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The Whole Health Life (Paperback)

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

For journalist Shannon Harvey, finding a solution to this problem became personal when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that had no known cause and no known cure. After being told by her doctor that she could end up in a wheelchair, she realised she had to take action. 

This inspired a ten-year journey, where she spent more than $30,000 on conventional and alternative treatments, searched through thousands of scientific papers, and traveled the world to interview dozens of pioneering health researchers from leading institutions such as Harvard and Stanford. On her road to getting better she met people with remarkable stories of recovery, discovered the truth amidst conflicting medical advice and sorted the quacks from the experts. She has now compiled the latest evidence and her personal experiences into one book to help you find the answers to good health.

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... 

From dealing with work stress, to improving your relationships at home, or making healthy habits stick, understand how your mind, body, and the world around you influences your health more than you think. Whether you are struggling to get well, or simply want to know what you can do today to stay healthy, this book is filled with real-world, simple, evidence-based solutions to improve your health from every aspect, adding years to your life and saving you thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

This is a guidebook for anyone who wants to get healthy, find balance, and live better.






The Whole Health Life 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.

The book includes dozens of interviews with leading experts and draws on over 1000 academic studies from all around the world, which are all referenced in the back for those who want to go further.

Each chapter also includes recommended reading lists and web links to additional resources, downloads, podcasts and videos.

Format: Paperback / 320 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Publication Date: 17th November 2016





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Shannon Harvey is an investigative journalist and filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. She spent many years working for the leading news organisations in Australia such as ABC and Fairfax. In 2014 she released her first feature documentary, The Connection, about the link between our mind, body and health. She now writes for publications such as MindBodyGreen and her own popular blog while balancing her health, work, and being the mother of two adventurous boys. 


"In The Whole Health Life Shannon Harvey writes with real heart, relentless honesty, journalistic insight and broad understanding. On top of all that the writing itself is often beautiful. You will be moved, informed and most certainly changed. This is a gift from the author; a book to treasure."

- Terry Robson, Editor-in-Chief, WellBeing Magazine.


"Shannon Harvey's The Whole Health Life provides authoritative science, journalistic rigour, real-life experience and eminently practical strategies to enhance your health, and all in one totally readable package. What a rare combination!"

- Craig Hassed MD, author of The Essence of Health.


"The Whole Health Life depicts an inspiring personal journey into the expanding field of body mind science. Shannon Harvey generously shares the knowledge and tips for happiness and health she’s picked up in her own quest for a fulfilling life after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.  A must read."

 - Lynne Malcolm, Presenter ABC Radio National, All in the Mind


"Written by a journalist who thinks like a scientist, Shannon Harvey's book uses the best available science to explain in simple language why we so often fail to get well, but more importantly, how we can succeed. The science provides a compelling explanation of Shannon's own recovery; her book and her story will inspire countless people on their journeys of recovery from serious illness."

- Professor George Jelinek MD, author of Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis.




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