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A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.

December 9, 2014


This is a follow-up to two popular posts about the problems kids face when they are forced to sit still in school for hours on end without a break. The first, written by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, was titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” and discussed how being inactive affects students’ ability to stay focused and learn, and in some cases leads to improper diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The next piece was titled“The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class.”

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A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.

December 9, 2014, 21.04.2017

This is a follow-up to two popular posts about the problems kids face when they are forced to sit still in school for hours on end without a break. The first, written by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, was titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” and discussed how being inactive affects students’ ability to stay focused and learn, and in some cases leads to improper diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The next piece was titled“The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class.” tukaj.

A coordinated effort for an ‘In-Sync Child’

November 25, 2014


In a hurry-up world in which doing more and doing it faster is often the goal for children no matter how old they are, authors Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman are spreading a different message: Slow down.
Give children time to explore, play, engage in lots of physical activity and do things for themselves and they will get the basic skills they will need for reading and writing, the Bethesda authors say in their recently published book, “Growing an In-Sync Child” (Perigree, $15.95).

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A coordinated effort for an ‘In-Sync Child’

November 25, 2014, 20.04.2017

In a hurry-up world in which doing more and doing it faster is often the goal for children no matter how old they are, authors Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman are spreading a different message: Slow down.
Give children time to explore, play, engage in lots of physical activity and do things for themselves and they will get the basic skills they will need for reading and writing, the Bethesda authors say in their recently published book, “Growing an In-Sync Child” (Perigree, $15.95). tukaj.

The Disease of Being Busy

November 7, 2014


I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.”
Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.”

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The Disease of Being Busy

November 7, 2014, 19.04.2017

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.”
Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.” tukaj.

Touch as nutrition

October 28, 2014


Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition.We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve cells right through the buried spinal core to enter and gather in the deep folds of our brain. It’s not by accident that our skin and brain each are generated from a single ectodermic substance, cascading outwards and inwards as we grow in the womb, because right at the very root and origin of us, we are built to connect the inner and outer worlds.

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Touch as nutrition

October 28, 2014, 18.04.2017

Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition.We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve cells right through the buried spinal core to enter and gather in the deep folds of our brain. It’s not by accident that our skin and brain each are generated from a single ectodermic substance, cascading outwards and inwards as we grow in the womb, because right at the very root and origin of us, we are built to connect the inner and outer worlds. tukaj.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

October 27, 2014


Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Consider Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

October 27, 2014, 17.04.2017

Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Consider Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation. tukaj.

The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class

October 26, 2014


A post I published in July titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” seems to have struck a nerve with readers, who continue to read it in big numbers. The piece was by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who said that kids are being forced to sit for too long while they are in school and are being deprived of enough time for real physical activity. This, she said, is affecting their ability to learn and in some cases leading to improper ADHD diagnoses.

Here is a follow-up post by Hanscom in which she talks about how to get kids moving in class and some of the mistakes teachers are making. Some of her suggestions may be controversial. For example, she takes issue with a method that some teachers say they are using with success — having students sit on bouncy balls. Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.

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The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class

October 26, 2014, 16.04.2017

A post I published in July titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” seems to have struck a nerve with readers, who continue to read it in big numbers. The piece was by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who said that kids are being forced to sit for too long while they are in school and are being deprived of enough time for real physical activity. This, she said, is affecting their ability to learn and in some cases leading to improper ADHD diagnoses.

Here is a follow-up post by Hanscom in which she talks about how to get kids moving in class and some of the mistakes teachers are making. Some of her suggestions may be controversial. For example, she takes issue with a method that some teachers say they are using with success — having students sit on bouncy balls. Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England. tukaj.

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

October 26, 2014


The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog.

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Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

October 26, 2014, 15.04.2017

The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school. This appeared on the TimberNook blog. tukaj.

Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

September 30, 2014


When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

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Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

September 30, 2014, 14.04.2017

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life. tukaj.

The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Not Actually Healthy at All

September 30, 2014


The world can be a crazy place, we all know that. And giving in to the fear that is endlessly manufactured by the media is a constant temptation on the path to fitness greatness. It’s also true that sometimes sh!t gets real, and we need to be prepared to adapt instantly. Why? Because…

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The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Not Actually Healthy at All

September 30, 2014, 13.04.2017

The world can be a crazy place, we all know that. And giving in to the fear that is endlessly manufactured by the media is a constant temptation on the path to fitness greatness. It’s also true that sometimes sh!t gets real, and we need to be prepared to adapt instantly. Why? Because… tukaj.

Losing Our Touch

September 3, 2014


Are we losing our senses? In our increasingly virtual world, are we losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?

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Losing Our Touch

September 3, 2014, 12.04.2017

Are we losing our senses? In our increasingly virtual world, are we losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what? tukaj.

Myelination: a primer on how skills are built

July 14, 2014


Give up. Quit now. Stop. You’re stuck with the abilities you have now for the rest of your life. If you aren’t good, you’ll never be good. Greatness is born, not earned. You can’t improve. Ever.

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Myelination: a primer on how skills are built

July 14, 2014, 11.04.2017

Give up. Quit now. Stop. You’re stuck with the abilities you have now for the rest of your life. If you aren’t good, you’ll never be good. Greatness is born, not earned. You can’t improve. Ever. tukaj.

Neuroscientists say handwriting is good for you

June 24, 2014


Using our keyboards saves us lots of precious time, but writing by hand has lots of benefits.Researchers have shown that children who know how to write by hand learn to read faster. They are also better at retaining information and coming up with new ideas.“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated. There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain,” Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris, told The New York Times.

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Neuroscientists say handwriting is good for you

June 24, 2014, 10.04.2017

Using our keyboards saves us lots of precious time, but writing by hand has lots of benefits.Researchers have shown that children who know how to write by hand learn to read faster. They are also better at retaining information and coming up with new ideas.“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated. There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain,” Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris, told The New York Times. tukaj.

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it

June 12, 2014


A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

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WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it

June 12, 2014, 09.04.2017

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today. tukaj.

My Life Without A Smartphone

June 3, 2014


Maybe I should be embarrassed when I pull out my nearly 10-year-old flip phone, but I’m not–not even a little bit.There might have been a time when I felt self-conscious, and I’m sure that I’ve been judged as out of touch, but I’m actually kind of proud that I’ve held out this long.

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My Life Without A Smartphone

June 3, 2014, 08.04.2017

Maybe I should be embarrassed when I pull out my nearly 10-year-old flip phone, but I’m not–not even a little bit.There might have been a time when I felt self-conscious, and I’m sure that I’ve been judged as out of touch, but I’m actually kind of proud that I’ve held out this long. tukaj.

Positive body image

May 24, 2014


I’m Taryn Brumfitt, mother of 3, a writer, speaker and Founder of The Body Image Movement. My role is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by teaching women the value and power of loving their bodies…from the inside out!

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Positive body image

May 24, 2014, 07.04.2017

I’m Taryn Brumfitt, mother of 3, a writer, speaker and Founder of The Body Image Movement. My role is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by teaching women the value and power of loving their bodies…from the inside out! tukaj.

Inspiration vs. Motivation

May 19, 2014


It may seem like a subtle distinction, but the worlds of motivation and inspiration are millions of miles apart.A lot of people use the words “motivated” and “inspired” interchangeably. But I’ve found something different to be the case.

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Inspiration vs. Motivation

May 19, 2014, 06.04.2017

It may seem like a subtle distinction, but the worlds of motivation and inspiration are millions of miles apart.A lot of people use the words “motivated” and “inspired” interchangeably. But I’ve found something different to be the case. tukaj.

The Limits of ‘No Pain, No Gain’ – NYTimes.com

April 24, 2014


Exercise makes us tired. A new study helps to elucidate why and also suggests that while it is possible to push through fatigue to reach new levels of physical performance, it is not necessarily wise.

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The Limits of ‘No Pain, No Gain’ – NYTimes.com

April 24, 2014, 05.04.2017

Exercise makes us tired. A new study helps to elucidate why and also suggests that while it is possible to push through fatigue to reach new levels of physical performance, it is not necessarily wise. tukaj.

Just Press

March 31, 2014


Original Strength, the five resets presented in OS, restore the body’s foundation for strength and movement. For us adults, this is a beautiful thing. The very movements that built our resilient bodies as children are still the very movements that can rebuild and return our resilient bodies as adults. These movements, these resets, are programmed, or “hard-wired”, inside all of us.

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Just Press

March 31, 2014, 04.04.2017

Original Strength, the five resets presented in OS, restore the body’s foundation for strength and movement. For us adults, this is a beautiful thing. The very movements that built our resilient bodies as children are still the very movements that can rebuild and return our resilient bodies as adults. These movements, these resets, are programmed, or “hard-wired”, inside all of us. tukaj.

Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter?

March 31, 2014


The research into the relationship between quick thinking and methodical reasoning could take some time to decipher.

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Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter?

March 31, 2014, 03.04.2017

The research into the relationship between quick thinking and methodical reasoning could take some time to decipher. tukaj.

5 Reasons To Full Squat

March 22, 2014


The full squat is one of the most basic and fundamental human postures. Due to industrialized society’s heavy reliance on chairs and modern footwear however, it has become a position that many people have difficulty achieving.

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5 Reasons To Full Squat

March 22, 2014, 02.04.2017

The full squat is one of the most basic and fundamental human postures. Due to industrialized society’s heavy reliance on chairs and modern footwear however, it has become a position that many people have difficulty achieving. tukaj.

The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child

March 19, 2014


Reminiscing about the good old days when we were growing up is a memory trip well worth taking, when trying to understand the issues facing the children of today. A mere 20 years ago, children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, playing sports and building forts. Masters of imaginary games, children of the past created their own form of play that didn’t require costly equipment or parental supervision. Children of the past moved… a lot, and their sensory world was nature based and simple. In the past, family time was often spent doing chores, and children had expectations to meet on a daily basis. The dining room table was a central place where families came together to eat and talk about their day, and after dinner became the center for baking, crafts and homework.

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The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child

March 19, 2014, 01.04.2017

Reminiscing about the good old days when we were growing up is a memory trip well worth taking, when trying to understand the issues facing the children of today. A mere 20 years ago, children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, playing sports and building forts. Masters of imaginary games, children of the past created their own form of play that didn’t require costly equipment or parental supervision. Children of the past moved… a lot, and their sensory world was nature based and simple. In the past, family time was often spent doing chores, and children had expectations to meet on a daily basis. The dining room table was a central place where families came together to eat and talk about their day, and after dinner became the center for baking, crafts and homework. tukaj.

What happens to our foot when we wear traditional running shoes?

March 18, 2014


When looking at the traditional running shoe, or almost any shoe that is customary in our society, one observation becomes common- the heel. What is the reason that shoes have heels? That is a very good question. The origin of the heel dates back to King Louis XIV of France in the 1660s which was used amongst regal to demonstrate power. It obviously has been passed on through the years in both fashion and normal anatomy to shoes, but is it needed?

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What happens to our foot when we wear traditional running shoes?

March 18, 2014, 31.03.2017

When looking at the traditional running shoe, or almost any shoe that is customary in our society, one observation becomes common- the heel. What is the reason that shoes have heels? That is a very good question. The origin of the heel dates back to King Louis XIV of France in the 1660s which was used amongst regal to demonstrate power. It obviously has been passed on through the years in both fashion and normal anatomy to shoes, but is it needed? tukaj.

22 Habits of Unhappy People

March 17, 2014


In my opinion happiness isn’t something that you are born with. Happiness is something that happens through a series of experiences, habits and realizations over the course of your life. This isn’t a guide to try and fix people who are clinically depressed, but a series of things I have learned over my life that have shaped the way I look at life and the world. It is my experience that the more positive habits you have in your life, the more emotional happiness you will experience. Instead of telling you things you should do to increase your emotional satisfaction, I’ve created a list of bad habits you should try to correct. Not only will they make you happier, they will also make you a better person.

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22 Habits of Unhappy People

March 17, 2014, 30.03.2017

In my opinion happiness isn’t something that you are born with. Happiness is something that happens through a series of experiences, habits and realizations over the course of your life. This isn’t a guide to try and fix people who are clinically depressed, but a series of things I have learned over my life that have shaped the way I look at life and the world. It is my experience that the more positive habits you have in your life, the more emotional happiness you will experience. Instead of telling you things you should do to increase your emotional satisfaction, I’ve created a list of bad habits you should try to correct. Not only will they make you happier, they will also make you a better person. tukaj.

Study explains how brain training improves performance on a given task

March 17, 2014


Revealing pattern of changes detected in brain using MRI as ‘trained’ subjects show improved self-control

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Study explains how brain training improves performance on a given task

March 17, 2014, 29.03.2017

Revealing pattern of changes detected in brain using MRI as ‘trained’ subjects show improved self-control tukaj.

Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body: Dr. Bruce Lipton

March 17, 2014


Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, advocates the idea that we have significant control over our biology, and with our intentions and beliefs we can ‘reprogram’ or ‘control’ our genes and our lives. This challenges the traditional scientific belief that genes control life and people attribute their illnesses to genetic dysfunctions.

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Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body: Dr. Bruce Lipton

March 17, 2014, 28.03.2017

Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief, advocates the idea that we have significant control over our biology, and with our intentions and beliefs we can ‘reprogram’ or ‘control’ our genes and our lives. This challenges the traditional scientific belief that genes control life and people attribute their illnesses to genetic dysfunctions. tukaj.

Balancing old and new skills

March 10, 2014


To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills would be lost too easily.

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Balancing old and new skills

March 10, 2014, 27.03.2017

To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were too plastic, previously learned skills would be lost too easily. tukaj.

Reasons Not to Stretch

March 7, 2014


Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof.

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Reasons Not to Stretch

March 7, 2014, 26.03.2017

Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof. tukaj.

Body atlas reveals where humans show emotions

January 30, 2014


Chests puffing up with pride – and happiness felt head to toe – are sensations as real as they are universal. And now we can make an atlas of them.Researchers have long known that emotions are connected to a range of physiological changes, from nervous job candidates’ sweaty palms to the racing pulse that results from hearing a strange noise at night. But new research reveals that emotional states are universally associated with certain bodily sensations, regardless of individuals’ culture or language.

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Body atlas reveals where humans show emotions

January 30, 2014, 25.03.2017

Chests puffing up with pride – and happiness felt head to toe – are sensations as real as they are universal. And now we can make an atlas of them.Researchers have long known that emotions are connected to a range of physiological changes, from nervous job candidates’ sweaty palms to the racing pulse that results from hearing a strange noise at night. But new research reveals that emotional states are universally associated with certain bodily sensations, regardless of individuals’ culture or language. tukaj.

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