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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Lorton, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Lorton, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Lorton, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Lorton, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Lorton, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

Be Wary of These

5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Lorton, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Lorton, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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Here's why you may have seen smoke in Fairfax County

To fight the fire, crews are conducting a water shuttle operation from nearby hydrants with tankers due to the distance and lack of nearby fire hydrants.LORTON, Va. — Fire crews in Fairfax County battled a large landfill blaze that started late Monday night. The fire took several hours to completely put out, and brought smoky skies to the area Tuesday morning.Firefighters with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department...

To fight the fire, crews are conducting a water shuttle operation from nearby hydrants with tankers due to the distance and lack of nearby fire hydrants.

LORTON, Va. — Fire crews in Fairfax County battled a large landfill blaze that started late Monday night. The fire took several hours to completely put out, and brought smoky skies to the area Tuesday morning.

Firefighters with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a landfill, located on Richmond Highway in Lorton, around 11 p.m. after reports of an outside fire. Upon arrival, crews began working to extinguish the large-volume fire and get it under control.

To fight the fire, crews conducted a water shuttle operation from nearby hydrants with tankers due to the distance and lack of nearby fire hydrants.

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The fire department said they would be on the scene for an extended period of time, and expected to be wrapping up around 10 a.m. — making the fire fight around 11 hours.

Sky9 was over the fire Tuesday morning as crews continued to extinguish the flames.

Smoke was visible from Route 1 and Interstate 95. Officials emphasized that people seeing smoke shouldn't be alarmed. As of 4 a.m., the fire was stated to be under control and no one was in any danger.

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Junior League Of NoVA Helps Launch 'Period Pantry' At Lorton Center

The Junior League of Northern Virginia, through its partnership with the Lorton Community Action Center, helped to launch a "period pantry."LORTON, VA — The Junior League of Northern Virginia, as part of its partnership with the Lorton Community Action Center, is helping to launch a "period pantry" at the center, which will provide at least 8,000 period products to the center’s clients over the next year.The mission of the Lort...

The Junior League of Northern Virginia, through its partnership with the Lorton Community Action Center, helped to launch a "period pantry."

LORTON, VA — The Junior League of Northern Virginia, as part of its partnership with the Lorton Community Action Center, is helping to launch a "period pantry" at the center, which will provide at least 8,000 period products to the center’s clients over the next year.

The mission of the Lorton Community Action Center is to enhance the quality of life for clients by providing food, basic needs, and self-sufficiency programs.

“The Lorton Community Action Center has had a longstanding relationship with the Junior League of Northern Virginia, which has supported our work over the years of providing food, basic needs, and self-sufficiency programs to the greater Lorton community,” Rob Rutland-Brown, executive director of the Lorton Community Action Center, said in a statement.

"The donations from the Junior League of Northern Virginia will ensure women have access to necessary period products whenever they need them,” Rutland-Brown said.

This new initiative is part of the League’s new focus on providing essential services and professional development training opportunities for women and families in the local community.

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Statistics show that 20 percent of women in the Washington, D.C. area live in poverty —and lacking access to period products is often a hidden consequence.

"Our partnership will provide much needed period products in our local area and really embraces our new focus area," Junior League of Northern Virginia President Michelle Freeman said in a statement.

The Junior League of Northern Virginia is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League has been serving the Northern Virginia area for 65 years.

The new Lorton Community Center at 9520 Richmond Highway houses the Lorton Community Action Center.

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Prison transformed into preschool in Lorton

LORTON, Va. - Where life once ended for many people is where it is just getting started for our most precious population — children.The Brynmor Early Education and Preschool is now calling the former Lorton Prison home.It’s the latest business birthed on grounds once considered the most violent and overcrowded prisons nationwide.The exterior, the windows, the surrounding walls, and even the wa...

LORTON, Va. - Where life once ended for many people is where it is just getting started for our most precious population — children.

The Brynmor Early Education and Preschool is now calling the former Lorton Prison home.

It’s the latest business birthed on grounds once considered the most violent and overcrowded prisons nationwide.

The exterior, the windows, the surrounding walls, and even the watch towers are part of the original Lorton Prison structure.

In fact, the buildings housing the Brynmor Early Education and Preschool were once maximum security facilities with 23-hour lockdowns for inmates.

More than two decades later, it's the beginning of another new chapter on the old Lorton Prison grounds. The childcare center opened to the public Monday.

The space is about one-third full and filled with state-of-the-art digs including light-filled rooms, STEM-themed toys, and activity centers. And if you didn’t already know, you wouldn’t guess it was once a prison with a dark history and past.

The Lorton Prison was forced to shut down back in 2001 reportedly over its deplorable conditions, violence amongst inmates, and extreme overcrowding.

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Prison transformed into preschool in Lorton

Since then, developers have come to build residential communities, homes, small businesses, shopping centers, and now a preschool.

Brynmor founder and creator Rhian Allvin says she named the center in honor of her Welsh heritage. Brynmor means great hill in Welsh. It's a reminder of the work that lies ahead, transforming and removing the stigma surrounding the Lorton Prison and the desperate need for childcare in the area.

Allvin told FOX 5, that they wanted to "prove a point" opening Brynmor.

"What better point to prove than taking what was a place of trauma and violence and turning it into light and opportunity for young children?" she said.

The childcare center has 15 scholarships available for families earning between $69-$120,000 a year.

'Lorton: Prison of Terror' documentary sheds light on Virginia prison's history

'Lorton: Prison of Terror' documentary sheds light on Virginia prison's history

A new documentary is putting the spotlight on the long and dark history of a prison in Lorton, Virginia. "Lorton: Prison of Terror' uses firsthand accounts of life inside the prison to explain what went on there, and why the correctional institution was eventually shut down. To get a preview ahead of the film's Saturday screening at Prince George's Community College, FOX 5 spoke with PG County councilmember Calvin Hawkins and the makers of the film, Karim Mowatt, Eyone Williams, and Sean Branch.

This Abandoned Prison In Virginia Has A Truly Terrifying History

While “The Night of Terror” sounds like a roadside haunted attraction suited to Halloween, it actually refers to a series of horrific events that happened at the Lorton Prison in Fairfax County nearly a century ago. The name may be straight from the pages of a horror novel, but the events of November 15, 1917, were very real, indeed. And more than aptly named. It turns out that the rumored ...

While “The Night of Terror” sounds like a roadside haunted attraction suited to Halloween, it actually refers to a series of horrific events that happened at the Lorton Prison in Fairfax County nearly a century ago. The name may be straight from the pages of a horror novel, but the events of November 15, 1917, were very real, indeed. And more than aptly named. It turns out that the rumored haunted Lorton Reformatory has a more bone-chilling history than any horror film.

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Today, the Workhouse Prison Museum offers exhibits and historical displays that recall the prison’s century-old history, both for what it was intended and how it went horribly wrong. As part of renovations to the facility, a world-class art facility was opened in 2008. The Workhouse Arts Center also features six artist studios, galleries, a theatre, the Metropolitan School of the Arts, and many other spaces dedicated to the development of artistic education, creation, and display. Visitors to the site are encouraged to interact with the resident artists and participate in the many performing arts opportunities available, including theater, film, music, and dance.

Nearby, the maximum security facility that was once part of the larger prison system is being reclaimed as “Laurel Crest,” a mixed-use development with businesses, apartments, and homes. To learn about the ongoing transformation of Laurel Crest, you can visit the Fairfax County Government website.

Were you already familiar with the Lorton Prison Reformatory? We would love to hear your thoughts on the “Lorton Prison of Terror” in the comments below!

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Fast-casual poke bowl chain opens in Lorton

A growing chain restaurant that specializes in poke bowls is making its first foray into Fairfax County.Poke Bros. said it anticipated a “large audience of hungry customers” for Monday’s grand opening of its new franchise in Lorton Marketplace. Doors opened at 9453 Lorton Market St., Suite 17, at 11 a.m.“Most fast food...

A growing chain restaurant that specializes in poke bowls is making its first foray into Fairfax County.

Poke Bros. said it anticipated a “large audience of hungry customers” for Monday’s grand opening of its new franchise in Lorton Marketplace. Doors opened at 9453 Lorton Market St., Suite 17, at 11 a.m.

“Most fast food options out there are the same old fried food,” Poke Bros founder Xue Gong Chen said in a press release. “We’re proud that Poke Bros gives people something that’s quick and easy for lunch or dinner but with fresh, healthy ingredients and great flavor. Good food should be easy to grab on the go.”

A traditional Hawaiian cuisine, poke originated in pre-colonial days as cut-up raw fish that was eaten with fresh seaweed and preserved with sea salt. Influenced by Japanese immigrants, the dish evolved into its present-day form around the 1970s, becoming trendy in the mainland U.S. over the past decade — to some disapproval from Hawaiians.

Poke Bros was started in 2016 by Chen and two friends who first encountered the dish during a trip to California, according to its website. They opened the first restaurant in December of that year in Columbus, Ohio, with the goal of bringing “an inexpensive and accessible product” to the Midwest.

The fast-casual chain has now expanded to 72 locations in 13 states. The Lorton franchise is just the company’s second in Virginia, joining a location in Midlothian, and its first in the immediate D.C. area.

The menu features signature bowls — such as a “Johnny Utah” with salmon, avocado, edamame, cucumber, masago, Sriracha aioli and the chain’s exclusive, soy-based OG sauce — as well as a build-your-own option with rice and salad bases. There’s also mochi ice cream.

Anchored by Amazon Fresh, Lorton Marketplace is one of three main commercial centers emerging in the area once dominated by Lorton Prison. Other dining options in the shopping center include Glory Days Grill, Chipotle, Tropical Smoothie Cafe and the Japanese restaurant Tokyo One.

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