Conventional wellness is hazardous to your health, according to a new book “Surviving Workplace Wellness: With Your (Major) Organs, Dignity and Finances Intact?”
Authors Vik Khanna and Al Lewis write that that employers are being sent down the wrong path when it comes to wellness programs.
The book challenging one of the foundations of the wellness programs, screening programs and point out there the harms:
- Failing to diagnose a real problem, which may encourage someone to ignore symptoms which may emerge later, or mislead them into believing that their “negative” result gives them permission to persist in or revert to unhealthy behaviors ;
- Detecting problems (usually cancers) for which early diagnosis and treatment not only don’t change the end result, but also make people feel worse for longer ;
- Diagnosing problems that would not have become clinically significant or don’t actually exist, the follow-up for which can be hazardous, debilitating, and expensive.
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