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Entertainment Your Neighborhood
Dear Neighborhood Therapist,
Um, everything. Thanks.
– Person in El Segundo
Can I tell you about my morning routine?
Great, thanks: I love my alone time, waking
up before everyone else and making coffee
while listening to the radio and leisurely
packing a lunch for my 5-year-old. If the
aforementioned 5-year-old, who I love more
than anything in the world, wakes up and
comes into the kitchen while I am in the
middle of my aforementioned alone time, I
get grumpy. I don’t like having my routine
thrown off. I’d feel bad if I was the only
one, but I’m not.
Right now we’re not taking the kids to
school. Many of us are not going to work.
In fact many of us are spending more time
with our loved ones than we have in a very
long time. It’s a wonderful gift to have so
much time together… right?
I often jokingly tell couples that the secret
to a long marriage is spending time apart.
When all of our routines are disrupted, and
when we don’t have the variety of social
interactions most of us are accustomed to
- oh and also we’re cooped up - we can all
be expected to be occasionally grumpy, or
worse, with one another. This is heightened
by the uncertainty of how long this will go
on, how our health will be, and what is going
to be different when it passes. Also, a lot of
people are not getting paid. That might be
just a wee bit stressful.
Just a modest proposal: agree, now, to
give one another a break. When grumpiness
comes calling and impatience makes us
snippy, consider if it was coronavirus who
sent them. We cannot escape the effects of
what happens in the world around us, and we
are all in the process of figuring out how to
adjust, both inwardly and outwardly. It’s hard
to get it right right away. Ask one another if
a disagreement would have happened without
coronavirus, and if settling the disagreement
can wait until after the worst passes. You
might find it doesn’t need to be settled at all.
It is a time to be thankful for community.
If you are in a position to do so, it might be
a good time to consider how to help someone
else. If you need help, or have the ability to
help others, please reach out and I will coordinate.
If you or someone you know needs
to talk to someone, please reach out and I
will take as many people as I can during this
crisis, regardless of ability to pay.
Please write to tom@tomandrecounseling.
com or text to 310.776.5299 with questions
about handling what is affecting your life,
your family, the community or the world. Tom
Andre is an Associate Marriage & Family
Therapist (AMFT96089) supervised by Chris
Thomas (MFT78020). The information in
this column is for educational purposes only
and nothing herein should be construed as
professional advice or the formation of a
therapeutic relationship. •
Holistic Vet Care is
The Future in The Dog Doc
By Morgan Rojas for Cinemacy.com
Why wouldn’t we want to treat our pets
with the same care and urgency as ourselves?
That’s the question raised in the documentary
The Dog Doc, a fascinating look
at the benefits of alternative medicine in
the veterinary field. The naturopathic wellness
industry is booming, and regardless of
where you stand on the ideology of Gwyneth
Paltrow and Goop, there is no denying that
what was once considered “quack” science,
like acupuncture and supplements, can heal
our bodies in tremendous ways, and that
includes the furry bodies of man’s best friend.
Smith Ridge Veterinary Center’s founding
doctor, Dr. Marty Goldstein, is a pioneer in
this unchartered (and often balked at) territory.
His passion for pets is undeniable as
he coordinates a new animal-themed pin
on his monogrammed turtlenecks daily,
and joins his team of equally passionate
doctors to willingly take on pets with hopeless,
terminal cases from all over the world.
Using a holistic approach that combines
conventional and alternative medicines to
tackle the root causes of problems and not
just the side effects, Dr. Goldstein gives his
four-legged patients a fighting chance to not
only survive but thrive.
Dr. Goldstein doesn’t guarantee success;
in fact, the documentary doesn’t shy away
from showing the natural complications that
come from a terminal illness. It profiles a
handful of dogs, including Waffles, Scooby,
and more, as their distraught owners go
through the unbearable process of diagnosing
their pet along with the relief in finally
getting an answer. Dr. Goldstein does so
much more than prescribe medications and
supplements; he promotes an alternative,
healthier lifestyle that genuinely focuses on
pets’ quality of life.
The documentary, directed by Cindy Meehl,
reveals that out of all the veterinary clinics
in the United States, only 5% of veterinarians
offer the type of integrative care Dr.
Goldstein practices. “I’m not anti-vaccine,
I’m pro-sanity,” he confidently expresses at
one point in the film. The Dog Doc exposes a
whole new process of thinking when it comes
to the treatment and care of our beloved pets,
and is a must-watch for animal lovers and
progressive thinkers alike. •
The Dog Doc, Courtesy of FilmRise
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