The Whole Health Life & The Connection review

I am a firm believer in the power of the mind and it's relationship to our health. This was one of the reasons I struggled so much during my training as a Registered General Nurse back in the early nineties. For me being a healer was so much more than medicine and surgery. You can only separate the mind and body verbally. This then led me on to training within alternative complementary medicine, adopting a Buddhism approach to life and practising meditation daily.

Often during my adulting, life simply got in the way of my beliefs. Stress wound its roots within my day through no real fault of my own and I became ill.

The universe often has her magical way of slowing us down. I was gifted with a chronic illness. I use the word gifted as it was through this illness that I remembered all I knew regarding the relationship between mind and body. It was through being unwell that I became a better person, a calmer woman and more true to my soul.

I slowed down.
I began to appreciate NOW.
I smiled at the simple things.

Stress is a massive trigger for the illness I now have. Fibromyalgia flares symptoms tenfold when stress is added to your day. I live in a bubble of meditation, inner peace, and crochet.

If you are new to my blog and simply landed on this review let me give you a brief introduction. I am a mother of five sons and a VTCT qualified complementary therapist Level 3 (Aromatherapy, advanced massage therapist, and advanced reflexology) I am also a lady that can no longer practice my profession due to chronic illness so I prefer to use my expertise to write about complementary and alternative therapies for chronic illness so that others may gain a better insight into the power of combining complementary therapy with conventional medicine.

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the chronic illness bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company."

I was asked by the chronic illness bloggers network to review Whole Health Life book and The Connection documentary. This seemed wonderful as it was a subject I am passionate about and have read many books on this subject over the years.

In the fastest synopsis ever, a journalist lady became ill with a chronic illness, explored various aspects of how she could get better health and balance within her day with this debilitating illness and so started a journey of self-discovery and research.

"About ten years ago I faced a personal health crisis and doctors couldn't give me a cause or a cure. As a journalist, I went in search of answers, compiling the latest research proving a connection between our mind, body, and health."

The documentary was powerful.

For someone who already understands this way of health and combining mind with the body I never really expected the documentary to have such a massive effect upon me. But it did.

From the very first interview with Mr, Herbert Benson MD discussing his view on the three leg stool approach to health and wellness I was engrossed.

Meditation is often viewed as "Zen mumbo jumbo" yet it is fact, medical fact that certain diseases can be made worse by stress so they can be assisted by meditation.

He discusses in great detail the relaxation response.  How the more you do it, the more intense the response it upon health and wellness.

Without disclosing the very core of the documentary and book it offers sound evidence-based fact into the power of healing and helps you 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 for chronic disease.
And much more... 

Since becoming ill my concentration levels are greatly challenged by reading yet this book was like a conversation with a friend. I truly felt the author Shannon was next to me chatting away about her findings and I was a small child with a sponge-like enthusiasm for more.

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.
As a blogger trying to raise awareness of life with a chronic illness, a woman with a hippie soul, a qualified therapist and also creator of a support group for over eleven thousand woman living with fibromyalgia I am a huge advocate for helping other people live the best possible life they can with the cards they were dealt. 

This documentary and book will now be within my top five of recommendations. 
It is powerful.
Belief is critical. Belief is part of why we get better. 
For me, I knew the power of the mind and body combined, yet it was like someone got a stick and hit me over the head with it. Often in life, we forget what we know and become complacent. 
This was a massive wake up that I needed to go back to basics. 
My role as a reviewer was simply to watch, read and report my findings in the form of a review for my readers. I honestly can not recommend this enough to my readers, I feel so passionate about it. 
My advice would be to buy the package. 

The Whole Health Life Bundle this is the documentary and the book which is currently at time of writing  $34.95 (£28.69)

Have you read this amazing book?
Let me know what you think.

I can not thank this lady enough for showing people how to learn to get healthy, find balance and live better with chronic illness. Thank you for the metaphorical wake-up stick over the back of my head.
Love and hugs 


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