The Spirit of Animal Healing: An Integrative Medicine Guide to a Higher State of Well-Being

St. Martin’s Essentials. Feb. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781250249692. pap. $17.99. PETS
For Goldstein, every animal is an individual being—body and soul. His approach to veterinary medicine, which has been described as both “radical” and “common sense,” is informed by more than 45 years in practice. Beyond the exam room, Goldstein hosted the radio program Ask Martha’s Vet with Dr. Marty and is the subject of the 2020 documentary The Dog Doc. Released more than 20 years ago, Goldstein’s first book, The Nature of Animal Healing, was ahead of its time. Now, many of his ideas, such as the importance of a natural, whole-food diet, are more widely understood. There’s still more to learn, and readers new to “integrative” medicine, for themselves or their pets, will appreciate Goldstein’s balanced approach to explaining its concepts and practices. Readers may be surprised by the variety of available therapies, like high doses of intravenous vitamin C to treat cancer, outside of surgery or pharmaceuticals. Throughout the book, scientific research is complemented by relatable, heartwarming stories of how integrative approaches have healed Goldstein’s patients
VERDICT Goldstein’s second book is an essential read for anyone interested in caring for their whole pet.
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