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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health: Looking after the Muscle of the Mind

Modern medical psychiatry tries to understand the brain only in terms of gross damage (so nothing can be done) or single chemical imbalances.  This is a simplistic and somewhat foolish approach considering the fact that any neurologist, behavioural scientist or biochemist will tell you the brain is anything but simple.

For the brain to work properly it’s an interaction between the structures,  the chemistry, the electricity, and your lifestyle and social choices.

As you’re about to discover, preventing mental health issues is really very similar to preventing cancer, heart disease, obesity, and all the other chronic diseases of the West.

You’ll also discover there are more treatment options within our control.

These 5 videos are not intended to treat or diagnose any disorder.

I’m going to cover:

  • A surprising way to improve your memory
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Stress
  • Movement and Brain Balance

A Surprising Way to Improve Your Memory (almost immediately)

Alzheimer’s Prevention (and a novel treatment)

If you have any of the following symptoms you should consider following the advice in the next video

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Problems with words
  • Problems with writing
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and behaviour

The nutritional regime form the study mentioned:

For 2 Years:
0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12 (equivalent to 500 micrograms)

20 milligrams of B6

0.8 milligrams of folic acid (equivalent to 800 micrograms)

Name of the test: homocysteine

Nutritional Psychiatry (and Leaky Brains)

Stress

In this video I describe how stress aggravates mental health,  and share my favourite ways to switch stress of and save your brain and your health.

The resources I mention:

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For a 7 day free trial of the BrainTap – http://braintapstore.com/freetrial/drcpickard

If you’re local – http://www.bodyinbalanceuk.com/stress

(or you can sign up just to get the stress articles)

Movement and Brain Balance

Balancing the brain is something NO DRUG CAN DO.

For instance, conditions such as ADHD and OCD can actually problems with the right side of the brain. Drugs work on BOTH sides, so you can never get a cure.  Depression can be just a left sided problem.

Today I’ll reveal how to spot if you have a ‘brain hemisphericity’ and what you can do about it.

7 Ways to Manage Stress

Americans are feeling anxious — a health risk, especially for older adults.

By: Janet Lee – Consumer Reports :: June 5, 2017

Whether acute or chronic, stress can affect you physically, changing your hormone levels and activating your body’s inflammatory response.

“There’s evidence that people under chronic stress are more susceptible to the common cold and flu, and are at greater risk of developing depression and coronary heart disease,” says Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Under long-term stress, many of your body’s physical systems do not respond normally.”

And though older adults usually report less stress than younger ones—thanks to years of experience in developing coping strategies—age may make us more susceptible to the negative health effects of chronic stress.

This article shares 7 simple and highly effective ways to better manage stress levels including controlled breathing, practicing mindfulness, strong interpersonal relationships, connecting with nature, better sleep and taking more technology breaks.

Link to full article: https://www.consumerreports.org/mental-health/ways-tomanage-stress/

 

 

R4 – Reduce Inflammation

Are you burning up?

If you’re reading this then I’m 100% certain that this article is of prime importance to either you, or someone very close to you.

There is a large body of evidence that suggests inflammation is the root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.

It can even be behind the inability to lose weight.

Before watching my training video inspired by Dr Pompa, and originally part of www.Mi365.me, here’s a personal story as told by a colleague of mine in the USA:

And here’s my longer training (you may want to get  cup of the anti-inflammatory coffee I recommend):

Inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, leading to a diseases of genetic weakness.

There are 3 main contributors that always need to be addressed in order to down-regulate inflammation.

  • Controlling glucose/insulin

Keeping tight control of your glucose intake is of paramount importance for any anti-inflammation program to be effective as it is a driving force that cannot be remedied by any supplementation or drug protocol. For example, diabetics do not die from diabetes, but from other degenerative conditions. Despite being on medication, 68% of all diabetics die from heart disease, and 50% of diabetics end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s as they age rapidly from the inside out.

This is directly due to the oxidation/inflammation from uncontrolled glucose and insulin.

By the way, grains, not sugar, are the #1 contributor to elevated glucose. Yes, even whole grains. Did you know that 2 pieces of whole grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal raises glucose the same as a can of Coke? This is why a Cellular Healing Diet eliminates ALL GRAINS from the diet UNTIL cellular inflammation is corrected.

  • Eliminate “bad fats”.

What are ‘bad fats’?  Well it may surprise you to know that the worse culprit is probably omega 6 fats from all the processed vegetable oils we’ve been told to consume!  All the sunflower and rape seed oils we buy in supermarkets to cook in, and that are added to all baked goods.

These oils are causing massive imbalance in the oily make up of our cell membranes and are a major cause of inflammation and artery damage.

You need no worry about eating sunflower seeds though – it’s just the processed oils.

Another inflammatory fat (no surprises) is that found in processed meats and beef from non-grass fed cows.

On the other hand, limited fats from grass fed cows are fine (and contain the beneficial omega 3 oils).

You can learn more by downloading Dr Pompa’s ebook, The Cellular Healing Diet, here:
https://drpompa.com/diet/cellular-healing-diet

 

  • The Hidden and Unspoken Truth

Lastly, toxins, in my opinion, are the biggest driving factor of inflammation today. We have discussed this in every ‘R’ of cellular healing, so I will not get into it here but I will say this: if you do not remove the hidden sources of toxins within your body, the chronic inflammation will NEVER be resolved.

For example, personal care products you use every morning contain, on average, 518 chemicals that are known “hormone disruptors”.

There are also the pollutants and toxins in the air we breath (which kills between 20,000 and 240,000 people in the UK every year), the tap water we drink (a known cause of male infertility) and all the pesticides and herbicides on our fruit and veg.

Here’s Dr Pompa’s pdf on inflammation:
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If you have not already started, know would be a good time to ask us about detox!

http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/how-to-detox/

R3 – Restore Cellular Energy

Do you wake up exploding with energy?

Most people wish they had more energy, what about you?

In this video, recorded around Christmas 2016, for www.Mi365.me  again, I cover the basics of where energy is made and what you need to do:

 

When it comes to low cellular energy, it can be causing more than just fatigue.

You may not even have fatigue, but instead:

Allergies/sensitivities

And /or inflammation (arthritis, aches, pains, bowel problems)

You rectify low cellular energy by
i) increasing the fuel available
ii) increasing the number of ‘power plants’ in your cell.

The power plants inside your cells are called mitochondria, and they make energy via  molecule known as ATP.

Sick people and people with chronic inflammation have far fewer mitochondria  than the average person and, therefore, far less cellular energy even for basic function. Once again this leads to many of their symptoms including sensitivities as well as why they do not respond to what would be effective treatments.

In my  course ‘Anti-Ageing Health Lab- 7 Weeks to a Younger You’ I cover a lot more ways to improve energy .  There are multiple strategies for improving ATP production and mitochondrial performance.  There are also a further 5 ‘human batteries’ we can charge up apart from our mitochondria.

If you’d like to get on the waiting list for that you can register here:
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/get-your-health-back/

 

R2 – Regenerate Your Cell Membranes

It’s not just the 2 layers of the cell wall that are membranes.  (The brains of your cell)

There’s also the membranes around your mitochondria. (The power plants of your cell)

And also something called endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which is apparently mostly membrane.  The ER is responsible for both making everything your cell want to make and for detoxifying and cleaning it. (So the ER is your manufacturing and clean-up crews)

So, when we talk about regenerating cell membranes we’re talking about fixing your:
     1) Brain
     2) Energy
     3) Ability to repair and maintain your body
     4) Ability to keep clean on the inside, and not poison yourself

Pretty important!

Just like the video for R1 (Remove the source)….
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/fix-the-cell-to-get-well-r1/
this training was originally done online as part of www.Mi365.me

The 3 major causes of cell membrane damage:

i) raised glucose and insulin
ii) bad fats and too many veg oils (commercial)
iii) toxins
iv) a lack of all the right nutrients to build them in the first place

If you would like to learn more about R2, here’s the PDF by Dr Pompa, the originator of this cellular concept:

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If you are interested in assessing your cells for toxicity there are 3 tests I would recommend.

One of them is 100% free and we can send it to you, along with information on the other 2.

If you are already an existing practice member then email us, if not please fill in your details below so we can send you the information on Cellular Health & Toxicity:

Fix The Cell To Get Well: R1

R1: Remove the Source

Summary:

The body has an innate ability to heal.

One of the most important things we need to do as therapists is remove the interference, remove the source of the problem/toxicity.

Toxins like mercury leach into the hypothalamus and pituitary.

Once we can impact the cell we can impact so much more going on in the body.

Making ATP (energy) creates waste – must be removed trough membrane like smoke through a chimney.

One main pathway – Glutathione.

Reduced Glutathione removes toxins and down-regulates inflammation.

500x stronger than vit C

Oxidized glutathione needs to be recycled which is ‘expensive’ metabolically

Inflammation is a root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, ALZHEIMER’S

And even the inability to lose weight

Its all because of cell membrane inflammation which then effects your DNA

Inflammation of the cell membrane affects the way the cell communicates detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, which leads to a diseases of genetic weakness.

You can learn more in this document:

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The Four Horsemen of Your Health Apocalypse

I know.
It’s a dramatic title.
But it’s also alarmingly true.

Nearly all of today’s chronic illnesses are caused by a combination of these Four Horsemen. Ignore their insidious infestation into your life at your peril…

I originally made this video as part of a training series (I mentioned The Magnificent 7 Health Strategies).  For more details on that scroll down.

Back to the 4 Horsemen

1.Stress

No surprises here I’m sure. 75-90% of GP visits are related to stress, and stress contributes to everything from cancer to back pain.

2.Sedentary lifestyle

A lack of exercise is related to increased cancer, heart disease, depression, dementia, back pain etc.
Spinal motion all by itself is critically important. 90% of the brains stimulation comes from optimal spinal motion. The brain can turn on or off stress and regulates all of your body’s functions.

“90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.”
-Dr. Roger Sperry (Nobel Prize Recipient for Brain Research)

“Approximately 80% of baseline activity of the central nervous system is due to mechanoreceptor input.”
-Kandel and Schwartz “Principles of Neural Science.” 4th Edition (2000)

Related to the spine is poor posture .  Poor posture leads to an early grave.

Am Journal of Pain Management – 1994 – posture effects and moderates every physiological function

Sept 2005 Spine article on posture  – all measures of health decreased as posture deviated from normal.

3.Malnutrition

Most people associate malnutrition to mean a lack of calories and picture starving children in Africa. However far MORE people die from too many calories combined with a lack of micronutrients. This is what plagues the UK.  Proper nutrition, which means supplements as well as a good diet, is the most cost effective way to improve the health of the nation.

Nutrition 17:1 return on investment: Copenhagen Consensus 2008: The world’s best investment

“Today, an adequate supply of nutrients is often unattainable solely through a well-balanced diet, so a targeted, individually designed dietary supplement regime is necessary”

“Improvement in nutritional behavior could not replenish already exhausted nutrient reservoirs. Only supplementation was able to significantly boost nutrient levels and confer beneficial effects on general welfare, physical performance, and resistance to infections”

JournalAdvances in TherapyPublisherSpringer Healthcare CommunicationsISSN0741-238X (Print) 1865-8652 (Online)IssueVolume 24, Number 5 / September, 2007DOI10.1007/BF02877718Pages1126-1135Subject

4.Toxins

This is the most ignored area, yet often the most critical in serious and ‘terminal’ cases. There are at least 700 man made toxins in every adult and child. Toxins cause ¼ of all deaths world wide. They contribute to 86% of chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s  etc), and account for rising cancer rates in children.

“A World Health Organization report on the global burden of disease estimated that nearly a quarter of the global disease burden is related to environmental causes.”
Neira, Maria et al. Environmental threats to children’s health – a global problem; Source: International Journal of Environment and Health, Volume 2, Numbers 3-4, 24 October 2008 , pp. 276-292(17) abstract below

‘700 toxins in every man woman and child’

-Onstot J, Ayling R, Stanley J. Characterization of HRGC/MS Unidentified Peaks from the Analysis of Human Adipose Tissue. Volume 1: Technical Approach. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Toxic Substances (560/6-87-002a), 1987.

Take these apocalyptic warning seriously, as acting upon it really will improve the quality of your life.

If you would like more information on the course mentioned in the video then you can get on our waiting list by clicking on the ‘Get Your Health Back’ link below, and make sure you reply to the first email asking for details on the £7 deal.

Get Your Health Back

The 1917 Flu Epidemic and Chiropractic

This post is reprinted from https://circleofdocs.com/1918-influenza-epidemic-and-chiropractic-care/

The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas
By Walter R. Rhodes, DC

Published by the Texas Chiropractic Association — 1978

CHAPTER VI:
THE THREE GREAT SURVIVAL FACTORS
[Excerpts by Dan Murphy, DC]

“The 1917 – 1918 influenza epidemic swept silently across the world bringing death and fear to homes in every land. Disease and pestilence, especially the epidemics, are little understood even now and many of the factors that spread them are still mysterious shadows, but in 1917-1918 almost nothing was known about prevention, protection, treatment or cure of influenza. The whole world stood at its mercy, or lack of it.”

“But out of that particular epidemic, the young science of chiropractic grew into a new measure of safety. While many struggles would lie ahead this successful passage of the profession into early maturity assured its immediate survival and made the eventual outcome of chiropractic a matter for optimism. If there had been any lack of enthusiasm among the doctors of chiropractic, or a depleting of the sources of students then the epidemic took care of them too. These chiropractic survivors of the flu epidemic were sure, assured, determined, and ready to fight any battle that came up. The effect of the epidemic becomes evident in interviews made with old-timers practicing in those years. The refrain comes repeatedly,”

‘I was about to go out of business when the flu epidemic came – but when it was over, I was firmly established in practice.’

“Why? The answer is reasonably simple. Chiropractors got fantastic results from influenza patients while those under medical care died like flies all around.” “Statistics reflect a most amazing, almost miraculous state of affairs. The medical profession was practically helpless with the flu victims but chiropractors seemed able to do no wrong.”

“In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 cases with only one death.”

“In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 patients, with 6,116 deaths – a loss of one patient out of every 15. In the same state, excluding Davenport, 4,735 patients were treated by chiropractors with a loss of only 6 cases – a loss of one patient out of every 789.”

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“National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 886.”

“Reports show that in New York City, during the influenza epidemic of 1918, out of every 10,000 cases medically treated, 950 died; and in every 10,000 pneumonia cases medically treated 6,400 died. These figures are exact, for in that city these are reportable diseases.”

“In the same epidemic, under drugless methods, only 25 patients died of influenza out of every 10,000 cases; and only 100 patients died of pneumonia out of every 10,000 cases. This comparison is made more striking by the following table:”

Influenza Cases Deaths – Under medical methods – Under drugless methods “In the same epidemic reports show that chiropractors in Oklahoma treated 3,490 cases of influenza with only 7 deaths. But the best part of this is, in Oklahoma there is a clear record showing that chiropractors were called in 233 cases where medical doctors had cared for the patients, and finally gave them up as lost. The chiropractors saved all these lost cases but 25.”

“Statistics alone, however, don’t put in that little human element needed to spark the material properly. Dr. S. T. McMurrain [DC] had a makeshift table installed in the influenza ward in Base Hospital No. 84 unit stationed in Perigau, in Southwestern France, about 85 kilometers from Bordeaux [during WWI]. The medical officer in charge sent all influenza patients in for chiropractic adjustments from Dr. McMurrain [DC] for the several months the epidemic raged in that area. Lt. Col. McNaughton, the detachment commander, was so impressed he requested to have Dr. McMurrain [DC] commissioned in the Sanitary Corps.”

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“Dr. Paul Myers [DC] of Wichita Falls was pressed into service by the County Health Officer and authorized to write prescriptions for the duration of the epidemic there – but Dr. Myers [DC] said he never wrote any, getting better results without medication.”

Dr. Helen B. Mason [DC], whose “son, when only a year old, became very ill with bronchitis. My husband and I took him to several medical specialists without any worthwhile results. We called a chiropractor, as a last resort, and were amazed at the rapidity of his recovery. We discussed this amazing cure at length and came to the decision that if chiropractic could do as much for the health of other individuals as it had done for our son we wanted to become chiropractors.”

Dr. M. L. Stanphill [DC] recounts his experiences: “I had quite a bit of practice in 1918 when the flu broke out. I stayed (in Van Alstyne) until the flu was over and had the greatest success, taking many cases that had been given up and restoring them back to health. During the flu we didn’t have the automobile. I went horseback and drove a buggy day and night. I stayed overnight when the patients were real bad. When the rain and snow came I just stayed it out. There wasn’t a member of my family that had the flu.”

When he came to Denison he said: “I had a lot of trouble with pneumonia when I first came. Once again took all the cases that had been given up. C. R. Crabetree, who lived about 18 miles west of Denison, had double pneumonia and I went and stayed all night with him and until he came to the next morning. He is still living today. That gave me a boost on the west side of town.”

“And when interviews of the old timers are made it is evident that each still vividly remembers the 1917-1918 influenza epidemic. We now know about 20 million persons [recent estimates are as high as 100 million deaths] around the world died of the flu with about 500,000 Americans among that number. But most chiropractors and their patients were miraculously spared and we repeatedly hear about those decisions to become a chiropractor after a remarkable recovery or when a close family member given up for dead suddenly came back to vibrant health.”

“Some of these men and women were to become the major characters thrust upon the profession’s stage in the 20’s and 30’s and they had the courage, the background and the conviction to withstand all that would shortly be thrown against them” [including being thrown in jail for practicing medicine without a license].

“The publicity and reputation of such effectiveness in handling flu cases also brought new patients and much acclaim from people who knew nothing of chiropractic before 1918.”

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“The first survival factor for chiropractic: they were the legal and legislative salvation. But the fabulous success of chiropractic in combating the 1917-1918 influenza outbreak was the public relations breakthrough that can certainly be called the second great survival factor. Better acceptance by the public followed and more patients meant financial safety for practicing chiropractors. Dedicated chiropractors came into the profession in increasing numbers and they had a sure sense of certainty, heady conviction, and a great willingness to fight for the cause.”

Other Texas Chiropractic History (view more at chirotexas.com)
1916 – Texas State Chiropractic Association Formed
1916 – First TSCA annual convention held at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio
1917 – First chiropractic bill introduced into Texas Legislature
1923 – Second chiropractic bill introduced into Texas Legislature

More on fighting  colds and the flu:

How To Beat Colds and Flu This Winter

December 30, 2017

2018 Your Best Year Yet

niacin and sauna detox

When it comes to New Year Resolutions many are health based.

Sadly, most people fail.

Two reasons for failure are

  1. A lack of ‘Forward Motivation’
  2. A lack of support

In this video I explain a simple technique to ‘pull you forward’

And in this video, one of my mentors, Dr Dan Pompa, explains the best way to start the year health wise; why it’s the best; and how to get the support you need:

If you are up for the fast, any kind of fast, and would like more info and support, then connect via Facebook Messenger: https://m.me/BodyInBalanceUK

.. or call us on 01707 662 704 if you suspect you need personal coaching.

 

Acid Reflux Treatment and the Dangers of Antacids

Acid Reflux Treatment – “Educate, Don’t Medicate”

This was the headline of just one of the many well written articles by health and medical experts warning about the dangers of ‘mediating’ vs ‘treating’ acid reflux or heart burn.

One common class of ant-acids has now been linked to increase stomach cancer,  heart disease and dementia, which is why I decided to write this article and provide you with some solutions in this video:

As far back as 2010 the FDA in the US sounded alarms on the use of common PPI drugs like omeprazole because they can increase many life threatening conditions.

According to Mitchell Katz, Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency and the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the United States’ second largest municipal hospital system these dangerous drugs should only be used for:

  • Bleeding ulcers
  • Infection with the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a rare condition that causes your stomach to produce excess acid)
  • Severe acid reflux, where an endoscopy has confirmed that your oesophagus is damaged

AND FOR AS SHORT A TIME AS POSSIBLE.

The reality however, is that they are massively over prescribed and wrongly prescribed.

What is really shocking is that an estimated 50% of  acid reflux and heart burn is actually caused by LOW stomach acid, not high acid. This is why you need to at least try the simple test I mention in my video.

In 1996, a British physician wrote about a condition is called atrophic gastritis.

Atrophic gastritis (a condition where stomach acid is very low) is associated with a wide range of serious disorders that go far beyond ‘heart burn’ the stomach and oesophagus. These include:

  • Stomach cancer
  • Allergies
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Depression, anxiety, mood disorders
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Skin diseases, including forms of acne, dermatitis, eczema, and urticaria
  • Gall bladder disease (gallstones)
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Graves disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease (CD), Ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Type 1 diabetes

If you have acid reflux and any of the other problems above then make you doctor aware of this article:      http://gut.bmj.com/content/38/3/306

The Dangers and Unwanted Effects of PPI drugs

 

There are many different causes of heart burn, but only one type of common medical treatment, regardless of the cause – ant-acid drugs.

There various types of ant-acid drugs, all of them with both short term and long term side-effects.  The most commonly prescribed and most dangerous though are the Proton Pump Inhibitors (known as PPI’s).

In the UK the most common PPI’s are

  • omeprazole (losec)
  • lansoprazole
  • pantoprazole

There are others, and they often have different names in the USA such as zantac and nexium

Common short term side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache

Serious immediate side effects:

  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Pancreatitis
  • Reduced liver function
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Serious allergic reactions

This is just the tip of the ‘seriously hazardous’ effects of drugs like omeprazole when taken long term (anything more than 1 year).

Serious Long Term Side Effects

  • An increase in stomach acid production (called “acid rebound”), which can create more heartburn—causing a vicious cycle.
  • Interference with calcium and protein absorption in the body, which can lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Dry mouth, which can lead to tooth problems.
  • Increased risk of food-borne infections.
  • B12 deficiency

And Even More Seriously

  • Stomach Cancer increase by 2-8x
  • Heart disease increase by 21%
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dementia

If you would like a more holistic approach to finding the cause of your acid reflux then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 and quote ‘Acid Fix’ so we know you’ve read this article.

 

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