Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning zoo therapy and xenotransplants.
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Learn about Zootherapy and Xenotransplants Patting a dog and catling a cat is good for your heart. It is a proven fact that people who have suffered heart attacks have a better chance of living longer if they own a pet. The love of a very full footed friend can reduce hypotension. It is scientifically proven fact but not all creatures inspire a warm fuzzy feeling. In fact some animals strike tear and fear into the hearts of people even if they are left safely behind glass. Some arachnophobes cannot even bear to look at a picture of a spider without having a panic attack. Do not worry, you are not alone. This is the most common phobia of all. 50 percent of women and 10 percent of men are Arachnophobic but less than one percent of sufferers seek help. The object of a Zootherapy session with one of these legged wed weavers is to eventually pick one up and give it a pat. It is the ultimate incoming face to face with your fears. In motion therapy, the therapist will inundate you with images of spiders and encounters with taxidermist or virtual spiders in the hopes of desensitizing you to it. Before long, you will have progressed to a fully fledged zootherapy with a real tarantula. Imagine holding a plump velvety purple Peruvian tarantula of your very own. Some people will find it hard to deal with even after all the hypnotherapy. Others will be surprised by the spiders acceptance of physical affection that it has a quite cause but spiders are proud of their fur. They make use of it in courtship displays it helps them walk upside down. Trying to associate the spider with positive interesting facts is a must when trying to overcome the fear. Zootherapy with spiders will turn you from Arachnophobe to Arachnophile faster than you can pick up a Mexican tarantula and sure you can kiss them. All put colors around them and take them out for a walk or buy them special treats at the supermarket but some people have been known to keep spiders as pets. From zootherapy to wolf spider breeder, stranger things have happened. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are waiting fororgan donation. Sadly, the numbers on the lists just keep growing and hundreds die waiting. It is clear something has to be done as organs and tissue becomes—due to the miracle of modern medicine keeping potential donors alive longer. If humans can not donate organs, perhaps we can get them from animals. Medical scientists are looking to Xenotransplantation as one means of easing the organ donation crisis. Xeno means foreign. Xenotransplantation is the name given to cross species transplantation. The animal tissue that is least likely to be rejected by the human body comes from pigs and baboons. Recent advances in human to human transplants or allotransplants have reduced the risk of rejection to the point where seemingly incompatible people can now swap body parts. Anti-rejection medications are making it all possible so this again opens up the possibility of cross species transplantation. Some experts are ethically opposed to Xenotransplantation. They fear a myriad of diseases may cross from one species to another creating potentially deadly pandemics. Others believe that keeping someone mildly sick with the use of strong chemotherapy to keep their immune system repressed so that it won’t reject the foreign matter is counter intuitive to the active trying to make someone will in the first place. This chemically lowered immunity can lead to other complications like skin cancer and pneumonia, of course animal rights activist are wrapping arms for all obvious reasons too. Xenotransplantation is such a controversial subject. The Australian government has placed a moratorium on it for 18 years or until the cross species disease issue is resolved. Zootherapy is so effective, the animals involved and now referred to as co-therapists.