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Do Pets Make Us Better People?

Summary: From lowering your disease risk to improving your mood, pets really can make you a better person.
Air Date: August 22, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Dr. Michael Smith, MD
Guest Bio: Allen Anderson, animal health advocate
In 1996, Allen Anderson and his wife Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network in Minneapolis. Their 15 books about the spiritual qualities of animals have been featured on Oprah.com, the Today Show, ABC’s Nightly News, BBC Radio, Washington Post, LA Times, Amazon.com’s Hot 100 and B&N’s Top 10. The Anderson's 2006 book about animal rescue won the prestigious American Society of Journalists & Authors Outstanding Book Award. Allen received a commendation by the Governor for his contribution as an author to the state of Minnesota. He teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and donates a portion of his books’ proceeds to animal welfare. His newest book, already listed as an Amazon.com Bestseller Hot 100 New Release in Memoirs, is A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life.
Do Pets Make Us Better People?
Studies have shown that people with pets have lower blood pressure, higher good cholesterol, less insomnia and a better overall outlook and mood.

Allen Anderson, founder of the Angels Animals Network, joins Dr. Mike to discuss the medical and social scientific proof supporting your pets as “better people makers.”

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