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"You can cure cancer; you can cure any disease; or you can just maintain good health." (Charlotte Gerson)

The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER (Vol. 4, No. 16, for July 20, 2004) "Free of charge, free of advertising, and free of the A.M.A."

Written and copyright 2004 by Andrew W. Saul of , which welcomes over 1.5 million visitors annually. Commercial use of the website or the contents of this Newsletter is strictly prohibited.

IN THIS ISSUE: Exclusive interview with Charlotte Gerson New Movie Reviewed: The Gerson Miracle Abram Hoffer, M.D., on the Gerson Cancer Therapy Gerson Therapy links Plus: Free "Lifestyle Clinic" Opens in Holley, NY Free Downloadable Antivirus Software Eat for $12 a week Mr. Henny Youngman on Doctors

UPDATE ON MEDLINE A special thank-you to all the many Doctor Yourself Newsletter readers who took the time to write to the National Library of Medicine to request that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine be included in MEDLINE's electronic index. MEDLINE is like a "Google" of medical publications. I believe everyone should have internet access to all health research, not just some of it.

The next question is, exactly who is deciding what you may or may not read?

Most letters that readers sent to MEDLINE's Executive Editor, Sheldon Kotzin, received a form reply from a clerical assistant, saying only that:

"Mr. Kotzin has received your recent email regarding the re-review of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine for inclusion in MEDLINE. The National Library of Medicine uses an advisory committee to recommend journals to be indexed in MEDLINE. This journal will be scheduled for review at the next advisory committee meeting."

We have reason to believe that the next advisory committee meeting and review is scheduled for October, 2004.

But there are genuine problems with this quickie form-letter response. First, it does not tell us exactly why the Journal was previously refused. It is merely a promise of a re-review, whatever that may consist of.

Second, who are the people on the mentioned advisory committee who actually perform the review? Who, exactly, are the persons empowered to decide for you what you may or may not access on MEDLINE, a taxpayer- supported service of the US Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health?

What are the names, and professional qualifications (and professional affiliations) of the "Literature Selection Technical Review Committee" members?

And, how are they selected, and who selects them?

Are these petty, pesky questions, or do interested citizens have a right to know?

Thinking it a good idea to try a direct follow-up with the top man, Medline Editor Mr. Kotzin, a number of people have already written back to . They wished to know:

* What are the names of the members of the National Library of Medicine's journal-review advisory committee?

* What are the specific grounds, particular to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, that have previously disqualified it from inclusion in Medline?

To date, NOT EVEN ONE Newsletter reader has reported any reply to these questions. Judging from my mailbox, which I check several times a day, no one has received ANY response whatsoever to these follow-up questions, or even an acknowledgement that their message was received.

Why? Is there some kind of secret?

It may be time to take this case to a higher level: the U.S. Congress.

I ask you to please email your Congressperson and Senators, respectfully requesting that they help you get real answers to your real questions.

It is easy to do, you know. Just go to (or and type in your zip code. Then, click the email link under your Senator's and Congressman's name, and select "Compose Your Own Letter." This is fast and, for sending email, free.

To speed things further, you can cut and paste the letter I today sent to my Senators and Congressman, editing as you see fit. For the email letter's "Subject," I typed in "Seek Response from Federal Agency."

Dear Hon. _________________

I would very much appreciate your assistance in obtaining answers to questions I have directed in writing to a Federal agency, but without success.

I am interested in finding out why the National Library of Medicine has not responded adequately to my inquiry as to why it has not chosen to index a particular medical journal. To me, this seems like a reasonable inquiry. Because I and many other citizens are interested in nutrition therapy, I think the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (which has been published for 36 consecutive years) should be included in the NLM's MEDLINE electronic index. However, it is not.

I wrote to MEDLINE, specifically to the Executive Editor, Mr. Sheldon Kotzin. All I received was a form reply, which I think is an unsatisfactory response.

My questions are:

What are the specific reasons that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine has been excluded from MEDLINE's index by a "Literature Selection Technical Review Committee"?

What are the names, qualifications, and professional affiliations of the members of the NLM/Medline "Literature Selection Technical Review Committee"?

Who appoints these members to the Committee?

What is the date of their next meeting, and will there be a public hearing?

The NLM says of itself, "The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest medical library in the world. The goal of the NLM is to collect, organize and make available biomedical literature to advance medical science and improve public health."

It seems odd to me that the world's largest medical library does not see fit to index the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. It seems even odder that the NLM/MEDLINE Executive Editor did not provide satisfactory answers to my questions. I think detailed, individual reasons for Medline's excluding a particular journal should be public information. I am a taxpayer. I have asked a senior member of a federal office for information and that information has so far been denied to me.

Your reply would mean a great deal to me.

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PLEASE LET ME KNOW what your representatives and senators offer to do. I would welcome a copy of all responses that you receive emailed to .

READERS SAY H. J writes from Oregon: "I am seventy years of age and morbidly obese. Diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure four years ago, have enlarged prostate, diverticulosis (itis?), chronic esophagitis, and GERD to name some of what my Doc says. I do not have high blood pressure, but have a chronic arrhythmia that occurs when exposed to any significant amount of caffeine. I abused coffee when I was younger. And I am a pensioner with no resource except my Social Security and two other tiny pensions. I didn't mention the joint problems with two knees and the lumbar spinal region.

"A mess? Surely, but a little over three weeks ago I started on your "eat for $12.00 per week" plan ( I follow the diet almost exclusively, but do go out occasionally for a veggie omelet. I bake my own 100% whole wheat bread, gobble frozen veggies, brown rice, have become a juice drinker (100% juice with no additives, of course). I haven't had any kind of a soda since I started, and I almost always did one of those a day before. I make a fifteen dried bean soup to enjoy even in the hot weather. I feel good and will start supplements when I have a few more bucks to spend. I feel better now (three weeks mind you) than I have in a very long time.

"Your newsletter and web site are favorites of mine and I can only offer my thanks for you turning the light on in my elderly cave. I am losing weight slowly, but steadily. Does your plan of nutrition work? Absolutely! Thanks."

It is a real pleasure to hear of your success. Can I get a copy of that 15- bean soup recipe?

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ABRAM HOFFER, M.D, ON THE GERSON CANCER THERAPY "Max Gerson, M.D., treated a series of cancer patients with special (mostly vegetable juice) diets and with some nutrients including niacin 50 mg 8 to 10 times per day, dicalcium phosphate with vitamin D, vitamins A and D, and liver injections. He found that all the cancer cases were benefited in that they became healthier and in many cases the tumors regressed. In a subsequent report, Gerson elaborated on his diet. He now emphasized a high potassium over sodium diet, vitamin C, niacin, brewers yeast and lugols iodine. Right after the (second world) war there was no ready supply of vitamins as there is today. I would consider the use of these nutrients in combination very original and enterprising. Dr. Gerson was the first physician to so emphasize such use.

"I am familiar with the Gerson method and believe that it has a lot of merit. I have always been frustrated that it was not taken seriously and studied intensively as it should be. It does take a lot of dedication and time, and patients do need a lot of help in preparing their food and juicing and the coffee enemas. Of course, as with any treatment, not everyone recovers. But I think it has a very good track record. I know Charlotte personally and have been corresponding with her son, Howard Straus, who wrote a very good book about his grandfather. ( I think it is a shame the National Cancer Institute refused to conduct adequate clinical studies, as the methods are not that difficult if carried on in a properly designed clinical unit."

Gerson M: Dietary considerations in malignant neoplastic disease. A prelimary report. The Review of Gastroenterology 12:419-425, 1945.

Gerson M: Effects of a combined dietary regime on patients with malignant tumors. Experimental Medicine and Surgery 7:299-317, 1949.

Hoffer A: Orthomolecular Oncology. In, Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer Treatment, Ed. P. Quillin & R. M. Williams. 1992 Symposium Proceedings, Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Research Foundation and American College of Nutrition. Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, 3455 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 200, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1090, 331-362, 1994.

MOVIE REVIEW I do not usually review films, but this is an important exception.

The Gerson Miracle Reviewed by and copyright 2004 Andrew W. Saul

"The cure for cancer has been discovered. In 1928." These are the opening words of the new one-and-a-half hour documentary movie, The Gerson Miracle. No one that views it can possibly misunderstand its uncompromising assertions that cancer is curable, and that Dr. Max Gerson repeatedly proved it.

When Max Gerson, M.D., testified before the U.S. Senate on July 1, 2, and 3, 1946, he likely had high hopes of acceptance of his work. No such luck. In 1958, he published all the how-to-do-it details in A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases. He died the next year, under suspicious circumstances. (More on this in the Newsletter's interview section, below.)

Even today it is necessary for persons seeking Gerson treatment to leave the country to obtain it. As the film's narration says, "Laws in virtually all of the United States prohibit any other treatment of cancer than radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, even though they are usually ineffective at best, and completely ineffective at worst. Chemotherapy, for example, does not cure cancer at all, and usually merely poisons the patient instead of the cancer."

Strong words, those. If Oscar-winning documentarist Michael Moore initially had difficulty obtaining distribution for his "Fahrenheit 9/11" movie, you can be sure there will be some hefty opposition to this one.

And yet, the heart of the Gerson therapy is ecological common sense. I think this is why it makes a good subject for film, and why it appealed so to producer/director Steven Kroschel. Kroschel's previous documentary credits include work for the Learning Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC, as well as contributions to a number of Hollywood features including "Straight Up," "Vertical Limit," and "I Spy." Not surprisingly, Kroschel personally follows the Gerson diet.

The narration continues:

"The soil, and all that grows in it, is not something distant from us, but must be regarded as our external metabolism, which produces the nutrients for our internal metabolism. Therefore, the soil must be cared for properly. It must not be depleted or poisoned Otherwise, changes will result in serious degenerative diseases in animals and humans."

This sounds much like text from any biology textbook that I've taught from.

"Mass-produced, commercially-grown fruits and vegetables are fertilized with only three minerals: nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous," says the narrator. Yet plants "need over 50 more." As a consequence, "the plants are sick, and must be kept on life support with toxic chemicals until market." On the other hand, organic farming methods enable both the plant, and you, to resist disease. This especially includes cancer.

The film states that the two key factors that are "the underlying cause of cancer are deficiency and toxicity." A radical, organic raw vegetable juice- based diet is proposed as the primary remedy. Why juiced? Because "Dr. Gerson discovered early in his research that fruits and vegetables must be juiced to flood the body with nutrients that have been lacking within the human organism for so very long, sometimes for decades. . . When juice is drunk, it can enter the blood stream almost as fast as alcohol. . . Dr. Gerson required his patients to drink one 8 ounce glass of juice 13 times a day." That amounts to some 20 pounds of produce, yielding "an organic medication straight from the table of Mother Nature."

The Gerson therapy calls for an expensive grind and press juicer, such as a Norwalk. On the other hand, the film states, Norman W. Walker, that particular juicer's inventor and namesake, died June 6, 1985 at the age of 117. All of Max Gerson's brothers and sisters died in the Holocaust.

Now for the second aspect of the Gerson therapy. Drinking such enormous quantities of fresh juice every day "dislodges accumulated body poisons, which are absorbed by the liver, somewhat overwhelming it." Therefore, to help out the hard-working liver, the Gerson approach employs an unusual detoxification technique. "Organic body-temperature coffee administered rectally stimulates the liver's bile ducts to then dump those scavenged toxins into the colon for evacuation." This, the film states, ensures that "the immune system will now have the upper hand" and the patient is more likely to recover.

You will not be disappointed to know that the film does indeed provide step by step directions on exactly how to prepare a coffee enema. Boil 1 quart distilled water, add 3 tablespoons drip ground coffee, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and add sufficient water to again have 1 quart. Cool to body temperature, and then introduce eight inches into the colon with an enema kit. Retain the enema for 12 to 15 minutes.

The movie's sound track music chosen to accompany the coffee enema recipe preparation sequence is a performance of Beethoven's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major by the City of Magenta, Italy Symphony Orchestra. The violin soloist is Francesca Ettorina Dego, Dr. Gerson's great-granddaughter, age 14. Her rendition is excellent.

There is more to the therapy than juices and coffee enemas. "Table salt is a poison," says the narration. Our "unrelenting" use of sodium "causes displacement of potassium found naturally in human cells, leaving them vulnerable to attack by disease." For this reason, debated to this day, Dr. Gerson gave patients on his already very-low-sodium, potassium-rich diet still more supplemental potassium in the form of equal parts of potassium gluconate, potassium acetate, and mono potassium phosphate. Flaxseed oil was the preferred fatty acid source, and was to be "raw and cold" and not to be used for a cooking oil. Pancreatin, acidophilus, and vitamin B-3 (niacin) were also provided supplementally.

The most common criticisms of the Gerson program are that the diet is restrictive and that the coffee enemas are excessive. It is true that the Gerson therapy is an extreme diet, but then cancer is an extreme disease. One extreme may indeed call for another; it takes a lot of water to put out a burning building. Chemical, radiological and surgical extremes are the oncologist's stock in trade. Why not extreme nutrition?

I enjoyed the section of the movie where the camera follows Dr. Gerson's daughter and successor, Charlotte, as she interviews patients under actual treatment at the Gerson facility in Mexico. There, it is said, patients in "as little as two weeks are free from cancer." 35 years after man first walked on the moon, this remains a revolutionary statement, one that may invite either a physician's ridicule or a cancer patient's serious investigation.

Charlotte Gerson, now 82, practices what her father preached. "I cancelled my health insurance when I was 34 years old," she says. "The reason was that I'm not interested in the kind of hospital or medical treatment that might be covered by insurance, because it's toxic." She says she saved money, plus feels good in the bargain. She is outspoken and emphatic. On camera, she states, "I'm always telling women: 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about finding a lump in your breast?' But if you eat healthy, that's what happens. Living in this manner, you don't risk cancer."

She is in a position to know, having seen her father's work at close range for so many years. I asked Charlotte about this, and she told me, "My earliest childhood memories of helping my father go back to my playing in our sandbox when I was about five years old. My father's medical office was in the same house where we lived and patients would come to see him there. Many of those were from the agricultural area surrounding the city where we lived, Bielefeld (Westphalia), Germany. The farmers who consulted my father could hardly believe that one could survive in good health without meat and animal proteins. So my father would send for me, a little dirty and full of sand, to show me off. I was sturdy, tall for my age, healthy and rosy-cheeked and presented a good picture of the effectiveness of vegetarian nutrition."

She still does. Filmmaker Steven Kroschel says, "Working with Charlotte Gerson touched me deeply, as she reminded me of my German grandparents and the old fashioned hospitality that went along with it. I have to say that I cannot recall meeting anyone quite as honest, compassionate and giving as she is."

Doctor-vexing patients' testimonials form the backbone of Kroschel's documentary. There are plenty of them. One man with prostate cancer, confirmed by biopsy, decided to go Gerson. After 18 months on the therapy, his PSA was an extraordinarily low 0.06.

Ascites, the abdominal fluid buildup all to commonly accompanying cancer or liver disease, may be reduced by way of the Gerson therapy. One patient interviewed in the film reports a decrease of 8 cm on the first day of the therapy, with 2 cm/day afterwards.

One woman, diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given 6 to 9 months to live, speaks on camera of how she lived not nine months, but nine years and is still in excellent, cancer-free health. Her therapy was the Gerson diet. Three other women she knew, all of whom selected chemotherapy, were, as predicted, dead in nine months or less.

Possibly the most moving testimonial comes from a child, named Stephanie, who was diagnosed with widespread cancer in the kidney, lungs, vena cava and heart before she was even six years old. After conventional treatment had been tried and had failed, she (and her parents as well) embarked on the Gerson program. Asked what she thought of the diet, the girl responded quite frankly: "The food? At first I thought it was kind of weird. But after, like, a week, it started tasting better."

Stephanie, who had been given six months to live, was very much alive over two years later and shown horseback riding. The narration presented her as not fully cured, but "on the road to recovery" to the point that her doctors were "astounded." Stephanie herself described her quality of life improvement as well as it has ever been described: "I've been feeling lots better. I've been having more energy when on the diet. I feel very healthy, and stronger, and much better than I did."

The most skeptical viewer cannot possibly watch the scenes of this lass horseback riding and not be at least a little bit persuaded.

Then there is Pat, a woman with pancreatic cancer which had spread to her liver, gall bladder, and spleen. Throwing up blood, she was diagnosed at age 46, and given 3 months to live. That was in 1986. Pat's bleeding and pain stopped in 10 days of Gerson therapy. After two years of Gerson, a CAT scan showed that the cancer was gone. Pat is now 65.

Hollywood star Michael Landon was similarly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He, too, had been given three months to live, and he likewise tried the Gerson therapy. Landon appeared on the "Tonight" show, looking hale and hearty after only a short time on the Gerson program. Immediately afterwards, the narration says, Landon was warned off of the Gerson diet by his physicians. He abandoned it, and his condition promptly worsened. He later personally telephoned Pat and told her that he "should have stayed with the Gerson therapy." Michael Landon died in 1991.

As a very young man, I made a documentary film about the pollution and proposed reclamation of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. Excessive camera motion was the byproduct of my limited equipment and poor technique. Although it may be an intentional stylistic tool, I for one would ask that directors of feature documentaries everywhere lose the hand-held camera reality-look and get themselves better tripods than I had.

The Gerson DVD has no menu for chapter selection, and for those wishing to re-study any one of the 30 chapters in this 90 minute feature, a chapter menu would be most helpful.

This film makes no attempt at conciliation nor compromise, with frequent unabashedly in-your-face statements, such as: "The only area of which established orthodox medicine in the US is superlative is in the cost." Another: "The viability of life hinging essentially on what we pour into our cups, and place on our plates, is so simple, and yet profoundly hard to grasp by modern medicine." The film also emphasizes the detrimental effects of all manner of pollution on our internal environment. Mercury- based dental amalgam condemned; Ritalin is ridiculed, as is the Standard American Diet ("SAD"). Even milk-drinking is eschewed by the Gerson approach. "With every meal, we are either digging our own graves with the silverware, or ensuring a healthy and productive life."

There is something in The Gerson Miracle to provoke practically anybody. On the other hand, there is such value in Gerson's therapy to justify the film being seen by everybody.

We have to face the facts: Dr. Gerson saved lives and his methods still do. Here is the very first movie to offer this essential message to a new and ever-widening audience. To say that such a message is somewhat controversial is understatement akin to saying that the Beatles somewhat influenced popular music, or that Citizen Kane was a pretty good flick. Fact is, the Gerson therapy exists. You can say that it doesn't work, but you can also find living, breathing people who will tell you differently. This documentary does exactly that, and this is what documentaries should be doing.

(The Gerson Miracle. 91 minutes; 2004. VHS: 29.95; DVD: $24.95, from Charlotte Gerson, 355 Greenwood Place, Bonita, CA 91902. . Shipping is $3, CA residents add 7.5% sales tax. On- line ordering:

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DY NEWS: It is a pleasure to see the Gerson therapy continue to gain acceptance and press worldwide. All this is primarily due to your efforts, which are truly an everlasting honor to your father's work. Could we begin with these questions, please. I have seen the Gerson VHS videos produced about 15 years ago, such as "Doing the Gerson Therapy at Home." How is your intention for this new documentary different?

CHARLOTTE GERSON: The Gerson videotapes were produced well over 10 years ago mainly to provide information to patients about the therapy, how and why it produces results, how to manage the therapy (Vol. II, The Workshop) and (Vol. III) how to cook, juice, prepare coffee concentrate for enemas, and handle medications. The new documentary presents Dr. Gerson's work, how he started to understand the importance of the soil, how his own health problems forced him to search for solutions - then how he was able to elaborate on those to achieve healing of cancer. The documentary also presents 8 or 9 patients, most of them long-term recoveries after desperate diagnoses. This documentary should be distributed all over the world to inform the suffering public of the available healing, the natural approach instead of drugging symptoms. And this healing is not just for patients suffering from cancer, but for those suffering from other chronic 'incurable' diseases.

DY NEWS: The documentary contains some very strong words and absolute statements about pharmaceuticals and modern medicine. What are the chief obstacles to your work at present?

CHARLOTTE GERSON: The chief obstacles to spreading this information worldwide is the powerful medical/pharmaceutical industry. According to Dr. Ralph Moss, in his book "The Cancer Industry" (New York: Paragon Press, 1989), cancer treatments are bringing in over $100 billion dollars annually in the U.S. alone! The problem with the Gerson Therapy is that it is not patentable, and produces no profits for the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore they have powerful means, publicity, falsehoods that are spread by expensive TV and magazine ads to promote their "latest and promising" drug treatments. The general public is still convinced that only drugs and surgery, possibly radiation will help to overcome cancer. The advertisers do not publish the fact that each year the number of people dying of cancer increases by some 10% and more and more children suffer and die of cancer! Only when all "orthodox" treatments have failed do some enlightened patients look for alternative treatments. That is why over 90% of patients coming to the Gerson Therapy hospital are in "terminal" condition. If orthodox treatments could cure cancer, we would be out of business.

DY NEWS: Dr. Gerson was, and still is, widely denounced by the pharmaceutical/medical establishment. For a therapy that works, why the resistance from doctors?

CHARLOTTE GERSON: After my father presented five "cured hopeless cancer patients" before a U.S. Senate Committee in early July, 1946, the medical establishment increased its attacks with articles in the JAMA on Dr. Gerson. It published an editorial about the Gerson treatment with the heading "Of Fraud and Fables." It even either forced or paid a physician to retract his positive testimony during that hearing and had him write to U.S. universities and medical organizations stating that the Gerson Therapy had no effect in the treatment of cancer! This letter was subsequently published all over the medical press, and reported to anybody inquiring from the AMA about the Gerson treatment. Other attacks were more subtle: Dr. Gerson stated that some 25% of his best cases were regularly contacted by their previous doctors, asked to report on their progress. Then they were told that in their 'improved' condition, chemotherapy could now clear all cancer problems. When they agreed to take some chemotherapy, they died.

DY NEWS: I hesitate to bring this thought forward, but the movie more than suggests that Dr. Gerson was murdered by arsenic poisoning. Can you comment about this sensitive issue?

CHARLOTTE GERSON: Dr. Gerson rented his office in a building originally supplied by grateful recovered patients. However the staff, headed by the same physician I referred to earlier, spied on Gerson, reported names and addresses of his patients who were then contacted by their prior doctors - and many of the patients' files and records "disappeared." It was a fact that even at an advanced age (77 years) Dr. Gerson had a somewhat low blood pressure and enjoyed one cup of coffee in the afternoon. He noted at one point that every evening, after having coffee served at his office, that he had violent cramps and diarrheas. He stopped taking this coffee but a subsequent 24-hour urine collection showed that he excreted arsenic! He did not die immediately; however this weakened him considerably and he subsequently contracted a viral lung infection that killed him Then the doctors committed their ultimate insult: they claimed that he died of lung cancer! Of course his lung X-rays did not show tumors but lung damage from his infection. You will find a good deal of this information in my son's biography of Dr. Gerson ( Actually, Howard found it impossible to find a publisher in the U.S. They were afraid of trouble from the AMA or "Big Pharma." The publisher in Canada who agreed to print the book removed about one-third of the stories that were highly unflattering to the AMA, the JAMA, and more.

DY NEWS: Thank you for your candor, and for the interview.

CHARLOTTE GERSON: Thanks for this opportunity to inform your readers.

For more information on the Gerson therapy: The complete how-to-do-it book: Dr. Gerson's own words: References and citations and

The Gerson Institute 1572 Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 Tel. 619-685-5353 Toll-free: 1-888-4-GERSON

The Gerson Institute's Website:


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My doctor grabbed me by the wallet and said "Cough!"

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