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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 | Author: admin

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition where you may feel chronic pain in different, specific areas of your body, such as the legs or your joints.  But fibromyalgia pain isn’t limited to only your legs or your joints; it can plague other areas of the body as well, such as the neck, shoulders and back.  These same people suffering from fibromyalgia may also suffer from secondary symptoms related to their constant fibromyalgia pain, such as depression, stress, irritable bowel syndrome, sleeplessness and nausea.  Fibromyaliga can be a chronic disease which may last for many years, and there currently is not one known cure for this condition.  But with the help of your Ontario wellness practitioner, a positive attitude, and the right information, you can start treating your fibromyalgia with herbal supplements and remedies today.

St. John’s Wort — St John’s Wort has shown to be successful in treating certain cases of fibromyalgia by reducing tenderness in the affected areas, improving immune system response, as well as reducing pain.  St. John’s works by helping you relax, while loosening tension in the major muscle groups.  St. John’s Wort can be used as a stress reducer and a pain reliever as well.

Siberian Ginseng – Siberian Ginseng can be a great herbal remedy for fibromyalgia and has been used in treating muscle pain for hundreds of years.  Siberian Ginseng has been known to be effective in reducing muscle inflammation, as well as increasing energy and mood in the fibromyalgia patient.  Dosage can be increased with time.

Garlic — Garlic has been known to be very successful in treating many of the symptoms of fibromylagia.  Garlic works the same as a natural antibiotic in the body, enhancing the immune system, and strengthening the body’s reaction to disease.  Garlic can also help to clear the pollutants in the body supply, improving blood circulation and improving muscle and brain function as well.

MSN — MSN is a natural compound that can already be found in the body that can do great things for fibromyalgia suffers.  Many times fibromyalgia sufferers have a deficiency of this natural occurring compound in their bodies, and they no longer can produce adequate amounts for the body to stay healthy.  Some symptoms of MSN deficiency in the body might include random muscle pain, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue.  MSN can be found in many fresh fruits and vegetables, and serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reducer as well.

Yoga — Yoga can be an excellent practice for relieving stress, strengthening and stretching important muscle groups, and maintaining a better balance in life.  But yoga can also do wonders for people who may be suffering from fibromyalgia.  Yoga can help strengthen certain muscle groups affected by the fibromyalgia disease, as well as energize the body by improving circulation and reducing fatigue.  Patients practicing regular regimes of yoga are seen to suffer less pain, and have more improved movement than patients not practicing any form of yoga exercise.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | Author: admin

In their search for more natural options to maintain health and treat disease, many people ask and research if regular chiropractic care has any meaningful benefits.  We have to say that, yes, it most definitely has, and we will explain why.

First, it is important to understand how you define prevention.  In the field of traditional medicine, prevention means detecting a serious disease early in its development, or employing toxic shots or medicine which present side effects that are much worse than the condition itself.

What traditional medicine hasn’t accounted for, and what most doctors and patients ignore, is that these methods only work when the illness is already present in the body.  Do you really think this is prevention?  Isn’t it obvious where the medical field’s main interest resides?  Yes, sadly, in your wallet.

Let’s just analyze one common procedure: mammograms.  It has been shown that 70% to 80% of the positive findings in a mammogram are proven negative by following biopsies, and around 25% of the real cancer cases are missed by mammograms.  Mammograms employ very high doses of ionizing radiation to create an x-ray image of the tissue in the breast.  This type of radiation is known to increase the activity of cancerous cells, and, in reality, can cause cancer to appear.

Just consider the proven fact that around 52% of women may have inactive cancerous cells in their breasts that may never become active; however, when exposed to high doses of radiation, this can change.  In other words, receiving regular mammograms may in reality increase many women’s chances of developing cancer.

A study performed not long ago showed that out of every 2000 women who received mammograms for more than 10 years, only one got a chance for a longer life, while 10 had to go through pointless and most likely harmful procedures.  The hidden truth behind these studies is how profitable these procedures are for the cancer industry.  In reality, mammograms are not wildly promoted because they detect cancer; these are forced on women because they mean big bucks.  And very sadly, this is what many think preventive medicine is all about.

Our health is always changing.  You can easily mark a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is “almost dying” and 10 is “perfect health”, and on a daily basis, track where your status is.  You can also think what actions could increase the number and which ones will decrease it or maintain it.  The truth is that preventive medicine is anything that prevents or minimizes your moves towards the low numbers, while at the same time moves you up the scale.

In other words, the benefits must overpower the negatives, and these should be much better than doing nothing.  So, what would be the deeper functional benefits here?  Why keep getting regular chiropractic care if you feel and look like a million bucks?

Well, this regular practice basically helps you move towards the upper end of the scale every single day.  A chiropractic adjustment is much more than cracking your back; it enhances your nervous system’s ability to work at its best.  The nervous system controls and manages almost every body function, thus, it is essential for good health, just as much as good nutrition, exercise, and enough sleep are.  Whether a person is healthy or sick, chiropractic care will provide great benefits and almost no disadvantages.

Consider it this way:  if you give your car and teeth maintenance, why not give it to your body?  Remember that you can always get a new car, but you will never be able to get a new body if it fails.

Ask your Ottawa chiropractor about the many benefits that come with regular chiropractic care. You will be amazed and most certainly relieved to have found such a powerful health alternative.

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Author: admin

If you are a long time migraine sufferer, you may have consulted an Ottawa wellness physician to determine what triggers your migraine and the best ways to avoid them.  But for the person who suffers from migraines on an infrequent basis, it can be much more difficult to figure out what sends us into those sudden attacks of misery.

Oftentimes a full blown migraine can be avoided if we can nip it in the bud.  But in order to do so, we have to have some sense of what causes it in the first place. There are a number of very common things that can trigger migraines in susceptible people.  If you have migraines even occasionally, here is a short synopsis of 5 of the most common migraine triggers:

Food
It is believed by many migraine sufferers that foods containing tyramine are some of the worst migraine triggers.  This chemical is found in many foods that are aged or preserved such as cheese, processed meats and wine. It can also form in leftovers that have been stored in the fridge for several days. Tyramine causes blood vessels to dilate and this action could be what sets the migraine process in motion.   Another suspected ingredient that seems to play a significant role is MSG, a preservative common in processed foods.

Weather
For a long time, researchers have identified barometric pressure as a cause for headaches, and it has more recently also been indicated as a cause for migraines as well. The theory behind this is based on the fact that changes in outside pressure result in changes in oxygen to the brain, which may in turn cause blood vessels to dilate in order to compensate for this.  Weather headache triggers have become significant enough that web sites such as weather.com even have an aches and pains forecast!

Hormones
Any situation that involves hormonal changes such as pregnancy, puberty, menopause or hormone therapy is considered a definite migraine trigger.  Many women find that menstrual cycles and the starting and stopping of oral contraceptives to be their most significant trigger of all.  Studies indicate that there is a definite connection between serotonin, our brain’s “feel good” hormone, and estrogen.  When estrogen drops, so does serotonin, possibly resulting in a migraine.

Environment
For some whose migraines can’t be directly related to triggers from food, the weather or hormones, it is often much more difficult to determine the source.  If you are having difficulty identifying your migraine triggers, it might be wise to look to an environmental source such as air pollutants, cigarette smoke, perfumes and air fresheners or perhaps even the paint or wood finishes in and around your home.

Stress
Stress as a trigger for migraines is the one element that really hasn’t yet been positively documented. It is more the way a person deals with stress that actually becomes the trigger.  For example, someone who grinds their teeth may find that doing so can trigger the onset of a headache.

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Author: admin

Most of us have employed tried and true methods that we use to help us work through the stresses of everyday life.  Health conditions such as chronic pain, weak immune systems and similar kinds of conditions often treated by your Ottawa wellness practitioner, are often helped by these same practices.  But what do we do when we find ourselves in a situation where these normal means fail us and stress stays parked on our doorstep?  Why not try something new and unusual to keep stress at bay.  Consider some of these:

Qigong
If standard methods of meditation have left you unsatisfied, why not give Qigong a try?  Pronounced (chee-gong) it is an ancient type of Chinese meditation that incorporates repetitive, flowing dance moves and relaxed, focused breathing. The goal of Qigong, like any form of meditation is to rid the body of stress by slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and adrenalin levels.  Classes in Qigong are offered through community groups such as the YMCA and others.

Geocaching
If you are looking for a new recreational activity to take your mind off the worries of day to day business, Geocaching may be just what you’re looking for.  Anyone can enjoy the adventure which includes using a GPS to locate a hidden cache where you can sign your name, take a little trinket from the cache and leave a small token of your own in its place.  Geocaching gets you out and about and is a great way to take your mind off your troubles!

Reiki
Reiki is the Japanese word for “universal life energy.”  It involves a type of massage that includes little if any actual touching. Practitioners of Reiki believe they can channel energy through their hands as they move them slightly above the patient’s body to promote balance and healing. There is a national organization which can provide further information and details of the practice of this healing art.

Labyrinth
Although the history of the labyrinth dates back thousands of years, strolling through a labyrinth is a relatively new idea for folks to use as a way to relax and ease stress.  Many hospitals and therapy centers have built labyrinths on their grounds for the use of both patients and their visitors. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth involves no tricky pathways or dead ends.  A labyrinth stroll is designed to be a positive experience where the user strolls one continuous path to the centre of the labyrinth. Once in the centre, walkers take a few moments to pause and meditate before retracing their steps out of the labyrinth.  A search on line should reveal locations where you can go to take a labyrinth stroll.

Hot Springs
If you can get to one, bathing in a hot spring is a fantastic way to reduce stress.  It is believed that the old saying, “soaking away your troubles” can actually happen as the hot mineral water reduces levels of cortisol which in turn reduces inflammation making your joints and muscles feel so much better.

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Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Author: admin

When someone thinks of highly evolved lasers, most times they think of highly evolved military weapons of the future, to high tech computers, or maybe high tech satellites.  But with every passing year, as scientists learn more and more about what lasers are, and what they could potentially do, scientists and medical practitioners alike are starting to see the unlimited potential of lasers for treating modern health complications.  And one of these technological breakthroughs, utilizing laser technology, is a new method of treatment known as Cold Laser Therapy.

Cold Laser Therapy is a procedure where a soft laser device produces a red laser beam, which is used to heal the body, promote rapid pain reduction, as well as accelerate the healing time of cells.  Soft laser therapy can help in a variety of conditions, such as weight loss, chronic pain or injuries, to even a complete cessation of smoking.  Many others may use it for detoxification benefits, as well as organ balancing and lymph activation.  But how does Cold Laser Therapy work, and is it safe?

Cold lasers are 100% safe, compared to hot lasers, which can burn skin tissue.  Cold Laser therapy is used primarily in cell rejuvenation.  This is able to happen because different organs and tissues, in the body, resonate to different energy frequencies, due to their specific resonation level.  Unhealthy cells resonate at different levels, or frequencies, from normal, healthy cells.  Cold laser therapy works to bring cells back into restorative balance, by programming them back to appropriate frequencies of optimum health.  It is 100% safe and effective.

Cold Laser Therapy is used to treat a number of illnesses and health problems.  Some of these may be chronic, or acute pain reduction, including; chest pain, neck pain, joint pain, and even arthritis.  Patients suffering from Fibromyalgia have noticed significant improvement in pain reduction, as well as more flexibility and liberty of movement.  Cold Laser Therapy as also been used to treat allergies, brain and nerve disorders, sports injuries, even wound healing and other skin disorders.  Some have compared Cold Laser Therapy’s restorative and balancing effects, to acupuncture, without the needles.

Treatments can take place anywhere from hours to minutes, depending on the condition being treated, and its severity.  Treatments often come in the way of smaller dosages at multiple intervals, to one or two long treatments with higher dosages.  Each treatment will be decided, based on the condition.  A procedure done for the sake of wound healing, or acute tissue damage, may require multiple, short treatments, whereas other conditions may need longer exposure to the laser therapy.

Soft lasers are available as portable, handheld devices, usually administered in a medical practitioner’s office.  It is important that this procedure be done under close medical supervision, as only a trained professional will know the proper dosage times for each treatment option.  If you live in the Ontario area, make sure you contact an Ontario wellness physician as soon as possible, to learn more about this new and exciting treatment option.

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Saturday, December 26th, 2009 | Author: admin

This might come as surprise for some, but detoxification footbaths, have become the next big thing.  They may not sound exciting and luxurious, but the rewards are everything but lackluster.  As people of the 21st century are starting to become more and more aware of all the harmful, dangerous toxins around them, it is no surprise that the method of “Detoxification” is becoming more popular everyday.  And one of the most popular detoxification procedures sweeping the globe is a foot bath under the right circumstances, serving to clear your body of dangerous, and life threatening toxins, known as a Detoxification Footbath.

The reason why detoxification is so vital to the total health and wellness of our bodies is because of all the harmful toxins found in our environment.  Our environment has become so infected with toxins, such as chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals, that there is no doubt that many of the environmental hazards have seeped into our bodies, and have affected us in a very negative way.  In spite of all the miraculous things we have been able to do as far as create technology, household appliances, to amazing drugs of the future, there is no doubt that the pollution caused by these breakthroughs, is very dangerous to our bodies.  This is why having a legitimate detoxification method available is so important to the overall health of our bodies.

It would be erroneous to suggest that such pollutants don’t have any negative impact on our bodies at all.  The fact is that we at this point, don’t even know the long-term harmful consequences that are involved in living in today’s modern society.  The real truth is that everyday we are constantly inhaling and collecting residues in our body, due to plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, and drugs that are in the foods we eat.  Many suspect that the ever-growing number of birth defects, cancers, heart disease, and weakened immune systems, may have a lot to do with environmental hazards and toxins.

This is where detoxification comes in.  The basic theory behind detoxification is that there is a physical method to safely draw out toxins, and pollutants in our bodies, as well as revitalize natural toxin cleansing systems in our bodies.  And one of the best methods to do this is through a detoxification footbath.  A detoxification footbath is a detoxifying system that was developed to pull dangerous, unwanted toxins and pollutants, out of our bodies, through our feet.  The patient will enter their feet into a footbath, filled with clear water, for about 20-30 minutes.  During this time, toxins in the body are attracted to surging negative ions, contained in the foot bath, drawing out dangerous pollutants from your body.

After the footbath, it is not uncommon for patients to see the clear water in the bath, turn completely brown due to the pollutants being drawn out of the body.  The patient is likely to feel invigorated by the procedure, giving the patient new energy, as well as the satisfaction of knowing they have been detoxified.  The patient might see added benefits such as significant improvements in muscles strength, as well as range of motion.  Their body’s pH levels will shift back to healthier, more efficient alkaline states.  They may notice pain reductions, healthier immune systems, decreased headaches, and a better overall state of health.  Next time you go to your local Ottawa wellness consultant, ask them about their exciting footbath detoxification methods and procedures.

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Author: admin

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which patients are treated by administering small and diluted doses of substances that cause similar symptoms to the ones the patient is suffering from.

Homeopathic medicine is regulated by the FDA, and is monitored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other scientific bodies.  It has many amazing benefits, but the 5 main ones are those that have turned millions of people into faithful believers of its healing properties:

1.    Its philosophy
Homeopathy works under the premise that any illness is the result of a weakening of the vital life force of the body.  Homeopathic medicine recognizes that this vital force can react and adapt to internal and external changes, and that negative thoughts regarding these changes are what cause illness to appear.  This holistic principle, the idea that sickness is an internal process of the body instead of an external force attacking it, is considered one of homeopathy’s benefits, because it empowers the individual by implying health is within the body itself, through the power of positive thinking.

2.    The human relationship

Normally, the relationship between the patient and the homeopathic doctor is very close.  During the first appointment, there is a very deep talk between both in order to understand the symptoms the patient presents, and also his or her lifestyle, emotional and mental state, and personality.  This profound knowledge is crucial for homeopathic medicine to work, and it turns the doctor into a trusted friend.

3.    The treatment

Homeopathic medicines come from plants, minerals, and other natural elements.  The fact that homeopathy does not contain chemicals shows its respect for the body and the individual.

4.    Its effects

Although it hasn’t been clinically proven that homeopathy can heal a person, more and more doctors in medicine are accepting its holistic approach.  This confirms that it is indeed effective and beneficial for the patient.

5.    Its regulations
The FDA regulates homeopathic medicine in the same way as it does with other medical disciplines.  There is continuous research being done in order to prove the medical effects and side effects of homeopathy, as well as the effect of taking homeopathic medicines along with other drugs.  There is no knowledge of homeopathy interfering with conventional medical treatments, the FDA is very careful at monitoring homeopathic medicines that have side effects, however, these are a minority, because they are very diluted.

Homeopathic medicine has become a wellness solution for millions of people around the world, and the same as with traditional medicine, the key to experience its benefits is to find a good professional doctor who cares to understand his patient as an individual and as a human being.

There is an Ottawa wellness center that does just that.  If you are interested in natural healing treatments and want to try homeopathy as a way to truly understand how your body functions and to substitute drugs that could be poisoning your body for something more in harmony with your organism, check them out, you won’t be sorry!

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 | Author: admin

Ahhh, blessed youth!  You are invincible, and so is your digestion.  No matter how spicy the food is, a young digestive system can cope with it all, or at least it could, until some years ago.  Today’s diet has proven lethal for digestive enzymes even in young people.  It’s incredible how things change…

After a certain age, or not so certain, eating something and having it turn into nutritious food takes a lot of work.  You see, digestive enzymes and bacteria in your gut convert food into necessary energy, and as a person gets older or more reckless, among other things, those enzymes decrease their production and the bacteria slows down its reproduction.  When this happens, digestive problems arise, and gas and bloating are the norm.  Eventually, the person starts showing signs of a lack of vitamins and even malnutrition.

But don’t despair!  There is a way to improve digestion at any stage in life.  In order to understand how, let’s take a look at what enzymes do:  When you eat, an enzyme, salivary amylase, starts entering the food as soon as saliva is produced and mixes with the food you are chewing.  These enzymes start to break down the food you’re savoring, but only if you are chewing. If you are drinking your meal (like in a protein drink or smoothie) you must take a second to chew it a little bit, or healthy digestion will not have even begun.

When the food arrives to the small intestine, the hormone secretin is produced, and it tells the pancreas to add the digestive enzymes trypsin, chymotrypsin, and pancreatin, as the food continues to move through your body.  Other parts of your system will add more enzymes, lactase and lipase.  When a person ages or eats a lot of junk, these enzymes decrease and your digestion pays for it.

To get digestive enzymes back, one option is to eat lots of raw vegetables and fruits, which contain natural enzymes for digestion; however this doesn’t work for everybody, as some people may not eat enough of these, or they lose their benefits during cooking.  Another important action is to take enzyme supplements, specifically natural plant enzymes like the ones used by this Ottawa wellness specialist, which have proven truly effective in restoring the digestive system’s functioning.

But let’s not forget about the bacteria.  In order to gain the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria back, the body needs probiotic supplements, which are available in many health food stores today.  However, in many cases, these are not truly effective due to their manufacturing process or time on the shelves, so, researchers are now investigating a new very promising probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii.

To conclude, if you have digestive imbalances that are making your life miserable, taking natural digestive enzymes before eating and having probiotics as a dietary complement will certainly improve your digestion and, in addition, make you feel much younger… or your actual age!

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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 | Author: admin

The majority of us know about allergic reactions like runny noses, itchy and swollen eyes, sore throats, and feeling sad or moody, but possibly, you don’t know what allergies really are.

Allergies are actually an immune system reaction to certain plants, foods, or animals.  Our immune system is an intelligent structure that works very hard to keep us healthy.  Sometimes, it decodes an allergen as a harmful disease or virus, and as a means of defense, it initiates an attack in the form of different body reactions.  Allergies are simply the body’s way of showing us how much it cares for our wellbeing and how much it wants to protect us from external invasions.

The most common allergens are:

-    The tiny bugs found in dust: dust mites.

-    The protein found in the dander (dry skin), saliva, and urine, among others, of animals.

-    The pollen from grass, flowers and trees.

-    Those small living creatures that grow in damp places: mold and mildew.

-    Foods like milk, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, seafood, strawberries, and legumes like peas, beans, and peanuts.

-    Latex, an elastic material used to make gloves and clothing.

Despite the immune system’s good intentions, allergies are very invasive and uncomfortable happenings that may even disable us to function during our daily activities, and in some cases turn out to be life threatening, with symptoms like rashes, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, and breathing problems.

Some people are born allergic, causing them to react negatively to the environment around them and creating chronic illnesses in them that truly affect their general health.  In some cases, allergies are hereditary.  This is why, it is important that allergic individuals know what exactly it is that they are allergic to, and for this, they have to consult with a doctor who specializes in allergies.  There are many tests that will tell exactly what substances react negatively in your body and how negative this reaction can be.  Dr. John Brimhall, a chiropractor, developed a technique to desensitize and get rid of allergies and sensitivities, called Allergy and Sensitivity Elimination and Reprogramming Technique (ASERT), used by this Ontario chiropractor with amazing success.

The treatment of an allergy depends on how severe it is and what reactions it produces.  Some require preventive treatment while others can’t be predicted, but, in any case, there is valuable help available. You just have to find the right professional to look after you so that you can enjoy your life fully and feel 100% healthy.

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Friday, October 30th, 2009 | Author: admin

Dealing appropriately with stress has always been a monumental task for people to deal with.  There is no doubt that everyone, in one way or another, has experienced it, some worse than others.  But the true way to deal with stress is not to avoid stress, but to find positive ways to deal with it.  One of these ways is through a holistic healing and natural medicine approach.  There are many simple and easy holistic, natural ways of dealing with stress that people have been using successfully for thousands of years.  Instead of just ignoring your stress levels, why not take some natural steps to deal positively with your stress once and for all?

One holistic way of dealing with stress is by practicing meditation.  Meditation is an excellent way of refocusing the body’s energy, and stress, into positive healing for the body.  Meditation will help to free the body of tension, and negative energy like stress and fear, and will work to clear your mind, body and soul.  Meditation can simply consist of deep breathing exercises, or it can consist of more complicated rhythmic breathing patterns.  Whatever type of meditation your Ottawa wellness practitioner recommends, remember to stick with it.  Meditation can be a difficult practice to undertake, and an even more difficult one to master, but with a concentrated effort and a lot of patience, it will pay great dividends in the long run.

Another way of dealing holistically with your stress levels is to get an adequate amount of sleep.  Sleep deprivation and high stress levels go hand in hand.  Depriving our bodies of the adequate amounts of sleep will cause our bodies to react much worse to stress than under normal circumstances.  The average amount of sleep necessary for a healthy body is usually 6-8 hours a day.  However, this is not always the same for everybody, as some people may require more or less sleep depending on the individual.

There are other important things you can do to deal naturally with stress.  One of these things is to watch your diet.  Eating healthy helps keep your body functioning properly, as well as helping to control weight, which can add to stress.  It is also important to get regular and ample amounts of exercise and fresh air, to keep the body active and invigorated.  Exercise is actually one of the best known stress reducers.  By maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle, your body can adapt better to stress, as well as turn it into positive energy for the body.  Stress can be one of the greatest gifts to the body, if you know how to properly redirect it.  Consult your Ottawa wellness specialist before starting any new diet or stress reducing program.

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