When the conference director of Happiness and Its Causes asked me to host a panel discussion between experts on deepening...
The Conversation Series
DVD edition. Watch extended interviews with all 16 experts and people with remarkable stories of healing. From Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's thoughts on the power of meditation, to Prof. George Jelinek's recovery from multiple sclerosis, this series takes The Connection to the next level.
WHAT YOU GET
• 1 x DVD set containing 16 episodes. That's a whopping 5.5 hours of video.
Episode 1: Dr. Herbert Benson (22min)
Shannon Harvey talks with Dr. Herbert Benson about his career and how he came to make the groundbreaking discovery of The Relaxation Response. They also discuss his more recent research into epigenetics and the implications for people with autoimmune and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Benson is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard, and the founder of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
KEY TOPICS: The Relaxation Response, meditation, yoga, autoimmune diseases, cancer, epigenetics
Episode 2: Alice Domar, PhD (21min)
In this episode Alice Domar, PhD talks about her work as both a practitioner and researcher in women’s health. She discusses her studies looking at women undergoing infertility treatment using her mind body program, the use of different mind body techniques, and the role of stress in infertility. Dr. Domar is a best selling author and has an international reputation for her groundbreaking research. She’s the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind Body Health, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
KEY TOPICS: Infertility, stress, depression, women’s health
Episode 3: Dr. Damien Finniss (22min)
Shannon Harvey and Dr. Damien Finniss discuss the latest findings in placebo research, including defining what placebo is, how it affects your brain and the importance of interactions with your doctor when it comes to health outcomes. Dr. Damien Finniss is a leading expert in the clinical applications of placebo and is part of a group of international researchers proving that placebo is far more complex than sugar pills and deception. Dr. Finniss is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital and Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Placebo.
KEY TOPICS: The power of placebo, belief, the ritual of medicine
Episode 4: Dr. Craig Hassed (20min)
Dr. Craig Hassed talks through his extensive knowledge of the latest scientific studies on the mind body connection covering topics such as the role of stress and emotions on health outcomes, depression, epigenetics and cellular aging. He explains why the mind is crucial to healing. Dr. Hassed is an Australian MD and leading expert in mind body medicine research who lectures at Monash University. He’s also the Inaugural President of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and has written several books.
KEY TOPICS: Autoimmune diseases, stress, emotions, depression
Episode 5: Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD (19min)
In this episode Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD discusses his long career as a pioneering teacher in mindfulness and meditation. He discusses why he founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) and the science behind it. He also discusses how he helps people to cope with chronic pain, as well as the recent cultural interest and growing acceptance of yoga and meditation. Dr Kabat-Zinn in a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
KEY TOPICS: Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, chronic pain
Episode 6: Sara Lazar, PhD (18min)
Sara Lazar, PhD, talks about her research in the field of neurobiology, her studies involving MRI and meditation, and how her recovery from a knee injury originally inspired her to study the neuroscience of the mind body connection. She also discusses her research on the brains of meditating people and how she has found distinct differences in brain structure between people who meditate and people who do not meditate. She has shown that it takes just an 8-week meditation course to change the structure of our brain. Dr. Lazar is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.
KEY TOPICS: Neuroscience, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, chronic illness
Episode 7: Dr. Dean Ornish (24min)
Shannon Harvey and Dr. Dean Ornish discuss the success of his programs in treating heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Dr. Ornish also elaborates on his latest research into how the mind body connection can favourably change the expression of genes. He discusses his research with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009, to show that his programs lengthen telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes that control aging. Dr. Ornish is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California and Founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute
KEY TOPICS: Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, diet, lifestyle, epigenetics
Episode 8: Dr. David Spiegel (28min)
Shannon Harvey and Dr. David Spiegel discuss his career, and interest in integrative medicine. They go into detail into his pioneering research into the field of hypnosis and how it can alter the perception of pain, as well as his groundbreaking findings into the power of group support on both cancer and depression. Dr. Spiegel is a Stanford Professor who has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 156 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy.
KEY TOPICS: Hypnosis, group support, cancer, depression, chronic pain
Episode 9: Dr. Esther Sternberg (25min)
Dr. Esther Sternberg discusses the fundamentals of the mind body connection at a biological level and how stress can make us sick, how believing can make us well, and how mind body wellness activities can help us heal. She talks about her pioneering research on the stress response of the brain and the immune system and how it makes us susceptible to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Sternberg makes complex scientific principles easy to understand and apply in our every day lives. Dr. Sternberg is the Research Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine.
KEY TOPICS: Stress, immune system, integrative medicine, autoimmune disease, depression
Episode 10: Dr. Andrew Weil (16min)
Shannon Harvey and Dr. Andrew Weil discuss his career, his philosophies on health and the use of both western and alternative medicine. They also cover the power of the doctor patient interaction in healing, the placebo response, the power of belief and what Dr. Weil considers the most powerful tool in changing our health – the breath. Dr. Weil is the Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
KEY TOPICS: Integrative medicine, Doctor patient interaction, placebo, belief
Episode 11: Craig Duncan, PhD (15min)
Craig Duncan PhD, tells Shannon Harvey about the day he had a heart attack and how he is lucky to be alive. The 43-year-old sports medicine expert was in peak physical condition, ran regularly, was vegetarian and didn’t have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Dr. Duncan tells Shannon how he now realizes that it doesn’t matter how healthy our body is, when our mind is in bad shape.
KEY TOPICS: Stress, heart disease, meditation
Episode 12: Ian Gawler, OAM BVSC (23min)
Shannon Harvey and Ian Gawler, OAM BVSC, talk about his survival from an aggressive form of bone cancer despite the odds. He talks about the steps he took to help him recover and more on why he is certain that finding conviction in your healing is so important. He also discusses why he founded The Gawler Foundation and what he has learnt from three decades of helping people with chronic illnesses.
KEY TOPICS: Cancer, chronic illness, meditation, diet
Episode 13: Dr. George Jelinek (25min)
Professor George Jelinek elaborates on his remarkable recovery from multiple sclerosis. He tells how he was the head of an Emergency Department in a major Australian hospital when he learned he had MS, the same disease that made his mother take her own life. He has since read thousands of research papers and put together a program to help others recover from MS. In this interview, he discusses the rise of MS, what he did to recover and how he is helping others to do the same.
KEY TOPICS: multiple sclerosis, chronic illness, meditation, and diet
Episode 14: Dr. Ann Salerno (14min)
Dr. Ann Salerno discusses her struggle with infertility and her experience in Dr. Alice Domar’s mind body program. Dr. Salerno is a specialist medical doctor who was having difficulty becoming pregnant but successfully conceived after combining the best of modern medicine with a mind body program run by Dr. Alice Domar. In this interview she discusses how seeing her chickens stop laying eggs after a coyote attack was a wake up call when a simple animal model of experiencing stress affected their ovulation. She also talks about the power of feeling supported in a group of other women experiencing infertility and what specific mind body techniques were most beneficial for her during her journey.
KEY TOPICS: fertility, infertility, integrative medicine, meditation, group support
Episode 15: Scott Stephens (21min)
In this episode Scott Stephens goes into more detail about his cancer journey from diagnosis, the surgery, trial drugs and his eventual decision to turn to mind body medicine with the guidance of The Gawler Foundation. He discusses the radical changes he had to make in his life, and the differing opinions that people have about his recovery.
KEY TOPICS: Cancer, diet, meditation, Qi Gong, emotions
Episode 16: Jason Wachob (17min)
Shannon Harvey and Jason Wachob discuss in more detail how his career on Wall St and then as an entrepreneur left him with chronic back pain and how he fixed it using yoga despite being told by two doctors that he needed surgery. Jason explains his thoughts on stress, acceptance and why his illness led him to found one of the world’s biggest online wellness websites: www.MindBodyGreen.com
KEY TOPICS: Stress, chronic pain, yoga, meditation, mindfulness