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Strengths Many cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy that nauseate them develop food aversions As a result they suffer a loss of appetite and malnutrition Fortunately thanks to Bernsteins lifesaver experiment there are many procedures in chemotherapy which allow patients to eat a lifesaver sweet to serve as a scapegoat This protects the patients diet from becoming aversive Flavor aversion can be used to protect endangered species For examples In America conditioned flavour aversions are used against predators such as snakes foxes and hawks to stop them destroying the eggs of endangered species such as the burrel owl Weaknesses There are doubts about the long-term effectiveness of aversion therapy A persons ability to discriminate between the aversive conditioning situation and all other situations can reduce the treatment effectiveness of aversion therapy EG alcoholics know that outside the therapists office they can drink without fear of nausea Another example which puts doubts about the long-term effectiveness of aversion therapy was conducted by Nicolas et al who found that adult raccoons that had conditioned aversions to chickens did not teach their offspring to avoid chickens In fact after seeing the young raccoons kill and eat chickens the adults overcame their aversive and began preying on chickens again Ethical issues - is it right it interfere with nature Some ethical groups say that it is wrong to use flavor aversion on animals as it is having a direct impact on wildlife For Example farmers which use flavor aversion of coyotes and wolves are giving a direct impact on other animals such as rabbits and birds who are now the main targets of coyotes and wolves
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