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In Conversation with Professor Elissa Epel (#03)

Shannon Harvey

Although the idea of a mind-body connection used to be thought of as fringe, New Age ju ju, these days scientists are no longer asking if our mind, body and health are connected, but rather, how they are connected. This episode is an extended interview with Professor Elissa Epel, the Director of the Aging, Metabolism and Emotion Center at University of California San Francisco Medical School. Among many other things, she co-authored a best-selling book called The Telomere Effect, with the Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist, Elizabeth Blackburn. Elissa's work is at the forefront of an ever-growing evidence-base which supports... Read full article »


In Conversation with Professor Willem Kuyken (#02)

Shannon Harvey

When I began my year-long documentary experiment to see what would happen to my health and wellbeing if I meditated every day for a year, a key motivating force was a special issue of The Lancet which declared that every country in the world is facing and failing to tackle a host of mental health issues. Crucially, the special issue was published before COVID19 changed the world and introduced a whole new range of global mental health challenges. This is why I'm especially keen to share this week's podcast with you. Now, more than ever, we robust discussions about "the... Read full article »


In Conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (#01)

Shannon Harvey

I'm very excited to be launching my new FREE podcast, where I’ll take you behind the scenes of my health research and projects. In the new podcast you'll hear my extended interviews with experts that sadly hit the cutting room floor when I’m making my films and writing my books. You'll also hear the real-life stories of people I’ve met along the way who are successfully taking a whole-person, whole-life approach to healthy living. The podcast is called Shannon Harvey Behind the Scenes In today’s episode I’m sharing a key interview that I did during the production of my latest... Read full article »


Record a Question: Podcast Voicemail

Shannon Harvey

If you have a question for my podcast, I'd love to hear from you. It might be about mindfulness, about mind-body health, preventive medicine, journalism, filmmaking or whatever else. Leave me a message on the podcast voicemail service.   Read full article »


EP09: Happiness and Its Causes Talk | The Whole Health Life

Shannon Harvey

In 2007 a 27-year old man known as ‘Mr A’ collapsed on the floor of a hospital emergency department after taking a drug overdose. His blood pressure was crashing, he was hyperventilating and shaking, and nurses sprang into action to insert an intravenous line into his arm to try and flush his system and save his life.  The man had been taking part in an antidepressant drug trail, and although he had reported that his mood had improved significantly in the first month, in the second month he had an argument with his ex-girlfriend and became suicidal. He took the... Read full article »


EP08: Fabrizio Benedetti PhD And The Role Of Our Beliefs, Expectations, And The Placebo Effect

Shannon Harvey

As a journalist who investigates the connection between our mind, body and health, I often come across phenomenal stories where healers produce miracle cures and witch doctors put curses on people. Now, if you’re scientifically minded like I am, you might be inclined to dismiss these stories as fantasy, or the result of a person’s gullibility rather than acknowledging them as a genuine healing phenomenon. But before you do, you might like to consider the remarkable research being done around the world suggesting that the effects of our expectations and beliefs may account for good-to-excellent health improvement for almost 70 percent of us.... Read full article »


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My Year Of Living Mindfully (Documentary)

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier? In a world-first experiment, journalist Shannon Harvey recruited a team of scientists to put mindful meditation to the test. But what began as a year-long self-experiment soon became a life-changing experience..

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The Connection: Mind Your Body (Documentary)

The Connection is a feature documentary that uncovers the latest science in mind body medicine and proves we have much more to say about our health than we thought possible.

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