Preferred Company 5-30-19: Dr. Aysha Akhtar

It’s no secret animals bring an undeniable joy into our lives. The happiness and stress relief they allow us is why we have pets, why we bring families to the zoo or aquarium and why we can’t stop watching those cute animal viral videos. But the impact of animals from our pets to farm animals to the undomesticated is far greater than we might think. Dr. Aysha Akhtar, a renowned neurologist, public health specialist and the Deputy Director of the Army’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program, has found that our treatment of animals can have a profound effect on emotional and physical well-being. She uses personal childhood trauma to launch a thoughtful discussion of the extent of human empathy toward animals. Her book “Our Sympathy With Animals on Health, Empathy and our Shared Destinies” draws a sobering but hopeful picture of what has been done and what remains to be done to improve animals’ lives. She will explain what animals do for us, what we do for them and why it’s important to recognize a bond with animals. Your hosts of Preferred Company with Joel Markel, president and founder of Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services and Fran Holinda.

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