I'm pleased to announce that my newest opus, Wellness Orgasms: The Fun Way to Live Well and Die Healthy, co-authored with Australian Grant Donovan, has arrived. Copies were sent a few days ago to a select group of feared critics and, just hours after delivery, the first reviews came in. Not bad. Here's a sampling, with full names withheld to safeguard their job security:
Funny thing about satire. And the funny thing I refer to, of course, is humor. Humor is the most potent weapon against extremism because extremists hate to be ridiculed. They love to be opposed - opposition is what defines them - but they HATE to be ridiculed.
Introduction: The Noblest Work of Man
One of the great American orator Robert Green Ingersoll's (1833-1899) most popular lectures was entitled The Gods, first delivered in 1872. It was a spellbinder, holding audiences in rapt attention, despite its length (16,767 words!), breath and complexity.
Many claims have been heard for the benefits of humor; some physicians have even claimed that merriment offers medical benefits. All this is arguable - but we want to b
What about a dark side? Might there be adverse effects of humor in general and in medicine and the workplace in particular?
If so, is it possible we'd rather not go there?
How are REAL wellness, religion and science alike—or different? Can a person be guided by all three or, or does one subject conflict with the others? Or, are all three incompatible or otherwise in conflict in significant ways?
Almost all companies with more than 50 employees offer what they call wellness programs. One “poster child” company touting the benefits of such initiatives in recent years has been Safeway. Steven A. Burd, Safeway's chief executive, is the corporate CEO face of campaigns to reward employees for healthy behaviors. In 2005, he famously announced that Safeway made continuous, “remarkable” improvements annually in an Opinion column in the Wall Street Journal.
In the latest essay at this TrustedMD website , I explored whether corporate wellness programming has been more or less successful. I suggested that it depends - largely on what one considers successful relative to the time, energy and other costs of such endeavors.
Perhaps I was too kind. It’s not that complicated. The truth is that, so far at least, programs conducted at company worksites do not work, largely because they are “wellness” in name only. These programs are and have been little more than medical clinics.
IntroductionA recent study report, published in the September edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, assessed whether worksite wellness programs work. The authors of the article concluded that worksite wellness programs, if well designed, consistent with evidence-based practices, effectively executed and properly evaluated, meet the doodoo test, that is, they do indeed do what they’re supposed to do.