Donald B. Ardell wrote High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease in 1976 and a dozen books since, his latest being Aging Beyond Belief: 69 Tips For REAL Wellness.. He has produced the WELLNESS REPORT since 1984 - nearly 700 editions are in circulation. The REAL wellness Don promotes is a mindset and lifestyle that celebrates reason, exuberance and liberty, unlike the more common form of wellness featured at worksites that in fact is fake wellness, programming that is medically focused that only seeks to lower health risks.
REAL wellness is about quality of life - fitness is part of it but so is attention to meaning and purpose, applied ethics, environmental sensitivity, happiness, critical thinking, humor, relationships, play and support for excellence and joy.
Don once ran for mayor of Tampa as "the oldest, fittest, fastest and prettiest of all the candidates" promising to promote "a well city" that would be 4 F - “fit, functional, free and fun.” (He won in every respect (spent less, made fewer enemies, enjoyed the experience more than the other candidates) save getting the most votes.)
Don runs, bikes and swims regularly. He has won
several national and two world championships.
He can be reached at 727 471-8091
Recent Essays by Donald B. Ardell - The Well Infidel
By Donald B. Ardell - 12.08.13
Introduction: The Whipple Perspective
In a remarkable account of what the researchers termed a delusion, social scientists at America’s most loved, most dubious research institution (The Onion) documented a South Dakota man’s beneficial, wellness-enhancing conviction that he’s God.
By Donald B. Ardell – 11.24.13
In 2013 in one of the most progressive counties in the State of Florida, it is an “open secret” that racial and religious discrimination is practiced in many if not most area hospitals. Seems hard to believe, but when black or other minority hospital personnel report discrimination to management, they discover that a quiet, unpublicized policy allowing racial and religious discrimination exists. The policy can be found in what officials call a "hospital-wide directive."...