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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Why Broad Spectrum Hemp Is The Best of Both Worlds for Seniors

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 11:54 PM

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When it comes to cannabis, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available for senior citizens. Rather than turn to opioids and other potentially deadly medications, patients can get a safer, healthier alternative. Now that the stigma surrounding cannabis has come to an end, senior citizens have more options for treating chronic conditions and taking control of their health.

The Three Kinds of Hemp Oil

If you want to buy hemp-based products, there are a few options you can choose from. The first decision you have to make is whether you want full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp or hemp isolate. Your best choice depends on what you are looking for in your Blue Ribbon Hemp product.

When you buy full spectrum hemp oil, you can get a product that contains a wide range of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component in marijuana that gets people high. While hemp oil does not have enough THC to make you high, it could still have enough THC to make you fail a drug test. You can fail a drug test if there is any THC at all. If you need to take a drug test for work, this product is probably not the best option.

Full spectrum hemp is a lot like whole-plant hemp. The main difference is whole-plant hemp has not been refined as much as full-spectrum products. This is why whole-plant products still contain fibrous materials, fats and waxes from the cannabis plant.

Unlike full-spectrum products, broad spectrum hemp has gone through several layers of processing. It is basically an option in between full-spectrum products and hemp isolates. A broad-spectrum oil still has terpenes and phytocannabinoids, but it uses an additional refinement process to remove THC. That makes it a perfect option for senior citizens who are potentially scared of using a psychoactive substance like THC.

Finally, a hemp isolate only contains one cannabinoid. It has gone through a complex extraction process to remove other compounds like terpenes and THC. Technically, you should not fail a drug test if you have purchased an isolate. Unfortunately, isolates are only as good as their manufacturer is. There are a number of fly-by-night companies that sell poor-quality isolates, so it is important to buy your products from a reputable company like Blue Ribbon Hemp.

Is Hemp Oil the Right Choice?

In the United States, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Originally, people used opioids to treat pain because these drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, the FDA failed to properly regulate pain medications. Worse still, major pharmaceutical companies actively pushed drugs opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

There are 47,600 opioid related deaths per year. Currently, 67.8 percent of overdose deaths are from opioids. Other than overdoses, opioids also cause other health issues. You can develop liver damage from opioids if you take them for a long time. In addition, taking drugs like oxycodone can immediately cause symptoms like respiratory depression if you take too much at once.

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Thanks to anti-marijuana propaganda, people have spent years thinking that marijuana was a worse option than prescription painkillers were. In recent years, the end of marijuana prohibition has finally provided patients with safe alternatives to opioids. Known by nicknames like opio and vic, these pain medications are addictive and harmful to the human body. Cannabis allows senior citizens to get an alternative treatment without any chance of a deadly drug overdose. In addition, cannabis does not cause the same harmful effects.

Does Hemp Oil Offer an Alternative to Pain Medication?

Now that hemp Prohibition is finally over, senior citizens across the country can enjoy some of the benefits of hemp oil. Scientists have also discovered that hemp is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is actually ideal for human health. Hemp-based foods like hemp milk and hemp hearts qualify as superfoods because of their anti-inflammatory benefits and fatty acids. Part of the reason why cannabis may have this effect is because of its ability to lower anxiety and stress levels. This is because it works with your body’s built-in cannabinoid system, a system which has only been recently discovered. This system acts to normalize each organ in your body and act in balance with each again.

Because of the long-lasting marijuana prohibition, many research studies are still underway so we don’t know a lot about this amazing plant unfortunately. There is a lot of promising research that indicates cannabis has anti-tumor effects and other unique properties. Only lifting the veil of federal Prohibition will allow the true potential of this substance to be discovered.

Do You Need Other Phytocannabinoids?

Unfortunately, there are a number of products on the marketplace that only contain hemp isolate. If you want to benefit from all of the phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, a hemp isolate is not the best option. Instead, you probably need broad spectrum hemp. With a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum option, you get all of the benefits of hemp's different phytocannabinoids.

Currently, some scientists believe that all of the hemp plant's phytocannabinoids work together to create something known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect revolves around the idea that different phytocannabinoids work together to create different effects. When taken together, these phytocannabinoids have a sum that is greater than their individual parts. Rather than get a less effective, synthetic product, you can use Broad Spectrum hemp instead. Blue Ribbon Hemp offers Broad Spectrum products that allow you to enjoy all of the hemp plant's many benefits without any of the THC. That’s the Blue Ribbon difference.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Scientists are still working to figure out all of the advantages and disadvantages of using hemp. Because of anti-marijuana propaganda, scientists were unable to legally conduct research trials that involved cannabis or hemp plants in the past. Based on current research, scientists are aware of a few side effects of using hemp products. Thankfully, even with our limited understanding, most doctors would agree hemp and cannabis do not cause side effects that are nearly as bad as the side effects caused by opioids. Because of how the phytocannabinoids work, you may want to avoid hemp oil if you take any medications or supplements that warn you not to eat grapefruit while you take them.

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The FDA has actually conducted some research on phytocannabinoids from hemp. Since one hemp-based drug was recently approved by the FDA, there have been a few clinical trials already. Because of these trials, doctors generally recognize hemp as a safe product with very few major side effects.

The Advantages of Using Broad-Spectrum Oil

For senior citizens, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available.

It takes advantage of the entourage effect by including a range of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Unlike full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp has been processed to remove THC. Because of this, you won’t fail a drug test or have any of its psychoactive effects.

If you are looking for hemp-based products, a broad-spectrum hemp extract may be your best choice. You get all of the benefits of the entourage effect and the advantages of hemp's terpenes, but you do not have to take a product that contains THC. If you are uncertain about which option to choose, Blue Ribbon Hemp can help you figure out the product that is right for your needs here.

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Pitch Imperfect: The High Note is Cinematic Comfort Food, But Hardly Worth $19.99 VOD Price

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 5:23 PM

Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross in The High Note. - FOCUS FEATURES
  • Focus Features
  • Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross in The High Note.

Midway through The High Note, a music-industry rom-com in the mold of 2019's Late Night, (both directed by Nisha Ganatra), waning pop diva Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) laments the harsh reality for women in the music business.

"There have been only five women over 40 with a No. 1 hit," she tells her admiring assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson). "And only one of them was black."

This pivotal confrontation comes on the heels of a tense meeting with a handful of cocky record label execs who want Davis to agree to a residency in Vegas. It's guaranteed money for an artist of her stature, one who hasn't come out with a new record in a decade but who has at her disposal a reliable set list of hits. (She's something like an amalgam of Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and a down-the-road Beyonce).

Maggie is not only Davis' assistant but also a devoted fan, the daughter of a radio DJ and a singer. And she's agitating for Davis to record new music for two reasons: she knows Davis has more to say, for one thing, but she also wants to be the one to produce the new tracks.

The narrative contours of the film are remarkably similar to last year's Late Night, the warm, predictable TV-industry rom-com written by and starring Mindy Kaling. The relationship between an aging successful female celebrity and an unlikely rising female talent are at the center of both films. But Late Night was much funnier than The High Note, the title of which prefigures its lack of authority and depth. (It might just as easily have been called Music and Lyrics or Pitch Perfect.)

Much like Late Night, the B-storyline is romantically inclined. Here, Maggie wants to boost her producing cred and convinces a young crooner whom she meets in a grocery store (Kelvin Harrison, Jr., from Waves and It Comes at Night) to let her take a crack at producing his original songs. As in other cinematic depictions of music producing, Maggie's work generally consists of adjusting a level or two and then bopping her head in satisfaction or reverie. In one scene, she gives a little pep talk to Harrison's David Cliff.

In spite of the script's relentless corniness, Johnson and Harrison have great on-screen chemistry as they veer into romance. Ditto Johnson and Ross, star of ABC's Black-ish. But several of the individual scenes (the grocery store intro, to take one example), to say nothing of the significant late plot developments, are so cringeworthy that even the performances will be unable to prevent rolling eyes.

This sort of broad, formulaic storytelling is cinema's version of comfort food. If not for the A-listers, The High Note would be indistinguishable from a Hallmark Channel offering. But the performances are indeed a cut above. From Ice Cube's diet-conscious manager who's got a nasty streak, but who really just wants to retire in Vegas; to Harrison's flirty but musically insecure David Cliff; to Ross' Grace Davis herself, the pop star living with the personal decisions of her past and the professional decisions of her future. It's not like you ever feel sorry for Davis, a mega-millionaire with an L.A. mansion who treats her devoted assistant like dogshit — a late tongue-lashing is shocking in its succinct cruelty — but Ross, the real-life daughter of Diana Ross, plays a layered and believable pop icon.

The film will be available Friday at the video-on-demand platform of your choosing. And, like other new releases this year, it'll cost $19.99 at the outset. (For the record, that's an outrageous price point that I personally would surrender to only under very specific, extreme circumstances. And I hope the studios, or the streaming platforms, or whoever's responsible, don't get away with it for long.) 

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Nonprofit Record Label for Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Musicians Raising Funds to Get PPE into Ohio Prisons

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 1:03 PM

  • Die Jim Crow Records

Die Jim Crow Records (DJC) is a nonprofit label, founded by Fury Young, with the goal of providing “formerly and currently incarcerated musicians a high-quality platform for their voices to be heard,” Young says via email.

The label’s first EP, released in 2016, was recorded locally at the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, and included work from formerly incarcerated musicians in Brooklyn and Philly — two cities where DJC is now based.

“Headed to the Street,” a single off that six-track EP, even received a video premiere on Rolling Stone’s website in 2018. The song features lyrics from B.L. Shirelle — DJC’s current deputy director — who wrote it as she was getting ready to finish her prison term in Pennsylvania and return to civilian life. Young sent Shirelle’s lyrics to Anthony McKinney and Mark B. Springer, then both inmates at Warren Correctional, to set them to music, according to the Rolling Stone story.

McKinney is now at Ross Correctional and that relationship and Young’s relationship with the incarcerated has led to his current mission: to raise funds to provide PPE to the prisons where DJC musicians are currently or have been incarcerated.

Because of the close living quarters, inability to social distance and myriad other contributing factors, prisons have become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, especially in Ohio, where the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction is reporting 4,606 cases as of May 24.

According to his GoFundMe page, Young says, “We began this campaign on April 13 by reaching out to the 13 prisons we have collaborators at to see if they would accept PPE donations. We received three approvals, seven denials (three were good on supplies), and three did not reply.”

Currently, they have raised $11,915 toward their goal of $20,000 for PPE for inmates.

“When the whole COVID thing broke out, I think we felt pretty helpless, just like everyone else,” Young says. “B.L. Shirelle called me one day and said, ‘Fury, we really need to do something about this. We can't be the org that sits back and does nothing while all this horror goes on,’ was the gist of what she said. And so I kept thinking about it and got really inspired. She donated about 50 masks to a local women's shelter in Philly, and that then inspired me to think inside the prisons. So we just started the campaign and it has naturally grown from there. Our Board Director, Eric Borsuk, and Advisory Council member Cat Navarro have been very helpful in coordinating the PPE getting inside, so shout out to them, too.”

So far they have sent 100 KN95 masks and 20 bottles of 16-oz. hand sanitizer to a juvenile prison in Mississippi; 250 surgical masks and 250 KN95 masks to Taconic Correctional Facility women’s prison in New York; 750 surgical masks and 500 KN95s to Pulaski State Prison women’s facility in Georgia; 5,700 surgical masks to the Ohio Department of Corrections to disperse where there is the most need (Young says that that order is still on its way — “That order is still in transit and we're not sure what's going on. It came from China — the feds might be holding it up at customs or something because right now it's saying it's in Canada"); and 500 KN95s to the Ross Correctional Institution, also in Ohio.

That last prison is the home of the aforementioned McKinney, the musician who helped on the video that debuted on Rolling Stone.

“(The masks) arrived on Tuesday and I'm waiting to hear from Ant how they've been distributed," Young says. "As of today Ross has not had any positive cases but I don't think they've been testing there until recently. We reached out to them simply because of Ant being there and they said we're very much in need.”

Young says McKinney, a drummer, singer and guitarist, has worked with DJC since 2014.

“He is mainly on these two songs on our EP which came out in 2016: 'Headed to the Streets' and 'Tired & Weary.' The latter is basically his story of how he got locked up,” Young says. “Ant has maintained his innocence for the past 15 years and has been fighting his case.”

While continuing to raise funds to get PPE to prisoners, DJC is also continuing its mission of giving those who are currently incarcerated or who have been "a firmer sense of identity and self-worth through creating music and writing,” says Young.

“People in prison are so misunderstood in society — the typical ‘judged as monsters’ kind of thing. Here's a quote of mine directly from our website that I think sums it up pretty well:

'Death to Jim Crow means a death to stereotypes, to misconceptions of the ‘Other.’ There is no Other. The term Jim Crow comes from a song which satirizes a slave. I see much parallel to the way our society views those incarcerated: that they are lesser than, merely criminals. DJC Records aims to change this narrative through music.'”

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RUST Author Eliese Goldbach, Akron Author David Giffels to Appear in Virtual Event Thursday

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 11:19 AM

  • Flatiron Books
Local author Eliese Goldbach, whose memoir, RUST, was published earlier this year, will read from and discuss her new book Thursday evening in a virtual event hosted by Loganberry Books.

Goldbach will be in conversation with Akron author David Giffels, whose latest book, Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America will be published in August.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Attendees can hop on Loganberry's Facebook page and watch the live stream from there. Those curious about either of the author's works will have the opportunity to ask questions via Facebook. 

Goldbach spoke to Scene about her memoir in March. She said that one of her primary aims was understanding the animosities that drive the ideological rifts in today's political climate. The ArcellorMittal steel plant became a venue for dissecting a certain Rust Belt blue-collar ethos, even as Goldbach dissected the life events that shaped her own views. 

Goldbach worked for three years at the steel plant. Local readers will certainly enjoy her meticulous descriptions of the steel-making process and the physical descriptions of the massive complex in the industrial valley.

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CBD Isolate vs CBD Distillate: Why Should You Care

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:27 AM

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When you start shopping for a full spectrum or broad spectrum product, one of the first choices you will have to make is between a CBD isolate and a distillate. Until recently, the only CBD distillate you could find was whole-plant distillate. Now, there are new options available as well.

What Is CBD Isolate?

If you buy a CBD isolate, you are only getting a compound known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD isolate is deliberately manufactured so that it will only contain CBD. The extraction process removes everything that is not CBD. This means that CBD isolate does not contain any terpenes or other cannabinoids.

You can find CBD isolates in a variety of different products. There are CBD gummies and oils made with CBD isolate. Depending on who you buy your isolate from, it will be 99 percent pure or higher. If you are buying from a reputable supplier, your isolate should not include any additives, heavy metals or contaminants.

If you are worried about taking a drug test, a CBD isolate may be a good choice. Because CBD is isolated from other cannabinoids, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the product. As long as the isolate is actually pure, it should not get you high or cause a failed drug test.

Pure isolate should not have any taste or smell. Because it does not include any taste or smell, isolate is a popular additive for CBD edibles and oils. If you dislike the taste of hemp in your edibles, isolate is a good choice.
What Is CBD Distillate?

Meanwhile, a CBD distillate contains the benefits of the entire hemp plant. The only thing removed is the THC. This means that CBD distillate contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids and vitamins. Even though it contains more of the cannabis plant, a CBD distillate will not get you high and is completely legal to have. It undergoes an added processing step to remove any THC that remains from the plant.

CBD distillate is an incredibly popular option because of its many healing benefits. Because it contains a spectrum of cannabinoids and plant-based compounds, it offers more benefits for users. Some scientists believe that the different cannabinoids and terpenes in hemp can play off of each other to produce an entourage effect. In essence, they believe that the sum of hemp’s parts produces an effect that is greater than each compound can achieve on its own.

Different cannabinoids are present in cannabis in different amounts. The following cannabinoids are popular because of their potential healing benefits.

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Cannabinol (CBN)

Like most cannabinoids, scientists are still working to learn more about CBN. Currently, they believe that it can help people with insomnia. It has sedative effects that make it ideal for someone who needs a sleep aid. Currently, scientific research seems to indicate that CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the hemp plant’s relaxing and calming effects.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

CBG is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. It is a precursor to several other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. According to the current research we have on hemp, CBG seems to help with health problems like muscle cramps, depression, pain and anxiety.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

In the future, you may start seeing headlines that tout the benefits of CBC. While many people focus on THC and CBD, CBC has remarkable properties and a number of health benefits. It has some anti-proliferative qualities, which means that it could be used as an anti-cancer drug. This compound also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antimicrobial and pain-relieving benefits. Some studies even show that it can help with migraines, anxiety and depression.

These compounds are only three of hemp’s many cannabinoids. At the moment, researchers have found at least 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Hemp also contains terpenes that give the plant its distinctive odor. Other than providing a unique scent, terpenes may have other benefits. For example, linalool is thought to help with sleep quality, which may explain why the linalool in lavender is so popular in sleep aids.

Using CBD Distillate Versus CBD Isolate

As you look for the right CBD product, you will need to consider if CBD isolate or CBD distillate is right for you. The main difference is that an isolate contains just a single chemical that is known as CBD. Meanwhile, distillates contain the whole plant and use the entourage effect.

Until recently, the only distillate you could buy was made with the whole plant. With this option, you would get a product that had all of the benefits of the whole plant, and the quality of the plant determined the quality of the oil. Unfortunately, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has responded harshly to high-quality, balanced products like this. If cola buds have higher than 0.3 percent THC in their laboratory tests, they are considered illegal according to the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines.

Thankfully, this process has gradually started to change. Now, THC can be extracted from a full spectrum oil. This allows manufacturers to create a broad spectrum oil instead.

While having only CBD is not harmful and contains some benefits, it is definitely not the way that nature intended these products to work. Hemp plants have developed over thousands and thousands of years to work a certain way. Today, scientists know that many of the compounds in hemp work together to create an entourage effect.

On Real Tested CBD, you can see which products are just CBD isolates because they only appear in the results for CBD and nothing else. In comparison, you can often find high levels of CBC in plants that have both low and high levels of THC. While the price of CBD isolate is as cheap as $0.04 or $0.05 per milligram, distillates sell for a minimum of $0.10 to $0.20 per milligram. The price is directly related to the product’s quality, so you really get what you pay for. In general, broad spectrum products will be the most expensive because they have to go through an additional step in the manufacturing process.

The product you choose depends on your personal needs. While the price is a factor, it is better to look at factors like which product will actually achieve the results that you want. Most people buy a distillate because they believe it has stronger effects. Distillates are able to use the entourage effect, but a CBD isolate cannot. If you are purely looking for a product with less THC because you need to take a drug test, you may want a CBD isolate instead. By doing your research and trying different products, you can find an option that works well for your needs.

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Ohio Farmers Embrace Conservation to Mitigate Spring Flooding

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 9:40 AM

  • (David Ike/The Nature Conservancy)

SENECA CO., Ohio — The prospect of heavy spring rains — linked to climate change — has led some farmers to use conservation measures to protect their fields.

Dennis Reer plants corn, soybeans and wheat at 5R Farms in Seneca County, and also grows cover crops in the off season, because living roots make the soil more porous so it can hold more water and nutrients in place.

"Water was a huge concern with runoff and nutrient loss," he points out. "Really excited about what we're seeing on our farm. The soil changed in the last three years just with the cover crops and improving the soil structure. "

Reer does not till the soil, which keeps carbon and nitrous oxide in the ground. And he says better soil health means he spends less on chemical soil amendments.

Right now about 3% to 5% of Ohio farmers use these methods.

Jessica D'Ambrosio, Ohio agriculture director for The Nature Conservancy, says these practices not only promote clean air and water, they help farmers improve their yield, and withstand heavy rains.

"So the soil is a living resource," she states. "That's where the key nexus is between agriculture growing crops, and then mitigating and adapting to climate change and its impacts."

Last year's flooding severely eroded farms and carried nutrients off to the waterways, causing harmful algae blooms. Larry Clemen, Indiana state director for The Nature Conservancy, says it also caused costly delays.

"In many areas, we had a wet spring, so crops got planted late, which meant they got harvested late," he states.

The Nature Conservancy is working with farmers and local agricultural agencies to promote best practices, gather the data to prove that they work, and build a peer network of farmers who can support each other and troubleshoot going forward.

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Why Does CBD Work?

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 6:00 AM


By Dr. Bob Melamede

Cannabis finally goes mainstream with CBD seemingly available just about everywhere— from gas stations, yoga studios, airports to specialty hemp shops. Why has it become so popular? The answer is simple, CBD benefits countless conditions by participating in the numerous biochemical processes of life.

If you’re a senior curious about CBD and how it could benefit you, turn to CBDSeniors.

To get an appropriate perspective, it's useful to remember that all vertebrates, with humans presumptively being the most evolutionary advanced member of the group, rely on the endocannabinoid system to homeostatically regulate every human body system (circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, nerves, muscular, reproductive, skeletal and skin). Most endocannabinoids, like the human brain, are mostly made from essential fatty acids.

Metabolism is what drives all living systems by maintaining the flowing energy that drives the complexity of life. Efficient carbohydrate metabolism drives creation (CB1). Cellular/organismic maintenance (repair, recycling and reconstruction is driven fat burning (CB2). The balance of these two metabolic subdivisions determines health and longevity.

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The endocannabinoid system is the conductor of the life’s biochemical orchestra. CBD plays a powerful part in health’s music by straddling the biochemical subdivision that coordinates differentiated functions with their repair and maintenance. Cannabinoids are necessary nutrients for optimizing human health. Click here to learn more.

-Dr. Bob

Dr. Robert Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. Dr. Melamede is a recognized leader on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored numerous papers on a wide variety of subjects. Dr. Melamede retired as Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he taught and researched cannabinoids, cancer, and DNA repair. For more on Dr. Bob, click here.

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