Advice for Life, April 6, 2017

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Low breast milk supply is a common concern among many nursing mothers. While most moms produce enough milk to feed their baby, there are natural ways to encourage a larger supply. These include nursing more frequently, staying well-hydrated and consuming foods that encourage milk production. If you continue to have concerns about your baby's growth or your milk supply, speak with your pediatrician and lactation consultant.

Breast milk production is a supply and demand process -- or, more accurately, a demand, then supply process. When your baby completely drains the milk from your breast, this triggers your body to produce more milk. The more often you nurse, the more the demand, and your body will respond with a greater supply. To increase supply, it is recommended to nurse every 1 1/2 to two hours during the day and at least every three hours at night.

Because breast milk is a demand, then supply process, the more often you deplete the breast, the greater your supply can become. If your baby has difficulty depleting your stores or does not want to nurse more often, pumping can speed up the supply. As the aim is to deplete the breast completely, keep pumping for two to five minutes after you see the last drop of milk. Keep in mind, though, that the amount of milk you pump is not an accurate indicator of your supply. A baby with a good suck can extract your milk much more efficiently than any pump.

Taking care of yourself is an essential part of breast-feeding success but may be a low priority when caring for your baby. Your body needs a minimum of 1,800 calories per day while lactating. Trying to restrict more than this to lose the pregnancy weight could leave your body depleted, making it more difficult to produce milk. While "pushing fluids" does not directly correlate to a greater milk supply, drinking in response to thirst is important. Drink enough to keep your urine clear -- typically six to eight glasses each day.

Fenugreek is an herbal supplement, and while there is no scientific evidence that it increases supply, moms have used it for this purpose for hundreds of years, according to certified lactation consultant Anne Smith. Fenugreek is rated as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) but may cause lowered blood sugar. According to Smith, the recommended dosage is two to three capsules taken three times per day. You should see a noticeable increase of your milk supply in one to three days if your body responds to the herb. Before starting any new medications or herbal supplements such as fenugreek, consult with your physician and pediatrician first.

Advice for Life, March 30, 2017

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Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR) is a Canadian-based company with an established reputation as a leader in developing advanced, innovative, and research based supplements. Orthomolecular refers "to the right amount of the right substance(s) delivered to the right place at the right time," and it is with that spirit that we craft each of our products. Recently voted America's favourite Canadian supplement manufacturer, AOR is founded upon the pillars of Innovative Research, Scientific Integrity, Quality Manufacturing, and Consumer Education. TWO Pharmacy carries a large selection of AOR products and has stocked the line since 2008.Over the past two decades, AOR has become a leading provider of genuinely innovative nutraceuticals in North America and around the world. Supplements first introduced to North America by AOR include: a true, complete and balanced E-complex; Vitamin K2 in the form of MK-4; and Benfotiamine, a highly bioavailable form of vitamin B1. AOR was also the first in the world to introduce: pure D-ribose, pure R lipoic acid, strontium citrate, oxaloacetate, curcumin nanoparticles, bioavailable Boswellia serrata, and recently, nizagara, the first to formulate supplements based on the direct conversion of nitrate to nitric oxide to support the body's nitric oxide production.

AOR’s diverse team of scientists and medical professionals consistently investigate the latest scientific research and actively seek out new naturally sourced ingredients to develop the most novel products available in today’s natural health supplement industry. AOR is a distinguished provider of exceptionally effective health products and continues to put innovative, research-based natural health products into the hands of savvy consumers years ahead of their acceptance by the mainstream dietary supplement industry.AOR not only provides the highest quality of advanced natural health supplements, but also continuously seeks to educate others about the extensive research and scientific findings that provide the solid foundation for the creation of each AOR supplement. By providing high quality information through our extensive compilation of literature on our website and in magazines, blogs, newsletters, webinars, video and more, AOR offers guidance to consumers and professionals allowing them to better understand how to improve overall health and vitality. AOR recognizes that we have a special duty to provide research summaries that are both scientifically accurate and readily understood by practitioners and consumers alike. Additionally, AOR’s team of Medical advisors span across Canada and play an integral role in health promotion and helping to educate others about the health advantages of using AOR’s natural health products.Each of AOR’s more than 230 unique products have been formulated and created in our state of the art manufacturing facility by our team of research scientists and industry professionals. All AOR products are rigorously tested by independent third parties to ensure the highest levels of quality control and comply with all natural health product licensing regulations set forth by Health Canada. Healthcare retailers and practitioners worldwide have come to trust the AOR brand and rely on our products. AOR operates internationally with head offices located in Calgary, Canada and in Indianapolis in the United States.

Product Spotlight - SuperLeaf Moringa

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We all struggle to balance work, family, and the time investment it takes to eat right. That’s why there’s SuperLeaf Moringa Oleifera. It's the world’s most nutritious leaf and your single source superfood. SuperLeaf Moringa makes it easy to get the nutrition you need every day, from a whole plant food source. Also known as the Tree of Life or Miracle Tree, Moringa oleifera is the most complete, nutrient-dense plant on Earth:

It’s like a super multivitamin in a leaf. SuperLeaf Moringa has:

  • more than 92 nutrients
  • 46 types of antioxidants; 50% more antioxidants that acai berries* with 15,760 umoles ORAC rating per10 grams
  • 18 amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids
  • 14x the iron of spinach
  • 4x the vitamin A of carrots
  • 14x the calcium of milk
  • 3x the chlorophyll of wheatgrass
  • 4x the vitamin E of almonds
  • Over 100% of your daily requirement for vitamin B2, essential for energy, in a 10-gram serving

SuperLeaf Moringa is:

  • Grown in nutrient-rich volcanic ash soil in Nicaragua
  • Packaged on-site within a few hours of harvesting in a state of the art facility to preserve freshness and nutrients
  • Free of traces of heavy metals or pollutants, no binding agents, fillers, chemicals, artificial sweeteners or preservatives
  • Non-oxidized, never irradiated raw powder
  • Non-GMO, 100% Organic Moringa oleifera
  • Donating proceeds to Organics 4 Orphans - to date, over $1.5 million as a company

Advice For Life, March 16, 2017

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Our final column regarding the building blocks of good health features a mineral that up to 80% of North Americans may be deficient in – the miraculous magnesium.

Every muscle and nerve in your body relies on magnesium to maintain normal function. This includes the biggest muscle of them all – your heart – and magnesium also has a direct connection to the electrical system of your heart, keeping heart rhythm steady. Magnesium supports a healthy immune system, some of it through it’s work with Omega 3’s, and it has a crucial, yet rather unknown role of maintaining strong bones and teeth.  Magnesium is the mineral that activates the Vitamin D that assimilates the calcium into your bones to help keep them strong. It also regulates blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is an enormously complicated process that utilizes DNA, RNA, amino acids and ATP(energy) to form proteins, hundreds of proteins a second in a cell that is functioning well. Magnesium’s multi-tasking properties are so diverse; that it’s deficiency in the body is thought to be a key contributor to the diseases described as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic –defined as the chemical processes of an organism – and so named because the diseases of Metabolic Syndrome - specifically Heart Disease and Diabetes, show similar deficiencies at the cellular level. Other activities among the estimated 325 enzymatic processes attributed to magnesium include temperature regulation, activating Vitamin D, the vitamin B group, Omega 3, melatonin, serotonin and many, many more nutrients. Magnesium lives in the centre of the cell, and with adequate levels, keeps calcium on the outside of the cell where it belongs – until the body calls for energy and then calcium floods the cell. Too much calcium and not enough magnesium create an unhealthy balance, allowing calcium to seep into the cell. Calcium in the centre of the cell is like putting the body in a perpetual state of excitement. There is ample evidence that tension-based conditions such as migraine, restless legs, muscle cramps, PMS and even day-to-day stress can be attributed to the troubling imbalance of too little magnesium and too much calcium.

Natural Calm Canada’s magnesium citrate powder features a proprietary process that provides the most absorbable, effective, fast-acting magnesium available anywhere. The 100% water-soluble magnesium citrate becomes ionic when dissolved in very hot water and can relieve many symptoms associated with  magnesium deficiency quickly and effectively.

Advice For Life, March 9, 2017

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Continuing our discussion of the building blocks of health today’s column will focus on Omega 3 oils. Like vitamins and minerals, omega-3 must be supplied by our diet as it is not produced by our bodies. Omega-3 fatty acids are responsible for proper functioning of the cellular membrane, and therefore are critical to the health of all cells.  Omega-3 fatty acids regulate many bodily processes, such as inflammation, immune system response, and neurological functioning. Unfortunately, a shift in our diet throughout time means the vast majority of us aren’t getting enough omega-3 fatty acids through diet alone.

   EPA and DHA are the active forms of omega-3. They work together in the body, but have different biological roles. EPA is considered the mediator, or peacemaker, of cell messengers and plays a vital role in regulating inflammation, blood pressure, blood clotting, immune function, and cell growth. EPA benefits heart health and mood balance, enhances joint health, and improves other inflammatory conditions.
DHA plays a special role in dynamic, fast-acting cells, like brain cells and heart muscle. DHA is extremely important to components of cellular membranes and is highly concentrated in nervous system tissue such as the brain and eyes. Dietary DHA improves cognitive and visual development and is protective against macular degeneration, stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

   NutraSea makes omega-3 easy. Just one teaspoon of NutraSea each day is all you need to fulfill your daily omega-3 recommended intake. Since 2003, NutraSea has established a reputation for ultra-pure, great tasting omega-3 products that are unsurpassed in quality and innovation.  With an industry-leading portfolio of omega-3 products, NutraSea is a pioneer in great tasting liquid omega-3 as well as plant-based algal formulas. At the core of the brand are values such as environmental sustainability and conservation.  NutraSea was the first natural health product to belong to 1% For the Planet, an organization that directs 1% of all sales to protecting the environment.

   When we think of omega-3, we tend to think of fish oil. Omega-3 is a critical part of a healthy diet, but has often been difficult to consume in necessary quantities by vegans, vegetarians, those allergic to fish, and other people who prefer to avoid fish products. Until now, only fish or squid oil could provide the recommended EPA+DHA potency our bodies require. With NutraVege and NutraVege2x, NutraSea has developed an innovative process to transform farmed microalgae into a potent source of balanced, completely vegan-friendly omega-3.Microalgae are the foundation for the aquatic food chain. They support all fisheries in the oceans and inland, and produce about 70 percent of all the air we breathe. That’s how fish get their omega-3. By cultivating specific algae strains to create omega-3 oil, NutraSea is not only using an environmentally sustainable resource – they are also extracting it straight from

Advice for Life, March 2, 2017

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Today’s column will feature two of our building blocks of health – multivitamins and fish oil along with a couple of other products from New Chapter. New Chapter vitamins and minerals are individually cultured using proprietary recipes of organic yeast, live probiotics, and whole foods such as organic carrot, organic alfalfa, and organic orange peel. Then, each multivitamin is uniquely formulated with 20+ cultured vitamins and minerals plus artisanal blends of complementary herbs. For thousands of years, societies around the world have been fermenting foods with “good bacteria” to create gentle, cultured products such as yogurt, miso, and kefir. Fermented foods are broadly consumed today, and highly valued for their unique compounds. New Chapter brings the tradition of beneficial fermentation to all multivitamins—a culturing process that helps create dynamic nutrients.

Wholemega delivers nature’s profile of 17 Omega fatty acids from wild salmon including Omega 3,5,6,7,and 9’s. Some of these Omegas are referred to as “good fats,” and are present and play an important role in many human cells. Specifically, Wholemega supports cognitive health and brain function. It also supports the development of the brain, eyes, and nerves in children and adolescents.Wholemega makes it easy to get recommended healthy fats from fish. Taking it every day for a week provides the same amount of whole Omega fatty acids as three servings of Wild Alaskan Salmon.

Zyflamend is a full-spectrum blend of 10 remarkable herbs, including dual extracts of Turmeric. Turmeric is traditionally used in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve joint pain. Joint inflammation is a natural healing process of the body, but it can manifest as pain. The whole, active phytonutrients in Zyflamend's Turmeric work to provide a 100% herbal response to joint inflammation and discomfort.

The truth is, the calcium in most supplements comes from limestone – rocks. Bone Strength Take Care is dramatically different. It’s plant-based calcium, sourced from the pristine coast of Iceland. Because calcium alone isn’t enough, Bone Strength Take Care also provides key nutrients like Vitamin D3, which helps in the absorption of calcium, and Vitamin K, which helps in the maintenance of bones. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient Vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Advice For Life, February 17, 2017

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“WhydoIhavetotakesupplements?” Because you don’t consume everything your body needs on a daily basis, very few people do. Although everyone differs with their consumption of vitamins and minerals, our five Building Blocks of Good Health should be the foundation of any supplementation program.

Fish Oil:

Taking fish oil daily can help with pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, lipid levels and even your mood. This supplement might actually be better than eating fish on a regular basis, as the fish used in the oil are small and don’t accumulate the toxins that the bigger fish do. Don’t favour fish? Many omega-3 supplements are now available in plant based supplements.

Multivitamins or Greens:

The Canada Food Guide recommends 8-­10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and most of us fall far short of this. A good multi will provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help make up for skipped or rushed, unhealthy meal choices. Finding a multi that targets your specific demographic – age, gender, or prenatal for expectant females.

Probiotic:

A maintenance dose of 11 billion CFU’s per day can improve nutrient absorption, waste elimination, protect your gut from digestive disturbances, and improve your overall immune system. Although some food sources contain probiotics, most have a much lower dose and do not contain the specific bacterial strains useful for many conditions. They are used to prevent gas, cramping, and unsavoury side effects of antibiotics.

Vitamin D:

One third of Canadians have Vitamin D levels below what is considered for healthy bones. A minimum dose of 1,000 IU during the summer months, and 3,000 IU during the winter. It can help with seasonal affective disorder, your immune system, bone deficiencies, diabetes, pains and wound healing. Because Vitamin D is found in so few foods, our main source is sunshine. However in Canada our long winters limit exposure and unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun. A healthy oil based vitamin D allows it to be absorbed effectively.

Magnesium:

Magnesium might seem like a mundane mineral, but it is pretty miraculous. Some studies suggest it can lift energy levels, combat depression, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, reduce muscle pain, increase bone strength, help migraines, ease PMS symptoms, and aid in cardiovascular conditions and diabetes. As many as 80% of North Americans are magnesium deficient.

It is important to remember that some supplements may not be beneficial to you and could interact with certain medications or supplements. If in doubt consultation with your naturopath, physician, or pharmacist is recommended.

Advice For Life, February 2, 2017

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There are many ways to help out health for another. There is donating money or time and bringing awareness about donating. When you donate time, there is a vast amount you can take away in experiences. I’m going to talk about my 3 international volunteer trips in Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. 

The first trip helped me see what is going on in other parts of the world. It brought me outside of my Canadian shell and into that of a third world country. It was stunning to see the lack of food, materials and healthcare. Yet there was a fullness of life to these people. They were strong of faith, will, and conviction and were happy and content. No “poor me” syndrome. There was a huge miss-distribution of food though. It felt like all over there wasn’t a lot of food. Yet in the main city catering to tourists, there were buffets the size of some of the towns. It made me ashamed and truly upset that we as Canadians weren’t doing anything about it. It made me feel like I wasn't doing enough. I saw that in order to truly help these people, I needed to work hard on developing myself and learn a skill. It seemed a little counter intuitive, but by taking care of yourself, you can take care of others.

The second volunteer trip was similar to the first. It was a reminder of the first trip and a nudge that I was doing what I needed to do. It was interesting helping others go through the same shock that I first went through. I struggled with why I got donations to help me go down vs. sending that money down to charities to help without me. It tested my limits in myself, my health, my faith in God and humanity. It tested me as who I am as a person and my own beliefs. 

The last one was while I was in my 3rd year of Naturopathic Medical School. I was actually feeling like I knew where exactly I was and where I was going. I had done enough work on myself to actually help others. It was amazing and a little daunting to hear people had walked many kilometers to see us. Yes there were language barriers, yes some people tried to take advantage of us, yes we worked with sad cases, but we learned so much. We were able to give hope, acquire medicines of the area, and gain confidence with ourselves and our abilities. I had worked on myself and my skills enough to see the direct benefits to others.

Each time I went, the thankfulness of the people was so sincere. I was gradually able to help more people each trip. Getting involved with your own community or another is significant and can help build you as a person. You are really doing yourself a favour, no matter how small your support. Going beyond your comfort level helps build your resolve, beliefs and compassion for diversity. What strengths do you have? How can you use your skills to help others if you can't financially? Think what you can accomplish in a day. What if you were to donate just one week a year towards “Health for Another”? I encourage you to think about that this year!

-          Dr. Greg Sikorski ND

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Advice for Life, January 26, 2017

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Well, it is finally my turn to give my feed back to you on our recent name change. Kelly, as always, did a beautiful job of thanking all of our customers for supporting both of us over the many years we have been partners. I still remember the emotions that I had opening Main Street Pharmacy in early January 2008 including fear, uncertainty, excitement, nervousness, and anticipation for the future. What has developed since we opened the doors to Main Street Pharmacy has been nothing short of mind blowing for me. We have progressed over the years from Main Street Pharmacy to Grand Avenue Pharmacy and now Two Pharmacy. I will be forever grateful to the Kimmetts and the town of Cochrane for letting me and my family to be a part of this incredible journey.

As Kelly touched on in his article, there have been a number of staff members that have been with us the whole time. It has also been very interesting to see how some of our high school students have grown up in our pharmacy. We have seen them blossom into bright young adults that will do nothing but good in this world. We had a dynamic sister combination, Katherine and Christa, that are currently attending university in British Columbia. Another long time high school employee, Claire who has gone on to graduate from the U of C and is now a practicing RN. We are so proud to say that these “kids” once worked at our store. We have also seen long time employees retire. Deb retired not too long ago and it has been awesome to see how she has used the retired life to continue to challenge herself and achieve her own personal dreams. Recently we have added another pharmacist to our mix. Ken joined our pharmacy team a few months ago and he has fit in so well. He has such a gentle soul that has so much compassion for others. You can tell by just looking at him that his primary goal is simply to help others.

I have had many people ask what does “Two” mean. I challenge you, our loyal customers to come up with your own definition and meaning. The article written by Reid a few weeks ago was brilliant in describing what the name Two means to him and why the name change.  I would like to put a little spin on that definition and meaning. What I have cherished over my time in Cochrane is the relationships that I have had with so many staff members and customers. It takes TWO to build up those relationships between myself and all of you that I genuinely consider my friends. I feel so blessed to have made so many connections over the years and as a pharmacist my main goal and objective is to serve my customers and gain their trust. I feel that the name change to Two Pharmacy is a natural progression in what Kelly and I have built here in Cochrane.   I am very proud to say that the main building blocks that will keep Two Pharmacy growing and progressing are the relationships that all of our staff past and present have made with all of our customers past, present and future.

Advice for Life, January 19, 2017

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On July 4, 1989 we turned the key on Cochrane Drugs’ door to welcome our first customer here in Cochrane. Ten thousand and sixty days later on January 14, 2017 there you were there again (in droves!) to celebrate the rebranding of Grand Avenue Pharmacy to Two Pharmacy! From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for those two special days and the 10,058 in between. What a pleasure it has been to serve the people of Cochrane and area, to come to work every day and see your smiling faces, to hear your stories, to share your happiness, and support you in times of despair as you supported our family in our time of need.

   The dream of owning a small business right here in Cochrane has certainly followed a twisting road of change (only 7 name changes, 4 moves, and 8 major renovations!) but as I said Saturday there have been three constants that are essential to a successful family business. Number one of course is family and we have had the distinct pleasure of having all 3 of our children, Lindsay, Taylor, and Reid helping out at the store in various capacities over the years – from when they were very little breaking boxes, filling drink coolers and stocking shelves (and raiding the 5 cent candy jars!), to clerking and pharmacy teching, to today with Reid serving as Operations Manager. We have been blessed with incredible staff from the outset with Dreva, Jean, and Pat for all 27 years and Kathy, Yvonne, and our fantastic partner Ian all pushing 20 years! Thanks to all of the staff who have come and gone and to our incredible present day roster, you are the key to the store’s success. Finally, and most importantly the third constant is our loyal clientele, without you there is no point in opening that door every morning and we cannot say thank you enough for your support through the years. We appreciate your kind patronage of our family business and your support of all the small businesses in Cochrane – they are what make Cochrane unique and on behalf of all of them – THANK YOU!

   We look forward to the future as Two Pharmacy, a name that is reflective of who we are and what the business is about. Together the ownership, staff, and customers of Two Pharmacy are going to do much “good” in this world and improve health outcomes for children in need here at home and internationally. It is our hope that you support our new focus and will enjoy what WE can do for others less fortunate. On Christmas Day this year our 365 day calendar page read “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” We believe this is exactly what Two Pharmacy is all about and we are excited about sharing our “responsibility for change” with all of you!

Best always, Kelly & Dianne Kimmett and family

Advice for Life, January 19, 2017

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On July 4, 1989 we turned the key on Cochrane Drugs’ door to welcome our first customer here in Cochrane. Ten thousand and sixty days later on January 14, 2017 there you were there again (in droves!) to celebrate the rebranding of Grand Avenue Pharmacy to Two Pharmacy! From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for those two special days and the 10,058 in between. What a pleasure it has been to serve the people of Cochrane and area, to come to work every day and see your smiling faces, to hear your stories, to share your happiness, and support you in times of despair as you supported our family in our time of need.

   The dream of owning a small business right here in Cochrane has certainly followed a twisting road of change (only 7 name changes, 4 moves, and 8 major renovations!) but as I said Saturday there have been three constants that are essential to a successful family business. Number one of course is family and we have had the distinct pleasure of having all 3 of our children, Lindsay, Taylor, and Reid helping out at the store in various capacities over the years – from when they were very little breaking boxes, filling drink coolers and stocking shelves (and raiding the 5 cent candy jars!), to clerking and pharmacy teching, to today with Reid serving as Operations Manager. We have been blessed with incredible staff from the outset with Dreva, Jean, and Pat for all 27 years and Kathy, Yvonne, and our fantastic partner Ian all pushing 20 years! Thanks to all of the staff who have come and gone and to our incredible present day roster, you are the key to the store’s success. Finally, and most importantly the third constant is our loyal clientele, without you there is no point in opening that door every morning and we cannot say thank you enough for your support through the years. We appreciate your kind patronage of our family business and your support of all the small businesses in Cochrane – they are what make Cochrane unique and on behalf of all of them – THANK YOU!

   We look forward to the future as Two Pharmacy, a name that is reflective of who we are and what the business is about. Together the ownership, staff, and customers of Two Pharmacy are going to do much “good” in this world and improve health outcomes for children in need here at home and internationally. It is our hope that you support our new focus and will enjoy what WE can do for others less fortunate. On Christmas Day this year our 365 day calendar page read “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” We believe this is exactly what Two Pharmacy is all about and we are excited about sharing our “responsibility for change” with all of you!

Best always, Kelly & Dianne Kimmett and family

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