Whether it is finding someone who's missing, tracking a renegade nogoodnick, or sniffing out high explosives, the amazing ability and uncanny accuracy of a dog's sniffer is the stuff of legend. Fill Texas Stadium with brown bears and one white bear, turn off the lights and dogs can smell there way to the white bear. Now that is some kind of smeller!!Using this mighty sense of smell, can these K-9 marvels actually diagnose a life-threatening illness? At least two incredible dogs offer convincing evidence that man's best friend may be able to save lives in inexplicable ways.
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If it's possible for a dog to sniff out an early cancer diagnosis, are there other unexplainable life-saving powers a pet can offer its master? Darlene believes her dog, Shadow, is the most vital prescription she's ever received. In 1991, Darlene was diagnosed with diabetes, which triggered a series of medical setbacks. While recovering from open-heart-surgery, Darlene suffered a stroke. For a time, she lost her ability to speak. By 2001, she had recovered her speech but struggled with a stutter. While attending a family reunion a little schnauzer began licking her hand. Soon the dog was in her lap and Darlene began petting her. Darlene noticed that as long as she petted the dog she was able to talk much easier. Darlene soon scheduled an appointment with her neurologist who ended up writing a prescription for a dog. So on doctor's orders, Darlene adopted a schnauzer of her own, and Shadow became a member of her family. The bond between Darlene and Shadow quickly grew. And, while petting Shadow, Darlene's speech significantly improved. Darlene's endocrinologist says that we don't fully understand why dogs have such an effect on people but that in Darlene's case, perhaps the sensory effects of petting and paying attention to the animal could be putting her into a meditative trance.
A short time after adopting Shadow, the holidays were approaching and Darlene spent hours baking holiday cookies. But Shadow was alarmed by something and would not allow Darlene to sleep. Uncertain why Shadow was upset, Darlene checked her blood glucose level and found it was dangerously low. If a diabetic's blood sugar level falls too low, it can trigger unconsciousness or even a coma. Darlene's ever-present canine companion had somehow diagnosed her medical dilemma before Darlene was even aware of it, and he continues to provide her with medical alerts to this day.
The lives of Darlene and Nancy may very well have been saved by the mysterious powers of their dogs. According to Dr. Becker, a dog's ability to detect a seizure or detect cancer is probably due to their incredible sense of smell, their incredible ability to read body language and possibly what he refers to as a "sick sense," or the ability to know when something's not quite right and the ability to help. The world of medicine is beginning to recognize this mysterious connection that can sometimes defy ordinary explanations. These awesome another reason to keep an open mind and to keep walking in this big Weird World of ours. Just be watchful!
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