Friday, September 28, 2012

Discovering a Skeleton

They’re scary. My proverbial closet has them. Yours does, too. But the skeletons of one’s past don’t necessarily mean shameful, scandalous, hidden secrets. They are the life experiences that help mold each of us into the unique individuals that we are.

You can know someone superficially. On the surface they appear to be whatever we project them to be. For example; you’re in a parking lot when someone who appears dazed, walks across your path. Hair is unkempt; he’s red-eyed, shabbily dressed and smells like he hasn’t bathed in days. First thought; probably a homeless street beggar.

It’s when you get down to the actions and events that got that person to the place they now are, that you really understand who that person is; A loving and dedicated father who has spent a week at the hospital by his child’s side fighting some deadly serious disease. He is stressed, and afraid to be away from her side for even a moment, but is currently trying to fulfill her only request for a Happy Meal.

To many times we get self absorbed and insulated by our own daily lives that we neglect to learn about the people we come in contact with. Inspiration, motivation and the chance to serve & help others can come from learning, truly learning, what is secretly behind the fa├žade of another human being. Look beyond any skeletons, to the real person dealing with the real fears those skeletons can bring.


John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Hot & Cold Back Pain Remedy

As a massage therapist, backaches are one of the most common complaints of pain that I receive. Often times we stress our backs through overuse or injury which can cause painful swelling of the joints and surrounding tissues. So what do I do when my back gives me trouble? I change the temperature...

Cold is known for its ability to shrink things, and that includes bodily inflammation. So I turn to it regularly. I use ice bags or bags of frozen veggies to treat my back. To reduce risk of further injury, I place a cloth or thin towel between the ice pack and my skin and alternate therapy like this; apply for about 20 minutes (but no more than 30 minutes) on the achy area followed by 30 minutes off (or 30 minutes of moist heat), then another 20 minutes on again.

I find that alternating heat with cold, really improves my circulation, healing and pain relief. Alternating application of heat and cold is sometimes called a vascular flush because the heat expands the blood vessels, and the cold constricts them, causing a "flushing" action.

Just remember that the general time recipe ratio for hot and cold application is three to one. For every three minutes of heat, apply one minute of cold. Also be careful with heat applications to avoid burning. Be very aware of the degree of heat of an application and how it feels against your skin! Then, be sure to end with the cold application cycle.

Caveat
There are precautions to be aware of: Reynaud’s disease. If you have Reynaud’s disease, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, hypersensitivity to cold, or reduced skin sensations do not use cold therapy applications. Diabetics should always use caution when applying ice to their skin.


So the next time you experience back pain, give this hot/cold treatment a try. You may be surprised at the amount of relief you will receive. Of course, getting a massage by a trained and experienced professional will also help, too. ; )

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Lowering Blood Pressure with Black Beans

I love black beans. In fact, they are a staple of health and wellness, so we usually have them as a main course at least once a week. They’re versatile in recipes, tasty by themselves and very easy to prepare. Black beans also have a high fiber-to-protein ratio that’s hard to beat. It’s this combination that helps in keeping blood sugar in check and maintaining lower blood cholesterol levels.

Here’s How it Works:
Although black beans are a nutrient-dense source of fiber and magnesium, what puts them at a distinct advantage over other foods is the folate you'll find in these delicious little legumes. Folate (folic acid) is a B-complex vitamin that appears to lower blood pressure (especially systolic blood pressure) by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow.
 
Here’s How Much You Need:

While a single cup of cooked black beans only yields about 256 micrograms of folate, tossing them with a cup of spinach salad will bring you slightly over the daily recommended allowance of at least 400 micrograms of folate. However, you should really only aim for that to be your minimum. In fact, most large-scale studies showing significant benefit using folate to reduce blood pressure relied on double that amount (800 micrograms) daily.

High blood pressure isn’t a death sentence. It’s a warning. You can effectively improve your numbers and reduce the risk of disease. Take heed to what your body is telling you and make little changes, like the one mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier heart.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Being Happier with Less

Tomorrow marks the first full day of autumn and the third anniversary of my newest tradition: The Autumn Toss-Out.

I began this ritual a few years ago after reading a book by Peter Walsh called, “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff.” (Well, I’m over forty. I had a lot of stuff!) How can this effect your health and wellness? Well, Peter explains in real-world terms, and with as much sympathy as possible, that in our accumulation we create unnecessary stress and overwhelm in our lives. An excerpt from his book reads;

“You want a life built on a solid foundation, but you can’t even see the floor beneath you. You want to lose weight but your kitchen is overwhelmed with appliances you never use. You want to build your career, but your office literally makes you feel ill. You want to change? This is where it starts: your home. Where you live, breathe rest, love and create. Get rid of the clutter. Get organized. If you do, I promise that every aspect of your life will change in ways that you never imagined possible.”

A point that struck a particularly resonating chord with me is that many times we have so much stuff that we lose track of it, don’t even remember what we have, and eventually just get more of the same. Or, we keep something supposedly for sentimental reasons but we don’t honor and respect its significance. Instead, we squirrel it away in some dark forgotten corner until one day it’s re-discovered and promptly hidden away again.

Well, to make a long story short, I’m taking the autumnal change as my queue to “toss-out” all that doesn’t have a positive function in my current life. I’ll go through my home, pull out clothes that no longer fit my family or that we haven’t worn in over a year and set them aside for donations. The same goes for books and other ephemeral data that will be sent to resale shops or recycling.

In other words, I'll focus only on keeping what’s important and pulls me forward in my life. Possessions really can “weigh you down” if you let them. For a more thorough explanation of the benefits of “letting stuff go,” I suggest reading Joe Walsh’s book. It’s a quick, easy read and if applied to your life, will help make it a happier one indeed.

Enjoy the autumn weather and as always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn Health and Wellness and Pumpkins

I count down to the autumnal equinox like a kid waiting for Christmas. Living through the sweltering summer heat in Houston, Texas you might understand why I can get so excited about this time of year. And since we’ve just received our first "taste" of cooler weather, I decided to start my official fall activities a bit early with one of the most ubiquitous symbols of autumn: the pumpkin.

Amazingly healthy, the pumpkin is stuffed with antioxidants, and essential nutrients like iron, zinc and fiber. But what fascinated me the most were the numerous references to the health and wellness benefits of pumpkin and its effect on;

Prostate Cancer – For example, compounds present within the pumpkin seeds (phytosterols) are believed to lower the risk of prostate cancer. They work by shrinking the prostate and stimulating the secretion of chemicals that protect against the transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (known to cause enlargement of the prostate gland at high levels).

Inflammation – With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, regular consumption of pumpkin can help pain management by reducing joint inflammation. Pumpkins have been known to provide relief from inflammation quickly, and without the harmful side-effects of OTC anti-inflammatory medicines.

Radiant Skin – The high amount of Vitamin A, C and E as well as Zinc present in pumpkin, make it a great choice for those who want to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and to keep skin hydrated, nourished, and sporting a healthy glow.

Kidney Stones – Having up to 10 grams of pumpkin seeds daily can help prevent kidney stones preventing the formation of calcium oxalate stones.

It's hard to believe, but these are only a few of the benefits of pumpkin that I have found. So is it any wonder why it's included as one of the worlds Super Foods? In my opinion, pumpkin is wasted if you only use it to make pies. In fact, I'm currently perfecting my own recipe for a natural, organic, pumpkin body scrub - but I'll tell you more about that project in a later blog....

For now, I thought I would start slow and introduce you to a great recipe for Pumpkin Butter. I found it on one of my favorite blogs: skinnytaste.com. Similar to apple butter, it's easy to make and it filled my house with the great scent of fall.

Enjoy the cooler weather and as always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Orthopedic Massage: Helps Heal Injury

Have you ever considered the amount of money we spend each year treating pain from chronic conditions and injuries? Hint: it’s in the billions. It’s around $560-$635 billion annually according to a recent report by The Institute of Medicine.

My recommendation is proactive maintenance which includes nutrition, movement, stretching and the application of a variety of massage therapy techniques. Take orthopedic massage, for example.

A unique Approach
Orthopedic massage is not a “spa type” of massage. It’s a type of massage that more specifically deals with the problems of the musculoskeletal system.

While the goal of a spa type of massage is to reduce stress and tension in the body and mind through relaxation; orthopedic massage helps improve or heal a particular problem, usually an injury, and restore range of motion to the area.

What to Expect
When requesting an orthopedic massage, be sure to tell your therapist that your goal is to reduce pain, restore range of movement and support a return of health and strength to the injured area. A competent licensed massage therapist should be able to develop a comprehensive, planned approach to your goal choosing from a range of safe, effective techniques to best help improve the condition at your specific stage of healing.

Following a standard procedure, your treatment should include an assessment of the condition, and the combination of specific massage techniques and home-care suggestions such as a stretching program and/ or movement therapy.

You can’t always life 100% pain free, but you can manage and reduce your pain so that you can still live life happy and to its fullest. Try massage today. You may be surprised by how good, and healthy, it can make you feel.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. Love a good meal –And; did I mention that I laugh - a lot? Visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and how to live life well!
 

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Lowering Blood Pressure with Whole Grain Oats

A recent study reports that in a nutritional comparison between whole-grain oat-based cereals and refined wheat-based cereals, hypertensive participants consuming whole-grain oat-based cereals were able to lower their blood pressure over the course of the 12 week study. A whopping 73% of that group did so well, they were able to cut out their anti-hypertensive medications all together, or at least reduce them by half.

Here’s How it Works:
The blood pressure benefits noted in this study are derived from the fiber and magnesium found in oats. Both have beneficial effects on blood pressure. What’s more, oats can slow and possibly reverse the progression of atherosclerosis; the plaque buildup that occurs in blood vessels.

Here’s How Much You Need:
You should aim for a typical serving (about three-fourths of a cup) of whole-grain oats daily. For example, eating whole-grain oatmeal topped with skim milk (or unsweetened soy milk) and banana will also give you the added blood-pressure-lowering benefit of calcium and potassium. You can even try sprinkling oat bran on your regular cereal or on salads. Plus loose oats added to soups or stews makes an excellent thickener, and they are great filler when preparing meatloaf or meatballs.

High blood pressure isn’t a death sentence. It’s a warning. You can effectively improve your numbers and reduce the risk of disease. Take heed to what your body is telling you and make little changes, like the one mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier heart.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!
 

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Massage: Relieve Pain and Restore Movement

One of the most common complaints a client presents to me is pain. Neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, lower back – you name it. What’s interesting is that most of my clients blame getting older as the reason for their aches and pains. However, the problem is not chronological; it repetitive use.

In pro sports it's commonly called a “repetitive stress injury,” but this syndrome isn’t limited to athletes.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s), can affect anyone who lives long enough.  Did you understand that? What I mean is that you don’t get pain because you are getting older. In this case, you experience pain due to repetitive actions done over many years.

These actions can be anything from the way you walk, sit or lift, to the way you work, write or sleep. Sometimes RSI’s can be diagnosed as tendinitis, frozen shoulder, tennis or golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome just to name a few examples.

So - Do you have an RSI?
You may have an RSI if you have chronic muscle spasms in the upper back and neck, stiff and painful shoulders, or tingling in your arms or hands. If you have pain, tightness, or weakness in these areas, continuing repetitive movements may cause a serious injury and extended loss of time away from work or the things you love to do. That’s why early and regular treatment is essential.

How massage helps
Healing an RSI often requires plenty of time and rest, but massage can help speed the recovery. The body naturally “tenses” when it experiences pain but massage can help release knots and painful trigger points in muscles and tendons thereby increasing the pliability of damaged tissue and reducing pain.

Massage can help reduce swelling, release and stretch tight tissues and restore easy, pain-free movement. Ice therapy and self-care, including exercise and specific stretches may be included in your treatment.

Even if I’m not your personal massage therapist, it is important that whomever does your treatment be knowledgeable enough in anatomy and movement to be able to recommend a regular program of massage therapy, stretching and movement exercises to help reverse the problem and minimize your pain.

Remember, your body is capable of incredible feats. In fact, it craves variation and challenge. Supplying your body with those will not only help you live pain free but feel younger, too.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. Love a good meal –And; did I mention that I laugh - a lot? Visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and how to live life well!
 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Embrace the Traffic

Houston. It’s the fourth (or is it now third?) largest city in the nation. Goes without saying that traffic here can get pretty grizzly at times. Road rage has been responsible for more than just a few car accidents and deaths. But did you know that it can contribute to ‘silent killer’ heart diseases like high blood pressure, too?

Like most commuters, I used to boil while stuck in rush hour traffic. I used to rant and curse; give the “stink eye” to a couple of drivers I considered crazy. Never once thinking of the view they must have had staring back at me in my wild-eyed, crazed mess… Houston traffic simply drove me in sane.

Then, I had a kid. I know you’re probably thinking I drove more safely because I was concerned for my daughters’ welfare. Well yes, that’s partly true. What I was really concerned with was the example I was setting for her. Raging, throwing tantrums and my yelling at other drivers was not doing a single thing to improve the journey. Not one single thing! Instead, it was hurting my health and setting bad precedence for my little girl.

So, I changed my point of view. Hey, this is Houston. It’s a BIG town. It’s got traffic. A lot of traffic and it will probably never have any less traffic as the years go by. So, I embraced that fact. I can’t change it. Instead, what I can do is choose to no longer “fight” that fact and make it work FOR me instead.

I’ve learned to use my car as a cocoon of sorts; a capsule where I can improve on myself. I can listen to podcasts or inspirational music while I travel. I can use this time to listen to audio books, interviews or simply lead my four year old in a sing-a-long and spend this quality time bonding with her.

I even take the long way home. Why not? It’s usually a prettier view and it doesn’t get me where I’m going any later than it would have if I had crawled at a snails’ pace through the main roads.

Since changing my point of view, I’ve been much happier and I can’t help but feel it has made a positive impact on my daughter, too. Don’t get me wrong. Everything is not always peachy keen. In fact, I’ve bit my lip and practiced deep breathing on more than one occasion since making this change. The point is that I have recognized that my previous actions were self destructive and made no improvement in my life or the lives of others.

Even if it hasn’t improve my heart health, I wanted to make sure it improved the life of my little girl. Maybe you’ve got someone you feel the same way about. Either way, accept the situation for what it is. Embrace the traffic and make it work for you, too.

And if we happen to see each other on the road, let’s agree now not to cut each other off…. ; )

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal


Bio: I am a Houston based massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except perhaps for the times that I don't. Did I mention that I like to laugh - a lot? Visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and how I can help you live life better!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Lowering Blood Pressure with Broccoli

My four year old daughter loves broccoli and I couldn’t be happier about that. Especially since broccoli is a well-known regular for healthy eating. You may already know the super-food reputation this cruciferous veggie has because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. But what you may not know is that, when it comes lowering blood pressure, broccoli is another winner.

Here’s How it Works:
Loaded with fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C, broccoli’s nutritional properties can help lower blood pressure. Just one cup of broccoli gives you more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Research suggests that vitamin C helps reduce blood pressure by protecting nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. While theories vary, scientists agree: Antioxidant vitamin C helps normalize blood pressure.

Here’s How Much You Need:
Regular consumption of broccoli can provide you with a myriad health benefit, but there is no reason to go overboard with it. Most people would do well to eat at least one serving a day. If you are looking for an alternative to steamed broccoli, try eating it raw with salsa or hummus, or drizzle your steamed broccoli with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. And if you can run the stalks and leaves through a juicer, you’ll have a spicy green sipper to enjoy as a snack with whole wheat crackers.

Remember; high blood pressure isn’t a death sentence. It’s a warning. You can effectively improve your numbers and reduce the risk of disease. Take heed to what your body is telling you and make little changes, like the one mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier heart.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Is Organic Milk the Better Option?


A study published by scientists at Stanford University has pushed the debate on whether or not organic foods are more nutritious than foods grown conventionally. In short, they say no. There is one exception though: organic milk.

A few years ago media focused on a growing concern on childhood puberty. On average, it appeared that girls were reaching puberty at a much earlier age while boys were reaching their stage of puberty at a slower than normal one.  This gave rise to growing concerns over bovine growth hormone.

BGH is commonly used to stimulate milk production on conventional dairy farms. Because the hormone occurs naturally in cows, and the Food and Drug Administration has argued that the additional BGH injected into cows does not change the milk. However, this is debatable.



To maintain milk’s “organic status,” organic dairy farms are required to allow their cows to spend a certain amount of time grazing on natural grasses. It is believed that this in combination with limited grain feed in the bovine diet (or eliminating it entirely), and refraining from BGH injections result in a noticeably beneficial balance on the fatty acids in the milk.

An excerpt from Kenneth Chang's New York Times article explains: “Compared with conventional milk, organic milk has lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which are believed to be unhealthy for the heart in high concentrations, and higher levels of healthful omega-3 fatty acids. The Stanford researchers noted that organic milk does have modestly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, based on a few small studies included in the analysis.

Organic Valley, a cooperative of organic farmers, says its organic milk shows omega-3 levels that are 79 percent higher than those in conventional milk, as well as much lower levels of omega-6.”

As Always - Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Relieving Pain in America


If you are over forty, this should interest you. Did you know that every year, about 100 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, and that this condition costs our nation somewhere between $560 billion and $635 billion annually? These figures come from a new report by the Institute of Medicine. Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, added the committee that wrote the report.

The IOM committee called for coordinated, national efforts of public and private organizations to create a cultural transformation in how the nation understands and approaches pain management and prevention. They believe that some of the recommended changes can be implemented by the end of 2012 while others should be in place by 2015 and maintained as ongoing efforts.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Younger With Each Day

It’s no big news. I turned 46 last week. My birthday was low-key and reflective, mostly spent with my family and friends telling jokes about the good old days and flipping through pics of a younger me on Facebook. It’s strange to look back at those times. Sort of feels like visiting the grave of a long-lost friend. Each of us re-living those memories, and realizing how invincible we thought ourselves to be.

Now older, we know how much we have changed over time and have learned to treasure those things which matter most to us like family, health, career, personal fulfillment and life purpose. What we may have originally thought to be important in our youth has now been replaced with the need for meaning, love in its genuine form, emotional strength and above all the physical stamina to do all those things which make our lives full and rich.

And, something else occurs to us… It’s something that most of us never even thought of in our “younger” days. We become keenly aware of our mortality and just how frail our bodies, our lives, can be.

No, I’m not depressed. I’m just older. Appreciative of the little treasures I have found in this newly acquired knowledge that I now posses. It stokes the fire that drives me to do more, see more, and to actually be more and more alive with each day that passes.

Armed with this knowledge, my life mission is to inspire and appreciate the incredible abilities we all have and to teach others how to enjoy living younger longer and more fulfilled no matter what their age.

It’s true: Personal growth holds no maximum age limit. There is, and should always be, a pride to be taken in the experiences we have all lived through. Muhammad Ali once said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

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