Dogs Sense Scents – Meet the Cancer Detection Dogs!

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I am so very excited to announce my latest project to try to make the entire planet cancer-free. Please read below…





Is it possible that the best medical diagnosis for cancer has four legs and a tail?




Dogs have been deployed for their keen sense of scent detection for many years and for multiple uses, including:  agriculture detection, bomb and narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, money detection, contraband, missing persons, police, seizure detection, and bedbugs. There are research centers involved in training cancer detection dogs in the US, Canada, and England. Dogs trained at these facilities have demonstrated as high as 98% accuracy for specific cancers, far exceeding the rates of accuracy of methods currently used and considered the “gold standard” cancer screening methods.

Knowing if you have cancer will soon be only a sniff and a breath away.


In 2004, the principle study conducted in the UK proved that dogs could be trained to detect cancer in humans. The cancer detection dogs have proven that they can accurately detect specific types of cacer through breath, blood or urine. Scientists theorize the dogs are smelling the minute odors of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Taking a breath sample is simple and non-invasive. Using dogs to accurately screen for cancer can, and we believe will, transform the way we approach the diagnosis of the disease.



Have we been barking up the wrong tree?

Current diagnostic methods, including mammograms, x-rays, CT scans, blood tests (such as CA125 and PSA) and biopsies, have the following disadvantages: 
    • they are costly.
    • the number of both false positives and false   
    negatives makes them unreliable.
    • they are usually ordered only when the patient 
    complains of symptoms, thus rendering the 
    diagnosis after the disease has already reached 
    an advanced stage, making successful 
    treatment more difficult.
    • they are invasive, and can cause damage to 
    the body, creating collateral illness.



A dog’s nose knows.



The percentage of a dog’s brain devoted to analyzing odors is 40 times larger than that of a human. We have 5 million olfactory senses in our nose; dogs have up to 350 million.  Here are some illustrations of equivalences of the level of detection of extreme sensitivity and efficiency of the olfactory system of the dog:
       1 pinch of salt on 10,000 tons of potato chips

       1 bad apple in 2 billion barrels

       1 to 2 drops in 20 Olympic swimming pools



Help us to help you.


We need exhaled breath samples. We are looking for individuals who have received a medical diagnosis of cancer, but have not yet started any medical treatment (chemotherapy, radiation or surgery), as all treatments change the composition of the samples used to train the dogs. It is essential for us to have these “pure” samples in order to train the dogs to discriminate between cancer and medications.



All we need is your breath.



Those who are interested in participating in our effort will be sent a breath kit with instructions to breathe into the simple and non-invasive device. That’s all we need: samples of breath. We are looking specifically for pancreatic, breast and lung cancer patients to begin our dogs’ training to detect these cancers. (And, btw, our dogs are all carefully selected from shelter dogs, as we are also actively involved in rescuing homeless dogs, and placing them in loving, devoted homes.)


Be a part of the future of eradicating cancer through early detection: the sooner cancer is diagnosed, the more effective any treatment.


Our experience is that a cancer diagnosis often serves as a wake-up call for improvement in life-style as well as treatment, thus also increasing the odds of a successful outcome.


Who We Are:

We represent the combined efforts of Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs (BRMDD) and Dogs Sense Scents. BRMDD is a North Carolina registered 501(c)3 Charity. Its Director and Founder, Terri Boyd, is certified to train dogs through scent, and has had experience training bomb and narcotic detection dogs as well as dogs for diabetes diagnosis. Dogs Sense Scents is pending NY state registration as a 501(c) Charity. Its Director and Founder, Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D., has over 40 years experience in cancer treatment as well as cutting-edge research of cancer therapies. Molly Goldberg, Assistant Director, has a passion for dogs, and says that when she looks into their eyes, she “sees their souls.” She has both volunteered and worked at a no-kill animal shelter in Vermont.


Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs Advisory Board:



Wendy Coin, MD; Medical Director, Physician Owner Partner @ The Family Health Centers Denise Henry, DVM; Charlotte Street Animal Hospital
Raymond Thertuline, MD, PhD, Research Director, Oncologist; Asheville Hematology and Oncology,
Park Ridge Oncology, 21st Century Oncology
Jane G. Goldberg, PhD, Oncological Psychologist; Psychoanalyst


Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs Board Members:


Terri Boyd, Executive Director & Founder BRMDD; medical dog detection trainer
Amanda Miles-Graeter, CPA
Laura Dressel, MD; Physician Owner Partner @ The Family Health Centers
The Dogs:
Mr. Huey
Black Lab, Male

Huey is in training (it), specifically for the Lung Cancer Detection Dog (CDD) team. He is a sweet, loving hunk of working dog who aims to please. His favorite reward is food, but we continue building ball drive on a daily basis, in hopes of fewer future calories. He loves playing with his canine friends and snuggling on the sofa with his human family! Huey’s drive, focus and willingness to work makes him a great cancer detection dog (CDD).

Ms. Maya

Carolina Dog, female

Ms. Maya, we believe to be a Carolina Dog. She is about 2.5 years old, rescued from death row by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Maya is our first CDD for our Breast Cancer Detection Dog Team. Maya is so sweet and independent. She’s the defender of all squirrels and hole-digging ground hogs. She is very independent, yet the first to instigate pack play with her canine friends.

Mr. Bo Jango
Lab mix, Male

Mr. Bo Jango is the newest member to the medical detection dog family. He came to us by way of a foster home in Sylva, NC. After being found as a small puppy along the side of the road, his saving family was then greatly impacted by cancer. Long hours away lead the energetic Jango to be placed in foster care at just one-year-old. We are grateful for his foster family who then contacted us.

Dogs Sense Scents Advisory Board:


Dr. Timothy Mann, VMD CVA (for veterinary acupuncture)
Terri Boyd, Executive Director & Founder BRMDD; medical dog detection trainer
Laura Dressel, MD, Physician Owner Partner @ The Family Health Centers
Summer Hall, dog lover

Dogs Sense Scents Board Members:


Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D., Executive Director & Founder of Dogs Sense Scents;, oncological psychologist; psychoanalyst; author (8 books and numerous articles and blogs)

Molly Goldberg, Assistant Director


Gregg Lalley, Secretary/Treasurer



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Respectfully submitted by:
*Licensed Psychologist
*Certified  Psychoanalyst
*Stone Carrier Medicine Woman, Native American Traditional Organization


Listen to Jane’s recent appearance on the TEMPLE OF HEALTH radio show, hosted by Dr. Susan Kolb, which aired on Saturday January 23rd.


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Resort Spa,

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La Casa Resort Spa, located in the Puerto Rican rainforest (El Yunque), was the first La Casa. After a hurricane destroyed our guest cottages, we closed. We are now in the process of rebuilding and re-opening. Bigger, better and bolder than ever! Stay tuned for details!

La Casa is so very pleased that last week the New York Times gave us a mention for our Gravity Inversion treatment.
 Gravity prevents the blood in our bodies from flowing upward freely, above our hearts and into our heads. Poor circulation to our heads is one reason why our eyes, ears, gums, faces, scalps and brains are often the first place we see deterioration from aging. Gravity also takes a heavy toll on our internal organs: it compresses our lungs, limits breathing capacity, as well as prolapsing our colons, which in turn compresses our sexual organs too.
You can restore balance to your body by using La Casa’s gravity inversion table. 
You can find out more about the benefits of the treatment in a previous Musings, “Going Up-Side Down at the Woodstock Fruit Festival,” which you can read:


Weakness or Strength?


A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”

“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,”the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches.

The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his only move to win the match.

Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger and stronger. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened.


“No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.”

Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defence for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

“Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame the circumstances and ourselves for it but we never know that our weakness can become our strength one day.”

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La Casa Spa and Wellness Center was created out of the experience one woman had with her mother. Long before holistic medicine became widely known, Dr. Jane Goldberg spent the 1970s seeking alternative cancer therapies for her mother, who had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. Following sound principles of holistic health, Jane’s mother was able to reverse her cancer condition entirely, moving from her wheelchair to joyfully playing tennis again. This experience inspired Jane to specialize in her psychoanalytic practice to work with cancer patients, and to fulfill the need for a holistic healing center in NYC. Jane and La Casa invite you to partake of the restorative and profoundly cleansing therapies that have brought La Casa world-wide recognition.


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