Wild Health

Wild Health : How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn from Them

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How do animals keep themselves well in the wild? Folklore and traditional medicine have long laid claim to feats of self-medication by animals but, until recently, scientists have dismissed such stories as romantic anthropomorphism. This is now changing as more and more scientists uncover examples of insects, birds and mammals self- medicating their ills. Chimpanzees carefully select bitter-tasting anti- parasitic plant 'medicines' that counter intestinal parasites and elephants roam miles to find the clay which counters dietary toxins. This book explores the behavioural strategies animals use to maintain health. Many of these methods can be exploited to improve the health of animals in our care. By observing wild health we may even discover (or rediscover) ways to benefit our own health.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 17mm | 258g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 14 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0753816768
  • 9780753816769

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Cindy has been very active in both the UK and the US writing features on hernew paperback including an article on "Wild Aromatherapists" in Massage & Health Review, Spring 2003 and another 2000 word feature in the Times Higher Educational Supplement which will appear on April 4. And we are waiting fora confirmed date for her interview on Channel 4's RICHARD AND JUDY. Reviews are now coming in: "Engel's book collates the most recent research on the subjshow more

About Cindy Engel

Cindy Engel earned a PhD in animal behaviour from the University of East Anglia. Her fieldwork has followed the habits of rabbits in England and the movements of jaguars in the jungles of southern Mexico. She is an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Science at the Open University, and is currently also a consultant in animal behaviour for various commercial organic farms. A freelance radio and television science advisor, she has recently worked on a wildlife series for the National Geographic Channel, and a BBC radio series on the natural history of medicine. Cindy is also a practitioner of holistic medicine, and lives on a smallholding in rural Suffolk with her two children.show more

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