Episode 142: Omega-3 Fish Oil vs. Placebo

Asking People What they Take is Not the Same as Actually Giving a Pill

“This is an example of why prospective studies are good. Last year a retrospective study said supplements were not good.” — Dr. Franklin Wefald

In a new study, researchers found people who received omega-3 fish oil supplements in clinical studies had lower risks of heart disease compared with those who were given placebo.

They found an association between daily omega-3 supplementation and reduced risk of heart attack and death from coronary heart disease but did not see the benefit for stroke.


This week on Heart Health Radio, two studies of fish oil give exactly opposite results. Why? Listen to Heart Health Episode 142 on 680 WPTF 12:00 noon on Saturday (October 19, 2019) or listen on itunes.

We’re on itunes, live on WPTF.com, and on the WPTF podcast page, and soon…everywhere.

What is Heart Health Radio?

This is Dr. Franklin Wefald, a cardiologist and internal medical specialist who practices in Smithfield, North Carolina. He is also the host of Heart Health Radio on NewsRadio 680 WPTF. It’s on Saturdays at noon.

Dr. Franklin Wefald, being photobombed. We really need to cut down on coffee consumption in the reception area.

This is the home for the radio show.

Heart Health Radio is not a promotional idea to get more people into his practice. He’s busy enough,

Toss out your ideas about infotainment radio, or weekend talk shows. His passion is your health.

The radio program is a live, call-in show. You’re invited to ask about anything on your mind, from the latest Facebook medical article, to your own health situation.

Dr. Wefald does not diagnose on the radio, but if you have a concern which has you worried, he’ll give you things to discuss with your doctor.

Dave Alexander is the co-host of the show as well as Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at this website. Here they both are, at a remote broadcast of Heart Health Radio:

Dr. Franklin Wefald and Dave Alexander

Dr. Franklin Wefald:

Education & Training

Duke University Hospital
Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease, 1987 – 1991

Johns Hopkins University
Residency, Internal Medicine, 1984 – 1987

Johns Hopkins University
Class of 1985

Princeton University
A.B., Biochemical Sciences, Summa Cum Laude, 1977 – 1981

Dave Alexander

Education and Training

Graduated vix iustus from Oswego State University, 1985 B.S. in Communications Studies

Graduated in tempore novissimo from Oswego State University, 1997: Master’s Degree in Elementary Education