What can I do about my vertigo? Can chiro help?

Hey there, everyone. Doctor Adam Smith here, chiropractor, and I get asked a lot about vertigo and that dizziness that you get when you change position in bed and the room starts to spin, or you feel your head spinning and you just don’t know what to do.

Now, oftentimes, this is something called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV for short. Now, if you go and see your doctor, they will have a look at your balance centers, they’ll do various different tests and they’ll want to rule out any inner ear infection and all that sort of stuff. But if there is no apparent cause like that, then it can be the upper neck dysfunction that could be leading onto that vertigo.

That happens in this part of the neck, right up the top here, so it’s around that C1, C2, even in the occiput area at the back of your neck because your balance relies upon three things. It relies upon what you see, what the balance centers in your ears sense, and what your body is sensing and sending back to the brain. So if your brain gets all three of these bits of information at the same time in the same way, then you are balanced. If one of those bits of information is off, for example if you do have an ear infection and your ears aren’t sending the right message to the brain properly, then your balance can be off.

This is where chiropractic can be helpful, if there is a dysfunction in the neck that is causing that dysfunctional message back to the brain. What I always recommend is, if you’ve had everything else ruled out in terms of the causes of vertigo, come and get it checked and we’ll assess the upper part of your neck and see if that could be causing part of the dysfunction between this part of the neck and the balance centres in the brain, so that you can hopefully help your vertigo improve without having to rely upon anything more nasty down the track. So get the upper neck checked out if you’ve got any vertigo going on. Come in, have a chat to us if you’ve got any questions, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

We are located at Elemental Life – Parkwood Village, off the lower carpark –  76 – 122 Napper Road, Parkwood, QLD, Australia – check out the Contact Us page for more info and a video on how to find us.

Additional info – you can try the Epley manoeuvre at home if you are game. Please be warned that this can often help with vertigo, but it can also provoke a vertigo episode too, and even sometimes nausea and vomiting. Use with caution and only once other causes of vertigo have been ruled out!

IS YOUR BACK SORE FROM TAKING ON TOO MUCH?

sore_back_chiro_parkwood_arundel_gold_coastWe can all relate to carrying as many bags as possible to save us making another trip. Is the time you’re saving worth it though? Lifting more than you are able to carry can cause immense strain on your body. Furthermore, with bad lifting technique, it can be even worse for your back.

This is not just true for carrying shopping bags. We often carry heavy suitcases and handbags without thinking of the consequences. Lifting heavy objects carelessly can result in strained back muscles. A tear or inflammation can result in severe pain and a long recovery.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3.7 million Australians reported back problems and it has become the third leading cause of disease burden after cancer and cardiovascular problems1. With back problems being such a prevalent ailment, it’s important to make the necessary lifestyle changes to try and prevent back pain, your local chiro in Parkwood at Elemental Life – Dr Adam Smith has some tips for you:

  • Share the load – if you have a lot of shopping to carry, make more than one trip or ask a friend or family member to help you.
  • Use the correct lifting technique – with your knees bent and your back in a neutral position, lift the object carefully by slowly bringing it towards your chest. Avoid twisting or slouching when lifting and lowering.
  • Stretch – incorporating stretching into your daily routine keeps the muscles flexible and healthy. We need this flexibility to maintain a range of motion in our joints.

Your local Parkwood chiro can help!

Chiropractors can help address the strain caused on the body from excessive lifting of heavy objects. Although back pain is common, each patient is different and chiropractors tailor their approach accordingly.

For back problems, chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as spinal adjustment or manual therapies. They also advise patients on self-management of pain through exercise, stretching and lifestyle modification. Speak to your local CAA chiropractor about the type of exercise or stretching most suited to your needs.

Book an assessment with us now for more information on how we can help improve your quality of life.

For more information on maintaining a healthy spine, please visit the website of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) at www.chiropractors.asn.au

‘Chiro Can Help’ is the theme for Spinal Health Week this year. Spinal Health Week is a health initiative of the CAA and is taking place on 21-27 May 2018. #ChiroCanHelp

This article is adapted from the Chiropractors Association of Australia website of which Dr Adam is a member.


[1] The burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia (2017), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, www.aihw.gov.au

Keto Lifestyle Food Guide

Full Credit for this great graphic goes to www.paleomagazine.com

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Why I’m excited my Body Comp Scan got worse! (and why you should never rely on your bathroom scales!)

Today I had a follow up Body Composition Analysis Scan. If you’ve never had one, they are a great insight into the “best guess” of what your body is made up of: muscles, fat, visceral fat, water, bones etc… Today, my scan was WORSE than the one I had last month and I got really excited!

What could possibly be good about a worsening body scan???

Let me explain…

I was really excited for two reasons. Both of which were things I had been “teaching” others and “saying” to patients for years. I also have an understanding about a certain biological change that happens in different seasons which might even show that my changes are in fact a “healthy” response. So, here goes:

Scan 1 taken  March 27th at 5:58am (pre-prandial):
BCAM MarchAt this stage, I was doing really well on a ketogenic diet combined with daily Keto//OS (exogenous ketone) supplement. [By this stage, I’ve lost 7kg and gone from dehydrated, above my ‘normal’ BMI and Body Fat % range with a metabolic age of 56… now 39! WooHoo! If you want to see this scan, you can see it on my Facebook Page: Dr Linda – Chiro]

Needless to say, I was pretty chuffed. But things in my life were about to change up for a bit…

 

 

 

Bring on Scan #2 taken today (24/4/17) at 9.15am (pre-prandial): 
FullSizeRender 3First thoughts for most of you: “Oh Dear!” But for me…. it was a Eureka moment!

Yes, my body fat percentage went up (still in the green), I was a bit more dehydrated. My metabolic age, closer to my biological age at 46…. but did you notice?
MY WEIGHT AND BMI WENT DOWN!!!

I’d lost another 1.2kg during the month.

So, what happened???

 

 

 

Well, during the month of April, I made a decision. My daughter came to visit for the month, it was Autumn (I’ll allude to that later) and Easter was upon us….. The decision I made was to allow one food group back into my life. Not in a big way at all. Perhaps 3-4 servings per week. And that was enough to make the change. The food group???? Grains!!

I partook in some servings of sourdough toast, croissants and some hot crossed buns (organic where possible). I also missed exercise for 7 days out of the month. (Normally, I try to move my body daily). I have been preaching, teaching, lording and parading about the benefits of the low-carb, high (quality) fat diet for years… and here was the evidence right in front of me! I hadn’t even had a lot of grain in comparison to the SAD (the aptly acronymed, ‘Standard Australian Diet’). But as a pro-inflammatory food, it doesn’t take much grain (or sugar) to destroy your health.

Now, the other reason I am a bit excited is, that according to the epi-paleoists, seasonal eating is a good thing. In fact, the only time a human should eat some grain is during Autumn (told you I’d get back to that!) In Autumn (as it is here in the southern hemisphere right now), we should be increasing our omega-6 intake just a bit and gaining some quality brown fat to prepare us for the cooler months ahead. This allows us to survive the cold of winter and to allow our cell membranes to remain flexible.

I know most of us these days don’t need to worry about freezing to death anymore and we all have heaters in our houses BUT being cold adapted during Winter is still a very important physiological process we need to undergo as humans. Based on my new Body Comp Analysis…. Perhaps I’m on my way to being ready!*

The BONUS information I got out of this scan: My weight went down and my BMI improved! This information was GOLD!!!! Had I been like 99% of the population and been judging my health on the bathroom scale, I would have been doing a happy dance around the house this morning. High-fiving strangers and serenading my favourite, up-beat motivational tunes to the kids. Totally unaware that technically, my health was skyrocketing in the wrong direction! Moral of the story: Never rely on your bathroom scales! Get a Body Comp Scan (or even more accurately, a DEXA scan) and then get a plan on how to change the next reading you have. 

Here’s the break down of what happened: Muscle vs Fat 😮

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How scary is this? You can clearly see that on my healthy keto diet and daily Keto//OS, my %Body Fat was steadily declining and my Muscle Mass gaining. Throughout April, massive positive health gains were lost!

Even more scary, the bathroom scales (my overall weight) went down so if I had been relying on that alone, I would have thought not only had I gotten away with eating the bad foods but I had lost weight and perhaps, keto dieting was over-rated and lulled myself into a false sense of security.

What’s next???
Well, fortunately for me, I know very well how to fix this. I’m also embarking on a 9-week challenge from today. You’re welcome to join me on the last 8 weeks if you like, starting next Monday May 1st. More information is available here: in8.keton8.com/au

I will be eating ketogenically (low carb, high quality fats & NO Grains or sugars) and having 2 sachets of Keto//OS Max Formula ( the most bioavailable source of exogenous ketones) per day. I’ll be back on the BCAM soon to check my progress and be adding some more epi-paleo tools along the way. Check in with my Facebook page to see what they are, why I’m doing them and how it all turns out in the end!

Happy & healthy!

Dr Linda 😀 xx

*I’ll be blogging on cold adaptation soon, Stay tuned….. it’s vitally important!!

 

Fathead Pizza – Perfect for Keto Diets!

A few years back, I was hooked on the cauliflower pizza base. It brought one of my favourite foods back into my life – PIZZA!!! However, it takes a lot of work to create the perfect cauli-base. If not quite done right, they crumble, get mushing and although they may look like a pizza, the convenience factor on a scale on 1 to 10 is -3! But fear not! Pizza is now BACK on the menu – faster, easier and high quality fat/low carb! Check out this beauty:

 

Anyway, how to we make this super-amazing, nutrition-bomb of energy? It’s really simple – 4 ingredients and a few herbs…. takes 10 minutes and 12-15 mins in the oven…. here’s the full story:

Fathead Pizza Bases:

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Fathead Pizza Bases ready to roll!

Pre-heat your oven to 220oC

 

Place 170gm Mozzarella Cheese & 2 tblsp Cream Cheese in a glass bowl and microwave on high for 1 min.

Stir the mixture until smooth

Add 85gm Almond Meal, 1 egg a pinch of salt and perhaps some herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil)

Mix well and stir until it all balls into a dough

Wet your hands and turn out onto baking paper – I usually split this into 2 small pizza bases but you could just make a big one.

Pat out on baking paper (on pizza tray) to desired thickness/diameter – it makes an awesome thin crust!

Prick with a fork all over

Place in pre-heated oven for 10-15mins until golden brown. CHECK it periodically…. if it’s bubbling up – stab with fork again!

Remove from oven and top with all of your favourite pizza ingredients!

******BONUS****** You can use the same recipe to create Keto-crackers (just need to cook them a bit longer and let them cool) Perfect for when you want to eat your grass-fed butter, cream cheese, keto dips or homemade nut butters and you feel weird just eating them straight out of the container/pack! *********

Let us know how your pizza turns out!

Peace, love and keto,

Dr Linda

What I learned about Optimal Performance working with V8 Supercar Champions.

In 2013, a brand new V8 Supercar team took the track, and they did so with the help of Chiropractic care! Erebus Motorsport, owned by the first female racing team owner, Betty Klimenko went from an idea to having 3 cars on track in almost 100 hectic days.

I first met the then CEO of Erebus, Ryan Maddison at Christmas time in 2012, and he was concerned that the pace the team was going at, preparing the cars for the first race was ruining not just his health, but the health of his team too.

Racing, like life, is often a mad dash just to get to the start of something. In this case, the team was working night and day developing the 3 cars to exacting standards, and to be as fast as possible – and they had just 100 days to get it done.

That is crazy!

The team liked the idea of having Chiropractors on the team, and they were very open to trying a new way of managing their health needs.

Once we explained how the brain controls the body through a free functioning nervous system, and how chiropractic adjustments can help the spine (and hence the nerves) move and function better, they were convinced it was the missing link.

For the next three years, I worked alongside a colleague as part of the Erebus Chiro Team. We traveled to the race weekends all around the country, we looked after the drivers and the staff here on the Gold Coast. We helped to keep the team in some of the best shape of any on the circuit.

Injuries were very few and minor. The team recovered quickly, and the drivers felt like their reflexes improved after an adjustment too.

So here are my top 5 tips for optimal performance that I learned during my time in the Supercar series:

1 – If you expect a lot from your body, then your body also expects a lot from you. Look after yourself with ‘pre-hab’ and ‘rehab’ routines that maximise your speed, flexibility and endurance.

2 – Your body needs a properly moving and functioning spine in order to work efficiently. Regular Chiropractic check-ups and  adjustments throughout the whole racing season will keep you in great working order, and identify any issues early.

3 – Listen to your body signals. Your body tells your brain what is going on, when there is a problem, and even sends subtle signals about what to do to fix it – you just have to either know how to listen, or recruit the help of a “interpreter” (we can help you there!)

4 – Great nutrition is vital. If you don’t feed your body with the right nutrients, it cannot heal you and repair from injury or illness. Great nutrition is more than just calories in and calories out! The same number of calories from vegetables is not used the same by your body and if those calories came from sugar. We have some awesome resources at Elemental that can help you get this sorted easily.

5 – You must, must, must move your body regularly. Even the engineers who used to sit for the whole race in front of their computers, now move more regularly. They feel the benefits, and so can you. Sitting has been identified as so detrimental to the human spine it is akin to how bad smoking cigarettes is for the lungs! Move! Anyone for some hot yoga?

So there you have it, 5 straightforward tips that can have you functioning at your best in the race of life!

Just remember life is an ‘enduro race’ not a ‘sprint’, so if you want to go the full race distance come in and talk to us about your best plan to get there.

~ Dr Adam Smith – Chiropractor

 

How to ‘Raise the Bar’ in your yoga class

Yoga practice can be a tricky thing. The balance between striving and self-compassion, expansion and non-attachment. Wherever you explore yoga, there are paradoxes abounds. It is human nature, however, to want to improve at whatever we undertake, and yoga is no exception. So, how do we ‘raise the bar’ on our yoga practice?

esak1The most important ingredient in improving our ability in anything is consistency. Just showing up consistently to class three times a week – over the course of a year, there is no choice for you but to improve. You learn more, you hear more and experience more of what yoga really is – both physically and mentally. The Elemental-series, always being the same sequence creates fertile ground for rapid improvement and the rare chance to master postures and build patience, focus and mastery of those vital postures.

Secondly, any great coach will tell you, modeling is a powerful accelerator when you want to learn or improve any area of your life. Find someone who can already do or has already mastered the outcome you are going for. For some of us, we dream of the perfect arm balance or standing split as we see on Instagram but perhaps you just want to work out how to benefit from padahastasana (hands-to-feet pose) whilst dealing with a pesky hamstring injury. Of course, you can ask your teachers for their input from their experience. More effectively, ask someone who has been there before. Perhaps there’s even a video tutorial online. It pays to become curious and always have that ‘next level’ to aim for. This will prevent stagnation in your life-long
practice and even better, an enthusiasm for ongoing growth.

The third factor is invest in yourself. Take the time to attend classes lead by expert teachers even if their experience and practice seem so far off your current level of skill. These ‘gurus’ did not start out as such and often have worked hard to get their practice to its current level. In their passion, they discover new things about the workings of the human body well beyond the standard2015-03-01-09-16-08 instructions in a class. Through their journey, they can offer valuable insights into the postures, where people most commonly make mistakes and  how to modify things for different body types, sizes, ages, skill-sets and even, injuries.

During a regular class, it can be tricky for teachers to divert from their sequence to assist every student so Masterclasses, Posture Clinics and Workshops provide the perfect environment to explore, ask questions and dissect the postures to be more effective. I have never attended an event with a guest teacher and walked away none the wiser. Even to this day I feel so inspired to have practiced under the great teachers such as Craig Villani, Jenelle Leat, Lucas Miles, Gregory Dunn, Esak Garcia, Emmy Cleaves to name just a few.

Watch our events for all upcoming Masterclasses and events, including some international guest teachers.

This November, Jenelle Leat is presenting over 3 amazing workshops – not to be missed. Click here for tickets.

Can’t attend all three? – No worries, you can purchase one class at a time HERE.

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What’s all the fuss about Sandwiches?

The sandwich was apparently named after John Montagu who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich in the UK. There is some conjecture around the exact circumstances of how the sandwich came about.

Lord Sandwich was espoused as being a regular gambler and apparently spent many, many hours playing cards. He was so entrenched in his gambling, he didn’t even want to take time out to eat meals, which in the 18th century would have been taken at the dining table – breakfast, lunch and dinner.

montagu-earl-of-sandwichIn order to combat his hunger, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread allowing him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating and without having to use utensils. The bread also prevented the cards from becoming dirty or oily from eating meat with his bare hands. His gambling mates became accustomed to Montagu’s eating style and soon they too, began to ask for the “the same as Sandwich!” Hence, the name arose and stuck for the past 2 centuries.

Fans of the Earl have provided a more sober alternative to the story stating that Sandwich’s dedication to his naval career, to politics and contribution to the arts, would make the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk. You can draw your own conclusion

Others claim that Sandwich was not the first to invent the sandwich at all. It would make sense that sandwiches have existed since the first bread became available. It’s a convenient and quick way to eat, that’s for sure.

Sandwiches are now part of the staple western diet. Sadly, though, with bread’s high carbohydrate content, it’s not the healthiest way to consume food, made even worse now by the way most grains are prepared for harvest using poisonous chemicals and have been genetically modified, making bread a poor nutritional choice for most people. Even without the harmful, non-organic practices of today, high carbohydrate intake was never a great idea. Just look at the images of Lord Sandwich himself – with a bit of mid-body bulge!

Want to know more about ‘Life without Sandwiches’ (and other high carb foods), be sure to come along to Dr. Ben’s workshop this Monday 17th October at 6.45pm. He will give us a run down on why we might want to make some different choices to improve our health and how to make healthy eating easy and delicious. Book Here

How does the health of my Spine effect my Happiness?

Our spine and its purpose, is something that most of us never pay any attention to unless we experience a problem with it.

However, without a healthy functioning spine, life as we know it would be reduced, instantly, to a sub-standard version to the degree that our spine was no longer functioning optimally.

However, without a healthy functioning spine, life as we know it would be reduced, instantly, to a sub-standard version to the degree that our spine was no longer functioning optimally.

Our spine has 3 main functions. Support, mobility and most importantly,  protection of our central nervous system. It provides us with the ability to stand upright (support) and has a shock absorbing, suspension system built in which allows us to walk, run and be active comfortably and without damage. It provides us with our posture. As such, our posture is a window to our spinal health. How’s your posture?

Whether we stoop over or stand tall is dictated by the health of our spine and our posture, which has a significant bearing on our overall physical and mental health. When we are deprived of a health in either or both of these areas of our lives, to that same degree we are deprived of the happiness that is otherwise available to us.

Our spine provides us with a ‘suit of armor’ which protects the Central Nervous System of our body. Your Central Nervous System is what allows your brain to communicate an enormous number of moment-to-moment functions required to take place in the body for it to stay alive and function optimally, among many other things. If the spine is not able to move properly or becomes inflamed, the nerves that exit the spine to convey the messages to and from every cell in your body are unable to transmit the signals clearly. This leads to a communication error and then things can get a bit out of whack in terms of your health. And if your health is off, your happiness is off!

Many times, these things happen so slowly, we don’t even notice how much energy we’re no longer feeling or we convince ourselves that we’re just ‘getting older’. Often, once we have had our spine assessed and start getting adjusted, we are astounded at how much better and more vital we feel. It’s like someone has switched the power back on!

Once you begin to understand the important roles the spine plays in your overall health, it becomes much easier to understand how the health of your spine directly impacts your ability to experience happiness and fulfillment in your life.

 

Detox without the Retox

We spend many hours a year sweating it out on the mat. Not just for the sake of losing water but also for the big detox. Our Infra-Red system helps but there’s plenty you can do OFF the mat to ensure your toxic load is low and your body is getting stronger and healthier. With less toxic load on board, not only do you have more energy and mental clarity to function but your immune system is primed and ready for any potential ‘invaders’.

If you follow these 5 simple steps between classes, you increase your chances of staying healthy all year long.

Let’s start with something a little less known: LIGHT. phone2
“Wow, did you say light?”, I hear you say. Yep – light. Light of certain frequencies at the wrong time of day/year can set your body reeling in terms of function. In our modern age, we stay under bright lights until late at night, we watch bright screens (even if the lights are off) and rarely get the normal spectrum of sunlight for the season we are in. There is increasing research on the potential detrimental effects of ‘inappropriate’ light including links to MS, epithelial cancers (like skin, breast and colon) and mood disorders. TIP: Try to avoid bright light beyond 1-hour post sunset – screens (TV/phones/computers); install f.lux (free) on your computers for accurate screen colouration for time of day, get out into the early morning sunlight as much as you can to help generate Vitamin D and balance your hormones; sleep in completely darkened room.

Now, for one of the most common: FOOD.
Food sources are not always clean. Whether it be what the farmer or distributor sprays on the food right through to genetically modified produce, you want to find out what potential toxins you’re putting in your body. As a general rule, if it’s coming home in a packet, likely it has things in it you don’t want in your body. If your consume animal products, remember that they are what they ate. So, if it’s farm raised fish, they probably got fed a LOT of grain or waste products. If it’s from a caged chicken – tons of GMO corn. Look for ethically farmed animal products and raised in ways as close as possible to their natural state and diet e.g. free-roaming, 100% Grass-fed cattle. TIP: Know where your food came from and how it is produced (and stored); find out if it is ‘in season’. If not, you’re not meant to be eating it; Wash every fruit and vegetable thoroughly – residual pesticides and fertilisers can build up in your body over time; become a ‘conscious eater; avoid non-organic grain and legume products (they are sprayed with Roundup routinely).

Next, WATER.
An absolute necessity for everyone and as a hot yogi, you’re probably even more aware of how important it is to you. Get a good filter at home that removes the toxins such as chorine and fluoride. This interfere with neurological and gut function and are not healthy consumed over time. We need the chorine added to public water to ensure it’s safe to drink but the fluoride is an unfortunate unproven ‘mass medication’ program and has detrimental effects in the body over time. There’s plenty of places to read of on this. Make sure you get your information from a reputable source – not the tin-hat wearers conspiracy club. TIP: Choose to drink water over all other beverages – most pre-prepared drinks are made on tap water (=toxic); get a filter at home; use glass or stainless steel bottles as much as possible to avoid toxins from the plastics; bottled water is ok if you know the source and only use occasionally (they usually come in plastic!)

Super obvious known toxic baddies: SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, VEGETABLE/SEED BASED OILS
No need to go too in depth here. We know we love ’em. We know we should stay away from them. They have been engineered by food companies to taste extra yummy so we want to eat these things all the time. Just don’t. After a few weeks avoiding certain foods, you don’t miss them anymore. TIP: If its got loads of sugar, agave, maple, rice syrup, HFCS – stop kidding yourself and get off that toxic crud. It’s causing you a fatty liver, an unhealthy cardiovascular system and giving you a spare tyre!; Artificial sweeteners will rot everything from your brain to your bones – just don’t; throw out all canola, margarine, any other seed oil based product – replace with olive, coconut, lard…. anything that comes from a natural source (rather than the equivalent of a petrochemical plant).

Another obvious but rarely actioned one: CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
We are surrounded by modern day conveniences such as deodorants, washing powders, bleaches, sunscreens, petrol, gas and glue to name a few. Then there’s the little luxuries – perfumes, cosmetics, shaving creams, insect sprays…. pretty much all of them now considered ‘necessity’. Now, I’m not one to advocate the smelly pits brigade – I can’t stand being it the presence of “odourousness” myself but there are awesome non-toxic alternatives to be found all around. They can be a bit more expensive but when it comes to looking after your health, it’s well worth it. TIP: Find out what chemicals your really need in your life on as many levels as possible and eliminate the rest; If you have an issue with body odour – get a zinc test, you may be low; for those things you absolutely cannot live without, find a clean alternative that works for you.
Whilst many of us often throw caution to the wind and join in as our teens call out YOLO, it’s good to remember health is always easier to maintain than regain. Become curious and start to find ways in which you could reduce your toxic load. Then each time you get on the mat, you get to take your health to a whole new level!

~ Dr Linda
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