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My Day in 1975 with Phelpsie Dunn, Widow of the Founder of the Wellness Movement

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Don fondly recalls the help provided to him when a student by the widow of the great Dr. Halbert Dunn.

Donald B. Ardell is a professional speaker and the author of more than a dozen books on quality lifestyles. His focus is skill building in the dimensions of exuberance, athleticism and personal freedoms. He recently addressed the Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Marrakech, Morocco and, at the 2014 American Humanist Conference in Philadelphia performed Robert G. Ingersoll famous lecture "Improved Man."

He can be reached at


Is That All There Is? Not If You Adopt a REAL Wellness Philosophy and Lifestyle

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Recently, someone asked, Is there more to health than not needing too many medications, not having a disease, not being overweight, not being a smoker or someone who drinks too much? Or, is that what being healthy is basically all about?

I consider this a profound question that invites attention to a much neglected challenge facing medical and other health experts. How many of that number can explain the nature of health separate and apart from the symptoms of its absence. Not many, in my opinion.

Humor, Freethought and REAL Wellness: Ingersoll Explains the Travails of Struggling to Get Fit

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At the behest of friends and family, Ingersoll took up exercise - and reported on the disastrous consequences.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), aka "The Great Agnostic," was a champion of liberty and an enemy of superstition, a social activist and America's greatest orator of the Golden Age of Freethought during the latter part of the 19th century. Many, myself included, believe he was the greatest orator of any nation, now and throughout recorded human history.

Humor was one of many elements in his armament of speech qualities. He once said this about the subject:

REAL Wellness Musings About a Better Pledge of Allegiance

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Is the Pledge of Allegiance perfect, or too sacred to revise? Of course not.

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of fealty to the Flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words "under God" were added. (Source: Wikipedia)


Global Wellness Institute: A Powerful Force for REAL Wellness

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A new global institute has been formed to promote the integration and expansion of the destination spa and wellness industries.


At a recent international conference in Morocco, I learned about three different groups doing interesting work promoting wellness awareness. I wrote about one of them at this website last week, namely, the Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS). 

Two Wellness Pioneers at the Spa Summit: A Powerful Global Industry Assesses a Leadership Role of Advancing REAL Wellness

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Two wellness pioneers are feted at a spa summit - and copious possibilities for a REAL wellness movement are discovered.

The Power of Conversations for REAL Wellness

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Put yourself in the midst of good conversations, even if you only listen at first, for improved quality of lifestyle choices.

Introduction: What Makes Life Worth Living?

Lots of things, of course, but we differ in the choices we make, usually unconsciously and to some degree to fit in with the kind of choices others around us are making. This applies to the kind of mates we seek, the material things we desire and all the rest of it.

I don’t wish to set off a long philosophical rant but let me put a few questions about choices for making life worthwhile to you. The point is to bring into conscious awareness what you most appreciate.

Lumanaries of REAL Wellness - Eight Distinguished Female Freethinkers

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Freethought has many heroes, but the women among them have received too little attention. Until now.


In a new book on WOs (Wellness Orgasms), Dr. Grant Donovan and I take note of the fact that many of the greatest minds in history offered a rational, WO-filled view of life. We believe the sheer number of luminaries who favor science over religion is encouraging to freethinkers. Perhaps, in time, reason will overtake faith. When and if that ever happens, our species will better appreciate and look after the Earth’s extraordinary natural wonders. What’s more, we all will better appreciate the wonder of our chance existence.

Could the Promotion and Mass Adoption of WOs Save the World? "Yes," Claims the Father of REAL Wellness

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In a new book on WOs (Wellness Orgasms) Don and co-author Grant Donovan make an earth-shaking (in a good way) claim.

Introduction: Could WOs Really Save the World?

Lacking medical credentials, we were unable to conduct actual autopsies on deceased, world-class WO (wellness orgasm) paragons to confirm our hypothesis that the power of WO’s may very well result from neurological changes in the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex.

Wellness as a Word and as a Concept: Insights from the Federal Republic of Germany

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There is much more history to the word "wellness" than there is to the original nature of the concept: lessons from German spa wellness.


The 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) set for Marrakech, Morocco on September 10-12  will attract some 500 industry leaders to explore ways to "fast forward" the business of spas, with special focus on the role spas can and should play in promoting wellness for clients.

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