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The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy Paperback – February 19, 2003
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". . . reveals the completeness of animals and their ability to heal our lives. . . required reading for all people." -- Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
"Explains . . . why a prescription to the kennel and the pound are as important as one to the pharmacy." -- Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., health editor of Parade and author of Symptoms and Live Now, Age Later
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On page 74, for example, he refers to a 1995 study conducted by Erka Friedmann, a professor at the Department of Health and Nutritional Studies at Brooklyn College. She recruited 392 patients who had suffered heart attacks and were part of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial. Of these, 87 owned dogs and 282 did not. A year later, only one of the dog owners had died, while 19 of the non-dog-owners had passed away. In other words, people who own a dog are far more likely to be alive a year after having a heart attack.
Why is this? Many reasons are given in the book: dog owners get more exercise, they take better care of themselves because they feel responsible for the dog, they relax while petting the dog, they are less lonely because of the dog, etc. Other studies have shown that the act of stroking an animal's fur lowers the human's blood pressure like a form of meditation.
As a Jewish educator reading this book, I could not help but reflect on the fact that, compared to the general population, far fewer Jews have pets. In the Orthodox and Hasidic communities, especially, it is rare to see a dog in the house.Read more ›
So what does this have to do with pets? Dr. Becker and Danelle Morton have crafted a brilliant story. We need the CAT scan and pills. But we also need the puppy and the kitten to heal our bodies, mend our minds and soothe our troubled souls. And make us smile again.
With rock-solid data from psychologists, immunologists and epidemiologists the authors take us by the hand and show the healing power of animals. The style is soft, comfortable and enticing. You cannot put this book away. The Bond between people, patiends and pets is real, assessble and can no longer be ignored.
But have a hankie handy. A guarantee: no one finishes the book with a dry eye. But we feel good about the tears. Like the kind we shed with a good laugh.
So, if we want to go the distance, live long enough to cash in the 403-b, read this book. It will change your life and you can bet on it.
THE HEALING POWER OF PETS describes how animals cure or prevent illnesses and encourage couch potatoes to get off their butt and join them in activities. The authors also provide true-life stories of pets enhancing the lives of their owners often in miraculous ways that science does not understand in spite of gathering high statistical relationships between health and owners. This well-written book is clearly for pet lovers who know inside their hearts the meaning of "harnessing the amazing ability of pets to make and keep people healthy ".
While this book will be a delight to most pet owners, I believe that its utility goes beyond that. Health care providers, mental health councilors and educational specialists will all find food for thought in this well researched book. One of the first things that I do when reading a non-fiction book is to flip to the back and see what information is referenced. This book has an extensive bibliography and considerable scientific material is cited. However, it is a credit to Dr. Becker's writing style that the narrative flows seamlessly from personal stories to scientific research that illustrate the same point. As a result, the information is conveyed in a way that is engaging as well as being educational.
While we derive many benefits from our association with animals, we must remember that the Human Animal Bond needs to always be a two way street of mutual benefits. Too often we fall short of our responsibilities to them, as the high numbers of animals abandoned at shelters attests.Read more ›
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Good examples and wonderful resources, especially the many specific ways dogs can be trained to help out different disabilities. Read morePublished 14 days ago by S. Price
Wonderful Book. So much good information and stories in here. Marty sure knows what he is talking about. Makes me want to do this for a living.Published 5 months ago by E. Stone
This is a book for anyone interested in feeling better!!! I loved reading this book. It has so much information that would help someone to decide what pet would suit them best and... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Lauren Nagel
So many people could benefit by having a cat or dog, or two or three, especially if there are allergies, physical handicaps,l etc. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by rumpole
Interesting read. Heartwarming and a good book for animal lovers. Sometimes a bit technical. Following a bit of the life story of author is also nice to read.Published on April 27, 2013 by dw
I received THE HEALING POWER OF PETS as a marketing gift, but I enjoyed the book so much that I would go back and buy it. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Jennifer Caswell
I enjoyed reading this soon after my doctor prescribed a pet. Attributes are its varied content, volume of experiences, positively helpful advice and Dr Becker's insight. Read morePublished on October 30, 2008 by Taylor Ann