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The Body Cooperative

Comprehensive yet easy to read, The Body Cooperative provides a compassionate, honest, common sense approach to understanding how your body really works and how to be well again. Based in part on the author’s own life story and supported by experience gained from over 130,000 patient interactions and thousands of hours of research, this unique book explains the true how and why of creating a better life. 

The Five Elements Of Healthy Living

I wish this book had been available to give to the many tens of thousands of patients who sought my advice over 35 years of medical practice. A comprehensive manual which explains so clearly the links between mind and body and why taking control of you is the secret to good health. Truly a ground breaking book for all.

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None of these elements are secret, new, or clever. I’m sure it’s nothing that you have not heard before. All I have done is put them into one book and explained why they are important and how they are linked. 

In fact, as I was writing this book, I worried that people would say, “This is all just common sense.”

But that’s the point, isn’t it? It is just common sense, but we need to put it all together, and then we need to do something.

The Body Cooperative | Preparing Healthy Food

We’ve all heard it: you are what you eat! It’s true, and we now understand why. Hidden inside your intestines is a colony of bacteria that have a significant influence on how your body and mind operate. Eat the wrong types of food and you end up with an inflammatory colony that prematurely ages your body, contributes to you being overweight, and makes you miserable. Eat the right food, however, and you will build a healthy ecosystem of microorganisms that does precisely the opposite by balancing the neuro-immune system in the gut wall.


We are a biodynamic machine made of moving parts, and to keep those parts in good working order, we need to move. There's no escaping this simple truth—but that doesn’t mean you have to become a gym rat, yoga junky, or marathon runner. Simply recognize the importance of movement and get some daily exercise in whatever form you enjoy


This is an incredibly complex process, and one that is crucial for health. Sleep is when your body and brain clean house. They repair damage and reset systems back to their baseline. During this time, the brain washes away debris from the day’s work; your intestine cleans itself; and the liver flushes out the toxins built up during the previous sixteen hours. This is one of the most essential elements, and you don’t have to do anything but go to bed!


This is time you spend being with yourself to reflect upon how you are doing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

If you don’t pay attention to yourself, how can you know if the adjustments you are making are harmful or beneficial? This increased self-reflection will also lead to improved self-awareness and mindfulness.

Stress Management

Life is stressful. That’s a fact, and there is no escaping it. In itself, stress may not be harmful. (Indeed, it can be beneficial, as it can motivate us.) It is the strain produced by stress that is damaging to us. But strain can be managed. The first four elements—eating a nutritious diet, engaging in physical activity, developing healthy sleep habits, and practicing regular Me-Time—all provide a firm foundation for stress and strain management.

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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 14, 2022

Dr. Slattery delivered an interesting, well researched book that peovides the right technical backup as well as actionable summary of how to live a happy, healthy life. It covers all areas needed to increase our life span and health span! I wish I had read this book before all the deep dives on individual topics. A fantastic summary for anyone interested in living their best life! Love the very actionable end of chapter to do list. Not just the what and why, but how to do it and get started.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 15, 2022

This is an excellent book which is a must for anyone interested in how to lead a healthier and happier life! As a midwife I found the content of this book very informative and I have recommended this to all of the pregnant women in my care.

Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 16, 2022

I saw Dr Slattery speak earlier this year in relation to reflux and the brain-gut dysfunction and his thoughts on how we need to re-frame medical care has genuinely been quite life-changing for me both personally and in my role as a Speech and Language Therapist working with adults with acquired conditions related to their speech and swallowing. His book is so well written with easy to ready scientific explanations and practical advice on making changes to reduce stress and reduce the impact that has on the body! It’s a must read alongside Gabor Mate’s ‘when the body says no’ and van der Kolk’s ‘the body keeps the score’.

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"I have only read the introduction so far and have already quoted sections to so many people. So thought-provoking and definitely where I feel we need to be heading in healthcare. I am reading this both for personal and professional gain - to help my patients who more and more are presenting with functional symptoms that are impossible to support using the medical model and to help me understand how to manage my brain-gut dysfunction."

 - Danielle Welsh - Speech and language therapist, U.K.

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