http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100409/A_NEWS/4090320/-1/A_NEWS and my poor co-workers got to hear an earful from me about barefoot running.
Granted, this article is not referring to barefoot "running". Additionally, I am NOT opposed to individuals in any country, let alone a developing country, not having access to shoes. However, the article cites the "health risks" of being barefoot without even explaining what those "risks" are. Now, I can see that children or adults wading through some toxic trash heap without shoes is not healthy in any way, shape or form. However, maybe the real issue there is that there is a toxic trash heap in their neighborhood, NOT that they are barefoot. I would imagine that wading through a toxic waste dump with shoes is just as unhealthy.
I plan to write a letter to the editor to bring our message of healthy, strength building barefoot running!!! GO Barefoot Runners Society!!!
UPDATE: Letter was published on 4/23/2010. Here is the link to the newspaper. It was edited slightly, but not much.