Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

Tuesday Jan 24, 2012 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

While cold medicines are helpful in relieving many of the symptoms related to the common cold, they can cause a variety of side effects as well. Over-the-counter cold medicines are usually a combination of drugs depending on the symptoms. Each medication can cause a different range of side effects. Drug like Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) can cause Cerebral hemorrhage when combine with caffeine  according to  American Heart Association.

On December 22, 2005 the FDA issued a notice of proposed rule making (notice) for over-the-counter (OTC) nasal decongestant and weight control products containing phenylpropanolamine preparations. This proposed rule reclassifies phenylpropanolamine as nonmonograph (Category II) not generally recognized as safe and effective. Written and electronic comments and new data can be submitted by March, 22, 2006.

they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children: 

Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold & Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine,which that is familiar to many of us and is not safe to children’s:

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children’s Cold Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or or ange)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12 Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Gelcap’s
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp Elixir
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
Permathene Mega-16
Robitussin CF
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
Triaminic DM Cough Rel! ief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
Triaminic Syrup ! ! Cold & amp;am p; Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

 

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Soybeans what should you know?

Sunday Jan 1, 2012 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Soybeans what should you know?

Ten percent of the cooking oil used in this country comes from soybeans. Soybeans have omega-6, which is an essential fatty acid our body needs in small amounts. An excess of omega-6 will deplete our omega-3, which is important for our overall health, especially for the brain. The worst by far is baby formula, which contains a lot of soy because it’s usually the only food homes feed their babies as nourishment or as a substitution for mother’s own milk. Soy contains pytoestrogens that can disrupt the baby’s thyroid. the result of this disruption can cause asthma, allergies, and gastrointestinal damage, which decreases mineral absorption and can increase toxic levels of manganese that can cause neurological and brain damage associated with ADD/ADHD. Mothers should breast-fed at least for the first year. in asia soy formula is traditionally not used for babies; the result is less childhood disease. Although Asia growa a whole lot of soybeans, it is not a main component of their food staples. In western society food processing companies do use a lot of soy. It is cheap. These companies separate the soybeans into two categories, protein and oil. High-tech processing methods fail to remove the anti-mutrients and toxins that are naturally present in soybeans. The toxins of soy protein products are protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, texturized vegetable protein, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. you will find these on the ingredient label in many processed and packaged foods such as protein powders, milk shakes, energy bars, baked goods, crackers, canned foods, french fries, frozen foods, and veggie burgers. The worst soy oil products are margarines and shortenings made from partially hydrogenated soybeans oil containing dangerous trans fatty acids. Most of the liquid vegetable oils sold in supermarkets also come from the soybeans. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.  Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc.  Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood-sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system. Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.

 

 

 

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MSM?

Thursday Dec 8, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on MSM?

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing nutrient, a naturally-occurring compound in the environment and in the human body. Sulfur is necessary for the structure of every cell in the body. Hormones, enzymes, antibodies, and antioxidants all depend on it. And because the body utilizes and expends it on a daily basis, sulfur must be continually replenished for optimal nutrition and health.  Sulfur is responsible for the health promoting and pain-relieving properties of MSM. MSM may facilitate the production of  insulin (by domating its Sulfur content to Insulin).

MSM influences histamine release and therefore aids in the healing process and controls allergies.  It also modulates C fibers in the central nervous system, which can block pain perception.

MSM may benefit:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Bursitis and Rheumatism
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dry skin
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Itching
  • Mercury Removal
  • Muscle Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sunburn

 MSM is a constituent of raw Fruits, Vegetables (especially Cruciferous Vegetables), Seafoods, Meat and Milk. It is extremely volatile and is highly susceptible to loss and degradation during Food Processing.  Most people do not ingest significant amounts of MSM from Food (unless the diet is composed primarily of raw Foods).

mg of MSM per 100 grams

Dairy Foods: Milk (cow’s)

0.33

Herbs: Tea

0.03

Alfalfa

trace

  Horsetail

trace

Processed Foods: Coffee

0.16

Vegetables: Tomatoes

0.086

Swiss Chard

0.005

  Corn

0.011

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Fact about Coconut oil

Saturday Nov 26, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Fact about Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth. Coconut oil is commonly used in manufacturing baked goods, especially when frying .  The health benefits of olive oil, which stem from its high Omega 3 levels, are too numerous to name. Unfortunately though, olive oil is not best soothed for cooking or frying since it does not have a high smoke point meaning of 170*C as being 325*F that it does not maintain its taste and integrity under high temperatures.

The health benefits of coconut oil include Lauric acid – found in mother’s milk! Lauric acid is the predominant type of medium chain saturated fatty acid that turns into a substance call monolaurin. This is the actual compound responsible for helping to strengthen the immune system. It promotes good heart health. Weight loss,  stabilizing blood sugar,  lowering cholesterol and supports the immune system by increasing metabolism. Coconut oil is a good source of immediate energy. use only extra Virgin organic coconut Oil.

 

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fermented, 16 oz

 


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What Supplements are right for me

Sunday Nov 13, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on What Supplements are right for me

In recent weeks, mainstream media has reported that it may be harmful to take vitamin and mineral
supplements. Some reports say that women who take a multivitamin have a higher risk of dying than
those who don’t take supplements. In another report, it was observed that taking vitamin E actually
increased the risk of prostate cancer in men. But then there are hundreds of scientific studies that
show vitamin supplements can contribute to the protection against and treatment of disease. It seems
as though for every report that vitamins can be harmful, there are many more studies showing that
they are incredibly helpful.
As a consumer, “what should you believe?” may not be the right question to ask.
The right question is, “what supplements are right for me, given my personal
medical history, genetics and lifestyle?”
THE SOLUTION IS MICRONUTRIENT TESTING. With a simple blood draw, you will
determine the nutrients in which you are specifically deficient and choose supplements based on your
actual deficiencies. Since the “more is better” philosophy can be dangerous in both pharmaceuticals
and supplements, we recommend that doctors and patients stop guessing and start testing when it
comes to nutritional status.
MICRONUTRIENT TESTING EMPOWERS YOU TO NAVIGATE THE
CRAZY WORLD OF SUPPLEMENMTS
PERSONALIZED MEDICINE – Micronurient testing
measures nutritional status using your white blood cells,
so deficiencies reported are unique to you. Comprehensive
Analysis – 32 nutrients plus anti-oxidant status are tested.
PREVENTING IMBALANCES – If minerals, vitamins
or antioxidants are taken without being properly balanced,
they can induce deficiencies in other nutrients as a side effect.
For example, too much of an antioxidant can actually make it
become a pro-oxidant, which damages (vs. protects) cells.
SIX MONTH NUTRIENT HISTORY – Micronutrient testing gives a 4-6 month nutritional history
since it is specifically performed on cells that have a long lifespan. It is more than just a snapshot.

Micronutrient test

 

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Role of Vitamins and minerals in the body

Thursday Sep 29, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Role of Vitamins and minerals in the body

Vitamins control the chemical reactions within the body that convert food into energy and living tissue. Regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical process that releases energy from digested food. Vitamins help the body use the energy in nutrients, maintain normal body tissue, and act as a regulator.

Minerals are chemical elements needed for several body functions including building strong bones, transmitting nerve signals, maintaining a normal heart beat, and are used by the body to produce necessary hormones.

There are 13 vitamins and 22 minerals we have to get from our food supply. While only needed in small amounts, vitamins and minerals are nonetheless important because you cannot function biologically without them. According to a recent study, North Americans are lacking 72% of the nutrients they need daily. This is one of the reasons we need supplementation.

Do we need supplements?

A multiple vitamin-mineral supplement should not replace good eating habits, like the name suggests it is a supplement to the foods we eat. They  might not be for everyone, depending on your lifestyle factors and biochemical individuality, but most can benefit from taking a good quality and balanced supplement at the right dosage.

Many people take supplements that are not appropriate for  their needs because they randomly choose a product they heard about in the news or through a friend, or just picked something from their supermarket shelf. Remember, just as your diet is best customized to your unique needs, so should your supplements be tailored to your body type and blood work. Consult with your doctor, after blood work has been done.

Note: One basic problem with the health system in the U.S. is our doctors’ lack of knowledge about supplements and other nutrients. It is understandable why patients rely on other sources, so that much of what they believe is shaped by what they see, read, and hear, often from unreliable sources.

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10 dangerous Food Additives to avoid

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on 10 dangerous Food Additives to avoid

Food additives are substances intentionally added to food during manufacturing to increase the the desirability of the finished product. Additives can alter the color, texture and stability of the food or reduce the spoilage time. There are approximately 2000 different types of additives. The standard American diet includes 3-5 pounds of those additives per year. Additives can be toxic chemicals that can give rise to a number of symptoms. The most common are psychological or neurological such as depression, headaches, mental dysfunction,mental illness or abnormal nerve reflexes. Preservatives accumulate in body fat. The most common allergic reaction experienced is hives.

Additives;

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) / BHT (butylated hyroxloluene);

BHA and BHT are antioxidants. Oxygen reacts preferentially with BHA or BHT rather than oxidizing fats or oils, thereby protecting them from spoilage. In addition to being oxidizable, BHA and BHT are fat-soluble. Both molecules are incompatible with ferric salts. In addition to preserving foods, BHA and BHT are also used to preserve fats and oils in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Sodium Benzoates;

it is a widely used food preservative, with E number E211. It is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and exists in this form when dissolved in water. It can be produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid.  Benzoic acid and benzoates are widely used and are commonly found in shrimp and farm raised fish is extremely high amounts.

There is much more concern over the issue of sodium benzoate in Britain. Professor Piper of Sheffield University says that his studies of sodium benzoate in laboratory tests suggest that it can create free radicals and damage cells. While it is already linked with leukemia, new research suggests is may lead to cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease.

In 2000 the World Health Organization reported that there are many studies showing that sodium benzoate can cause hives, asthma and anaphylactic shock in sensitive people.

Sulfites:

Sulfites are a group of sulfur-based compounds that may occur naturally or may be added to food as an enhancer and preservative. The FDA estimates that one out of 100 people is sensitive to the compounds. Typically used to prevent browning, color changes, or microbial spoilage. Commonly sprayed on fresh fruits, vegetable, and fresh shrimp.The average person in U.S consumes 2-3 mg per day. If restaurants are the main source of meals, then an average of 150 mg per day is consumed.

 Sodium nitrites and Sodium nitrits:

Nitrit-nitrate toxicity is due to its affinity for the oxygen carrying molecule in the blood, hemoglobin. Nitrates convert hemoglobin to methemeglobin which causes problems with oxygen transport. Heating nitrites or their coming into contact with stomach acids converts nitrites to nitromines a substances known to cause stomach cancer. Adding nitrite to meat is only part of the curing process. ordinary table salt (sodium chloride) is added because of its effect on flavor. Sugar is added to reduce the harshness of salt. Spices and other flavorings often added to achieve a characteristic brand flavor. Most, but not all, cured meat products are smoked often the curing process to import a smoked meat flavor. Sodium nitrite, rather than sodium nitrate, is most commonly used for curing (although in some product, such as country ham, sodium nitrate is used because of the long period. In a series of normal reactions, nitrite is converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide combines with myoglobin, the pigment responsible for the natural red color of uncured meat. Combined they form nitric oxide myoglobin, which is a deep red color (as in uncooked dry sausage) that change to the characteristic bright pink normally associated with cured and smoked meat (such as wieners and ham) when heated during the smoking process. Potassium nitrite is a type of nitrite that is commonly employed as food preservative, while potassium nitrate is commonly employed as a synthetic food preservative and color fixative. It is also the active ingredient in most toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

Monosodium glutamate:

It enhances the flavor of protein by exciting the taste buds. It can overexcite the nerve ending and cause symptoms referred as “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. Symptoms are reported as a burning sensation in back of neck, headaches, chest tightness, diarrhea and flushing of face.

 

Salicylates:

These are aspirin like compounds used to increase or enhance  the flavor foods. Those allergic to aspirin can experience reaction from eating food high in salicylates such as curry powder, paprika, thyme,  dill, oregano, and turmeric. It is also found in the following prepared foods: Cake mixes, pudding, Ice cream, gum, soft drinks and most dried fruits and berries.

Food coloring:

Artificial dyes are widely used in foods, beverages and drugs. The most common coloring agents used are called AZO dyes (dyes impregnated with nitrate). Most are petroleum products derived from coal tar. Certain tissues in the body are more susceptible to dyes, especially those that have a quick turnover such as the cornea of the eye, tissue in the mouth, tissue lining the stomach and small intestine, and blood and lymph tissue. Out of 33 know coloring agents, the following are the most commonly used.

Blue No. 2: Found in high amounts in cat food and soda pop, it is implicated in causing brain cancer.

Citrus red: Found in Florida oranges

Green No. 3: Implicated in Thyroid cancer. Found in lime drink and soda.

Yellow No. 6: Implicated in Kidney cancer. Found in soda pop and candy.

Yellow No. 5: Tartrazine- high in allergic responses and ADD (attention deficit disorder). Those allergic to aspirin might be allergic to tartrazine. Tartrazine sensitivity is common in individuals (around 20-50%). It is a known inducer of asthma medications (aminophyline) and in some sedatives, steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics. Some vitamins can also contain tartrazine.

Other food containing tartrazine are: Orange drinks, Gelatin desserts, Italian dressing, Cake mixes and icing, Seasoning salt and Macaroni and cheese.

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How to prevent heart attack ?

Thursday Sep 15, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on How to prevent heart attack ?

The heart is a myogenic muscular organ found in all animals with a circulatory system , it is responsible for pumping blood throughout the blood vessels by repeated rhythmic contractions.

The vertebrate heart is composed of cardiac muscle, which is an involuntary striated muscle tissue found only in this organ and connective tissue. The average human heart, beats at 72 beats per minute, and will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during an average 66 year lifespan. It weighs approximately 250 to 300 grams (9 to 11 oz) in females and 300 to 350 grams (11 to 12 oz) in males.

Factors that can cause Heart attack:

  •  when blood supply to vital organs gets blocked
  • >50years / menopausal women at greater risk
  • Occurs with / without chest pain
  • Sudden arrest of breathing / heart function
  • May result in cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Clot in the arteries blocks blood supply
  • Deposits of calcium / cholesterol
  • Hereditary factors
  • Tobacco
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Emotional stress
  • Inflammatory disease of arteries
  •  Trauma / disease of heart

Symptom of hearth attack

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain
  • Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort
  • Nausea and cold sweat
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  •  light-headedness
  • Pain in lower jaw

Diet for healthy heart

You may eat more foods that are known to help lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruit, legume, all of which are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol. Dietary fat will come primarily from heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including olive oil, avocados and nuts. Heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish are also encouraged. The Heart Smart meal plan provides 50-65% of your calories from carbohydrates, 20-25% of your calories from protein and less than 30% of your calories from fat, of which saturated fat will make up less than 10% of your calories. Cholesterol will be limited to 300 mg per day and sodium to less than 2400 mg daily.

Hot water/lemon

Start your day with tea spoon of fresh lemon in 8oz of hot water before breakfast and hot green tea with meal rather than a cold drinks.

Apples

Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and will help prevent blood clots as well. Apples contain pectine, vitamins and fiber and come in several varieties and are portable.
Almonds
Almonds and other nuts contain healthy oils, vitamin E and Plant omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, fiber; heart-favorable mono- and

polyunsaturated fats, phytosterols and  other substances that will help keep cholesterol levels in check. Almonds are also a good
source of protein and fiber. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition indicates that when foods independently
known to lower cholesterol, such as almonds, are combined in a healthy way of eating, the beneficial effects are additive. In this study of 12 patients with elevated LDL cholesterol levels, a diet containing almonds and other nuts, plant sterols (also found in nuts), soy protein, and soluble fiber, beans, oats, pears) reduced blood levels of all LDL fractions including small dense LDL (the type that most increases risk for cardiovascular disease) with near maximal reductions seen after only 2 weeks.
Oatmeal
Oats already known for many years to add good nutrition to our overall health,
especially on heart health. Oatmeal contains Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.

Salmon

This cold-water fish is a great source of protein and is also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fattyacids. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week for benefits that go beyond heart health. Americans love salmon because it is so versatile, and easy to cook.

Blueberries

Blueberries top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. That’s because they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for their dark blue color.These delicious jewels are packed with fiber and vitamin C. They boost heart health by adding them into your diet regularly.

 

 

Exercise

Regular aerobic activity — such as walking, bicycling or swimming — can help you live longer and healthier heart.

 

 

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Potassium Nitrate / Sodium Nitrite

Monday Aug 29, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Potassium Nitrate / Sodium Nitrite

Adding nitrite to meat is only part of the curing process. ordinary table salt (sodium chloride) is added because of its effect on flavor. Sugar is added to reduce the harshness of salt. Spices and other flavorings often added to achieve a characteristic brand flavor. Most, but not all, cured meat products are smoked often the curing process to import a smoked meat flavor. Sodium nitrite, rather than sodium nitrate, is most commonly used for curing (although in some product, such as country ham, sodium nitrate is used because of the long period. In a series of normal reactions, nitrite is converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide combines with myoglobin, the pigment responsible for the natural red color of uncured meat. Combined they form nitric oxide myoglobin, which is a deep red color (as in uncooked dry sausage) that change to the characteristic bright pink normally associated with cured and smoked meat (such as wieners and ham) when heated during the smoking process. Potassium nitrite is a type of nitrite that is commonly employed as food preservative, while potassium nitrate is commonly employed as a synthetic food preservative and color fixative. It is also the active ingredient in most toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

Toxic effects of potassium and sodium nitrite and nitrate when combined with amino acids within the stomach to form nitrosamines, are extremely potent carcinogens capable of causing cancer in many part of the body.

Potassium nitrite can cause stomach cancer.

Sodium nitrite can trigger migraines.

Sodium nitrate interferes with the absorption of vitamin A.

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danger of high protein diet

Sunday Aug 28, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on danger of high protein diet

Protein is one of the necessary components for human body growth and repair. Protein is also essential in making and maintaining enzymes, antibodies and blood, having right amounts of protein daily is necessary for our health and excess can be harem full to our health. A few recent studies have noted that high protein, low carb diets will get short-term weight loss. Diets high in saturated fat, are associated with risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Diets high in meat protein have been known to increase the risk of kidney problems, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Carbohydrates are

the body’s preferred source of energy in the form of glucose. If you do not eat enough carbohydrates, your body does not get enough glucose so it draws on its reserves. The problem is, it draws on muscle tissue, which can lead to muscle wastage. If your diets mainly animal product, there is an increased danger of heart disease caused by saturated fats and raised cholesterol levels and liver and kidneys come under pressure, as they have to work harder to detoxify and eliminate larger amounts of protein also Lack of fiber in our diet can cause constipation, poor bowel function and increase the risk of IBS, and long term to colon cancer.  For any diet plan, you need to consume proteins, carbohydrates along with fats, as well as nutritional vitamins and minerals, and these preferably should really be provided by the foods we eat. In years gone by, there were no vitamin supplements, but men and women were somewhat healthy. They were living off the land eating fruits and nuts, and any animals they were able to capture. However as the years have past, we have started to consume more and more processed foods with depleted  nutrients, so that the foods we put in our bodies. Now how can you expect to be healthy if you are putting unhealthy food into your body?. The solution is good diet plan that fits into your lifestyle and your outlook on life. Your food should contain good sources of protein, complex Carbs and good fat.

 

 

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