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-- idly by as but the health professionals I know are some of the most caring dedicated well trained workers and anyone could ever hope to make.
There's -- years of training to be the best and in some cases Alter their lives to bring comfort and aid to those in need and while they -- share that desire and dedication.
One difference may surprise you.
Some of them have two legs and some of them have full.
Hello welcome to last about the -- If you haven't -- -- now this week we're talking and saluting the work horses in the medical profession.
Some of them who are actually horses by the way the service animal.
These are animals who dedicated their lives to make in our lives better.
Guide dogs for the vision impaired monkeys for the quadriplegic and in the case of our first story Dreyfus.
As seizure dog able to detect abnormal electrical discharges in the brain before they happen.
-- has has given his owner and new leash on life.
It's just puppies play for these three.
But what these little ones don't know is there of -- to embark.
On a whole new journey.
A journey that will bring you live too many unique.
-- I our dogs are gonna help people who have mobility impairments people with disabilities like amassed a muscular dystrophy -- -- of dissident spinal cord injuries.
Darling Sullivan who founded canine partners for life twenty years ago says.
-- and -- dogs are nothing new.
In nineteen point nine in Nashville Tennessee.
-- In the last thirty years trainers have learned certain dogs are capable of doing more than guiding the visually impaired.
-- also seeing dogs being used to help people with psychiatric or psychological disorders also.
You know dogs are detecting cancer.
Take the case of 44 year old face -- A lupus diagnosis almost when he five years ago left -- with a debilitating seizure disorder.
It was like.
My life is being stolen from me as a man thing you always think you can fix everything.
But you couldn't fix that -- husband bill was helpless as he watched the simplest daily tasks become life threatening.
She really didn't want and do anything she didn't wanna -- out of the house.
-- down in my bathtub one time even cutting.
-- tomato or anything with a sharp knife and hurt myself -- that I've fallen down steps and many times.
It got to the point I could not go for walks by myself.
-- -- Live change again for -- when she met Dreyfus had two year old standard Poodle -- uncanny ability to Warner when a seizure is eminent.
He has given me.
My life back I had.
I have independents now have -- I have my dignity back.
I can pick -- I -- I can walk around the block.
And I have.
So much joy and now it's just amazing that things.
That I'm able to do now.
And phase doctor also note is Dreyfus has improved her health.
She's lost a significant amount of weight.
She's been able to exercise.
Her blood pressures come down publishers have come down she's made significant improvements over the last few months.
My husband said that he can look at his watch.
When he alerts.
And time it.
Every single time it always -- and Dreyfus has an outstanding 100%.
Seizure alert rate when it senses tingle.
He jumps up and puts his paws on face shoulders and stares her down sometimes I stopped breathing and he -- neck.
My mouth and my name is to make me -- it no matter what I'm doing I know I can stop that.
And get to a safe place it's funny if were out shopping he will start pulling me toward an -- I swear he can me.
The million dollar question remains how does he do it.
They seem to.
Have an extraordinary sense of smell -- and I think something must be happening electric -- chemically and that person's body.
Long before -- -- the clinical symptoms of the seizure that that dog is picking up and sensitive -- and maybe all dogs -- they censored but not all dogs seem to.
React to it.
-- would love to see research done to explain this phenomena but for now exactly why doesn't concern -- and bill.
They are just happy Dreyfus is there.
We got payback actually he's definitely made a wonderful wonderful difference of her life I'm trying to continue.
How to drive and and mow the grass but he hasn't done that yet.
If someone was to take him away from.
-- I would have to cut back.
To the way my life was.
It would be.
Wow what a story.
We're joined now by -- Sullivan from canine partners for life.
It's an organization dedicated training dogs to assist people with a wider range of physical and cognitive disabilities.
Out with her is -- adult Ripley.
I -- Believe.
I -- thanks so much for coming in Iraq.
I am amazing I saw the story when we were putting it together it is amazing what these dogs are capable of doing.
And the first question that I have for you is how how do they do it I mean what what is it in their sentences that is able to detect.
These kind of medical conditions.
We don't have any scientific proof on that yet.
Our best guess would be that their sense of smell is what's driving this.
Reaction that they're having to whatever's going on in the person's body.
Somehow they must be sensing.
This chemical electrical changes that go on prior to a seizure actually happening.
-- and we just know that they do it.
-- because they're the results are real.
-- mean it's not like you know we may not understand the full mechanics of -- but the results are absolutely real and this is just a perfect example.
So here you are you know you're in charge of this whole.
This whole program of trying to find dogs right yet.
And of course finding people that need the dogs so that question is what makes a dog.
A unique -- -- to be sort of a medical service dog.
Characters are you looking forward.
Well any any service -- needs to be -- very stable.
And in addition they need to be strong physically they need to have a good physical make them because their jobs are very physical.
Eight in addition we get a -- that's really flexible.
-- never -- on a given day if I'm going to.
Be sitting at my desk -- -- for gonna get on the train and come to New York City witches.
-- cry from Cochran don't actually have to be there they have to adapt exactly and that's probably the primary characteristic in a working dog as they need to be able to adapt like that quickly and easily and not have extract them but actually enjoy way.
The opportunities to come up each day.
Do you start training these dogs when they're like when they're puppies with the needs them to have a mature personality a little bit.
-- the puppy start when -- nine weeks old.
-- in the grocery store marching around the purchased over their little service dog keeps on nine weeks sole -- right from Lou right from the very beginning you start creating these -- and -- learned when -- -- when they're close Iran that there is expected to behave differently than when -- -- Iraq.
How do you pair.
-- you know the other side of the equation is how how do you -- the medical condition or or for that matter the medical condition with the individual's.
And and the dog will want to kind of like it dating service away but really we have to get to know the dog that Atlanta computer equipment and optimistic I.
Blond haired dog bed you know would -- -- -- that we're looking for them more important things like -- personality traits and things like that but that's overlooking we're looking at that the dogs characteristic is that some very outgoing docket this.
A dog that just lives to be busy busy busy all the time if so okay we're gonna put -- -- the college student that's going to go to fraternity parties on Friday night.
Is this -- -- dot well if that's the case then maybe that's gonna go with the woman who looks -- the retirement community has a little slower pace.
So there's a lot of factors that come into play physical factors come into -- to look at someone who has difficulty using their hands and their arms.
We don't want a dog that's going to be hard to groom Golden Retriever maybe too much for them.
If it's big tall guy is six foot three and he needs to lean on his dog to help support him when he's walking.
I can't give them a little -- -- forty -- Labrador that again something with -- substance.
What about medical -- of the medical conditions -- mean.
It's like you know we -- historian seizure disorders and against this dog has the capability of detecting the seizures.
Yes but what about other medical conditions.
We treat at our dogs help and assist people who -- Lot of people with and that's multiple sclerosis muscular dystrophy spinal but that a a lot of veterans coming back have all kinds of amputations and paralysis levels.
Service dogs can assist them people have arthritis and cardiac conditions.
One of the most frustrating things to me in this business is the number of people out there who could benefit from a service dog and don't even realize.
That the -- may make a significant difference in their life.
Now another question hot how long you know dogs have -- what we will do serious you know limited amount of years that we can be functional.
Same thing for -- service dog.
So now comes time for retirement when -- usually retires.
The dogs will work eight to ten years that won't change and -- And it it depends on the individual dog when we make that decision -- their -- and their owner in canine partners all talk and you know when they're saying hey I'd rather stay -- sit on the -- bomb bonds in the afternoon naps that's when it's time till I retire.
Absolutely now that the other question that I have which you know it if you if you bring a -- dog into the family.
But let's say you also have children.
The children want to play with the dog.
How do you handle that I mean how do you handle.
There has to be fun part laps -- to to to be in his service dog to I guess adults can be -- day in and no fun.
Well they it's a dog so if you don't provide positive reward for what they're doing they'll eventually just played a good doing yourself so.
Yeah you have to make this whole experience rewarding for them now they're not allowed to -- pat when they're close around when their -- -- -- working.
You netbook like him I'm not supposed to pet the dog exactly in -- went today has been ignoring her -- I've -- Living in -- out of the train stations and cars and throughout your studio on things like that people -- when -- dogs and artists to ignore them.
When she's at home and her harnesses off.
And I told her she's all done.
That she's allowed to be it dog and that's when she's bugging my husband with a tennis ball to throw him in time is when -- Roland over on the floor from my -- -- belly rob.
That's when you really see the real dog come out.
Well you know -- -- you know it's amazing what these dogs.
I mean our cable now really understand what what you know what your dog is all about and then all of these dogs that you try and it's really an amazing story and inspirational I think -- -- incredibly wonderful.
I thank you so much for coming to the program.
And sharing this whole information as I sure learned a lot.
OK so not really understand -- I'm actually it is.
Up next on aspect -- any -- Welcome back last got them this week we ask for your questions and comments about service animals.
And we quickly so a theme developing what we read.
Here are two examples.
The first one comes from Aaron corner park who wrote about her dog Mason Dixon.
After the death of our first child I got a shelty puppy he helped me find my -- again.
Mason in no way replace our son but Mason did help me find my way out of the darkness.
I am truly grateful for Mason he helped me heal emotionally.
Our second email is from Randy.
I have a Jack Russell and I have a stage three melanoma with two major operations last spring and one year of chemo.
My dog never left my side it's like he kept a close -- because of the chemo I couldn't do with thing.
My dog -- started getting need to move.
It was like he -- therapy.
I would not have recover as fast without him incredible emails.
Two emails -- saying that many about the family pet.
-- talk us service animals well trained animals doing specific task to make our lives better.
Emails reminds is about the health benefits of simply owning a -- There are many studies supporting the idea that pets are good for help in unexpected ways the right -- Can lower our risk for heart disease and help -- stress.
And studies have shown the more you're attached to your -- as strongly as superb as protective health benefits may be.
Now I'm not suggest thing.
That we get a pad for medical benefits pity you if your family once -- pat.
Those benefits -- access service animals are amazing and dramatically changed the lives of those we use them.
And for the other 100.
Million pet owners in America the influence of a pet may be more subtle but the effects can be just as incredible.
Great emails I love those emails.
This week's thank you give them coming send them to Dr.
-- -- foxnews.com.
Up next got -- -- -- -- -- joins us as we've read between the head.
Of the latest now.
If you're ever looking to make yourself crazy just on reading all the health and medical news you can find.
It's nearly impossible to keep up and all the studies and by the time you think you know something you don't know -- -- -- for all the headlines.
And just one -- -- we love her.
Adore her as doctors and -- -- to help explain everything OK so now let's look at the headlines this week.
There is some good news that there is now lists as that it shows that there's -- -- decline in any US cancer rates what do you think about that.
I didn't say is actually true and I think it's ballot and I think it makes sense you know the US government has put out studies that say that sounds cancer death rates are not significantly down.
But what this study does that it actually took.
Different age groups and lots of different age groups and people -- between the age of 3545.
Has been a significant decline in death rates.
I think it makes I think that makes sense because I think we're starting to it to teach about prevention so people are not smoking as much.
We teach them to go early for their mammograms to start doing their mammograms and -- baseline 35.
Otherwise starting at forty.
Screening for colonoscopy is I think we've really had he hit the ground into telling people to vote to do that -- studies and and so I think -- -- -- So that that the headline as mortality rates down but we're not saying that the overall cancer rates are going now.
Right we're not saying that's okay because that hasn't happened I mean I haven't read -- thing yet.
That shows that because every time you know every single month comes along and whether -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- whatever.
You know we still putting all the same statistic here of the year at the end of the year -- -- cancer still prevailing as -- as well as before his death rates are going down.
Right and it's still the number two killer.
Annually and that's the half a million people die from cancer annually.
So it's still number two -- that would but but rates are down and I and -- again I think that's because we're teaching about.
Prevention early detection which is the best way to care and also our treatments are better as well as Taylor that -- treatment.
See where we're able to individualized.
Think the cancer treatment per patient as opposed to groups of patients.
And we have a that's therapies as well for leukemia childhood leukemia and lymphoma that a trip turned that disease it was a very deadly disease into something that's.
Actually like that -- hassle that I don't like good headlines think it's that's good one -- -- -- cut.
Now this week we sold the world of the word aspirin -- the world of aspirin.
Sort of come to the to move into the front line now we're saying that.
-- may prevent.
The I guess again the deaf or the incidence of colorectal cancer.
Well we've we've known for a long time the people that take aspirin had a low rate and cook of tumors -- polyps and an -- run -- so we've known that -- long time but what this study has now shown.
Is that people that have a diagnosis of colon cancer if they take can't take aspirin -- actually better outcome.
So as he had cancer and you got a new and remission of the cancer any of you started taking aspirin.
You or recurrence you you have little less likelihood of getting a right to decide the outcome is -- How about just taking -- -- aspirin.
Without having any previous history of cancer.
Well doesn't really have -- a little bit careful about recommending taking aspirin just as a way to prevent cancer because -- side effects Aspen -- Side offensive.
His stomach bleeding your site it gastrointestinal bleeding -- summit this planning of the summit gets irritating can believe.
There's also hemorrhage in the -- -- leading to two strokes so there are some serious side effects -- would honestly whenever I just to start taking aspirin.
But remaining to set starts looking -- patient at a high risk for.
Colon cancer patients that have.
The familial -- -- I've got polyps that can lead to cancer maybe those pages of benefit from taking about the -- what about the heart.
You think it's good for heart attack prevention.
I think I think it is and I think -- for his pride -- for -- strip of for instance preventing clots so I think in that respect is that a for strokes of patients at a -- -- pressure I think to be taking aspirin.
All right so little confusing there I don't know what to make it would take it don't take him.
Well I think my take on it is taken if you're high risk.
Possibly we have stuff to figure out the dose it's gonna be most effective printing preventive.
If you have a diagnosis -- -- should take it because biologically they have actually shown that it does it does work because it works on the enzyme that some of these tumors grow.
All right so we like that.
-- -- -- it -- -- you if you have a history of cold cash -- -- fine.
Upon this is -- -- this this really is one that I adore.
This is this is has to do with the one product.
That -- -- Trulli and hours.
Which is be here.
And according to the headlines it might be good for me why is be -- good for me I -- good for you.
This it appears it today I don't complicate in your office and they think -- -- like that why -- dosing -- capping calories and did not see it drinking beer thing out.
-- has the.
-- product called silicon which is known to house not silicone silicon which is known to help.
-- -- -- -- So what -- what this study did is they took a bunch of people on they tested to see.
Took out to use -- to see if they'd just drink beer and if they drank beer they -- they did a study of their hands.
And they say oh look at that about information.
Okay -- You don't they have to do with the fact that they're sort of -- hitting the glass.
Ask so it was like and annex the -- -- -- not because they don't because I gotta tell you much in my.
Do a bit of beer drinking -- is a little bit stronger than mine not.
You know how to make them -- I don't either -- at -- -- be very careful about this and it's not bad for you if.
A little bit of a lot of -- beer belly but it's not bad for you -- come.
-- I've diet I don't SA did it's not about drinking beer for help but think it if you enjoy it it is -- by the people think -- We'll get home for your parties but this is not suspecting you Viejo.
Our our last headline is right up your Alley for deck is women who underwent a mastectomy.
We're told not to do sort of heavy lifting especially on the side of the mastectomy because of swelling and all the lymphatic sort of you know damage that happens after mastectomy.
And now they're -- different that you should -- Exercise a little bit may -- so.
Yeah actually right years ago they were telling women have had surgery for breast cancer whether it lumpectomy and mastectomy but if they've had their lymph nodes removed underneath an -- That they should not be taking a that they should be very careful about what they do with that arm.
In other words.
You know blood pressure readings that we don't anything -- on the arm no -- -- is no plan -- And one of the thing was that things was no heavy lifting because -- just basically it's in my put too much pressure from on that arm.
So this study is command I actually think it's pretty convincing -- I think the research was done very well.
That says that weight -- is a good thing.
And it's not heavy weight lifting its not like he's dragging around fifty pound bags of rice that this is.
It at a mild amount of of weight lifting to keep that are moving and I think it makes sense because you want the muscles to keep working.
So that they can help with the circulation arm which is really the problem is that lymphatic circulation.
So you think that this is gonna change says some of the physical therapy that women on the go after mastectomy.
I think senator what I do from my patience is that if they have pressed it invite us to remove all of the Flintstones which were not doing as much anymore.
They have had to move all of the Flintstones I put them in physical therapy -- occupational therapy.
You know within two weeks after surgery it's even as a preventative weight because what's good is that they actually teach them how to prevent it.
That given the right motions and exercises to do it so I I think this is a very -- -- I think it will change some of the practice that we have.
Today's so I think it's good.
You're so Smart visited my -- you crush my.
So spot my thanks as always a very well read the -- is an -- remember -- you read a story that leaves you.
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Welcome back to ask doctor Manny as you can see way here with tech sergeant Michael Coulter of the united states air force.
We're going to be meeting today's plus one CC a four year old German shepherd in a few minutes but first.
I want to ask Michael a few questions thank you for coming and thank all everybody for you for coming down here.
It you know we have something in medicine called preventative health care you know this is when we doctors prevent something bad from happening.
This service animal CC you could argue that she's sort of also practices prevented the health care because.
She really can do a lot to save the lives of millions of people sir you know sniffing bombs -- -- that's as one example.
How long does that take a -- like that to be trying.
The dog Nestle's good start to train down elect elect an air force base and Texas.
The use the average dog I would say between 45 months some dogs pick up learn faster others take -- little bit longer.
That CC is a German shepherd four years old I mentioned before is the breed important -- -- you -- you they're different breeds for different task for.
-- how do you choose one over the other.
Well what the department defense we mostly use -- suffered some broken no laws along with few other laboratories -- -- And some other it isn't because those -- have a unique characteristics -- -- -- -- onions and physical strength they they have exactly they have.
The build -- looking for they have.
The mind -- pick up things better -- quick the quick.
Pick up trained -- the -- I'm picking up what they need to know so it is the best rates for the job.
Now they train I guess.
Like any regular old you know like every soldier -- go through routine of discipline and obedience training and physical training.
What happens let's say when the -- gets deployed overseas to a war.
That and you have a different -- now with the dog is there any issues there.
I mean how ludicrous issue with deployments.
All the handlers they they go with -- dog from stateside so whatever -- on their dog.
Will -- with their dog.
Two whatever war of -- -- aware of a location so there's not too much of a switch from the war -- say.
Now you know look military dogs have been around for god knows I'm gonna say over fifty years.
Some -- more than that.
And you know the probably starters having simple.
Jobs -- that of course has evolved.
Over the years.
Tell me some of the jobs in two days military.
That these dogs.
-- -- these these -- serve many roles.
In today's military they're the key number one right now is detection -- in detection.
For explosives and narcotics.
There also used for.
There's dogs used for track -- there's no excuse for.
Searching and they'll be Unser house's -- So on a daily basis these animals are saving American lives are preventing disasters.
I mean these aren't incredible heroes is -- true.
Heroes of our service.
I got asked a question though because you know you guys retire eventually from the military -- compassion whole thing I get the whole thing.
What about animals when they are ready to retire.
Do the do they get.
Placed in -- time and services.
Oh what what happens to one when they tied.
-- dogs are the work span is between ten years this is the average and when they -- that time when the start slowing down and it is a scandal than just don't want to do the job aboard most so we we adopt out.
-- but times there handler may adopt them or just someone -- -- -- even not even civilians that they get opportunities.
-- -- Some upon that -- a little more drive that just aren't.
Can't keep them certified or what went -- because.
You know how they went through the training they -- they might make -- they get sent back down to to help train new handlers.
And so they probably still play all payroll actually give them about their life aren't I want to CCC Alicea had the -- -- -- see that the tell me about what we're about to -- this is a very because we gonna have a little scenario here -- all right.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Can see here is is basically say you have.
An individual that since maybe an area is not supposed to be handled he gonna have you know comes a dog you can have the military we're conducting we have our senior airman.
-- here with -- -- conduct CC and they're gonna to so.
That the the process we go through.
If we gotten individual we just need to either.
Get some information from or if it -- -- style.
What can happen is basing what we're here are -- -- we're gonna show is just basically individuals below the -- style gonna show how the military working dogs cannot.
-- the perpetrators.
And how easily the the dog can be turned on and turned off in a scenario.
And and control over that tremendous aid of course who's to to to the soldier all right I wanna step out of the way here folks because.
Even though -- he's gonna practice medicine a little bit I wanna step out and just stay out of road rage OK let's take a look.
I'll read they can he put it all well and only dogs cannot -- one was gonna go and leave -- -- It's.
What kind of candidates they were about campaign without the -- -- to put the -- don't.
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I'd like about it I'm.
Get home get around me give up now.
Get knocked me out -- state.
Where our weight.
Around but the wrong.
With -- climb back.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Just amazing.
Want you know guidance -- and aid and the did you know that these animals are incredible.
Incredibly training you know incredible concentration.
And really doing the job.
Of an officer again looking for any any sign of trouble -- -- in this responding and save lives I love this house while.
Thank you so much for coming to the program thank you all.
For being here CC -- love field dogs like her as well as the men and women of the united states military are protecting us all the time.
And for that we are eternally grateful so thank you again.
There's a saying show business never worked with children or animals until the day I agree with that.
But after meeting these dogs and seen firsthand their dedication to their owners.
And their work I change my mind.
But these animals are able to do is get people back on their feet and back to living in the case of CC he had to keep them safe to begin with.
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