neurology at lennox hill hospital and chief of robotic surgery. i'll go first. eric's doing great. i'm doing great. you might have the stomach virus definitely going around. hundreds of people have been sick across more than a dozen states. it's spreading, too. we wanted to ask you, dr. samadi, where is this coming from? it does seem in the nice weather you wouldn't expect so many people to be down with the flu or a virus. >> this is really nothing new. almost every other month we're coming up with listeria. we just had hepatitis a in the restaurants. now we see the psych lo spocycl. it's coming, jamie, from food, contaminated food and water. >> how do you know when you go to a restaurant or you buy something in the grocery store, maybe it even lives in your own refrigerator too long, you
shouldn't eat it? >> so you will never know. you can take cautions at home. we've talked about this before. foodborne illness is really a serious problem in this country. 48 million. this is not a few people. 48 million people are affected by this. 5,000 people die from this. and you know what? fda is only looking at 2% of the food that's coming in this country. so what do you do at home? when you get your fruits and vegetables, number one, make sure if it's a melon or watermelon, scrub them. it sounds a little crazy but you should scrub them. the contamination starts from the farm. farmers may or may not wash their hands. that kind of parasite can get to your food and comes to your kitchen. wash them. now the recommendation is to even dry them up. washing may not be good enough. we've talking about cooking, refrigeration, et cetera. >> let me ask dr. siegel, what are the symptoms and signs? how do you know when it could be this foodborne illness? >> i want to back up for a second and say i agree with something totally david is
saying. it is an enormous problem, foodborne illness in this country. 75 million a year. this particular bug is very interesting but a very small part of the bug. >> if you have it it's not so interesting. >> fair enough. it's coming out in the midwest. >> it's amazing what internists get excited about. >> it's important. >> nebraska, iowa, texas. we've seen about 250 to 300 cases. there's probably hundreds and hundreds more that are not reported. that's the service we can do today. because people might have it and think it's something else. if they do have it, it's very easily treated with an antibiotic called bactrum. it is a parasite. it's a single cell. here's what's interesting. interesting again. you can't get this usually by touching someone. normally we come on here and we say you can get it by touching someone who has it. in this case, you get it by handling food or by contaminated water because it has to live outside the body for about a week or more before it gets into its contaminated stamg. washing your hands may not actually work for this because it's so vigorous. you've got to be on the lookout
for it. when you have it, you can get it treated very early. i as an internist can actually test for it. there's a test in the stool called cyclospora. the number one symptom is diarrhea. it's the small intestine. people get dehydrate. >> what do you take? >> an antibiotic. bactrum. >> kills parasites. >> more important, if you just go to the doctor and test for your stool, that cyclospora study is not going to be part of it. they have to look specifically for that. it's not part of the panel. this will pass. mostly you become dehydrated. make sure you drink. any symptoms go to the hospital. >> produce is grown in one state. gets irrigated, can be contaminated. then it gets packaged and sold in another state. ends up being a nationwide problem. >> wash the vegetables, see the
doctor. >> wash your hands. >> the big issue in sports, you follow baseball? steroids, new york yankees a-rod, alex rodriguez, they say more than a dozen other players have been now under investigation by major league baseball. you kind of think it's only these big name stars who are involved. well, steroids they now say are also a problem for our kids. a recent study shows that nearly 2 million teenagers have used steroids. dr. siegel, that's -- 2 million is a tremendous number. this can really be dangerous. >> it's shocking. study out of the university of minnesota recently found that 6% of high school or middle schoolboys and 4.5% of middle school and high school girls have used anabolic steroids. over 40% of them say it's easy to get. easy to get. we're talking anabolic steroids here. i want to explain this. this is 10 to 100 times the amount that david or i might actually prescribe for someone who has a deficiency. this is not what we use medically. ten to 100 times. anabolic means it builds up your
muscles. endrogenic means it builds up sexual characteristics. men become femme nized over time. women become mas ewe lanized. affects the muscles, heart, increases liver cancer, bad for blood pressure and affects fertility. medically this is a very, very bad idea. i think high school kids out there that are role modeling some of our sports athletes, we're not here to talk about professional athletes, we're here today to talk about the effects on our adolescents. >> if your teen is doing that, coming home and you think he's getting buff and strong and looks good, what do you do? >> you get him in to see the doctor. you question him about it. say, what are you reading? what are you trying to do? by the way, eric, here's a point. parents are just as guilty as kids. because they drive their kids so hard. you're going to make the new york yankees. you know, let's get him started now sfwl dr. samadi, sometimes they say they look good. your message i would assume is
exactly the same. >> number one i am sot actually surprised to the extent that you guys are surprised. i think it's a lot worse than what we think. i think the community is becoming win it all at any cost. the pressure of getting into college for scholarship, you have role models that are doing this so it's easy to do. what people don't understand is that these are serious, serious hormones. very powerful ones. so what it's doing on the hormonal level among men is interferes with all the sexual hormones. yes, you're going to become really bulky with small testicles. you're going to have infertility issues. how many bodybuilders we've seen in their 30s and 40s who've had massive heart attack and died as a result of this. liver cancer, et cetera. it increases the bad cholesnd on. >> we get it that it's really bad. how do you know if your kid is using it? could it also affect your mood, these extra hormones? maybe they're not bulking up but they're acting differently. >> you have to pay attention. >> every parent out there wants
to know right now. >> what you've got to do if you see your child is gaining a lot of weight, becoming bulky, they're going to have acne on their face, acne on their back. there's also their personality is changing. there's a lot of peer pressure. there's some low self-esteem. this is the get away kind of a thing. you have to pay attention. here's the issue we have. i'm not a psychiatrist. if parents are too busy working hard, many hours a day, we're not paying attention to the children -- >> i'm all for the family dinner. but i don't want to blame the parents. i want them to know how to recognize it. are we talking creams, injections, pills. >> injections. >> dr. siegel, what do we look for? >> all three of these things can be used. i want to highlight something dr. colby just said here. effect on mood. it causes depression. causes anxiety. something we call roid rage. they cycle these things. they're going on and off them to try to preserve fertility and not get small testicles. they're going on and off them.
affects mood dramatically. anger management issues. >> the problem is it's also very easy to get them. that's the issue. you can get them from other countriies very easily. >> let's not tell how, please. >> a pill, a cream, what does it look like? >> usually it's injection. that's what most people use. that's the most effective one that gets into the system. >> look for a needle? >> needles or gel sometimes. gel is not as effective. >> not as effective. >> very important point, for sure, for everyone out there who wants to take care of their kids. we have a little gift with purchase. we'll help you take care of yourself, too. new research on a somewhat taboo topic. sex addiction. there are more clinics opening up all across the country. it was actually in the news this week. that's right. sex addiction. doctors say they want to pull back the covers on that one. stick around. eric? president obama is set to make a rare trip up to capitol hill. he's hoping to rally democratic support.
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find? what's new on this topic? >> this study actually comes from ucla. they looked at about 51 participants. what they did was they showed the participant different kind of images. some happy ones, some sad ones, some sexual pictures. then they looked at the mri to see if there's any brain activity. we've seen this kind of behavior in the brain when you have gambling problems, when you have alcohol addictions. in this particular study, they are not seeing any kind of activities. that's why this is a huge debate whether sex addiction is a real entity or not. we know that this year it did not make it into the diagnosis of dsm-iii as a real psychiatry issue. the big issue is, is it a real addiction or is it a hypersexuallity. too much libido. that's what the debate is. when you talk about addiction, you're talking about real biologic changes in the brain. something happens when somebody has an alcoholic or gambling
problem. this to me sounds more like obsessive-compulsive behavior with concentration on sex. somebody that has a real problem cannot get away with it. just like the obsessive person keeps going at it. these are people that may spend a lot of money. they know they have a problem. what's interesting? sometimes when they get caught, they're almost happy that they're through their misery. it's a very deep psychiatric issue. but i'm not sure if it's a real addiction. >> for people who know someone who have it themselves, what is the treatment, dr. siegel? >> i want to add to it something david is saying. a doctor out of ucla who's been the lead researcher here says that basically what she's looking at is the kind of addiction you might see with cocaine or other illicit substances. heroine. is it like that? we do know there are people that are hypersexual. people with very high libidos. we do know people may do things out of sexual desire that ruins their lives. they may end up getting divorced. may end up with all types of problems. what this study did is it found
that the brain waves didn't change the way you would expect them to change, jamie, if it was like a cocaine addiction. there's no habituation. what does this mean? this means that there probably isn't the same need. if this study bears out, there isn't the same need to treat this like it was a cocaine addiction. like it was an alcohol addiction. you may have to just look at it like some people are more -- >> before we go, can you treat it by adjujusting libido with medications? >> you may be able to do it with behavioral change. >> one on one counseling. >> we're up against a hard break. we have much more on the other side you won't miss. meanwhile, an american naval vessel is starting a new life as a floating museum. the problem is the "u.s.s. pueblo" won't be receiving any visitors from the u.s.
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>> eric: well, i hope you got your coffee right now in front of you as you watch. a new study had more good news about the happy drink. drinking'sr coffee is linked to a lower suicide risk. we always talk about the benefits of coffee. >> this was over 200,000 people studied over 20 years. the risk of suicide was cut down by 50%. it wasn't the coffee, it was the caffeine, which seems to have positive impact on the brain, in terms of the hormones that keeps us awake and taken thive and non-depressed. but i want to say that their dr. samadi has been touting the benefits of coffee for a national audience. i'm become more and more of a
convert. i worry about reflux and heart rate and underlying heart disease. but the benefits of coffee continue to outweigh the risks at this point. >> eric: doctor, tell us the great news? >> the biggest study that we have comes comes from nih, lookt over 400,000 people, followed many years. and there is a reduction in mortality by 15%. that's significant -- from just drinking coffee. we have talked about dementia, parkinson's and 25% reduction in diabetes. and now from harvard, reduction in suicide by 50%. the thing that comes up all the time -- is it the caffeine? there is a difference here. the caffeine is not the big part of this because decaf also gives you the same result. it is mostly antioxidants, magnesium and the chromium. the art of drinking coffee is
more than this. how many cups did you put in front of me last time? >> four. >> something happens between three to four cups. nothing before that. around the three to four, you are going to get the benefit of coffee. but be careful about sugar special milk. that's important. once you get to six and above -- which yob who would want to do that, that's when you get the negative balance of this. i am a huge fan of this. i have converted this doctor over here to drinking coffee. >> eric: how about tea? can tea be the same thing? >> it is not the same thing -- it has a lot of medicinal benefit as well. we should do a whole thick on tea. this study was 2 to 3 cups a day. previous ones have shown 4 to 6. and a finnish study, more than that. it looks like several cups a day. >> watch. >> reflux, high blood pressure, stay away. everybody else, enjoy your coffee. >> jamie: cold sores can be
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of people get them. cold sores. i thought you get them when you are nervous for some reason? >> no. it's a real virus. herpes simplex 1. you have it for life. when the immune system is down or flew period, the virus, imbedded in the nerves can come to the lips and cause a cold sore. the best treatment is a cream that you can buy. it's zovorex, before you get the tingling, start using it. some people talk lysine tablets to shorten the period. and the diet is very important. anything that has argenin, chocolate, koko, rice, corn and stick to yogurt, which has a lot of lysine. >> i would take kamfrks phor and
you think you are getting better. >> you think you are getting better. >> the cream works most of the time. but you can take pills for this. but i want people to be reassured. we are not talking about the herpes that is sexually transmitted. we are talking about oral herpes most of the time. 80% of you get this by kissing, touching someone with a cold sore i. sharing towels. >> wops have you it, though, it stays in your system and it rears up in periods of stress, periods of illness, sunlight, if you are run down. if you get it, it will tend to go away on its own. but this cream, if you take it 5 times a day for four or five days, i find that it helps a lot. >> don't tump your eyes. if somebody has that, don't rub it because it can contaminate your eyes.
>> it's i virus. most of us have it. >> glad you gave us that advice. >> i don't know but i'm sure a lot of people who have it, suffer. i am glad you are talking about t. see you next sunday. >> have a great week. >> jamie: a brand-new effort from president obama too change the narrative surrounding his scandal-ridden second term. you know what we are talking about -- the scalpeddals. he's making a rare trip to capitol hill to try to drum up support back to his legislative agend a. this is a brand-new hour, inside america's news headquarters. i'm jamie colby. >> eric: i'm eric shawn. the president doling with a looming budget battle with the fiscal cliffs and the debt