellogs and others whose foods are high in sugar and other non nutritional items.

  19. Rodney Booth on June 11, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    This gal has her head on straight,, and has done the research.

  20. Joel McKeehen on June 11, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    You need to come to the US and conduct similar investigations.

  21. Toni on June 11, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Who the hell is doing the brainwashing here? 🤪😆

  22. JoDgal on June 11, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    P🤦‍♀️roblem: I want my feedin👄g window 🥦🥑🥬🥒🌶🍳to close at 7:00pm 🕰w/o lowering my calorie in take so I don’t slowdown my metabolism. But I’m still full from lunch 🥗 so I’m only eating around 700 calories a day. I do get hungry by 10pm but I don’t want to eat that late🌒. What to do?🤷‍♀️

  23. mike libbey on June 11, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    I hate to say that Dr. Demasi is absolutely correct. I’ve been a dietitian for over 30 years and have done much literature research on numerous topics such as food companies influence on nutritional guidelines. One topic that I tried to expose was food irradiation’s negative effects on the general population. I went to a talk on this subject that supported the benefits of irradiating food and disputed with the guest speaker saying there was much evidence saying the dangers of using it also giving numerous references. I was walked out by security within few minutes after the debate.
    Unfortunately it’s all about money. I try growing some of my own food and buy much from local farmers use grow produce naturally.

  24. liz Thornton on June 11, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    My observations in hospitals showed dieticians who were over weight,spotty and needing good advice 🙄🤔

  25. Lina Adams on June 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    What a waste of time money, and effort to actually have guidelines at all. People just eat what they want anyway. It’s just all marketing for the various food industries. All you have to do is look at how fat and sick societies have become and stop eating all the industry driven, processed crap and get back to the basic whole foods (preferably keto/carnivore), and watch your health come back and eliminate all the prescriptions that we never needed before. It’s just common sense.

  26. Greg Johnson on June 12, 2022 at 12:01 am

    I’m sick and tired of reading well-meaning articles with assumptions about saturated fat, whole grains, sodium, etc. The cited supporting studies use cherry-picked subjects from the starting group and will maybe show a slight association and virtually no causation. It’s so rampant, it makes me sick.

  27. Jennifer Dyster on June 12, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Pete Evans is a nutter though. I agree about the conflict of interests.the advice I was given years ago by a behavioural biologist was that it is in no plants interest to be eaten by an animal and to spread the risk eat seasonally and make use of variety. He was in favour of meat, wary of farmed fish, advised halving dairy recommendations, was opposed to all Kelloggs, dont drink fruit juice, eat whole fruit, treat bread pasta etc as a treat .I still follow that up to a point. i find carbs hard to resist and eat more fish than meat. Big fan of fruit and veg.

  28. Angela A Stanton PhD on June 12, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Excellent presentation!

  29. David Stevenson on June 12, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Everyone knows that GMO whole grain is full of herbicide and pesticide, that kills people.
    In effect they have immunity to murder, Australian people.
    Why? money > greed >
    That costs the Australian Medicare System billions, and is sending the country bankrupt.

  30. LeeC58 on June 12, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Very smart and purdy

  31. P N on June 12, 2022 at 12:09 am

    At 14:43 the 8/16/18 Seidelmann/Willett paper is brought up. "Low-carb takes 4 years off your life!" Willett’s goofy PRIOR paper w Teresa Fu (again not based on actual DIETS studied, but on stirred & cooked epidemiological data & FFQs) didn’t gain traction, SO they took great care that this recent one was fed to journalists with Harvard’s vast resources (interviews with the authors including Sara Seidelmann and Scott Solomon were released a day later) and thus immediately widely publicized internationally by bought-and-tamed journalists on its release on 8/16/18.

    Willett has 1800 + papers to his name dating back to the 1970s (protect that legacy of pushing grains!). Sara Seidelmann has 21. He used this diet-study-naive young cardiologist as a front, paid a new 2016 Lancet offshoot called LancetPH $5K to publish it.

    Willett is a vegetarian and is a co-director of "EAT Lancet" which is coming out with a massive Whole Food Plant Based report worldwide tomorrow.

  32. Sh0t on June 12, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Poor Aussies

  33. Birgitta Birgersdatter on June 12, 2022 at 12:11 am

    How can you trust an overweight dietician? Both those female dietitians were either overweight or obese! How can they give advice that clearly isn’t working for them?!

  34. Outlandia /: Bryan Burdo on June 12, 2022 at 12:15 am

    More disturbing news from Belinda Fettke:

  35. Adrian Red on June 12, 2022 at 12:16 am

    7:24 The dietitian shown in the inset, looks like her dietary advice isn’t working.

  36. Nick Carroll Fitness on June 12, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Individuals can be corrupt. Groups can be corrupt. Corporations, industries, and governments can be corrupt. Who really influences nutrition policy? Basically there are no practical limits here on who to blame. And the financial and ideological incentives are plentiful for using these slight-of-hand tactics in using unsubstantiated or even bogus studies to promote food and beverage consumption that is unhealthy, and "food pyramids" that are clearly not one-size-fits all.

  37. WooKongNinja on June 12, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Yay Dr. Damasi. We are all finally waking up.

  38. flexairz on June 12, 2022 at 12:20 am

    There is just too much money to be made from sick people, and keeping them sick.

    Thankfully, I went LCHF years ago. Never going to go back to high carb low fat.

  39. AusforAus on June 12, 2022 at 12:21 am

    The Australian dietician is no poster child for a healthy diet

  40. shanghai noons mom LOVES black guys on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Conclusion: Are all cereals to be avoided or just wheat products?
    What about rolled oats or rye?
    I understand that all processed foods, snack foods and vegetable oils should be eliminated from the diet, but my question is this:
    What are we supposed to eat other than meat, fish, eggs and veggies?

  41. osmoregulatoryorgan on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    When the new guidelines are released in 2023, they’ll be excluding meat. The future is vegan unfortunately. Black market meat is coming.

  42. Living Ron on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Thank you. Well presented. Time to take back the science … which is at the core of my open letter to the Australian government and which I wrote to the Queensland health minister about recently.

  43. Li'l Al on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Let us ask some anthropologists and human evolutionary biologists what we should eat, shall we?

  44. farangdee on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Dieticians want you on yoyo diet ,unsustainable diets ,so you can be back there again to make them more money.
    You just need a lifestyle change that you can keep for the rest of your life ,no hunger and sugar cravings ,for me cut sugar ,proccesed junkfood,sodadrinks,alcohol,limit high carb foods ,walking ,and IF ,16/8 or 20/4 .
    Lost 25 kg ,180 cm and 70 kg now ,never felt better ,insuline resistance caused by eating sugar and high carb diets ,with toxic vegetable oils are killing us slowly.

  45. Curious Bystander on June 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    You go girl, great stuff here. Keep up the good work. And, if you get going on the horrible corruption and deceit around bt cr1 proteins and their connection to chronic disease, please get powerful people around you. This whole f’in world needs to be shaken hard.

  46. Julie Etheridge on June 12, 2022 at 12:26 am

    How about putting ordinary people, with some relevant non biased education, in charge of reviewing the guidelines! That’d be good!

  47. Outlandia /: Bryan Burdo on June 12, 2022 at 12:27 am

    17:53 not a single animal product present in that graphic. Thank you Church of the Seventh Day Adventist and your fanatical cult infiltration!

  48. zapfanzapfan on June 12, 2022 at 12:30 am

    She looks good, I’ll have what she’s having!

  49. Mandie Smith on June 12, 2022 at 12:30 am

    And then they’ll come out like a pack of rabid dogs, at the first man/woman/group, Australian or Globally, who try to inform we "plebs" that what’s being published as safe & healthy & "proven fact"… is in truth…. the exact opposite!
    I despise "Corporate Governance"!!!

  50. Jeremy Ouyang on June 12, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Where can I download the same guidelines that she was using? The PDF I found from eatforhealth.gov.au looks rather different than the one in the video.