How to Make the Immune Tonic Brew.

15 01 2016

The Immune Tonic Brew contains many herbs in the dried raw form…Ie. American Ginseng whole root, Reishii Mushroom, Codonopsis, Licorice Root, Sassafras bark, Maitake Mushroom, Shitake Mushroom, Astragalus root and Echinacea angustifolia root.

It is meant for modulating your immune system so it will help if it is over-active or under-active.  It is used during the season changes when people often get sick.  You can take it to prevent getting sick or to help you get better if you are already sick.

Usually you take about 1/4 to 1 cup per day.  I recommend staring with 1/4 cup and then taking it more frequently if you are fighting something off up to 3x per day.

Supplies needed are:

  1. Crock pot or large pot that can hold 4 litres of water.

     2. Stainless steel colander

     3. Cheesecloth at least 24 inches long.

     4. Stainless steel bowl.

     5. Sterilized jars with lids.  (Run through dishwasher.)

Step 1. Soak all the herbs given to you in the bag for 8 to 12 hours…12 hours is better and longer is okay…in 4 litres of water..purified water…Ie. filtered with no chlorine or other contaminants.

Step 2. Turn crock pot or stove if using large pot on stove, to low and bring to a simmer.  It may take an hour or more. 

Step 3. Simmer for 4 hours.

Step 4. Allow to cool.

Step 5. Line the inside of the stainless steel colander with cheesecloth.  Make sure that the cheesecloth goes up over the sides of the colander.  Place this over a good-sized bowl.

Step 6. Pour the mixture with the herbs through the cheesecloth/colander into the bowl it is sitting over.

Step 7. Once the liquid is all in the bowl, take the cheesecloth and pull it around the “marc”, which is the herbs and squeeze all the liquid you can out of it.  Then discard this into the compost.

Step 8. Pour all the liquid from the bowl into jars.  You should have about 3 litres.  Refrigerate.

Step 9.  It should keep in your fridge for at least 4 to 8 weeks or longer.

Note:  This is for information purposes only and is not meant to prescribe.  If you use this information to help yourself then you take full responsibility for any reactions you may have.

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Garlic What?? Yes, Enemas! Great & Gorgeous Garlic Enemas!

30 10 2015

Garlic in food is a great culinary herb as we all know, but it has some very good uses in Herbal Medicine.

Garlic Enemas are useful for the following conditions;  imgres

  1. To bring down a fever in either children or adults that is caused by a virus.  (It can be used for bacterial infections if the infection is also being treated orally with herbs or in extreme infections, antibiotics.)
  2. For men who have yeast/fungus in their prostate gland.  This is not diagnosed by any medical doctor, but I have treated men with this problem and it usually presents with either a Benign Prostatic Swelling (which is diagnosed by the doctor, but cause is not investigated.) with erectile problems, not able to empty their bladder completely or even dribbling after peeing etc.
  3. Parasite infections or high yeast/fungus in the gut.

Recipe:

Ingredients required:

A.  1 or 2 garlic cloves…if you have a very large head of garlic then use only 1.

B.  Clean glass jar that will hold up to 1 litre preferably.

C.  A “Fountain Syringe” bag which can be purchased at most larger Pharmacies.  If they don’t have that type of bag then you will need to buy the regular enema bag.  These are usually situated near the hot water bottles.

D. Kettle to boil water and a pure source of water…Ie. Filtered water, no chlorine.

E. Blender is best, but could just use a “garlic crusher”.

F. Funnel lined with cheese cloth unless the strainer has fairly small holes….if possible…if you don’t have one it will still work.

G. A thick towel or old camp mattress and pillow.

H. Olive oil or Castor oil.

Instructions:

Step 1: Figure how you can lay down a thick towel or old camp mattress and pillow for your head in the bathroom…as you need to be near the toilet!   Figure out how you will hang the bag on the shower rod or in some cases if you can fit into the bathtub, hang the enema bag from the shower head.  You can use a coat hanger and then attach the bag’s hook to it…just make sure it won’t fall down!

Step 2:  Take the 1 or 2 garlic cloves and place 1 litre of warm water in your blender.  Blend thoroughly so that the garlic is in very small pieces.  (Generally it is 1 regular sized garlic clove per 1 litre water, but if you can stand it stronger do 2 or 3, but it could cause some burning if you are not careful so start at the lower ratio first.)  To make “warm” water, boil some filtered water and then add it to water that YOU ALREADY PLACED in the 1 or 2 litre jar…check the water with your “pinky” finger and make sure it feels just above “luke-warmish” before you blend the garlic into it.  You do not want the water COLD so make sure it feels warm.  Note:  Have your funnel lined with cheese cloth ready and pour the solution from the blender into the 1 litre jar you will be using.

Step 3:  Pour the solution into the enema bag and grease the tip of the rectal piece with either olive oil or castor oil and get yourself into position on your RIGHT side.

Step 4: Get onto your RIGHT side and insert the tip and gently release the clamp holding the hose of the enema bag and start massaging with one hand toward your RIGHT side…yes the one you are laying on…as SOON AS you feel pressure close the clamp and hold the solution while still massaging.  If the PRESSURE sensation goes away, then allow more liquid to go into the colon and see if you can put the whole litre in….if you can’t because the pressure becomes to great…then clamp the hose, remove the rectal piece and jump on the toilet to release.  Repeat Step 4 until the litre of garlic solution is used up.

The key is to let the water come in slowly and massage over to the right side so you can hold it in as long as you can…up to 10 minutes if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: For children, you have to use a “bulb” syringe especially for younger kids but once they are 5 feet tall approximately you can start to use the regular enema bag.  For babies and toddlers the bulb syringe is good because only about 1/2 cup water to a cup goes in and then you can either put their diaper on or sit them on the toilet.  It is a very effective fever-reducing technique in viral infections.

A NOTE ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH:  The reason this works for Candida or Fungus in the prostate gland is because the prostate gland sits right behind the rectum and it is difficult to get remedies into the prostate because of its location, but herbal remedies can be absorbed through the bloodstream in the rectum and have direct effect on the prostate gland.

The garlic used is a good anti-fungal and will not kill off good bacteria in the gut like other herbs can.  But when used for this purpose you must make sure to retain it for as long as you can and hopefully at least 10 minutes and keep doing it WITH an oral program for yeast in the prostate gland.  (Oral programs usually contain Zinc along with herbs that are also anti-fungal, and you can use garlic orally, though for extreme cases other herbs are required.)

Disclaimer:  This information is provided for your health and it is up to you to use the information at your own risk as I am not diagnosing or prescribing anything at all.

 





How Herbs Help Humans: Vol. 1, Section 1: Cranky Chamomile…the Herb for the Cranks in your life!

14 09 2015

Yes, Chamomile is for cranks!  It is for those who tend to wine and complain about most anything, even imgres-1when things are going well.  Chamomile is for “babies of any age”. 🙂  This is the emotional or mental type for this herb, but most of these people will also have cranky guts…so they will also find relief for their digestion when using this herb!

Chamomile, we have all enjoyed a cup of chamomile tea, though personally I like the one combined with vanilla bean which disguises its “weedy” taste.  I find that using it for relaxation is best as a tea, but when using it for digestion, use it as a tincture.  Also, the fresh herb tends to relieve tension & promote relaxation and the dried herb promotes stomach, gastro intestinal & liver, digestive secretions…so check each tincture before you buy it to see if it is a dried or fresh preparation.

The botanical name for this herb can be; Chamomilla recutita or Chamomilla matricaria.  It is in the Asteraceae  or Compositae family.  This family consists of flowers within flowers and the centre of the flower is made up of hundreds of “disk flowers”, the big petals are called “ray flowers” so each Chamomile flower, for instance, is made up of hundreds of small flowers!

Some of what we call “indications” or symptoms Chamomile addresses are; irritable sensory organs like ear pain, eye pain, teeth pain, pain in the reproductive organs etc.  It is a great herb for Cranky Babies with colic, teething pain, diarrhea etc.  It is safe to use and no one has ever died from taking too much of either the Chamomile tincture or the tea!  So use it liberally.  For the fresh preparations be aware that some people can be allergic to it.  Some of its other uses are for; ADHD, cramps, colds, stomach aches, fevers…particularly intermittent fevers, frazzeled nerves, insomnia, tension headaches, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), morning sickness, gastric ulcers etc.

Some of the emotions/mental states it will address are; angry, demanding, petulant, self-centred, intolerant of pain & not having their own way, inclined to pick quarrels, yet averse to being touched, soothed, or spoken to.  “I can’t bear it” is a common phrase or expression.

Chamomile is said to “sweeten the soul” and it can help to improve self-esteem.

Remember the fresh herb is good for relaxation and the dried herb is great for the digestion.  I do find that the dried herb preparations either in a tea or tincture can also help with relaxation when related to the digestion.  The easiest fresh preparation is the essential oil, but it can be quite expensive.  I would either grow it yourself or buy a tincture made from the fresh plant if you are trying to get it to act on your nerves.

The standard dose for this herb is 1 cup of tea up to 6x daily or 40 drops of the tincture made from a fresh plant taken 2 per day for calming the nerves and taken 1 hour before bed and also right at bed time. The tincture made from dried herb is taken 40 drops before each meal in a small amount of water to promote better digestion.

This herbal monograph was adapted from reading the following books; “The Earthwise Herbal”, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants by Matthew Wood, Herbal Therapeutics by David Winston & 300 herbs Their Indications & Contraindications by Matthew Alfs.

Note:  This information is strictly for educational purposes.  The reader must take full responsibility for taking this herb and does so at his/her own risk.  I would always advise to get the advice from your friendly neighborhood  Clinical Herbalist. 🙂





How Herbs Help Humans Volume 1, Section 1. Introduction & Basic Therapeutic Guidelines for Great Health.

9 09 2015

How Herbs Help Humans Vol. 1, Section 1. 

I want to write some articles on how herbs help humans because our mindset in Western Culture is not onherbs.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart prevention but on treating symptoms.  Whether you like it or not we are all influenced by the Western medicine mindset on treating symptoms and using drugs & surgery as our main methods of controlling ill health.  Unfortunately, while these methods can be helpful, they do come up short in many illnesses as can be testified by many who have experienced some relief of symptoms only to have drug side-effects and now a different set of symptoms.  I am sure you have known at least one person who has experienced this situation.

What I want to attempt to do is to provide some simple solutions by looking at some herbs that have influence on digestive disturbances, mental health disturbances & structural disturbances/herbal first aid remedies to start.   Unless a person has an allergy to a specific plant or plant family, then there are typically no side-effects to these methods providing you follow instructions from a Clinical Herbalist who knows exactly how to use the herbs.  These articles, then will be to provide information and peek a person’s interest who may be suffering while looking for simple solutions that work.

I will be adding to this volume as I add different herbal monographs and how to use them.  Some herbs need to be used in a formula to get better and quicker results and some herbal remedies need to be taken frequently to get great results in first aid treatment,  plus there are what is called Basic Therapeutic Guidelines that need to be followed in order for the remedies in chronic illnesses like mental & digestive disturbances to really grasp hold and work well.  I will indicate these details on the “herbal monograph” which will be a short blurb on the herb in terms the layman can understand.

Before getting into the herbs themselves I will list what I call the “Basic Therapeutic Guidelines” for great health.

Diet:

A. Avoid:  white flour, white rice (in most cases), white sugar, deep fried foods and generally any “fast foods”.  These foods tend to increase inflammation and cause imbalances in mood, digestion & blood chemistry.  Also avoid aspartame or any other artificial sweetener.  If you need an alternative use “raw” Stevia as it does not have an after taste like the “white” processed Stevia does.

B. Eat: Low glycemic (low sugar) foods like green leafy vegetables (romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, spinach, spring greens etc.), cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi etc.) Also, whole grains, like brown rice, quinoa etc.,  for those who can eat grains and high protein foods like meat, beans, legumes etc.  Note: 50% of what you eat should ideally be non-starchy green vegetables.

Eat & Drink Fermented Foods like; Kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir, yogurt, crunchy sauerkraut, other fermented vegetables, etc.  I am not referring to drinking alcoholic beverages either, though some kefir drinks can contain a small amount of alcohol.  Note: all sauerkraut or fermented vegetables needs to be eaten at room temperature rather than cooked.

Sleep:  At least 9 hours per day and go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day.  If you are a shift worker do your best to follow this as much as you can. (If you have trouble sleeping and did not indicate this symptom on the intake form please let me know so I can help you with this.) Please also refer to the “sleep hygiene” checklist.

Stress:  Practise stress-reducing techniques like meditating, exercising at least 3x per week and 1 hour each time, listen to relaxing music, talk to a friend, take up a hobby, get in the outdoors, practise self-hypnosis as directed in the book “In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick”, practise body mindfulness with the help of a licensed counsellor etc.

Life Purpose:  Create a “mission statement” or discover your purpose in life by believing in a “power greater than yourself” & ask for help from this “power greater than yourself.”

Laugh:  Laugh daily and find at least 6 gifts to be grateful for.  Write them down.  Watch a funny movie or listen to a “clean” comedian.

Keep a Health Log/Journal:  For those of you who have a chronic illness you will need to keep a health log or health journal to record what you are doing and your symptoms.  This will give information regarding the correlation of lifestyle changes & remedies to your relief or increase in symptoms.  Record all that you do for your health including the prescriptions that you may be using from your doctor etc.

Vitamin D:  For those of you who live up in Canada take at least 10,ooo iu of Vitamin D per day for a healthy immune system, nervous system & for your bones.   It must be taken year round since we do not get enough sunshine here in Canada to stop taking it during the summer months, plus sun screen and showering less than 1 hour after being exposed to the sun stops your body from making Vitamin D.  It is vital for everyone to take this simple vitamin as it has been implicated in the prevention of many diseases.  Note: for those suffering with SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder you cannot afford to miss a day of this, since it will help with the SAD symptoms.

Omega 3’s:  Everyone, unless you are allergic, should be taking Omega 3 oils from fish or flax oil since it helps with inflammation and supports good immune, mental and joint health.  Note: for those suffering from SAD or other mental disturbances you will need an exact amount, determined by a trained professional/Clinical Herbalist, to get the best results.  Also, if you are allergic to fish then you could eat lamb, grass fed beef, eggs, game meats & poultry, but if you suffer from mood swings, depression of any kind and you cannot have fish oil, then I would take flax oil instead.   Most people need at least 3,000 mg per day and those suffering from mental symptoms need more as in 7,000 to 10,000 mg per day.  (That is an amount discovered in clinical research.)

Note:  If you don’t think you need to supplement with “Essential Fatty Acids” (EFA’s) then just look at the palms of your hands.  If they are “orange” instead of “pink” then you are low in EFA’s.  Nothing will change this unless you actually supplement with the correct amount as well as the “correct” EFA type for you.  Some people need a blend of oils while others can get away with just one type.  In my clinical experience, I have observed that the majority of people need 2 oil types either Fish or Flax oil and either Borage or Evening Primrose or a blend of 3 or more oils as found in “Udo’s oil”.

I would highly recommend if you take it in liquid that you keep it refrigerated and use it regularly so that the bottle does not go rancid.  And the liquid form can be cheaper in cost when you take it in high amounts for depression or mood disorders.

Magnesium citrate or diglycinate:  Up to 60% of people are low in Magnesium as it cannot be stored in the body.  It is important for all muscle function through out the body and helps to get rid of cramps and assists in all kinds of important chemical reactions through out the body.  It can improve; sleep, bowel movements, menstrual cramps, irritability etc.  Most people need about 500 to 1500 mg per day.

Nerve &/or Adrenal Formula: At Hirai Health Services one of our specialties is to develop formulas for people undergoing stress to help protect their adrenals, digestion & immune system.  The Nervous System is at the top of the body’s hierarchy & controls your stomach acid, hormones, elimination etc.  A herbal nerve formula will keep the nerves functioning without succumbing to stress as easily & your recovery will be much quicker once the stress is over.   (By the way, stress can just be working very long days at a job you love for weeks & months on end without having regular weekly breaks or daily breaks.)

Also, for those who train “physically” taking a nerve formula can be quite useful to help your muscles recuperate from the stress of working out even though a workout can be a very positive thing.

Adrenals are affected by your nerves first, then if the stress does not go away your stomach acid starts to decline & you will have trouble digesting protein as well as absorbing nutrients like Iron & B12.  Then the bacteria will start to overgrow in your small intestine causing “SIBO” symptoms, (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth) which is another whole can of worms on its own.  Also, the bones will start to be affected over time because you will not be able to absorb Calcium & other minerals as well since the adrenals are part of the “kidney” in Chinese Medicine & kidney health is paramount to bone health.  Then there is the heart & the Cardiovascular system.  Increased stress will increase your chance of Cardiovascular disease as well, like blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks.

And to think all of the above symptoms can be prevented by stress management, a nerve formula & possibly an adrenal formula when required.  Also just a quick note on when to take a nerve formula, I recommend 1 hour before bed and then take the adrenal support formula in the morning before going to work.

Active B complex: Which means a B complex that is activated with a methyl group so that your body can use it right away.  Yes, it is true that some people methylate better than others and you can determine that by either symptoms or going to 23andme & get a DNA test to determine if you are a methylater or not.  But B vitamins are very important for digestion & assimilation of food as well as important for nerves.

Zinc:  This mineral is very important for digestion since most enzymes are Zinc dependent.  Even if you take just 25 mg a day to keep up your digestion unless you have a diagnosed problem with digestion then you would have to take more.

Think Green!  The liver does something like 300 functions every 3 minutes….so it needs a lot of TLC to keep it going.  How about giving it a “Green” drink or large dark green leafy salad on a daily basis.  If you can add sprouts to the salad including sprouted seeds & soaked nuts even better.  Be careful of drinking too much oxalic acid veggies in drinks as some peoples’ kidneys can hurt from running all that oxalic acid through them!  You would know if this was an issue because your upper back will ache.  Wheat grass or sprout drinks along with Romaine Lettuce do not contain oxalic acid so you can drink plenty of those daily without risk of irritating your kidneys.  Click “here” to check out the list of oxalic acid containing foods.

Visit a Natural Health Practitioner at least 2x per year for “dis-ease” prevention:  Find someone that you can work with, that listens to you & that has a “work” guarantee program.  If you have a problem that is complex or deep, Ie. have had for many years, then a “team” approach is definitely appropriate.  Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Herbs, Colon Hydrotherapy  etc., can all have a positive affect along with a few herbs & cleansing spring and fall to keep your toxicity level down.  In my clinical experience, most severe problems are due to nutritional deficiencies or toxicity overload.

Please note:  This article is for information purposes only and is not meant to be used for diagnostic or treatment.  This information is applied at the reader’s own discretion.

 

 

 

 

 





Sore Throat Be Gone!

6 04 2015
Cayenne Pepper (also called Capsicum) drink for sore throats:  imgres-4
Step 1: Take about 75 mL of water and add 1/2 of a freshly squeezed Lemon to the water along with one opened capsule of Cayenne Pepper.
Step 2: At this point you would add any other herbs,  like Barberry, Oregon Grape Root, Garlic either freshly minced or powdered (minced mixes better), Black Walnut, Marshmallow Herb etc.  Usually you add 1 capsule or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of the powdered or 1 tsp of the tincture.
Step 3: Then mix with the straw that you will drink with.  Do this over the sink because mucus will be released from your sinuses and throat area.  You may repeat as often as necessary.  If you have an empty stomach you will want to eat a piece of fruit before taking the drink so that you do not get nauseated.  If the cayenne is too hot for you you can add in Marshmallow Herb to cut the heat from the Cayenne Pepper.
This is good for viral and or bacterial infections, and if you use it at the beginning of a cold or strep throat you can do it every hour or two until your throat is not sore and you can get rid of the infection in less than 24 hours.
If you have Strep throat or suspect it, use Oregon Grape Root or Barberry in equal proportions to the Cayenne Pepper.  Do it every hour until your throat does not feel sore.
The way this works is; Cayenne Pepper activates your circulation and attracts white blood cells to the area to get rid of the infection, plus Barberry & Oregon Grape Root have antibacterial action in and of themselves.  But these herbs must come in direct contact with the microbes in order to be effective since very small amounts of the active constituent of the Oregon Grape Root and Barberry are actually absorbed into the blood stream.  Ie.  These herbs will not be effective for systemic infections like sepsis or blood poisoning since only about 5 % of the active ingredient is absorbed.
Note:  This information is used by the reader and his/her own discretion as this is not intended to diagnose or prescribe or take the place of regular medical attention.

 





Garlic Oil for Ears!

11 03 2015

Garlic Oil for Ears:                                                                                                                imgres

Take a medium to large clove of garlic, remove skin, place in some time of garlic crusher until it is completely emacerated.  Then add it to a small amber dropper bottle.  Put in enough olive oil to fill to the top of bottle.

Get a large mug.  Place the bottle in the large mug after putting in some boiling water.  Allow to sit in this water for 30 minutes.  When done, remove and allow to sit for a bit before using since the oil will be quite hot.  Then test the oil inside your wrist.  If it feels warm, but not burning it is good enough to put inside your ears.  Place a couple of drops up to 4 drops into ear or ears and then put a piece of cotton baton inside each ear, enough so that the oil will not leak out.  This is great for any ear infections or ear irritation and can be repeated as required.

For the Eustachian tubes it is advisable to put in a few drops of Lobelia inflata into each ear prior to putting in the garlic oil.  This will help to relax and open up the Eustachian Tubes and take away ear pain.  You can also rub the Lobelia on the outside just below the ears to access the Eustachian Tubes…the Lobelia will get into your blood stream through your skin in about 30 seconds.

 

This post if for information purposed only and not to diagnose or describe.  The reader takes full responsibility for using and applying any information here.

 





Using Herbs to Keep Your Dental Bills Down!

29 01 2015

Most people automatically go to the dentist when any tooth problems arise, which for imgresadvanced problems like cracked teeth, cavities & severe abscesses, is probably the correct decision.  But what about preventing these problems to begin with?  This is where herbs come in.

There are very good herbal formulas and even single herbs that can strengthen your teeth’s enamel plus strengthen & toughen up gums.  You can even get rid of minor abscesses and even large abscesses, but these issues you should NEVER address without consulting a Professional Herbalist or a Holistic Practitioner of your choice.

(Remember it is always good to have a “health team” approach because there is no health practitioner that knows it all, even a doctor. It is up to you to evaluate the information presented regarding your particular health issue and follow through with recommendations as YOU see fit.)

A. The  main formula I use contains the following herbs; Myrrh, Echinacea angustifolia, Spilanthes, Red Oak Bark, Plantain, Calendula & Bloodroot.

This formula can be used daily but you must brush & floss your teeth & rinse with a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution (available at your local pharmacy) first before following the following  directions.

Basically you add 1/2 to 1 tsp of the Dental Rinse formula in 125 mL of water or less and swish vigorously for 1 minute squeezing the solution through all of your teeth.  You can then swallow the solution as it is very good for your mucus membranes of your gut as well as you immune system.

For preventing problems, I suggest using it a few times per week and to treat problems, use it up to 6x per day until you get relief.  I have seem people use this formula 2x per day and have got rid of a small abscess.  Usually with abscesses I recommend an internal protocol as well and this is determined on an individual basis.  If you would like my help with this just call my office to set up an appointment.

B. One of the best single herbs I like to use for teeth is Black Walnut to help with toning the gums and tightening pockets around the teeth which can create abscesses by collecting bacteria.  It is a black solution with a sour, slightly bitter taste to it, but does not taste drastic.  It is very useful and can be used daily to re-mineralize the tooth enamel since it is high in minerals and has an astringent nature.

Both adults and children can use these two suggestions for their teeth.  Obviously, avoiding sugary, refined foods and eating lots of vegetables will help the health of the teeth and gums, so using these formulas to counteract a bad diet is NOT what I am recommending, though you could use these 2 suggestions to compliment a dietary change.

If you are self-employed like me you will appreciate not having to pay the very high dental bills by not having to visit the dentist very often while using these herbs to improve your teeth and gums.

This article is strictly for information purposes and is not advice for anyone.  It is also not to deter you from going to a dentist when it is appropriate.  Use of this information is up to you only and you take the responsibility when applying these suggestions, if you decide to.

 

 

 








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