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canine nutrition homeopathy and natural health care training and behavior Volume 3 Issue 4 July August 2012 DOGS NATURALLY for dogs without boundaries ALLERGY ISSUE Parasites and allergies switching to raw Chinese Herbs RAW FOOD vs AAFCO Coconut Oil VACCINES and skin issues editor s message I watch the stars from my window sill The whole world is moving and I m standing still I thought of you and where you d gone And the world spins madly on. The Weepies In April 2012 Aaron CH Fallriver s Big Fish WC JH CD RN CGN gave me two final gifts that I will never forget. Aaron was a gawky little puppy just eight ounces at birth. I had several dogs at the time and although I loved Aaron I didn t have a close relationship with him. Aaron dedicated his life to changing that. I quickly learned how Aaron hung on my every word and was constantly by my side. He would do anything I asked of him without question and without any prospect of reward my happiness was enough to make him happy. While out walking the fields the dogs would run and play but Aaron would constantly come back to me and touch my hand before running off to play with the girls again. When out driving he would sit on the floor beside me in the van with his head on my lap and I would twirl his silky ears between my fingers as we drove the countryside. I was never allowed to lie on the couch by myself - I would be wrapped in a 95 pound black blanket staring adoringly into my face. Aaron worked hard at becoming my favorite dog and as much as I hate to say I had a favorite his work paid off. How could I not fall head over heels for this special dog Aaron worked hard at everything he did. He wasn t the most beautiful dog but he showed his heart out for me and won most of his points with attitude. He earned a specialty Winners Dog and Award of Merit and produced multiple specialty winners. But Aaron s real talent in the show ring was as an entertainer - while waiting our turn with the judge Aaron would humor our ringside friends by playing games with me. He loved to do a variety of tricks but his favorite was his Splat Down if I asked him to drop he would crumple to the ground in a split second with his head on the ground. Sometimes he would tease me and not put his head down. I would smile and say put your head down and he would put it partly down with an impish glow in his eye to which I would respond all the way down and as always Aaron did as I asked then he would bounce up so we could move on to the next game. He didn t care what the next game was as long as we played it together. When I found out Aaron was dying I was completely and utterly devastated. We had been virtually inseparable for the last six years Aaron had become my touchstone and being without him would make me feel terribly incomplete. We had just euthanized Simon and I was dreading having to make the same decision for Aaron. I prayed I would know when the right moment was. It turns out that Aaron had his own plans and as always they revolved around me. I was away at a trade show in April and Aaron was doing well before I left and while I was gone. Then the morning I got on the plane to fly home Aaron simply stopped eating. Twenty four hours later Aaron died peacefully on his bed in my office but not before he put his head on my lap one last time. I know Aaron waited for me to come home before deciding to die and I am so grateful for this gift. I thought allowing him to die peacefully at home would be my gift to Aaron but he always gave much more than I could ever give back. Aaron relieved me of the burden of having to end his life and for that I ll always be indebted to him because I m not sure I could have made that decision. I am in awe of Aaron s selfless final gifts to me. Because I let him enter my life so completely his absence still resonates deeply but without his gentle determination I would have never known the true meaning of love and loyalty. Dana 4 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine feedback Letters So sorry about your doggies. Must be heartbreaking. But your magazine is the best one on the market and I read it from cover to cover sometimes twice and I keep each one for reference. You may quote me. - Liz Gordon I got my back issue of DNM and I am beyond impressed We have bred dogs for 42 years and switched to raw about nine years ago and minimum vacs about the same time. I couldn t put your mag down (should not have take it to work ) We just lost a 12 year old Aussie to an autoimmune disease following a rabies vac which the town mandated. We will titer any dog from now on and get waivers hard as it is to find a vet who will do this. It was the longest most heart wrenching thing to watch my husbands perfectly fit hiking companion wither away over four months. Finally we called the vet to help her over the bridge. Thanks so much for such an informative magazine I am recommending it to everyone especially my puppy folks (just did this am) Blessing to you and our four legged pals. - Cathy & Kim Nilsen Wilshy Kennel I received my first issue last month. Wow I read the magazine entirely from beginning to end. It s like reading a really good book that you re afraid to put down because you re gonna miss something important. Thanks for giving pet owners the natural holistic side of things . My three babies Cuchi. Chico and Maya (below) really appreciate it - Maria Facebook Tina Brown I must say what A TERRIFIC magazine all the articles are so worth passing on to anyone who loves the animals. Pet owners can be aware of what their vets don t know or never tell them. Bravo to all and keep them coming. Tina McGuire Just got my first issue Have fed raw and no vaccs for six years. Learned so much in just the first three pages Awesome. Jean StJohn My three sons gave me a two year subsciption I cannot wait for the first copy to come Wholesome Animal Grocery Store (WAGS) Thanks so much for sharing information like this We think its wonderful and so important to be well educated pet owners. Swanback Jacks Thank you for yet another great issue of DNM I ve been into holistic medicine for nearly 20 years now and while your magazine is often a good refresher of my current beliefs this issue gave me some great new tools for my holistic tool box Thanks so much Keep up the great work Erin Young McWilliams A fantastic edition of DNM Just arrived at Paws-itive Experience Thank You for all of your hard work and knowledge Bailey Blu Pet Boutique We at Bailey Blu are absolutely THRILLED to be carrying Dogs Naturally Magazine Possibly the best holistic nutrition magazine out there. We love our friends Check out our website Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date on the latest stories and news as well as events contests and exclusive giveaways. Go to facebook.com dogsnaturallymagazine & twitter.com dogsnaturally. Dogs Naturally Magazine July August 2012 5 DOGS NATURALLY ON THE COVER Volume 3 Issue 4 18 12 FROM TRANSITION TO TWEAKING This two part article includes helpful information for the beginner and the more advanced canine nutrition student . by Kymythy Schultze 24 38 CHINESE HERBS AND ALLERGIES In Traditional Chinese Medicine excess heat is a source of allergies. Learn what herbs can decrease heat and symptoms. by Chris Bessent DVM 21 ALLERGIES AND COCONUT OIL How the unique properties of coconut oil can help your dog overcome both food and environmental allergies. by Charisa Antigua 43 PARASITES AND ALLERGIES 26 VACCINES AND SKIN PROBLEMS Is there a link between intestinal parasites and allergy symptoms in dogs by Dongho Seo DVM Many dogs develop debilitating skin eruptions hours after vaccination while some take longer to develop. A summary of the research linking vaccines to skin issues. by Catherine O Driscoll 50 RAW FOOD AND AAFCO Some raw foods carry AAFCOs approval as a complete source of nutrition while others don t. How much weight is there behind AAFCO when it comes to raw foods by Amy Nesselrodt DVM Dogs Naturally is published six times per year by Intuition Publishing. Digital subscription rates are 14.95 per year. Print subscription rates are 24.95 for US residents and 29.95 for Canadian residents. Bulk subscriptions are available at reduced rates. To subscribe call (877) 665-1290 or visit www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com Postmaster Send address changes to Dogs Naturally 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth Ontario L0G 1A0 COVER DOG AARON CH Fallriver s Big Fish WC JH CD RN A six year old Labrador Retriever. Owned loved and bred by Dana Scott. Ontario Canada Photography Dana Scott 6 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine COLUMNS 4 5 8 10 17 EDITOR S MESSAGE FEEDBACK CONTRIBUTORS ASK THE VET 10 MINUTE TRAINER 37 46 56 58 60 GIVEAWAYS NUTRITION WITH LUCY I NEED THAT DOG PEOPLE CLASSIFIED SECTION JOIN the MOVEMENT Say No to Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals We make Carna4 with 100% human-grade whole foods that are mashed mixed and baked into crunchy nuggets with nothing added. PURE - no synthetics ALL the nutrition of Carna4 comes from REAL FOOD SAFE - every batch safety tested for salmonella E. coli aflatoxins and coliforms AUTHENTIC - every single ingredient grown in U.S.A. and Canada GUARANTEED effective doses of 64 key nutrients SUPER FOOD high levels of live probiotics enzymes and antioxidants which survive our gentle baking process because they come from hardy organic sprouted seeds not test tubes FEATURES 14 HOMEOPATHY FOR HEMANGIOSARCOMA A discussion of treatment options as well as remedy selection and potency advice. by Charles E Loops DVM 18 A NEW AGE OF ANIMAL SHELTERING How a Richmond BC shelter made radical changes in their vaccine and nutrition policy. by Sonya Reichel 24 HOMEOPATHIC PEST PREVENTION Are insects and pests spoiling your time outdoors this summer Here are some homeopathic options to prevent insect bites. by Linda Miller CCH RSHom(NA) 32 HOW TO CHOOSE A SAFE SHAMPOO Many pet shampoos list natural and organic ingredients on their label but is this a guarantee the product is safe by Laura Boston 34 TITERS AND VACCINE DECISIONS Part II of this article takes a look at titers and vaccines for rabies and leptospirosis. by Don Hamilton DVM 40 THE INTUITIVE GIFT OF DOWSING How the pendulum can provide insight into the spiritual side of health. by Ellen Kohn 48 WATER THE ELIXIR OF LIFE There might be much more to water than just hydrogen and oxygen. by Deva Khalsa DVM 48 BARTER FOR CONTROL Make a deal with your dog and get better behavior. by Chris Puls A Great Addition to Raw Food Diets for Busy Pets on-the-go Questions Call us toll-free at 1-855-4CARNA4 or visit us at www.carna4.com 32 Dogs Naturally Magazine July August 2012 7 INTUITION PUBLISHING Editor Advertising Bundle Sales Photography Illustration Promotions Dana Scott Julia Henriques Irene McKirdy Vic Neumann Robert & Patricia Petit Linda Boileau Nicole DiBernardo contributors KYMYTHY R. 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Kymythy enjoys playing music with her husband Blair and preparing delicious meals for good friends - furry and non-furry. DR CHRIS BESSENT is the founder of Herbsmith practices holistic veterinary medicine utilizing Chinese herbs acupuncture food therapy and chiropractic on all animals. Dr. Bessent maintains a busy exclusive holistic veterinary practice in Southeastern Wisconsin where she treats horses and dogs on a daily basis. DR CHARLES LOOPS has been in veterinary practice for thirty-two years the first twelve in conventional practice and for the past twenty years exclusively using homeopathic medicine. Dr. Loops enjoys a rural life in North Carolina where he and his wife of thirty years have raised five children and five dogs homeopathically. July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 8 allergies and By Charisa Antigua ut Oil Cocon may have one type of allergy or a combination of two or more. With food allergies the dog develops sensitivity to a food ingredient usually a protein or carbohydrate. This usually occurs when the dog has consumed the ingredient for a long period of time and his immune system begins to overreact to the food. Food allergies may manifest themselves by chronic or intermittent gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting diarrhea gas and even skin problems. If your dog has environmental allergies he may be allergic to a countless variety of outdoor allergens such as grasses pollens ragweed or indoor irritants like dust mites mold or chemicals around your home. Generally if your dog exhibits allergic symptoms during changing seasons he may be allergic to outdoor allergens. If his symptoms are year round he may be allergic to something inside your home. Flea allergy dermatitis is sensitivity to flea saliva and is a common occurrence in dogs. This is managed by very diligent control over flea infestations on your dog and around his environment. I learned that Violet primarily has food allergies and was allergic to corn and all grains and sensitive to chicken. She also shows signs of increased itchiness red irritated eyes and mildly inflamed ears during spring so I suspect she may have some environmental allergies. My Yorkie Violet began to show serious signs of allergies before she was a year old. She scratched incessantly and would bite her sides and under her arms until she bled. She was miserable and I was horrified. What did I do wrong What was making Violet so itchy Treating and managing allergies in our dogs can be a challenging and frustrating experience. Determining the cause and trying to manage it takes time dedication and a good understanding of allergies and what causes them. Allergies in a Nutshell Allergies are classified into three main categories food allergies environmental allergies and flea allergy dermatitis. Your dog Why Allergies Develop Dogs Naturally Magazine July August 2012 21 UZ B F OF Z Homeopathic Treatment and Prevention of Insect Bites By Linda Miller CCH RSHom(NA) Vic Neumann W hen you begin to research homeopathy you will quickly see that there are remedies for many and various ills. In fact this 200 year old system of medicine is a vast treasure house capable of managing a plethora of conditions some of which you may never have imagined. One such example is the effectiveness of homeopathy for insect control. If you have rescued an animal you have likely seen infestations of fleas mange parasites and more which all result from a compromised immune system. A weak immune system is not limited to abandoned and malnourished animals however our pets are often exposed to toxins drugs and chemicals that can stress the immune system. When the body is in a weakened state insects and parasites can take over it s all a part of Mother Nature s plan If you wish to treat any insect or parasite problem in your dog you must restore the immune system to good healthy function. The first order of business is to improve the overall nutrition of the animal. Natural diets that are low in carbohydrates are the best option because grains and starches convert immediately to glucose making an internal haven for any unwanted inhabitants. This applies to both internal parasites and external parasites such as ticks and mosquitoes. Insect management for most pet owners consists of various drugs or chemicals. In an effort to prevent unwanted heartworm disease many pet owners use toxic heartworm preventives or they use topical pesticides and chemicals to keep the ticks at bay. Although these products may be effective in the short term they can be hard on an already compromised immune system and do not guarantee against relapse. From the perspective of homeopathic medicine pet owners can both treat and prevent insect bites. Specific homeopathic remedies can reduce swelling redness and itching and speed healing whereas others improve immune function. Happily the use of homeopathy to treat the effects of insect bites and infestations does not place an additional toxic load on the immune system liver and excretory organs. Because of this the homeopathic treatment of insect bites also reduces the likelihood of a repeat infection after treatment. Remedies like Staphysagria Ledum palustre Urtica urens Grindelia Cedron and Urtica urens are all indicated for mites fleas lice mange midges black flies horse flies deer flies chigger mites bees wasps hornets ants dust mites spiders worms ticks...the list goes on Here is a brief guide to using these remedies for pest control. 24 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine By Catherine O Driscoll Vaccines and Skin Problems Atopic dermatitis is a hereditary condition in which individuals react to allergens with an inflammatory skin condition. It belongs to a group of allergic disorders that include food allergies or intolerance allergic rhinitis and asthma. Dogs appear as a species to be particularly prone to dermatitis. There are many accounts from holistic practitioners who say that skin conditions in dogs flare up shortly after a vaccine event they often attribute skin problems to the vaccine miasm (a condition whereby vaccine damage is passed from one generation to the next). Back in the 90s Canine Health Concern surveyed dogs to see if there was any correlation between a recent vaccine event and the onset of illness. The results of this survey involving some 4 000 dogs are published in my book What Vets Don t Tell You About Vaccines. We found amongst other things that 46.2% of dogs with skin problems first started to have the problem within three months of vaccination. It can be statistically concluded at 99% certainty that vaccines can trigger skin problems. Supporting evidence comes from two scientists (Frick OL Brooks DL Immunoglobulin E antibodies to pollens augmented in dogs by virus vaccines. Am J Vet Res 44 440 1981) who showed that dogs that are genetically predisposed to develop atopic dermatitis didn t develop this inheritable condition if exposed to an allergen before they were vaccinated. But they did develop atopic dermatitis if they were exposed to an allergen after being vaccinated. From this we can hypothesize that individuals (whether human or animal) can have latent genetic traits that may remain dormant until something such as a vaccine triggers the predisposition. One study in humans stated that the condition has increased two to threefold since the 1970s. Studies Linking Vaccines to Atopic Dermatitis A number of studies (e.g. Olesen AB Juul S Thestrup-Pedersen K Dermatitis is increased following vaccination for measles mumps and rubella or measles infection) have linked atopic dermatitis in humans to vaccines specifically the measles July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 26 SAFE how to choose a By Laura Boston SHAMPOO We all love our dogs and do everything we can to keep them safe and healthy. We feed them a great diet get regular check ups give them love exercise and socialization. Regular grooming is also important to keep your dog healthy. Brushing your dog on a consistent basis helps keep their coat from matting removes excess hair and helps to keep a nice shine on their coat by spreading their natural oils. You should also check for fleas ticks abnormal lumps and bumps and skin issues. Many people say they don t bathe their dogs because they don t smell. Yet a regular bath is beneficial as it removes dead skin cells excess sebum helps to control dust mites allergens and other grime and bacteria that build up in the dog s coat. I recommend shampooing your dog once a month with a chemical free shampoo. Why chemical free What is ingested through the dog s skin is just as important as what we feed them. Many shampoos contain toxic chemicals which can create long and short term health problems in pets and people. More on these later Shampoos were originally made in the late 1800 s yet the natural ingredients making up the soapy concoction left the hair dull and coated with a film. Eventually a formula consisting of soapy water was used which contained a combination of botanicals and herbs that cleaned the scalp while giving the hair a pleasant fragrance and shine. It wasn t until the 1930 s that shampoos were made using synthetic ingredients. Natural organic ingredients benefit the health of the hair and scalp. Shampoo should contain healthy ingredients that gently clean and nourish without stripping the coat s natural oils. Simple as that. Shampoos should be cruelty free (not tested on animals) and vegan. Saponified certified organic olive oil coconut oil palm kernel oil hemp oil and soybean oil all contain natural fatty acids which make a great base for conditioning shampoos. Botanical extracts such as calendula horsetail avocado rosemary comfrey and burdock root all have a variety of properties that include moisturizing nourishing dandruff control and cleansing. Aloe vera may also be added for its healing soothing properties. A final touch would be to choose organic essential oils for a natural aromatherapy experience for your dog. These fragrant oils have healing qualities such as treating skin conditions and or relaxing your dog while they are bathed. When it comes right down to basics hair is dead. The hair shaft grows out of the hair follicle and is made up of dead hard protein called keratin. The hair follicle on the other hand consists of blood vessels capillaries nerve endings and the sebaceous (oil) gland. The 32 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine TITERS By Don Hamilton DVM In the last issue I discussed the basics of titer testing. In this first paragraph I list some of the key points from that article with some new information. A titer is a measure of the antibody level against a specific antigen including viruses and bacteria. The antibody provides protection against the antigen virus bacteria and the higher the level of antibody generally the better the protection (although above a minimum level higher titers are not necessary). Any seroconversion (any titer level as a consequence of vaccination or exposure) is generally protective for most organisms although laboratories report a minimum level that they feel indicates protection. Titers may be reported as a ratio for example 1 8 or 1 5 or in some cases they are reported as international units per ml (IU ml). These systems are not directly translatable (ratio versus IU ml). Finally for most viruses once an animal develops a protective titer that animal remains pro- and vaccine decisions tected for life even if the titer drops below protective levels later as an anamnestic response will result in a rapid titer increase (usually within 24 to 48 hours) upon reexposure. The serious organisms for which this holds true include canine distemper (CDV) canine parvovirus (CPV) canine hepatitis virus (CAV) and probably rabies. I discussed the first three in the last issue. In this issue I will discuss rabies leptospirosis and recommendations for puppy vaccination including titer testing. I ll start with leptospirosis. This is a complex situation due to the fact that we are not dealing with only one antigenic organism. The Leptospira bacteria are spirochetes and their outer protein and fat coating provide the antigens. However these antigens are different among different strains of the bacteria. These strains are designated as serovars which belong to various serogroups. Each serovar and serogroup is antigenically distinct and as a consequence vaccination and titer testing require knowing which serovar serogroup in your region is problematic as there is little cross protection between them. For example vaccina- 34 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine and By Dongho Seo DVM Parasite infestation is often a hidden problem that is hard to diagnose in both humans and animals. Despite what many people believe parasites don t just stay in the intestinal tract. They will often migrate to the liver gall bladder lungs and almost every part of the body including the brain. Because of this parasites are linked to many different ailments in both humans and animals. According to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene parasitic infestation can cause many symptoms in humans including allergies asthma skin disorders arthritis fatigue depression and neurological symptoms. In veterinary medicine parasites are also linked to many clinical symptoms including fever vomiting diarrhea lethargy muscle pain coughing digestive difficulties heart and respiratory problems kidney damage chronic skin allergies and perhaps even cancer. Dogs Naturally Magazine July August 2012 43 rAw FOOd And AAFCO ByAmy Nesselrodt DVM Many dog owners and veterinarians find assurance in a food which meets AAFCO nutrient standards. But are the current standards appropriate for raw dog food One of the purposes of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is to oversee nutritional adequacy statements on pet food labels. Although AAFCO statements are intended assure the available pet foods are complete and balanced diets AAFCO doesn t regulate test approve or certify pet foods. It s the pet food manufacturers responsibility to manufacture the pet food according to AAFCO standards. In fact the guaranteed analysis of the food and whether or not it truly meets AAFCO nutritional standards may never be verified by a regulatory authority. Currently all pet foods carry one of three statements as approved by AAFCO Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate this product provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages of dogs and cats. This means the company chose to conduct feeding trials on their food. This could be an excellent way to test a food if the trials were statistically significant. But at present only eight dogs are required to be in an AAFCO feeding trial and only six have to complete it for that trial to qualify. Additionally trials are run for only a short period of time 26 weeks (unless the trial is for growth then it is only 10 weeks). Only four values are examined in an AAFCO feeding trial hemoglobin packed cell volume serum alkaline phosphatase (SAP) and serum albumin. There is no requirement for a full blood chemistry panel no complete blood count and no urinalysis. The dog is examined by a veterinarian before and after the trial for clinical signs of nutritional disease but unless a food is blatantly formulated wrong it s unlikely that within this brief period of time the dog will develop clinical signs of a problem. 50 July August 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine B ER ART for CONTROL By Chris Puls Do you wish your dog was more in control of himself Do you wish you didn t have to always tell your dog Stop it Quiet Don t jump Just settle down...please I m going to help you understand how you can get the control you want without having to yell or repeat yourself and of course how you can do it without compulsion force or threats. Dogs do what works. They will learn and do whatever behavior gets them the item or activity they want. You simply need to use that knowledge to help the dog learn that doing what YOU want gets him what he wants. You can think of it as a barter system. Each of you will be getting what you want in exchange for providing something to the other. Let s look at a dog who goes crazy with excitement when he sees the leash. The dog knows the leash means going for a walk going for a ride or other fun activities he really loves. Anyone that has tried to get a leash on a dog that is jumping around spinning and smacking you in the chin when you lean over knows that it s just not very fun. So if you want to change this behavior ask yourself these important questions Whatdoesthedogwant Whatunwantedbehavioristhedogdoingtogetit WhatbehaviordoIwantthedogtodoinstead HowdoIrewardthebehaviorIwant HowcanImakethenewbehaviorreallyeasyforthedogtodo Dogs Naturally Magazine July August 2012 53 ALLERGIES A TCM Approach By Chris Bessent DVM Allergies are a prevalent issue for the modern pet. Addressing these allergies can be a very frustrating experience and leaves many pet parents feeling dismayed at their companion s discomfort. Many find that they are faced with an onslaught of information and options that are riddled with negative side effects. The good news is that Traditional Chinese Medicine offers some wonderful solutions for these animals and their owners. An allergy is defined as a hypersensitivity or abnormal reaction to a particular allergen. When the allergen is ingested inhaled or comes in contact with skin an allergic response manifests itself as hot itchy skin weepy eyes or ears hot spots and irritability. The treatment of allergies with a traditional western veterinary approach would likely involve the prescription of steroids. Steroids help to curb allergy symptoms in the short term but are also well known to have negative side effects on the liver. This damage causes even more heat within the pet s body and results in excessive panting and drinking seeking cool places and a greasy and foul smelling coat. In contrast Traditional Chinese Medicine would address allergies using food therapy herbs and acupuncture. Food therapy for a pet with allergies would include low grain diets that contain predominantly meats as well as foods that tend to have a cooling or neutral affect on the body. The most readily available cooling proteins are Duck Rabbit and Whitefish. Neutral proteins include salmon beef and pork. Foods to avoid tend to have a warming effect on the body such as Chicken and Turkey. The hottest of all foods are Venison and Lamb and would be like adding kerosene to an already blazing fire. Chinese Herbs offer a great solution for pets with allergies. Conceptually complete health is like a gently simmering pot of water that has a balance of heat and fluid within. 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