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tv   Sanjay Gupta MD  CNN  May 6, 2012 4:30am-5:00am PDT

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nba champ movie star and rapper and now shaquille o'neil can add the title of doctor to his resume after the former basketball star received his ph.d. in education from florida's barry university. o'neil looking every inch the graduate in a custom-made, of course, triple xl sized graduation gown. well, say good-bye to cellulite. our dr. sanjay gupta has more at the fat-fighting weapon. i'll have the day's top stories at the top of the hour, but, first, dr. sanjay gupta m.d. starts right now. >> today we have food for the body and the mind. fit or fat? more than 80% of all women have cellulite. we're going to show you the first fda approved long-term treatment. also, a new idea to get better food on all of our plates. how to make better choices more available to everyone. first, i want to tell you about an incredible experience that i just went through. it began when the scholar henry lou business gates jr., skip, he asked if he would be part of his
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television series called "finding your roots" on pbs, and i said, sure, absolutely. you see, i was born in michigan, but my parents were born and they grew up in india. like a lot of immigrants, they thought they would never be able to learn their whole family history. that was lost, they thought, in the old country. i always wondered and so i gave professor gates the names of my immediate relatives along with a cheek swab of my dna. here's some of what he found. >> reporter: to dig even deeper, we sent sanjay's cousin to hardwar, located on the ganges river. it's a place of tremendous geonoloical importance to hindus. they come to consult with family prooisz who have recorded their male lynnage on their family
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trees. we arranged for him to meet with two priests who have devoted their lives to writing down family histories. we're hoping that we'll discover other details about sanjay's extended family hidden in these cryptically encoded scrolls. >> it's all written down then? >> that's your family history, my brother. >> that's amazing. i have to go. >> you have to go. >> i have to go see this. >> reporter: the scrolls contain information going back incredibly eight generations on
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sanjay's father's line. cousins, grandparents, great grandparents and beyond. they're all here. a symbolic gathering of generations of ancestors, of family members that sanjay never even knew he had. >> i tell you, it was an incredible experience, and you can see the rest of the story finding your roots sunday at 8:00 on most pbs stations. being a part of that was incredible and professor gates was here in atlanta, we had a chance to sit down and talk more about what it all means. >> one of the things that comes out of this and one of the things that you and i have done today was we had this long conversation about my family and my ancestory. i had the -- >> i was moved for you. i mean, at one point i got tears in my eyes that your family records would be kept by a cast of priests and written in code with the vows deleted, and that they are assigned to your
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family. we talked to some jeanologists that said, forget it, indians, what do we know? they don't care about geniology. you know what, everybody cares about geniology because what is your favorite subject? the favorite subject of every human being all across the world no matter what their color is themselves. geniology is ultimately all about yourself. >> your name is yovrl become sin anonymous with people tracing their roots and finding out about their an restry. have you done this? >> my father looked like a white man. my grandfather was so white we called him casper behind his back. we always wanted to know why -- we knew why the -- where this white man came from, and we know that he fathered jane gates' children. she was a slave born in 1819. she had five children, and she wouldn't tell them the identity of their father. she only told them that they had the same father.
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so one of my motive aings for doing the pbs series was to use geneology and genetics to find out more about ours, and we found out two very interesting things. first we found out that my mixture of percentage of an southeastsry from europe and subsaharan africa and asia and native america over the last 500 years, and mine to my astonishment revealed in the middle of the shoot for the first series was that i'm 50% white and 50% black. the director of the dubois institute for african-american research at harvard is half a white man. this was an identity crisis for me. the other thing was that white men was definitely irish. >> if you could go back and visit perhaps anybody in your book or books or just in history, to somebody you would really like to go see that you never hey chance to meet many. >> my great, great grandfather, and i would like to see him in the company of my great great
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grandmother jane gates to see if they had an equal relationship, if it was a relationship no matter how odd it might strike us that was based on love. the fact that she told her children that he fathered all of her children, all of their siblings suggests some sort of attachment, and in 1865 she's a slave. in 1870 she pays $1,200 cash for a house in predominantly white neighborhood. obviously that came from him. i would like to know about my irish roots. >> that would be pretty amazing to be able to do that, to go back and see when your ancestors were. >> yeah. and also understand what it means for my identity as an american and an african-american to be of equal proportions irish, anglo-irish and subsaharan african. and the 20 african countries, i'm a professor of african-american studies. i was introduced to religion and
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mythology and language when i was a graduate student at cambridge. i love africa, but i also want to know -- i wasn't conscious of having a white identity or an irish identity when i was growing up, and i would be interested in exploring that. i mean, i like guinness. we used to go to the catholic church to see the pretty irish girls. i grew up in an italian irish paper mill town. all the pretty girls were at the catholic group. >> guinness sshgs that your favorite beer? >> the black man's beer. >> is that the beer you had at the beer summit? >> indian beer. >> i've got some suggestions now. if you watch something like this. if you are interested in finding your own roots, first step, talk to your family, have the conversation, and get specific names, grandparents, great aunts, distant cousins, as many as you can tind pooh. get more information for free on-line, birth certificates and
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the like. if you want a detailed family tree, you might in fact hire a trained jeanologist, a specialized historian. it's not cheap. you're probably looking at $1,000 at least. a more complicated search like the one that was done overseas on me would obviously be more. another approach, interesting one, is simply testing your own dna. it's not to find relatives with a dna test you can learn about your real ethnic background. what part of the world your distant ancestors actually hail from. a few companies will do that testing. just a remarkable experience for me. 80% of women have it. 100% of women hate it. we're talking about cellulite, and also the first fda approved long-term treatment. i'm going to show you. a party? [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high.
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two different treatments to combat cellulite were recently approved by the fda. the first one is already on the market. i do want to warn you, you're about to see some pretty graphic images of surgery. >> these are actually areas of fat that are protruding through the skin. >> reporter: cellulite, more than 80% of women develop it, and they spend millions of dollars on over-the-counter
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creams as a temporary fix. >> i have been working out my entire life. very athletic. have been forever. i used to be in the military. i still have issues. >> so she chose to get cellulays. it's a new fda approved procedure that targets cellulite from under the skin. >> there are fibers in the fat that are actually pulling the skin down, and what we're going to do is we're going to release those fibers. >> koorgd to a small peer review study of ten women with funding by the company, with just one treatment cellulite is gone, and the results last a year or more. the patient uses just a local anesthetic and is awake the entire time. >> you feel a little needle there. >> reporter: once numb, a laser is inserted right under the skin. >> right this moment i am melting the fat that is causing the bulges in her skin. remember, cellulite has two
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things. it has bulges and dimples. that is that cottage cheese appearance that everyone complains about. so what i'm first doing is melting the bulges. all right. so we've done all of our green circled areas. so now we're going to go after these -- those things that are pulling down the skin. >> here's what cellulaze looks like from the inside. fist the laser goes in, and melts the fat cells that cause bulges. next it cuts and vaporizes those fibers under your skin which cause the dimples, and then the laser heats the skin, which the company says allows new collagen to form. >> this is not something that happens overnight. you know, it's a dynamic process. i mean, and we get people who want the quick fix and we can't deliver that. >> it can take about three months after the procedure to see the full results. but it's too soon to say just how long these results will
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last. >> also, you know, it's a cosmetic procedure, so not covered by insurance, but it is quite expensive. at $2,500 for a single area. we also talked with several doctors who are not affiliated with the study, and they say the biggest risk is a possible infection. now, especially with something new, it's important to work with a doctor who is experienced with the procedure. want to consider this or anything cosmetic. best advice? weigh the pros and the cons, do it with your own doctor. still ahead, though, one of new york city's bravest. a former firefighter and self-proclaimed fitness junkie struck by a bus and nearly killed. now he is back on his feet. he is back on his bike as well. how many times can you go about your day, and, bam, great idea pops into your head. a great way to -- for most of us the next thought is that's never going to happen, but that's where a little start-up called
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back in 2005 matt long was a new york city firefighter and this accomplished athlete. in fact, he was training to race the boston marathon and wanted to do it in less than three hours. in the blink of an eye it all changed for him. he was riding his bike up third avenue when he was struck by a bus. the road back from that was a
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long one. >> reporter: december 2005 new york city is in the grips of a massive transit strike. public transportation is completely shut down. new york city firefighter matt long has no choice. he must hop on his bike to get across the city so the fire academy. >> so you needed -- this wasn't just training. you needed get judge. >> i needed to get to work, and i made it four blocks. >> reporter: four blocks, and then disaster. >> do you remember being hit? >> yeah. i remember putting my left arm up and just going under and that's it. >> reporter: a bus that had crossed multiple lanes of traffic made a right turn, and in the process slammed directly into matt long. >> he either didn't see me or didn't know i was there, whatever, and took me right under the front wheel. >> reporter: in an instant the self-described fitness junkie had gone from dominating racecourses to barely surviving. >> from my left leg every bone
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compound fracture, tib, fib, femur, my right side of my pelvis was fractured and open wound as well, and my right shoulder was crushed. the worst part is the bike and i became one, and it severed my abdomenal wall, my my femoral artery. so i basically was bleeding out. >> reporter: long stayed in the hospital for six months and eventually underwent more than 40 operations. he had survived physically, but mentally he was battling nearly crippling depression. >> right at a table after a doctor's appointment i said i'm glad you parade for me to live and i wish you'd prayed for me to die because i can't do this. i didn't think about things i couldn't have anymore. i didn't think about how i would no longer run as fast as i used to run. i started by saying i will, i will get back on the bike, back out on the run course, and i will live my life the best i can. >> reporter: now retired, long coaches and regularly shares his story to motivates others to transform themselves.
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tr gets even better. after recovering long created the i will foundation to help other athletes who suffered life altering illnesses or traumatic injuries. matt is back to racing as well. he has several races lined up this summer and his dream of racing the boston marathon is bigger now than ever before. how to beat the system when it comes to finding the best food for less. we'll explain. stay with us. dered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. [ woman ] lower cholesterol. [ man 2 ] yummy. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste and whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios.
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my next guest says our food system is broken and it's, in fact, endangering what's most precious to us, our environment, our health, and our future. pretty strong words, but the question is how do we fix it? warren is the author of "fair food: growing a healthy
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sustainable food system for all." so what is a fair food system? >> when i think about a fair food system, i think about a system these producing food that's healthy, good for our bodies, green or grown in a way that's healthy for the environment. fair means nobody in the system is getting exploited, so everybody gets a piece of the economic pie and affordable. everybody has access to that healthy food. healthy, green, fair, and affordable. >> is there somebody or something that's wearing a black hat in all this? is somebody doing something wrong the way things are to make it unfair? >> i really don't believe that it's anybody's blame the way the system is now. we have a food system in place today that i believe is broken in many different ways, but it's largely based on decades and decades of public policy that has driven our system in this direction. when those policies were put in place, they were put in place for good reason. it's just our context has completely changed. for example, when we first started putting federal
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subsidies in place to subsidize the production of corn, soybeans, wheat, other crops, we needed a lot of cheap calories in this country to feed a growing population. now we're in a situation where we've got an obesity epidemic. we need to shift the policies in our food system to take care of the current context that we find ourselves in. >> the subsidies do allow some of these foods to be cheap. if you're somebody who doesn't have a lot of money, you want to buy as many calories as you can for as little money as possible. if you do some ever these things where you make it more equitable, does it make some of these foods more expensive? will it be harder for people to get those calories at the same price? >> what i think about is what it's going to take to help create affordability for those foods that we know are healthier to eat. we know most of us need to be eating more fruits and venlib vegetable, especially our low-income families. we have a prom happening in michigan called double up food
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bucks where we are incentivizing folks to bring their food assistance dollars to farmer's markets and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. we know it's working. it's not preventing them from getting the energy dense caloric foods they need. >> if people are watching and they say i'm not necessary someone that lives in a food desert but i have a hard time getting haley foods in my house and my kids. it's not easy and it's more expensive than i would like. what would you tell them now? for the individual, what can they do? >> i would tell them there's nothing more important than your health, nothing. and there's nothing more important to creating greater health than eating the right foods. so that, you know, we'll spend money on lots of stuff in our society that we think are absolute necessities. i believe the first necessity is a healthy diet. and there are ways to get a healthy diet, to buy the healthy food you need, and not spend an
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incredibly large amount of money. >> not break the bank. >> not at all. there's a myth that when you purchase food at a farmer's market, it's going to be more expensive than a supermarket. and i say it's a myth because research has been done looking at prices of fruits and venli e vegetables at farmer's markets, comparing it to supermarkets and the prices are comparable or less at the farmer's market. my belief is don't believe the myths. get out there and spend some effort to find the foods you need to keep your family healthy. >> just supporting your local farmers as you pointed out, you will appreciate this. we have a little vegetable garden outside of our kitchen. i have three kids, 6, 4, and 2, and we grow things like tomatoes and what is amazing to me is other kids will come over and it's literally a magic trick. they see these tomatoes and they're like, wait a second, it comes out of the ground. my kids eat healthy. it wasn't because we are preaching to them but it's
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because they have access to it now. >> and they taste the tomatoes and carrots from the garden. they taste great. >> this is something we're going to stay on top of. the book is fantastic. >> great to be here with you. thank you. you know, we're chasing life today in the produce aisle. pesticides, a lot of conversations about this. they've been linked to developmental disorders, even cancer. but good organic produce is sometimes hard to find and sometimes expensive. so the question is when is it worth the big effort to buy organic or maybe even grow it yourself? well, here is my grocery list. produce like apples, celery, strawberries, they typically have the most chemical residue. i think to buy them organic. onions, corn, avocado, those are typically going to be safer. i might save a little money and buy the convention versions. an easy rule of thumb is if you're going to eat the skin, go organic because that's where a lot


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