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Santerian Priest, Charles works on grinding up materials in his shop.

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In a country where more than 10 million people a year undergo cosmetic surgery, it is not uncommon to turn to the knife for aesthetic improvements. However, in West Palm Beach, Fla., one surgeon pushes the boundary of acceptable procedures, having completed more than 15,000 leg-lengthening surgeries. In Homestead, Fla., a health enthusiast chooses to embrace snakes by injecting their venom into his veins, claiming that the venom is responsible for his good health.

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