June 16th, 2008
11:55 AM ET


Hey Bloggers,

The Planet in Peril team just sent us a vlog straight from the jungles of Cameroon...

Conditions can get pretty rough out in the jungle, and water can be hard to come by. On desparate situations though, you can always rely on the vines to give you some much needed hydration as Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Planet in Peril
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  1. Annie Kate

    Dr. Gupta,

    This is really interesting but I wonder – can you do this with just any vine or are there some vines you want to stay clear of? Is what you squeeze out to drink pure water or water with plant nutrients in it? Thanks for showing us this – one never knows when knowledge like this will be handy to have.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  2. Ratna, New York, NY

    Amazing! How many microbes were in the water? Reminds me of the tropical rain forest in Suriname (at the north of the Amazone Rain Forest). Carrying a machete is important, because there is always obstruction to cut away.

    June 16, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  3. Janna

    Interesting video...I think an extra water bottle could be easier to carry than a machete though...safer in MY hands at the very least.
    Thank you Sanjay Gupta for continuing to investigate.

    June 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Wow! You learn something news everyday.
    I am looking forward to tonight. I am hoping t
    the entire hour will be live from Africa. Hey
    come you guys don't go live from Africa anymore.

    June 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  5. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hey Dr. Gupta!
    That's pretty cool. I believe that we should all know how to find food and water in the jungle or forest. Do you know which plants are safe to eat? I wish I did but i don't.
    We all need to learn how to grow a garden also. This world is going to get a lot tougher before it gets better.
    Thanks so much for trying to make it a better planet. . . . in peril!

    June 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Great video Sanjay! Who knew that you could get water that you could drink out of a vine. I guess you will always have something to drink there if you run out while hiking through the jungle.


    June 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm |