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In the book, Whole Health Life, which can be found here, journalist Shannon Harvey wanted to find a solution to this problem that became personal when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that had no known cause and no known cure. After being told by her doctor that she could end up in a wheelchair, she realized she had to take action.
This book is a recap of her ten-year journey that cost her over $30,000 in conventional and alternative treatments, searched through thousands of scientific papers, and traveled the world to interview dozens of pioneering health researchers from leading institutions such as Harvard and Stanford.
In Whole Health Life, Shannon Harvey goes through everything from stress and emotions to healthcare and relationships and explaining how chronic illness is either effected by it or it affects the disease. Harvey has compiled one book for those that want to get healthy.
This book is easy to read and easy to follow. Harvey talks about how she was the following before finding out that she has an autoimmune disease:
No family history of heart disease, cancer, obesity, or diabetes
Low alcohol consumption
But even having those things in your life doesn’t protect you from getting a chronic disease. And after being diagnosed she ended up with the following that isn’t exactly what health insurance looks for. She ended up costing them hundreds or thousands of dollars and she ended up with the following:
Loneliness and isolation
Unbalanced diet, food allergies, and sensitivities
Harvey talks about having a chronic illness and how it changes your life. And not all for the bad. Even though she went through 10 years of hardship and sickness. she came out of this a better person and has written this book to help others. In this book, she goes through each chapter and at the end there are “key takeaways” or the main point of that chapter and a “getting started” to help you start this chapter of your life. The chapters are as follows:
- Lasting Change
I believe that this book covers all area that affects you when suffering from chronic illness. It is a well-written book and very easy to understand and follow. Shannon Harvey touches on all points that are affected in most people’s life. It is an excellent and thought-provoking read, with some very helpful practical strategies. For those interested in the science, there is a lot of useful information providing evidence for WHY it’s important to make a change. But, at the same time, Shannon’s style of writing is really engaging and easy to read, so it doesn’t feel overly heavy. I think that this is an important read and can help anyone on their journey with chronic illness.