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Hack Your Biology With A Micronutrient Test

As a doctor specializing in preventative care, an individualized approach has become the standard of excellence. A Micronutrient Test gives us exactly what we need to treat our patients in the most individualized way possible. 

People commonly ask me about whether they should take specific supplements. They heard Dr. Oz say it's good, or it worked for their best friend so they took a chance.

They feel they should be taking "something". There are many studies out there that point to the benefits of taking antioxidants and a multivitamin. What these studies don't take into consideration is the individual needs of the patient. We enhance the potential for better outcomes and a healthier population when we consider this important piece. Beyond that we give these patients a better chance to live an optimized life. 

I rely upon Spectracell's Micronutrient Test to help us evaluate the true nutritional status of each patient. Once we clearly understand each patient's individual needs then we can create very specific nutritional protocols to support their system. It also helps us guide them towards their highest expression of health. 

How Is Micronutrient Testing Different?

Testing with Spectracell's Micronutrient Test is the most specialized way to evaluate your wellbeing.  

Once we draw your blood it is sent to a lab. The lab pulls out your lymphocytes (white blood cells) and grows them in a petri dish for 3 weeks.  Your lymphocytes are then opened up and evaluated for what has been absorbed, utilized, and what is deficient inside the cell. 

They then determine how your cells handle stress and how your immune system is functioning by stressing the cells in different ways.

This creates a beautiful graph of your cellular function and from that we create very specific protocols to improve your functionality. So for people who desire to enhance their functionality as they age, this is a fantastic  test!  It is a great way to improve vitality, regeneration, energy and metabolism.

Last Notes On Micronutrient Tests...

For many people, supplementation can be overwhelming because there is so much controversial information. So they stab at it, trying to at least "cover the bases".  This ends up causing frustration and becomes a huge expense.  Too many people send me pictures of their supplement cabinet and it's filled with half-used bottles and amounts to hundreds of dollars.

When a Patient has a specific health issue, there are many different nutrients and deficiency states that can play a role in the issue itself. We can pinpoint exactly what is needed to get that patient back to health rather than giving them a  standard protocol when we evaluate the body with the Micronutrient Test.

I often combine this test with a Hair Mineral Analysis to evaluate heavy metal toxicity and organ system function to get a bigger picture of exactly what is going on in the patient's body.

And if you are a biohacker, focusing your healthcare on creating optimized vitality and function as you age, a micronutrient test is essential to your body best performance.

This is biohacking at its finest.

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Anti Aging Skin Care with Dory Johnson

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Dory Johnson, my personal esthetician, has beautiful skin and an incredible knowledge base when it comes to anti aging skin care. She knows exactly how to improve skin texture, appearance and bring back your youthful glow.

In this episode, Dory shares tips on how to take care of your skin at home and as a result you’ll be amazed at how small steps can make big changes for your beauty.

Anti aging skin care is very important to Dory, as she found herself with cancer on her face in her 30’s and consequently began a deep dive into the science of anti aging skin care.

Not only was she recovering from cancer, she changed her career path as she approached age 50! I and thrilled to share this powerful story of fortitude and healing with you.

You will also hear her speak to how unconscious habits form how we look and determine how others perceive us. May this conversation awaken you to your personal unconscious patterns and habits so that you can awake to your innate beauty.

Then maybe you will follow with some of Dory’s biohacks and integrate them in to your life as well.

Beauty is an inside-out job. Yes, we have been conditioned to believe that beauty is the color of our skin, hair and the shape of our body, but the truth is you can have all of that, and if empty and living a purposeless life, you will not feel beautiful. At least not for long. In conclusion, it’s time to reveal your radiance! May you enjoy the show.

Key Notes:

[3:01] Dory Johnson Says Hello
[7:35] Changing Careers At Age 49!
[10:02] CANCER ON HER FACE!
[15:57] Stress and Subconscious Effects
[20:40] Your Skin Is A Reflection of Your Inside
[24:00] Feeling Irrelevant As You Age
[28:28] Home Skin Care Tips
[37:20] Dory’s #1 BioHack!
[40:20] Closing

Resources & Links:

Website: http://www.skincarewithdory.com

Blogs:

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/sun-protection

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/dermaplaning-facials

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/microchanneling

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/peptides

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/microcurrent-facials

https://skincarewithdory.com/category/facials

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Brandy Victory you can read her story here.

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The Best Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Those pesky MOSQUITOES!  You are about to learn how to make the best homemade mosquito repellent so you don't have to deal. Yay!

Not only are they obnoxious, they carry dreaded diseases that wreak havoc on your body.  Diseases transmitted by mosquitos include West Nile Virus, Dengue, malaria, certain types of encephalitis, and at least 19 known disease altogether.

According to Wikipedia, nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness yearly, resulting in over 1 million deaths!

Avoid getting bit by these creatures!

West Nile Virus has recently been found in Boulder County, hence I am sharing the best homemade mosquito repellent recipe so you can protect your family.

Why Avoid Chemical Bug Sprays:

Making the best homemade mosquito repellent allows you to know exactly what is in your bug spray and avoid harmful chemicals like DEET.   DEET has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system, which you likely want to protect, especially considering how prevalent nervous system challenges are these days.  It is getting worse, and you must ask why.

DEET basically inhibits a very important enzyme in your nervous system called acetylcholinesterase (AChE).  This enzyme is found in the synapse of nerve cells and muscle cells. When a signal is passed from nerve to muscle AChE jumps in and breaks down 

A little girl scratches  a mosquito bite

the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, consequently stopping the signal and allowing new neurotransmitters to be rebuilt so that the next message can be received.

AChE has an extremely fast reaction time, breaking up each molecule in about 80 microseconds.  Anything that works that fast has an important job to do! 

Poisons that attack this enzyme paralyzes muscles.  And, combine DEET with other chemicals (often found in combination in conventional bug sprays) and you get an increase in their toxicity!  It is time for a new approach! 

How to Make The Best Homemade Mosquito Repellent:

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (different than lemon eucalyptus oil) is EPA approved as an insect repellent and considered relatively safe, but yet to be well tested on children.  So, on that note, we are going to use a blend of essential oils in this recipe to have the best effectiveness. 

You can use any blend of bug-repelling oils, which I believe a blend of oils is going to give you better protection than a single oil alone. 

If you'd like to see this recipe on action, check out this link to watch me make it on the fly.

Here is a list of potential oils to use:

citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, geranium, peppermint, catnip and cedar. 

Keep in mind not all essential oils are the same!  Recently https://www.consumersadvocate.org released a report on their findings of the purity of 33 different essential oils on the market today. They has an independent lab test them to see what was inside each. I think you will be surprised to know the findings! You can check out that article here

Ingredients:

1  4 oz amber or dark colored bottle 

50 drops of a blend of essential oils (from the list above)

1 tbsp vodka or rubbing alcohol

2oz witch hazel

2oz filtered, spring or distilled water

1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional. Helps stabilize spray)

Instructions:

Put all essential oils and alcohol (or vodka) in glass jar and shake well to combine. Add witch hazel and shake well again. Add vegetable glycerin (if using), shake vigorously, then lastly add water and shake well again. 

Notes:

Shake vigorously before each use. Naturally separates. Spray on every few hours for best protection. 

When using on children, spray on clothing rather than directly on skin.

Use precaution when using any products on skin as they may cause adverse reactions. 

You may want to make 3-4 bottles at one time so that you can store them in various places. I like to keep one near the front door and in our camping gear. 

Other Natural Bug Spray Options:

If you don't want to make your own, opt for one of the more natural options. There are several on the market today that are decent.  Here are a few to consider:

Alba Botanica Anti-Bug Spray

Buzz Away Extreme

Badger Anti-Bug

May your summer be bug free!


Wanna stay balanced through the fall and winter seasons?  Check out the retreat I am hosting in October! It is called Balance, Boundaries & Letting Go ~ A Powerful Retreat To Soothe Your Soul.

Trauma Recovery with Molly Douglas

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Trauma recovery can easily be elusive to women. Molly Douglas brings depth and wisdom to women who are ready to awaken and who are ready for newness in their lives. You don’t have to continue to “deal” with the trauma of the past. Furthermore, Molly shares some unique ways she has found recovery and exactly how she shares this incredible process with other women ready to heal.

Having dealt with sexual abuse and disempowerment on many levels throughout her life, and as a result, Molly figured out how to recover and now uses her skills to teach women how to find their authentic truth and be comfortable in their own skin. The hardest part of trauma recovery may be the ability to trust again and Molly can lead you to a deeper self-trust which reflects into your world and allows you to deeply trust life again.

We discuss everything from trauma, to food, to sex, and to embodying the goddess in your everyday life. This is a really fun conversation and you are sure to enjoy the show!

Through Art Therapy, Breath Work Practices and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Molly guides women on a journey through healing and transformation. I know you will be inspired and empowered!

Key Notes:

[0:40]  Introduction ~ Molly Douglas

[6:52]   How Molly Unstuck Herself From Trauma

[12:26]  Struggling With “I am Enough-ness”

[15:41] Goddesses & The Sacred Feminine

[20:24]  How To Release Resistance to Shadow Work

[30:31]  Raising the Vibration of Sex, Food & Daughters

[46:30]  Connect Back To Your Wounds to Find Your Gifts

[49:12]  Molly’s Greatest Biohack & How She Turns Her Soul On!

[52:00]  Closing & How to Connect with Molly Douglas

Trauma Recovery Resources & Links:

Molly Douglas’ Website

Molly’s FB Group – Lit From Within

If you’d like to dive into clearing your beliefs and creating more balance in your life, you may enjoy the retreat I am offering In October.

 

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Ambition & Grace Session ~ Sustainable Health with Jessie Bauer!

Approaching your well-being with sustainable health lifestyle practices is best as it supports the natural processes of life and becomes something you can do forever, beyond a fad diet.  Plus, it’s healthy for the planet when you choose to live this way, therefore hugely impacts the wellbeing of our families, communities, and each other.  Your choices create a cycle of upliftment, or detriment, that affects every single being on the planet, depending on how you choose to live.  This is a fun and inspiring interview about sustainable health with Jessie Bauer of Good Farma. She’s a certified Nutrition Specialist and has a deep love for the wellbeing of society as well as mother earth.

Living A Sustainable Health Lifestyle

Jessie tells her story of coming from a time in her life where she pretty much lived on ramen noodles and microwaved food, consequently experiencing a state of disfunction and disharmony in her body, mind and life.  In this interview, she explains how this affected her athleticism as well as her mental mindset.

Jessie has taken steps to regain her health and has learned a lot along the way about how to live a sustainable health lifestyle.   She has since stepped into owning her own business as an entrepreneur and uses her time and expertise to educate others on how to live the healthiest way possible so that we all thrive.

Key Notes:

She’s got some great tips therefore I know you will enjoy the show!

[0:00] Opening & Where we are going

[5:30]  Introduction of Jessie Bauer

[7:35] Why she is a Self-Proclaimed Disruptor

[9:15]  Jessie’s inspiration for getting into the nutrition industry

[31:15]  The Food First Philosophy

[34:45] The Depth of Programming Around Food

[36:25]  You are creating the future with your choices

[53:56]  The future of planet earth is in your hands

[1:06:16]  Closing

Resources & Links:

http://www.mygoodfarma.com

https://www.facebook.com/mygoodfarma

https://www.instagram.com/good_farma_

And if you are ready to ACTIVATE register for your Activation Call!

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Ambition & Grace Session ~ Brain Tumor Recovery

Brain Tumor Recovery & Living with Acromegaly with Ryan West

Wow! What an incredible story!

Brain tumor recovery and living with acromegaly is Ryan West’s profound story.  It is one you will not forget and in fact may be the most inspiring story you’ve ever heard.

In this episode he describes exactly what he went through: brain tumor surgery, going to doctors continuously, the deformation of his face and head, the medications he will always have to take, the trials of brain tumor recovery ,and how he keeps himself in tip-top shape.

Ryan is on a mission!  After dealing with a pituitary brain tumor while in the service (thank you Ryan!),  he has taking that drive and determination and put it into helping others along their wellness journey.  He is clearly here as a guide for others suffering with brain tumors as well as other diseases so they too can feel as good as they can and become empowered in their own lives.

You will enjoy hearing Ryan speak about his brain tumor recovery with such strength.  It is this kind of power that is his key to recovery and living an optimized life.

Since recovering from a brain tumor, Ryan has developed an app to help others wanting to live healthier lives.  It is called the Resistance Assistance App and it is designed for anyone who wants to have ease in getting their exercise in with resistance bands!

This can be done quickly at home or even if you are traveling since resistance bands are easy to pack and carry. You don’t have to be recovering from brain cancer to use this app, and it is designed to not be overwhelming to people just starting out.  I hope you try it out!

Resources & Links:

www.RevealingHealing.net

Revealing Healing Podcast 

Resistance Assistance Fitness Made Easy App

Key Notes:

[0:00]   Introduction

[4:01]   Why I am sharing Ryan’s story

[7:12]    Ryan’s brain cancer recovery and living with acromegaly

[26:47]  The function of your pituitary gland

[29:42]  Inspiration for those on medication

[33:10]  Finding his way out of hell to success

[46:20]  More about the Resistance Assistance Fitness Made Easy App!

[51:35]   Closing

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Brandy check out her story here.

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Keto Chocolate Recipe

WARNING! You may hate me after this.  Once you try this AMAZINGNESS  you will never want to be without it. You may not even be keto, but this Keto Chocolate Recipe will knock your Socks OFF! Uh Oh!

And trust me... I KNOW CHOCOLATE!  It happens to be one of my favorite things in life, and since I am also very conscious about putting sugar and artificial ingredients in my body I had no choice but to come up with a keto chocolate recipe that rocks!

And you, my friend, have just become privy to this phenomenal chocolate I make every week!  SERIOUSLY.

Now being that chocolate is such a major part of my life, I have tried many different recipes out there and finally came up with one that fits my needs perfectly.  I mean really ~ chocolate needs to be chocolatey (obviously!), Oh-So-Smooth, and capable of melting on my tongue with perfect intensity.  

So Here You Go!

And by the way, if you are still finding yourself needing to ACTIVATE YOURSELF in a bigger way, apply for an Activation Call with me and BUST THROUGH your funk for good!

Dr. Brandy's Keto Chocolate Recipe

First, you want to get a few molds.  If you don't have any, and you can't wait for them to arrive before you break out this spectacular keto chocolate recipe, you can always pour it on a plate in a thin layer and let it set.  Break it up with a butter knife and you are good to go.  No need to wait on chocolate! Heck no!

In reality, this doesn't have to be a keto recipe, but if you are keto it certainly can be!  The keto version is much richer, of course, but still really enjoyable.  Plus, you can add bee pollen or large sea salt flakes to the top and you'll never look back at another chocolate again!

Ingredients:

100gm cacao butter , melted 

25gm coconut butter, melted and stirred 

3/4 cup (60gm) raw cacao powder 

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

Optional (non-keto) Style: 

1/8 - 1/4 cup maple syrup  or raw honey

Toppings:

Cacao nibs

Large flake sea salt

Bee pollen 

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Method:


Melt cacao butter and coconut butter at around 40-45°C (104-113°F) on a double boiler. Once melted completely, stir in vanilla, sea salt and raw cacao powder.  KEEP STIRRING.

Turn off heat and take top pan (with chocolate in it) off the bottom pan (with water in it) and continue to stir. until it begins to cool.  If you want to be precise I usually let mine cool to about 31°C (88°F), however, I have recently rushed it and poured the hot chocolate into the molds and threw them in the refrigerator and it came out just a good as ever.  

Just be mindful that you are not putting something too hot in a silicone or plastic mold.  There are nasty chemicals that can leach out of those things and that would defeat the purpose of you making the healthiest chocolate in the universe.

Once your keto chocolate recipe has cooled a bit, pour it into the molds and sprinkle your topping of choice.  I personally LOVE the large sea salt flakes and cacao nibs together!  Bee pollen is another fav, so I usually make a mold of each.  

Put in the refrigerator to set. It only takes about an hour, but if you can't wait that long be sure to leave some in the pan to sample!

Ambition & Grace Session ~ Ali Kole & Jennifer Ellsworth-Bell ~ Reclaim Your Feminine Wholeness

A Sensuality Conversation To Up-Level Your Life

This is a fascinating conversation with Jennifer Ellsworth-Bell and Ali Kegley Kole with Sensually Embodied Dance.  This conversation is all about Turning Yourself On!  And from a rich, deep place within, so that you too can know that you have so much power within you to feel alive as a women and to enliven all of your relationships, especially the one with yourself.

You will hear Dr. Brandy’s unfoldment from disconnection to re-connection.

www.SensuallyEmbodied.com

S-Factor Website

10-Day Group Transformation Program

[0:00]  Creating More Magnetism In Your Life

[2:08]  The 10-Day Transformation Program

[3:05]  Introduction of Ali Kole & Jennifer Ellingsworth-Bell

[4:03]  My Path to Church & Therapy All At The Same Time

[4:55]  Jennifer Bell’s Transition from Prosecution & Panic Attacks to Connection to Herself

[7:55]  Ali Kole’s Deep Gratitude for What Sensually Embodied Dance Brings to Life

[9:01] Ali’s Transition from Student to Sensually Embodied DanceTeacher

[12:45]  Returning to The Essential Feminine Genius & Power  Inherit Within

[16:00]  What Does Your Erotic Body Love?

Empowering Your Life with Words

In this episode of Turn Your Soul On! Radio, Dr. Brandy lays it down and highlights the truth about the power of each and every word you speak as well as how every sound you make may contribute to your success or failure.

Are you wearing shirts with sayings? Dr. Brandy shares her perspective on what this may mean for your life.  

https://drbrandyvictory.com/10day

Turn Your Soul On! Radio Station

Turn Your Soul On! FB Group

Dr. Brandy's YouTube Channel

0:00  introduction

2:25   How I am peeling back the layers of the "I'm not good enough" story

5:30  The power of sound

8:15  Donald Trump & how this "sound" conversation started

14:50  Becoming aware of what you say to yourself

16:44  T-shirt sayings and how it impacts your life

20:15  The violation of our burglary and becoming an alcoholic

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What Is Leaky Gut?

Are you having sensitivities to certain foods but you just can't pinpoint it?  

Have you been frustrated by the onslaught of symptoms:  constipation, diarrhea, sugar intolerances, depression, anxiety, joint pain, muscle weakness, etc., wondering if they're all related?

And why you keep going downhill but can't seem to figure out the underlying root cause of it all?  

LEAKY GUT SYNDROME MAY BE YOUR ANSWER!

Your Intestines...

Your intestines is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and moving the bulk that eventually becomes stool along the intestines to be released. It also protects your body by controlling what goes in and out of the blood stream.

Your intestinal lining is a very specialized layer of cells that are held together by tight junctions (TJ).  That simply means that the junctions between each cell is very tight, and is held together by a protein complex that creates a selectively permeable seal.  This seal allows water and nutrients to be absorbed, yet serves as a barrier to pathogens, foods, and mucosal tissue, keeping what should stay in your intestines in your intestines rather than passing through the intestinal lining into the blood stream. 

The Big Problem...

The problem is when these tight junctions become loose and allow more than water and nutrients through.  When these TJs lose their integrity, bacteria, toxins and food particles can pass through the cell layer and make their way into the blood stream.  Bacteria, toxins and food particles should NEVER be in your blood stream, so an alarm goes off in your body and your immune system goes to work! Systemic inflammation begins throughout your body which leads to symptoms like muscle and joint pain,  fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and, of course, digestive issues that can include constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, you name it!  This is called "intestinal permeability", aka: Leaky Gut Syndrome.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Some people may be genetically predisposed, but your genes can be turned on and off, so let's get down to the nitty-gritty so you know how to avoid the things that may trigger this problem.  

Poor Dietary Choices - Eating inflammatory foods are a direct hit to your intestinal wall. Processed sugar, white flour, breads and pastries, corn, soy, and pasteurized dairy can all create an inflammatory response and may cause your TJs to loosen. Refined oils like canola, sunflower,  cottonseed, and soybean oil and artificial sweeteners can impact your intestinal wall lining as well.

Yeast Overgrowth - Just like the bacteria in your gut, you have yeast that typically lives in harmony in your body. And, sometimes yeast can overgrow, causing a systemic reaction. I see this often on patient's tongues, toenails and how they smell.  Yes, yeast overgrowth has a peculiar smell and one you probably don't want to emit. Let's get this one under control!

Toxin Overload - approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year with 2 million of those tons recognized as carcinogens (1).  That doesn't include the toxins you may be putting on your body, in your water and food, and what you are using to clean your house.  In today's world, you can't help but be hit with toxins every single day.  The biggest culprits for Leaky Gut are antibiotics, pesticides (yes, they are even in your organic foods!), tap water, and pain relievers like aspirin and NSAIDS. 

Chronic Stress - This one is easily overlooked because many people feel they handle their stress well, or what they're going through isn't as big of a deal as most other people, so they don't feel stress is a big deal.  But the truth is that all stress has an impact on your body.  Stress depletes micronutrient stores and increases demand for specific nutrients like B vitamins. Stress also impacts gut flora and diminishes your ability to absorb nutrients, therefore you may be eating well but not absorbing, leading to nutrient deficiencies and you may not even know.  You may want to consider getting your micronutrients tested. 

Dysbiosis - This is a condition in your intestines where you have an imbalance of gut flora.  To make it simple, you have "good guys" and "bad guys" which should be living in balance in your gut.  Sometimes, with antibiotic usage, drugs and alcohol, and eating processed foods, these good guys and bad guys get out of balance and the bad guys take over and wreak havoc on your digestive system.  The kicker is that the gut bacteria supports the barrier created by the lining of the intestines, so when these guys get out of balance they can't do their job and creates more of the same problem.

Do I Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Leaky Gut Syndrome has been poo-pooed by the medical community, although you will find holistic practitioners all over considering this as a part of their treatment plan. the fact is that science hasn't quite caught up to what we intuitively know, but it is certainly on its way. 

There are numerous tests being conducted and it won't be long before the medical community can trust that the innate wisdom inside each of us has been guiding us in the right direction all along. (2), (3)

I always say: 

"Your body knows way before it shows up on a lab test". 

What Can I Do?

Start by taking a good look at what you are eating.  Really start to give your body a chance to heal by eliminating processed foods and eating a fresh, whole food diet with foods that are in season.  You can also add fermented foods to your diet which feed those good guys!  Raw sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi are a few that are commonly used.  

There are very specific things I do for my patients with yeast overgrowth, but the one thing you can do today is stop feeding the yeast, and guess what it loves to eat? SUGAR!  Yep, get off the sugar and sweeteners and acidify your digestive tract. You can take 1-2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar each day to improve acidity. This changes the environment so that your good guys can thrive.  

Reduce your stress! Take a yoga class, begin a meditation practice, quit your job, whatever it takes, change your stress patterns.  You have the ability to do this for yourself, and you deserve it!  If you want to get right down to it, it is your responsibility to mitigate stress since your stress patterns are likely getting in your way of you showing up as your grandest self, and who would choose that?

NOTE: if you feel you have a medical problem, seek a medical doctor. This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. Use your senses and take care of yourself

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