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TCM for Certain Conditions 1

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This is excerpts for good TCM topics on Uterine Conditions (http://www.tcmpage.com/hp_uterine_fibroid.html)

Patterns of Uterine Fibroids in Chinese Medicine
The traditional Chinese medicine category which includes uterine fibroid tumors is "Zheng Xia." Zheng Xia is defined as "masses in the uterus with a feeling of pain, swelling, or fullness, and with bleeding in severe cases." The Yellow Emperor�s Classic of Medicine recorded this disease in the third century BCE. All traditional Chinese medicine gynecology books address this condition in great detail as it has been treated by various schools of medicine over the last two thousand years. Three patterns of uterine fibroids are differentiated in traditional Chinese medicine. Each pattern is differentiated in terms of specific qualities of the menstrual period, abdominal sensations, changes in breast tissue, appearance of the tongue, and qualities of the pulse. The leading herbs and herbal formulas used to treat each pattern are listed.

Chi Stagnation and Blood Stasis. Emotional stress or physical trauma are the most common causes of Chi stagnation. Blood stasis can be caused by abnormally heavy bleeding with menses, blood loss during and after childbirth, or an "improper" sex life (excessive sexual activity, or having sex while menstruating). Symptoms include: regular cycles with heavy bleeding, or scanty but long-lasting bleeding; breast distention; abdominal swelling or pain; a pulling sensation in the anus; a dark-red tongue body with purple dots; and a soggy-thin, deep-wiry, or thin-choppy pulse. The fibroid tumors are felt as masses that are either fixed (not moving), or moveable on palpation. Susan falls into this pattern. Cnidium (Chuan Qiong), angelica (Dang Gui), red peony root (Chi Shao), and corydalis (Yan Hu Suo) are important herbs for this pattern, and BlockagEASE (Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang) is the leading formula used to address this combined pattern.

Yin Deficiency and Empty-Fire Blazing. Deficiency of Kidney energy or chronic illness is the origin of this pattern. It is an advanced stage of Yin Deficiency. Symptoms include: early periods with heavy or scanty, long-lasting bleeding; a hot sensation in the chest or abdomen; a sensation of itching in the breast, or a feeling of sharp or distending pain in the breast; blood-streaked white discharge or yellow-white vaginal discharge after periods; a red tongue, dry or with a yellow coating; and a wiry-thin or thin-rapid pulse. Anemarrhena (Zhi Mu), and phellodendron (Huang Bai) are the leading herbs used to address this pattern. Water Fire Balance (Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan) is a widely-used herbal formula in China.

Liver Chi Stagnation and Spleen Deficiency. Deficiency of Spleen energy is the origin of this pattern. Symptoms include: regular or late periods with heavy bleeding; a pulling sensation of the lower abdomen; loose bowels; thin vaginal discharge after periods; a pale tongue or thin-white tongue coating; and a soggy-thin or thin-wiry pulse. The fibroid tumor is a soft mass. Buplerum (Chai Hu), and peony (Bai Shao) are widely- used herbs, and Liver Spleen Harmonizer (Xiao Yao San) is a leading formula to address this pattern.

Formula for Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang (少腹逐瘀片)

  • Drive Out Blood Stasis in the Lower Abdomen Decoction
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    Pu Huang 蒲黃 cattail pollen, bulrush, typha pollen Pollen Typhae [don’t use if pregnant]

    • Pollen is a very potent yang energy. If yang is active and yin is passive, then pollen is yang and eggs are yin. This herb is pollen. Pollen is therefore activating or stimulating in terms of movement. This pollen is very beneficial for sluggish blood circulation.

    Chuan Xiong 川芎 Sichuan lovage root, cnidium, chuanxiong root Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong

    Yan Hu Suo 延胡索 corydalis rhizome Rhizoma Corydalis Yanhusuo, Corydalis Rhizoma

    Chi Shao 赤芍 red peony root Radix Peoniae Rubrae

    Wu Ling Zhi 五靈脂 flying squirrel feces, pteropus Trogopterori Faeces  [don’t use if pregnant]

    Dang Gui 當歸 tangkuei, Chinese angelica root Radix Angelicae Sinensis [supports pregnancy]

    • All of the above herbs stimulate blood circulation.

    Rou Gui 肉桂 inner bark of Saigon cinnamon, cinnamon bark Cinnamomi Cortex [don’t use if pregnant]

    Xiao Hui Xiang 小茴香 fennel fruit Foeniculi Fructus [use caution if pregnant]

    • These two herbs are warm in nature and as such stimulate blood movement. Any scientist will tell you that heat equals greater molecular movement. Chinese medicine says much the same thing, that cold impedes movement which then causes pain. So adding warming herbs helps the blood move for abdominal discomfort.

    Sunspot from 1750 to Present

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    And more closer to modern times are Cycles 23 (1996 to 2006), Cycle 22 (1986 to 1996) and Cycle 21 (1976 to 1986).

    Severe Drought Prediction is Here & More Drought Coming

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    Today hitting the News.
    Drought Reaches Record 56% of Continental US
    The United States is parched, with more than half of the lower 48 states experiencing moderate to extreme drought, according to a report released today (July 5).
    Reportedly, slightly under 56 percent of the contiguous United States is in drought conditions, the most extensive area in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

    The previous drought records occurred on Aug. 26, 2003, when 54.79 percent of the lower 48 were in droughtand on Sept 10, 2002, when drought extended across 54.63 percent of this area.
    When including the entire nation, the monitor found 46.84 percent of the land area meets criteria for various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent last week. Previous records: 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10, 2002.

    Gallblader Stone Treatment with TCM

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    Gallblader stoospitals with srugical removal.

    Here is some background for TCM treatment.

    Treatment with Western Medicine

    Patients with asymptomatic gallstones do not require treatment. If there is severe pain associated with the presence of gallstones, then surgery is the treatment of choice.

    Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine

    The fundamental etiology of gallstones and cholecystitis is Damp-Heat. Cholecystitis is characterized by Damp Heat in the Gallbladder and gallstone is characterized by Damp Heat drying up fluid in the Gallbladder. Dissolve(*) is the herbal formula of choice for treating gallstones and cholecystitis. The ingredients are as follows:

    – Gentiana / long dan cao / Gentianae Longdancao, Radix

    – Capillaris / yin chen hao / Artemisiae Yinchenhao, Herba

    – Glechoma / jin qian cao / Lysimachiae, Herba

    – Clematis / wei ling xian / Clematidis, Radix

    – Litchi Seed / li zhi he / Litchi Chinensis, Semen

    – Aurantium Fruit / zhi ke / Citri Auran tii, Fructus

    – Gallus/ ji nei jin / Corneum Gingeriae Galli, Endothelium

    – Rhubarb / da huang / Rhei, Radix et Rhizoma

    Gentiana (long dan cao) enters the Liver and the Gallbladder to clear damp heat. It is an herb commonly used to treat various types of hepatic and gall bladder disorders including, but not limited to hepatitis, acute and chronic cholecystitis.(1) Capillaris (yin chen hao), an empirical herb in treating hepatic and gall bladder disorders, has a cholagogue function which increases the secretion of bile and the excretion of bile salt and bilirubin. It also lowers serum cholesterol and beta-lipoprotein. Capillaris (yin chen hao) and rhubarb (da huang) are used in conjunction with gentiana (long dan cao) for their synergistic effects to treat jaundice, cholecystitis and gallstone.(2) In addition, the combination of capillaris (yin chen hao) and rhubarb (da huang) can also treat hepatitis.

    It was demonstrated in a study of 32 cases of icteric hepatitis that after seven days of treatment, the patients showed dramatic improvement, with reduction of fever, disappearance of jaundice, and normalization of liver enzymes. It was found in another study that capillaris (yin chen hao) and rhubarb (da huang) have excellent effects in the treatment of neonatal jaundice.(3)

    Glechoma (jin qian cao), clematis (wei ling xian), litchi seed (li zhi he) and aurantium fruit (zhi ke) regulate the qi circulation and dissolve gall stones.(4) Glechoma (jin qian cao), dissolves gall stones and increases the secretion of bile by the liver cells. In addition, “The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine” reported glechoma (jin qian cao) had dramatic effects in the treatment of gallstone through case reports of 4 patients.(5) Furthermore, in a study involving 52 patients with cholecystitis, glechoma (jin qian cao) was given for two to three months, and over 76% of patients showed significant improvement.(6) Clematis (wei ling xian) unblocks the channels and helps to dissolve stones. Litchi seed (li zhi he) relieves abdominal and epigastric pain due to Liver qi constraint. Aurantium fruit (zhi ke) unblocks qi obstruction and facilitates the passage of gall stones. Gallus (ji nei jin) transforms hardness, dissolves stones, and improves digestive functions.

    Lastly, gallus (ji nei jin), commonly used as a digestive herb to facilitate digestion of fatty and greasy foods, also has excellent properties to dissolve gall stones. (2)

    Modification of Herbal Treatment

    Modification of herbal treatment must be

    – For hepatitis, jaundice, or high liver enzyme levels, combine with Liver DTX.(*)

    – For constipation, combine with Gentle-Lax(*) (Excess).

    – For angina or chest pain, combine with Circulation.(*)

    – For peptic ulcers or gastritis, combine with GI Care.(*)

    – For patients with prominent signs and symptoms of Damp Heat in the Liver and Gall Bladder, combine with Gentiana Complex.(*)

    – To reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, use Cholisma.(*)

    Lifestyle Instructions

    For patients with cholecystitis, advise against eating solid food for a few days.

    They should drink distilled water and fresh juices. Liquid foods can be introduced slowly after three or four days.

    For patients with gall stones, advise taking three tablespoons of olive oil with lemon juice before going to bed and upon awakening. Gallstones are sometimes passed and eliminated with this method.

    Advise patients to avoid eating red meat, shrimp, lobster, oysters, fatty or greasy food, fried food, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, commercial oils and processed foods.

    Encourage patients to consume as much raw food as possible, including apple-sauce, yogurt, fresh apples and beets.

    Clinical Notes

    Cholecystitis and gallstone commonly occur simultaneously. They are most commonly seen in female patients over 30 to 40 years of age, and in patients who are obese. Often times they are undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed as gastritis, peptic ulcers, viral hepatitis, angina or acute pancreatitis. X-ray results are not always accurate. Ultrasound of the gall bladder is more reliable and has approximately 90-95% accuracy. Patients or conditions most suitable for Chinese herbal treatment include those with chronic cholecystitis, the presence of gallstones in the liver, gallstones composed primarily of calcium, small gall, stones, and the presence of gallstones after removal of the gall bladder. Elderly or weak patients not suitable for surgical treatment can also benefit from Chinese herbal treatment.

    Patients with high risks of developing cholecystitis or gall stones will benefit from prophylactic treatment by taking Dissolve on a preventative basis. Risk factors of cholecystitis or gall stones include being female, fair, fertile, and obese.

    Caution

    Herbal treatment is not suitable for the following patients or conditions:

    – Acute onset with severe colic,

    – Large stones with obstruction of the bile duct (surgery is the treatment of choice),

    – Sudden deterioration in the overall health of the patient,

    – Sudden deterioration in cholecystitis/gallstone,

    – Poor results from previous treatments and the emergence of signs of liver damage, Pregnant women.nes are treated in western h

    Wudan Sword Secrets

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    A record of my writings of Wudan Swords to a dear Student.
    Our sword form is quite the authentic one of the original Yang Sword form ( I have a book from Yang family showing the pictures and steps and it conforms) except that my teacher introduced in the sword techniques subtle cutting patterns (Winds he called them), slicing, chopping, poking, plugging. etc… These are ultra rare forms perhaps not know to the Yang family. I do not know and never met anyone doing it the way my master did it although I am certain someone here in China may also have that knowledge. For one part is regarded a secret. A famous student of my master (DFW) wanted to pay my master $50,000 for it and my master declined.

    The reason for this is because from the many masters my teacher learned from he learned Wudan swordmanship from General Li Keng Lum (cantonese spelling by sound). He in turn learned Wudan sword from a master who was a hermit who supposedly lived in the forest and was over 120 years of age (and was a fruitarian – eating only wild fruits) and in turn learn his form from the founders in the mountains of Wudan.

    I had seen my teacher perform under very closed door (never in public) and only to his closest student (6 including me) in just a couple of ocassions. He taught the few of us the theory of the Wudan sword but he would never teach anyone else. Those move he made at 92+ age were simply incredible and still vivid in my memory. I have never seen such elegance and skill. Certainly Wudan is both an art as well as a most deadly weapon when used in combat.

    That why Joseph, dont expect to find total similarities with any sword pattern as my teacher introduced very unique moves and angles including the holding of the sword at the handle. Most people would hold the sword with the focus and grip in the forefingers (thumb and index) but the correct holding as you recall is in the in the thumb and the 3rd and 4th finger.

    In addition, you cannot do sword correctly without all your ligaments elongated.

    Healthcare Crisis – Modern Prescription Medicine

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    A headline in Natural News raised this awareness from yellow alert to maximum alert.

    Healthcare cost is already eating the life and budget of Americans.  However, that hard earned money spent seems to be buying worst things and health risk than advertised.

    Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists

    The News report goes on by saying: “…Americans today are used to fixing problems the quick way – even when it comes to their health. Thus, they rely heavily on prescription drugs to fix their diseases. For every conceivable ailment – real or not – chances are there’s a pricey prescription drug to “treat” it. Chances are even better that their drug of choice comes chock full of side effects.”

    There was a groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, that listed 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes.

    In addition, hospitals further contribute to the crisis.

    “Over a million patients are injured in U.S. hospitals each year, and approximately 280,000 die annually as a result of these injuries. Therefore, the iatrogenic death rate dwarfs the annual automobile accident mortality rate of 45,000 and accounts for more deaths than all other accidents combined.” Sounds familiar? Is worst than that! This statistic is from a report (1995 U.S. iatrogenic report) issued 10 years ago, when America had 34 million fewer citizens and drug company scandals like the Vioxx recall were yet to occur. Today, health care comprises 15.5 percent of the United States’ gross national product, with spending reaching $1.4 trillion in 2004.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html

    A Model for Longevity and Good Health – The Taiji Way

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    I read the synopsis of Master Li Qingyun (李清雲) (1677-1933) of Sichuan, China and it impressed me as a role model to follow.

    Master Li Qingyun was a Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor. He claimed to be born in 1736, while disputed records suggest 1677. Both alleged lifespans of 197 and 256 years far exceed the longest confirmed lifespan in the western world of the French woman Jeanne Calment (122 years).

    Biography

    Some claim that Li Ching-Yuen was born in 1677 in Qi Jiang Xian, Sichuan Province.  By his own account, Master Li said he was born in 1736.  However, in a 1930 New York Times  article, reported discovery of Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating one Qingyun on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man. Further prove of his likely earlier birth date.  (It is customary as a humble Chinese practice to not boast of his/her accomplishments which would explain why Master Li would not provide his earlier date.

    Master Li began early in his life gathering herbs in the mountain ranges at the age of ten, and also began learning of longevity methods, surviving on a diet of herbs and rice wine. He lived this way for the first 100 years of his life. In 1749, when he was 71 years old, he moved to Kai Xian to join the Chinese army as a teacher of the martial and as a tactical advisor.

    One of his disciples, the Taijiquan Master Da Liu told of Master Li’s story: at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit over 500 years old, in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qigong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations. Da Liu reports that his master said that his longevity “is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every day – regularly, correctly, and with sincerity – for 120 years.”

    In 1927, Li Ching Yuen was invited by General Yang Sen to visit him in Wan Xian, Sichuan where his famous portrait was photographed. The general was fascinated by his youthfullness, strength and prowess in spite of his advanced age. Returning home, he died a year later, some say of natural causes; others claim that he told friends that “I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home.” After Li’s death, General Yang Sen investigated the truth about his claimed background and age and wrote a report about his findings that was later published.

    He worked as a herbalist, promoting the use of wild reishi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs.[4] Li had also supposedly produced over 200 descendents during his life span, surviving 23 wives.

    The secret of longevity

    The article “Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog”, from the May 15, 1933 issue of  Time reports on his history, since it included Li Qingyuns answer to his secret of a long life:

    • Tranquil mind
    • Sit like a tortoise
    • Walk sprightly like a pigeon
    • Sleep like a dog

    To this account, I met a family of Chinese doctors whose ancestry consisted of a lineage of herbalist where everyone lived past 100 years.  This gentleman was already in his late 90’s when he reveal to me one important concept.  He said one of the keys to longevity is to remember the following saying: “100 diseases emanates from one condition, Phlegm”.  He apologized for not being able to reveal all of his secret formula’s however he did reveal that every year twice-a-year their family members gathered to drink various soups and many formulas of which it had the effect of eliminating phlegm from the body.  One particularly herb is  川贝 (Chuanbei) which is phlegm reducing.

    Earthquake Activity 2011

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    Following our predictions that we are in an Earthquake cycle (of increasing earthquake activity and intensity – the most dramatic was Japan’s followed with the Tsunami), here is the latest summary.

    Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 2000–2011
    Magnitude RangingBetween 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
    8 – 9.9 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 4 0 1 1 1
    7 – 7.9 14 15 13 14 14 10 9 14 12 16 21 14
    6 – 6.9 146 121 127 140 141 140 142 178 168 144 151 142
    5 – 5.9 1344 1224 1201 1203 1515 1693 1712 2074 1768 1896 1963 1747
    Total 5 – 9.9 1505 1361 1341 1358 1672 1844 1865 2270 1948 2057 2136 1904

    History of Famous Doctor Sun Simiao on Health Preservation

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    The famous 7th century doctor, Sun Simiao 孫思邈 discussed about the theory of ‘nurturing life’ (yang sheng 養生).

    His writings provides great inspiration into prevention and living following Natural Law.

    In in 652 CE, he compiled an enormous and comprehensive medical encyclopedia titled Essential Prescriptions for Every Emergency worth a Thousand in Gold (Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方, abbreviated below as Essential Prescriptions).

    However, Sun Simiao radically changed the meaning of a key context in Chinese medicine, namely ‘nurturing life’ (yang sheng 養生). In the early history of Chinese medicine, the notion of health and longevity, achieved and maintained by personal cultivation, was the overarching goal.  This dual focus of health and longevity is quite obvious from the earliest of written medical records, the Huangdi Neijing.

    This concept included such practices as dietetics, alchemy, a reclusive lifestyle, gymnastic and breathing exercises to stimulate the circulation of qi throughout the body, sexual cultivation (which, while emphasising the female orgasm as an essential component of complete intercourse, aimed at the male practitioner’s health benefits) and visualisation meditation.

    By reinterpreting the meaning of ‘life’ in a social, moral and cosmological context, Sun Simiao was, one of the first – if not the first – author to widen individual practices, in order to improve the individual practitioner’s health and prolonging life. He included the female body in the larger perspective of life beyond just the individual body, as well as the survival of the family for generations to come, and ultimately the altruistic ideal of benefiting society and the macrocosm at large.   In order words, the female body was to become an important and complementary part to the male body.

    The implications of this view of medicine becomes far-reaching, since the physician is no longer merely treating individual bodies in isolation but the entire family line, then by extension the state and society, and ultimately even the universe at large.  How the macrocosm afters the individual, and the individual its family and its micro-environment.

    In one description of a consultation, he writes:

    “In Heaven, there are four seasons and five phases; winter cold and summer heat alternate with each other. When this cyclical revolution is harmonious, it forms rain; when it is angry, wind; when it congeals, frost and snow; when it stretches out, rainbows. These are the constancies of Heaven and Earth. Humans have four limbs and five internal organs. They alternate between being awake and sleeping. In exhaling and inhaling and spitting out and sucking in, essence and qi leave and come. In their flow, they constitute the constructive and protective [influences of the body], they manifest as facial color, and they erupt as sound. These are the constancies of humanity. Yang employs the form, yin employs the essence. This is where Heaven and humanity are identical. “

     

    After a historical introduction to Sun Simiao’s life and his perspective on ethics and the professional training of the ‘great physician’, is a brief representative quotations from the topics of physical cultivation, sexual cultivation and dietetics, in order to illustrate what Sun Simiao meant when he spoke of the ‘great physician’ (da yi 大醫) and of ‘nurturing life’ (yang sheng 養生).

    TCM Formula for Skincare and General Prevention

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    An effective TCM herbal formula for acne and pimples or just general skin care is described below.  There is a decoction for drinking and there is an external localized application.

    The drinking formula ingredients are:

    夏枯草 (Spica Prunellae Vulgaris).  This herb lowers the body hyperactivity (during maturing youth growth is strong and couple with process food it can result in acne).

    金銀花 (Honeysuckle). Anti-inflamatory.

    薏米 (Barley – Job’s Tears). A natural diuretic.

    The 夏枯草 in combo with 金銀花 will reduce heat and inflammation and the 薏米 will flush it of the system thru the urinary track.

    Drink during day time as it increases urination.

    Deep fried food should be significantly avoided at the first sign of acne and reduction of fried food and overly stimulating food can generally heat dampness and thus imples and acne.  (Any greasy food must be cooked for more than 3 hours in low heat to transform its character or else it will also add to the promotion of dampness).

    The TCM condition for pimples and acne falls into the category of Heat with Dampness Pattern (湿热证).  In TCM, a pattern can create multiple manifestation depending on the person.  For a young growing person, hormonal and internal activity is high since is in physical geometric growth phase of life.

    In a mild form, and for young person (increased hormonal activity), it can result in pimples.  For other people, in more severe cases if not rid of early it can add layers of layers and as an adult it become more chronic with more severe symptoms and diseases including like pelvic inflammation, swollen glands, etc…). Like they say “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.

    This is a mild and simple formula used in our household for several decades and still taken today after a heavy greasy meal.

    If too progressed and not addressed early then later it will require more drastic herbs like Huang Lian (黄连), Huang Bai (黃栢), scullcap (Huang Qin, 黄芩), and the super bitter getinna (Long Dan Cao).  Although imo Huang Lian (黄连) is more bitter.

    The seeds (生天仙子, Henbane Seed, Hyoscyamine) you can see here

    http://libproject.hkbu.edu.hk/was40/detail?record=62&channelid=35734&searchword=odour_chi%3D%27%E6%AD%A2%E7%97%9B%27

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