Kindred Spirits w/ Dr. Allen Schoen

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For more than twenty years, Dr. Allen Schoen has observed the complex emotions and behaviors of animals, along with the powerful transformation that takes place when human beings and animals open their hearts to each other. In his veterinary practice, he has witnessed miraculous medical recoveries in both animals and humans, as well as an incredible healing bond between the two. Most important, he's learned that love and compassion may be the most effective healing tools of all. Now he offers a moving testament to this remarkable relationship in KINDRED SPIRITS: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live.

Allen Schoen is a true pioneer. As a student and then as a young and idealistic veterinarian, he faced critics at every turn for his unorthodox beliefs, including his assertion that animals have feelings and emotions. Though schooled in conventional veterinary medicine, he instinctively knew there was more to treating animals than medicine, surgery or euthanasia. He also knew that they were -- like us -- sentient beings. Angered by what he felt was a lack of compassion, he became a vocal advocate for more sensitive treatment. He also explored and embraced revolutionary research that others ignored, including groundbreaking work on the physical and psychological benefits of human/animal relationships.
 
Today, as a self-described "integrative holistic veterinarian," Dr. Schoen takes a bold approach to preventing and healing disease: He merges alternative therapies like nutrition, acupuncture and chiropractic, with tender, compassionate care. The results have been nothing less than astounding.

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