They Said What?


From renowned physician and health policy commentator, Nortin Hadler, MD, of the University of North Carolina, writing in the April 2014 Journal of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine.

All of [wellness] would make sense and be money well spent if only the wellness industry actually promoted health or prevented disease. Almost none of its offerings do, much is counterproductive, and most is expensive to boot. Lewis and Khanna say they are tired of speaking this truth to power. In Surviving Workplace Wellness they are taking their insights to the people. Also, they avoid putting on airs. These books {he also very favorably reviewed Cracking Health Costs} are clothbound consultations that should arm any officer responsible for purchasing and/or administering workplace health and safety programs with a series of pointed and poignant questions…

From physician and medical entrepreneur, David Shaywitz, MD, as posted to Twitter on February 21, 2014.

Shaywitz tweet Feb 21

From wellness industry leader Shawn M. Connors, writing at on his blog at Hope Health on February 4, 2014.

Listen to Lewis and Khanna. They’re right about what’s wrong. Especially the fact that, as Taylor Swift might phrase it, wellness should have never, ever, ever, ever made healthcare cost containment an objective. That error has led to all the intrusive, clinically- based, nonsense employees are starting to rebel against.

From Leah Binder, President & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, as written for Forbes on February 4, 2014.

The book is so laugh-out-loud funny you may wonder if it’s really serious, but actually it’s a sobering exposé of hazards in the worksite wellness trend in American business. Think of it asDave Barry meets Rachel Carson.

From population health scientist Linda K. Riddell, writing in Employee Benefit Advisor on January 23, 2014.

The innocent bystander employee will find several of the chapters interesting and useful. One chapter goes through the medical tests typically recommended by HRAs, giving the real science. This is ready-made for a layperson. It explains in plain language why over-testing is more harmful than helpful…

Surviving Workplace Wellness is a rollicking account of an entire industry that rests on invisible threads. Kudos to Lewis and Khanna for calling it as they see it.

From Paul Levy, former President & CEO of Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital in Boston, appearing on his blog, Not Running a Hospital, on January 26, 2014.

Al and Vik use a new technique in characterizing these programs: Analytic rigor, based on actual data, actual costs, and actual results.  They pierce the veil of political correctness on this topic, explaining how human resources departments align with vendors and insurers to exploit the understandable hope of all of us that there is a holy grail in the health care world.

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