CNN asks local doctor for advice |

CNN asks local doctor for advice


EAGLE – As a family doctor at Eagle Valley Medical Center, Drew Werner must have a wide scope of knowledge. But to millions of Americans, he will soon be the expert face of a somewhat esoteric topic: hot springs.Werner recently met with a crew from CNN to film a segment regarding the medical benefits of hot spring pools. While he was at it, he also offered on-camera advice about exercising while ill, and the Mediterranean diet. The hot springs segments will air April 8 and 9 at 6:30 a.m. Additionally, Werner’s interview will be seen on CNN American Morning and on Headline News. The segment is titled “Fountain of Youth.”

How does a doctor from Eagle find himself counted among the medical experts employed by the world’s largest television news organization? It began last year when Werner was working with CNN producers on a New Year’s resolution story featuring local resident Harald Fricker. “I met one of CNN’s medical producers and we just kind of clicked,” Werner said. So, a CNN team decided to follow up with Werner while they were working on a story about an Italian hot spring. Werner questioned whether Italian water was better than other water and pointed out to the producers that one of the most famous hot springs in the world was located in Glenwood Springs. A crew was dispatched to Colorado to meet with Werner, and take a look at the local pools.

“My take is certainly that there is nothing medically advantageous about hot springs,” he said. But, at the same time, Werner noted that people who take time to soak in a hot spring are doing something for their physical and mental health – and that is a positive, health-affirming action.Werner said he was amazed at the effort it took to compile his short segment. He met up with the crew at 9 a.m. and commenced a day of filming around the pool, in the workout room and even above town near the Fairy Caves. The work ended when the light failed around 5:30 p.m.

After completing his CNN gig, Werner was tapped by another media outlet. A Los Angeles Times reporter recently called him to get information for a story about health issues for people over the age of 50 – and the possible benefit of hot springs.Vail, Colorado

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