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HERBS – WHY BOTHER?  improve your health, diet and culinary skills.

Use herbs or spices for flavouring instead of salt or artificial chemical flavourings. According to the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, herbs have a higher antioxidant content than most plant foods. Antioxidants benefit our bodies by strengthening our immune system, and help to fight toxins (also called free radicals or poisons). Antioxidants protect the body from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. We are exposed to many poisons. Through our diet: preservatives, artificial flavourings and chemicals. We inhale fumes, smoke and other pollutants. Toxins are found in household cleaning products, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, and so on.

Good news for calorie counting and weight loss – herbs are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and contain only a few calories. Herbs are nutrient dense super foods with proven health benefits. Buy fresh, dried, or grow your own to use in cooking or make herbal remedies.

FIVE TOP HERBS

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BASIL is delicious, especially in Italian dishes; the main ingredient in most Italian Pesto sauces. Used for centuries for health benefits and to season food; contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.  A Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and water to grow.

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CORIANDER is also called Chinese Parsley or Cilantro. Coriander is often used in Indian dishes; contains a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

Prefers sunny spots, and well–drained soil.  The seeds can also be eaten. The seeds should be dried and crushed before added to dishes.

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PARSLEY is one of the most popular garnishes. High in vitamins K, C, and A. Rich in enzymes and anti-oxidants that boosts the digestive and excretory system (aids digestion).  Parsley helps cleanse the kidneys and sweetens the breath; contains a good source of flavonoids (especially luteolin), beta-carotene, folate and iron.

Needs plenty of light, and prefers well-drained moisture retaining soil.

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ROSEMARY is wonderful for seasoning vegetables and meat.  Rosemary contains Vitamins B-1, B-3, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.  Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb, which needs plenty of sunshine.  In colder climates, it is best to grow indoors, or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.  The leaves can be turned upside down and hung to dry for about two weeks before grinding into a powder.

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sage | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

SAGE, or Salvia, is delicious popular seasoning, which is often added to stuffing.

High in vitamin K. Held as a great tonic, and an antibiotic, an anti-fungal, an astringent, and an antispasmodic. Sage is a Mediterranean herb that needs plenty of sunshine and space.  Sage needs well-drained soil. In wet climates it is best to grow sage in raised beds or in containers.

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Natural Diet | Mesh ball, or spice ball a handy gadget for adding herbs or spices to green tea, herbal tea or to cooking (like cloves to apples or pears)

 

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PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.

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how to create a therapy garden

 

A therapy garden is designed to enhance the spirit, to heal, to restore, to teach, to provide a sanctuary, and to engage the senses.

HOW TO CREATE A THERAPY GARDEN

Horticultural therapists suggest designing gardens that meet physical, psychological, and social needs.  Consider the following:

Colour:  Add colour for interest, beauty and to attract butterflies and bees. Consider planting cooler shades, like violet, blue and green in meditation areas.

Exercise: If space allows add winding paths, grids, labyrinth / maze, and provide handrails and rest points.

Add sculptures, water features, or features that attract attention

and encourage discussion and movement  through the garden.

Add a kitchen garden: herb, fruits, berries, and vegetable patches to improve diets and culinary skills, whilst gaining pleasure from growing and eating your own fresh organic produce.

Lighting: Add well placed solar lighting to enjoy the garden at night.

Add art, ornamental trees, shrubs and grasses to and interest and to show personality.

Create areas for quiet reflection.  Consider different levels of privacy, and if space allows accommodate individuals and groups.

Repeat colours, shapes and spacing to help calm the mind.

Safety: Consider non-toxic plants and non-slip even walkways. If space allows, paths should be at least five feet wide enough to accommodate and turn wheelchairs. To avoid glare, surfaces should not be shiny, consider tinted concrete.

Scent: Add flowers, herbs, shrubs and trees that attract butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife. Consider adding fragrant plants, trees and herbs, like eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, magnolia, peppermint and rosemary.

Seating: Add chairs, walls or benches.  Consider adding sturdy seating with back and arm support for lengthy sittings.

Shade: Add tables with umbrellas, gazebos or pergolas to accommodate varying tolerances to light exposure.

Sound: Add water features: the soothing sound of a cascading waterfall calms the mind and adds life to the garden. Water features make good focal points and they entice wildlife.  Add soothing wind chimes to sound in the wind.

Special Occasions: Plant flowers to mark special occasions: plant roses for Valentines Day, Daffodils for spring, Poppies for Veteran’s Day, and so on, to celebrate.

Choose a style: urban, rural, formal, informal, Zen and so on. Avoid clutter to bring a sense of serenity.

Sustainability: Consider garden maintenance by planting some perennials, and paths and structures that do not require a lot of maintenance.

Vary heights to create a more visually appealing garden.

Wildlife: Leave uncultivated areas, like long grass in spots, to attract and shelter wildlife.

WHY CREATE A THERAPEUTIC GARDEN?

Nature improves our emotions, sense of well-being and health.  Reduces stress and promotes healing.  Stress impairs our immune system and its ability to fight infection. Time spent with nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and increases the absorption of Vitamin D, which is needed to get calcium into bones and strengthen the immune system.

Research done by Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., Director at the Center for Health Systems and Design Texas A & M University found that simply having views of nature evoked positive feelings and reduced stress. He found post-surgery patients who had views of nature recovered far more quickly and made fewer negative comments, and needed less pain medication, compared to those with a view of a brick wall.

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nuts: almonds, brazil, cashew, hazelnuts and walnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Nuts provide a good source of antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, and minerals.  Great for your heart – may reduce the risk of developing blood clots.  According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating nuts and beans, in place of red meat or processed meat can lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Plant-based, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.   Almond milk or other nut milks are healthy alternates to dairy milk.

To maximise the health benefits, avoid sugar coated, salted or roasted nuts, and eat in moderation. A recent health publication recommends eating 4-5 servings of mixed nuts a week.  One serving is approximately ¼ cup, or 1oz, or 28 grams. Include nuts as part of a varied diet.

CAUTION: a small percent of the population, less than 2%, may be allergic to nuts.

FIVE TOP NUTS

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almonds | plantbased diet |plantpowerz

Almonds have the highest levels of fibre and vitamin E. Contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and is a good source of vitamins B1 and B2.  Highly revered in Kashmir, India, believed to enhance the brain.

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brazil nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Brazil nuts are a good source for fibre, magnesium, selenium, calcium, iron, Vitamins E and Vitamins B1, Manganese, Phosphorus and copper; they are particularly high in selenium, an antioxidant, and polyunsaturated fats, particularly Omega-6.

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cashew nuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Cashew nuts provide a good source of copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium (antioxidant), tryptophan and zinc. High in vitamins B1, B6, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.  Benefits blood, bones teeth, digestion and metabolism.

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hazelnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Hazelnuts are a very good source of vitamin E and manganese.  High in fibre, vitamins B1 and B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium phosphorus, zinc and antioxidants

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walnuts | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

High praise for walnuts: one of the highest sources for antioxidants. Walnuts provide unusually high levels of vitamin E and Ellagic acid, a natural phenol antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, reducing the risk of premature ageing. Walnuts are the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  Provides a rich source of minerals including calcium, copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, omega-3 and numerous tannins.

PLEASE READ  The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies should only be taken with approval from your physician.

 

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How to make nettle green tea smoothie

Four ingredients:

Banana Kiwifruit Nettle Tea Pineapple

1. One banana peeled and sliced;  2. ½ cup of chopped pineapple;  3. One kiwifruit peeled and sliced;  4. Approximately one large cup (½ pint / 250ml) of nettle green tea (chilled).

Process:

1.  Make the nettle green tea first; 2.  Refrigerate; 3.  Once the tea is chilled, place the four ingredients into a blender; 4.  Blend and serve, makes approx. 1 pint, 500 ml, or two small cups.

WHY IS NETTLE GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE SO HEALTHY?

A powerful antioxidant drink: all four ingredients are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

BANANAS: high in fibre, an excellent source of vitamin B6, contains moderate levels of potassium, vitamins B12, C, manganese, magnesium.  According to the New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a healthy diet can reduce the risk of a stroke.  Recovery drink: good for hangovers as alcohol causes the body to lose potassium. Bananas increase enzymes in the body that protect the body from infections, and reduce acidity in the stomach.  A good energy booster because of the high glucose, fructose and sucrose content.

PINEAPPLE has high levels of vitamin C and manganese. Manganese is a good mineral for energy production and antioxidant defence. Vitamin C is a highly effective antioxidant.  Important because it promotes healing, neutralises harmful toxins, and helps prevent cancer and heart disease.

KIWIFRUIT is a great antioxidant, very high in vitamin C and dietary fibre; contains potassium, vitamins B6, E and K, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin K helps prevent heart disease. One kiwifruit contains more than 100 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin C based on a 2000-calorie daily diet.

NETTLE tea is highly prized as a natural antioxidant herbal remedy. High in vitamins A, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2), C, D, E, and K; loaded with minerals: calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulfur and zinc.  Nettle is a natural diuretic, enhancing the natural excretion of waste, a kidney stimulant that helps to prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections like cystitis and nephritis. Nettles helps to clear skin conditions like eczema, and speeds up metabolism so it could aid in weight loss.  The high iron content may help iron deficient anaemic patients.  Given the high calcium content nettles are good for healthy teeth and bones.

For more nettle information, see Detox diet with nettle leaf.

For a diet drink, see how to make your own appetite suppressant weight loss drink.  This is a quick and easy recipe requiring only three ingredients: water, fennel seeds and a lemon. Recipe.

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Please note that the information provided does not replace medical treatment, or advice.  Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs.

 

 

 

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licorice root | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

A healthy alternate to sugar (or dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, sucrose)

Licorice root is a great tasting natural sweetener, 50-100 sweeter than sucrose.  It is approved for consumption by the U.S. as a natural flavour enhancer.

Why consume less sugar?

Sugar contributes to degenerative diseases, and an early death.  According to Robert H. Lustig, M.D., author of Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth about Sugar (a book which is the culmination of 16 years of medical research), sugar is addictive, and  contributes to Metabolic Syndrome, which is a scourge, a group of chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Sugar is listed as one of the 10 worst foods for your bladder by J. Kyle Mathews M.D.

Ancient medical history:  Liquorice roots, fennel seeds and nettles are historically revered for their restorative and healing benefits, suitable for those following the Paleo, caveman, diet.

Cure-all medicine

The ancient Egyptians valued licorice, and used it as a cure-all medicine.  A large stash of licorice was found in King Tut Ankh Amon’s 3000 year old tomb.

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King Tut Ankh Amon | natural plant based diet

Alternate medicine

Licorice root is used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour and anti-viral in herbal medicine.  Anti-viral studies found licorice root exhibited strong anti-viral effects, an alternate therapeutic agent for mouth and peptic ulcers* The acid compound may stop the growth of bacteria.  The anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation.

* Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 54 (1) 243-246.

Anti-depressant contains anti-depressant compounds.

Diet and weight loss the strong satisfying sweet taste is claimed to make people feel full and suppress the appetite, a natural appetite suppressant, healthier than sugar or artificial flavourings.

Lessen symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. By enhancing cortisol activity, licorice root helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Restorative and healing properties

Used in several countries, primarily China, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Rome, for its numerous health benefits.  Purported to relieve many ailments, including

~ arthritis  ~ asthma ~ body odours ~ coughs  ~ colds ~ constipation  ~ depression  ~ fatigue ~ fibromyalgia ~  flu  ~ fungal infections  ~ gout ~ heartburn ~ liver disease  ~ menopause  ~ PMS ~ prostate enlargement  ~ psoriasis  ~ sore throat ~ stress ~ ulcers  ~ yeast infections

The Chinese use licorice / liquorice root as a natural remedy for healing the respiratory and digestive system, relieving heartburn and indigestion by reducing acidity levels, and acting as a mild laxative.  The root is supposed to relieve inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, loosening phlegm and soothing the tract.

Licorice is a healthy natural sweetener

Avoid artificial sweeteners because they could be unhealthy toxic concoctions of artificial flavours and mysterious chemicals.

Other Names: Blackroot, Black Sugar, Licorice Root, Liquorice, Sweetroot, Sweetwood

The Latin name is Glycyrrhiza glabra meaning sweet root.  In other countries, liquorice is called:

France:  regliss
Germany: lakritze
Italy:  liquirizia
Spain: regaliz
India: mulethi

Please read:

The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice. Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.  Liquorice root is not recommended if you have a heart condition or are pregnant, and only small quantities should be consumed if you have high blood pressure.

 

 

 

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Detox naturally with stinging nettle leaf (Urtica Dioica L.)

We poison our bodies by consuming alcohol, artificial additives, coffee, fats, nicotine, preservatives, soda, sweets; using toxic cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning products, inhaling toxic fumes, etc. Most toxins (free radicals) are filtered by our kidneys and land up in our urine others remain and poison our bodies. You may need to detox if you are unusually tired, bloated, constipated, have bad skin, bad breath, dull eyes, or headaches.

Natural diet antioxidants: To help rid your body of toxins turn to nature for fennelherbs, licorice, nettles, nuts, seeds and spices.

Why nettles?  The wonder weed is highly nutritious, nettles have numerous health benefits, more nutritional than spinach: a higher iron, calcium and fibre content. Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica L. or nettles, is one of the most valuable herbal remedies. Nettle is high in antioxidants, vitamins A, thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2), C, D, E, and K, and loaded with minerals: calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulfur and zinc

Stinging nettle has several therapeutic properties for which there is no equivalent synthetic drug.  For decades stinging nettle has been used to treat anaemia, arthritis, painful joints, gout, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.

Nettles – a natural diuretic.  The plant enhances the excretion of waste, a kidney stimulant that helps prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections like cystitis and nephritis.  Helps clear skin conditions, such as eczema. Nettle increases metabolism so it could aid weight loss, and purifying the blood by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more fluid.  To help weight loss, see how to  make your own easy weight loss drink – only three ingredients: water, fennel seeds and a lemon.

Nettles a natural remedy for snoring. Netttle leaf remedy for snoring (remedy #6).

Nettles have a high iron content, which helps anaemic patients, those suffering from iron deficiency. Nettles help disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism and symptoms of gout by cleansing the system of toxins. Nettles increase the excretion of uric acid. Helps treat gout patients, who have excessive uric acid in their blood stream, which lodges in joints and causes pain.

Nettle infusions, combined with large amounts of fluids, are used as an irrigation therapy for urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

Help the body detox and lose weight by drinking plenty of water and cutting down on toxins, and incorporating nettles as part of a varied diet.

According to extensive placebo controlled studies nettle roots have been found to relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)* (or enlarged prostate). Nettle roots are also used to treat incontinence and male urinary tract problems, frequent urination, painful urination, inability to urine and an irritable bladder. Nettle root is also used to relieve joint pain, as an astringent and as a diuretic.

* World Journal of Urology 2005.

According to the World Health Organisation, nettles are used in pharmacopoeias (medicine) as a diuretic and for the treatment of rheumatism and sciatica.

Nettle leaves dried or fresh can be used like herbs to make tea, or steamed liked spinach or added to dishes. Handle fresh stinging nettle with gloves. Fresh nettles lose their sting once they are dried or steamed.

Nettles are used in many beauty product.  Nettle extract an ingredient used by several major companies in their hair and skin products.  For example, Clairol, DIAL, Alberto Culver Nexxus, Burt’s Bee, Schwarzkopf and more.  Often used to control dandruff.

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The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS DRINK

Three Ingredients: 1.   One tablespoon of fennel seeds (5.8 g ~ 20 calories; only seven calories from fat) 2.  One cup of boiled water 3.  Juice of one lemon

Process: Steep the fennel seeds in boiled water for at least 15 minutes (until lukewarm/tepid).  Add the lemon juice.

FOR OPTIMUM RESULTS  Best to drink on an empty stomach, and don’t eat for 30 minutes after drinking.

WHY ARE FENNEL SEEDS GOOD FOR YOU?

Not only are they tasty, liquorice flavoured and aromatic, the seeds have numerous health benefits.  Fennel seeds, along with licorice root and nettles, are historically revered for their health benefits. They are low in fat and calories, 1 tablespoon, or 5.8g ~ 20 calories, ~ only 7 calories from fat, and high in antioxidants and minerals, particularly high in manganese.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Besides being a well-known remedy for bad breath, fennel seeds have been used in traditional and preventative medicine. Helping:

~ Acidity ~ Bones (iron content) ~ Bloating ~ Blood ~ Bronchitis ~ Colon ~ Constipation ~ Coughs ~ Cramps ~ Digestion ~ Flatulence ~ Halitosis (bad breath) ~ Heartburn ~ Nausea ~ PMS (pre-menstrual symptoms) ~ Toxins (helps to remove toxins / free radicals) ~ Respiratory tract ~ Weight management ~ Water retention

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

The anti-inflammatory properties for natural pain management like arthritis.

CARMINATIVE

Fennel helps expel gas naturally, combating flatulence and heartburn.

FENNEL FOR LONGEVITY

The antioxidant content helps remove harmful toxins, or free radicals, thereby protecting the body from infections and degenerative and ageing diseases.  Fennel is a natural diuretic. Fennel is used in traditional medicine as a natural tonic/cleanser for the kidney liver and spleen. The antioxidant and fibre content help to rid the body of potentially toxic chemicals; acting as a preventative medicine.

HEALTHY BONES

Fennel seeds could potentially prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.  The Journal of Molecular Medicine published a study that showed fennel seeds had a beneficial effect on bone density and mineral content.

HEALTHY BLOOD AND CARDIO VASCULAR SYSTEM

The folate and potassium found in fennel seeds help promote a healthy cardiovascular system, and promote healthy red blood cells.

HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS

Fennel seeds – are nutrient filled detoxification herbs – loaded with minerals and vitamins: vitamins A,  B1, B2, B3, C, and E, calcium, copper,  iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, pyridoxine, riboflavin and niacin.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Fennel is low in calories and acts as a natural appetite suppressant and a diuretic purging the system of toxins by increasing perspiration and urination, which also helps with excessive water retention and aids weight loss.  The high fibre content and antioxidants help to clean the system and prevent constipation and weight gain.

WHAT ARE FENNEL SEEDS?

Fennel seeds are usually considered herbs; they are actually the fruits of the sweet fennel plant.  Unlike Florence Fennel, Sweet Fennel has no bulb and is used like a herb instead of a vegetable (like the Florence fennel bulb).   Fennel grows well in hot climates, and often used in Indian, Italian and North African dishes to season food.

WHY LEMONS?

Curbs your appetite, boosts your metabolism, and helps clear your body of toxins.  Lemons are very high in vitamin C, a great antioxidant, promotes healing, and boosts the immune system.  Lemons are also natural appetite suppressants that help reduce the appetite.

PLEASE READ

The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice. Never delay seeking medical advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants and herbal remedies react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies should be taken with approval from your physician.

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