In the first of a new CAM series looking at what we do from an evolutionary medicine perspective, psychoneuroimmunologist Jamie Richards and Canine- Human Interface researcher Wilson share some surprising information about four-legged contributions to human health.
A fearless companion, a night- time guard, a hunter, an ally, a friend and an amazing exercise partner. Our four legged friends have snuggled up to us for many years. Yet only now are we really beginning to understand the true benefits of having dogs in our lives.
What if dogs are the greatest health supplement we’ve ever used? It appears that allopathic practitioners are well aware of this but stop way short of recommending a trip to the local animal shelter as a first line therapy. Looking at the mounting evidence, I can’t help but feel this needs to change. The more “civilised” we become, in a technological society, the more we need anchors to our more natural past.