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I went to my doctor a few days ago, to tell him about problems focusing, concentrating, irritableness, etc. He merely laughed and handed me a slip of paper, which had this on it:

Veritable nuns zap apples. Right? Please, run! For flight now, edible leeks saw bees. Empathy fills her. Even I validly interest - not you. Losing boys help zap nannies. l am barely grinning.1 You vex Xolo. Rowdy zoo, right? Zebra boys fall greatly. Come round, Billy. Cats yawn. Rude questions, boys! Apples greatly quash bad zzzzs. Really. Run above bad hats to underground.

When I went to ask him what it meant, he laughed again, and said, "It's your prescription, pal. Decode it and do it."

Now, as I would like to get over this, can you please help me? As I mentioned before, I'm having trubl konsintrating2.


1Alternative sentence: Losers are barely grinning.

2The misspelling was intentional. It does not, however, have any impact on the real question.

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  • $\begingroup$ Before the edits come in: LEAVE BOTH CIPHER AND RIDDLE TAGS. $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 12, 2016 at 19:48
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    $\begingroup$ The italicized letters spell out "This is Wrong" $\endgroup$
    – Aggie Kidd
    Jul 12, 2016 at 20:28
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if this is important or not, but the "I" in "l am barely grinning" is actually a lowercase L, not a capital I. $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2016 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ @DooplissForce That was my most hidden hint! How'd you find it? $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 13, 2016 at 7:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir I went to look at the source code so I could pick out all the italicized letters (which would be between asterisks), and I noticed that it was an l, not an I. Very sneaky! :) $\endgroup$ Jul 13, 2016 at 11:39

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The riddle is

I am necessary for survival. You may not like me. Most people don't do me enough.

which is obtained by

taking the first letter of each word ROT13

So your doctor is apparently telling you to

sleep (better / more)

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  • $\begingroup$ Very good.12345 $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ But nope. No running. $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 14, 2016 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir: Is the answer "eating"? It would fit the riddle, and those problems would be symptoms of not having eaten enough food recently. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi My next guess would actually be "sleep." $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:14
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    $\begingroup$ We're definitely treading in "too broad; guess what I'm thinking" territory though so ¯_(ツ)_/¯. $\endgroup$
    – Will
    Jul 14, 2016 at 13:18
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Starting point - Partial Answer

The italics in the message spell out:

Thisiswrong = This is wrong

Also note that

There is a suspiscious amount of vs, ws, xs, and zs,

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    $\begingroup$ So obviously the italics are not the answer. :P $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Jul 12, 2016 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir, :P yeah this is just a partial answer so others can continue from here if the should do so $\endgroup$ Jul 12, 2016 at 20:33
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil I've found "lol" in your comment. $\endgroup$ Sep 23, 2019 at 17:01

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