HIGH LEVEL WELLNESS by Donald B. Ardell

HIGH LEVEL WELLNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

High Level Wellness, as opposed to low level worseness, is the feeling attained from observing fundamental health principles and adopting a consciously health-centered lifestyle. Those ""hooked by doctors, drugs, or disease"" may look into these alternative suggestions--book annotations, ways of approaching problems, descriptions of sympatico havens--and some readers may indeed write for the Wellness Inventory or Health Hazard Appraisal. Ardell describes the five dimensions of wellness--self-responsibility, nutritional awareness, stress management, physical fitness, environmental sensitivity--and his book could be a primer of sound advice, a concentrate of contemporary choices. But because he is pushing personal awareness and the importance of individual commitment, he includes ideas and theories even when they conflict with each other (endorsing Esalen, est, and Silva Mind Control). He also repeats information often and tends to overlook those doctors (like Knowles in Doing Better and Feeling Worse, p. 393) who also agree that accountability for one's own health is crucial. Nonetheless, in view of the stance and the scope, expect good circulation--Ardell has his finger on a strong pulse.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1977
Publisher: Rodale