Lakewood, N.J., September 26, 2017—Australian journalist Shannon Harvey, a proponent of mindfulness and its power, brings her personal message of the connection between mind, body, and health to Georgian Court University on Thursday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. GCU’s Healthy Campus Initiative is hosting Ms. Harvey as she screens her film, The Connection. The event, held in GCU’s Little Theatre and sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Life, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required
“Awareness of the connection between the mind and body has the potential to improve one’s quality of life,” says Cynthia Mattia, GCU director of health services. “The Connection opens the mind to all possibilities.”
Ms. Harvey, who has presented at Google and various Fortune 500 companies, will also participate in a Q&A session following the film screening.
Connection Between the Mind and Body
After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at age 24, Ms. Harvey was told that if her disease progressed, she could end up with organ failure or wheelchair bound. Doctors could not offer an explanation as to why her immune system was attacking her own body.
There was one thing she did know: When she was stressed, she got worse. Ms. Harvey sought answers in pioneering science and discovered a powerful connection between the state of her mind and her potential for recovery. She soon realized that in order to change her health, she needed to change her mind.
“As a journalist, I went in search of answers, compiling the latest research proving a connection between our mind, body, and health,” Ms. Harvey writes at her blog, TheConnection.tv. “I made a film which includes remarkable stories of people recovering from illnesses like cancer, heart disease, infertility, chronic pain, and MS.”
A range of stories and other videos can be seen on her YouTube channel.
“I now write about using this research in our everyday lives,” she says. “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.”
Wellness Experts Weigh In
Ms. Harvey uses her experience as a reporter and writer to convey the power of integrative medicine and other methods that contribute directly to one’s well-being. Among the experts she includes are:
• Herbert Benson, M.D., who discovered the Relaxation Response that helps counter the harmful effects of stress;
• Jon Kabat Zinn, Ph.D., one of the first people to bring together Eastern meditation techniques with medicine and research to develop the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program;
• Dean Ornish, M.D., a leading physician who has directed a series of scientific research studies showing that the progression of coronary heart disease and prostate cancer can often be reversed by making comprehensive lifestyle changes;
• Andrew Weil, M.D., a world-renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine;
• Esther Sternberg, M.D., a leading researcher who made game-changing discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health;
• Sara Lazar, Ph.D., a scientist conducting cutting-edge research into the effects of meditation and yoga on brain activity and changes in brain structure; and
• Alice Domar, Ph.D., the first researcher to apply mind–body medicine to women with infertility.
Real Stories, Real Results
The Connection includes stories of recovery from real people, too. For example, Jason Wachob, CEO and founder of MindBodyGreen.com, was told by two surgeons that he needed back surgery. He turned to yoga and recovered. Similarly, emergency medicine expert George Jelinek, M.D., attributes his recovery from multiple sclerosis to a diet and lifestyle program based on scientific research.
There’s something for everyone in the film, according to Ms. Harvey.
“At a time when one in two people will be diagnosed with a chronic disease in their lifetime and the global cost of healthcare for chronic illness is in the trillions, The Connection is for people who have tried everything,” says Ms. Harvey. “It offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, change your health, and change your life.”
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.