Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Review: The Nature of Animal Healing

The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
by Martin Goldstein, DVM

We have tapped into Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) about a year ago as our last resort to deal with Jasmine's mysterious condition. She was having progressive episodes of panting/pacing and general discomfort for which there seemed to have been neither an answer or a cure. Based on testimonials from people who have successfully used this approach for their dogs I have learned about it and we had added it to our arsenal.

The results we have been seeing inspired me to pay more attention to alternative modalities. I picked up The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat because I felt I didn't know enough about the holistic medicine approach. And was I ever right! I didn't know nearly enough!

Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM started out with a conventional veterinary practice. His veterinary experience, as well as his own struggle with ill health, lead him to reassess the efficiency of the sole use of the modern western approach to treating disease.
“If a society obsessed with naming and treating symptoms is getting sicker, perhaps a new perspective is in order.”
—Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM, The Nature of Animal Healing
Is this something to think about? The amazing progress of medical science is unprecedented. But are our dogs healthier today than they have been saying a hundred years ago? Or are they being plagued with more diseases as ever? Allergies, autoimmune disease, degenerative disease, cancer ... you name it.

If cancer, for example, was simply a price to pay for dogs living longer, why do young dogs get cancer? Why do children get cancer?  Doesn't that mean that something other than age is in play?

Dr. Martin Goldstein came to evaluate his outlook on health and disease. Should we also?

Healthy dogs don't get sick?

Sounds like quite a paradox, doesn't it? Our dogs' bodies have been designed to maintain health. They were designed to fight off bacteria and viruses, they were designed not to get cancer.
Disease is a process used by nature in an attempt to get itself healthy.
—Dr. Martin Goldstein, DVM, The Nature of Animal Healing
Is the disease the problem or is it what caused it in the first place? And what does symptom-based treatment do for your dog's overall health then?

The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat is a great book to read if you want to get an understanding of what holistic veterinary medicine is all about. I found the reasoning very interesting, to say the least. You don't have to subscribe to what it says, but I think it is something to ponder. Logically this makes a lot of sense to me.

One problem I see with this book is that it is not new and some of the information might be outdated. I know that the described treatment for cancer (IAT) seems presently discontinued due to serum production problems outside of the U.S. Which is too bad because it sounded very interesting.

I think we all should read this book, whether we choose to believe it or not.

It's your dog's health!

Glossary of terms
Handling or dealing with an entity in its entirety or wholeness rather than with emphasis on its parts or various aspects

Treatment of a disease with small doses of a agents that would, if taken in larger amounts, produce in a healthy individual symptoms like those of the disease.

Treatment of disease with agents intended to produce effects that are different from those of the disease.

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