Oct 11

GCU Welcomes Shannon Harvey & her film The Connection

On Thursday October 5th, GCU Healthy Campus Initiative hosted Ms. Shannon Harvey and the screening of her film , “The Connection”.


After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 24. Australian journalist and filmmaker Shannon Harvey was told if her disease progressed she would end up with organ failure or wheelchair bound. Doctors couldn’t offer an explanation as to why her immune system was attacking her own body. There was one thing she did know. When she was stresses, she got worse. Shannon 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.

The film featured a line-up of internationally recognized experts including cutting edge scientists Dr. Herbert Benson ( “The father of modern mind body science”) and Dr. Dean Ornish ( “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation”). It included integrative medical experts like Dr. Andrew Weil (“America’s most trusted MD”) and renowned meditation teacher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (Credited for bringing mindfulness to the west).

The film also included 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. Australians featured include George Jelinek, a professor of Emergency medicine, who has recovered from multiple sclerosis and Ian Gawler  who recovered from an aggressive form of bone cancer against all odds.

At a time when 1 in 2 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. It offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, change your health, and change your life.

About the filmmaker…

Shannon Harvey is the Director of The Connection. She’s a journalist and a producer from Australia who worked for two of the biggest media organizations in Australia, the ABC and Fairfax before founding her own production company Elemental media.

Ms. Harvey was available after the movie screening for questions.


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