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What OTHER benefits have you gotten from eating paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Whenever we talk about eating paleo, the main benefits mentioned are weight loss and autoimmune diseases. I'm wondering what you guys have experienced that may be unique to yourself or something you did not expect.

For me, earlier this morning, as I ran my fingers through my hair I had an epiphany. I don't have dandruff. I've struggled with dandruff for ten years using a whole lot of different shampoos and other methods. Close to 6 months of eating paleo and not a speck. I even rubbed my hand vigorously on my scalp to make sure. Nothing!

I'm pretty amazed at this. Anyone else have something unexpected happen?

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

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on June 14, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Also, going paleo helped me decide not to go to law school. After reading so much about quality of life, chronically high cortisol, the problems with sleep-deprivation...etc., I realized that lifestyle wouldn't make me happy. Obviously a personal decision, but I credit listening to my body with helping me decide.

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on June 14, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Agreed, except if I'm eating a lot of cruciferous veggies. Oh man..

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

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on June 14, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Interesting stuff; I have red hair and people have been telling me it's colour has been looking brighter and fuller since I started Paleo (although whether this is a blessing or curse I've yet to figure out).

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

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on May 29, 2011
at 03:03 PM

nope :) not for me.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Oops...definitely teeth. ;)

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on May 21, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Humour fail by me there :)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on May 21, 2011
at 05:50 PM

Nice. That's a great use for a human life. :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 21, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Plus one for the TP comment.......paleo man did not need TP!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 04:07 PM

My bet is teeth......not too many people own a Doppler LoL

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 04:05 PM

LoL............

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:40 PM

bend spoons too.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Wow, good ones. I too have much better, naturally strong arches now. i think its more from reading Gokhale's book and practicing what she says and just being more conscious but its kinasorta paleo:) And gas is gone for me, too. In fact when i tell people about how cool it is to just eat meat and vegetables I'm always like, wouldnt you like to eat good food and not feel super full and be farting?

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on May 21, 2011
at 09:27 AM

Quilt, can you provide a link to that? sounds very interesting.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on May 21, 2011
at 03:49 AM

I'll bet! What would be even more rewarding for me would be looking completely insane telling people to eat what we do but then have them attain the best health of their lives.

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 21, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Dexter... thanks for sharing that was great!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 02:07 AM

you can......we are the only animal that can do this.

1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:42 AM

My dandruff and greasy hair actually did go away. I have not used shampoo two months--I only have to rinse it with water every day in the shower and it looks just fine. Amazing.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:30 AM

The Quilt says you can change your DNA by your thoughts.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:28 AM

See this account of a Hawaiian Paleo Baby http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2011/05/paleo-baby.html

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Ditto on the grimy teeth! And very interesting about the changes in your breastfed baby.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Arteries or teeth?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Yes Saw Palmetto is a very, very weak inhibitor of BPH...worthless for me.

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Our first month of paleo it was kind of like "what have we won today?" with the diet. One day we'd read about diabetes or arthritis protection. The next would be energy levels. Then cavities. You smell better, fer chrissakes. With so many benefits, I can kinda see why muggles think we're in a cult ;)

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Interesting, thanks for the answer. I wouldn't worry too much about taking the sistosterol especially while keeping healthy in so many other ways. It's great that you found something that helps. Have you tried Saw Palmetto?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I did go off the plant sterol beta sistosterol for three months and the BPH returned with frequent day and night necessity to urinate. So Paleo lifestyle did not shrink my prostate gland.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I have read that plant sterols are not good products for the body...but it is a trade off for getting a good nights sleep which hopefully keeps my cortisol level down.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:07 AM

I would say that my memory for events pre paleo is acceptable but not great, but my memory post seems to be sharper and I seem to operate in the real world more efficiently. Yes BPH started to happen to me about 5 years ago. I started hearing radio commercials about beta sistosterol. Buy it and your BPH would go away...for a hefty price and the perscription drugs I did not even try. My last perscription was lovastatin and totally wrecked my softball throwing arm for a year. The only non paleo thing I do now is Source Naturals beta sistosterol from http://www.vitacost.com

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

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on May 20, 2011
at 11:56 PM

I see in your profile you've been eating paleo for 3.5 years. Has your memory improved since starting or just not worsened. Also maybe kind of a personal question but because it's so common, have you had any problems with BPH? Has paleo changed it at all?

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8
1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

on May 21, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Since I lost 35 lbs., I don't get belly button lint anymore.

3
76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I used to have far more grey hairs on my head than a healthy 23 year-old should. 4 months paleo, and every grey hair I picked out was BROWN at the root and halfway up the hair - the colour was literally being reversed back to my natural colour. 7 months paleo now, grey hairs are a rare occurrence. WOOT! I kept one of the reversing grey hairs I picked out and use it as a shrine as I bow down to the paleo gods.

1c2e6e8d1334a56e46d670b40d2bcf80

(103)

on June 14, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Interesting stuff; I have red hair and people have been telling me it's colour has been looking brighter and fuller since I started Paleo (although whether this is a blessing or curse I've yet to figure out).

3
7fdf813e2163735257aaab72178ee864

on May 21, 2011
at 03:35 PM

My skin improved dramatically.

My hips and knees no longer hurt.

I'm not constantly hungry.

I'm not nearly as anxious.

And I use far less toilet paper.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Plus one for the TP comment.......paleo man did not need TP!

3
Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on May 21, 2011
at 05:02 AM

I don't need to buy my shirts online anymore.

3
3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I've gotten lots of physical benefits that surprised me -- I was just looking to lose weight, and along the way "lost" my depression, my joint pain, my asthma, and my constant hunger -- but something else I didn't consciously try for was an evolutionary perspective on my whole life. Thinking in "Paleo" terms, I feel I have a better understanding of why I'm unhappy in an office job, even if I like the work itself (sitting all day away from the sunshine), and why human relationships feel the way they do (tribal), and why I'm drawn to some leisure activities more than others (art, music, even spiritual pursuits, versus, say, selling little objects I don't care about at parties). So I cut myself more slack around those feelings, and even honor them as being natural, and try to make more accommodations for the impulses that nature built into me.

Man, do I sound like Deepak Chopra or what? LOL. Wasn't my intention, but it's all true.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 21, 2011
at 01:30 AM

The Quilt says you can change your DNA by your thoughts.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on May 21, 2011
at 09:27 AM

Quilt, can you provide a link to that? sounds very interesting.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:40 PM

bend spoons too.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 04:05 PM

LoL............

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 02:07 AM

you can......we are the only animal that can do this.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on May 21, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Humour fail by me there :)

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6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 22, 2011
at 01:37 AM

As one of the posters already mentioned, farting is virtually a thing of the past. That was probably the most shocking development.

8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

(580)

on May 29, 2011
at 03:03 PM

nope :) not for me.

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on June 14, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Agreed, except if I'm eating a lot of cruciferous veggies. Oh man..

2
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 21, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Atopic eczema? Gone! Winsome smile? Still missing. Regrettable butt sag? Need a hack here, I guess. I will say the Dilbertian antics that go down at work every day roll off a lot faster now.

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B41c31020d276ea74c2c6dcd3dd5fdf9

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on May 21, 2011
at 12:39 PM

The benefits for me are my attitude is better, headaches gone, energy level increased, and body pains gone. However, I feel as if I am regressing, headaches are back, feeling lazy and joint aches. I did not lose a ton of weight either, which was my inital goal. I have been Paleo for 5 months now and plan on staying on it, because a bad day on Paleo is better than a good day on proccessed foods, bad carbs, sugar, and grains.

2
B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

on May 21, 2011
at 12:05 PM

I find that my arches are stronger now. It could be the hiking or the Vibrams, but overall, I don't have jelly-joints as much as I used to. I had hypermobile joints in my fingers, hands, feet and ankles that weren't very strong, and while I'm not as flexible as I used to be, I less prone to injury. I concur about the plaque and breath odor. My fingernails are stronger and don't break as easily. Farting is virtually a thing of the past. I finally became a morning person. Not constantly thirsty anymore. No more dry or chapped lips. Fine lines and milia around my eyes are going away. Facial hair that plagued me with PCOS doesn't grow in as fast or as long as it used to.

I am also very fair skinned and find that I don't sunburn as fast or as often as I used to. On a sunny day in late May, I could have gotten a sunburn on my face on the ten minute walk to work, but no more. While I get freckles too, I noticed that I've actually started tanning now.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Wow, good ones. I too have much better, naturally strong arches now. i think its more from reading Gokhale's book and practicing what she says and just being more conscious but its kinasorta paleo:) And gas is gone for me, too. In fact when i tell people about how cool it is to just eat meat and vegetables I'm always like, wouldnt you like to eat good food and not feel super full and be farting?

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 02:15 AM

my main benefit gained from paleo comes from showing a new way to live........seeing patients and watching them change their lives one day at a time. It is quite rewarding to see years of disease and illness vanish over a short period of time.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on May 21, 2011
at 03:49 AM

I'll bet! What would be even more rewarding for me would be looking completely insane telling people to eat what we do but then have them attain the best health of their lives.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 21, 2011
at 05:50 PM

Nice. That's a great use for a human life. :)

1
0006976d648025769c9a9820dd40589a

on May 21, 2011
at 05:47 PM

My hair and skin are so much healthier. I used to have to wash my hair once a day at least because it would get so greasy and just an hour after washing my face it would be coated with grease again. Paleo for nearly 6 weeks now and my hair looks GORGEOUS. I only have to wash it 2-3 times a week and my skin is a thousand times better.

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F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on May 21, 2011
at 05:41 AM

Um, let's see...

  • 90% of my white hair went away. Most of my gray hair is gone too, and my hair and beard are darker in color.

  • I can actually find clothes that fit. I'm to the point that everything fits off the rack, and no going to specialty shops, or ordering online.

  • I don't do political bs or "mr nice guy" anymore. I'm very much aggressive, confrontational, and be afraid if you get in my way. Which is weird. I basically had my personality flip flop completely.

  • I know I can lose weight. It's always been a battle, but when I dropped 15 pounds in 30 days, I was blown away.

  • No joint pain. I used to have chronic knee pain, tendinitis, and several other fun conditions.

  • Better reflexes. I can actually catch things that are thrown at me.

  • Healthy skin. No red skin, acne, or anything else to bug me.

  • I can eat spicy food! I have over the past 5 years lost my ability to handle spicy food. 10 days in and I could eat 5 star thai food without a worry.

1
032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

on May 21, 2011
at 12:30 AM

I realised a few weeks ago that I no longer have any plaque.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on May 21, 2011
at 04:07 PM

My bet is teeth......not too many people own a Doppler LoL

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Arteries or teeth?

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

(50)

on May 24, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Oops...definitely teeth. ;)

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:52 PM

It is not an epiphany like no dandruff. Nothing dramatic but I realize and know that my overall feeling of well being and contentment is soaring. And I also know that I am thinking more clearly and purposefully in my old age at 68.

Anytime I hear someone say "I just had a senior moment" I smile because, for me, those moments rarely, if ever pop up.

And I am happy all the time.

Yes, Paleo is pretty amazing.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Interesting, thanks for the answer. I wouldn't worry too much about taking the sistosterol especially while keeping healthy in so many other ways. It's great that you found something that helps. Have you tried Saw Palmetto?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:46 AM

Yes Saw Palmetto is a very, very weak inhibitor of BPH...worthless for me.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I did go off the plant sterol beta sistosterol for three months and the BPH returned with frequent day and night necessity to urinate. So Paleo lifestyle did not shrink my prostate gland.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 20, 2011
at 11:56 PM

I see in your profile you've been eating paleo for 3.5 years. Has your memory improved since starting or just not worsened. Also maybe kind of a personal question but because it's so common, have you had any problems with BPH? Has paleo changed it at all?

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I have read that plant sterols are not good products for the body...but it is a trade off for getting a good nights sleep which hopefully keeps my cortisol level down.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 12:07 AM

I would say that my memory for events pre paleo is acceptable but not great, but my memory post seems to be sharper and I seem to operate in the real world more efficiently. Yes BPH started to happen to me about 5 years ago. I started hearing radio commercials about beta sistosterol. Buy it and your BPH would go away...for a hefty price and the perscription drugs I did not even try. My last perscription was lovastatin and totally wrecked my softball throwing arm for a year. The only non paleo thing I do now is Source Naturals beta sistosterol from http://www.vitacost.com

0
7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

on June 14, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I used to get terrible, bloated stomach aches after 60-70% of my meals. It was a total crapshoot, as I could never pinpoint one thing that would set me off. I remember being on the subway several times with a stomach ache so bad I felt like I wanted to die. Those are all but gone since going paleo.

I also used to get terrible "hot flashes". I put that in quotes because I'm 23 years old and shouldn't have been dealing with that. If I got flustered or ate something that didn't agree with me my face would get bright red and uncomfortably hot. Those are completely gone.

I developed anxiety in college and used to pop Xanax regularly. The bottle is collecting dust in my cabinet. No anxiety at all anymore.

Finally, and most importantly, I dealt with bulimia off and on for seven years. I thought I would always have occasional relapses. Since going paleo, the urges to binge are gone. And those urges were STRONG. I'm positive now that grains, particularly wheat, set me off. I don't like to think about how much further I could have damaged my health if I had continued to binge and purge. Thank goodness for paleo.

7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

(279)

on June 14, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Also, going paleo helped me decide not to go to law school. After reading so much about quality of life, chronically high cortisol, the problems with sleep-deprivation...etc., I realized that lifestyle wouldn't make me happy. Obviously a personal decision, but I credit listening to my body with helping me decide.

0
6044d623688f4fe69133bab95c3ae3b9

on June 14, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Just stumbled across this thread. Love it!! Very encouraging!

0
463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

(248)

on June 14, 2013
at 04:02 PM

After only a few months being paleo, I've noticed quite a few amazing things! My hair stays cleaner longer (I wash it once a week now), my body hair has thinner considerably and has lightened in color (I shave about once every 3 weeks now!!), my chronic joint pain has all but disappeared, I don't sunburn after 0.0000001 seconds in the sun any more, I no longer have to take a nap in the afternoon (nor do I yawn through the whole evening!), my lips are rarely chapped any more, I only fart when I eat fruit (before it was alllll the time!), my body odor is fairly neutral smelling now, I no longer need facial moisturizer nor do I need oil/shine-control (I used to have to moisturize at night and shine-control around noon), I wake up feeling AWAKE... and the list could go on!

0
92f7c223a28fed3762b5b97fa43b8d47

on June 14, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I'm going on 3 weeks Paleo and also running for 30 minutes everyday. A few of the things I have noticed:

My hair is so soft and just feeels and looks so much healthier

My skin feels softer, w/ very few pimple outbreaks

My mouth feels cleaner

Any natural everyday body odor seems to have vanished

I have tons more energy

Feel full all day, barley any food cravings

Menstrual Cramps are not nearly as bad as they have been for my whole life

I've only been Paleo for 3 weeks now and to see all these changes this soon makes me super excited to see how my body will react when sticking with Paleo for a lifetime. If this is just the begining, I can't wait to see the final outcome!

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F0ce951e82ded659edf0331d93f2ff21

on May 22, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I had soreness in both of my knees, probably from a few years I spent powerlifting. I'm on my 21st day of paleo (started May 1), and the soreness is totally gone - I'm amazed, thrilled, and looking forward to other positive changes.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on May 21, 2011
at 01:10 AM

My skin improved, though I never had acne I had bad dandruff and I used to get dry oily patches on my face. Also, I know this is gross but there have been times when I've had to really sit and remember if I brushed my teeth that morning because I don't get grimey plaquey teeth anymore.

Oh and after I started high fat VLC my exclusively breastfed baby boy's bowels went from frothy and green to yellow and curdy which is a sign that he's getting plenty of hind milk (high cream breastmilk.) Also, his cradle cap went away and he stopped having scaly irritated skin on his face too.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:28 AM

See this account of a Hawaiian Paleo Baby http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2011/05/paleo-baby.html

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on May 21, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Dexter... thanks for sharing that was great!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Ditto on the grimy teeth! And very interesting about the changes in your breastfed baby.

0
13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

on May 21, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Our first month of paleo it was kind of like "what have we won today?" with the diet.

One day we'd read about diabetes or arthritis protection. The next would be energy levels. Then cavities. You smell better, fer chrissakes.

With so many benefits, I can kinda see why muggles think we're in a cult ;)

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