the Spirit of Animal Healing: an Integrative Medicine Guide to a Higher State of Well-being by Dr. Marty Goldstein

The Spirit of Animal Healing is the follow up to Dr. Marty Goldstein’s bestselling book on holistic veterinary medicine, The Nature of Animal Healing.

It is chock full of the very latest integrative medical knowledge (which combines conventional therapies with complementary and alternative medicine). Coupled with the vast amount of specialized expertise and learning Dr. Marty has gained from his own practice over the past 45 years, the book takes readers on a journey to the leading edge of integrative veterinary understanding to achieve greater insight into the minds and bodies of their animal companions.

However, this book is not simply a new edition of Dr. Marty’s first book with some refreshed content. It is a completely new book in which Dr. Marty turns the traditional approach to animal care upside down. The Spirit of Animal Healing provides readers with the most up to-date tools and knowledge they need to keep their dogs and cats healthy and prevent disease from occurring in the first place, instead of just treating their animal companions when they are sick.

Topics covered include:
*Nutrition and supplements
*Integrative remedies and harmful treatments
*Cutting edge therapies
*The truth about vaccinations
*The latest in cancer treatments
*The spiritual nature of animals
*True, mind-blowing cases from over the years
-And much more!

I am of two minds with this book. On one hand, it is a very informative read about alternative health rather than relying on Western (read: chemical) medications. On the other hand, it is a giant show of how many famous and rich people Dr Goldstein has had the ability to work for/with.

The novel contains a lot of information about animal health, but it’s more full of the ramblings of Dr Marty.

The first few chapters were more about the fact that he wrote an earlier book, with this one being a sort of continuation of that one. After getting through everything saying I should go read the first one, this book seems to begin.

The novel goes through many different types of integrative medicine. Dr Marty talks in detail about dog food (raw diets are the best), cancer treatment (vitamin c injections instead of chemo), stem cell therapy, fecal transplants, and a few others. It’s hard to know what to think about all these therapies. The author switches between sounding amazed and excited to bragging about all the rich people whose animals he’s been able to treat using some of them. There’s only so many times I can read about so-and-so’s private jet and that they “can be there tomorrow” for whatever expensive state-of-the-art therapy.

I did enjoy reading about the therapies overall. The information was fascinating and I had heard of them in respect to the human-side of medicine, but they’re all a bit high price wise for the typical pet parent.

The title of the book confused me as well. I came into this thinking of learning about holistic medicine that I could potentially use in my everyday life as a veterinary technician. The typical pet parent would not find this novel at all helpful. And honestly I didn’t either, none of the therapies would be used in my area of practice, primarily due to the huge price tag attached to them.

I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. I gotta say, I’m glad I didn’t spend money on it.

Dr. Marty Goldstein’s Smith Ridge Veterinary Center is in South Salem, New York. He received his D.V.M. from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been at the forefront of integrative medicine for pets for decades. He has many cats and dogs, all of which are quite old and healthy. Dr. Goldstein is also the author of The Nature of Animal Healing.