Understanding the REAL Nature of the Wellness Concept

Introduction: What is Wellness?

Because the term wellness has been used indiscriminately for decades, many have abandoned it for more generic labels (e.g., health promotion). Others however, especially those who embraced and utilized it decades ago, continue to describe wellness as a positive lifestyle for anyone seeking to thrive, flourish and sustain vitality and wellbeing. Wellness advocates and promoters do not mistake the term, first used in the 1950’s by physician Halbert L. Dunn with issues that relate to prevention, health education, alternative medicine, the business of spas, product promotions or other unrelated industries.

However, since so many medical people, entrepreneurs, alternative medicine advocates, spa promoters and assorted New Age hippie dippies like actress Gwyneth Paltrow have embraced the term for their own disparate interests unrelated to personal responsibility, I decided decades ago to create a brand for authentic wellbeing.

To distinguish my work advancing a positive life-enhancing model based upon the true nature and logical dimensions of positive wellness, I added the modifier REAL to the word wellness. REAL is an acronym; the four letters R-E-A-L representing reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.

How Is This Form of Wellness Different?

REAL wellness is about positive approaches, perspectives and possibilities for boosting quality of life. Risk reduction, medical management, prevention and all else designed for cost containment in corporate wellness programming are well and good, as are medical services, medical testing and most customary health care services. But it’s best not to confuse such offerings with the original, genuine form of wellness. The latter entails a focus beyond (and not including) the absence of ills, dysfunctions and discontents.

REAL wellness invites continuous learning about and advances toward life-affirming matters, including but not limited to happiness, positive passions, meaning and purpose, joy and affection, effective decision-making and expansions of personal freedoms. It’s all about living the kind of life you want to enjoy while being in top form physically as well as of sound mind.

If you’re going to invest time and energy looking after yourself, don’t settle for gadgets, diets, dilettante exertions or anything shy of REAL wellness.

Protecting the Integrity and Meaning of the Concept

You might share my idea that other uses of wellness without this modifier are, more likely than not, FAKE wellness. I’m pleased to announce that I have been granted a registered trademark for REAL wellness ® by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The first person I told about the award of the REAL wellness trademark was Dr. Grant Donovan, the Halbert L. Dunn of Australia who popularized wellness in the 80’s and 90’s Downunder and with whom I’ve worked closely since. Here’s what he wrote in a congratulatory e-mail:


Wellness has become a catchall marketing term, on a very long continuum, for everyone from medical and pseudo-health groups to resort owners, spa promoters and tour operators. In fact, it may be hard to find a more bastardized word, in any language.

So, in a randomly assembled and completely meaningless world that is over populated with humans, who are all here by chance rather than choice, I see a wellness lifestyle as a fun way to fill in the time between birth and death, not a way to keep people alive to experience a demented or painful end. That’s just not REAL wellness.

Good luck getting wellness back on track. I hope REAL wellness helps at least a few people find a fun path to the abyss.

Don’t be fooled by those who peddle services and products as if there were a shortcut or alternative to adopting a philosophy and creating/fine-tuning a lifestyle that keeps you in top form mentally and physically. There are no shortcuts or effortless possibilities for genuine wellbeing beyond the limiting norms of the general population. To be at the time of your game, that is, winning at life in all the most important ways, settle for nothing less than REAL wellness.

Acupuncture: Non – Invasive, Wellness Essential

Although a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, the vast majority of Americans, know little about how acupuncture, works, and its effectiveness, for many health issues and challenges. This is a form of alternative medicine, where very thin needles, are places, strategically, into various parts of the body. Although it is not based on the basics of traditional medicine, advocates, often, point to many successes, individuals have experienced, for many years. Although, initially, used to treat certain types of pain, it is often, used, today, for a variety of other, alternative purposes, and uses. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains, health is obtained, by balancing, the extremes, referred to, as, yin and yang, as a component of a life force, referred to, as, qi or chi.

1. How does it work?: The theory is, these life forces, flow, via, so – called, meridiens. These meridiens, and/ or energy flows, flow from approximately, 350 acupuncture points, in the human body. Although, there is no known, and distributed/ published, scientific studies/ proof, that these points, exist, or are important, there is a large, body – of – work, and clinical evidence, which indicates, it is helpful, for certain conditions, etc.

2. Potential uses: Studies at a variety of institutions (including Mayo Clinic, etc), and in China and Germany, etc, have shown, there appears to be, considerable evidence, of effectiveness, in certain instances. Many proclaim, it is great at addressing certain headaches, including migraines. There has been clinical evidence, it is helpful, in addressing, lower – back pain, neck pain, knee pains, and even, symptoms of osteoarthritis. Over 15 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed, several conditions/ situations, where they claim, acupuncture has proven effective. These include: blood pressure (both, high and low); dental pain; arthritis (both, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid); facial pains and discomforts; sciatica; certain other health risks. In addition, they stated, it had the potential, to be useful, in assisting with other ailments, including, perhaps, dementia, Tourette syndrome, fibromyalgia, etc.

3. Potential risks: Even the safest techniques, may have potential risks. Acupuncture, should only be, and may only legally be, administered by a licensed health practitioner, trained in this technique. Some potential risks are: patients with bleeding disorders, or taking blood thinners; possibility of bleeding, and/ or bruising at insertion points; unsterilized needles (although acupuncture needles are regulated as medical devices, and, should be, used only, for single – use); and placed incorrectly, or too deeply. However, acupuncture, has generally, been considered, safe.

4. Caveat: Like most alternative approaches, acupuncture should be used, alongside traditional medical treatments. Be certain, you are, otherwise, healthy, and your pain/ discomfort, is not, from something, potentially life – threatening. Discuss thoroughly before beginning therapy.

5. My personal experience: In the early, to mid – 1970’s, I had the privilege of witnessing, extensive oral surgery, performed, exclusively, using acupuncture, for pain relief, successfully. About a decade later, after I had a tooth extracted, I was suffering from trisma (often referred to as lockjaw), and, after a few days, had an acupuncturist, perform a 30 minute treatment, and thoroughly, permanently eliminate the condition. For the last few years, I have, on a regular basis, used the services of an acupuncturist, to help, address the chronic symptoms/ ailments, of shoulder pain, arthritis (osteoarthritis), lower back pain, and aches, in my knees. From my personal experience, I enthusiastically, suggest it, as part of an overall, wellness program.

The more you know, the better, you’ll be. Read, learn, understand, and open – your – mind, to the possible benefits and uses of acupuncture. I strongly feel, you will be glad, you did!

Wellness Center: The Benefits of Visiting a Well Center

As advances in medicine have come about, we have been provided with more choices for treatment. One of the more popular, especially in recent years, has been natural medical care (also known commonly as alternative medicine), which provides patients with medical care and attention through herbal and other means. Depending on your ailments, you may find several benefits in alternative medicine, which is practiced commonly at natural wellness centers around the country.

At these natural medical centers, your ailments are tailored to you specifically through a more natural course of treatment, and are not approached from a cookie-cutter perspective. These centers, in addition to the more traditional forms of treatment, opt to utilize alternative medicines and treatment methods that take into account the effect a treatment will have on other body systems.

If you opt to go to this type of medical center, you should see some definite benefits from that choice. Those who regularly suffer uncomfortable and unwanted side effects from traditional prescription medicines could find relief in the form of alternative medicine treatments. These treatments could help alleviate the conditions that person is experiencing without creating another issue somewhere else in the body. This type of treatment can be extremely helpful, and beneficial to providing long-lasting health due to their natural composition.

One of the most important benefits a wellness center can provide is to make sure that you’re taking preventative measures to keep new conditions from appearing. This means promoting a healthy lifestyle. A natural wellness center can help keep you on track to meet your health goals so that you can try to avoid future medical conditions. If you want to receive treatment and get information on how best to prevent future health issues, a wellness center might be your best option.

If you’re looking to treat your current ailments using natural means, as well as steer yourself toward a healthier lifestyle, consider visiting a natural wellness center for your next doctor’s visit. The benefits can be immense, and you might discover a new way of treating the illness or pain that ails you.

Before you choose a wellness center to visit, take your time to do some research. Does the doctor offer treatments that will help with what ails you, or are they a different kind of wellness center? Asking the proper questions ahead of time can help you to avoid wasting a trip to a doctor who will be unable to assist you.