The Whole Health Life by Shannon Harvey
What is this book is about?
This book is an inquiry into the scientific evidence behind the multitude of recommendations that we receive for creating health and wellness, as well as an exploration of Shannon Harvey’s personal healing journey from autoimmune disease. Shannon discusses the potent impact of excess stress on our health, and outlines the proven strategies for returning to wellness, including food, movement, sleep, environment, relationships and health providers.
What I liked about the book...
Being invited by Shannon to review this book prior to publication was an absolute honour and thrill. I was so impressed by the depth of her research and her efforts to present a balanced argument throughout this book. Shannon’s personal experience of living with autoimmune disease, together with her investigative journalistic approach, gives this book authenticity and credibility. After I finished reading this book, I couldn’t wait to start recommending it to patients and health practitioner colleagues alike.
What I disliked about the book...
Being an optimist, I always find it difficult to focus on the things that I didn’t like about a book! If I’m honest, the only thing I disliked was the fact that I wasn’t the author! This is the kind of book I would love to have written, and I am so very proud of what Shannon has produced and shared with the world.
Who should read this book?
This book is for anyone who is searching for ways to improve their health, in particular if they are suffering from chronic disease. If I had to choose one book to prescribe as essential reading for patients suffering from stress-induced symptoms (which is most of my patients!) then this would have to be it.
Other work by Shannon Harvey
I can also highly recommend Shannon’s documentary, The Connection: Mind Your Body which you can download and watch online. You can also read more from Shannon on her blog. You may also like to watch an interview that I did with Shannon recently where we discuss how she applies the science of wellness to her own life.