How To Ground Outside Without Getting Bitten Up By Bugs

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The weather is warming up here…

…and this always means my inbox is full of emails from patients and readers asking:

 

 

 

How can you reduce your chance of tick bites (and other insect bites)

while still connecting to the earth outside?

 

I really don’t want you to limit or stop your healing practice of connecting to Mother Earth outside daily.

Instead, let’s deter the bugs all together.

As I was giving one of my patients advice about this exact topic today, I thought this would be the perfect information to share with my blog readers too!  So here we go:

 

To help prevent bug bites…

I use a two-pronged approach:

1.  Organic Cedar Oil:

 

Spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all.

This is my #1 go-to recommendation to avoid mosquito bites and tick bites.

Grab a big spray bottle of CedarCide and it will last you all spring and summer — and I carry a little 1 oz. bottle of it in my car as well for spontaneous use while outside at sporting events, parks, road trips, etc…

Cedar oil is safe, all natural and no nasty DEET or other toxic chemicals that cause neuronal cell death.  Repels ticks as well as flying insects.

I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”

She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that!

 

2.  Burning sage or incense around the yard:

 

 

A few incense sticks or a sage stick burning on your outdoor patio table while you eat dinner helps immensely to deter flying insects from buzzing around your food and spoiling your meal!

I like to light an incense stick and push it into the grass like mini-smoldering smoke signals in a perimeter all around the area we are using… or leaning an incense stick in an open glass jar I am recycling or just having a little incense cone in the center of our patio table.

Or, better yet if you are having a summer fire pit or bonfire going, simply throw an entire stick of sage into the fire.

The sage scented smoke that the fire will emit keeps mosquitoes and other annoying bugs at bay for the entire area.

We love it.  Usually when I throw a sage stick into our bonfire that is enough insect control, no need for additional bug sprays.

I hope those two tips will help you feel more comfortable getting out there and connecting to Mother Earth year round, including in these warm buggy days that lie ahead!

 

To help treat bug bites:

 

 

Summer is filled with little cuts, scabs, scrapes and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, likely some bug bites.

So if you (or your children) get a few bug bites and scratch them up, you can help the scratches heal in a holistic way that minimizes scarring… simply use honey!

 

 

You already know I love honey to ease seasonal allergy symptoms and I love honey for wound healing as well!

 

Findings published in the International Wound Journal show that when raw honey was used on all types of wounds, it:

  • promoted healing
  • minimized necrosis
  • minimized the amount of skin that sloughed off the wound
  • reduced wound size
  • decreased affected area around wound

 

Not only did it help speed wound healing, but it made a measurable improvement in over 84% of wounds!!!!

We are talking:

  • post operative wounds
  • general skin wounds
  • infections
  • burns
  • ulcers
  • pressure sores and more!

 

Honey has well-known antimicrobial benefits, doesn’t spoil, is easy to have on hand and is portable (no refrigeration required!) so it really makes perfect sense to use as a secondary wound dressing in children older than 12 months old.

 

  • First be sure to flush out any wound with lots of water… for a long period of time… 2 minutes ideally.
  • Then, depending on wound type you may consider a topical antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, or antibacterial dressing, and then honey.  Then cover the abrasion with a sterile bandage.
  • For minor wounds, use deep cleansing and then raw honey as a dressing, but be sure to have any deeper or larger wounds evaluated by a physician.

 

Because honey is so safe and so effective for so many different types of wounds… and because it speeds healing and decreases the amount of skin that is affected by the wound, I feel that honey ultimately will be shown to reduce the appearance of scarring as well.

So for post operative wounds or acne infections or stretch marks or injuries that you want to minimize scarring in… bring on the raw honey!

 

 

Sweet news, indeed!

And now that you are armed with some holistic tips on avoiding the bug bites and tick exposures that warm weather brings… it’s time to wish you a very very happy upcoming summer!!!

Keep grounding outside and enjoy the beautiful display Mother Earth brings us without fear!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

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To My Husband (Yes, I Said Husband!)

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Exactly one month ago today… this happened:

 

 

 

 

This man is absolute strength during the bad times and incredibly playful during the good.  In short, he’s wonderful.

He has been by my side during the absolute rock bottom moments of my life, standing there with arms open wide and a heart open wider.  And not just for me, but with unwavering support for my children as well.

 

 

I feel in love with Steve during the worst crap storm of my life, and I am married to him now with an incredibly grateful heart.

I wanted to share that with you here, because many of you have been with me through that storm as well, sending me love and sharing a bit of the weight and the shock of it all by baring witness to it.

So you deserve to know when the storm has passed, leaving the landscape totally and utterly different, scarred and changed and reformed and with all the little shoots sprouting up again from ample rain and time and God’s hand, all mixed together.

 

 

Oh my goodness I love this man.

Steve, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done to share and witness and comfort and support and nurture a deep and abiding love that took root in the very the center of my soul.

I am so proud to hold your hand and walk forward into the future together.

 

Onwards…

xoxoxoxo, Laura

 

How Sleep Affects Your Heart Health

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Last week I shared with you a study that shows even a small decrease in sleep, as little as one hour less of sleep, dramatically increases your risk of mood disturbances (anxiety, depression, hopelessness.)

This week is the last on my series focusing in on sleep… and this one is important too.

Turns out, your heart’s health is immediately impacted by your sleep.

 

The Study (published in Hypertension on June 6, 2016):

 

  • researchers looked at 26 healthy young adults (with no cardiac risk factors or history of cardiac disease) and compared their heart function during sessions of unrestricted sleep, during sessions with restricted sleep, and during sessions where sleep was shifted to throw their circadian rhythm off

 

The Results:

 

  • daytime heart rate was significantly increased after sleep was restricted
  • norepinephrine secretion was increased when sleep was restricted and the alignment of sleep (imitating shift work, jet lag, or insomnia due to light exposure at night) was off
  • cardiac vagal modulation (heart rate variability) was reduced when the circadian sleep rhythm was disrupted

 

These three parameters together suggest that even in young, healthy adults with absolutely zero cardiac disease, just being off on your sleep patterns can lead to an increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

If simply having your circadian rhythm off can stress out the heart — impairing autonomic regulation and cardiovascular physiology — then we need to be really diligent about sleep patterns.

Turns out it’s not just the amount of sleep but the timing of sleep that is stressful on our hearts.

The thing that upset me most as a physician is discovering that heart rate variability is reduced when sleep is shifted out of circadian alignment.

 

This is because heart rate variability (HRV) is one of the most important indicators of heart health.

Clinicians use HRV to predict sudden death after heart transplant, in premature newborns, and after for cardiac patients after massive heart attack.

 

You need variability in your heart rate — your heart needs the ability to be response and sensitive to the environment around you… speeding up and slowing down as needed depending on external situations.

When you lose that ability to adapt to your life circumstances, and instead your heart begins to beat on a mechanical, rote basis with little to no variability, your heart loses it’s health and your risk of death increases.

Thankfully you can actually do something to support your heart rate variability and increase the health of your heart, immediately.

 

Fortunately, grounding supports heart health and increases heart rate variability.

 

In this study, patients who were grounded immediately began to respond with improvement in HRV and this improved heart function continued to get better and better and better, cumulatively, for the entire 40 minutes the patients were grounded.

 

My suggesting is the same as last week — sleep grounded and you not only support deeper, better, more restorative sleep to support your heart’s health, but grounding immediately goes to work directly on your cardiac function to support improved heart rate variability.

 

And the positive effects continue to accumulate over time, so spending as much time grounded as possible is preferred.  If you are going to lay in bed for hours and hours and hours each night, make those hours grounded and you will be supporting heart health, metabolic health, mental health, whole body health.

Have any cardiac risk factors, or a family history of cardiac disease, or know anyone who does?

Make sure grounding is a part of their health care routine and that good quality sleep is maximized to reduce stress on the heart and decrease future risk of cardiac disease.  Do both at the same time by sleeping grounded and your body will thank you.

 

For more articles I’ve written on sleep health, click over to read:

 

 

And to start healing every single one of these conditions and support the longevity of your cardiovascular system, start sleeping grounded now.

Here’s how.

 

 

 

xoxoxo, Laura

 

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Missing Just One Hour Of Sleep Skyrockets Your Risk Of Depression, Anxiety

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There are plenty of studies in the medical literature that look at severe sleep issues and how hard insomnia is on the human body…

…linking insomnia to:

 

(click to read articles I’ve written for you on these medical studies):

 

But today’s study goes further.

Because a new study  (presented at the American Academy of Neurology 2017 Annual Meeting on April 27, 2017) reveals that even a minor sleep disturbance… even a shortage of just ONE HOUR OF SLEEP… can significantly up your risk of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

 

The Study:

 

  • Researchers looked at data collected from over 20,800 adult participants
  • Participants were 50% women, 50% men, and an average age of 47.5 years old.

 

The Results:

 

  • After adjusting for age, sex, race, and body mass index, sleep duration was inversely associated with mental health.
  • Each hour of sleep made a statistically significant difference in the rates of depression, hopelessness, nervousness, restlessness and fidgeting.
  • Getting just one hour more of sleep significantly alleviated every single one of these symptoms.
  • One hour of sleep less significantly raised the risk of these symptoms — increasing the rates of each by 60 to 80%!  For example, getting 6 hours of sleep instead of 7 raised the rate of nervousness (by 80%) and depression (by 77%).
  • These rates compounded with each additional hour.  Getting two hours less sleep TRIPLED the rates of nervousness and hopelessness, and almost QUADRUPLED the rates of depression and restlessness.

 

 

Wow!

If just one hour less sleep increases your risk of depression, hopelessness and anxiety by up to 80%… if two hours less triples and quadruples your risk of the same… and if only one hour more sleep is shown to ameliorate these symptoms, we really need to take sleep seriously.

It’s no longer enough to just get by on fumes, stressing out your adrenals and hoping to just catch up your sleep deficit over the weekend.

Yes, we know chronic sleep issues are no way to live… increasing rates of Alzheimers and increasing severity of asthma attacks and upping ADHD symptoms and more.

But now we know, as little as a 60 minutes less sleep at night significantly affects mood and mental health too.

 

 

Not only that, but a study published in The Journal Of Neuroscience shows that if you have anxiety, sleep deprivation actually impacts you even more than it impacts other people.

 

“People who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation,”  says senior investigator Matthew Walker, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

Sleep has been in the forefront of the news for years now, ever since the death of Michael Jackson and the stunning testimony that he went for approximately 60 days without any deep, restorative REM sleep, which was likely responsible for a constellation of his symptoms including confusion, memory loss and paranoia.

It is thought that no human being has ever gone that long without restorative sleep before, as previous laboratory experiments show that rats die after only 5 weeks without restorative sleep.

 

Today’s medical study shows that we need to take even mild sleep impairment very very seriously.

If 60 minutes is enough to impact your body’s movements (causing nervousness and fidgeting) and negatively impact your mental outlook (increasing anxiety, depression and hopelessness) than we need to do everything we can do to maximize how restorative every minute of our sleep is, every night.

My recommendation?

 

Sleep grounded.

 

EEG studies of brain activity show that connecting to the soothing energy of the earth instantaneously shifts our brain wave patterns and reduces ambient stress levels.  Effortlessly getting into the relaxed but alert alpha brain wave pattern, which is seen in deep meditative states and restorative sleep states, is one of the hallmarks of grounding.  Deeper, more restorative sleep at night puts us in a zone of healing, which helps support everything… from decreasing your risk of dementia to ending your weight struggles.

 

 

Why is sleep so helpful?

 

Increased time spent in alpha brain wave patterns equals greater time in restorative sleep phases, which is when dreams occur.  This is why dreams often increase in intensity when we sleep grounded.
It’s no coincidence that REM sleep, the sleep where we are dreaming, processing information, integrating the events of the day and releasing that which we do not need to carry any longer so that we can move forward into the next day (in short: HEALING) correlates with the same energy resonating out from the core of Mother Earth.

It’s the Schumann Resonance

and it is the state of pure positive healing for our bodies to be bathed in.

 

While we sleep, our brain cycles through restorative phases of sleep and each time we do, our brains (and our entire body) are held in same frequency, a beautiful resonance, with the Earth’s healing energy.  This is why grounding to the earth is such a powerful way to support mood.  Grounding deepens sleep, reduces stress, boosts mood, boosts energy, relieves pain, among many other things like stabilizing blood sugar, supporting healthy blood pressure, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, supporting healthy bone density, normalizing cortisol levels, and much much more.

 

To take your sleep resonance to the next level, you can support your brain’s healing alpha state with the resonant energy of the Earth by directly grounding your body… simply by sleeping grounded.

By far the most powerfully conductive way to sleep grounded is this grounding Mattress Panel.

 

These mattress panels are made with medical grade stainless steel, which are infinitely superior to silver grounding products, which often stop working after just one single wash.

These mattress panels are so effective, they are the only grounding product on the market today that allows you to put a fitted sheet on top of it and still be grounded right through it, no direct skin contact required!

 

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xoxoxox, Laura

 

 

Hand Sanitizers Linked To Thyroid Cancer — Here’s Your Safer Alternative

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Thyroid disorders affect 20 million Americans alone… and metabolic and growth issues affect countless more.

How many of you use hand sanitizers at least occasionally to clean your hands?

Turns out, this is a problem for our thyroid glands.  And not just for women…

…in fact, the hormone disruption that hand sanitizers have on our bodies is three times more devastating to men!

 

We’ve known for a long time that the chemicals in hand sanitizers are unhealthy, and also drying and irritating to skin.

Unfortunately a new study now links them to cancer… raising (even tripling!) your risk of thyroid cancer.

 

The Study (published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Feb 15, 2017):

  • Researchers looked at data on over 900 patients… 462 adults with thyroid cancer in 2010 and 2011 and compared them to 498 matched controls
  • Researchers carefully calculated exposure to biocides and pesticides based on reported use and detailed information on occupational exposure
  • Biocide exposure was highest for occupations in medicine or cleaning… healthcare providers in hospitals, home health aides and building cleaning workers having the highest exposures.

 

The Results:

  • Women with any occupational exposure at all were 48% more likely to develop thyroid cancer
  • Men with any occupational exposure at all were 300% more likely to develop thyroid cancer — 3 X the normal rates of thyroid cancers!
  • The over all risk of using biocides increased thyroid cancer rates by 65%
  • For those with highest cumulative exposures (associated with jobs that require hand sanitizer use such as health professions) the risk of thyroid cancer more than doubled.
  • These biocide chemicals are known hormone disrupters… for example, Triclosan has been shown to interrupt and decrease the levels of several different thyroid hormones (necessary for growth and metabolism.)

 

The Bottom line:

Don’t use chemical based hand sanitizers.

They dry out your skin, increasing the chance of cracks and fissures in your skin (an entryway for germs) and they disrupt your growth and metabolic hormone levels, and increase your risk of thyroid cancer — up to 3 FOLD higher thyroid cancer risk.

 

Moms, try not to pump these hand sanitizers onto your children’s hands — these are filled with chemicals that disrupt growth.  And the residue stays on their hands long aftewards, for them to ingest when they eat.

And as I talked about a few months ago on the blog… there is a huge problem with the development of *super bugs* that are resistant to our current arsenal of antibiotics and antivirals, and the problem is only getting worse.

As bacteria and viruses evolve resistance and become more pervasive, I see people reaching more and more for hand sanitizers and wipes.  I can’t walk into a supermarket or drugstore or convenience store any more without seeing a box of hand sanitizing wipes right in the entryway.

But what you might not know about these wipes, is that not only are they loaded with toxic chemicals and dry out and crack your skin — causing a direct barrier breech of your skin and a direct entryway for infection — but bacteria and viruses are already becoming resistant to these wipes as well.

Many of the chemical and alcohol based anti-microbial products on the market build up resistance after repeated use… and the fact that they dry and crack skin means that they are actually making your body *more* exposed to the pathogens around you and more likely to pick up an infection.

The integrity of your skin is everything.

 

 

If you have followed my blog at all, then you already know I don’t share upsetting medical information if I don’t have an uplifting, healthy, holistic solution.

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Simply wipe and go — wipe down your hands, your face, that shopping cart, that dirty doorknob, that water fountain handle, your cell phone, your computer keyboard.

 

 

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  • They are natural and have lasting re-usability making them more economical than many a gel squirt or single-use disposable wipe.
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Migraines Linked To Oral Health

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Nitrates have long been revealed as a headache trigger — found in foods like red wine, chocolates, processed meats and some cheeses, migraine sufferers have long been cautioned to avoid foods containing nitrates.

This latest study might explain why some people get triggered to have a migraine when consuming nitrate laden foods, while others can eat large quantities without fear of an impending headache.

 

Turns out, folks with migraine have significantly more types of bacteria in their mouth that processes nitrate into nitrite (nitrate, nitrite and nitric oxide reductase genes) than those who don’t get migraines.

More bacteria releasing nitrites into the person’s mucosal membrane, means more potential for migraine trigger.

Although everyone has millions of bacteria, and hundreds of different species living on and within them, it’s the type of bacteria and the quantity of that balance that can often mean the difference between illness and health.

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article that highlights how the balance of bacteria in your gut can make a difference in your mood, your memory… even treating autism!

 

This medical study highlights this delicate balance even further… could it be that the bacteria that live in your mouth are responsible for how much you are affected by the nitrates in the food you are eating?

Turns out, the answer is yes.

 

Migraine sufferers had statistically significantly more bacteria that process nitrates and release nitrites into the body than non-migraine sufferers.

 

There are two types of headaches that nitrates can trigger:

  1. an immediate headache (usually more mild) within an hour of consuming nitrate laden foods
  2. or a delayed-onset headache (typically a severe headache, or migraine) 3 to 6 hours after consumption of nitrates.

 

The fact that migraine sufferers have more bacteria in their mouth that is processing these nitrates into nitrites and increasing their absorption would likely increase the incidence of both types of headache, although more studies are needed.

 

The Study (published in mSystems October 2016):

  • Researchers sequenced bacteria from over 170 oral samples of patients.
  • Patients were healthy, between the ages of 20 and 69 years old, had a body mass index between 18.5 and 30, had no history of IBD, diabetes or any antibiotic use within the past year and were either diagnosed with migraine or were classified as non-migraine sufferers.

 

The Results:

  • Researchers found significantly more bacteria that could convert nitrates into nitrites (nitrate, nitrite and nitric oxide reductase genes) thereby increasing those patient’s burden of nitrite exposure.
  • Notably, streptococcus and pseudomonas bacteria were significantly increased, both which are able to reduce nitrate to nitrite.

 

The Bottom Line:

Bacteria play an important role in our health, and in this case, even can impact the amount of pain we feel or the days we lose due to migraine headache.

 

 

In the future, we might be able to tailor specific probiotics to help specific diseases…

…for example, maybe a probiotic specific for migraine sufferers in the form of a gum they can chew to build healthy levels of non-nitrate converting bacteria and discourage overgrowth of nitrate converting stains of bacteria.

Or a toothpaste that combines a probiotic and prebiotic designed specifically to enhance the microbiome of the mouth.

There are probiotic lozenges and gums available already, but there is no data yet on if these specifically treat the nitrate imbalance in the mouth of migraine sufferers.

Meanwhile, there is one probiotic that I know works and works well… and this is it:

 

Prescript Assist — find out more about it here.

 

Feel the difference a fabulous probiotic can make… to your gut & mind, body & spirit!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

PS — looking for other holistic ways to support a healthy mouth?

Read these helpful articles I’ve written for you:

 

 

 

Sauna To Protect Your Brain

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Now this is a medical study I can really get behind!  Woot!

I LOVE HEAT.

And I love love love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, massage, exercise…

 

…it just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing, don’t you think?

 

Turns out there are lasting benefits to getting your brain circulation boosted through heat specifically… having regular sauna bathing decreases risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease!

Researchers had previously discovered that men who used a sauna two or more times a week had significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and death, and reduced risk of all-cause mortality (meaning they died less from all causes put together) than men who used a sauna once a week or less.

Because they found out that folks who routinely use a sauna lived longer, researchers turned to look at cognitive function, to see if this longer life had an improved quality to it.

Turns out it does.

 

The Study (published in Age and Ageing Dec 8, 2016):

  • Researchers followed more than 2,300 patients who had a healthy baseline and used a sauna on 4 or more times a week
  • Participants were 42 to 60 years old at baseline (average age: 53 years old)
  • Sauna temperature was 80 to 100 degrees C and humidity was routinely added by throwing water on hot rocks in the sauna.
  • Participants were followed for an average of 20.7 years

 

 

The Results

  • Patients who averaged 4 to 7 trips to the sauna a week were two-thirds less likely to develop dementia over the next 20 years (a 66% decrease in dementia)
  • Patients were also two thirds less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease (AD) during the 20 year follow up (a 65% drop in AD diagnosis)
  • This risk reduction was independent of any known risk factors, including body mass, age, smoking status, alcohol consumption or previous heart attack.

 

The Bottom Line:

Over a 66% reduction in dementia risk of all types, including Alzheimer’s, is better than any single treatment, dietary modification, supplement or medication known to date!

This is HUGE news!

This is a very easy to recommend lifestyle intervention that preserves memory function and protects us from developing memory diseases!

So, not only does sauna help you live longer (avoiding heart disease and all-cause mortality) but it also helps you avoid dementia and memory loss disease.

 

Researchers hypothesize that increased time in the sauna helped increase vascular perfusion of the brain, increasing endothelial function and reducing inflammation.

Other holistic things you can do to increase blood perfusion throughout your body and reduce inflammation is:

  • routinely ground your body (shown to immediately increase capillary perfusion and decrease blood viscosity and reduce blood inflammatory markers over time)

 

We know that blood flow to the brain helps to prevent dementia… look at this interesting study that is not very well known:

Turns out, if you have high blood pressure that occurs after age 80, the increased pressure helps perfuse the brain better and helps actually protect against dementia.

More than 550 patients with an average age of 93 years old were followed for over 2 1/2 years and the results were published in Alzheimers & Dementia, Feb 2017.

In this study, patients who developed hypertension between the ages of 80 and 90 years old actually had a 42% lower risk of dementia than elderly without hypertension…

…and those who developed hypertension after age 90 actually had a 63% lower risk for dementia!

This is the first study looking for links between high blood pressure and dementia in the elderly, and shows that the onset of age matters here.

This advanced elderly population is actually the fastest growing segment of the population in the US and in many other countries in the world.  While hypertension increases dementia risk in mid-life, late in life this boost to blood pressure actually helps to preserve brain function and decrease dementia risk.

 

But today’s article shows there is a healthier and more enjoyable way to preserve brain function and boost perfusion to the brain —

–hit your local sauna regularly!

That… I can do.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

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