Why Obesity Causes High Blood Pressure

By Chrisitan Goodman

It's a sad statistic - depending on the study, anywhere from a quarter to one-half of all Americans today are overweight. It's not just the adults - almost 14% of all children carry more weight than they should, a sharp increase from barely 5% only a few decades ago.

Experts have agreed that this is so because people nowadays are exercising less than before. Also, the wrong kinds of food are finding their way into the kitchens of american families who are becoming more affluent.

Even though some physical activities are being required by schools, such as credits in Physical Education or JROTC for graduation, the statistics are telling us that these efforts are not enough.

It's a well-known fact that the risk of hypertension is directy related to one's weight. If more weight is being carried by the body, more work is being done by the heart to counteract it. As time passes, the heart grows larger and weaker.

Arteries may also harden, hampering the circulation of blood around the body.

A blood pressure reading of over 120/80 mm Hg is a sign of hypertension. When you have hypertension, you are more prone to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, dementia, blindness, and impotence.

Studies have shown that overweight individuals are at a much greater risk of suffering from high blood pressure - up to three times more likely - than those who maintain the ideal weight for their height.

Conventional hypertension treatments are all over the place. There are medical therapies and suggestions to exercise and eat healthier. But as I've mentioned in a previous post, less than one out of every three individuals suffering from hypertension actually avail of these treatments.

Many would frown at the prohibitive prices of some of these treatments, while others would much rather do without the side effects.

How about good old fashioned exercise then to reduce weight? The most well-known answer to that would be, "I'm too lazy", or "I don't have time to exercise" which is another way of saying "I'm too lazy."

So what's the deal?

I've tried some of the treatments mentioned above, like exercise, weight reduction, and healthier diet, and have found that they are effective in lowering blood pressure. Significant improvements can be seen even with just a 10-pound reduction in body weight.

However, we are unwilling to give up those things that we enjoy. That is why I developed the Natural Blood Pressure Exercise Program.

My exercises don't involve long hours or vigorous physical activity - actually, they don't even involve any weight loss. Instead, they effectively lower blood pressure by clearing the body of nerve tension and emotional stress.

Only a few minutes each week is required to do the program.

I am healthier and my hypertension is better controlled by doing these exercises than the other treatments I've tried before. Please click on the link found at the upper-right-hand side of this website.

It wouldn't hurt at all if you lose a few pounds as well by doing the exercises, right? - 31820

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Do Both Blood Pressure Numbers Matter?

By Chrisitan Goodman

As a former high blood pressure sufferer, I understand why this is such a cause for concern. Worrying if one might have it, worry if one does have it, worry that if one doesn't have it, might they get it later?

As a quick review, a reading of 140/90 is normally considered high. 120/80 to 139/89 is considered pre-hypertensive. The systolic pressure is the top number.

How are these numbers relevant? The older we get, the more likely high blood pressure tends to be. Two thirds of those aged 65+ are estimated to have hypertension. It is believed that the increase in high blood pressure may actually start at closer to age 50.

If not treated, hypertension can continue to put strain on the heart which can then increase the chances of heart attacks or strokes.

Other organs can be affected as well such as the kidneys.

The systolic reading measures the force of the blood as the heart beats. The diastolic measures the force of blood as the heart "rests." The diastolic reading does not have to be high for high blood pressure to exist. If the systolic reading is the only high reading, then isolated systolic high blood pressure may exist.

Since the diastolic pressure actually decreases as we age, the systolic pressure has particular importance. Note however, that both measurements are important to properly diagnose the presence of high blood pressure.

A medical professional should diagnose whether or not high blood pressure exists.

Bear in mind that you may not necessarily feel "bad" yet still have high blood pressure. That is how it gets its nickname, the "silent killer." If left unchecked, some people are unaware that blood pressure was even an issue until they are faced with serious health problems including stroke or heart attack.

The possibility of medication being prescribed does deter some people from having their blood pressure professionally checked. Actually, it is the side effects of the medication that can be a deterent. This is important to discuss with your physician.

Expressing this concern does not necessarily mean that medication still will not be prescribed or recommended. This is a key complaint regarding most Western doctors.

However, some doctors are worried that the patient may not make certain life changes (such as avoiding alcohol, discontinue smoking, follow exercise and breathing programs.) Therefore, drugs tend to be the only solution.

My all natural High Blood Pressure Program has been tremendously successful in treating and curing high blood pressure (be is Isolated Systolic or otherwise high.) It is very relaxing and requires a small fraction of your time. - 31820

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Alzheimer's Disease Linked to High Blood Pressure

By Christian Goodman

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, refers to a condition in which the blood circulates through the arteries with too much force. The American Heart Association estimates that high blood pressure affects 73 million Americans, or one in three adults. Hypertension also affects approximately two million children and teenagers in the United States. Several factors may contribute to high blood pressure, including genetics, high salt intake, and hardening of the arteries.

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm. Additionally, a recent study found that hypertension may contribute to Alzheimer's disease by decreasing blood flow to the brain.

Co-author of the study Dr. Cyrus Raji of the University of Pittsburgh explained, "While hypertension is not a cause of Alzheimer's disease, our study shows that it is another hit on the brain that increases its vulnerability to the effects of the disease."

In the study, researchers utilized a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure blood flow to the brain. They found that hypertension significantly reduced blood flow to the brain for all patients in the study. Participants who suffered from hypertension as well as Alzheimer's disease had the least cerebral blood flow, or flow of blood to the brain.

Co-author Dr. Oscar Lopez, also of the University of Pittsburgh said "This study demonstrates that good vascular health is also good for the brain,". "Even in people with Alzheimer's disease, it is important to detect and aggressively treat hypertension and also focus on disease prevention."

Dr. Raji added, "These results suggest that by changing blood flow to the brain, hypertension - treated or untreated - may contribute to the pathology of Alzheimer's."

While high blood pressure may not necessarily lead to Alzheimer's disease, it definitely makes the brain more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease as well as mild cognitive impairment that may affect memory, language, attention, and reasoning.

All too often, individuals living in the conveniences of modern society attribute diseases like Alzheimer's and hypertension to old age. In the majority of cases, these diseases are persuaded more by lifestyle and environment. By taking care of yourself, you can age gracefully and prevent those "diseases of old age."

Start with a healthy diet. Most Americans consume way too much fat and sodium. Attempt to eat less meat and more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you salt your food, use only a small amount. You may be amazed to learn that the saltshaker is not the main source of sodium. Processed food is the primary source of dietary sodium. Even some "health foods" and "low-sodium foods" have particularity high levels of sodium. Read the labels. To be safe, stay away from processed foods altogether. You may have to spend a little more time to prepare your own whole foods at home, but your health (and your family's health) is worth it.

Regular exercise is another key component in healthy, natural living. Your must regularly exercise your mind, body, and spirit to avoid atrophy. "Use it or lose it," as the saying goes. You don't have to join an expensive gym or spend hours a week doing grueling exercises. You just have to exercise wisely. To learn more about protecting your cardiovascular system and your brain so that you can enjoy a long, healthy life, see high blood pressure exercises and Alzheimer's prevention exercises.

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How To Reduce Blood Pressure

By Sarah Hobbs

No High blood pressure is safe high blood pressure. Even if your blood pressure stays only marginally above the normal levels there is increased risk of organ damage, heart attack and stroke. And of course the higher it rises and the longer it stays like that the greater your risk.

The good news is that there are natural steps you can take to help reduce your blood pressure or prevent it from increasing to dangerous levels. Studies have shown that there is a strong link between certain dietary plans and lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients, so with a diet for high blood pressure you can use the kitchen to normalise your blood pressure levels!

Scientists found that changing your diet so that it is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, has an added emphasis on fruits and vegetables and fat free and low fat dairy products and includes whole grains and less red meat will significantly lower blood pressure. Including plenty of fish and organic poultry and cutting out processed sugars added to the blood pressure lowering effect.

Including calcium, magnesium and potassium rich foods is also important as these vital minerals are crucial elements in the fight against high blood pressure. Of course the optimum blood pressure diet is very low in salt, as salt and sodium are key elements that contribute to high blood pressure and the hardening of the arteries if consumed in disproportionate amounts.

The foods that are great for lowering blood pressure do not need to be sought out at specialty health food stores, they are everyday foods available in any supermarket. Skim milk is great for providing calcium and vitamin D. These two nutrients work together to reduce blood pressure and have been known to have about a 4% reduction rate - doesn't sound like much but it can be the difference between life and death. For vitamin D it is essential that you also get around half an hour sun exposure on about 25% of you body for optimum absorption.

Spinach is not just for Popeye, but is another great food for lowering blood pressure. Other essentials include beans and legumes and unsalted nuts and seeds. All of the above are high in magnesium and potassium, key mineral for lowering blood pressure. It is important that you get your intake of potassium through foods, as taking supplements can actually have detrimental effects on your body, so only take potassium supplements with the advice of a healthcare professional otherwise your body balance may be tipped.

Another trio of high blood pressure fighters is potatoes, soybeans and bananas. Potassium is important because of its relationship with sodium. They are inextricably linked, one is high, the other is low - so for blood pressure you want it to be the potassium high sodium low equation, otherwise it spells danger! Potassium works especially on the kidneys so it is important for guarding against renal failure and kidney disease, both risks from high blood pressure.

For the chocolate lovers amongst us, there is good news. Your favourite friend in the cupboard just became even better. Cheers dark chocolate! Recent studies have shown that dark chocolate in moderation (around 14 grams per day) will help reduce high blood pressure with no added weight gain or other adverse affects. Dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants and minerals like iron - eat it with nuts or fruit to extract the fullest amount of 'goodies' from the chocolate.

Its important to keep in mind that youdon't have to eat tasteless and bland meals to benefit your blood pressure. What you will be getting is a healthy life, full of yummy foods that will see you not only get healthier but regain control of your life, no more living in the shadow of high blood pressure. - 31820

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Absence of Sleep Effects Include Risk Of Hypertension

By Kirsten Whittaker

An important new report that appears in the June eight, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine has revealed that middle-aged adults afflicted with lack of sleep effects are at higher chance of developing high blood pressure.

Hypertension contributes to 7 million deaths around the globe each year. One third of American's are influenced.

In this research, University of Chicago analysts picked up data like blood pressure readings as well as other clinical, demographic and health variables on research participants.

Duration of sleep was measured using surveys and a sensor on the wrist that tracked rest and activity for the 578 partakers, all of an average age of forty. In both 2000-2001 initial measurements were taken, then in 2005 and 2006 blood pressure, demographic and self reported sleep information were measured once again.

The researchers found that people who slept less hours are miles more sure to have higher BP pressure readings than those that slept longer. These sleep-starved adults were also rather more likely to develop high blood pressure over time .

After five years of the research, the team observed that each hour less of sleep was associated with a 37% increase in the percentages of raised blood pressure - both systolic ( top ) and diastolic ( bottom ) numbers were elevated.

The research did not include subjects from the mix who were taking prescription medicine for hypertension. They also used statistics to account for factors that might affect high blood pressure, things like age, sex and race. They saw that black men had higher blood pressures than either white men or ladies.

The mean hours a sleep a night for the participants in the study was six hours.

Only a lucky 1 percent of subjects got more than 8 hours a night. Black men inclined to get the fewest hours of sleep. 'These two observations suggested the fascinating possibility that the well-documented higher blood pressure in African north Americans and men could be in part related to sleep duration,' the study writers conclude.

The team considers that sleep deprivation is affecting the stress response of the body and this may raise the chance of developing hypertension.

Over and above being sure you get enough sleep by practicing good sleep habits, there are other stuff you can do to keep your blood pressure in order.

- Lose weight by eating fewer calories than you burn. - Eat a heart healthy diet, lots of fruits and vegatables, low total fats and avoid food high in saturated cholesterol and fat. - Cut back your salt intake and be certain to read labels to find the sodium in foods you buy. - Practice moderation in alcohol consumption - not more than two drinks a day for men, 1 drink a day for women. - Get more active - start slowly and build over time, at least half an hour a day of moderately intense activity is your goal. - Stop smoking - if you do try to give up or cut down. - Learn about your BP reading and what you need to know about medication to treat your condition. - If you're prescribed high blood pressure medicine, take it as prescribed.

Regardless of how old you are or what form you are in, you can do something to lower your blood pressure.

This study encourages anyone that's worried about absence of sleep effects on hypertension to ensure they've a regular sleep pattern, as well as taking some of the other steps professionals recommend to keep your blood pressure in order. - 31820

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Is Wine Good For High Blood Pressure?

By Chrisitan Goodman

I recently had dinner with some good friends and noticed that "Jane" was drinking red wine. At first I thought it was a joke, as Jane had more than once complained that she did not like the taste of red wine and in fact, preferred white wine.

It seemed that Jane had recently read an article stressing the benefits of red wine compared to white wine. It stated that there were health benefits, most importantly to the heart.

I was not surprised by this information. I've known for years that there has been proven health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation. This means one glass per day for women and two for men.

There have been some studies involving people from Mediterranean countries, who's diets where very high in fat. Researchers found that even though participants ate a high fat diet, their LDL (bad cholesteral) was low and their HDL (good cholesteral) was high. They also reported low blood pressure for participants. When looking for a common link, researchers found that all of the participants drank red wine.

It is thought that resveratrol and flavonoids, two antioxidants found in the seeds and skin of the red wine grape (also included in fermentation, unlike white wine) are responsible for these health benefits.

It is thought that resveratrol raises HDL cholesterol, which helps to prevent blood clots. Flavonoids help to reduce blood clots as well, in addition to preventing plaque from forming in one's arteries.

New research, though, has found that white wine and other types of alcohol are showing similar results. One particular study even indicated that white wine is more beneficial for health than red because the molecules in white wine are smaller and are more easily absorbed.

While I'm always interested whenever studies show promising health benefits from traditionally bad habits like alcohol consumption, but I also tend to take it with a grain of salt. Just how beneficial are these "health benefits" compared to the ill effects?

In every study, researchers are quick to point out that only drinking in moderation will produce any health benefits. In fact, they go on to say that alcohol abuse will cause far more devastating health problems than benefits.

Over indulgence in alcohol is addictive and can cause a number of health problems including: high blood pressure, obesity and organ damage. If you don't drink, research shows that it's better not to start. If you drink only in moderation, good for you.

If you are considering taking up alcohol specifically to lower your blood pressure, please let me suggest that you don't. Instead, you should try my all natural High Blood Pressure program. This is a non-addictive, healthy approach to lowering blood pressure with proven results. If weight loss is your goal, I encourage you to try my Weight Loss Breeze Program. - 31820

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Lemon as Natural Cures for High Blood Pressure

By Zidni Agni

High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer. Unhealthy diet and stress factor can cause hypertension. Unhealthy diet such as junk food consumption causes high blood pressure. Another factor is stress factor, some example of this stress factor is emotion related to any tragic news or events.

There are two types of hypertension, primary hypertension and secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension is hypertension that caused by life style or diet plan. Primary hypertension is the largest cases in high blood pressure. The second one is secondary hypertension, this kind of hypertension caused by preexisting medical condition, like heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure, or damage to the hormone system. Secondary hypertension is uncommon in high blood pressure cases.

How to prevent Hypertension? There are some ways to prevent Hypertension. The first way is by controlling your diet plan, always consumes healthy food and avoids high cholesterol food. The second way is by controlling your stress level, stress level could be managed by anger management therapy or practice such spiritual exercise treatment.

What is Natural Cures for High Blood Pressure? Natural cure for hypertension could found in your house. Natural remedies could help lowering the high blood pressure by lowering the cholesterol level and increases the immune system. Natural cure remedies will take effect in long term by maintaining the body immune systems and also have less unwanted side effect compared to the usual drugs. Nevertheless, the best way is to use natural remedies with the doctor prescriptions and consultation to have an optimal result.

Some of the natural remedies and treatment for hypertension is Lemon. Lemon has benefit to lower cholesterol and help lower high blood pressure. Lemon is regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a rich source of vitamin P which is found both in the juice and peel of the fruit. This vitamin is essential for preventing capillary fragility. - 31820

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Circulatory Disorders and Blood Pressure

By Christian Goodman

A lot of you have written to me telling me that you've been diagnosed with a certain circulatory disorder and you are inquistive if my programs can help. A lot of times, your diagnosis is ambiguous and treatment options are unclear. Several of you don't know why circulation is so important to the body.

In essence oxygen is the answer. The organs and tissues of the body count on oxygen not only to survive but to perform optimally. Blood is the delivery system for oxygen. If that delivery system is blocked or slowed, the effects can be possibly life threatening - both initially and over time.

When referring to circulatory disorders, there are actually two different groups in which they fall: heart disorders (disorders consisting of the heart and/or its valves and arteries) and blood disorders (disorders affecting red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, enzymes and/or plasma).

The list of heart disorders is massive. Some of the more frequent types of heart disorders are: Heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart failure, congenital (from birth) defects, and heart muscle disease.

Symptoms of heart disorders can include: chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, poor circulation, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypotension (low blood pressure), tachycardia (pulse over 100 beats per minute) and bradycardia (pulse under 60 beats per minute), nausea, dizziness, numbness in limbs, fainting and perspiration.

Risk factors include: high blood pressure (although mentioned as a symptom above, chronic high blood pressure can, over time damage the heart and other major organs), high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, lack of physical activity, heredity, stress and excessive alcohol and/or drug use.

Just as there are many types of heart disorders, the same can be said for blood disorders. Some of the more common blood disorders include: reduced numbers of white blood cells (leucopenia and its associated diseases), a reduced number of red blood cells (various anemias), reduced platelets (thrombocytopenia and its associated diseases), too many red blood cells (polycythemia) or too many white blood cells.

Futhermore, some blood disorders are due to sparse or abnormal blood clotting.

Warnings of blood disorders consist of: fatigue, shortness of breath, weight loss, fever, bruising, chest pain, irritability, numbness and/or coldness in hands and feet, headache, pale skin and excessive bleeding .

Causes of blood disorders include: vitamin deficiency, blood loss, certain chronic illnesses, genetic disorders, side effects of certain drugs, and cancers of the cells.

On account of the list of symptoms for each type of circulatory disorder is so enormous and they frequently overlap, it is critical to see your doctor to confirm your condition. For some of the circulatory disorders (in particular the blood disorders), medication may have to be an option. This can be scary to many (including me) since all medications have side effects, and a lot of them dangerous.

For other conditions, medication may be only one method of treatment and there are oftentimes, more natural methods of treatment, such as exercise, diet and/or getting your required amount of vitamins and minerals. The key is to insist that your doctor explain the benefits and potential complications of all therapies.

If weight loss is your issue and is contributing to other illnesses or disorders, I highly suggest you to try my all natural Weight Loss Breeze program. It's also very effective to enhance the oxygen level in the body. Also, if high or low blood pressure is your problem. Please try my High Blood pressure program. The breathing and relaxation exercises are simple to do and best of all, they work!

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Should I Drink Wine To Lower Blood Pressure?

By Chrisitan Goodman

I recently had dinner with some good friends and noticed that "Jane" was drinking red wine. At first I thought it was a joke, as Jane had more than once complained that she did not like the taste of red wine and in fact, preferred white wine.

Jane told me that she'd recently read that drinking red wine is beneficial to one's health, specifically, the heart.

This was not news to me. I've known for years that research has proven some health benefits to drinking red wine in moderation. By moderation, I mean one glass per day for women and two per day for men.

I've read studies dealing specifically with Mediterranean countries. The studies' participants all had high fat diets but low LDL (bad) cholesteral and high HDL (good) cholesteral. They also reported lowered blood pressure. Researchers found that what each participant had in common was the fact that they all drank red wine in moderation.

It is believed that there are 2 antioxidants in the red wine grape (seeds and skin) called resveratrol and flavonoids. Unlike white wine, skin and seeds are included in the fermentation process of red wine. Red wine, therefore, contains more of these antioxidants than white wine.

Resveratrol is responsible for raising HDL cholesterol. This helps prevent blood clots. Flavonoids help prevent plaque from forming in arteries, in addition to helping prevent blood clots.

New studies, however, including both white wine and other types of alcohol, have shown similar results. One study even suggested the benefits of white wine to red, because the molecules in white wine are smaller than in red and can be more easily absorbed in the body.

Yes, yes - we always want to hear that traditionally bad habits are now good for us and that is why we secretly kept at them even though our doctors warned us of the dangers of abuse. I for one, though, can't stress enough about moderation in drinking.

In every study, researchers are quick to point out that only drinking in moderation will produce any health benefits. In fact, they go on to say that alcohol abuse will cause far more devastating health problems than benefits.

Drinking in excess can lead to alcohol addiction, obesity, high blood pressure and damage to the major organs including the liver and heart. If you don't already drink alcohol, research indicates you shouldn't. If you drink in moderation, stay with moderation.

If weight loss or lowered blood pressure is your goal, I recommend two products: My Weight Loss Breeze program and my High Blood Pressure program. They have produced phenomenal results for my clients without negative side effects. - 31820

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Using Gooseberry for Natural Cures Hypertension

By Zidni A Apriya

Hypertension is a silent killer caused by mental and physical pressures. This pressure increases adrenaline in the blood stream and cause the pressure of the blood to rise. High blood pressure problem affected by narrowing of the small blood vessels, known as capillaries, throughout the body. This narrowing makes heart hard to pump blood through the blood vessels. Hence, the pressure of the heart will rise along with the heart attempt to pump the blood through these vessels.

Blood pressure measured by using sphygmomanometer in millimeters of mercury. The highest pressure reached during each heart beat is called systolic pressure and the lowest between the two beats is known as diastolic pressure. The first one gives the pressure of the contraction of the heart as it pushes the blood on its journey through the body and indicates the activity of the heart. The second one represents the pressure present in the artery when the heart is relaxed and shows the condition of the blood vessels.

The blood pressure level considered normal is 120/70, but may go up to 140 /90 and still be normal. Blood pressure between 140/90 and 160/95 is considered border line area. From 160/96 to 180/114, it is classed as moderate high blood pressure, while 180/115 and upward is considered severe.

Symptoms The first symptoms are pain toward the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning, which soon disappears. Other symptoms includes dizziness, aches and pains in the arms, shoulder region, leg, back, etc., palpitations, pain in the heart region, frequent urination, nervous tension and fatigue, crossness, emotional upset, tiredness and wakefulness.

People with high blood pressure cannot do any serious work and often feels tired all the time. He may experience difficulty in breathing and suffer from dyspepsia. Hypertension, if not eliminated, may cause heart attacks or strokes.

Main causes of hypertension are stress and unhealthy life style. Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants, tea, coffee, cola drinks, refined foods, are a few example of unhealthy life style. Hardening of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and severe constipation also lead to hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are excessive intake of pain killers, common table salt, food allergies and eating a high fat, low fiber diet, processed foods deficient in essential nutrients.

Natural Cures Hypertension cure should starts with a well-balanced routine diet, exercise and rest. Diet is of primary importance. Meat and eggs should be avoided because it makes the blood pressure to rise more than any other food. Higher fruit content, fresh fruits, vegetables, lower protein and non-flesh diet are important to lowered blood pressure.

Indian gooseberry (amla) is an effective natural cures for hypertension. A tablespoonful each of fresh amla juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning in this condition. - 31820

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