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

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

I now write a blog about using this research in our every day lives. Whether it's by reducing stress, practicing meditation, understanding diet, or nurturing relationships, the good news is we now have the evidence based proof that you can change your mind to change your health.

Shannon Harvey

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MEET THE EXPERTS

World leading experts in mind body medicine

  • Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
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    Dr. Kabat-Zinn is famous for his research showing the benefits of meditation for patients with chronic illnesses and stress related disorders.

  • Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
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    Dr. Benson is renown in scientific circles for discovering the relaxation response – opposite to the stress response. His book The Relaxation Response which outlined his approach to countering the harmful effects stress has on our body was an international best seller.

  • Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind Body Health, and Director of Mind Body Services at Boston IVF.
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    Dr. Domar gained international recognition for her research into the effectiveness of adding mind body medicine in the treatment of infertility.

  • Senior Lecturer, Monash University Faculty of Medicine and Inaugural President of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association
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    Dr. Hassed is a leading force in the application of integrative and mind body medicine, contributing a number of innovations in medical education and practice.

  • Associate Professor University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital and School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Griffith University
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    Dr. Finniss is part of a growing group of frontier scientists who see the placebo response as far more than sugar pills. Their line of inquiry has moved from being not if, but how, placebo effects work.

  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
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    Dr. Lazar is at the cutting edge of research into the effects of meditation and yoga on brain activity and changes in brain structure.

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California & Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
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    Dr. Ornish’s research proves that lifestyle changes can heal chronic illnesses previously thought only to be treatable through drugs and surgeries.

  • Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
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    Dr. Spiegel’s pioneering study on group support in breast cancer outcomes secured his place into mind body medical history, inspiring a new wave of medical research looking at the role our mind plays in our health.

  • Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
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    Dr. Sternberg is a major force in mind-body-stress-wellness research and also studies the way our environment affects our health.

  • Founder and Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
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    Dr Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. The Harvard Medical graduate is considered by many to be a major force behind America’s alternative health movement.

RESOURCES

  • Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
    ---
    Dr. Kabat-Zinn is famous for his research showing the benefits of meditation for patients with chronic illnesses and stress related disorders.

  • Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
    ---
    Dr. Benson is renown in scientific circles for discovering the relaxation response – opposite to the stress response. His book The Relaxation Response which outlined his approach to countering the harmful effects stress has on our body was an international best seller.

  • Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind Body Health, and Director of Mind Body Services at Boston IVF.
    ---
    Dr. Domar gained international recognition for her research into the effectiveness of adding mind body medicine in the treatment of infertility.

  • Senior Lecturer, Monash University Faculty of Medicine and Inaugural President of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association
    ---
    Dr. Hassed is a leading force in the application of integrative and mind body medicine, contributing a number of innovations in medical education and practice.

  • Associate Professor University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital and School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Griffith University
    ---
    Dr. Finniss is part of a growing group of frontier scientists who see the placebo response as far more than sugar pills. Their line of inquiry has moved from being not if, but how, placebo effects work.

  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
    ---
    Dr. Lazar is at the cutting edge of research into the effects of meditation and yoga on brain activity and changes in brain structure.

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California & Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
    ---
    Dr. Ornish’s research proves that lifestyle changes can heal chronic illnesses previously thought only to be treatable through drugs and surgeries.

  • Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Medical Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
    ---
    Dr. Spiegel’s pioneering study on group support in breast cancer outcomes secured his place into mind body medical history, inspiring a new wave of medical research looking at the role our mind plays in our health.

  • Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
    ---
    Dr. Sternberg is a major force in mind-body-stress-wellness research and also studies the way our environment affects our health.

  • Founder and Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
    ---
    Dr Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. The Harvard Medical graduate is considered by many to be a major force behind America’s alternative health movement.

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