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In the midst of the media frenzy over Paula Deen's admitted use of racial slurs which surfaced during her sexual and racial harassment lawsuit, on Monday night Piers Morgan invited PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley to weigh in on the controversy.
Since issuing her apologies last Friday, the celebrity chef has been fired from the Food Network, dropped by sponsors and publically vilified. Smiley defended those consequences from a corporate standpoint:
“Corporations have every right to best serve their consumers, and if they think that having someone on the air who has admitted to doing this would damage their brand - God forbid the day comes up and we discovered that you used [racial slurs], CNN would have to deal with you.”
But Deen’s tarnished reputation, Smiley argues, is an inevitable result of her history with racism and off-color jokes:
“We're just human. We all make mistakes. God knows I'm a cracked vessel. What I look for in the lives of fellow citizens is growth - is development. If you used [racial slurs] 40, 50 years ago, that's one thing. But when stories continue to come out that you've said and done that I find troubling in the last couple of years...that's troubling for me.”
Last January, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave Piers Morgan his first flu shot, live, on set, with a studio audience looking on. Ten days later, Morgan came down with a nasty case of the flu. Dr. Oz came back to the studio Monday to help explain why:
“A few months after I desecrated your arm, Piers, I got - God knows where you traveled to to pick up those two strains of the virus," noted Oz. "I actually had some folks from our government come on. I gave them a hard time because this flu shot this year only worked about 56 percent of the time. Most of the folks who got the flu shot who came down with the flu didn't get it from the shot. They got it because the shot hadn't protected them.”
Morgan also probed television’s favorite surgeon about the future of predictive genetic testing, which was brought to the spotlight after Angelina Jolie announced her preventive double mastectomy.
“The big story is that not all of these genetic predispositions are going to force you to have your breasts taken off or your ovaries removed,” Oz clarified. “This is the first, Piers, about a series of opportunities we're going to have to our lifetime, to be told dangerous things about our future, predictive things about whether we're going to get Alzheimer's, heart attacks or cancer, and then either act or not act. And the real question is not whether you're brave or not brave or fearful or not fearful, it's whether you embrace the fears that are out there. That's what this technology gives us the opportunity to do because if you know there's a risk out there, what you do with it is the real issue, not whether you run from it or run towards it.”
On Monday, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and overall health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz joined “Piers Morgan Live” to shed some light on the subtle, and often overlooked warning signs of a heart in distress:
“Shortness of breath, the inability to walk up two flights of stairs or a sudden change on how breathless you get during normal activities. That's an issue that really worries me. It's subtle but it's there and it's a big warning sign to everybody out there.”
On the heels of the recent passing of "The Soprano's" star James Gandolfini, Oz pointed to the actor's unhealthy weight:
“If you look like Mr. Gandolfini, that's a warning sign as well,” cautioned Oz. “Waist size that is more than half your height is a warning sign because that increased girth predisposes you to the risk factors of heart disease which are high blood pressure, the number one cause of death, and risk factor for it, diabetes and high cholesterol.”
Diet also plays a crucial role in heart health, even in the short term, as illustrated in Gandolfini’s case:
“It turns out that fatty foods - they literally close down the arteries of the heart, and that's a problem because if you already have a blockage there and they spasm a little bit, you don't have any blood going to the heart or that life-sustaining juice, you have a heart attack.