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How Clover the PTSD service dog changed one man’s life




Jody Salway was involved in a friendly fire incident in 2006 while serving in Afghanistan.

Seven years later he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since last year, Clover has been by his side almost every waking moment of every day to help Salway cope.

“It was about 2012, 2013 when I was diagnosed with PTSD and I wasn’t really sure what treatment I wanted to go for,” Salway told CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Weekend. “Through the network that I had, I had started seeing people get service dogs.”

After listening to one of his peers experiences with a service dog, he figured he needed a teammate who would always be there for him.

My confidence level started coming back.– Jody Salway

Salway was just starting school at the University of Regina, which he said was adding to his anxiety. Once his service dog Clover came into the mix during his first semester at school he noticed everything in his life start on an upswing.

“Having her there all the time and her doing her job, I started getting more sleep, my confidence level started coming back, she became what we coined, ‘social lubricant,'” Salway said.  

Salway said before he had Clover around he would feel uncomfortable having conversations with people because of the anxiety he would experience.

Now, those same conversations have switched from being about him to conversations about Clover which makes it easier for him to have discussions with people.

‘I’m going to get through this’; meeting Clover

Once Salway decided he wanted a service dog he set out to find an animal which would be best suited to his unique needs.

He said the breeder he contacted had German Shepherds or English Mastiffs to choose from, with each breed being better suited to different scenarios.

As Salway didn’t have issues getting out of his house or remaining active, the Mastiff was a better choice.

He said he felt as though he might become a ‘walking billboard’ once he obtained a service dog, because not many people knew he was battling PTSD. Once he met Clover, his mentality changed.

“I was looking at her, and she was looking and me, and I thought ‘you know, I’m going to get through this,’ and she looked at me and I think she had this look in her eyes that was like ‘I’ve got a lot of work to do,'” Salway said.

A living barometer

Salway said Clover is now a ‘living barometer’ for how he is doing mentally.

“I can look at her, and when she’s doing something that doesn’t seem right, I can always stop and pause [and ask] ‘what am I doing right now, what doesn’t feel right, what am I doing to make her do what she’s doing, what is she reacting to?'” Salway said. “Ultimately, then [I think] ‘you know what? I am a little bit anxious and here’s why.'”

Giving himself that second to reflect on what’s going on helps Salway address the anxiety he may be feeling—​which helps it go away.

Work is something Clover loves according to Salway. While she’s wearing her service dog vest she’s doing what she does best— but even when the vest comes off, she’s always watching Salway’s back.

“What she’s trained to do, is always be watching the void, whatever I can’t see, she watches,” Salway said. “We call that keeping six. Sometimes I’ll be washing dishes and I feel her come up and sit between my ankles to make sure nothing surprises me.”

Becoming a team

Salway said after nearly two years with Clover by his side the two are inseparable.

“I might leave her at home for certain things once in awhile but it’s so rare, she comes everywhere with me,” Salway said. “It’s nice that I can always just reach down, and there she is.”​​

Salway said Clover is trained to check in on him by bumping him every so often to make sure he’s doing okay.

Beyond small gestures, Clover also helps Salway by literally pulling him out of situations that might just be too much for him to handle.

Clover has helped Salway cope with night terrors he experienced since he returned from Afghanistan. He said she would wake him up by licking his face until he was conscious. At his worst, Salway said he was sleeping just four hours a night.

“That was tough, because the body can’t sustain that and I had been doing it for years,” Salway said. “When she came in and she started interrupting the sleep cycle from the nightmares, well, my four hour cycle went up to six and that two hours was really noticeable.”

Salway now is sleeping between seven-and-a-half to eight hours every night, which has provided clarity in his thinking patterns and helped diminish the anxiety he feels on a regular basis.

The extra sleep is also allowing his body to repair the damage in his brain.

With files from CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Weekend


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Post-vaccine surge? Michigan’s spring coronavirus case spike close to previous year’s autumn high




(Natural News) The spike in new Wuhan coronavirus infections recorded in Michigan over the spring is similar to a spike seen during the 2020 fall season. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, the state’s daily coronavirus case count averaged more than 7,000 for almost two weeks – before taking a slight dip to 6,891 on April 20. This echoed similar figures back in November and December 2020, which saw sharp rises in infections for those two months before plunging.

Back in autumn of last year, Michigan averaged more than 7,000 cases per day for a span of 10 days. New infections dropped slightly, then briefly spiked as the December holidays approached. It then fell to the low 1,000s for the succeeding two months – until ascending again in March.

According to University of Michigan internal medicine professor Dr. Vikas Parekh, the sudden increase in new infections could be attributed to several factors. Among the factors he cited was re-openings, which increased people’s interactions and mobility. Parekh said the loosened restrictions contributed to the spread of the highly contagious U.K. B117 variant.

“As the B117 variant spreads nationally, we will likely see other stats [with] their own surges – although I hope none are as bad as Michigan,” the professor remarked. He continued: “The milestone just tells us we are not yet in the clear, especially as we still have large portions of our population who are not vaccinated yet.”

Parekh also expressed optimism over the lower daily caseloads the Great Lakes State reported. He said he believes both cases and hospitalizations have plateaued and will likely decline soon. The professor commented: “[COVID-19] positivity has been declining now for one week, which is usually a leading indicator of case decline.”

Meanwhile, the state cited younger populations and youth sports, such as basketball, wrestling and hockey, to increase new COVID-19 infections. Because of this, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called to suspend youth sports and indoor dining in the state. She also exhorted high schools to conduct remote class sessions for two weeks to curb the spread of the pathogen.

Michigan still experienced the spike in cases despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the country

During the opening stages of the U.S.’s immunization drive against COVID-19, Michigan boasted of having one of the highest vaccination rates nationwide. A report by Bridge Michigan even noted the initial “frenzy for vaccines” that “far exceeded the state’s limited supply.” But things have appeared to turn around for Michigan, as it now struggles to reach the 70 percent vaccination rate needed for herd immunity.

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Scottish mom’s legs turn into a pair of “giant blisters” after first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine




(Natural News) Sarah Beuckmann of Glasgow, Scotland, felt a tingling sensation in her legs and noticed a rash flaring up around her ankles a week after getting her first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on March 18.

She also had flu-like symptoms right after the vaccination.

Beuckmann called her doctor to arrange an appointment the morning she noticed the rash, but by the afternoon her skin was already breaking out into blood-filled blisters. Blisters also appeared on her legs, hands, face, arms and bottom.

“I ended up asking my husband to take me to A&E,” said Beuckmann, referring to “accident and emergency,” the equivalent of an emergency room (ER). “When I got there, my heart rate was sitting at 160bpm, which they were very concerned about. I got put on an ECG machine.”

Doctors determine AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine triggers the rash

Medics carried out tests for HIV, herpes and other skin conditions to work out what triggered the rash, but all results came back negative. Doctors finally determined that the vaccine caused her rare reaction after carrying out two biopsies.

“Once they found that it was a reaction to the vaccine, they put me on steroids and that really seems to be helping my progress,” said Beuckmann. She had been advised by her doctor not to get the second dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine because of her reaction.

Beuckmann spent 16 days at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. She was discharged to recover at home. The 34-year-old mother of one is currently wheelchair-bound due to the bandages on her legs and blisters on the soles of her feet. She may need physiotherapy to help strengthen her leg muscles.

“They are starting to heal and they’re looking a lot better than they were but as the blisters started to get worse, they all sort of merged together,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

With the blisters merging, her legs have looked like a pair of “giant blisters.” Beuckmann admitted that at one point she feared her legs might have to be amputated.

Dermatologist agrees COVID-19 vaccine causes the blisters

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, a consultant dermatologist and spokeswoman at the British Skin Foundation, agreed that Beuckmann had likely suffered a reaction to the vaccine.

“Vaccines are designed to activate the immune system. Occasionally people will have quite dramatic activation of their immune systems which, as happened in this case, can manifest in their skin” Wedgeworth told MailOnline. “This poor lady had a very severe reaction, which thankfully is extremely rare.”

It is not clear why Beuckmann, who works in retail, was invited for a vaccine. Scotland’s vaccine rollout was focused on people over the age of 50 when she got vaccinated, although vaccines are available to those who are considered at risk from the virus, or live with someone considered vulnerable.

At least 20 million Briton have had AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which drug regulators say causes a rash in one percent of cases. They say rashes caused by the jab tend to go away within a week.

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Trojan labs? Chinese biotech company offers to build COVID testing labs in six states




In 2012, BGI acquired Complete Genomics, a DNA sequencing company and equipment maker. The funds for the $117.6 million purchase were raised from Chinese venture capitals. The company has expanded its footprint globally. According to its website, BGI conducts business in more than 100 countries and areas and has 11 offices and labs in the U.S.

People are concerned about China’s access to American DNA data

Some said that with Complete Genomics providing an American base, BGI would have access to more DNA samples from Americans, helping it compile a huge database of genetic information. Some also worried about the protection of the genetic information’s privacy.

According to a 2019 report from the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), BGI “has formed numerous partnerships with U.S. healthcare providers and research organizations to provide large-scale genetic sequencing to support medical research efforts,”

There are three main reasons why many people in the biotech community and government have expressed concerns about China’s access to American DNA data.

In the “60 Minutes” interview, Evanina discussed the very likely scenario in which Chinese companies would be able to micro-target American individuals and offer customized preventative solutions based on their DNA.

Evanina asked: “Do we want to have another nation systematically eliminate our healthcare services? Are we okay with that as a nation?”

The second concern is that China may use DNA to track and attack American individuals. As the USCC report states: “China could target vulnerabilities in specific individuals brought to light by genomic data or health records. Individuals targeted in such attacks would likely be strategically identified persons, such as diplomats, politicians, high-ranking federal officials or military leadership.”

The third concern is that China may devise bioweapons to target non-Asians. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, discussed it in his article “What Will China Do With Your DNA?” published by The Epoch Times in March 2019.

He wrote: “We know that the Asian genome is genetically distinct from the Caucasian and African in many ways. … Would it be possible to bioengineer a very virulent version of, say, smallpox, that was easily transmitted, fatal to other races, but to which the Chinese enjoyed a natural immunity? … Given our present ability to manipulate genomes, if such a bio-weapon can be imagined, it can probably – given enough time and resources – be realized.”

An article from Technocracy said: “China’s aggressive collection of American DNA should be doubly alarming because it can only spell one ultimate outcome: biowarfare. That is, genetically engineering viruses or other diseases that will be selectively harmful to U.S. populations.”

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