One in two people will be diagnosed with a chronic illness in their lifetime. Often times, even after tests are conducted and drugs or surgeries are prescribed, there often isn't any explanation or cure. When filmmaker Shannon Harvey was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of 24, she found that she was searching for a cure when the drugs she was prescribed to rid her body of inflamed muscles and joints didn't work. Her skills as a journalist allowed her to research developments in pioneering science. Shannon found that to change her health, she needed to change her mind.
The Connection is the film Shannon wanted to see when she got sick, and it will premiere on Friday September 5, 2014 at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Rd, Cremorne.
A fascinating film, The Connection shows that there is a direct connection between our mind and our health. It features a line-up of leading scientists including Dr. Herbert Benson, researchers including Dr. Dean Ornish, writers including Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and doctors including Dr. Andrew Weil. You will also see 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. These people include Professor George Jelinek, a Professor of Emergency Medicine, who has recovered from multiple sclerosis, and Ian Gawler OAM who recovered from an aggressive form of bone cancer against the odds.
The Connection shows that we can counter the harmful effects of stress with an equally powerful relaxation response triggered through specific techniques like meditation. It shows that emotions can impact the course of an illness, and may even be the difference between life and death. The film explains the mechanisms behind belief, which scientists now know contributes up to 50% of the effect of any known biological cure, and explores how scientists are now learning that the mind can even influence the expression of genes and the rate at which we age.
The Connection is for people who have tried everything, and offers hope to those suffering from chronic illness. It'll show that we have more control of our health outcomes than we ever thought possible.
When: Friday September 5, 2014 Time: 8.15pm Where: Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Rd, Cremorne Tickets are available now from www.theconnection.tv/screenings/
All proceeds raised from the screening will be donated to The Gawler Foundation. There will also be an expert guest panel Q&A session. The film will be released on DVD and will be available for digital download in October of this year.