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Category: Inflammation

Iron Anemia: The Viral Connection

In 1982, Melvin Ball hypothesized that Herpes Simpex Virus 1 (HSV-1) was causative in Alzheimer’s Disease. He proposed that HSV-1 located in the 5th cranial nerve, (called Trigeminal ganglia) could travel up the cranial nerve when reactivated, and ascend along known nerve pathways into the Limbic system and areas of the brain most affected in Alzheimer’s Disease!

About 90% of people today have the herpes virus present within them. If you’ve ever had a cold sore on your lip, you have the Herpes Virus 1 present inside you.
Some statistics also have said that 1 in 6 people now have the Herpes Simple Virus 2 (HSV-2) (genital herpes).

The Epstein-Barr Virus, Shingles, Varicella-Zoster, Herpesvirus 1, 2 and 6 are all in the family of Herpesvirus.

What To Do If You Have a Herpes Outbreak:

If you have any of these viruses you should avoid consuming more than a few nuts and seeds everyday. This is because nuts and seeds contain high amounts of the amino acid L-Arginine, which causes the virus to come out and party.
If you have a cold sore right now, avoid all nuts and seeds, nut butters, pre-workouts (which usually contain a lot of arginine for increasing nitric oxide).

Instead, take 1g of L-Lysine 2-3x per day, which acts like birth control for the virus.

You can also take Lemon Balm Force from New Chapter (find at whole foods).


Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) destroys the herpes virus and inhibits attachment to the host cells! In studies that I have read, the dosage that was most effective was 600 mg/day.

In addition, you can apply topically Super Lysine + from Quantum Health. This can be found at your local drug store, and its less expensive than Abreva (and also just as effective.)

 

Routine Maintenance: 

On the regular, you want to take at least 1g of L-Lysine per day to continue to keep viruses at bay.

The Virus – Iron Anemia Connection:

Another interesting fact that I have been researching and experimenting with is taking L-Lysine for Iron Anemia! Why? Because viruses FEED ON IRON.

If you are someone who is always taking iron, and your ferritin (storage of Iron) is staying low…ask your doctor to test Transferrin and Soluble Transferrin Receptor. These markers are most commonly elevated if you have a true iron deficiency. Transferrin can also be elevated in pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives.

Another helpful marker to test is Reticulocytes, this will determine if you are bleeding somewhere (which would cause iron to be low). Aside from having a really serious condition causing internal bleeding, or the destruction of red blood cells (hemolysis),  Reticulocytes elevated if a person has bleeding hemorrhoids (internal or external.) If these are high, this can be the source of your iron deficiency.

If your Transferrin & Soluble Transferrin Receptor is not elevated, you may be having a different kind of iron anemia.
There could be an anemia of inflammation or chronic disease going on. Then you must dig deeper to find out why you are having inflammation? Is it something in your diet/food sensitivities? Leaky gut? Viruses? Stress inducing Adrenal issues? Insulin resistance? Toxins?

Support for Anemia of Inflammation or Chronic Disease:

  1. If you are having Anemia of Inflammation or Chronic Disease, you must dampen the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet. You can throw all kinds of supplements at the inflammation in your body, but if you do not change your diet to exclude inflammatory foods then it will be like throwing a bucket of water on a house fire.
  2. Oxidative Stress contributes to Iron Anemia. How do we get antioxidants? From fruits and vegetables! In conjunction with that, several studies have shown the efficacy of Curcumin and Resveratrol on shutting off the inflammatory cascade that is produced by NF-kB (a self feeding inflammatory loop). I take 1g of Curcuplex from Xymogen, every day. I also take Resvero Active from Apex Energetics.
  3. SPMs –  (specialized pro-resolving mediators) found in fish oil. I recommend the company Metagenics.
  4. Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves – all are anti-inflammatory spices that you can incorporate into your diet
  5. A lot of times, Iron can be low due to these sub-acute viruses that are residing within our bodies (I believe we will find out in the next 10 years how much of a commonality this really is). I recommend rotating anti-viral supplements, as well as eating lots of fruits and veggies, lowering your meat consumption. If you do not wish to do that, at least make sure the meat you choose to eat is of high quailty/grass fed/no antibiotics/no hormones added.
    1. L-Lysine to keep herpesviruses in check
    2. Black Elderberry Syrup
    3. Garlic extract – Allicin, is the antiviral property in Garlic
    4. Stinging Nettles (anti-viral herb)
    5. Monolaurin, from coconut
    6. Probiotic (This should be #1) This maintains our own immune system, you cannot have a healthy immune system without a healthy gut microbiome.
    7. Lemon Balm
  6. If you get with a Functional Medicine practitioner, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Chiropractor, or Naturopath who is well versed in Func. Med. they can help you explore these options.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892378/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3377823/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4923765/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22377592

The Medical Medium by Anthony William

Sauna Bathing Decreases Cancer, All Heart Disease By 40% & Extends Life Span

In 2015 an incredible 20 year study of 2000 men aimed to measure the benefits of sauna usage. At the end of the study, they measured who died from non-accidental deaths, cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease. What they found was:

  •  Men that used to sauna 2-3x/week were 27% less likely die from anything cardiovascularly related when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.
  • Men who used the sauna 4-7x/week were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease related deaths when compared to men who used the sauna only 1x/week.

Not only was frequency of sauna use important, but duration of sauna use was also vital! 19+ minutes had the most profound affect on lowering cardiovascular disease and cancer when compared to only 11 minutes of usage. Are you kidding me? 19 minutes or more?! It’s that easy??

How Is The Sauna So Beneficial?

If you think about it, the sauna in some ways mimics cardio exercise. When you’re in there, you’re sweating because it’s hot and your heart rate goes up. Blood flow increases to the heart, oxygen to the tissues increases. The sauna equates to a brisk walk.

Other Findings:

  • 2-3x/week of sauna use resulted in 24% lowered all cause mortality risk.
  • Men who used sauna 4-7% week were 40% less likely to die of cardio vascular diseases, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disease and all other non-accidental diseases.
  • The sauna sensitizes the brain to endorphins (the feel good chemicals in the brain).

  • The sauna activates the activates FOXO3 gene that allows you to age slower and live longer.

  • The sauna Increases your own production of HGH – Human growth hormone.

  • Long-term sauna bathing may help lower blood pressure in those with hypertension and improve the left ventricular function in those with Congestive Heart Failure.
  • The sauna poses no risk to healthy people from infancy to old age, including healthy women in their uncomplicated pregnancy.

Sauna Bathing Activates Heat Shock Proteins: Which Lowers Dementia & Alzheimer’s Risk

Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) are proteins in the body that make sure that other proteins maintain their structure and work optimally. When proteins become damaged, they kind of fold,  this causes something called “protein aggregation” within our cells. This folding leads to protein aggregates (Beta amyloid plaque) within our brain.

As a normal part of existing in this world, the proteins in our body are being damaged every day. They become damaged more readily as we age because we are exposed to more toxins as we get older. This is why it is important to eat fruits and vegetables, the antioxidants repair that free radical damage and repair those aggregated proteins.

The Significance of “Protein Aggregation”: This leads to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Diseases.

HSP can reverse, repair & prevent those damaged folded proteins. This is precisely what is preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease & neurodegenerative diseases. All of this is available to you simply by using the heat sauna.

Heat Stress From Sauna Bathing Activating FOXO3 Gene: Which Extends Life Span & Slows Aging

The FOXO3 gene is the master regulator of other genes, that have to do with stress and  the ability to handle stress. Many different kinds of stresses can damage our DNA…such as environmental toxins, pesticides on our foods, EMF’s from Wifi, unclean water. (The list can go on). But there is also GOOD kinds of stress, such as heat and cold, which activate the FOXO3 gene.

  • FOXO3 activates genes that repair DNA damage before it can form a mutation. FOXO3 is also involved in apoptosis (cell death) which is a protective mechanism against cancer. We have cancer cells in our body right now, but our loving immune system is there to perform apoptosis – which destroys these little buggers.
  • FOXO3 activates antioxidant genes that prevent damaged cells from secreting inflammatory cytokines. These damaged cells that secrete inflammatory properties are what accelerate the aging process in our body, our skin, our face. In mice studies, the FOXO3 gene actually activated other genes that allowed mice  to live 20% longer than their normal life span.
  • FOXO3 also activates your body’s own ability to create stem cells. As we age, we do not create as many stem cells.
  • Centenarians (those that have lived to 100 years old) were shown to have increased activity in the FOXO3 genes.

To summarize, if you want to live longer, have a better quality of life, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, neuro-degenerative diseases, create more stem cells, increase your growth hormones, increase production of endorphins in your brain, then start sweating it out in the sauna! It’s a no brainer.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25705824

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27932366

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165553

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9100952

 

Images from:

Doityourself.com

Psychologytoday.com

Sciencemag.org

Low Melatonin Is More Disease-Causing Than PCBs! 

“Low Melatonin is more carcinogenic than PCBs” Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND

The American Cancer Society survey of over one million people in 1959 to 1960 found that 2% of the sample reported getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night. A number of later surveys in the 1960s and 1980s indicated significant increases in the number of adults reporting short sleep durations. By 2004 the National Health Interview Survey indicated that for adults between 30 and 64 years of age about 30% were getting 6 hours or less of sleep per night. Given what we know about the impact of sleep loss on health and the potential for accidents, such increases are indeed alarming.

 

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is the hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain that induces a deep state of sleep. More recently, science is showing that a substantial more amount of melatonin is actually being created in the gut than in the pineal gland. If you didn’t know, serotonin is also created in the gut.

 

Bad Gut, Bad Brain.

  1. When our gut production of melatonin becomes low, the gut becomes inflamed and that can signal  the start of more Gastrointestinal issues. Colonocytes, which are the cells that line the colon – are even effected when melatonin levels become low. The colonocytes become inflamed. (Inflammation in the colon leads to colon cancer).
  2. Studies show that melatonin actually improves the inflammation in the gray matter of the brain – this is especially important for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The brain is inflamed in this neurological disease.
  3. Studies also show that if you have a traumatic brain injury, concussion, hit your heads in a car accident – nearly always afterwards you will develop gut issues. The gut and brain are linked without a doubt.
  4. If you do not take probiotics, have leaky gut, have bacterial/parasitic infections in the gut – your brain is invariably affected as well.
  5. The “happy neurotransmitter” serotonin is produced in the gut – bad gut, bad brain function!

 

Who Is At Risk For Low Melatonin?

  • Shift workers, graveyard shift workers, those with Insomnia, or any occupation that cause you to be awake over night and sleep during the day, reversing your circadian rhythm.
  • Because of this melatonin disruption, melatonin is actually being converted into Serotonin on a needed basis. You will find that because of this melatonin steal, you will not sleep as well. You may also find more incidence of mood disorders and depression because of this constant pattern of melatonin converting to serotonin. 

  • When the body is imbalanced in 1 area, it will pull on other pathways to compensate. Your body wants to be balanced all the time.

 

The Different Stages of Sleep.

There are stage 1 – 4 and then REM sleep.

Our body & brain heals in Stage 4 sleep. We are so stage 4 deprevant because of our lifestyles. We are so stressed, distracted by our phones, T.V., working late hours, and not finding time to relax and be happy! (Have you ever heard of a couple trying to get pregnant and they cant. They go on vacation and then they miraculously get pregnant? STRESS, I tell you! STRESS!! It inhibits the body from flourishing.)

Stage 4 sleep is when the brain cleans out all the toxins and garbage – this is why sleep is so important.

What about those who have bad dreams when they take melatonin?

Rapid Eye Movement (REM). If you go into REM sleep with high cortisol/adrenal issues, all your dreams will be in fight flight. That is precisely why you will have weird dreams. Which you weren’t having before you started taking melatonin because you didn’t go into deep REM sleep!

What about those that take melatonin and wake up groggy?

Normally when everything is functioning on its own & perfectly balanced, you spend time equally in each of the stages of sleep (stages 1,2,3,4, REM.) But that doesn’t always happen, sometimes a person can go from stage 1, 2, 3, REM and back to 1 (totally skipping over the stage 4 of sleep).

When someone has been stage 4 sleep deprived and then starts taking melatonin, the brain will go into a “catch up mode.” The brain will spend a disproportionate amount of time in stage 4 of sleep. That’s what’s causing the grogginess. The solution: Take the melatonin 1-2 hours before bed and it can help with the grogginess.

 

How To Tell If You Have Lower Serotonin or Dopamine Production:

1. Low dopamine people are the ones that crave: chips, savory, cheese, nuts, salty, fatty foods, wine.

  • L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is the precursor to dopamine, you may have a deficiency in this amino acid. L-Tyrsosine is also very important for proper thyroid function, and can improve appetite control.

2. Low serotonin people are the ones who crave: sweets, chocolate, dessert, sugar.

  • L-Glutamine is an amino acid that has shown significant improvement in eliminating cravings for sweets. It also helps to repair gut lining/leaky gut. *Caution: if you are fighting active cancer you should avoid L-Glutamine.

Both L-Tyrosine and L-Glutamine are naturally occuring in foods. But higher therapeutic doses may be needed if you are having these symptoms. As always, talk to your functional medicine practitioner about this, and they’ll know what to do!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. : )

 

Resources: 

innerouterpeace.com

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleepless-in-america/201001/are-we-really-getting-less-sleep-we-did-in-1975

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150105081757.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/19/melatonin-benefits.aspx

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/22026660/#.WPxvrVKZM9d

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https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djw169/2706931/Night-Shift-Work-and-Breast-Cancer-Incidence-Three

The Mighty Power of Cinnamon

Did you know that you hold one of the most powerful spices in your kitchen cabinet? Cinnamon is a miracle spice that can aid in the healing of Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Weight loss, Arthritis, Inflammation, and even restoring of brain function in those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

How To Create This Miracle Drink:

  1. Boil 16 ounces of water (make sure it’s bubbling first before you add the cinnamon)
  2. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon powder to the water and stir for a minute or so.
  3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into the water and stir
  4. You can add stevia if you desire, but cinnamon has it’s own sweetness to it.
  5. Drink this about 20 minutes before your largest meal or after a big meal and it will help balance your blood sugar, which in turn helps stabilize your weight as well.

More Benefits To Cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon activates the antioxidant defense system, suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production.
  • Cinnamon has a positive reaction on Type 2 diabetics/ gestational diabetes by improving insulin secretion and sensitivity. (If have type 2 diabetes or are “pre-diabetic” you are insulin resistant.) The beta cells of your pancreas are no longer working. Blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C are high. Cinnamon helps to bring sensitivity back to your beta cells! (How awesome is that?!)
  • Cinnamon has also has been shown to increase learning ability & the neuronal activity in the hippocampus of the brain. (This is the area in which Alzheimer’s or Dementia suffers. Short term memory). This is because when you have constantly high blood sugar it starts to degenerate your brain and you then develop what is called diabetes 3 or diabetes of the brain. (Check my blog post for more info on diabetes of the brain)
  • Cinnamon also demonstrated prominent action in inflammation and Arthritis, and is considered an anti-rheumatic agent.

I think it’s amazing that nature provides us with so many answers to so many dysfunctions in our body. All medications originated from some herb, some bark, or something in nature. 

If you have diabetes or any of these other issues, try it. It’s a no brainer !

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28092845

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27308892

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23833722

Thermography: Detecting breast cancer many years earlier than Mammography

“Thermography measures the temperature of the breast and there is no need for any mechanical pressure or ionizing radiation.” – John Gofman, MD, nuclear physicist, & one of the worlds leading experts on radiation damage.

This is a comparison of my thermography’s done in 2008 and 2016. I’ve been doing thermography scans since I was 17 years old, never once have I had a mammogram. When I posted this photo on my instagram, this post alone got the attention of over 6,000 people. I was astounded at the number of people who had never even heard of thermography! Thermography’s been around for about 30+ years and has thousands of peer reviewed studies, proving its efficacy as a safe and effective screening tool.

Not only is thermography able to detect breast cancer  years earlier than mammography, but it can detect ANY inflammation in the body ANYWHERE. Inflammation is the beginning of disease and imbalance. Once we can identify the area of dysfunction, we can pin point how to heal it through functional medicine.

Mammograms squish and compress your breast, shooting radiation into the breast – which raises the risk of breast cancer by 1% for each mammogram that is had. With thermography, there is no compression or radiation – nothing touches you. It is a digital infrared camera that takes a picture of your body heat.

The reason why I can claim that Thermography IS early detection and ACTUALLY PREVENTATIVE is because cancer is detected when it has only multiplied to about 256 cells. Whereas with Mammography, cancer is detected at over 4 BILLION CANCER CELL. At this point, this is not even preventative. This is just telling you that you have a tumor.

Active breast cancer cells double every 90 days, causing inflammation, which is our body’s physiological response to this abnormal process. Our immune system has failed… from either an acidic environment caused by poor nutrition, too much estrogen, hormonal imbalance, or genetic pre-dispositions that are triggered by our own diet and lifestyles. Abnormal vascularity will begin in the breasts in order to feed, nourish, oxygenate and support the growing tumor. This all takes place at under 300 cancer cells. This is when thermography can see those changes that are taking place.
OR, you could do your typical conventional standardized “gold standard” tests, and wait until you have over 4 BILLION cancer cells in that tumor, when a mammogram will finally see it.

It’s important to realize that a negative mammogram cannot be equated with a clean bill of health. All a negative mammogram can tell you is that IF you do have cancer, it hasn’t grown large enough yet to be detected. This is particularly true for women with dense breast tissue. 49% of women have high breast tissue density, and mammography’s sensitivity for dense breasts is as low as 27 percent—meaning about 75 percent of dense-breasted women are at risk for a cancer being missed if they rely solely on mammography. Even with digital mammography, the sensitivity is still less than 60 percent. ” – Donna Tomey of Thermography First, LLC

Lymphatic Congestion:

Lymphatic congestion before & after lymphatic massage:

If you have tenderness and pain in the armpit area, you may have lymphatic congestion. The lymphatic system runs from your brain to your toes & is like your body’s sewage system. If you are congested, you are not ridding your body of toxins! This system requires movement to get the sewage circulating out of the body. When there is stagnation, there is congestion in the lymph nodes (such as in the groin, under arms and sides of the throat). Often times the tumors that are removed from breasts contain the same chemicals as in deodorants.

  • Chemical deodorants can contribute to congestion by clogging the pores with aluminum and other chemicals that have been linked to cancer. Ditch the chemical deodorant and go for a natural one. I use ‘MOVE’ by HealthJunkieJess @ http://healthjunkiejess.bigcartel.com/ (It’s not one of those deodorants that puts a pine scent over the sweat.)
  • Dry skin brushing can also help to move the lymphatic system
  • Lymphatic massage is amazing and can really help to clear up congestion within a few sessions. I recommend Fia –  Fia@Metta-Massage.com.
  • Drinking half your body weight in ounces of pure water each day. Water helps your body to flush out toxins more easily.
  • Exercise stimulates the lymphatic system to move all the sewage and excrete it out. It also makes you sweat, which helps to release toxins.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the most rare and deadly form of all breast cancers. Unfortunately, it is also still widely unknown of all breast cancers too.

Donna Tomey of Thermography First, LLC allowed me to repost this woman’s case:

“A client of mine last year had a rash on her breast and her doctor told her it was a bug bite that became infected, and gave her months of antibiotics. When it had not gotten any better, she came to me because she did not want to do a mammogram with the ‘infection’. Her breast was deformed from what she thought was the ‘breast infection’. She was already at Stage 4, and didn’t even know it.”

Donna explains that the first signs of IBC are:

  • Thickening or dimpling of the breast
  • Inversion of the nipple
  • A rash or bump on breast that will not go away or seems to be spreading
  • Swelling or change in the size of one or both breasts

There is usually NO palpable tumor with IBC. Can you imagine this woman doing a mammogram? Squeezing and compressing her completely inflammed breast?  IBC spreads and metastasizes like wild fire and will not be touched by doctor unless forced to do chemotherapy first. Thermography is the ONLY imaging modality that can see IBC in its most earliest stages.

Stroke 

Images of a client who had a stroke on the entire right side of her body. You can see the difference in both sides, the right side is clearly colder (blue/black, which in this client indicates nerve damage and peripheral circulatory disorder)

  • Stroke happens when the brain is deprived of blood. What carries the blood to the brain? The carotid artery. The carotid artery is the largest vessel that supplies blood to your brain. If there is inflammation/blockages, it can result in a stroke.
  • Thermography can show you inflammation in the carotid artery years before it becomes a stroke.

Inflammation in the Carotid Artery

This person has a huge risk factor for a stroke because of this inflammation in their carotid artery.

The Importance Of Returning For Your 3 Month Follow Up:

1st scan – ok

3 month follow up – abnormal changes occuring

After detoxing and supplementation, her thermography returning to normal.

This is precisely why you it is vital to return for your 3 month follow up. Because cancer cells double every 90 days! This woman thankfully did her 3 month follow up and was able to catch her abnormal/suspicious activity before it turned into cancer.

Oral Health & Heart Disease Connection:

This patient with a hypothermic asymmetry over the left lower chest has a history of coronary heart disease (CAD) . He also has an abscess at the upper left tooth.

  • Thousands upon thousands of studies have linked oral disease to systemic disease. Inflammation is a well known disease causing force, and gum disease and other oral diseases produce chronic low-grade inflammation in your body. According to Dr. Gery Curatola, a biological dentist:

“This inflammation has very, very deleterious effects on just about every major organ system – from Alzheimer’s to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes,” Dr. Curatola explains.

  • Gum disease can raise your risk of a fatal heart attack up to 10 times. According to Dr. Curatola, if you get a heart attack related to periodontal or gum disease, nine times out of 10, it will actually kill you.

Autoimmune/Immune Dysfunction:

The green circle just below the neck signals a good, balanced functioning immune system.

The blue/cool spot below the neck signals an immune imbalance or weakened immune system. Through blood work you would be able to tell exactly what it is.

Diabetic Neuropathy/Nerve Dysfunction:

Two different people with diabetes and diabetic nerve pain. The white and red spots are the most inflammed.

 

Ending Thoughts:

  1. Mammograms are NOT early detection, nor are they prevention. They are detection once you have a tumor. How many women do you know who gets their mammograms faithfully every year and then have the nasty surprise of  being diagnosed with breast cancer? How many women get their mammograms and it misses their cancer?
  2. Thermography sees the physiological process of cancer….inflammation, vascular changes, pattern changes, blood vessel development – which precede and support active tumor growth.
  3. Ditch the chemical deodorant !

To Find A Local Thermographer In Your Area: go to ThermologyOnline.org

If you are in South Florida: I recommend Donna Tomey @ Thermographyfirst.com

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