Doctor Oz was joined by Julie Scardina, Animal Ambassador for Sea World and Busch Gardens, and Dr. Oz’s son Oliver to explore how the animal kingdom may hold clues to cure some of the most deadly diseases.
I was very excited to see Oliver, Dr. Oz’s son and assistant of the day in seat 3, along with Dr. Oz’s beautiful daughters (who were in the audience). We can already tell that Oliver is a smart guy like his dad! Here are the animals that Oliver, Dr. Oz and Julie Scardina showed!
Animal Lifesavers with Dr. Oz’s Son & Julie Scardina
1. Emperor Scorpions
Emperor scorpions come from Africa, and Julie Scardina said that the larger the scorpion is, the less danger it is. Scorpions have venom in the stinger in their tail, which they use on their prey. Dr. Oz said that scorpion’s venom is also used in the medical world to treat brain tumors, as a pain killer and to help with epilepsy.
2. Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Red diamond rattlesnakes come from Southern California. Dr. Oz said that the venom in Red Diamond Rattlesnakes is used in surgeries as an anti-coagulate and can help treat heart failure.
3. Axolotl Amphibian
The Axolotl amphibian was extremely cute. Axolotl’s have lungs on their outside and you can tell by looking at them that they are a primitive creature. Dr. Oz is particularly interested in Axolotls and amphibians because they go from breathing water to breathing air in their lifetime, and also if they lose a tail or limb, they can regenerate a new tail or limb. Therefore, Axolotls and amphibians may hold the key for a medical cure for amputees where we could just grow a new limb for a person who lost a limb.
4. Caracal: African Species Wild Cat
Caracal is an African species of a wild cat, and Julie Scardina’s caracal is named Charlie. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) started with African lions, so the African wild cat species may be instrumental in finding a cure for FIV, which could translate into a cure for humans!