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How to Live Well and Die Healthy: Follow the WO Way to Wellness

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Don's new book, written w/ philosopher/comedian and golf professional Grant Donovan, will guide you to a happy life now and a merry death much later.

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:

Freedom of Speech Is A REAL Wellness issue: Let's All Be More Charlie Hebdo-Like

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How outraged were you by the Islamist terror murders in France designed to punish speech the fanatics found offensive?

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.

Any Guesses About the Noblest Work of Man? Ingersoll Believed It to be "An Honest God"

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Ingersoll lived during the Golden Age of Freethought and noted for his broad range of culture and his love of liberty and promotion of happiness.

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.

Global Wellness Day Should Be Celebrated by Promoting REAL Wellness

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A day wherein the whole world celebrates wellness and takes seven or more concrete steps to be healthier?

Introduction: Global Wellness Day

Humor is Good But Not A Panacea

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The claims for and benefits of humor are sketched.

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? 

Richard Keelor: A Force for Fitness Speaks Out on the Obesity Crisis

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You've heard of Jack LaLanne, Ken Cooper, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Fonda and Charles Atlas. Meet Dick Keelor.

Introduction: Keelor the Magnificent

Science and REAL Wellness Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage; Religion and Science? Not So Much

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REAL wellness is not so well understood, but everyone is familiar with the terms religion and science. But, how are they alike - and different?


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?

Worksite Wellness Is Illusory: What Is Offered Employees is Medical Testing, Not Wellness

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Studies show that worksite wellness is something else entirely, namely, the medicalization of health.

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.

Does Worksite Wellness Work? Part Two on What "It Depends" Upon

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Worksite wellness only "works" if it is construed to mean something it is not, namely, wellness - when the term is used properly.

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.

Does Worksite Wellness Work? It Depends.

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Worksite wellness - does it work? One study claims it works, but were they looking at the right outcomes?


A 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.

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