When the consistent sounds of tinnitus and other sounds take over in your head.

The reason I posted this story was because I suffer from the same sounds this gentleman suffered from.  Sometimes 1-5 different sounds, and try to concentrate with that going on.  That’s why the illness has a higher suicide rate, imagine no peace in your head, constant noises that make you want to go crazy and you cant sleep, just because you want to sleep doesn’t mean the sounds sleep.  Here is one mans story.  So sad.

Body of father who told his family tinnitus was driving him crazy is found at foot of 60ft fall in disused quarry

  • James Jones, 58, had suffered with tinnitus for the past six months
  • He vanished from Llandudno home and was found dead in nearby quarry
  • Boat skipper also suffered from hyperacusis where even the sound of a plastic bag rustling would cause him great pain
  • Son Danny says noises had left him feeling anxious and depressed
The body of James Jones, 58, who told his family that he was tormented by tinnitus, was discovered at the foot of a disused quarry near his home

The body of James Jones, 58, who told his family that he was tormented by tinnitus, was discovered at the foot of a disused quarry near his home

The body of a father who told his family that he was tormented by tinnitus was discovered at the foot of a disused quarry near his home.

James Jones, 58, from Llandudno, North Wales, is believed to have fallen more than 60ft to his death at the Llandulais Quarry.

He had been suffering from tinnitus, a condition which causes a constant ringing in the ears, for six months, and his family said the noises had caused him to become anxious and depressed.

‘It all started with a simple ringing in the ears which slowly crept into his life,’ said his son Danny, 32.

‘Soon after the ringing went to catastrophic disharmonious and painful noises.

‘He had five simultaneous sounds of extreme screeching, whistling, humming, buzzing and roaring every second of every day.

‘This along with little or no sleep can send anyone into despair.’

Mr Jones, a boat skipper who would ferry engineers out to marine windfarms off the Welsh coast, had been an easy-going family man before his life was blighted by the incurable condition which affects up to six million people in the UK, his son said.

He was also diagnosed with hyperacusis, a condition where even soft background noises become deafening.

‘Even the rustling sound of a plastic bag was painful for him,’ said Danny.

‘It made him withdraw from social and professional activities and my dad became isolated, anxious, stressed and depressed

Earlier this month, Mr Jones had vanished from his home. On July 9, he was found dead by police at the quarry.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the North Wales coroner.

Tinnitus is more common in people aged over 65, but it can strike at any age.

There is no single treatment for the condition and research to find a cure is ongoing.

Mr Jones's sons Wesley and Danny, pictured with their father and mother, Maria, are raising money for research into tinnitus

Mr Jones’s sons Wesley and Danny, pictured with their father and mother, Maria, are raising money for research into tinnitus

The charity Action on Hearing Loss describe it as an ‘invisible condition’ which can cause depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

Now Mr Jones’s family have launched a campaign in his memory to raise funds for research into tinnitus, and Danny and his brother Wesley hope to make £5,000 for charities including the British Tinnitus Association.

Mr Jones was due to be his son’s best man at his wedding next year.

‘He was a true gentleman, who was wise beyond belief,’ Danny wrote on Facebook.

‘He taught me everything I know, we shared the same thoughts, goals and ambitions. We were that close he wasn’t just my Dad.

‘He was also my business partner, my mentor, my best mate and my best man to be.’

CONSTANT RINGING AND NOISE: WHAT IS TINNITUS?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear, usually a ringing noise, although it can be a high-pitched whistling or buzzing, ringing, or hissing.

It’s estimated that seven per cent of men and women will visit their GP about it at some point.

For one in 100 sufferers, quality of life is severely affected, and it has been linked to depression, work and relationship problems and, in rare cases, suicide.

It’s not known what causes it, although in some cases it is linked to hearing loss – one theory is that when some sounds can no longer be heard, the brain overcompensates and creates phantom noise.

There is no cure, although treatments such as maskers (ear-plugs that generate white noise to try to block out tinnitus noise), antidepressants, and cognitive behavioural therapy, which aims to help patients to ignore or think differently about their tinnitus, can help.

Tinnitus is often worse in quite environments so some people benefit from listening to soothing sounds, such as the sound of the ocean.

The condition is most common in people over the age of 65 but it can affect people of all ages.

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Music for Neurologic Therapy.

Local Men Using Music as Neurologic Therapy

Traumatic brain injuries and strokes affect two and a half million people in the country, according to MedRhythms’ website.

Brian Harris, a Howland man and his UMaine fraternity brother are using music as medicine in Boston. Their company, MedRhythms, is just over a year old, but they are revolutionizing the medical landscape in neurologic therapy.

The gift of song can sometimes bring back more than a memory. And when used as therapy, music can bring back language or movement in people who have suffered a brain injury or another neurologic disorder. This type of healing is gaining traction in the medical world.

“What we’ve seen is sometimes this is the only thing that works,” said Harris.

Harris completed his undergraduate studies at UMaine where he assisted during his first music therapy sessions. It was then that he discovered his true calling.

“When I found this, I felt very fortunate to be so young and to feel like this really was what I wanted to do, but it was really the perfect synthesis of my two passions,” said Harris.

So Harris and his business partner Owen McCarthy founded MedRhythms, a one-year-old Boston company that partners with local hospitals, but is expanding to make this type of cutting-edge care available to everyone.

“We’ve always known that music has an effect, but this is one of the first times where we can quantify it and say ‘This is how much better someone gets,’” said McCarthy.

Harris uses one method, called Melodic Intonation Therapy, on patients who can’t speak. It looks like singing. He’s learned to harness the power of a pattern.

“Music has a profound effect on the human brain and that there’s no other stimulus on earth that engages our brain like music does,” said Harris.

Right now, only people who go through top rehab hospitals or have the means to pay for in-home care can receive their music therapy. MedRhythms’ mission is to make it a standard of care, so people getting physical, speech, or occupational rehab can also receive the healing treatment that music provides.

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Soda and your health.


By Dr. Mercola

Americans are finally starting to realize the dangers of soda, with nearly two-thirds (63 percent) saying they actively try to avoid soda in their diet, a new Gallup poll revealed.1

This is a significant increase from 2002, when only 41 percent were trying to avoid soda, and a clear sign that, as TIME reported, “the soda craze is going flat.”2

Soda Consumption Falls to Lowest Level in Decades

The soda industry is a $75-billion market,3 an industry that reached its greatest heights in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, when Coca-Cola began pushing larger drink sizes and “upsizing.” Fountain drink sizes grew more than 50 percent by 1990, and in 1994, the 20-ounce plastic bottle was introduced in the US.

As people drank more and more soda, rates of obesity and diabetes soared, and while the soda industry still denies to this day any connection, research suggests otherwise. The “supersized” mentality seems to have backfired for Coca-Cola and other beverage companies, because as the health risks become clear, sales have been on a steady downward spiral.

As Businessweek reported:4

For decades, soft-drink companies saw consumption rise. During the 1970s, the average person doubled the amount of soda they drank; by the 1980s it had overtaken tap water. In 1998, Americans were downing 56 gallons of the stuff every year—that’s 1.3 oil barrels’ worth of soda for every person in the country.

And then we weren’t as thirsty for soda anymore, and there were so many new drink options that we could easily swap it out for something else. Soft-drink sales stabilized for a few years…

In 2005 they started dropping, and they haven’t stopped. Americans are now drinking about 450 cans of soda a year, according to Beverage Digest, roughly the same amount they did in 1986.”

Coca-Cola Seeks to ‘Reintroduce’ Coke to Teen Market, and in ‘Guilt-Free’ Sizes

Part of Coca-Cola’s plan to bring soda back is, ironically, introducing smaller sizes, a strategy they believe might reposition Coke so “people stop feeling guilty when they drink it, or, ideally come to see a Coke as a treat.”

Smaller, 7.5-ounce minicans and 8-ounce glass bottles have been selling well. Even Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, says he limits himself to one 8-ounce glass bottle of regular Coke in the morning. Any more would be too many calories, he told Businessweek.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola decided to target the teen market directly this summer. Teens, while notorious for their soft-drink consumption, have been quickly bailing ship and opting for energy drinks instead.

So Coca-Cola printed the 250 most common teen names on Coke bottles, hoping to entice teens with the “personalized” drinks. It worked. Sales increased by 1 percent in North America in the last three months.5

Beverage consultant Mike Weinstein, former president of A&W Brands, even noted that he goes right into high schools to find out whether teens can identify soda company slogans.

Yet, there seems to be a growing realization within the industry that, as American attitudes about diet change, and more people seek to reduce added sugar and sugary drinks in their diets, appealing to the “healthier” side of their image is needed.

And, here, too, Coca-Cola is quick to respond. They’ve invested heavily in small “healthy” beverage companies like Fuze tea, Zico coconut water, and organic Honest Tea. Coca-Cola also owns Odwalla and Simply Orange juices, Glaceau Vitaminwater, and Core Power sports drinks.

Coca-Cola Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent has no intention of letting Coca-Cola’s brands, and its namesake product Coke, fall by the wayside.

A $1-billion two-year marketing blitz’s sole goal is to drive its “sparkling” division back to its former glory. And in case you were wondering… its healthy-sounding “sparkling” division includes soda, which is completely delusional.

Your Brain on Soda

When you drink soda, numerous changes happen in your body, including in your brain. A new animal study, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, found that sugary beverages may be particularly damaging to the brains of adolescents, one of the key age groups soda companies are trying to “court.”

Both adult and adolescent rats were fed sugary beverages for one month. They then were tested for cognitive function and memory.

While the adult rats did okay, the adolescent rats fed sugary drinks had both impaired memory and trouble learning.6 Next, the researchers plan to study whether soda leads to inflammation in the brain’s hippocampus, which is crucial for memory and learning.

Diet Coke Sales Plummet Amidst Aspartame Health Concerns

Diet Coke may not contain sugar, but that certainly doesn’t make it a better choice than regular soda. Here, too, Americans are catching on to the risks involved, especially in regard to the artificial sweetener aspartame. Businessweek, reporting on the decline in Coca-Cola’s sales, noted that while carbonated soda sales fell 2 percent in 2013, Diet Coke sales dropped 7 percent.

This, they said, was “almost entirely the result of the growing unpopularity of aspartame amid persistent rumors that it’s a health risk.”7 Rumors? Far from it. Research continues to pour in revealing proven health dangers to aspartame.

Among them, a recent commentary that reviewed the adequacy of the cancer studies submitted by G.D. Searle in the 1970s to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for market approval.8

Their review of the data found that the studies did not prove aspartame’s safety, while other recent research suggests aspartame has potential carcinogenic effects. The researchers noted:

Taken together, the studies performed by G.D. Searle in the 1970s and other chronic bioassays do not provide adequate scientific support for APM safety.

In contrast, recent results of life-span carcinogenicity bioassays on rats and mice published in peer-reviewed journals, and a prospective epidemiological study, provide consistent evidence of APM’s carcinogenic potential.

On the basis of the evidence of the potential carcinogenic effects of APM herein reported, a re-evaluation of the current position of international regulatory agencies must be considered an urgent matter of public health.”

You may also be surprised to learn that research has repeatedly shown that artificially sweetened no- or low-calorie drinks and other “diet” foods actually tend to stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.

A report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism highlighted the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, such as excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.9 For the record, Coca-Cola maintains aspartame is a “safe, high-quality alternative to sugar.” Clearly they’ve not reviewed the hundreds of studies on this artificial sweetener demonstrating its harmful effects…

What Happens When You Drink Soda?

Soda is on my list of the absolute worst foods and drinks you can consume. Once ingested, your pancreas rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. A 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In addition to contributing to insulin resistance, the rise in blood sugar is quite rapid. Here’s a play-by-play of what happens in your body upon drinking a can of soda:

  • Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
  • Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
  • Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.
  • After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a blood sugar crash, and you may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.

As I’ve discussed on numerous occasions, chronically elevated insulin levels (which you would definitely have if you regularly drink soda) and the subsequent insulin resistance is a foundational factor of most chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer. Today, while many Americans are cutting back on sugary drinks, soda remains a dietary mainstay for many. Along with energy drinks and sports drinks, soda is among the top 10 sources of calories in the US diet (number four on the list, to be exact),10 and, in 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans said they drink at least one glass of soda a day,11 with proven detrimental impacts to their health.

Some Advice for Coca-Cola? Get Ready for a Class-Action Suit

Some advice for Coke, plan your budget to include a class-action lawsuit similar to those filed against the tobacco industry. These products are now well linked to the obesity epidemic and chronic disease. Coca-Cola admits to targeting teens (and has previously targeted children through in-school advertising and product placement). Now, they are making attempts to rebrand Coke with a new, healthier image. Their new “Coke Life,” a low-calorie, low-sugar soda in a green can, no less, was designed to “quiet critics,” as it contains less sugar and no aspartame.12 Yet this new green-washed soda is just basically a cigarette with a filter.

Then there is Coca-Cola’s even more insidious side. Investigative journalist Michael Blanding revealed in his book, The Coke Machine — The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, that Coca-Cola bottling plants in India have dramatically lowered the water supply, drying up wells for local villagers while also dumping cadmium, chromium, and other carcinogens into the local environment. Similar claims have been made in Mexico. In many third-world countries, they already don’t have access to clean water, making soda their only choice for a non-contaminated beverage. As the demand for soda grows, the bottling plants increase, further taxing the water supplies left, in a vicious and dangerous cycle.

Join the Growing Number of People Saying ‘No’ to Soda

In order to break free of your soda habit, first be sure you address the emotional component of your food cravings using tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). More than any traditional or alternative method I have used or researched, EFT works to overcome food cravings and helps you reach dietary success. Be sure to check out Turbo Tapping in particular, which is an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your soda addiction in a short amount of time.

If you still have cravings after trying EFT or Turbo Tapping, you may need to make some changes to your diet. My free nutrition plan can help you do this in a step-by-step fashion. Remember, nothing beats pure water when it comes to serving your body’s needs. If you really feel the urge for a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice, or sweetened with stevia or Luo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners. Remember, if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would likely benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners.

Sweetened beverages, whether it’s sweetened with sugar, HFCS, naturally occurring fructose, or artificial sweeteners like aspartame, are among the worst culprits in the fight against obesity and related health problems, including diabetes and heart and liver disease, just to name a few. Ditching ALL of these types of beverages can go a long way toward reducing your risk for chronic health problems and weight gain, not to mention your exposure to potentially cancer-causing additives like caramel coloring and aspartame.

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Accident’s and Menieres

 

Adventures with Fatigue in the Aftermath of an Avocado Disaster

This is going to be a tough one…

The sentences just don’t want to flow. My brain feels likes like mush, and fatigue steals the words off my tongue.

But I expected it this time. In fact, I even tried to prepare for it. Yet here I sit, dizzy, and exhausted…after a full night’s sleep, at 11:00 am. It’s been a hard week to say the least, and this time, Meniere’s is not to blame. Well not directly.

It all started with a simple accident, one careless moment while preparing dinner several weeks ago.

I was in my kitchen on a Friday night, and had decided to cut up an avocado. I sliced it in half and began to cut out the pit, when the knife slipped and went straight into my left thumb. It was a small cut, but it went in deep, and I immediately knew something was very wrong.

As I ran my thumb under the faucet, I couldn’t feel anything. The top of my thumb was completely numb. I sealed the cut closed with liquid bandage and hoped for the best.

A week later, the cut was almost healed, but I still had no feeling in the top of my thumb. I decided to see a doctor. After considerable searching for a local orthopedic hand specialist who accepted my insurance, I was able to book an appointment for the next day.

I’ve had trouble finding good doctors in the past, but this time I got lucky. The doctor couldn’t have been nicer or more patient. He answered all of my questions, but after an X-ray and physical exam he broke the bad news.

I had damaged one of the nerves in my thumb, possibly severed it, but there was no simple way to tell. He explained that there are no tests sensitive enough to be able to see the damage on a nerve that small. The only way to know for sure, and fix it if need be, was exploratory surgery.

The situation had escalated so fast. My doctor explained that, depending on the severity of the damage, the feeling might come back on its own, but there was a chance it never would. And even if it did, scar tissue could develop around the nerve and cause problems later in life.

I also didn’t have a lot time to make a decision. The longer I waited, the less effective surgery would be. I decided later that night that if I didn’t get the surgery, and the feeling never came back in my thumb, I would always regret it. I scheduled the surgery the next day.

A Complete and Total Loss of Momentum:

This was my second surgery in the last year alone. About nine months ago I had to have a surgery to repair a hernia. So I had a rough idea of what to expect this time around.

After my hernia surgery, I had a really difficult time. I was hit by a mountain of brain fog, fatigue, and dizziness that had threatened to crush me. My Meniere’s symptoms had returned with a vengeance. The accompanying exhaustion, boredom, loneliness and resulting depression had lasted for weeks.

But when I started to feel better, I realized what had happened, and I learned something incredibly valuable:

One of the most powerful forces in treating Meniere’s disease is forward momentum.

Before I had my hernia surgery, I was working on exciting projects, exercising and meditating every day, and eating a healthy diet. I had so much momentum behind me.

But then I had the surgery. I was in pain, doped up from the meds, eating comfort foods, and laying around all day. When it came time to transition back into my life, I was stuck.

It was the first time since becoming diagnosed with Meniere’s disease that I had reached a point of complete inertia. I’ve had my share of setbacks over the years, but I had never been so completely out of commission. It took me a long time to find my way out of the hole. It took so much effort to get the ball rolling again.

So when I scheduled the surgery for my thumb, I wanted to try to avoid a repeat of the aftermath of my last surgery. I made a plan, and although I’m having a tough time, it’s nothing like it was before.

Time for Action:

Life always gets in the way. We not only have to face the adversity of Meniere’s disease itself, but we also have to face adversities with Meniere’s disease. Often, we have to deal with both at the same time. But every once in a while, we know what’s coming, and we get a chance to prepare.

My avocado disaster was ultimately an accident, but the damage was done. All I could do was accept that it happened, and get it taken care of. This time though, I knew the challenge was to prevent inertia.

After my hernia surgery, the brain fog was so thick I could barely function. It dragged on for so long. I was starting to lose hope. At some point I realized that it wasn’t going to improve on its own. I needed to do something, anything, to try to get better. It was time to take action.

I focused what little bit of energy I had on two key tasks: creativity exercises and rebuilding my routine.

For years I have used creativity exercises to combat brain fog, and it would always help. But I hadn’t done it for weeks and I knew I needed to up the stakes. I decided to push myself to try something completely new and I started writing creative short stories in response to writing prompts on Reddit. (Click here to read one of my short stories)

It was hard, really brain-achingly difficult. But I would finish a story and for a short while I would feel amazing. I had created something new and accomplished something I never knew I was even capable of. And the fog slowly started to lift. Every day I felt a tiny bit better.

I also started to try to rebuild my routine. I started eating my meals at the same time again, and I cut out the junk food. I couldn’t exercise, but I started going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, making sure to get 9 hours of sleep. It was an agonizingly slow process, but eventually I bounced back.

To keep up momentum after my thumb surgery, I knew what I had to do. I kept the junk food to a minimum. I went to bed early and got more sleep than I usually do. And I kept up my daily creative practice. As hard as it has been to write, I am feeling better now than when I first started writing this article.

Despite my best efforts, it has still been a hard week. But I am grateful to have learned my lesson the first time around. I was prepared and that preparation paid off. After only a week, I am already starting to feel better.

I hope I don’t need surgery again for a long time, but I know that at some point, somehow, something will go wrong. And when it does, I’ll be ready.

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Nicotine-Dopamine Connection-Smoking Part 2

Smoking-Part 2

Nicotine-Dopamine Connection?

In considering possible mechanisms that could cause psychosis, the authors note that previous epidemiologic and laboratory studies have shown evidence linking nicotine and the dopamine system, which would relate to a leading theory suggesting excess striatal dopamine to be a main cause of schizophrenia.

“In vivo, nicotine might increase dopamine release directlly…to a similar degree as other drugs of misuse,” they wrote.

Nicotine could possibly also wreak havoc on D2 dopamine receptors, commonly implicated in psychosis, they added.

“Nicotine could cause a change in the dopamine system…through induction of supersensitivity of D2 receptors, which has been proposed as an explanatory mechanism for several risk factors for schizophrenia and as a common pathway for psychotic symptoms.”

Finally, a key cluster of genes — CHRNA5, CHRNA3, and CHRNB5— on chromosome 15, which have been linked to schizophrenia in the largest genome-wide association study of the disease to date, also are associated with nicotine dependence and smoking behavior.

The authors acknowledge the study’s important limitations, including the small number of longitudinal studies and the inability to determine use of other substances, such as cannabis.

“Future studies, particularly longitudinal and prospective studies with larger sample sizes, should investigate the relation between daily smoking, sporadic smoking, nicotine dependence, and development of psychotic disorders,” they conclude.

Risk Factor?

In an accompanying editorial published along with the study, Helen L. Alderson, PhD, and Stephen M. Lawrie, MD, of the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, argue that the self-medication hypothesis and theory of smoking as a causative factor in psychosis are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

“The most likely explanation of these findings is that cigarette smoking is associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia,” they write.

“Taking up, and continuing, smoking could be self-medication for anxiety, depression, or psychotic symptoms. It could also be shared with other risk factors for psychosis, such as family history, urban upbringing, or childhood adversity.”

Along with regular cannabis use, the risk factors seem to have an additive effect to psychosis and age of onset, the authors add.

They agree that further research should include large, longitudinal, prospective studies focusing on those risk factors.

“To say that smoking causes psychosis would be premature, but the time might not be too much longer before cigarette smoking is recognized as a risk factor for psychosis as well as anxiety and depression.”

In further commenting on the study, Carol Tamminga, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, in Dallas, called into question several of the study’s suggestions, including the role of D2 dopamine receptors.

“The stringent demonstration of the role of D2 dopamine receptors in psychosis has not been demonstrated, let alone that nicotine has the same kind of effect,” she told Medscape Medical News.

“If this were true, then taking a cohort of 18-year-old adolescents and giving them nicotine would result in some degree of psychosis onset, more than placebo administrations.”

In general, the analysis should caution against the use of its associational data to claim causality, she added.

“[The authors] do admit that the effect is weak, and any of us would add that it seems inconsistent.”

“Cigarette smoking itself can have many other correlates which the authors mention but do not discuss, like the use of other addicting substances, probably poverty, and possibly early-life trauma. The authors really need to highlight these caveats.”

The study received funding from NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and King’s College London. The study authors, Dr Lawrie, and Dr Tamminga have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Lancet Psychiatry. Published online July 9, 2015. Full text, Editorial

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