Blueberry Banana Nut Bread

Blueberry Banana Nut BreadHere in Houston, blueberries are in season, and I love blueberries!  They have always been my favorite berry and one of my overall favorite fruits.  I eat them with my homemade Nutty Granola and raw milk, in smoothies, in homemade ice cream, and now also in banana nut bread.  I found these blueberries at my local farmers market.

Somehow the combination of moist banana and blueberries produced a bread even more delicious than when using either one by itself.  An even bigger plus is that blueberries are very nutritious and pack a lot of health benefits.  Bananas are good for you too!

Here’s how I made my blueberry banana nut bread:

Ingredients

2 ½  cups organic flour (I used Jovial Einkorn high extraction flour so that I would not need to soak the flour)
2/3 cup organic sucanat or other unrefined sweetener (I used Rapunzel whole sugar)
3 ½ teaspoons baking powder (I used Rumford aluminum-free baking powder)
1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt (I used Celtic Sea Salt
3 tablespoons oil (I used Olea olive oil, but coconut oil would work well too)
1/3 cup milk (I used local raw whole milk)
1 egg, preferably from pastured chickens
1 ¼ cups mashed organic banana (about 2 to 3 medium)
1 cup organic blueberries (I used fresh local, but frozen would work too)
1 cup chopped nuts (I used chopped soaked and dehydrated pecans)

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Butter bottom only of loaf pan (I used a glass Pyrex 9 x 5″ loaf pan).
Mix all ingredients except fruits and nuts. Beat for about 30 seconds.
Mix in mashed banana.
Fold in blueberries and chopped nuts.
Pour into loaf pan.

Slice of blueberry banana nut bread and butterBake for 55 to 65 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool slightly then loosen sides and place on a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy with lots of butter from grassfed cows!  (You can see that the butter is beginning to melt.  The bread smelled so good cooking, I just couldn’t wait to try a piece.)

For sources of ingredients and cooking supplies go to my Resources page.

 

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On the Real Food News Front – 7/10/14

Houston Chronicle 07-09-14Yes, I know it’s old-fashioned, but I still read my newspaper every morning while I drink my cup of bone broth and eat my breakfast.

However, the newspaper is not my only, and not even my primary, news source. I read articles from many other sources, from social media to Google alerts to favorite websites and newsletter feeds.

I also read books, mostly in the tangible, paper form, but I may begin to read more ebooks since some are only being published in that format.  Not all of those books are about nutrition and health so I won’t always mention them here.

Now for the news . . .

  • The Farm-to-consumer Legal Defense Fund reports some important successes in 2013 and early 2014, including the acquittal of Wisconsin raw milk dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, a successful lawsuit protecting heritage pigs in Michigan, a favorable ruling for a Pennsylvania food club distributing raw milk, and passage of an important bill that decreases regulations for family farms in Virginia.
  • Texas cotton farmers have requested permission to use an unlicensed highly toxic pesticide on their crops, which are 90% genetically engineered (GMO), and the weeds in the fields are now resistant to the chemicals currently being used due to overuse.  The request would allow the herbicide propazine to be sprayed on over 3 million acres of Texas farmland.  Propazine, highly soluble in water, is in a class of chemicals linked to “developmental and reproductive toxicity.”
  • Do we really need a GMO banana?  People in the U.S. will soon be the first to test the new banana, which as been genetically engineered to add “vitamin A.”  I put the vitamin A in quotation marks because the GMO banana doesn’t really have any vitamin A.  What it does have is beta carotene, and, although beta carotene can be converted to vitamin A, the conversion efficiency is poor.   Absorption is “estimated to be between 9–22%.” Humans absorb about 80% of true vitamin A from animal sources, but only about 3% of carotenoids from plant sources. (source)
  • You’ve probably heard people say that the anti-vaxers cause epidemics, but even the CDC admits that “they are not the driving force behind the large-scale outbreaks or epidemics” of whooping-cough (pertussis). In one study of 132 patients who had pertussis in 2010 “81 percent were fully up to date on the whooping-cough vaccine.” Dr. Mercola has a great new post about the effectiveness of vaccines. In fact, another recent study suggests that those recently vaccinated are asymptomatic carriers that spread the disease.
  • The Séralini study on the toxic effects of GMOs and glyphosate which was retracted because its results were “inclusive” has been republished, although an editor of the journal admitted “there was no fraud, misconduct, or intentional misrepresentation of data detected.”  After undergoing two more review processes the study has been republished by the journal, Environmental Sciences Europe.  A journal has never before retracted a study for inconclusiveness.
  • Sometimes it helps to have someone do a step-by-step debunking of common myths.  Authority Nutrition does a superb job of debunking “20 Mainstream Nutrition Myths.”  My favorite is # 4, egg yolks should be avoided.  I so agree with Authority Nutrition: “Telling people to throw the yolks away may just be the most ridiculous advice in the history of nutrition.”

Not all news is bad! Here is a natural remedy (no bad side effects) and sources of toxin-free bedding.

  • Natural remedies not only work they have no adverse side effects.  Natural remedies for dandruff include raw honey and tea tree oil.
  • Organic and allergy-free bedding can be a life saver.
    • For Houston area organic mattresses, New Living on Kirby Drive in Rice Village, offers organic toxin-free mattresses and bedding.
    • Online sources of organic bedding include Savvy Rest and Sleeping Organic.  Both have mattresses, sheets, pillows, and mattress pads.

Now for some delicious, nutritious recipes to help keep you healthy and happy!

  • Decadent Black Cherry Chocolate Tart (Paleo, GAPS)Decadent Black Cherry Chocolate Tart (Paleo, GAPS) Cherries are Nutritious: Although most of the calories in sweet cherries come from sugars, the glycemic load is low and there is some omega-3 fat. The most important thing about cherries is the huge amount of antioxidants and various anthocyanins. From Real Food Forager
  • Zucchini Pasta with Artichoke, Mushrooms and Sun Dried TomatoesZucchini Pasta with Artichoke, Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes: Gluten and grain-free. Zucchini is a good source of Vitamin A, thiamine, niacin, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The omega 3 to 6 ratio is almost 2 to 1, which is excellent.  From Real Food Forager
  • Summer Berry and Oat CobblerSummer Berry and Oat Cobbler (and a celebration of homemade flour) The mix of berries topped with an oaten biscuit, makes for a lovely dessert or breakfast – especially when topped with homemade yogurt or kefir.
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New Page on Real Food Houston – Where to Find Nutritious Food and Non-Toxic Products

Produce at farmers marketFor quite a while I have been collecting resources for healthy food and personal care products, as well as for sources of information on a variety of nutrition and health topics.

I have recently published the first page of my Resources.  This page (also listed in the menu above) includes sources for nutritious foods, both local and online; non-toxic personal care products; garden and farm products; and a few sources for organic bedding and clothing.  The page will be continually updated.  Since publishing I have already added several new sources, and even some new topics.

The current topics listed are Food and Cooking Resources, Personal Care Products (includes personal and tooth care products and organic clothing, Household Products (includes cleaners, mattresses, and bedding), Garden and Farm Products, and Other Bloggers’ Resource Lists.

Eventually I plan to add pages which will provide sources of nutrition and health information so keep watching for the new pages to be published.

I hope you find these resources useful, and, as always, I welcome your recommendations for additional sources, either local or online.

Disclosure: none of the links are affiliate links, including the Amazon links. The resource list is provided as a service to help you find the products you need.  I get no compensation if you buy a listed product.

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Learn about the benefits of cod liver oil with Houston Real Food Nutrition

Green Pasture ProductsCod liver oil is one of nature’s superfoods according to Dr. Chris Masterjohn, an expert on fat soluble vitamins.  He spoke at the recent Houston Regional Wise Traditions Conference in March.

If you are interested in learning how cod liver oil can help keep you healthy, Houston Real Food Nutrition is having a Meetup on July 12th to discuss the benefits.   There will be a showing of Dr. Masterjohn’s conference presentation, Cod Liver Oil, Our Number One Superfood, followed by a general discussion.

After the presentation and discussion, there will be a drawing for Green Pasture products.  Green Pasture is the maker of Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Blue Ice Royal High Vitamin Butter Oil.

Green Pasture was one of the vendors at the Houston conference and donated their samples, which cannot be sold, to the local Houston-Galveston chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation to benefit its members.  Most of the samples have only a small amount removed, and two of them have not been opened.

You could be one of the lucky winners who get to choose one of the free Green Pasture products.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and no charge to join the Meetup group.  If you are not already a member, join today and RSVP for the meeting.  Join Houston Real Food Nutrition now!

I will be at the meeting!  I hope to see you there!

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Are We Sacrificing Our Children to Profits From Glyphosate (Roundup) and Roundup-Ready GE Crops?

Monsanto's RoundupI have written about glyphosate before (there is a list of posts below), but there have been some important new studies since I last wrote about it, and I thought I should discuss the newly discovered and alarming dangers we are facing from our increasing use of this herbicide.

Although I continually collect links and summaries of articles on subjects of interest, including glyphosate, when I began pulling together research for this update, I was truly overwhelmed by the number of studies and articles describing new information about the damage caused by glyphosate and its adjuvants. There were far more than I had realized.

Before I discuss the new studies, let’s briefly review what glyphosate is and how it is used, then I will talk about what the new research tells us.

What is Glyphosate?

As I wrote in a previous post, “Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it kills almost all plants; it is absorbed through the leaves and spreads throughout the plant, including the roots and seeds. Glyphosate is systemic; it can’t be washed off because it’s inside the plant. . . glyphosate kills by preventing the plant from making proteins needed for growth; it stops an enzyme pathway, the shikimic acid pathway [or shikimate pathway], which is found only in plants and some microorganisms; therefore, glyphosate not only kills plants but also microorganisms.”

If you are not familiar with glyphosate, you probably do know about Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup as well as in many other herbicides made by other companies. You have almost certainly seen Roundup at garden supply stores, hardware stores, and almost everywhere that lawn, plant, and crop supplies are sold. You may also have seen your neighbors spraying Roundup on their driveway weeds or around their yards. Walking on those driveways and yards tracks glyphosate into the house and onto carpet and floors, unless shoes are left by the door.

How is Glyphosate Used?

As a herbicide, glyphosate is sprayed as weed control on lawns, gardens and parks, in forests, along roadsides and even on water plants; however, it is most heavily used in agriculture, and its growing use is driven by the proliferation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. [source]

Glyphosate has other uses than as a herbicide. it can be a desiccant for crops like grains, canola, maize (corn), and sunflowers, “to make them dry out, or to make them easier to harvest.” [source] Sugarcane is ripened using various formulations of glyphosate. [source]

Since glyphosate is absorbed by the plant and cannot be removed by washing, that means we ingest at least some glyphosate residue every time we eat food made from crops that were treated with it, from GE canola oil to conventional sugar. Every time! How much is too much?

Where is Glyphosate Used?

Glyphosate is the world’s best-selling herbicide. In 2011 around 650,000 tons of glyphosate were used worldwide. Yes, 650,000 tons were applied in just one year, and the amount used is growing every year, primarily through increased planting of GE crops. In 2010 sales of glyphosate were worth about $6.5 billion, yes, billion! [source] It’s easy to understand why chemical companies don’t want us to know about the harm it causes.

Think of the lost profits if its use were limited or banned!

The amount of glyphosate applied combined with the huge variety of uses means that almost all of us are continually contaminated with it, at home, at work, and at play.

Studies Find Glyphosate Causes Infertility and Organ Damage

In a previous post, I talked about some of the harms from glyphosate, including infertility and miscarriage in farm animals fed with glyphosate-contaminated food; reduction of available minerals due to the chelating function of glyphosate; development of glyphosate-resistant weeds due to overuse of the herbicide; combined with an adjuvant, glyphosate has demonstrated organ and systemic damage; and pregnant women exposed to glyphosate may have a 400% increased risk of having babies with developmental malformations such as microcephaly, anencephaly, cleft palate, cranial malformations, etc. [source and source]

Monsanto Claims That Glyphosate is Safe

Before we list more harmful effects of glyphosate, I want to mention that Monsanto claimed that its glyphosate brand Roundup was “‘safer than table salt’ and ‘practically nontoxic’ to mammals, birds and fish” until 1996, when Dennis C. Vacco, the Attorney General of New York, ordered the company to pull the ads.   From the beginning Monsanto has marketed Roundup as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable.” [source]

New Data About Harmful Effects Caused by Glyphosate/Roundup

Glyphosate Damages Red Blood Cells

A recent study analyzing the effect of glyphosate on erythrocytes (red blood cells) found that the herbicide caused damage, including rupturing the cells, at levels well below the ppm (parts per million) allowed by the U.S. EPA.  The study admitted that adding adjuvants to the glyphosate in Roundup would cause more damage. [source]

Glyphosate and Roundup (Glyphosate plus Adjuvants) Are Extremely Toxic

The MEDLINE database of the National Library of Medicine lists studies that link glyphosate to “over 40 health conditions, from Parkinson’s to Leukemia, and over two dozen modes of toxicity, from causing damage to the DNA to disrupting hormone receptors, from suppressing the immune system to damaging neurons.” [source]

Another study of 9 pesticides that compared the toxicity of the active ingredient versus the formulations that also contained adjuvants, found that “Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup [glyphosate plus adjuvants] was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested.” Only fungicides were found to be more toxic. [emphasis added] [source]

Studies of safety provided by pesticide manufacturers are not required to include adjuvants and usually only test the active ingredient itself, in this case, glyphosate.  Companies often do not list “inert” ingredients, claiming proprietary formulations. The lack of inclusion of the adjuvants in the original testing has allowed a significant underestimation of the toxicity of glyphosate. In fact, the researchers said “so-called ‘inert’ adjuvants . . . were up to 10,000 times more toxic than the so-called active principle glyphosate itself, revealing them to be a greater source for secondary side effects than the main ingredient itself.” [source]

Glyphosate Environmental Toxicity Underestimated

A study published in Ecotoxicology put “serious doubt on glyphosate’s classification as environmentally safe.” The analysis of toxicity on water fleas, “a widely accepted model for environmental toxicity,” found glyphosate to be toxic a very low levels “well within the levels expected to be found in the environment.” This study concludes that the toxicity of Roundup has been underestimated and that “current European Commission and US EPA toxicity classification of these chemicals need to be revised.”

Glyphosate Kills Beneficial Gut Bacteria

A German study has found that toxic botulism in cattle is increasing because glyphosate is harming beneficial gut flora that normally keep the pathogen in check. Gut bacteria in both animals and humans are very sensitive to residual glyphosate levels. According to the study, “lactic acid producing bacteria that help defend against Clostridium pathogens are destroyed by glyphosate, suggesting that the rise in C. botulinum associated diseases may be due to glyphosate-tainted animal feed.” [source]

As mentioned above in the paragraph about What is Glyphosate? Monsanto claims the herbicide to be harmless because its method of action, stopping an enzyme pathway, affects the shikimate pathway (see above paragraph about What is Glyphosate?), which is not found in animals or humans; however, it is found in microorganisms. Additional research finds this fact to be the “key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals.”

The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease. [source]

Another study, supporting the damage of glyphosate to beneficial gut bacteria, says “Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide, is destroying human and animal health as a result of disruption of gut bacteria. Two key problems caused by glyphosate in the diet are nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals and essential amino-acids, and systemic toxicity.” [source]

In addition to the damage glyphosate preferentially causes to our gut bacteria, it also increases aluminum toxicity, which promotes calcium loss, and its disruption of the shikimate pathway depletes tryptophan which is the sole precursor to melatonin necessary to many functions within the body.  [source]

Glyphosate is Estrogenic and Causes Proliferation of Breast Cancer Cells

Still another study, published in the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, has found that glyphosate is “estrogenic and is capable of driving estrogen receptor mediated breast cancer cell proliferation within the infinitesimal parts per trillion concentration range.”

“The researchers also discovered that the naturally occurring phytoestrogen in soybean known as genistein, produced “an additive estrogenic effect” when combined with glyphosate, raising the serious question as to whether GMO soybeans are contributing to the epidemic levels of breast cancer within countries like the US where they are consumed in relatively high quantities.” The authors stated:

This finding should raise concern about the existence of more than one xenoestrogen such as phytoestrogen and contaminants in plant derived food which may be beneficial or harmful depending on the hormonal and pathological status of consumers. This study implied that the additive effect of glyphosate and genistein in postmenopausal woman may induce cancer cell growth. In this present in vitro study, we showed an estrogenicity of pure glyphosate. In summary, we found that glyphosate exhibited a weaker estrogenic activity than estradiol. Furthermore, this study demonstrated the additive estrogenic effects of glyphosate and genistein which implied that the use of glyphosate-contaminated soybean products as dietary supplements may pose a risk of breast cancer because of their potential additive estrogenicity.” [emphasis added] [source]

The results of this study could possibly explain the large mammary tumors found in the Seralini study of GMOs. [source]

Glyphosate Application Linked to Deaths from Chronic Kidney Disease

An epidemic of chronic kidney disease, toxic nephropathy, in agricultural areas of Sri Lanka, India, and Central America’s Pacific coastline (El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica has been linked to a combination of glyphosate and contaminated fertilizer. Over 20,000 deaths have been attributed to the epidemic so far. The farmers normally do not wear protective gear when applying glyphosate, plus they eat the treated crops, and drink water from steams contaminated with herbicide runoff.  [source]

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, with 55 years of experience with agriculture management practices, sums up the dangers of glyphosate by calling the herbicide “the most toxic chemical we’ve ever had in our environment,” and says “future historians may well look back upon our time and write, not about how many pounds of pesticides we did or did not apply, but about how willing we were to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations for the massive experiment we call genetic engineering that is based on failed promises and flawed science, just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise.” [emphasis added]  [source]

Conclusion

I have only briefly summarized the important findings and implications of each of these studies. You can click on the links to learn more about them; however, it should now be very apparent that glyphosate–and its formulations like Roundup–is far more harmful than Monsanto and the U.S. EPA have claimed. Its safety was not thoroughly tested before it was allowed to become the most widely used herbicide in the world, with thousands of tons being applied every year.

Glyphosate is now found not only in the food we eat, but also in the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Knowing the source of our foods is critical to avoiding contamination with glyphosate, Roundup, and other toxins.  Choosing organic produce, local and grass-fed beef, meat and eggs from pastured animals, and, above all, knowing our farmer and knowing how he raises his animals and farms his produce are essential to minimizing the poisons we eat.  For more information about how our diet can help us stay healthy, read How to Get Started with a Real Food, Traditional Diet.

Update May 18, 2014: A study of tropical fish has found that glyphosate causes birth defects:

Generally, survival and hatching percentage decreased as glyphosate concentration increased. Absence of pectoral fin(s) and cornea, permanently bent tail, irregular shaped abdomen, and cell disruption in the fin, head and abdomen are among the common teratogenic effects observed. Furthermore, risk factor also increased with the increased [sic] in glyphosate concentrations. [source]

Update May 20, 2014: It seems that no matter how often I update posts about glyphosate, new significant studies are published. The latest study, Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans, concluded that GE foods are not “substantially equivalent” to non-GE foods as Monsanto and the USDA claim:

Using 35 different nutritional and elemental variables to characterise each soy sample, we were able to discriminate GM, conventional and organic soybeans without exception, demonstrating “substantial non-equivalence” in compositional characteristics for ‘ready-to-market’ soybeans.  [source]

Sources:

Glyphosate is already in our food, air, and water: What is it and why should we care?
What Does Genetically Engineered (or GMO) Mean?
Introducing Glyphosate, the world’s biggest selling herbicide
Sugarcane Ripener Recommendations – Glyphosate
Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling
Teratogenesis by glyphosate based herbicides and other pesticides. Relationship with the retinoic acid pathway
Extreme Toxicity of Roundup Destroys GM/Non-GM ‘Substantial Equivalence’ Argument
Human Blood is Not “Roundup Ready,” New Study Reluctantly Admits
Roundup Herbicide 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say
Introducing Glyphosate, the world’s biggest selling herbicide
Roundup and Glyphosate Toxicity Have Been Grossly Underestimated
Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease
BREAKING: Glyphosate (Roundup) Carcinogenic In the PARTS PER TRILLION Range
New Study Finds GM Corn and Roundup Causes Cancer In Rats
Prepubertal exposure to commercial formulation of the herbicide glyphosate alters testosterone levels and testicular morphology
Roundup Herbicide: ‘The Most Toxic Chemical In the Environment’
Argentines link health problems to agrochemicals
Government Agents Gave Cover for Roundup’s Birth Defects
GLYPHOSATE: DESTRUCTOR OF HUMAN HEALTH AND BIODIVERSITY
Toxic Combo of Roundup and Fertilizers Blamed for Tens of Thousands of Deaths
Sulfate, Sleep and Sunlight: The Disruptive and Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate
Glyphosate (Wikipedia)
Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence
The teratogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate Roundup in Wistar rats

My posts that have more information about glyphosate:

Glyphosate is already in our food, air, and water: What is it and why should we care?
Monsanto wants glyphosate limit in food to be raised up to 150 times
Study finds significant new evidence that GMOs can cause harm
What Does Genetically Engineered (or GMO) Mean?

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Studies show that diabetes can be prevented and even reversed naturally

Patient filesSeveral years ago when I began my journey to better health through an improved diet, I frequently had the jitters after eating, especially after breakfast.  At the time, I thought it was probably due to too much caffeine.  I had already stopped drinking regular coffee due to the caffeine, but I was still drinking tea every morning.  However, when I cut out the caffeine, I still had the occasional jittery feeling.

Eventually I realized that it wasn’t just the caffeine, although I am still very sensitive to it.  My jittery feelings were caused by a diet too high in sugar and other carbohydrates.  Especially my breakfasts were high carb, usually sweetened cereal (although whole grain) and sweetened tea.  There was very little fat and only a small amount of protein.  Read more here about how I learned what the problem was and how I changed my diet.

The jitters I had after my high carbohydrate breakfasts were were a symptom of poor sugar handling.  Similar diets are causing huge increases in the incidence of diabetes here in the U.S. and in other countries as they adopt our diet.

We need to find effective, natural ways to treat and possibly reverse diabetes.  One in three children born today are likely to develop the disease and over 100 million adults are already suffering from diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome. 1 There are many studies that indicate diet is an important factor in the development of diabetes.  Although most of this research applies primarily to type 2 diabetes, an improved diet can also benefit those with type 1 diabetes.

One recent study found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced by eating full fat dairy products, including milk, yogurt, butter, and cheese. The factor responsible for the reduction seems to be palmitoleic acid, or trans-palmitoleate, which “is found almost exclusively in naturally-occurring dairy and meat trans fats. . . palmitoleic acid is heart healthy. It also has anti-microbial properties and is a key compound in cell communication.” Participants in the study “with those with the highest levels [of trans-palmitoleate] had half the risk of developing diabetes” compared to those with the lowest levels. 2   People have been told to avoid full fat dairy for decades due to the war on fat, and maybe the lack of trans-palmitoleate in the diet has helped increase the incidence of diabetes.  The healthy natural trans fat in milk products is beneficial; however, the artificial trans fats formed in the process of hydrogenation of oils are not healthy and should be avoided. 2

Additional studies have indicated that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, treated, and even possibly reversed by changes in diet.  Specifically, carbohydrate intake should be reduced significantly.  The recommended limit may vary, but most recommend under 100 grams per day and those should be spread evenly throughout the day not eaten all at once, to avoid sugar spikes.

Dr. Antti Heikkilä recommends a limit of 60 grams of carbohydrates per day.  Dr. Heikkilä has treated thousands of patients with diabetes, “each of whom has reduced their sugar and starch intake and been able to stop taking all of their medications.” Dr. Heikkilä says “Reducing the amount of carbohydrates is the first step. We do not know why reducing the amount of carbohydrates changes the overall metabolism. After a certain limit, there is a dramatic change. In my experience the border is 60 grams of carbohydrates, and in some cases it is a bit less.”  I totally agree with Dr. Heikkilä’s second step: the food we eat should be nutrient-dense and of high quality. Many of the nutrients in our food can “protect the body from the harmful effects of sugar.” 4

Dr. Wolfgang Lutz also recommends limited carbohydrates.  He says “The bad news is that diabetes is clearly a disease of poor sugar metabolism, and sugar (i.e., carbohydrates) is the dietary source of this imbalance.  The good news is that diabetes can be reversed by the reduction of carbohydrates in the diet.”  [emphasis added]  Dr. Lutz recommends limiting carbohydrate intake to 72 grams per day or less.  He points out that today’s diets can be as much as 90% carbohydrates.  He gives these examples: breakfast might be sweetened cereal or toast and jelly with a big glass of fruit juice or coffee with lots of sugar; lunch is a sandwich with a thin slice of lean meat plus chips and dessert; dinner could be a fast food bun-heavy sandwich with lots of french fries, or a thick-crust pizza washed down with lots of soda.  Although he doesn’t mention snacks, people frequently eat chips, candy, sodas and other high-carb foods between meals, all of which add to the carbohydrate load.  Does this sound familiar?  Many people eat like this most, if not all, of the time. 7

I can’t write about this subject without mentioning that gut health is key to the absorption of nutrients.  Even if you are eating nutrient-dense high quality foods, you will not be healthy if your body can’t process the nutrients and make them available to your cells.  One method that has shown great benefit in healing the gut and restoring health is Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome, popularly known as the GAPS diet.  Find Houston-area certified GAPS consultants here.

Also, many people have reversed health problems, including diabetes, by following a nutrient-dense diet as recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation.  Read here about how to get started on a traditional, real food diet.

I know I haven’t covered everything there is to know about the subject of diet and its impact on diabetes, but I hope I have encouraged you to do some research to find out if any of these changes could help you.

Sources

1 An MD’s Perspective On How To Avoid, Treat And Reverse Diabetes by Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD
2 Healthy Trans Fats Slash Diabetes Risk by Margie King
3 trans-Palmitoleic acid, other dairy fat biomarkers, and incident diabetes: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
4 How To Treat Diabetes Naturally – An MD’s Perspective by Antti Heikkilä, MD
5 Dietary Modification: Low Carbohydrate/Ketogenic [link to a list of studies showing the benefits of a low carbohydrate diet]
6 Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes? (video about Dr. Attia’s perspective on diabetes and what causes it)
7 Life Without Bread by Christian B. Allan PhD and Wolfgang Lutz MD

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Nutty Granola – Grain-free, Paleo and Raw

Paleo Granola with BlueberriesI have always loved granola!  It’s crunchy, fruity, and delicious.  However, the recipe I made many, many years ago had lots of oats, unsoaked nuts & seeds and processed vegetable oil.  So, I stopped eating granola.  Anyway, It isn’t as nutrient dense as my smoothies or eggs & bacon.  But I have to admit I did miss my granola, even though I have NOT missed eating unhealthy boxed cold cereals.

Oats, the common mainstay of granola, need to be soaked and cooked to make them more digestible.  Read more here about why toasted oats in granola are not good for you.  Although some people have had success making granola from soaked and cooked oats, most say it doesn’t make the crunchy granola that I like.  It’s more chewy.

I found several versions of grain-free granola and decided to try making my own.  I took some ideas from each, used soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds, and other safe, healthy ingredients to make my own granola. I wanted all the nuts and seeds to be soaked and dehydrated and everything to remain raw but digestible.   This recipe makes granola just the way I like it.  It adds variety and satisfaction that I had been missing in my diet.  I am so glad I can enjoy my homemade granola again!

Here’s how I made my healthier version of granola:

Nutty Granola – Grain-free, Paleo and Raw

Bowl of nutty granola

Ingredients

2 cups almonds, soaked and dehydrated
2 cups raw walnuts, soaked and dehydrated
2 cups raw cashews, soaked and dehydrated
2 cups, raw pecans, soaked and dehydrated
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, soaked and dehydrated
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked and dehydrated
1 cup dehydrated mango chunks (I use Wilderness Family Naturals)
1 cup coconut chips (I use Wilderness Family Naturals)
2 cups organic raisins (I use Woodstock)
1/4 cup coconut oil (I use Tropical Traditions Gold Label)
1/2 cup raw honey, preferably local (I use Gulf Coast Honey Bee Farms)
1 tablespoon organic vanilla
1 tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon (I use Frontier organic)
1 teaspoon sea salt (I use Celtic Sea Salt)

Preparation

Since I do not have a dehydrator, I buy my nuts and seeds already soaked and dehydrated. I have bought nuts and seeds from both Wilderness Family Naturals and Radiant Life but most of those used in this recipe are from Wilderness Family Naturals.  If you have a dehydrator, here’s a video about how to soak and dehydrate your own raw nuts and seeds.

Combine the coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a saucepan over very low heat until melted and well mixed. To preserve the enzymes in the honey, it is important that the heat is never hotter than your fingers can safely touch. Coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so the mixture should be easy to mix well before it is too hot to touch.

Chopping nutsMeanwhile chop nuts. You can use a food processor or a blender, but I found that the easiest and for me the best way is to put the nuts, one kind at a time, in a gallon Ziploc bag and pound with a wooden rolling-pin. This method results in the most evenly broken up pieces. Both the food processor and blender seemed to turn a lot of the nuts into dust before all the pieces are broken up.

Mixing bowl of granolaPut all the nuts and seeds in a large bowl. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the nuts and seeds and stir well. I add the coconut oil mixture a little at a time to help distribute it evenly. When well combined, add the mango chunks, coconut chips, and raisins.

Store in airtight glass containers in the refrigerator. I use half-gallon or quart mason jars.

This recipe makes about 4 quarts of grain-free granola.

My favorite way to eat this granola is in a bowl with organic blueberries and raw cream or milk. Oooom good! Delicious and crunchy, just like I like it!

Variations: You can add or substitute other dried fruits such as chopped dates or use other kinds of nuts.  Maple syrup can be used instead of honey.

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Is Drinking Raw Milk Like Playing Russian Roulette?

Gallon bottle of raw milkAm I playing Russian roulette?  I drink raw milk or raw milk kefir every day.  The FDA and state health department officials frequently compare drinking raw milk with playing Russian roulette. Is drinking raw milk really that dangerous?

Let’s find out . . .

What is Russian Roulette?

According to Wikipedia, Russian roulette is “a potentially lethal game of chance in which a ‘player’ places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his head, and pulls the trigger. ‘Russian’ refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver’s cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel.”

If the revolver has six chambers, there is a one in six chance of death.  Okay, that’s a one in six or 16.7% chance of death.  Russian roulette involves a high enough risk of death that most people would not willingly take.  I certainly would not!

If the risk of death from Russian roulette is about 16.7%, what is the risk of death from drinking raw milk?

What Is The Risk of Death From Drinking Raw Milk?

What is my chance of dying from drinking raw milk?  Is it anywhere close to Russian roulette’s 16.7% risk?  The CDC claims that there have been two deaths from raw milk over the years, but those two were from eating unregulated Mexican raw milk cheese (whether the cheese was made from raw milk is disputed) not from drinking fluid raw milk.  So what is the real risk of death from drinking raw milk?  Zero %  Yes, based on CDC data, actually there is zero percent risk of death from drinking raw milk!

What Is The Risk of Illness From Drinking Raw Milk?

Well, it’s now apparent that Russian roulette is way off the mark (target?) to describe the actual risk of death from drinking raw milk, but what about the risk of illness?  Does the CDC get closer to the truth with the risk of illness from raw milk?  Unfortunately, the CDC exaggerates (deliberately?) the risk of illness from drinking raw milk by inappropriate comparisons.  Instead of using the number of illnesses from raw milk, the CDC compares ‘outbreaks’ which can consist of as few as two illnesses to thousands of illnesses.  An ‘outbreak’ from raw milk usually affects only a small number of people whereas an ‘outbreak’ from pasteurized milk can include hundreds and even thousands of cases.

When we look at the actual likelihood of an illness from raw milk, here’s what we find, using government data:

Government statistics show us that the rate of illness from raw milk is very low.  According to a 2007 CDC survey, about 3 percent of the US population consumes raw milk; in 2014, this is at least 10 million people.  There are about 50 illnesses associated (but not proven) from raw milk every year. According to the CDC, there are approximately 50 illnesses per year from raw milk. (The majority of these are mild, and this number is probably over-reported.)  Using government data, we can show that the rate of illness from raw milk is .000005 per year.  Thus, there is no reason to single out raw milk as an inherently dangerous food. Many foods allowed on the market have a much greater rate of illness. Response to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, Inc. [source]

Another way to look at the data: if we assume that those 10 million people drinking raw milk are averaging one drink per day, that adds up to about 3.65 billion drinks of raw milk per year. The CDC estimates 50 illnesses from raw milk each year (this number is unsubstantiated and may be overstated). Dividing the number of illnesses by the number of drinks per year yields a 0.00000137% chance of illness from each drink of raw milk.  Even if you calculate the risk per year (of maybe 365 drinks of milk), the risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is only 0.0005%. Either percentage is well within a margin I call very safe!  And even if these estimates are off by an order of magnitude, the risk is still very small.

Is Drinking Raw Milk Like Playing Russian Roulette?

The risk of death when playing Russian roulette can be one chance in six!

The risk of death from drinking raw milk is zero!

Even the estimated risk of illness (per year) is only one in 200,000 (based on 50 illnesses for 10,000,000 people who drink raw milk).

I don’t see any valid comparison between drinking raw milk and playing Russian roulette!  Do you?  No, I am definitely NOT playing Russian roulette when I drink raw milk!  What I am doing is enjoying the taste and health benefits while supporting my local, family farms.  Drinking raw milk is a win, win for me and my dairy farmer friends!

Will this be the end of using this invalid comparison?  Probably not.  I bet we hear it again.

Conclusion

So why does the FDA bring up the Russian roulette threat so often when there is no basis for it? I think they use it because they can’t use facts that don’t exist.  They must resort to emotional threats and scare tactics–that’s all they have. The FDA’s campaign against raw milk is not really about food safety at all, it is about food freedom and Big Dairy profits!  Banning or hindering the sale of raw milk can put small family dairies out of business, but it does provide substantial support for large dairies, many of which are so unclean that they could never produce safe raw milk.

Sources

Response to the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, Inc., The Weston A. Price Foundation
Those Pathogens, What You Should Know by Ted Beals MD
CDC Cherry Picks Data to Make Case Against Raw Milk
Majority of dairy-related disease outbreaks linked to raw milk, CDC

Other posts you might want to read

A CDC study carefully selects data and criteria to support anti-raw milk position
Drinking Raw Milk Is Safe – Based on Government Data
John Sheehan, the Man Behind the FDA’s War on Raw Milk
Milk – Why Homogenized, Pasteurized? Follow the Profit!
Way Back When Dairy is being forced out of the Houston market!

Photo credit: Gallon bottle of milk from Paradise Springs Farm (paradisespringsfarm.com), Victor, Idaho. Photo submitted by Tibby Plasse. Photo by Bob Boulware, Plaid Tractor Designs.

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Highlights of Nutrition for Chronic Disease Presentations at the Houston Wise Traditions Conference

Houston Wise Traditions Conference RoomI did not get to attend many of the Saturday speaker tracks because I was greeting people and helping provide information at the Weston A. Price Foundation table.  As co-leader of the Houston-Galveston chapter, I wanted to meet and welcome as many of those attending as possible to let them know how glad we were to have them with us and to be sure they found the correct rooms for their sessions.

However, the number of new attendees was less on Sunday, and I was able to sit in on several excellent talks.  If you were not able to attend the conference or didn’t get to go to these sessions, I want to share with you a few of the highlights from the Sunday sessions.  If you would like to hear all the speakers but could not attend or missed some sessions you wanted to hear, you can purchase recordings of the entire conference.

Catherine Masden ND

Catherine Masden NDCatherine Masden ND and Susan Salce ND were first on the Sunday track for Nutrition for Chronic Disease.  The topic was Dis-Ease to Health: Nutrition, Homeopathy & EFT.  Both Catherine and Susan practice with Natural Health Solutions in Tomball, Texas.  They are naturopathic doctors (ND), nutritional consultants, and master herbalists.  They are members of the National Center of Homeopathy (NCH) and Registered Naturopathic Diplomat (RND).

Catherine discussed the toxins in our environment, especially pesticides, chemicals, and genetically modified organisms.  She recommended following the Environmental Working Group’s shopping guide that lists the  “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” to minimize our intake of poisons.

The subject that seemed to be the most interesting to the audience was Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  We all were shown how to relieve our stress using a healing tool that is based tapping “established energy meridian points” on the body.  The tapping stimulates acupressure points on the head and upper body to release energy.  We went through the EFT routine twice to evaluate its effect on our stress levels.  We seemed to be much calmer after the tapping.

Dr. Dawn Ewing

Dr. Dawn Ewing NDDr. Ewing is a naturopathic practitioner in Houston, Texas, Executive Director of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), and author of Let the Tooth Be Known.  She practices at Holistic Health Alternatives in Spring, Texas.  Dr. Ewing was second on the Sunday Nutrition for Chronic Disease track, and her topic was Your Teeth & Gums, A Chronic Disease Risk Factor.  Her early background as a dental hygienist led her into research on health and nutrition as it is associated with dental health.

I learned a lot about tooth disease and how it interacts with our overall health.  For example, there is a correlation between breast cancer and root canals in the teeth associated with the breast on the Dental Meridian Chart.  The subject of dental meridians is fascinating.  Be sure to check out the link to Dr. Ewing’s web page. Dr. Ewing said that 98% of women with breast cancer had a root canal in one of the breast teeth on the same side of the body!  Dr. Ewing also talked about the harmful effects of the mercury vapors released from dental amalgam (the “silver” fillings in teeth).  I have lots of amalgam fillings and was alarmed to know that chewing food and brushing the teeth releases a significant amount of mercury vapor which I then breathe in or swallow.

Kim Schuette CN

Kim Schuette CNKim Schuette is a Certified Nutritionist and Certified GAPS© Instructor, practices nutritional therapy at Biodynamic Wellness in Solana Beach, California.  She offers in-office as well as phone and Skype consultations.  I heard Kim speak at the annual WAPF conference in Atlanta in November 2013.  Her success with nutritional therapy is outstanding.  In Atlanta as well as at our conference she presented several case histories of successful treatment of epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, and bipolar.

In Houston, Kim talked about how the body digests and assimilates nutrients, and especially how permeable intestines (aka, “leaky gut”) causes autoimmune disorders.  She emphasized the problems with the estrogenic activity of soy formula on both boy and girl babies.  She mentioned the importance of using bone broth and/or meat stock for health, a conclusion that I totally agree with.  I drink a cup of bone broth every morning.  She had lots more to say about bone health, osteoporosis, minerals, detoxing, and EMF (electro-magnetic fields).

Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon MorellThe last speaker I will write about is Sally Fallon Morell, the co-founder, president, and inspiration of the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I did not get a chance to hear her talk on Traditional Diets Saturday in Houston; however, I have heard her presentation at a previous annual conference.  She is phenomenal!  I really don’t know how anyone can attend her Traditional Diets presentation without being convinced that good nutrition is essential to good health!

At the Houston conference, I did hear her talk about her own health secrets, a presentation she had only given once before, in Europe.  She emphasized eating three regular meals a day, with no between meal snacks.  Hunger between meals is an indicator that we have not been eating enough healthy fats.  Another of her tips resonates with me.  It’s what I do–either eat with other people or with a good book.  Yes!

Until Next Time

If you were unable to attend our conference last weekend or you were there but want to hear the talks you missed, you can order the conference recordings in several different packages.  Contact Fleetwood Onsite.

The Houston WAPF chapter will be planning and scheduling more meetings to expand on the knowledge we gained at the conference.  If you would like to learn and share with us, join our Meetup group, Houston Real Food Nutrition.  There is no fee to join and you will be notified of all events.

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Nutritious Food is the Focus at the WAPF Nutrition and Health Conference

Sunday Conference LunchWow!  It’s hard to believe it’s over.  We just completed the Houston Regional Wise Traditions Conference sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation.  We had been anticipating it for so long, we thought it would never come, but finally it was here and it was exciting!

The people who attended were very enthusiastic and sooo glad they had come.  I was volunteering at the WAPF table for much of the conference, but fortunately I did get to hear some of the speakers.

I will be writing about a lot of the information, tips and hints that I learned as well as the people I talked with and the vendors in the exhibit hall.  However, first I am going to tell you about the food, which, of course, is the focus of good nutrition–eating nutrient-dense, healthy Real Food!

If you haven’t been lucky enough to attend a WAPF conference before, you may not know that most of the meals (the lunches at the regional conferences) are included in the registration and are prepared by the hotel staff using donated food.  My husband and I have attended several national conferences beginning with the one in Chicago in 2009, and we always enjoy the food.

Since our first conference experience in Chicago, we have really looked forward to the food almost as much as for the opportunity to learn nutrition and health information.  The food is always delicious, well prepared, and satisfying, but even more important, we don’t need to be careful what we choose to eat because we know that it is all healthy.

I’m sure you’ve been to conferences or meetings where you either had to avoid some of the food or just throw caution to the winds and eat it anyway, knowing it was mostly junk.  That never happens at a WAPF conference.  Even people who need to be gluten-free can know what is safe to eat, and that all the food has been prepared according to wise traditional methods.

Well, enough about food at other conferences, let’s talk about the food at our Houston conference.  Both Saturday and Sunday lunches were included in the registration.  The donated food came from both local and national providers, and I want to give a huge thanks to all of them for helping us enjoy our conference more by having good healthy food to eat.

A GRATEFUL THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PROVIDERS WHO DONATED FOOD FOR OUR MEALS!!!

Saturday Lunch

Let’s begin with Saturday lunch.  The menu included a mixed green salad donated by Last Organic Outpost, located in Houston’s fifth ward where they teach urban farming.  They donated the greens for the salad both Saturday and Sunday.  The vinaigrette salad dressing was prepared with Olea Estates olive oil.  Olea olive oil is pure extra virgin organic produced on a family farm in Greece.

The main course was organ meat loaf donated by MeatWorks Butchery & Market, a farm and butcher shop where they raise grassfed beef, pastured lamb, pig, and chicken.  The meat loaf was delicious, and we decided it probably had some beef heart along with ground beef and seasoned perfectly.  The meat loaf was accompanied by kale greens from Naturally Nourished and mashed potatoes.  I can only say that the meat, potatoes, and greens were all super delicious, satisfying.  I know I will be repeating delicious too many times, but how many ways are there to say it?

Desserts at all meals were fruits.  Saturday lunch dessert was poached pears with honey goat cheese.  A perfect ending to a tasty lunch.  Here are photos of some of Saturday’s dishes, from left to right–mixed green salad, mashed potatoes, organ meat loaf, and poached pears:

Mixed greens saladMashed PotatoesOrgan Meat LoafPoached Pears with honey goat cheese

Saturday Dinner

Saturday dinner - pulled porkAlthough it was not included in the registration, my husband and I stayed for the Saturday night dinner and showing of the film Farmaggedon. As with the lunch, the dinner was prepared with donated Real Food.  The salad greens were donated by Last Organic Outpost; the dressing was prepared with Olea Estates olive oil; the moist and tasty Puerto Rican BBQ pulled pork was donated by Eden’s Cove Farm in Cedar Creek, Texas; and the delicious fermented beets were donated by Miller’s Organic Farm in Pennsylvania.

Sunday Lunch

You would think it would be difficult to top the food so far; however, Sunday lunch had some special items that were extra delicious.  Sunday lunch began with a mixed greens salad donated by Last Organic Outpost dressed with Olea Estate olive oil vinaigrette.  The main course included vegetable frittata with pastured eggs from Jeremiah Cunningham’s pastured eggs, from Coyote Creek Farm in Elgin, Texas; pork breakfast sausage donated by MeatWorks Butchery & Market; a selection of raw milk cheese from Brazos Valley Cheese near Waco, Texas; liver paté donated by Windy Meadows Family Farm in Campbell, Texas; breakfast potatoes; and delicious Greek olives from Olea Estate.  All the food was delicious and there was nothing left on my plate when I was finished, but the extra, super special items on the Sunday lunch plate were the Windy Meadows paté, raw milk cheese, and the Greek olives. The photos of my Sunday lunch plate show different sides of the same plate of food.  The food was piled up, but I didn’t want you to miss seeing all of the goodies.

The first photo below shows the flavorful pork sausage and the beautiful cheeses from Brazos Valley Cheese, which included horseradish pecan cheddar, brie, and smoked gouda.  Their raw milk cheeses are truly extra special.  The second photo of my Sunday lunch plate shows the salad, fermented beets, and fritatta.  The photo at the top of the post is also of the Sunday lunch and highlights the potatoes, Windy Meadows paté on sourdough, and Olea Greek olives.  A very important part of every meal was refreshing kombucha donated by Houston’s own Kickin’ Kombucha.  I don’t want to forget those who donated food but couldn’t afford to donate enough to get a mention in the program or on the menu.  We appreciated very much all the extras that went along with our meal.  Thanks to all who donated any amount of Real Food!

Sunday Lunch sausage and pateSunday lunch - beets and frittataKickin Kombucha

 

 

 

Attendees–What were your favorite foods?

If you attended the WAPF conference in Houston, I would love to hear how you liked the food and what your favorites were.  Please leave a comment.

Although I have written about this before, some of you may not know that I am one of the volunteer co-leaders of the Houston-Galveston Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. For information about our chapter, go to the chapter website.  If you couldn’t make it to the conference, you can order DVDs of the entire conference through the Fleetwood Onsite.  I plan to leave the linked conference banner on Real Food Houston so that you can easily find the DVDs and recipes.

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