February 11th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

Disaster relief at any cost

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is on assignment in Haiti. He reports on a relief fund that is reimbursing U.S. hospitals for caring for Haiti's quake victims.

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  1. Jill Tipton

    Thank You, Dr. Sanjay, for your moving stories.
    Yes, it is true, all other 'news' seems insignificant to the outcome and suffering from the Haitian earthquake.
    I envision a world entity to help rebuild, one from a union of many governments & NGO's. How else can Haiti rebuild? Move masses of crumbled buildings?

    If the 'situation becomes worse', as predicted with the rainy season, will you, Anderson, and AC 306 Team consider leaving for your own health safety? I cannot imagine being in Haiti if diseases were to become dangerously wide-spread.

    Walk in peace, thank you for your gratitude.
    In loving kindness, Jill Tipton, Divide, Colorado

    February 12, 2010 at 10:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Hi Julie: Thanks for your kind comments. You shulod know first that I have an exhaustive story in the new, December, issue of Runner's World magazine about the running and heart disease issue. I believe it's the most complete and thoroughly researched article yet published on the subject, at least in the popular media.I'm well aware of the article you referenced on msnbc.com because if comes from one our brother publications at Rodale–Men's Health. The article doesn't actually say a lot about runners dying of heart disease, except to note that regular exercisers have only about half the incidence of heart disease of non-exercisers. Then it veers off into various theories about various "markers" that have been noticed among marathers. I know these markers, these researchers, and these studies quite well. The problem is, at this point there's nothing known about what the markers mean. They're presumed to be bad signs in unhealthy people who don't exercise, but that doesn't mean they're bad when observed in healthy people who run marathons. Dr. Wood is a big proponent of running and marathoning for those who are well trained. Dr. Siegel is more cautious, but doesn't have any hard evidence to back up his caution–just these certain "markers."My feeling: You're innocent until proven guilty, and these markers have little meaning until proven guilty of causing longterm damage to runners. So far, they fall far short of that.Runners DO die during marathons, at the rate of about 1 in 75,000 runners. There are good studies that show this. However, most of these runners have pre-existing heart disease. It's quite possible that they would have died soon even if they didn't enter their marathons.And without question, regular, modest exercise, including running, is virtually the healthiest thing an adult male or female can do to remain healthy.Amby Burfoot

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