There’s a 1 in 2 chance you’ll end up with a chronic illness.
“That statement sounds outrageous, and yet, I’m one of those people. I’ve lived with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease of the skin for 20 years. Adopting a mindfulness practice has been the most effective method I’ve ever found for alleviating my physical symptoms and the emotion toll of this terrible condition. I’m making this documentary available to you because only once I understood the science behind mindfulness was I able to commit to living a more mindful life. It changed my life, and it may change yours, too.”
–Elinor Fish, mindful running coach, Run Wild Retreats
Who Made this Documentary?
At 24 years old, filmmaker Shannon Harvey was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Her immune system had become hyperactive and was attacking normal, healthy tissues. Her muscles and joints were inflamed and she was told if her disease progressed she could end up with organ failure, or wheelchair bound. In search of a cure, Shannon tried everything from drugs to alternative therapies and everything in between. But she was still sick.
There was one thing she did know. When she was stressed, she got worse and with a background in journalism, Shannon sought answers in pioneering science. On her journey to getting better, Shannon realized that in order to change her health she needed to change her mind.
The Connection is a film about how frontier research is proving that there is a direct connection between your mind and your health.
The film features scientists, researchers, writers and doctors, as well as remarkable true stories of people adding mind body medicine to their healing toolkit to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis.
While the science is complex, the solutions for people suffering with illness are astonishingly simple. The film shows that we can counter the harmful affects of stress with an equally powerful relaxation response triggered through specific techniques such as meditation. It shows that emotions can impact the course of an illness for better or for worse and could even be the difference between life and death.
The film explains the mechanisms behind belief, which scientists now know contributes 30 to 50 percent of the effect of any known biological cure and explores how scientists at the cutting edge are now learning that the mind can even influence the expression of genes and the rate at which we age.