Feb 11 2018

When do you ramp up on Probiotics

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When should you increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™?
Knowing when it’s time to increase your probiotic intake can fortify your immune system against infection and illness.*

Probiotics are such an important part of our daily lives. They keep our digestive tract – our microbiome – populated with the friendly bacteria we need to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy. With 80% of our immune system residing and originating in the gut, our whole body health is dependent on the friendly vs. unfriendly ratio of bacteria living there.*

When our bodies are compromised in any way, whether it is due to this intense flu season or other times when we may be more susceptible to illness, it is essential to not only continue on Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, but go from a maintenance dose to a therapeutic dose.  A maintenance dose can vary from person to person, but generally this is when you have been on the product for awhile, your diet is healthy with lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and you consume very little sugar. A maintenance dose can be 1-2 Body Biotics™ capsules in the morning and the same in the evening.*

But if your gut health is off track, or you are susceptible to illness, this is when you need a therapeutic dose. We recommend a therapeutic dose when there is healing to be done in the gut, presence of an overgrowth of Candida, feelings of catching a cold, flu season, skin conditions such include eczema, leaky gut, IBS…these are among the many conditions in which increasing your dose is appropriate.*  

Another one of these times is before and after surgery. While types and severity of surgeries vary, they all require you to take antibiotics to avoid infection. This is one of those times when taking antibiotics is a must. A bacterial infection as a result of surgery can be life threatening. In fact, according to John Hopkins University, “…Even with many precautions and protocols to prevent infection in place, any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections (SSIs) because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place. If you have surgery, the chances of developing an SSI are about 1% to 3%…”1*

While there are various risk factors that make people more or less prone to getting an SSI, such as length of surgery, age, and current health status, one of the major risk factors is a weakened immune system. So by eating right, taking probiotics, not smoking, taking vitamins (there are specific vitamins designed especially for pre and post surgery that don’t thin the blood), a person can go into a planned surgery at their healthiest.(1,2,3)*

But what about post surgery? Probiotics play a huge role in post surgery. By keeping the immune system strong, our bodies will heal faster. But there is another important reason to be on a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Anesthesia slows the body down, and it also causes hormones to be released that impact our mood. Many patients following surgery will experience depression for a few days or longer. By keeping the gut replenished with friendly bacteria, this can help as 90% of our serotonin is created there. Keeping serotonin levels up will help with mood and depression. Also, this slowing down of the body’s systems can lead to constipation. Combined with pain medication, this can be a real problem. Constipation is extremely uncomfortable and can be painful. Straining to have a bowel movement after surgery can be bad for your incisions. So upping your dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to three capsules in the morning and three at night will help with this. You can throw in a couple before lunch for extra measure at least to get you through that first week. Now keep in mind, if you have not been on the product for awhile or are new to it, I do not recommend just starting out with this therapeutic dose. You do need to build up to it, so start on one to two capsules a day and slowly build up to a therapeutic dose before surgery. Then, when your surgery arrives, you will be prepared to increase your dose. You don’t want to be detoxing at the same time as surgery! (2,4)*

Lastly, pay close attention to your diet after surgery. Consuming lots of fiber helps keep things moving in your digestive tract, as well as a healthy dose of non-soluble fiber will provide healthy food for your friendly bacteria. Even though Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ contains both probiotics and probiotics, a constant supply of probiotics through the foods we eat will continue the healthy cycle of replenishing your good bacteria.3*

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/surgical_care/surgical_site_infections_134,144
  2. https://academic.oup.com/bjaed/article/4/5/144/2910
  3. http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495
  4. nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMc5198246/
  5. vitamedica.com/wellness-blog/10-best-healing-foods-to-eat-after-surgery

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Jan 28 2018

Probiotics and your immune system during flu season

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Probiotics, your immune system and flu season.
Taking probiotics helps boost your digestive health and your immune system which are powerful weapons against colds and flu.

What a flu season! Chances are that you, or someone you know has had the flu or been affected by it in some way. Schools have closed in an effort to quarantine sick students and disinfect classrooms. Hospitals are on high alert with staff wearing surgical masks to prevent them from catching it from patients. According to hospital officials at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 60% of all recent emergency room cases have been flu related and they have set up a separate clinic just for flu sufferers.1*

Did you know?

Influenza and pneumonia are responsible for more than 57,000 US deaths annually.

Every year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the US population comes down with the flu.

Flu related complications result in more than 200,000 hospitalizations. (2,3,4)*

Most of those hospitalized for flu infections are older adults. In a 2017 article from the Journal Frontiers of Immunology, influenza is described as “…a leading cause of catastrophic disability in older adults…” Unfortunately, for older folks, these infections, which occur mostly during the winter, can be life-threatening, with at least 90% of the flu-related deaths each year involving those over the age of 65. The older population is more susceptible as the flu virus can increase a person’s risk of developing secondary bacterial infections along with worsening preexisting medical conditions. Lengthy hospital stays also come with additional health risks. And while conventional medicine recommends older adults get the flu vaccine, it may not be as effective as people age. “…A very recent study found that the vaccine’s effectiveness decreases as the degree of frailty (as measured by the Frailty Index) increases. And while the vaccine works in 70%-90% of young adults, that number drops to 17%-53% in older adults…”.4*

So what can we do to safeguard ourselves during cold and flu season? Aside from completely isolating ourselves in order to not be exposed to others with the virus, is there anything we can do? And more importantly, does taking probiotics help? Yes! We know a healthy gut boosts our immune system and recent research confirms this. (2,4)*

First, there is a research from Dr. Sarah Brewer, GP, Medical Director of Healthspan and the author of Eat Well Stay Well. She found that probiotics, in combination with vitamins and minerals works best to help prevent cold and flu. “… “Probiotic bacteria have a natural immune boosting action, while micronutrients such as vitamin E, iron and selenium are needed to boost the production of antibodies and other infection-fighting chemicals. One study found that taking probiotics plus multivitamins and minerals significantly reduced the duration of common cold and ‘flu episodes by almost two days, compared with a similar group taking multivitamins and minerals alone. The researchers felt this was most likely through an effect on the activity of T-lymphocytes – the cells that regulate immune responses.”…” In a second study, she found that taking supplements which contained both probiotics and vitamins and minerals for at least three months during flu season, reduced the severity and incidence of common colds.2*

Another group of researchers determined that there are specific strains of probiotic bacteria that have been shown to stimulate the body’s production of IgA (immunoglobulin A), which protects the delicate mucous membranes, and ultimately helps prevent the virus replication cycle. These bacteria, which include L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, B. lactis  and B. subtilis were found to  “…significantly reduce the risk of getting upper respiratory tract infections, including colds and flus…” And for those who did get sick, they helped to reduce the severity and duration of the illness. All of these strains are found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™.4*

While most people treat colds and flu with medications designed to alleviate their symptoms, they don’t activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses. This is where probiotics come in. Probiotics provide defense against the common cold and flu by activating the body’s own immune response.4*

The immune system makes proteins called antibodies that fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Scientists have shown that probiotic bacteria boost IgA, production which enhances immunity and blocks the virus replication cycle. Secretory IgA is found in mucous membranes and works as the body’s first line of defense within mucous membranes that line the nose and upper respiratory tract. When IgA levels are healthy, they can prevent cold and flu viruses from entering the body through the nasal mucous and respiratory tract…”4*

Researchers tested this probiotic blend on fighting infection brought on by cold and flu viruses in several placebo-controlled, human clinical trials. Two hundred and fifty volunteers were randomly selected to receive a placebo or the probiotics. Over a 90 day period, subjects reported each day on “…all diseases affecting their respiratory system, including cough, colds, bronchitis, or pneumonia, and how long they lasted. They also described their symptoms and the severity of the symptoms…”4*

They determined that taking the probiotic resulted in:

  • “…35%reduction in the number of colds (20 episodes vs. 31 episodes)
  • 22%reduction in cold duration (7 days vs. 6 days)
  • 39%reduction in cough duration (5 days vs. 7.3 days)
  • 25%reduction in the number of days of acute upper respiratory infections (6 days vs. 6.1 days)
  • 48%decrease in the number of flu episodes.
  • 55% decrease in the number of days with flu symptoms
  • 16cases of flu in the placebo group, compared to just 3 in the probiotic group…”4*

 One strain was identified by scientists for its intense immune stimulating effects among older adults who are at risk for respiratory infections, and that is B. Subtilis. Researchers have found that Bacillus Subtilis “…generates potent probiotics effects, including the production of antimicrobials, stimulation of the immune system, and overall enhancement of gut microflora…” B. Subtilis is unique in that it has a natural protective capsule that resists the stomach’s harsh acidic environment and allows it to make its way into the lower digestive tract, where it can stimulate intestinal mucosal secretions as well as in the respiratory tract. This is a special bacteria indeed!4*

 I hope you are doing as I have done this flu season and increased your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to a therapeutic dose instead of a maintenance dose. It will help safeguard you as I’ve outlined here against this nasty flu season. Take good care of yourselves!

Healthiest wishes,






  1. https://www.usnews.com/new/best-states/arkansas/articles/2018-01-11/for-smith-hospital-sets-up-flu-clinic-to-ease-er-crowding
  2. https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/761946/cold-flu-treatment-probiotics
  3. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/flucold.htm
  4. http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2018/2/Probiotics-Fight-Dangerous-Winter-Flu/Page-01

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Jan 14 2018

The Biggest Health Concerning us in 2018

We know the problem. Now what to do about it?
While we know obesity is our nation’s biggest looming health concern, beating it is a whole other matter.

During our last blog, we talked about the biggest health concern facing us in 2018 and that is obesity. With a growing number of Americans being obese, it is raising the cost of health care nationwide, as so many health issues are related to this problem. Health care professionals and facilities along with the price of pharmaceuticals that we take to treat obesity related diseases, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, are hitting our wallets to the tune of trillions of dollars. “…Currently, Americans pay $3.4 trillion a year for medical care (and, unfortunately, don’t get impressive results)…”1*

We beat ourselves up about it constantly, wondering, “Why is it so hard to lose weight?” Well before you get too down on yourself, let’s look at how our society has really set us up for this epidemic and why best laid diet plans often result in failure. Perhaps by looking at the root causes of the issue, we can be more aware and avoid falling victim to the many traps that surround us constantly. In fact, if you look at it from a more general perspective, losing weight is a challenge for most because it is easier, faster and cheaper to access high sugar, high fat processed foods than it is to access good, healthy home cooking that is fresh, organic, low calorie, and high in protein. Additionally, the unhealthier our guts become, the more we crave the foods that we should not be eating. Bad bacteria love junk food and sugar. Good bacteria love high fiber diets. And lastly, this is how so many of us have been taught to eat. It is tough to break cycles that have been put in place. Not everyone has been raised in an environment where home cooked meals are part of the ritual.*

“Fast food”, “quick bite”, “drive thru”, “to go”, “on the run”, “quick and easy”, “meal deal”…these are all familiar phrases that bombard us throughout our days and describe the food that we can grab quickly and on the go, when we are hungry.  It is rare that we find convenient access to food that is described as “fresh and organic”, “raw food”, or “plant based.”  I was at the airport recently and there was a food station that touted “plant-based, organic food”. The menu consisted of green juices and salads. It is so encouraging to see this trend and that people are trying! *

Warding off obesity takes forethought, commitment and education.  Cooking takes time. In most families, both parents work, or the home is run by a single parent. With this we give up the long lost gift of a home cooked meal waiting at the table along with the perfect house of the “Leave it to Beaver,” era.  With progress comes change, and unfortunately, progress has led to faster food, processed foods, and unhealthier soils in which our food is grown. But take heart, though we know obesity is a major health concern for the New Year, there are things you can proactively do to address your diet and that of your family. 3*

  1. Start your day off with healthy foods. This is important because the first taste you get in the morning could very well set the tone for your entire day. If you eat a donut for breakfast, the rest of the day is going to consist of fighting off cravings for more sweets. So, after your morning dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, followed by unsweetened tea or coffee, scramble some eggs with fresh vegetables. Load it up and make it as big as you like with lots of spinach, broccoli, onion, tomato, red pepper, mushrooms, what ever you like. Or do a healthful bowl of whole oats with fresh fruit, nuts and almond milk. By starting your day off right, you will be more likely to succeed throughout the day. *
  2. Recognize Candida and the cravings it causes. If you have an unhealthy gut with candida overgrowth, you will crave sugar all the time. When you are craving sugar, it is hard to not eat it. But it you can recognize what is happening, perhaps you can avoid falling victim to the cycle of cravings, eating and more cravings by being prepared with healthy snacks in your refrigerator. Put together a beautiful, gourmet tray of fresh veggies and lite ranch dip and have it handy. Snack on protein, like turkey meat or hard boiled eggs. And don’t forget about healthy fats to include avocado. All of these are excellent replacements for sugar. Whenever you start craving sugar, tell yourself no! And with a big smile on your face, stuff as many veggies in your mouth as you want, knowing you are doing the right thing. It may be difficult, even painful for about 21 days. That is how long it takes to beat your sugar cravings. But once you get past that mark, you will notice the cravings subside and eventually, sugar won’t even sound good anymore!*
  3. Avoid Drive Thru Fast Food. When you are hungry, you are going to grab what’s easy, so make healthy foods readily available for you at home. Pre-preparing salads, soups and casseroles gives you an option over the quick fix at the local drive through.*
  4. Take that daily 10 minute (or more) walk. Exercise is so important for our long term health. It helps us to ward off obesity, keeps our hearts healthy and keeps our joints lubricated. If you can take an hour walk, do it. Or hit the gym. Whatever you need to do to get moving. If you live in an area of the country with frigid temperatures, find a mall that you can walk around. Just move! *
  5. Drink lots of water. Water helps our bodies to filter out the toxins that build up. When you are taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily, your body is constantly eliminating bad bacteria which need to be flushed from our systems and water is the conduit that will do it. Additionally, when we lose weight, some of that energy is flushed with our urine. So drink plenty of water. 3*


Welcome to 2018. Together let’s change our country’s biggest health concern and get and stay fit and healthy together.

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/23/heres-how-much-the-average-american-spends-on-health-care.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/22/the-days-of-stay-at-home-moms-are-long-gone-data-show/?utm_term=.473458f45900
  3. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/12/16/371210831/when-you-burn-off-that-fat-where-does-it-go


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Dec 31 2017

What is the biggest health danger for 2018?

Published by under Alcohol,probiotic supplements

What is the biggest health danger for 2018?
Obesity tops the list of the most dangerous things for our health in the New Year.  

Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were filled with joy, happiness, and the “presence” of family and friends. Tomorrow starts the New Year and it is filled with promise, the not-yet-discovered and infinite possibilities. There is so much to look forward to and every day is to be enjoyed. So let’s make a commitment or “resolution” to be our healthiest selves so we can really enjoy this New Year as healthy whole people.  

The biggest health concern looming over us this New Year is something that while within our own control is one of the hardest things to get a handle on…and that is obesity. The Director of the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared obesity to be “…the nation’s number one health problem…” Statistics show that 65% of US adults are overweight or obese, and in Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia, 25% of adults are obese. People living in our country are dying from diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes that are caused by obesity and other bad lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking and too little exercise. Our nation’s leading causes of death are the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices and obesity.1*

One of the major reasons for weight gain is changes in your microbiome. When our gut is overpopulated with unfriendly bacteria, it can result in many negative health issues, among these being obese. Other health problems can also result from an unhealthy gut such as allergies, autoimmune disorders such as eczema and rheumatoid arthritis, mental health disorders to include depression, as well as cancer, heart disease and more as we mentioned earlier. Every day, researchers are discovering more and more connections between chronic illness and an unhealthy microbiome. 2*

Remember, we have trillions of bacteria that include 500 species which make up our microbiome. The gut is essential for digesting food, extracting nutrients, regulating hormones, eliminating toxins, and producing healing compounds. When our guts are healthy, we experience optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients. Our guts contain a diverse mix of bacteria and the bacteria must have a healthy balance in order for us to stay healthy.2*

If we have too many unfriendly bacteria, (such as Candida albicans and parasites for example) and not enough of the good bacteria, it can lead to serious damage to your overall health as we crave the bad foods that feed the bad bacteria.2*

So, remember to do the following to ensure you are growing a healthy microbiome.

  • Stick to whole foods. Cut out processed, refined, high sugar foods and carbs. Increase your intake of fiber that good bacteria love.*
  • Cut your plate into an imaginary pie with five slices. Make 4 of those fruits and vegetables.*
  • Eat the good fats…eliminate the bad. Good fats like Omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats, (such as extra-virgin olive oil) help with decreasing inflammation and giving healthy gut bugs a chance to flourish. “…Obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem, resulting from an intake of inflammatory Omega 6s and not enough anti-inflammatory Omega 3s. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysacchardies (LPS)  that trigger inflammation, insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and therefore, promote weight gain…”2*
  • Supplement with Body Biotics™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to replenish the friendly bacteria that has been lost through antibiotic use and diet.*
  • Remove inflammatory fats from your diet.  Some studies demonstrate that high-fat diets can adversely affect your gut flora and promote inflammation and weight gain, so choose wisely.2*
  • Add fiber-rich foods such as nuts and seeds to your diet.*
  • Add fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and tempeh which contain good amounts of probiotics to your diet so your healthy gut bugs can be fruitful and multiply.*
  • Watch your calorie intake. Exercise. It is about calories in and calories out.*


Let’s stay healthy together this new year! Here are wishes for a happy 2018 for each and every one of you!






  1. https://www.worldhealth.net/news/obesity_number_one_health_problem_in_us_1/
  2. http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/18/how-to-fix-your-gut-bacteria-and-lose-weight/

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Dec 17 2017

Cancel Holiday Travels to Family if not feeling well

Published by under General,probiotic supplements

‘Tis the season for giving, but some things are not meant to be passed along
This holiday, if you are not feeling well, be kind and stay home!

 All it takes is one bad case of the flu or a nasty cold to ruin your holiday. And boy, it seems everyone is sick! How does it happen so fast and why can’t people stay home and not keep giving this gift that keeps on giving us aches and pains!

We have become a society of workaholics and pressure cookers. Go, go, go, all the time and it can be very unhealthy. Of
telling ourselves to slow down this time of the year seems preposterous, but it might be the one thing that saves your holiday season. So what are you doing to stay healthy this holiday season?

First of all, I’ll say it 1000 times…keep your gut healthy. Taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily is your first line of defense to ward off illness. During this crazy time of year, up your dose to ensure you stay healthy. Keeping your gut
in turn keeps your immune system healthy, which in turn helps protect you against those that are coughing and sneezing around you.

Speaking of those who are coughing and sneezing around you…avoid those who are sick. If they are at work, send them home. Plan another time to get together with an ill friend, or simply move away from them to another part of the room if someone is sick near you. I was at a party recently and the woman standing directly behind me was coughing straight at the back of my head. Aghast, I simply got up and excused myself to the powder room. I’m not letting her inconsiderate coughing ruin my holiday! If your kids are sick, keep them home from school. It is just not worth spreading these things around. If you are sick, nurse yourself back to health in the privacy of your home and just don’t share it!

Wash your hands! Be very conscious of washing your hands regularly. If you shake hands, use door knobs, public transportation or a , (you never know where germs may be lurking). Wash often, and wash for at least 30 seconds.

Know if it’s the flu or just a cold. Flu activity peaks between December and February, so be aware. Whether you choose to get the flu shot or not is up to you, but if you do get the flu and catch it within 24 hours, you can shorten it dramatically with …but it is a prescription and you need to make that fast trip to your doctor. So listen to your body and make that determination early on.2*

“…Short sleep equals a short life”according to sleep expert Matthew Walker, who released a new book called “Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams. According to Walker, we need at least eight hours of sleep each night to ward off serious illnesses. Those who get less than 6 hours of sleep each night are at a markedly higher risk of developing serious health issues later in life to include cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In the near term, lack of sleep means you are setting yourself up for catching whatever bug is going around. According to Walker, we need to rethink how we, as a society, look at sleep…it is not being lazy, it is being smart and healthy. We will explore Walker’s research more in a future blog early in the new year. 3*

Stress less. You sometimes have to accept that you can’t do it all…dovf overload yourself and take time to really enjoy the sights, the lights and the sounds of the season. Stress wears you down and takes the fun out of Christmas.

Know when it’s time to see the doctor…don’t develop pneumonia or worse. Many things can be cured with some chicken soup and lots of rest. But if you develop a high fever and deep chest congestion, or a sinus infection that won’t go away, you best seek the help of a professional. Some things do require antibiotics, but take them only if absolutely necessary.

Don’t share drinks or food…even if others are healthy, they may be carrying something that could make you sick later!

Eat right and exercise regularly. Get some fresh air. Food is the healthiest medicine for our body if you choose the right ones. So choose carefully! Eat those foods that healthy bacteria love, like high fiber vegetables and fruits.

Celebrate the holidays in a healthy manner…don’t over indulge in alcohol or load your body with sugar. Both these things create an environment for disease. So enjoy, but with moderation!

This time of year, it is important to remind ourselves of these things as we get busy and can get off our health track. I hope you find this helpful, and inspiring to stay healthy this holiday season,

With warmest wishes,





  1. https://www.uwhealth.org/flu/10-ways-to-stay-healthy-during-cold-and-flu-season/10371
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm
  3. https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-lack-of-sleep-affects-health-and-tips-for-a-good-nights-rest/

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Dec 03 2017

Your Presence the Most Meaningful Present this Year

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Make your best present this holiday your presence.
This Christmas season, put your energy into connecting with others, especially those you love. 

In today’s world of cell phones, social media and multimedia devices, our ability to connect on a personal level  is slowly diminishing. Children born after 1995 have been especially affected by this technology. Research shows  they are more likely to experience mental health issues than those born before 1995.  As time goes on, the negative effects of this technology are weighing heavily on parents and others as we wonder what kind of damage we have done to our kids. Constant bombardment of negative news, the fear of missing out (FOMO), and cyberbullying, are all extremely negative side effects of modern technology, especially for young people. Time playing outside, talking, playing board games, and just connecting seems to be an old fashioned way of life. Many, however, are longing for the days of old, and wanting to minimize screen time not only for their children but for themselves. What better time to do this than the holidays? 1*

Time is fleeting. Just ask a parent whose child has left for college or ask a person whose parents are aging or deceased. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows this. It teaches us we must enjoy the moments we have before they slip away. So, during the holidays, instead of focusing on the presents to put under the tree, put a little more time into how you can increase your presence in the lives of others, especially those you love. Put down your ipad or your smart phone, and let’s get busy living this holiday season on an interpersonal level. In case you need a few suggestions as to how to reconnect with humans, and reminders of what time spent together looks like without a hand held device, here are a few pointers.  

  • Get off your phone
  • Look people in the eye
  • Instead of watching TV, play cards or a board game.
  • Ask other’s about their ideas, hopes and dreams
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Bake something yummy for your neighbors
  • Surprise someone that isn’t expecting it
  • Help the needy
  • Put up some Christmas lights, even if it’s just a few
  • Wrap your presents as pretty as you can
  • Smile, be merry, exude joy and love
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving yourself once and for all.
  • Give yourself the gift of forgiving others once and for all.
  • Let it go, let it snow.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Believe…in God, in Santa, in something positive. Having faith is good for your soul.
  • Be organized so as to eliminate stress.
  • Be considerate of others
  • Celebrate every moment as if it were your last..

While this may sound cliché, it is all about getting back to the basics, and not letting social media, news media, or other people’s ideas control our minds or our moods. Don’t let originality slip away. This holiday, ask everyone to put up their phones during family time. Play football, play cards, go on a nature walk, decorate cookies, ask questions, play charades, show you care and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Instead of worrying about things, just be. It is the best thing you can do for your health, and for the health of your family. All of us at Body Biotics™ wish you a very happy holiday season!

Healthiest wishes,





  1. http://theconversation.com/with-teen-mental-health-deteriorating-over-five-years-theres-a-likely-culprit-86996

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Nov 19 2017

Is your gut ready for Thanksgiving?

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Is your gut ready for Thanksgiving?
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, a quick health assessment will tell you if you’re ready for the holidays.

It doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is here again! But it is and let’s do it right. We have worked all year on equipping with you with health, diet and lifestyle tips along with sharing new research and reports to keep you up to date on the latest information regarding getting and keeping your gut healthy. It is a changing world that we live in. Not every change is good, we know that. But there is so much information at our fingertips that there really is no excuse for not being the healthiest you can be.

We all have our limitations, issues and obstacles. We have our obsessions, addictions and weaknesses.  And there is only one person that is in control of any and all of it and that’s ”me, myself and I”. And when the “me” doesn’t do the right thing, sometimes the “I” will remind us to do the right thing. And when all three say “to heck with it”, we then have to forgive ourselves. We are only human after all!

I wanted to talk about this as the holidays approach, because this is the time of year that we get off course sometimes when it comes to our health. There is added stress. We spend more money, we eat  more sweets and go to more parties where we drink more alcohol. I know many of you are fully committed to staying on course no matter what, and I applaud, you, but I would say the majority of people “cheat” a little.

So when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and stuff yourself like a Thanksgiving turkey, know you don’t do this all the time. And you can do it in a healthy manner. Stick to the protein, veggies, cranberries (low sugar if possible) and only have little bits of the potatoes, sweets and breads. Keep your alcohol intake to a moderate level and you might just skate through the holidays without too much suffering.   

But do a quick health assessment to make sure you are primed and ready for game day. Are you sticking to your regular intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™? Are you taking time to exercise in some form or fashion daily? Are you eating a mostly organic diet high in vegetables and fruits? Are you drinking lots of water every day? Going into the holidays with a healthy gut and body will safeguard you against that added stress, and if you do binge a bit on sugar, it won’t cause the bad bacteria to overtake your microbiome, since it is not a regular thing.

So enjoy your Thanksgiving feast, as there is so much good to be found at the Thanksgiving table.


  • High in protein and low in fat…just skip the skin.
  • Great source of iron, potassium, zinc and phosphorus.
  • Contains both vitamin B6 and niacin which is essential for energy production.
  • Could help lower cholesterol levels when consumed regularly
  • Has a low glycemic Index and helps keep insulin levels stable.
  • Contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and a key component in building a strong immune system.
  • Good source of selenium, which boost the immune system and is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism and acts as an antioxidant.1*


  • Full of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Low in calories
  • Help lower risk of urinary tract infection and helps prevent certain types of cancer, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure. 2*

Sweet potatoes

  • An excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene).
  • Good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, Excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.3*

Green beans

  • High in fiber
  • Great source of Vitamins A, C, K and B6, as well as folic acid.
  • Good source of calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium and copper. 4*

Love and companionship of Family and friends

We are social creatures and the bonds created by having friends and family around are good for the soul and therefore good for our health.

Being grateful

There is something about grateful people that makes you want to be around them. They complain less, tend to see the positive side of things and appreciate what they have. In return, life is good to them…grateful people tend to live longer.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Body Biotics™. We are so very grateful for you!






  1. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition-tips/the-health-benefits-of-turkey/news-story/a46ea3ecdbe41a64518e35eb27492387
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269142.php
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
  4. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/green-beans.html#Health_Benefits_of_Green_Beans

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Nov 05 2017

The Opioid Addiction Epidemic in Our Country

Published by under Personal Care

CVS Pharmacy takes steps to address  the opioid addiction epidemic in our country.
While opioid addiction continues and overdoses kill our citizens, some companies are taking matters into their own hands.

Did you know?

  • Drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in Americans under the age of 50*
  • Overdoses killed more people last year than car accidents or guns*
  • In 2015, 1 out of 5 deaths in the US were drug related*
  • Over 2 million Americans have problems with Opioids*
  • In 2015, 97 million people used prescription pain killers. Of those, 12 million did so without a doctor’s direction*
  • Between 2006 and 2014, the most widely prescribed opioid was hydrocodone (Vicodin)*
  • In 2014, 7.8 billion hydrocodone pills were distributed nationwide*(1,2,3,4)*

According to a recent survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one in 3 Americans, or 91.8 million Americans use opioids. In 2015 alone, there were over 15,000 opioid related deaths according to the CDC. It is universally agreed that something needs to be done about our country’s opioid epidemic, but with big money to be made by drug manufacturers and distributors, finding the answer has been trickier then imagined. One company is doing their part to help with this drug epidemic in our country and that is CVS pharmacy.1*

CVS, which was the first large retail pharmacy to stop selling cigarettes in 2014, is now the first pharmacy to limit opioid prescriptions to a 7-day supply, and restricting how many pain pills patients are allowed, depending on their condition. CVS said its program will include “limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy; limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid; and requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed.”Additionally, the pharmacists will counsel patients on addiction, how to store medications to keep them out of the hands of others and proper disposal. These changes will take place in February 2018.(1,2)*

“…Opioids are drugs formulated to replicate the pain reducing properties of opium. They include both legal painkillers like morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone prescribed by doctors for acute or chronic pain, as well as illegal drugs like heroin or illicitly made fentanyl. The word “opioid” is derived from the word opium…3*

Opium is a narcotic obtained from a kind of poppy which has been used by humans for thousands of years. From opium comes a host of other drugs with similar properties such as morphine and  heroin, which was legal in the U.S. and actually used as a cough suppressant, until it was banned in the 1920s.  Next there came such prescription pain medications as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. Opium as well as these derivatives are collectively known as opiates.4*

There are also compounds which act similarly to opiates but are synthetic . Hydrocodone and oxycodone are semi-synthetic opioids, manufactured in labs with natural and synthetic ingredients. Others are methadone and fentanyl. Fentanyl was developed as a powerful anesthetic for surgery and is also given to alleviate severe pain associated with terminal illnesses such as cancer. One hundred times more powerful than morphine, it is deadly in small doses. This drug has been a leading factor in the high number of overdose deaths in the past few years. (3,4)*,

Opioids are a “vital component of modern medicine.”. They have improved life quality for many patients including those with cancer and acute pain. But the problem is these highly addictive opioid receptors not only regulate pain, but also activate the reward system in the human body making them debilitating addictive. Sadly, these drugs have been over prescribed, According to the CDC, the number of pain pills such as oxycontin and vicodin prescribed went from 13 days in 2006 to 18 days in 2015. For wisdom teeth, child birth and surgery, 18 days is excessive. Even 13 days is too much, especially when pain can be managed by other, non-addicting means. 1*

Let’s look at some history to understand why our country is experiencing this explosive epidemic, one that the president is calling a national emergency.

It began in the 1980s when some very influential journal articles came out which eased fears among the medical community about prescribing opioids for chronic pain, saying they were not as addictive as previously thought.(3,4)*

The pharmaceutical industry took notice and in the mid 1990s aggressively (and fraudulently) started marketing  such drugs to include oxycontin.

“…Purdue Pharma took out ads for OxyContin in medical journals across the nation in 2000. Seven years later, the company and three of its executives would be charged with misbranding its drug and downplaying the possibility of addiction. Three executives pleaded guilty, and the company settled with the U.S. government for $635 million…”3*

Manufacturers of these drugs were selling (in addition to legitimate pharmacies and distributors), massive amounts to distributors who were then selling to illicit “pain management” centers or Pill Mills which then flooded communities with prescription opiods.4*.

People slowly became addicted after a decade of use, whether they had been prescribed these pills or they had been taking them recreationally. At this same time, heroin prices dropped and suppliers spread out to smaller communities and rural areas where people were willing and ready to take the next step to a better high.4*

In 2014, fentanyl entered the drug supply in large amounts. This synthetic derivative is manufactured in China mostly and also Mexico. It is very strong in small doses, and often people don’t know how much they are getting, leading to overdose. While overdose from prescription opioids has leveled off since 2011, heroin and fentanyl deaths continue to rise, but this crisis “has its roots in the over prescribing of opioids.”4*

In the states where the drug crisis is particularly severe such as Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, fentanyl is involved in more than 50% of the overdose fatalities.4*

According to medical and drug addiction experts, finding a solution to the opioid epidemic requires controlling prescription opioid distribution yet at the same time, maintaining access for patients with legitimate medical needs. The fear is that a sudden removal of opioids access for those who need it to function, would lead those people to illicit sources such as heroin or counterfeit pills.4*

 “While heroin and fentanyl are the primary killers now, experts agree that the epidemic will not stop without halting the flow of prescription opioids that got people hooked in the first place.”4*

This is where CVS is taking this step to make sure patients, their pharmacists and their doctors are sticking to recommended dosages established by the CDC and other prevention organizations. Perhaps other companies will follow and put the people of this country first ahead of big business, money and greed. If you or anyone you know has become addicted to opioids, contact a treatment facility near you. Don’t play around. Take action. Your life is meant to be lived in a healthy, happy and balanced manner.2*

Stay healthy and stay aware,




  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/cvs-limit-opioid-prescriptions-7-day-supply-n803486
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/09/21/cvs-health-increases-restrictions-on-opioids/#3a2893bd720b
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/health/opioid-crisis-fast-facts/index.html
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/upshot/opioid-drug-overdose-epidemic.html
  5. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/12/health/opioid-addiction-history/
  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/60-minutes-opioid-whistleblower-2017-10

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Oct 22 2017

What exactly is happening to our honey bees

Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

What’s happening to our honey bees?
Pesticides are threatening the survival of this important player in our ecosystem.

Honeybees are one of nature’s most valuable working insects. Their ability to take nectar from flowers and turn it into honey as well as their role as pollinators is short of a miracle. They extract nectar from flowers, store it in their tiny stomachs and then transport it back to their hive. In the hive, it is passed from bee to bee until the moisture is reduced and what remains is honey. The nectar can also be stored in the honeycomb cells before the bees do their work which kick starts the evaporation process. After the bees create the honey, they store it in the honeycomb cells and cap it with beeswax from which the adult bees and newborns will feed.

Honey is a pure and natural sweetener enjoyed by people around the world. And the pollination process is essential for the reproduction of flowers and fruits. But unfortunately, humans have found a way to interrupt this beautiful and natural process by introducing and overusing pesticides in our environment.  Researchers have found that a large percentage of honey is contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides. This pesticide is harmful to the bees and has ramifications for humans too. 1*

Ten years ago, US beekeepers reported that thousands of their hives were suddenly absent of bees. And  it was not just the United States that was losing their honey bees…beekeepers all over the world were having the same problem. This caused a global concern about a condition which became known as colony collapse disorder or CCD. Additionally, it was reported that we were losing many populations of wild bees. Without wild bees pollinating our plants, it can result in tragic consequences not just for the bees, but for humans as bees pollinate approximately one-third of the plants that we eat.  This invaluable service these pollinators provide is valued at $168 billion per year worldwide.(1,2)*

Neonicotinoids became popular in the 1990s to target crop destroying insects. They work by attacking the central nervous system of the insects without having the same effect on humans.  They are widely used in Canada, the US and around the world. They are applied as a coating to the seeds of such widely grown crops such as corn, canola and soybeans. (Residues have also been found in the pollen of wildflowers growing near these crops and in nearby streams). Working systemically, these pesticides move throughout the growing plant, making them toxic to the targeted insects. The problem is that they end up in the pollen of these plants, which is then captured by our pollinators, who are also affected by these chemicals.  Studies have shown it affects their survival by hurting their ability to reproduce, forage and fight off pathogens. (2,3,4,5)*

In the October issue of Science, researchers did a study in which they were able to look at 198 samples of honey from around the world — the first study done on such a global level. The findings shed light on how  widely honeybees are exposed to these pesticides.  Three of the four honey samples tested contained “…measurable levels of at least one of five common neonicotinoids,..” Traces of the pesticide were even found in honey from remote islands with little agriculture. 3*

…We assessed the global exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoids by analyzing 198 honey samples from across the world. We found at least one of five tested compounds (acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam) in 75% of all samples, 45% of samples contained two or more of these compounds, and 10% contained four or five. Our results confirm the exposure of bees to neonicotinoids in their food throughout the world…”3*

While the compounds found were at levels considered “safe for human consumption” it demonstrates how honey bees and their habitats are being affected.  With global pollination on the decline, there are great concerns for biodiversity and our ecosystem on the whole. Neonicotinoids have been identified as a key factor responsible for this decline. While pesticides are a major contributor to pollinator decline, there are other factors affecting our bee populations as well such as habitat loss, parasite infections, other insects and disappearing wildflowers that bees rely on for food.3*

Most concerns about bees have centered on the European honeybee,  which people have spread around the world as a crop pollinator. “…But native pollinators can be exposed to neonicotinoids, too, and are often more vulnerable to the pesticides’ effects. Bumblebees and sweat bees tend to live in smaller hives than honeybees, so just a few foragers can more quickly spread contamination to the whole colony…”3*

In an experiment at Royal Holloway University of London, scientists set up a laboratory experiment with bumblebee queens in which the queens were given a syrup containing traces of a neonicotinoid pesticide called thiamethoxam, in amounts replicating which bees might be exposed to living near fields of neonic-treated canola. The results showed Bumblebee queens exposed to the pesticide were 26 percent less likely to lay eggs, compared to queens that weren’t exposed to the pesticide. These findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.2*

“Without the queen laying eggs, there is no colony,” says Nigel Raine, one of the scientists who conducted the experiment. The fear is that the decline in reproduction  will eventually lead to the species’ demise.

The European Union imposed a temporary moratorium on use of neonicotinoid pesticides on many crops in 2013, and is now considering proposals to make that moratorium permanent. Of course pesticide companies and some farmers are fighting those restrictions. Their argument is that “…the moratorium has led to lower yields of canola and an increase in spraying of other pesticides to fight insects that previously were controlled by neonicotinoid coatings on seeds…”2*

Various countries, including the United States, are exploring ways to protect our honeybees, and also the use of this pesticide. As with all things, “exploring” takes time, and big money gets in the way. Hopefully, it won’t be too late to protect these precious creatures.


Until next time,





  1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-08/colony-collapse-ten-years-after-crisis-what-is-happening-to-bees/8507408
  2. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/14/542895824/popular-pesticides-keep-bumblebees-from-laying-eggs
  3. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6359/1091
  4. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/much-worlds-honey-now-contains-pesticides-harm-bees
  5. https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/much-of-the-worlds-honey-laced-with-pesticides-study-finds/article36500549/

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Oct 08 2017

Harvey leaves behind a health danger that lasts long after the water recedes

Published by under General

Harvey leaves behind a health danger that lasts long after the water recedes.
Mold caused by wet and humid conditions inside buildings pose a threat to public health.

Hurricane Harvey was one of the wettest weather events in US History. It brought over 50 inches of rain to Texas, and we all saw what that water did to homes, businesses and streets. Now that the flood waters have receded, what’s left behind are soaked drywall, rugs, furniture and more. It is not easy to clean up water damage, and one of the scary culprits that can grow from this moist, warm environment is mold. 1*

Molds are a fungus with an unknown estimated number of species. Estimates range from tens of thousands to three hundred thousand species. They can be found both in and outdoors and thrive in warm, damp, humid conditions. They reproduce and spread by making spores, which can survive harsh environments, including dry conditions that don’t support normal mold growth. They digest that which they are growing on, be it carpet, wood, paper or food. In cases of excessive water, as in the homes affected by Harvey, this is the prime place for mold spores to grow…especially if the water problem is not cleaned up and soaked materials cleared away. In areas with continuous moisture, as in an area with a slow, constant drip, mold will multiply like crazy. The best way to control indoor mold growth is to control the moisture. (2,3)*

Some of the common indoor molds according to the CDC are: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus 3*

So what is the difference between mold and mildew?  “Molds include all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae.  Molds can thrive on any organic matter, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with moisture management problems. Mildew often lives on shower walls, windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high. There are many species of molds. In unaired places, such as basements, they can produce a strong musty odor.” 3*

The reason it is so important to control mold growth is that it can be very dangerous to your health. People living in homes with toxic mold can get extremely sick. (Remember the story of Suzanne Somers?) She and her husband became very ill after leasing a black mold infested house. She ended up writing a book called about her experience.5*

As stated by the EPA,  “…Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash…”2*

The health problems that can arise from toxic mold exposure can vary from person to person so not all cases look the same. Depending on one’s current health, and the type of fungus, toxins produced by the fungus and length of exposure, it will affect people in varying ways and degrees. Most commonly, the symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Anxiety
  • Visual disturbances,
  • Depression
  • Memory loss,
  • Immune disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • GI problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Shortness of breath3*

In extreme cases, it can lead to  liver damage, bleeding from lungs and vascular fragility resulting in hemorrhage.3*

If you suspect you have been exposed to environmental mold, the best first step is to seek out the advice and care of a health care professional with a strong background in environmental medicine. Beware of the most commonly used conventional treatments for mold-related symptoms such as steroids, antibiotics and anti-fungal drugs. These can actually make the situation worse. *

Here are some actions you can take immediately if you suspect you have mold toxicity.:

1.Avoid ALL SUGARS! (and other mold-loving foods). Just as with candida and other bad bacteria, mold loves sugar and anything that turns to sugar in the body. This includes grains, refined white flour and processed foods. Additionally, eliminate milk and most fruit as fungi thrive on diets high in fructose, sucrose and lactose. Also, leave out alcohol, peanuts, cottonseed oil, corn. *

  1. Secondly, and most importantly, take of Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia. And please don’t wait until you have a health issue. Prevention is truly what it is all about. Having a healthy gut and digestive tract will be your best prevention and defensive mechanism against mold and its dangerous toxins. When your microbiome is teeming with good bacteria, your immune system is strong, and it is less likely that mold will penetrate your system. *

The “good” bacteria help keep the “bad” bacteria (and other organisms like mold and yeast) in check. Earlier, I mentioned that antibiotics can make matters worse when you have mold toxicity and this is why. They kill off the good bacteria leaving you more susceptible to a fungal infection. When the gut is healthy and populated with good microflora, it makes it harder for mold and its toxins to penetrate the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. *

In extreme cases, a toxic gut will result in your immune system firing back to try to overcome what has entered the blood stream, leading to systemic inflammation. Once mold toxins get into your blood stream, every system in your body goes into overdrive fighting that which it does not recognize.*

  1. Use pancreatic enzymes, taken on an empty stomach. This works because enzymes eat debris, such as mold which acts as a food source for the enzymes. Normally, you would take enzymes in conjunction with a meal to help digest the food. But without food present, they will digest the mold instead. This will take time as they hunt down the hidden mold in your digestive tract.*
  2. Additionally, you can try extract of artichoke leaf which was found to be toxic to many types of fungi, including both molds. Your health care practitioner may suggest other herbal remedies, as well as colonics.*

The best way to avoid getting mold toxicity is to pay attention to your environment and if you notice black mold growing anywhere, have it checked out. Use a solution of bleach water to clean suspected areas. Remove all moisture from the area and any items that have mold on them. Don’t directly touch the mold. Use gloves. And if need be, call a professional. If your home has mold, it is a bad day all the way around as most insurance companies will not cover it. So avoid, avoid, avoid and keep things dry and clean.*

Good luck, and healthiest wishes,





  1. http://www.startribune.com/half-decent-holiday-weekend-weather-harvey-was-a-storm-like-no-other/442241903/
  2. https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health
  3. https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/202370458-Mold-and-Moisture
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm
  5. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Suzanne-Somers-Threes-Company-house-mold/2015/04/17/id/639298/


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