Thyroid Remedies

Coconut Oil

Posted by Rischa (Seattle, WA) on 08/26/2007
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I began taking coconut oil about June 1st this summer, primarily for my long term hypothyroidism. Now not yet 3 months later I am completely off my synthroid and cytomel. I was on more than 300 mcg for about 7 years. It has changed my life. I feel so much better than I did on the thyroid meds. I am not cold, I am sleeping better. It made a herpes outbreak completely dissappear in 4 hours when applied topically. my periods which have been abnormal all my life are normalizing,(I am 45) and I am finding that I am eating smaller meals and more satisfied and not hungry. I swear I can hear the click in my head that says I have had enough to eat! Ive lost 10 lbs. I attribute it all to 4tbsp VCO a day(2w bfst/1w lunch/1w dinner) and also trace minerals, and fish oil. none or very little bread and refined carbs. I did have a day of scary high blood pressure symptoms, after which I reduced my meds by 1/3rd, and the symptoms went away. A wwk or so later when I began feeling the same things again, I reduced my meds again and again until I quit all together. the last step is to get my blood levels tested by my doc, just to confirm I am doing as great as I feel, tho I am starting to think it is not necessary, except to gloat to my dr.

Replied by Lisa
Los Angeles, Ca
08/08/2009

Re: coconut oil for thyroid. I have been hypothyroid for many years and am encouraged by those people who have successfully reversed their hypothyroidism. Do you continue to take coconut oil if your condition returns to normal? Or do you need to keep taking it once you are off meds and your bloodwork is normal?

Replied by Tony
Feltham, Middlesex, United Kingdom
01/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My god I'm totally blown away by this website. It is without doubt the best website on the planet. For many years I have suffered with back pain, chronic fatigue and depression. I keep telling my doctor that all my symtoms point to a thyroid issue but she will not listen. I did have some thyroid tests done but they came back normal. Symtoms are hair loss on shins, calves, eybrows, cold hands, cold feet, zero sex drive, depression, chronic fatigue, unable to lose weight, lower back pain, knee pain, pain in wrists, pain in ankles, pain in all joints, constipation and yes even thoughts of suicide. I thought I was almost on to finding the solution when I started taking my Nascent iodine supplement last week. The reason why I thought I might be iodine deficient is after spraying a cut with iodine about an hour later I started to feel great, no brain fog and felt happy. I assumed wrongly or rightly that is must be an iodine defiency. Anyway I went out and purchased some Nascent iodine. According to the Nascent instructions you take 1 drop in 3 to 6 oz water or topically for the first, increasing 1 drop each day for 5 days. On the 5th day I took 5 drops and later felt very faint and light headed. Also it felt as though my heart was pumping faster and I must admit I was quite scared. I then read about Virgin Coconut oil and decided to give it a go. I took a tablespoon in the morning together within my muesli and with an hour I started to feel that a great weight had lifted from me. I couldn't believe it, I went out for a run and actually felt happy and motivated for the first time in many years. I am also losing weight, for some reason it seems to raise your metabolism. I take a tablespoon in the morning with breakfast, a tablespoon with my lunch and a tablespoon with my dinner. It is nothing short of amazing, thanks so much for all the wonderful people on earthclinic. Coconut oil may not work for everyone but it certainly works for me. Good luck to all.


Posted by Andrea (las vegas, nevada) on 07/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been battling hypothyroidism for 8 yrs now, i gained 82 lbs over the yrs,diet after diet failed umtil i started on coconut oil and let me tell you that in 2 months of taking coconut oil combined with a low carb diet, i have lost 35 lbs feel great energetic again, on my way of losing all the weight i plan to lose an aditional 40 lbs by december since i"ve taking the coconut oil softgels i have not had any side effect coconut oil is the miracle oil but again combined with a low carb diet.

Replied by Karen
Corinth, Tx
09/07/2011

How much coconut oil did you take?

Replied by Rebecca
Weatherford, Texas/usa
01/03/2012

Hi Andrea - on those Coconut oil soft geltabs how many did you start with and how many do you continue to take today? I am hypo as well (12 years) and have the geltabs -- don't want to take 4 though unless necessary. Have heard should start slow and ramp up? Thanks!


Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/12/2007
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I have read a lot of the comments about the VCO and its problems. i have been taking VCO & ACV (Read my testimonial) for over 10 years. In addition to both of these natural cures I also take 1/2 lemon & 1 tbsp. of Sea Salt each day with 8 oz. of warm water. This lemon/sea salt drink is a natural cleanser for your liver & digestive tract. If anyone is scared of the VCO causing liver problems then this might benefit them. The VCO does give you a oily discharge and gas but the benefits far outweigh the negative. I have taken several body cleanses and the natural, cheap and easiest way to do a body cleanse is to take the VCO twice daily (I mix mine with vanilla yogurt) and you will dispel the parasites that cause illnesses and clean your intestinal tract that when old food is not dispelled causes diseases. I do the lemon drink first thing then my VCO with yogurt and then my ACV & water and I am ready with so much energy to start my day. I have my thyroid and weight under control due to this regimen.

I also use VCO instead of body lotion or hair conditioner. I had very dry hair, skin and cuticles due to a thyroid problem but once I started the VCO it went away. I also make a VCO & Sea Salt scrub that does double duty because it opens your pores of the skin to dispel toxins and softens your skin. I am a 48 year old red head grandmother that looks in her 30's because of this great oil. I have 3 incurable diseases that I take no medication for except for my thyroid medication and my dosage keeps getting smaller & smaller each time my blood work is done.

I have found many cures for illnesses that are natural and have not been to a doctor in 4 years except for my yearly Lupus physical.

Replied by Bilja
Toronto, Ontario
11/30/2010

Greeting. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is quite motivating. Just a question, mostly hear ACV should be taken prior to meal. Is it OK to have yogurt&VCO first? What would be difference if taken other way around? Thanks


Posted by Rischa (Seattle, wa) on 06/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I started taking it because I read it could help regulate my thyroid. Even tho medicated for my hypothyroid, I continue to have symptoms. I began coconut oil and found I had to reduce my levothyroxine by 1/3 2 weeks after starting taking about 3 tbsp daily. I am hoping it will continue to get better!


Posted by Sue (Orrtanna, PA) on 04/26/2007
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My daughter and I are experimenting with the coconut oil and have seen some great results immediately. Her thyroid is working at 20 percent and the swelling is already going down after one week. I am taking it for the overall effects and also an organic liquid vitamin and am feeling great and have more energy. There are some small spots that look like melanoma from the sun and I'm putting the oil directly on them. I'm hoping to see results from that. Will keep you posted. I'm so happy we came across this. It's also helped with a very sensitive stomach.


Posted by Christine (San Diego, California) on 04/06/2007
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I have been suffering with the symptoms describing hypothyroidism. Last week I started the EVCO and added the ACV, of course, decided to throw in the molasses. I will keep you all posted on my progress, trying to feel better and lose the 40 pounds I have picked up. Today I write because I have come up with a great drink. It kills two birds with one stone. Here goes: ONE LARGE MUG 2 BAGS OF LIPTON CARMEL TRUFFLE TEA ONE TBSP EVCO [Extra Virgin Coconut Oil] ONE TBPS BLACK STRAP MOLASSES ONE HALF TO ONE TBSP HONEY POUR BOILING WATER OVER THE INGREDIENTS IN MUG AND STIR GENTLY WHILE STEEPING TO MELT THE COCONUT OIL.

I could not stand the taste of the molasses, however it is so yummy in this tea. Hope you like it. I have noticed since the evco and acv that like most everyone else, my ENERGY has soared, skin soft, body temp up, hair and nails gowing, dry seriously cracking heels softer and healing (using oil dirrectly) no more claritin, sleeping better, brighter outlook. This is only my seventh day. At first I seemed to gain a little weight, but just today I noticed the scale is down 1 pound. I am keeping at it and will keep you posted.

Replied by Sue
Bellbrook, Oh
10/18/2010

You mentioned using ACV but it is not in the tea recipe. When do you take it - and are you mixing it with anything? Thanks!


Posted by Carolyn (Lorain, OH) on 02/25/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking virgin coconut oil for eight months now because I read it will help regulate my thyroid. I am hyper-thyroid and have been on medication for the past four years.Last month I stopped my meds. because I was told my thyroid is in remission now. I believe the oil is what helped me.

Replied by Rachel
Regina, Sk, Canada
04/02/2011

Hi Carolyn, that is awesome! Congratulations and that is very encouraging! Thanks for sharing! Yesterday my doctor suggested stopping Tapazole for awhile since I had restarted last Friday and was getting heart racing, and thyroid pain, and have a physical assessment coming up re. a car accident, which I need to be healthy for. I have been hyperthyroid as well. I was off work for a year with it. Now much better, Thank God!

Now I was wondering what to substitute or try in place of the Tapazole. I have been taking motherwort tincture, and also a mixture of motherwort and three other herbs, in Genestra's Motherwort Combination #3. That has been quite helpful! But not helpful enough I guess, as my levels still went up when I was on it.

Yes, but now I would like to try coconut oil, which I had started a month ago, and stopped, although I liked the taste and it felt so good in my stomach. And my hair and skin felt softer.

So, could you tell me how much coconut oil you took, and at what level were your thyroid levels? My TSH was at .01 last I checked; .025 3 weeks before, when I went off the Tapazole. And my Free T4 at 28 last I checked, and at 20 the previous time. So I'd like to know how much you took, and how much it helped you so I can figure out how much I should take.

Thanks a lot! Rachel in Canada.

Replied by Jacqui
Scottsville, Kentucky
09/26/2012

Hi Carolyn, Can you tell me how you take the Coconut Oil, I don't think I could swallow a tablespoon of oil, do you wash it down with something, it sounds a great remedy, I had a Thyroid test yesterday, and I have been suspecting something has been wrong for awhile, I am not keen to take meds, the side effects etc.. And if I can take a simple thing like Coconut oil I am all for that. Thank you and the very best to you and all you other sufferer's,

Kind Regards, Jacqui


Posted by Linda (Orlando, FL) on 02/22/2007
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Hypothyroid / Coconut Oil: I suffer from hypothyroid and have taken levoxyl for about 7 years. I also have suffered with fatigue for most of my 47 years for a wide variety of reasons (anemia, depression, hypothyroid, sleep apnea, RLS). It seems I have every condition that can rob one of sleep and energy. Anyway, I was looking for a natural form of thyroid support and came upon information about coconut oil being helpful (about two weeks ago). I just found this wonderful site this week, which I intend to frequent OFTEN, and I thought I'd contribute my experience with coconut oil. So far (2 weeks) I have a bit more energy. I have gained about 8 pounds since January (I tend to be slim), which I want to lose. I hope the energy helps the weight loss. I'll keep you posted.


Posted by Charlene (Jamaica, NY) on 01/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My co-worker introduced me to Coconut Oil. I suffer from dry skin and Thyroid problems. I must admit it has made a major difference in my life! I take it orally every morning and I have noticed a healthy, glowing complexion on my face. I also use it on my skin and I cook with it as well. My overall feeling of using CO is very good because I believe that I've felt healthier since taking it!


Posted by Michelle (Rock Springs, WY) on 01/13/2007
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I had a low functioning thyroid, very dry hair and skin. Since taking the Virgin Coconut Oil I no longer need my thyroid meds. My hair is soft and silky and my skin has dramatically improved. I cook with it and I also put it on my face 2x per day. What a miracle, I have also noticed an increase in energy. Other cure I found for it was diaper rash. My baby had a really bad rash while teething, her bottom would bleed and none of the creams at the store seemed to do anything at all, so I tried the coconut oil and with one application her bottom cleared up dramatically and the next day it was completely gone!


Posted by Rosemarie (Salem, OH) on 06/20/2006
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I take Virgin Coconut Oil for thyroid function. It has cured flaky skin, cholesterol, glucose. I dropped almost 10 points on glucose, my skin is so soft I feel new! My good cholesterol was raised by 10 points, also. I am careful to take this everyday at the same time, with the same amount ingested (1 Tablespoon). I have never experienced any of the problems reported. It has made my skin so soft that my husband has to touch me all the time!! He can't believe the difference! I have always been very careful of eating right and exercising--this fits right in with my other regimes.


Posted by Geri (Monrovia, CA) on 05/07/2006
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I know among many other things that pure Virgin Coconut oil helps thyroid, regulates body temp. Tropical Traditions website has the best info, product, and prices as well as giving the money from sales to the islanders who actually produce it. I provide health product recommendations to people and this is one of my top items, along with Apple Cider Vinegar.


Eliminate Soy

Posted by Jeanine (Traverse City, Michigan) on 03/01/2009
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HI, JUST WANTED TO SHARE MY STORY WHICH DEVELOPED A YEAR AGO. I WENT TO FLA FOR THE WINTER TO HELP MY AUNT AND UNCLE . THEY EAT TONS OF SOY PRODUCTS AND I BEGAN TO EAT WITH THEM. AFTER TWO MONTHS MY HEART BEGAN TO RACE , MY SKIN BECAME DRY, I WAS CONSTIPATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, MY HAIR STATED TO FALL OUT, I FELT LIKE I HAD A LUMP IN MY THROAT AND I HAD TO COUGH EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE TO CLEAR IT AND I HAD PAIN IN MY NECK AREA OFF AND ON ALL THE TIME. IN THE SUMMER I RETURN TO MICHIGAN BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS ILL. I WENT THROUGH TWO MONTHS OF RACING HEART BEATS ONE DAY THE NEXT DAY FEELING LIKE A MACK TRUCK RAN ME OVER AND THAN ABOUT A WEEK LATER MY HEART WOULD SKIP BEATS FOR 48 HOURS. I WOULD FEEL BETTER FOR A FEW DAYS AND THAN ANOTHER ATTACK OF RACING HEART BEATS....ETC.. THIS WENT ON BACK AND FORTH. WHEN MY HEART WAS RACING I FELT HYPER MY BASAL TEMPERATURE WAS 98.6. ON THE DAYS MY HEART WAS SKIPPING BEATS MY BASAL TEMPERATURE WAS 97 AND I COULD NOT GET WARM. I BECAME VERY SCARED AND WENT TO A DOCTOR BECAUSE I THOUGHT I HAD HEART PROBLEMS. I HAD A BLOOD TEST DONE EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL BUT IT SHOWED I HAD BOTH ANTIBODIES AND THE DOCTOR DIAGNOISED ME WITH HASHIMOTO'S AND SAID I SHOULD BEGIN THYROID IMMEDIATELY. I TOLD HER I WAS GOING TO TRY ALTERNATIVE FIRST. I ASKED HER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN ON THE DAYS MY IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACK MY THYROID IF ON THAT MORNING I ALSO TOOK THYROID MED. I PICTURED MY HEART EXPLODING. SHE COULDN'T ANSWER THAT SO I WAITED AND BEGAN MY OWN RESEARCH.

FIRST I STOPPED ALL SOY PRODUCTS. I HAD TO BE REAL CAREFUL WITH THIS BECAUSE I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT TO INGEST EVEN A LITTLE SOY THAT MAY BE HIDDEN IN BREAD ETC GAVE ME A VIOLENT REACTION.I BEGAN TO READ LABELS VERY CAREFULLY. BY THE WAY OUR FOOD IS INVADED BY SOY. AFTER STOPPING SOY MY THYROGLOBULIN AB ANTIBODY BECAME NORMAL IN TWO MONTHS AND IS STIIL NORMAL 8 MONTHS LATER. I DECIDED TO STOPPED EATING ALL FOODS THAT DECREASE THYROID PRODUCTION KNOW AS GOITROGENS , TO GO ON A GLUTEN FREE DIET AND I ALSO STOPPED DAIRY PRODUCTS BECAUSE OF THE CASEINS. EVERY DAY I TAKE SELENIUM, AND BECAUSE I DRANK REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER ALL MY LIFE AND WANTED TO GET MORE MINERALS I BOUGHT A WATER FILTER FROM AQUASANA THAT DOES NOT REMOVE THE MINERALS. I HAD QUESTIONED HAULING AND STORING THE REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS THAT I WAS FILLING AT THE HEATH FOOD STORE. PCBS CAN LEACH INTO THE WATER AND PCBS DAMAGE THE THYROID GLAND. I GOT RID OF ALL MY PLASTIC CONTAINERS IN MY HOUSE AND REPLACED THEN WITH HEALTHY GLASS CONTAINERS.I ALSO MADE SURE I GOT 150 MCG OF IODINE A DAY AND IF I TOOK MORE THAN THAT I FELT HEPER THAT DAY. I DON'T HAVE HEART RACING BUT IT MADE ME NERVOUS, SO I AM CAREFUL WITH THE IODINE. I KNOW PEOPLE IN JAPAN GET ABOUT 12.5 MG IODINE A DAY .... BUT THINK ABOUT THIS...... HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE WAS DISCOVERED IN JAPAN AND JAPANESE PEOPLE EAT LOTS OF GOITROGENS IN THEIR DIET INCLUDING SOY WHICH CAUSE THE THYROID NOT TO ABSORB IODINE SO THAT IS WHY THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH THE AMOUNT OF IODINE THEY GET FROM EATING LOTS OF SEAWEED.

IN ANY CASE WHEN I STOPPED ALL GOITROGENS AND BEGAN IODINE THE PAIN IN MY NECK AREA COMPLETELY STOPPED WITHIN 24 HOURS AND HAS NOT RETURNED.I HAD ALSO BEGAN TO FEEL PAIN IN MY BREAST WHICH ALSO DISAPPEARED. I FELT GREAT ON 150/MCG A DAY. DURING THIS TRANSITION SINCE I MADE ALL THESE CHANGES MY TEST RESULTS ARE ALL NORMAL EXCEPT MY TPO AB IS STILL A LITTLE HIGH BUT EVERY TWO MONTHS IT DROPS 20 POINTS. IT WAS 141 AND NOW IT IS 120. I AM SURE IT WILL CONTINUE TO DROP UNTIL IT IS NORMAL. I AM FEELING SOOO MUCH BETTER. MY BASAL TEMPERATURE IS 98.2 EVERY MORNING.

FINALLY AFTER 10 MONTHS OF THIS WHOLE PROGRESS AND CHANGES I FOUND AN ALTERNATIVE HEALER IN MY AREA. HE WAS AMAZED BY MY PROGRESS AND THE DECISIONS I HAD TAKEN. HE SUGGESTED I ADD A HOMEOPHATHIC REMEDY CALLED THYROIDINUM 30X 2 PILLS 3 TIMES A DAY. I AM DOING THIS AND REALLY FEEL I AM ALMOST 100% HEALED. WHEN I THINK BACK TO THOSE TIMES MY HEART WAS ACTING UP SO BADLY I KNOW MY METABOLISUM WAS REALLY IN BAD SHAPE. I FEEL THE MAJOR CAUSE WAS THE SOY. IT TURNS OUT I AM ALLERGIC TO SOY, BUT EVEN SO 1/4 CUP OF SOY MILK WILL CAUSE THE TYHROID IN AN NON-ALLERGIC INDIVIDUAL TO WORK 50% LESS FOR 24 HOURS. I ALSO THINK IF YOU EAT A GOTEIREN TYPE FOOD ON THOSE DAYS AND MAYBE A FEW DAYS AFTERWARDS IT WOULD BE WISE TO INCREASE IODINE BUT THAN GO BACK TO A STARDARD DOSAGE. EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I RETIRE I TAKE 1/2 TEASPOON OF MAGNISIUM CITRATE IN A GLASS OF WATER THIS HEALS ME SLEEP LIKE A BABY. I HOPE MY EXPERIENCE CAN HELP SOMEONE OUT THERE. IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ON ANY CHANGE I MADE IN MY DIET JUST GO ON LINE AND LOOK..SOY AND THYROID ,GLUTEN ETC.... THIS IS A GREAT SIGHT TO READ ALL ABOUT IT AS WELL.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL .....JEANINE.

Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, Usa
02/11/2010

For more than 10 years now I have been drinking soybean almost everyday, and eating tofu now and then, and my heart ]is ok, so is my thyroid and blood pressure. Seems that everyone is different.... Are you sure it is because of soy?

Yes, maybe soy is not that healthy as soy industry tells us but maybe it is also not that bad as the competetive industries try to make us believe.

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York
02/11/2010

could be an individual allergy or ?? but societies who consume whole soy as a regular staple, (Japan) seem to reap many health benefits as a result...there isn't an epidemic of thyroid problems. I beleive many in this society would do much better to substitute meat for whole soy. Natto being my favorite, though an acquired taste, has numerous health benefits...especially for those concerned about osteoporosis... I would eliminate non-stick pans & plastics & other chemical exposures first.

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
03/13/2010

With regard to the Japanese "consuming" soy, it is my understanding that they only consume soy products that have undergone fermentation to remove the toxins..eg tofu, tempeh, soy sauce..Apparently they do not consume the beans themselves. The same in China though I have read that in very poor parts of China where the beans are consumed there is a very high rate of cretinism.

EC: For those that are interested in further research on Cretinism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretinism

Replied by Thinking
Wash
09/03/2016

The way soy is made in Japan is very different than here. I read that organic soy non-GMO soy that is made in the old world way is fine. But my integrative MD told me to lay off the soy because finding a good producer is too hard and that soy can cause women issues with hormones.


Fluoride And The Thyroid

Posted by Leah (Philadelphia, Pa) on 04/30/2013

Hello all, I have just rediscovered why low thyroid is becoming a major problem. It's the fluoride in tap water, juice, tea, wine, tooth paste etc that supresses thyroid and can cause a long list of chronic illnesses. It was actually originally used to lower thyroid in people who produced too much, therefore if you have too little, you need iodine and to avoid fluoride. Please see the Fluoride Action Network for facts and studies and in the mean time only drink and eat non-fluoridated water and foods! Http://www.fluoridealert.org/

Carbon filters cannot remove fluoride. You need ideally acess to a spring or to install a reverse osmosis water filter in your home if you live in a fluoridated community. I highly recomend you try to get fluoride out of your water at the local level.

Replied by Wayseeker
Motown, Ca
04/30/2013

Distilled water removes flouride from the body, and decalcifies the pineal gland, when one drinks around a gallon/a day, two glasses at a time. Amazing stuff!

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
05/01/2013

There's an interesting website called toxic metals stored in the body and how to displace them naturally.... and a watercure website to aid in your search for thyroid health..... Also, Mary Shomon wrote a book of reviews of all things that help thyroid health.


General Feedback

Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 12/16/2012

A very easy to read and understand article on The Proper Assessment and Treatment of the Thyroid.

Tina

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
03/28/2013

The magazine For Women First (April 8 2013) includes an article called "Escape the yeast-thyroid fat trap!" and is VERY informative. It discusses how yeast is the cause of a sluggish thyroid (which I suspected) and how to overcome it with seaweed foods available at Amazon. It says seaweed lowers fat absorption by 75%!!! This is great news!

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
03/29/2013

Thank you Lou from Tyler, TX for the info about "Escape the yeast-thyroid fat trap" - I don't have access to the magazine but when I did an Internet search, a PDF version showed up. Very interesting! I'm going to the health food store today to check out seaweed products. Cheers, Bess



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