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Omega-3s: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Summary: Are omega-3 fatty acids really good for you?
Air Date: 7/17/14
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Guest Bio: Aimée Shunney, ND
Aimee ShunneyAimée Gould Shunney, licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), was born and raised on the East Coast. She was graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a BA in psychology and minors in theatre and women's studies.

After completing her post-graduate pre-med course work, she attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she received her Naturopathic Medical Degree in 2001. Dr. Shunney is licensed to practice medicine by the state of California.

Before relocating to California in January 2006, Dr. Shunney was in private practice in Brooklyn, NY and Greenwich, CT. In addition, she implemented and directed the Health Education and Wellness Program at Long Island College Hospital, also in Brooklyn, that served over 3000 people during her time there.

Since moving to California, Dr. Shunney has been very busy! In addition to caring for her 4-year old son, she sees patients at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and at Healthstyle in Campbell, CA.

At both offices, she enjoys working side by side with a holistic MD, multiple acupuncturists, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, and body workers of all stripes. In 2010 AND 2011, she was voted Best Naturopathic Doctor (and second Best Doctor) in Santa Cruz in the Metro Santa Cruz poll.
Omega-3s: Healthy or Unhealthy?
The announcement last year that omega-3 fats increase the risk of prostate cancer might have left you reeling in fear and questioning if you should stop eating certain foods containing omega-3's.

Nearly 12 million consumers, mostly younger women and older men, stopped taking their omega-3 supplements.

So what's the truth? Are omega-3s good or bad for you?

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids mainly found in fish. They are essential for a healthy life as they promote healthy brain function, lower heart disease risk and reduce your risk of type-2 diabetes.

What are some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids? 

Aimée Shunney, ND, and Dr. Mike discuss why omega-3's were showcased in a negative light and highlight the positive effects omega-3's have on your health.
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