Prevention and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in Athletic Performance, Mineral Support, Nutritional Support


Phytonutrient and Mineral Therapies for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative disease of the diarthrodial joints especially those that are weight bearing (Danning, 2013), including the knees, hips, shoulders and spine, but can occur at any joint.  Figure 1 contains the diarthrodial joints.  OA is characterized by the degeneration of articular cartilage and formation of subchondral bone and new bone at the joint margins (Danning, 2013). Increasing age correlates with the progressive nature of the disease (but does not cause the disease) finding the highest incidence in populations over 70 years.  Postmenopausal woman are greatly affected in the knee and hand joints. 

The etiology of osteoarthritis results from mechanical and/or biochemical factors.   Mechanical causes include misalignment of the joint, wear and tear of joints due to obesity, previous joint trauma/injury including surgeries and congenital disorders.  Biochemical causes include dehydration, mineral and nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and genetic predisposition (Danning, 2013).  We will briefly describe the pathophysiology of OA and present complementary and alternative medical (CAM) nutritional therapies for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis induced by biochemical causes. 

Biochemical pathophysiologic factors leading to degeneration of articular cartilage result from alterations in numerous biological systems including pH, bone remodeling and protein activities that influence the health of synovial fluids and articular cartilage.    The synovial fluids bathe the joint capsule reducing friction between cartilages and protecting joint tissues.  Movement is essential for healthy joint function as fluid is forced from the cartilages when a join is compressed from pressure and movement (Marieb, 2013).  The presence of calcium phosphate crystals in joint fluid has been shown by some studies to suggest hydroxyapatite formation (Yavorskyy & Santana & McCarthy 2008).  Chronic synovial inflammation induced by calcium crystal deposits could result in chronic polyarthritis (Yavorskyy et al. 2008). Calcification of hydroxyapatite and calcium crystals accentuates the degeneration process by cutting off nutrient supply of glucose and oxygen and interfering with the removal of metabolic waste (Paesold & Nerlich & Boos, 2007). 

The pH of synovial fluids is essential for healthy joint function.  Hyaluronic acid which lubricates surfaces between synovium and cartilage is more stable in conditions of a pH of 7.2-7.4 (Yavorskyy et al. 2008).  Measurements in spinal vertebrae demonstrate low oxygen concentration and elevation in lactic acid which lowers the pH inside the disc.  Low oxygen concentrations and acidic pH affect proteoglycan synthesis rates of vertebral disc cells which may lead to reduction of proteoglycan content and disc degeneration (Paesold, et al. 2007).  CAM nutritional strategies are to upregulate the microenvironment of the joint capsule by prevention and treatment of bone loss, hydroxyapatite formation and to optimize pH of body fluids

Water Hydration of the articular cartilage is essential for joint lubrication and cushioning of weight bearing joints to protect from wear and tear.  Articular cartilage is composed of proteoglycan, collagen fibril and water, the most abundant component.  Water allows the swelling of the collagen–PG matrix providing stability and cushioning.  Hydration is essential for cartilage to maintain normal function, structural integrity and prevent rupture. Dehydrated cartilage is more easily ruptured than hydrated cartilage (Wang & Yang & Niu et al. 2013).  Sixty percent of bodyweight in water is recommended, with an additional 24 oz per hour of exercise.

Glucosamine Sulfate Glucosamine Sulfate (GS), composed of glucose and an amine, promotes targeted support for joints and connective tissue.  Production of GS abates with age resulting in degeneration of cartilage (Murray, 2013). GS is a component of glycoproteins, proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycan’s (Dalirfarouei & Karimi & Jamialahmadi, 2016) and promotes the incorporation of sulfur into cartilage (Murray, 2013). GS also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (Dalirfarouei et al. 2016).  GS and a mud bath treatment were shown to improve pain, function and quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis (Peluso & Caso & Costa et al. 2016).

Vitamin K  Fat soluble vitamin K is a cofactor for calcium binding proteins and an inhibitor of bone demineralization and calcium crystal growth (Shea & Kritchevsky & Hsu et al. 2015).   Cartilage and meniscal calcification are implicated in the pathogenesis of OA and Vitamin K cofactor for matrix gla proteins inhibits ectopic mineralization by binding calcium crystals and inhibiting calcium crystal growth (Shea et al. 2015).   Vitamin K2 helps prevent bone resorption through stimulation of the gene expression of osteoblasts and the upregulation of osteocalcin activity (Marshall, 2016). 

Aquamin Red Algae (lithothamnion sp) Mineralized Red Algae is rich in calcium, magnesium and 72 other trace minerals (Marshall, 2016).  It reduces the symptoms of osteoarthritis and aids in the mineralization and maturation of osteoblasts (Marshall, 2016).  Red Algae also regulate the pro-inflammatory activity of NFkB (Marshall, 2016).

Vitamin D Insufficient vitamin D levels are implicated in an increased risk of OA.  Bassiouni & Aly & Zaky et al. (2016) found the mean values of Vitamin D were statistically lower in knee OA patients.  Significant deterioration of the medial menisci was also observed in vitamin D deficient OA patients (Bassiouni et al 2016).  Low D levels predict loss of cartilage as shown by reduced joint space and osteophyte growth (Murray, 2013). Live source vitamin D3 from sheep’s lanolin is an ideal source from PRLabs.  Recommended dose is at least 2,000 IU daily.  Individuals over the age of 40 and those with gallbladder malfunction can take 12,000 IU with food grade organic limonene oil (Marshall, 2015)

Calcium Adequate levels of calcium are essential for healthy bones, electrolyte balance and the prevention of bone loss. Low calcium intake will increase bone resorption, decrease bone mineralization (Carmeliet et al. 2015) and can lead to formation of  hydroxyapatite crystals which are often found in synovial fluids of OA  patients.( Yavorskyy et al. 2008).

 Natural occurring calcium from greens and marine coral are the ideal options.  Oat Grass, Avena sativa contains a rich array of essential minerals including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, iron and selenium (Marshall, 2015).  Studies show Oat Grass stimulates cell growth including osteoblasts (Marshall, 2015).  Sango marine coral from Okinawa is 90 % ionized, highly absorbed and an ideal 2:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium. (Marshall, 2015).



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Carmeliet, G., Dermauw, V., & Bouillon, R. (2015). Vitamin D signaling in calcium and bone homeostasis: A delicate balance [Abstract]. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism, 621-31. doi:10.1016/j.beem.2015.06.001

Dalirfardouei, R., Karimi, G., & Jamialahmadi, K. (2016). Molecular mechanisms and biomedical applications of glucosamine as a potential multifunctional therapeutic agent. [Abstract]. Life Sciences, 179-85. doi:10.1016/j.lfs.2016.03.028.

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Peluso, R., Caso, F., Costa, L., Sorbo, D., Carraturo, N., Di Minno, M. N., . . . Scarpa, R. (2016). Mud-bath therapy and oral glucosamine sulfate in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, controlled, crossover study. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. Abstract retrieved from PMID: 27050908

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Disease Prevention Strategies for 2016

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in Detoxification, Detoxification and Cleansing Support, Energy Support, Mineral Support, Nutritional Support



  • As we contemplate our wellness resolutions this New Year, consider integrating a detoxification, nutritional supplementation and stress management component to your wellness program.   Mark your calendar and join us for an open house to learn simple strategies to make 2016 your year to learn the latest  disease prevention techniques and the importance of  detoxification.

    Sunday, February 28, 2016
    3-5 pm
    Seminar Cost $40.00
    (applied toward consultation)

    Live Well LLC
    5721 Windsor Gate Lane
    Fairfax, VA 22030


    Acute or chronic toxicity from environmental chemicals, infectious agents (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and electromagnetic radiation stress or injure our cell (Banasik, 2013). Toxicity can cause disease and is the number one challenge facing our health today (Sears, 2013).  Chronic toxicity can alter cellular function and the microenvironment of the cell (Casey, Amedei, Aguilano et al 2015)   leading to diseases  including, cardiovascular, endocrine disorders (thyroid, hormonal imbalances) neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s) and many cancers including breast, prostate (Sears, 2013) and blood cancers including leukemia.

    Internal detoxification is the elimination of internal stressors including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and environmental toxins from pesticides and heavy metals which suppress the immune system and interfere with cellular communication and or function (Copstead & Banasik, 2013). Many phytonutrients and minerals have been targeted as inhibitory agents capable of influencing tumorigenesis and stimulating apoptosis of cancer cells cell (Casey, Amedei, Aguilano et al 2015).  Many FDA approved, herbal botanicals (phytonutrients) support internal detoxification including:

    • Allicidin effectively eliminates candida and other bacteria
    • Medi-clay FX and Gamma Detox  promote intracellular and extracellular detoxification
    • Cardio ND is a blood cleanser shown to safely and effectively support healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health
    • Immuno ND detoxifies the lymph improving immune function
    • Oregano Oil, Olive Leaf and Premier HCL detoxify viruses supporting immune function of white blood cells


    A healthy diet is essential, difficult to maintain and typically not enough to prevent and reverse disease.  Nutritional deficiencies and infection may provide stimulus for disease and cancer cell proliferation (Banasik, 2013). Provide your cells with the phytonutrient (plant based nutrients) through supplementation and dietary support to keep your cells and organs working at optimal function.

    Focus your programs on:

    • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
    • Supporting the immune system
    • Balancing the pH of the bodily fluids through dietary and mineral support
    • Improving the digestion and absorption of micro and macronutrients


    Exercise has been clinically shown to be essential to our health and well-being due to increased cellular metabolism and stress reduction. Benefits of exercise include:

    • Increases oxygen and cellular detoxification
    • Increased ventilation and circulation
    • Stress relief through release of catecholamines and stress hormones  (Seaward, 2015)
    • Physical stimulation prevents homeostatic dysfunction
    • Increases physical fitness and quality of life
    • Reduces fatigue
    • Improve energy and stamina
    • Promotes weight loss through activation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

    “Empowering you to achieve radiant health and well-being”



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Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Turmeric and Ginger

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Nutritional Support, Uncategorized


Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Turmeric and Ginger

The inflammatory response is the body’s natural response to tissue injury of any kind.  It results in increased vascular permeability by the release of vasoactive and chemotactic factors to begin the repair and healing process, the emigration of leukocytes to clear debris and phagocytosis of collagen and extracellular matrix degradation.  Oxidation is a necessary, yet a destructive element of the inflammatory process and can lead to oxidative stress resulting in chronic inflammation as the body struggles to repair itself.  Many natural herbs have been clinically shown to be effective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.  We will discuss the inflammatory process and provide current research on the anti-inflammatory effects of Turmeric (Curcumin longa) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale).

Inflammation and Oxidative Stress

Inflammation occurs when cells are injured by either endogenous (internal) or exogenous (external) injuries (Banasik, 2013).  Endogenous injuries from surgeries and physical trauma damage tissue and interfere with cell signaling communication and cellular metabolism.  Exogenous sources from infections including pathogens (viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi and parasites) or foreign substances from environmental toxins also result in inflammation. Inflammation stimulates the body’s immune system which is designed to defend and eliminate these stressors by neutralizing and destroying harmful agents, limiting their proliferation to neighboring tissues and repairing damaged tissue (Banasik, 2013). 

Oxidizing agents are destructive byproducts of the inflammatory response because they attack cell membranes and can cause permeability releasing nitric oxide which reacts with oxygen to attack microbial molecules (Banasik, 2013).  Oxidative stress is defines as a disturbance in the balance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radical and reactive metabolites) and the antioxidant defenses of the system to detoxify the reactive intermediates and repair the resulting damage (Wikepedia, 2015).  Oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, disruptions in normal mechanisms of cellular signaling and DNA damage (Wikepedia, 2015) resulting in many diseases including pulmonary, neurological, diabetes, cardiovascular, and cancers (He, Yue, Zheng et al 2015) and many others.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root) has been used for thousands of years in China for medicinal purposes (Murray, 2013).  Its therapeutic actions include anti-emetic, gastrointestinal support, choloagogue, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory (Murray, 2013).  We will discuss current research on the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic effects.  The active constituents that appear to demonstrate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities are the phenolic compounds gingerol, shogaol, paradol, zingerone, zerumbone (Tahir, Sani, Murad et al 2015).  The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger are due to the inhibitory effect to reduce prostaglandin synthesis, leukotriene biosynthesis (Al-Nahain, Jahan and Rahmatullah 2014) thromboxanes and its other antioxidant activities (Murray, 2013).

Gingerols are phenolic substances found in the rhizome shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anticancer properties (Wang, Zhang, and Yang et al 2014).  Inappropriate T lymphocyte function is implicated in the inflammatory process.  Gingerol extracts were shown to inhibit DNA synthesis by T lymphocytes and interferon-y synthesis (Bernard, Furlong and Power et al. (2015).   Gingerol (8) and gingerol (10) impaired IL-2 induced proliferation of CLL-2 cells through the inhibition of IL-2 receptor signaling. The anticancer activities of 6-Gingerol are via a variety of biological pathways involved in apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, cytotoxic activity and inhibition of angiogenesis (Wang et al 2014) the growth of new blood vessels. 

Zingerone from ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent shown to suppress acute systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inflammation via nuclear factor (NF-kB) and proinflammatory cytokines in mice (Hsiang, Cheng, Lo, et al. 2015).  Zerumbone a sesquiterpene from wild ginger rhizome has been shown to contain ant carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiallergenic properties (Shieh, Huang, Wang et al. 2015).  The antiallergenic properties are due to reducing allergen specific immunoglobulin E (lgE) and increasing lgG2a antibodies, preventing eosinophilic pulmonary infiltration and ameliorating mucus hypersecretion suggesting the anti-allergic effects result from modulation of Th1/Th2 cytokines (Shieh et al 2015).

Zingiber officinale and Gelam honey was shown to be have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects against colorectal cancer by stimulation of apoptosis (upregulation of caspase 9 and lkB genes) and downregulation of the KRAS,ERK, AKT, Bclxl and NFkB (p65) genes (Tahir, Sani, Murad et al. 2015).   It has also been shown to ameliorate Rheumatoid arthritis by stopping RA-induced bone destruction (Al-Nahain, Jahan, and Rahmatullah 2014).


Curcumin longa (Turmeric) (root) has been used for 4,000 years as an herbal remedy in medicine.  It contains therapeutic action as an anti-arthritic, anti-asthmatic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antifungal, antihyperlipidemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiulcer, antiviral, cholagogue, expectorant, hepatic and hypoglycemic (Peterson, 2015).  We will discuss the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Curcumin has been shown to display anti-inflammatory activity and alleviate oxidative stress in chronic diseases through the Nrf2-keap1 pathway and through its natural chemical structure as a free radical scavenger (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin suppresses pro-inflammatory pathways and blocks the product of TNF by binding to TNF directly remediating TNF cell signaling in various cells (He et al., 2015).   As an antioxidant, curcumin is known to bind amyloids, stabilizing protein homeostasis networks (He et al., 2015).

Cardiovascular diseases have been shown to develop from oxidative stress, inflammation and activation of proinflammatory cytokines (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin was shown to protect against inflammation, cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis by inhibiting p200-HAT activity and other signaling pathways (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin suppressed lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation in vascular smooth muscle cells of rats by inhibition of TLR4-MAPK/NF-kB pathways (He et al., 2015).  Parodi et al. found mice treated with curcumin exhibited decreases in aortic tissue activator protein – and NF-kB DHA binding lowering concentrations of IL1B, IL-6, MCP-1 and MMP-9 (He et al. 2015).  Curcumin was shown to stimulate apoptosis of H9c2 cells by upregulating reverse oxygen species (ROS) and triggering the activation of JNK’s (He et al., 2015).

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition resulting in inflammation of the synovial joints.  ROS mediates many transcription factors that regulate gene expression, growth factors, chemokines and inflammatory cytokines suspected to play a role in RA.  Curcumin has raised a great deal of interest as a therapy for RA and clinical trials are under way.  Curcumin activated caspase-3 and -9, up regulated Bax, down-regulated Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL, degraded poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase in RA patients (He et al. 2015).  Curcumin showed anti-inflammatory response in synovial fibroblasts by suppression of COX-2 and inhibition of prostaglandin E2 synthesis (He et al. 2015). Lee et al also found in vitro that curcumin abolished the p65 NF-kB nuclear translocation and binding activity of NF-kB DNA  by inhibition of COX-2 and MMP-9 and reduction of IkBa phosphorylation in IL-1B and TNF –a-articular chondrocytes (He et al., 2015).


Al-Nahain, A., Jahan, R., & Rahmatullah, M. (2014). Zingiber officinale: A potential Plant against Rheumatoid Arthritis. [Abstract]. Arthritis. doi:10.1155/2014/159089

Banasik, J. (2013). Inflammation and immunity. In Pathophysiology (5th, pp. 157-193). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders.

Bernard, M., Furlong, S. J., Power Coombs, M. R., & Hoskin, D. W. (2015). Differential Inhibition of T Lymphocyte Proliferation and Cytokine Synthesis by [6]-Gingerol, [8]-Gingerol, and [10]-Gingerol. [Abstract]. Phytotherapy Research. doi:10.1002/ptr.5414

He, Y., Yue, Y., Zheng, X., Zhang, K., Chen, S., & Du, Z. (2015). Curcumin, inflammation, and chronic diseases: how are they linked? Molecules, 9183-213. doi:10.3390/molecules20059183

Hsiang, C. Y., Cheng, H. M., Lo, H. Y., Li, C. C., Chou, P. C., Lee, Y. C., & Ho, T. Y. (2015). Ginger and Zingerone ameliorate lipopolysaccharide-induced acute systemic inflammation in Mice, assessed by nuclear factor-?B bioluminescent imaging. [Abstract]. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 63, 6051-8. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.5b01801

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Tahir, A. A., Sani, N. F., Murad, N. A., Makpol, S., Ngah, W. Z., & Yusof, Y. A. (2015). Combined ginger extract & Gelam honey modulate Ras/ERK and P13K/AKT pathway genes in colon cancer HT 29 cells. Nutrition Journal. doi:10.1186/s12937-015-0015-2.

Wang, S., Zhang, C., Yang, G., & Yang, Y. (2014). Biological properties of 6-gingerol: a brief review. Natural Product Communications, 1027-30. Abstract retrieved from PMID: 25230520

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Simple, all natural, holistic way to prevent colds and flu!

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Nutritional Support


Preventing Colds and Viruses including many flu’s holistically!

Great products to have on hand this time of year are Colostrum, Smart Silver, and/or Oregano Oil to prevent colds and flu. 

To prevent cold or flu place one drop of Oregano Oil in water and drink before entering a public place. You can also put it in your water bottle.  It is really powerful and will pack a punch so do not put directly in the mouth.  Add one drop Limonene  Oil to cut it down.  It coats and kills anything coming into the buccal or nasal cavities coating the epithelium from top to bottom.  Great to have around the holiday season or traveling to the airport.  Do not give this to the kids, way too intense.

As soon as you feel a cold coming on immediately take one Colostrum and 1 Aloe-Mannan-FX and let dissolve under the tongue 3 times daily.  This will stop the progression or ease the symptoms.  You can give this to your children in there morning or before school during cold season.

Feel free to call Lauren 703-929-6855 or email to discuss this and other winter wellness tips.

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Oral Contraceptives: A Risk Factor to Gallbladder Disorders

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Digestive Support, Educational Series, Endocrine Support, Nutritional Support


Gallbladder disease affects an estimated 20 million Americans and is now the leading surgical procedure in the United States (Hoffman, 2014). Research as far back as 1975 reported on the necessity of administering Vitamin B6 to prevent excretion of tryptophan metabolites resulting from use of oral contraceptives in woman. More than 99 percent of women age 15-44 have used some form of contraceptive (Guttmacher, 2014) and oral contraceptives account for an estimated 17 percent, about 10 million American woman. Recent studies now link oral contraceptives as the leading risk factor in gallbladder disease in woman who have ever used oral contraceptives. Nutritional scientists identify vitamin B6 deficiencies as the principle cause of gallbladder disorders associated with oral contraceptive use. Supplementation with live source B6 is essential for the prevention of gallbladder disorders and disease in woman taking oral contraceptives.

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Gluten Free in 2015

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support, Nutritional Support



Are you ready to begin your journey toward radiant health and wellness this holiday season and continue throughout the New Year?

Health and nutrition experts agree that adopting a gluten free lifestyle is not just a fad, it is a necessity. Research on the ill effects of gluten is overwhelming. The Center for Disease Control considers gluten a public health threat responsible for most childhood allergies citing over 75 percent of all grain products are made from wheat (CDC, 2013). Gluten is becoming easier to avoid, as escalating public request for gluten free choices are emerging. Hopefully we will soon see fresh gluten free bread and pizza at Whole Foods, college campuses and on restaurant menus as this new lifestyle trend becomes contagious.

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Nutrition and Detoxification Therapies for the Treatment of Thyroid Disease

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Endocrine Support, Nutritional Support, Uncategorized



The World Health Organization recognizes diseases of the endocrine system as being part of a worldwide disease epidemic (Sears, 2011). It is not uncommon for teenagers to be diagnosed with thyroid disorders. Environmental toxicity has only recently, in 2013, been confirmed as a leading cause of thyroid and many other diseases. Research demonstrates that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) alter proper thyroid function via multiple mechanisms resulting in autoimmune disease. This development explains why conventional and holistic treatments for hormone replacement therapies in autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves Disease have not been effective and often result in surgical removal of the gland or treatment with radioactive iodine. Research now shows that the thyroid gland is being over stimulated in a chronic positive feedback mechanism because the thyroid hormones are not reaching or being received and utilized by the target cell receptors to perform their programmed function.

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