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13 Dec 2018

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    Immortal Cells, Biohacking Pain, Killing Lyme, Stem Cell Confusion, How Ketamine Works & Much More With Dr. Matt Cook.

    Dr. Matthew Cook of Bioreset Medical is one of the smartest, most cutting-edge physicians I've ever met. In one single dinner in San Francisco with him, I learned... ...how he's using the nootropic methylene blue for solving a difficult medical case... ...how he's upgrading stem cells to make them far more potent... ...how he's treating depression effectively in as little as 20 minutes with a special brew that includes ketamine, NAD and vitamin IV's... ...how he's reversing musculoskeletal disorders using something called "hydrodissection"... ...and much, much more... Dr. Cook founded BioReset Medical Corporation and as acting President, operates a Regenerative Medicine and Pain Medicine practice that offers leading edge non-surgical solutions in orthopedic medicine, sports medicine, regenerative pain medicine, and stem cell medicine. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience in medical practice. Currently Dr. Cook is President of California Anesthesia, Anesthesiologist, Interventional Pain management, and Regenerative Medicine and Medical Director of the National Surgery Center, Los Gatos, CA. In addition, he sits on the scientific advisory board of several high profile medical companies including BM DOC, FREMEDICA & VASPER SYSTEMS. Dr. Cook’s early career as an anesthesiologist and medical director of an outpatient surgery center that specializes in sports medicine and orthopedic procedures provided invaluable training in the skills that are needed to become a leader in the emerging fields of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging, nerve hydrodissection, and stem cell medicine. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What Dr. Cook did with methylene blue, and how he activated it with light...8:55 Met an expert who used it to treat interstitial cystitis, a condition that causes very painful bladder that is difficult to treat. Administered via IV, then uses blue LED light over it. There's a micro biome in the bladder. Blue light causes methylene to absorb into the bladder. Dislocates infections from the wall of the bladder. -Hydrodissection: What it is, and how it differs from prolotherapy...14:35 Sticking a needle under direct vision via ultrasound into a tissue plain in-between two muscles. Operating in a fascial plain: arteries, veins, tendons. Previous procedures involving dissection would cause scarring, sometimes leaving patients in worse shape than when they started. Pressure of fluid separating the tissue plain reduces scarring. How is it different from prolotherapy: Prolotherapy treats ligamentous laxity (joints) Hydrodissection treats the nerves and arteries that go into the joints. Treatments are done in tandem. Combination of ultrasound and x-ray is called fusion. Dr. Cook used this therapy with the Washington Nationals baseball team. -How to think of ground force going through the body...23:45 You must have structural integrity in the nerves. As force (from punching a punching bag for example) moves through the body without structural integrity, you get torque leaking out. Puts stress, wear and tear on the joint. This "leakage" compounded over time causes permanent damage to joints, ligaments, etc. Focus of treatment is to relieve this stress, or leakage, and create high quality movement to create structural integrity and prevent recurrence of the problem. - Dr. Cook's approach to stem cells, and why...28:10 Assess the patient, then tailor an appropriate treatment for the specific problem. Joints, spine, IV treatments Terms to know re: stem cells: Totipotent: capable of giving rise to any cell type or (of a blastomere) a complete embryo. Pluripotent: capable of giving rise to several different cell types. Multipotent: develop into more than one cell type, but are more limited than pluripotent cells. Autologous: obtained from the same individual Mesenchymal: An adult "professional" stem cell from a variety of ways. Here's a handy reference on stem cell terms. Whether adult stem cells can retain their healing properties without repairing tissue. No concrete answer yet. Differing approaches, regulatory apparatus is affecting the ability to answer V Cells (very small embryonic stem cells) Autologous Using umbilical cord blood and Wharton's jelly. You can donate placenta and umbilical cord blood. Wharton's jelly is the tissue that comes off the wall of the umbilical cord. Wharton's jelly, UC blood and amniotic fluid is blended together to make "matrix" of the placenta. Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory "Nature gives us a lot of clues..." Not that many stem cells in the UC blood. PRP (platelet rich plasma) PRP lysate  -Why exosomes may be the most important treatment in the future...55:25 Take stem cells and take to a lab, grow them in tissue culture; immortal cell line. Put stem cells on a ketogenic diet. Why do people still need to go overseas for treatment? "More than Minimum Manipulation": a term created by the regulatory apparatus on stem cell therapy. Must be done in Mexico; can't make there and bring across the border. Culture expanded Stem Cell Culture expanded Natural Killer Cell Therapy - Dr. Cook's unique approach to treating depression and managing pain...1:05:15 Ketamine therapy Turns off a pathway in the brain; turns on receptors (think turning off and on your computer) Makes people feel emotionally safe; gives hope. Your mind leaves "bread crumbs" of this feeling of hope; you remember it the next day, and the next... Creates a parasympathetic state -And MUCH more... Resources from this episode: -Bioreset Medical Clinic -Methylene Blue   -JOOVV infrared light full body panel -Vielight infrared light helmet -My podcast with Dr. Harry Adelson on stem cells Episode Sponsors: -Kion Come check out the fabulous Christmas specials we're running starting Dec. 13, the day this podcast is released. I recommend the Daily Life Bundle, which is what I use everyday as part of my routine. -Onnit Engineered for peak performance, Onnit is the easiest way to get optimized. Use my link and get 10% off your order. -Marc Pro We help you recover right and keep your body healthy, so you can do the things you love now without paying for it later. Use code "ben" at checkout and receive 5% off your order. -WHOOP By wearing WHOOP 24/7, you'll unlock the secrets your body is trying to tell you. Get a $30 discount and join the WHOOP community when you use code "ben" at checkout. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cook or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!  

  • Posted on 13 Dec 2018

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    The Ultimate Coffee Podcast: Everything You Need To Know About Coffee Health, Including The Latest Lab Results On Which Coffee Is The Healthiest.

    The results are officially in. Using 3 independent labs from around the globe, we have analyzed over 100 different coffees representing 46 different brands... ...and I'm revealing the official results here and delving into the nitty-gritty details on this podcast. In this "solosode" podcast, you'll also discover: -The top recently researched benefits of coffee...5:45 NYT reports that coffee drinkers may live longer JAMA article: Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism Drinking coffee may contribute to a longer life span. 2017 study on the connection between coffee and a longer life span -Reasons coffee may contribute to a longer life span...9:25 Strong correlation between increased coffee consumption and reduced risk of cardio vascular disease. Regular coffee drinkers have 20% decreased risk of stroke. Coffee has polyphenols Over 1000 studies have linked coffee to cancer prevention Caffeinated coffee profound decrease in risk of breast, prostate and liver cancer. Caffeinated coffee correlated to reduced risk of Parkinson's disease. Decreases risk of depression My podcast with Dr. Sanjiv Chopra on the health benefits of coffee -When to be careful with your coffee intake...15:45 Avoid addiction. Switch to tea from time to time If you're a slower caffeine metabolizer If you're pregnant -How the health benefits of coffee are compromised through packaging and processing...18:15 The vast majority of coffee companies do not package their product touting the health benefits of coffee 5 problems to watch out for: Most coffee cherries are doused with pesticides and chemicals Even organic coffees use substandard beans Coffee beans often develop mold in the production process Roasting process often chars the coffee beans. Burns away health benefits. It's stale; sits in the store for 6-12 months before being purchased. -What we tested for in each of the coffees we tested...27:00 Level of roasting (We used an Agtron spectrophotometer) Acidity Mold and yeast (fungi) Ochratoxin A (OTA) Bacillus cereus Pesticides (Only 3% of coffees are certified organic) Metals Acrylamide  Chlorogenic acids Caffeine "Cupping" score (quality) -The results of our comprehensive coffee test...36:40 -How to do a coffee enema...40:47 My article on coffee enema's What you'll need: Coffee enema kit (not plastic) Suppository (when traveling) Stainless steel bucket w/ clamp and tube Organic coffee Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker (amazon link) I use around 30 oz. of coffee. Cool it. (Ideal is room temperature) And much more! Resources mentioned in this episode: -Kion Coffee -Kion Coffee Lab Results -Glytamins -Stainless steel coffee enema kit -A Quest To Find The Purest Coffee On The Planet (& The Shocking Truth About Popular “Organic” Coffee Beans)  Episode Sponsors: -The Kion Daily Life Bundle Ben Greenfield and Team Kion’s Go-to, Everyday Essentials! Kion Aminos Tablets Kion Bar (12) Kion Coffee Kion Lean -GainsWave Firmer, more resilient erections. Take it from me, IT WORKS! Get a free treatment when you purchase 6 treatments using my link. -JOOVV Enhance Your Health with Light Therapy. Try the brand new JOOVV Go. Get a free gift with your purchase when you use my link. -Omax The purest Omega 3 supplement in the world. Get 60% off your first order, free shipping, and a 60 day money back guarantee. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about coffee? Leave your comments below and I will reply!  

  • Posted on 08 Dec 2018

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    What Should I Eat? The Ultimate Podcast Guide To Choosing The Perfect Diet For You: Part 2

    F Diets (Part dos) If you read last week's article "What Is The Perfect Human Diet? Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Meal Plans From Ben Greenfield That Tell You Exactly How To Eat For Your Unique Body.", then you are no doubt are already aware that I'm not a big fan of a myopic "one-size-fits-all" approach to diets. And yet, despite the enormous amount of biochemical individuality that exists from person to person, there is still a plethora of diet books published each year (particularly close to swimsuit season or the New Year) that promise to be the de facto final solution for everything from fat loss to banishing acne to beating cravings and building muscle when, in fact, the same ketogenic diet that helped your neighbor shed twenty pounds can result in rampant inflammation, brain fog and oxidized cholesterol for you. The same could be said for a vegan diet, a carnivore diet or many of the other currently popular eating approaches. In last week's podcast, Part 1 of a 2 part series on customizing your diet to you, you  discovered more about the concept of biochemical individuality, along with how to test your body to determine the perfect diet for you, and a range of dietary options to choose from that have been vetted by yours truly. In this episode, Part 2, you're going to learn how to customize your diet even more if you are wanting to eat a plant-based diet, notorious mistakes made on a ketogenic diet and how to fix them, how to support and sustain the environment with your food choices, and my top books and resources for learning more. Enjoy! During this solosode discussion, you'll discover: -The best way to go about a plant-based diet...6:25 My own personal stance: While it's possible to live a healthy lifestyle minus eggs and meat, you must be very careful and knowledgeable about your diet. It's easy to feel good in the short term, while doing lasting damage to your body in the long term. You can build up deficits on any type of diet: ketogenic, carnivore, etc. 10 Strategies to keep in mind to avoid deficiencies: Eat real food. Avoid processed foods. Be cognizant of inflammatory Omega 6 vegetable oils. Get fats from Mediterranean sources. Vitamin K2 supplement Get adequate Vitamin A Properly prepare soy products (or ferment them yourself) Non heme-based iron Iodine intake Vitamin B12 Taurine Creatine -Best practices when doing a ketogenic diet...23:20 If you want to go keto, consider including some things that are not purely plant-based (like eggs.) Consider adding dairy to your diet (if practicable) If the two above suggestions are not possible, take niacin and thiamin. High amounts of algal oil Book: Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation Beware of the following deficiencies: Sodium Glutamine Amino acids Taurine Medium chain triglycerides Prebiotics Choline Potassium -How to support and sustain the environment with your food choices...36:00 Identify your minimum effective dose of animal products. (Around 10%) Minimize food waste.  Support sustainability and efficiency. (Farmers markets) Incorporate a wide variety of foods. (Experiment, try new things.)  -My top resources on how to turn yourself into a health and nutrition NINJA!...44:00 Books: Biochemical Individuality Returning to an Ancestral Diet The Jungle Effect Wired to Eat The Plant Paradox Deep Nutrition The Art of Fermentation Articles: Can a Vegan Go Keto? F Diets How to Eat a Plant-Based Diet Without Destroying Your Body -And much more... Resources mentioned in this episode: Book: Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation -The Zen Of Customizing Your Diet To Your Unique Body And Goals – For Vegans, Females, Seniors, Kids, Fasting, & Ketosis.  -SeafoodWatch.org, which can help you make more sustainable seafood choices. -WaterCalculator.org, which can help you learn more about how much water your household uses. -The Cornucopia dairy scorecard, which ranks more sustainable dairy brands. -The Cornucopia egg scorecard, which ranks more sustainable egg brands. -Buying Poultry, which ranks more sustainable poultry brands. -Eat Wild, which includes sustainable meat options. -Local Harvest, which helps you find local food options. -Better World Shoppers Guide, which helps locate companies that engage in more environmentally friendly practices. -CarboTax, which gives you a series of questions to help you compare how your climate impact compares to that of the average American. -The Footprint calculator, which gives you a series of questions to help you identify your environmental footprint. -Greener Choices, which provides consumer reports for environmentally friendly products. -Less Meat Less Heat: The Climatarian Challenge App, which provides education on the impact that meat consumption can have on the environment. Episode Sponsors: -Kion Recovery Bundle. Kion's Recovery Supplement Trifecta! Contains: Kion Flex, Kion Aminos Tablets, LivingFuel SuperEssentials Omega 3EDA+ -MVMT Watches Need ideas for your holiday shopping? MVMT Watches has got you covered! Get 15% off + free shipping when you use my link. -Clearlight Jacuzzi Saunas I recommend the Sanctuary model. Get $500 off your purchase and a special gift when you use code "ben" at checkout! -Organifi Hundreds of thousands of women and men use Organifi products to sleep better, get their energy back and achieve their weight loss goals. Are you next? Get 20% off your order when you use code "Greenfield" at checkout. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about customizing and personalizing your diet? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/fdiets2 and I will reply!

  • Posted on 06 Dec 2018

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    Beauty, Longevity, Biohacking, Building Perfect Eyesight, The Wild Diet, Memory, Learning & Beyond With Vishen Lakhiani.

    The TED of Transformation My friend Vishen Lakhiani’s exploration of peak human potential began in 2001, when he took meditation classes to remedy his crushing work stress in a New York technology company. This soon inspired him to launch Mindvalley: a company bringing transformational education to the world Back then, shortly after he launched some of his first meditation apps, I actually hosted Vishen on the podcast  The World's Best Phone Apps For Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation , in which we geeked out on meditation, and the meditation apps that Vishen and his team began designing. After 15 years, 3 million students, and numerous accolades from the likes of Huffington Post, BBC, Inc. Magazine, and WorldBlu, Mindvalley became recognized as one of the world’s top workplaces, and a leading publisher in the personal growth industry. But Vishen’s vision extended further. He believes many aspects of mainstream education remain dangerously stuck in obsolete industrial revolution-era paradigms. And that the evolution of humanity’s consciousness is lagging behind our innovations in technology. This makes the evolution of our education - or as he calls it, Transformational Education - one of our most pressing concerns. Through Mindvalley, Vishen now works with governments, education institutions, technology innovators, artists, and the world’s best teachers to create deeply transformational learning experiences: the kind that elevate people of all ages and walks of life into empowered, cosmocentric, highly evolved human beings. Today, Vishen is a leading voice for transformational education and is the founder of annual events like A-Fest and Mindvalley U, both events which I've attended and spoken at. He also speaks on stages across the world on subjects such as personal growth, education technology, and workplace culture. He sits on the Innovation Board of the XPrize Foundation, an advocate of human-centric technological development. And he’s also a bestselling author, including the incredibly popular book "Code Of The Extraordinary Mind". But Vishen’s latest mission is arguably his most audacious yet: within the next 20 years, he intends to completely evolve mankind’s approach to learning, by bringing Transformational Education to every country and Fortune 500 company on the planet. One of the ways he's doing that is via the innovative MindValley Quests, and in today's podcast, we talk about the new Beauty & Longevity Quest I've created with MindValley, and much, much more! During our discussion, you'll discover: -When and why Vishen launched Mind Valley...14:32 Wanted to start the next great social media platform in 2002. Lost everything; owed money; couldn't pay rent. Got a job selling tech info to lawyers. Ended up depressed. Hit rock bottom. Googled, "Why does life suck so bad?" Discovered class on meditation. Was the only person who showed up to the class. Began applying meditation, empathy, intuition into his work. Sales improved exponentially in 4 months. Looking to tap into the subconscious for ideas. How Vishen incorporated meditation into his sales calls: Gave his mind "instructions": Only call lawyers that are a good fit for the tech. Would benefit both sides from a sale. Ran hand over names; listened for a "gut impulse." Yes, or no. Doubled sales in one week listening to his gut. Quit sales job and became a meditation instructor. Took the Silva Mind Control; adapted to his own practice. Has now integrated with Mind Valley. "Mind Valley Intuition Program" How often do you do the Silva Mind Control? -The 113 points that are measured in the Mind Valley program...30:20 Based on an online assessment developed by Jon Butcher. Unifying different models of personal growth via merger, acquisition. Prices on programs are lowered, more available to people. -Vishen's own personal habits and bio hacks...34:00 Extremely structured life. Aspergers causes awkwardness in social situations, OCD behavior in work. Knowledge is data; focus on transformation to live a more fulfilling life. Focusing on transformation changed Vishen's outlook on life, physical appearance, mindset. Wants to have the biggest jump in consciousness in history by 2038. Vishen's Daily Routine: 6 phase meditation "Transcendent practice" Compassion Gratitude Forgiveness Creative visualization (long term) Visualize today Prayer or a blessing Intermittent fasting Cold thermogenesis Healthy morning shake Coconut oil Raw green powder Acai Protein powder Super slow strength training Very regimented work program. 8 hours per day. Family, reading, study time. -How Vishen fixed his eyesight...57:20 Read his blog post about it here. Get your eyes checked from a doctor, not an optometrist. Get glasses one increment down from your actual vision. Install eye chart in your home. Get a vision coach, online vision course. Eyeglasses are a crutch! -Vishen's sleep routine...1:03:35 -The diet that Vishen promotes which mimics that of our ancestors...1:08:15 Wild Fit 80% of your body shape is what you eat. An "anti-diet" diet program. Rooted in behavioral psychology. 90 day program. Week 6-7, you go off sugar; that's when the fat starts to shed. You end up craving only what's good for you. -About the Beauty and Longevity Quest that Mind Valley did with Ben...1:19:40 -And much more...   Episode Sponsors: -MVMT Watches Super slick packaging and they make a perfect gift for you or someone you love. Get 15% off your MVMT Watch when you use my link. -Organifi Gently Dried Superfood Greens Powder. Now you can get all your healthy superfoods in one glass...with No Shopping, No Blending, No Juicing, and No Cleanup. Get 20% off your order when you use code "Greenfield" at checkout. -Thrive Market Organic brands you love for less. It's my favorite place to shop for groceries online! Get 25% off your first order when you shop at my link. -Kion My own flagship company. Try the Kion Intro Bundle: The Perfect Introduction to Ben Greenfield and the High-quality Products of Kion! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Vishen or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/quest and one of us will reply!

  • Posted on 01 Dec 2018

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    What Should I Eat? The Ultimate Podcast Guide To Choosing The Perfect Diet For You: Part 1

    If you read this week's article "What Is The Perfect Human Diet? ", then you are aware that I'm not a big fan of a myopic "one-size-fits-all" approach to diets. And yet, despite the enormous amount of biochemical individuality that exists from person to person, there is still a plethora of diet books published each year (particularly close to swimsuit season or the New Year) that promise to be the de facto final solution for everything from fat loss to banishing acne to beating cravings and building muscle when, in fact, the same ketogenic diet that helped your neighbor shed twenty pounds can result in rampant inflammation, brain fog and oxidized cholesterol for you. The same could be said for a vegan diet, a carnivore diet or many of the other currently popular eating approaches. In today's podcast, Part 1 of a 2 part series on customizing your diet to you, you're going to discover more about the concept of biochemical individuality, along with how to test your body to determine the perfect diet for you, and a range of dietary options to choose from that have been vetted by yours truly. Enjoy! During this solosode discussion, you'll discover: -The concept of biochemical individuality...7:35 Book: Biochemical Individuality by Roger Williams No such thing as an "average" person. Nutrition and environment can affect our outcome. Some people do not need to supplement Vitamin C, A, Riboflavin, etc. Others are resistant to things such as Vitamin D; taking the recommended amount damages their system. What worked for someone else may be damaging for you. Ketogenic Diet I used this when racing in Ironman triathlons; I still use it for days I need endurance. Some are high in cholesterol, high liver enzymes. Familial hypercholesterolemia; negative response to high intake of fats. Low amount of Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) is converted into usable DHA or EPA Elongation of Omega 6 fatty acids Thrifty gene hypothesis (James Neal in 1962): Why humans build fat mass Some people possess genes that cause them to accumulate fat faster than others. FTO and PPRA genes are responsible for storing fatty acids. Consider a low fat, or plant-based diet vs. a ketogenic if you have these genes. Book: Wired to Eat by Rob Wolf -Differences in methylation between individuals...30:20 Meat eaters: most meat has high amounts of methionine, which is a high methyl donor Methylation occurs when a methyl group is taken from one compound or molecule and is transferred to another. If you're undermethylated, you would benefit from a high intake of muscular meats. Folate acts as a serotonin reuptake promoter. Good for undermethylators. Overmethylation: last thing you need is a bunch of meat for every meal. Consume protein, but don't be an extreme carnivore. -How to eat according to your ancestry...35:05 Northern European: Access to fish, Vitamin D Mexicans, Hispanics, Chinese: More folate rich foods, leafy greens. Japanese, Continental Europeans: High starch consuming Lactase persistence gene If of European descent, more likely to be lactose intolerant. Genes help determine biochemical individuality -The best types of tests to figure out what diet is right for you... Get a good blood test: Wellness FX Longevity Panel Cyrex test for food allergies Stool testing: Viome Genova Diagnostics DNA testing: Youtrients (listen to my podcast with Kharim Dhanani, Youtrients founder) 23 and Me Genetic Genie Use Dr. Google Urine testing: Dutch test Organic amino acids test Arresting metabolic rate test -The best diets and books I've come across over the years...44:05 Regardless of the diet you follow, follow basic practices. Auto-Immune Paleo diet Good for healing inflammation and leaky gut Specific Carbohydrate Diet Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GaPS) Book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome Swiss Detox Diet Colorado Cleanse Elemental Diet Book: SIBO Info Book: Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio Walls Protocol Plant Paradox Diet Lower carb, lower sugar Mediterranean diet Weston A. Price Diet Closest to how I and my family eat You can customize it to your ancestry  Book: The Jungle Effect by Daphne Miller (listen to my podcast with Daphne) -And much more... Episode Sponsors: -Blue Apron Choose your meals. Unpack your box. Create magic. Get your first 3 meals for FREE when you order using my link. -JOOVV Order your JOOVV light using my link and get a special bonus gift. -Birdwell Beach Britches Quality is our Gimmick isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch sewn. Get 10% off your order when you use code "ben" at checkout. Free shipping for orders over $99. -Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. Support skin, join and gut health. Save 15% and get free shipping on orders of 6+ cartons when you use my link. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about customizing and personalizing your diet? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/fdiets and I will reply!

  • Posted on 29 Nov 2018

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