The Connection: Autoimmunity, Chronic Conditions & The Mind-Body Connection




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The documentary The Connection is a must-see for anyone facing any type of health challenge, auto-immune, or chronic condition.

The Connection explores the mind-body connection, how stress affects DNA, the power of the mind, and much, much more.

Many of you know that I have faced health challenges.  As a result, I wrote a book, gathering research about the best and latest tactics for well-being.

The Connection compiles much of the same, evidence-based research I came across as well.  If you are seeking answers, this is the film to watch!

It interviews all of the top leaders and researchers in the fields of mind-body medicine, epigenetics and more.  You will see exclusive interviews with Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Esther Sternberg, Dr. Dean Ornish, John Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Herbert Benson, and much more.

When one faces a health challenge, the first thing one seeks is hope.  If you are seeking hope, watch this film!

In addition to finding hope, you will find crystal-clear tactics to take from A-Z, starting with the mind-body connection, and how powerful it is in affecting health and well-being, all the way through to how stress affects our DNA.

Stress may affect our DNA and how genes express themselves, but the good news is that lifestyle choices we make – like meditation, eating well, exercise, and making and keeping positive connections – can all affect, even reverse, shortened telomeres.   Shortened telomeres may be implicated in diseases of aging like heart disease, but we actually have it within our power to lengthen our telemeres (they protect genetic information) through conscious choices about what we eat, say, think, do, and with whom we interact.

For those of us facing autoimmunity or chronic conditions, harnessing the power of the mind-body connection can elicit both hope as well as what is known as The Relaxation Response.  The Relaxation Response is the opposite of the stress response, and is where healing happens in the body.

Investigative journalist Shannon Harvey interviews key players in mind-body research, including an emergency-room doctor who developed MS  himself, and then later recovered.

This film is clear, concise, and very easy to watch.  Do yourself a favor and watch this film several times to absorb critical information you need to address your health challenges.

Check out the companion and follow-up book to the documentary as well:  The Whole-Health Life:

Listen to my interview with the author and investigative journalist Shannon Harvey here!


Being healthy in this crazy, busy, modern world is not easy.

For journalist Shannon Harvey, finding the solution became personal when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This inspired a 10-year journey testing treatments, searching through 1000’s of scientific papers, and interviewing pioneering researchers.

About ten years ago Shannon Harvey faced a personal health crisis and doctors couldn’t give her a cause or a cure. As a journalist, she went in search of answers, compiling the latest research proving a connection between our mind, body and health.

She made a film which includes remarkable stories of people recovering from illnesses like cancer, heart disease, infertility, chronic pain and MS.

The Whole Health Life is a follow-up to The Connection.  It is 320 pages, filled with simple, evidence-based solutions to help improve your health. The ten chapters cover topics ranging from stress, emotions, beliefs and relationships, to food, sleep and exercise, as well as healthcare, the environment, and how to make the healthy changes last.

Discover why:

  • Meditation can turn off genes affecting disease
  • Sitting is considered the new smoking
  • One simple change to your diet can add years to your life
  • A walk in nature can boost your cancer fighting cells by more than 50%
  • Getting enough sleep makes you smarter, faster, and even better looking
  • Being positive can help you heal more quickly from a wound
  • Loneliness is on par with obesity and addiction as a leading risk factor in chronic disease
  • And much more…