3 Simple Ways to Correct Your Hormonal Disorder

As an MPH student, I have become more worried about our health as a society, the more I read research articles on the direct relationship between chemicals and hormonal imbalance. I myself, have struggled for the majority of my life dealing with PCOS without actually knowing it. It wasn’t until my husband and I started trying to get pregnant that I realized my years on birth control (due to painful & heavy periods) have masked my silent disease. I had no idea all along that my painful periods, acne and irregularity were all due to my PCOS, I only blamed it on being a teenager; and in due time it will all be fixed. I realized later that I was a part of a large statistic that I wasn’t very aware of. I knew that my periods weren’t great, but I didn’t realize to what degree. Once I started researching links between PCOS and chemical and that’s when my “AHA” moment happened. My hormonal imbalance is genetic BUT, it was trigged and exasperated by the toxin & chemical build up in my body. Do you know how many chemicals we are exposed to every single day? Hundred of thousands! When your skin touches anything that has chemicals on them (think of cleaning products) it goes into your system. Your skin is your largest organ on your body, and every single thing that touches it goes inside your body. Many of you ask me how you can start correcting your hormonal imbalance and I’d like to share with you all what i’ve done to help correct mine. Now just be aware, my hormones have become imbalanced whenever I strayed off course with this system, and every single time has been corrected by sticking back to it again.

  1. Organic. You need to start eating organic foods. Wholesome, raw, organic fruit & veggies. You have to start seeing food as your medicine, and your body start alkalizing and healing itself once you start eating food that hasn’t been genetically modified with organisms from viruses & animals or sprayed with toxic chemicals. Organic food have very specific rules and regulations on how they are grown & what soil can be used to make sure you’re getting the best and most natural thing out there.
  2. Non-Toxic Household Products. You must start using non-toxic household products. Not only is it better and safer for the environment, but its also safer and better for you and your family. Again, remember that every single thing your skin touches gets internalised into your body. This goes from your dish detergent soap, laundry soap to cleaning products around your house. Seventh Generation is one of my favourite brands to use, and their products work extremely well! a650a5d16dc3c74e2accee09339e47e7.jpgYou also must be aware of the shampoo you are using, and Alaffia is a great brand that makes safe products for your showering needs (as well as for children!) cr_banner_2016_09_02.pngAlso, they have a great mission in working towards empowering women in Africa and alleviating poverty in the region as well. Who wouldn’t stand for that?empowerment_slide.jpgShea Moisture is also a great brand that I love to use. It is sold at CVS and Target, and I’ve even found it at Marshalls as well! It’s safe and great to use.sm_hperosity_web.png
  3. Vitamins. After taking my Master’s Global Nutrition class, I realized how important essential vitamins are in not only keeping us healthy, but also in helping fight disease and uplifting our immune system. Being deficient in certain vitamins may make it more difficult to normalize your hormones, and will absolutely affect your mood, skin & energy levels. Make sure you’re going to your general doctor to check on your vitamin levels, and if there’s anything off balanced make sure you’re supplementing in order to help give your body the best chance at healing and getting better. I always recommend taking vitamins and supplements that are derived from organic fruits & veggies, meaning that they’re not synthetically made in a lab (which 99.9% of all vitamins are unfortunately). Not only does taking vitamins from organic and natural sources increase the bioavailability of the vitamins (increase the amount of absorption of the product) but its also the main source your body receives these vitamins from! Food! Garden of Life is all vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) and all halal (except their fish oil- I recommend checking out New Chapter for their Wild Caught Salmon Omega Fish Oil). garden-of-life.pngRemember: Your body is your home for the rest of your life, make sure you’re taking care of and protecting it from every source that may harm your body, your family members & children. Research has shown that women who suffer from hormonal disorders, like PCOS, have much higher levels of pesticides and toxins in their blood streams. Don’t use plastic and cans as much as you can because they contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA and BPS. Children’s bodies also don’t know how to process the toxins and release them as quickly as our bodies do, so toxins circulate in their bodies 4 times before they are able to be released, thus harming children quicker and easier than it does for grown adults.

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

Garden of Life Raw Protein Review & Giveaway

I wanted to share with you all a few products from the Garden of Life brand that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Life is honestly so busy and stressful, we don’t have enough time to take care of ourselves and our health. I feel like the most vital component in the choice of eating healthy or not ends up being simply convenience. Since we are mostly on the go- if the food is not convenient to grab-and-go, then we won’t be as inclined to take it. Here’s where the amazing protein shakes have come in to save me. As most of you know- I’m a wife, mom, MPH student, blogger & work part time at a non-profit organization. To say that my life is packed is simply an understatement. I am constantly on the go, and barely find any time to eat healthy- although that’s always on my priority list since I know what happens to my body when I don’t- hormones go way out of whack! I realized that this hectic lifestyle should impair my healthy eating- and that I needed to find a way to maintain it. I then tried the Garden of Life Protein Shakes- new and improved with 22g of protein per serving. My. Life. Has. Changed. First, i’d like to share with you all that they are fully vegetarian (and halal), and they use pea protein in order to make it as smooth as they do. It’s full of probiotics, enzymes & so many fruits & veggies that give it the amount of proteins it has. The flavours are amazing- Vanilla Chai (died), Vanilla (so good!), Chocolate (I’m not a chocolate lover, but can’t get enough), and Unflavored (for those who want it plain and simple).


fullsizerender2I usually mix mine with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a ripe banana, and some ground flax seeds from Garden of Life, Chia seeds (for an added boost), and some cinnamon if i’m doing something plain like unflavoured or vanilla. You can also add some greens if you’d like, or some frozen organic fruits- it will make your morning rock! This can be taken as a snack to maintain your weight (like myself), or to replace your morning breakfast when you’re on the go. Honestly, It takes me less than 5 minutes to make and I absolutely love it. I recommend you all try it- and I will give away 4 full sized Raw Proteins right here! I want you to share with me why you would like to try the Garden of Life protein and how it may help you on your journey in eating and living healthier! The giveaway will include YOUR CHOICE of protein flavour, a shaker to make your protein shake in, as well as a large Garden of Life tote!IMG_7713.JPG

Entry Rules:

  1. Must be a U.S. or Canada resident
  2. All entries must be submitted by September 28th, 2016
  3. All winners will be chosen by September 29th, and must send me their names and addresses with 24 hours of being chosen, otherwise I’ll have to choose someone else instead.
  4. Get creative, and share the reasons you would love to try this!!

~Confessions of an Organic Mama~

How I Weaned My Daughter From Breastfeeding At 2 Years Old

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my daughter until she was 2 years old. Not only is it recommended by the WHO, but also my religion recommends for mothers to breastfeed their children until then. The reasoning? The child receives about 60% of their immune system support from the mother by the age of 1, and receives 100% of their immune system from the mother by the age of 2 (Read more from the sources at the bottom of this article). Everything that the mother touches and her immune system develops a “vaccine” for in her body, automatically gets transmitted to the child and boosts the childs immune system for these viruses and bacteria as well. With that being said, when I continued breastfeeding my daughter past the age of one, I received a lot of criticism from family and friends. Many were shocked as to why I was still nursing my “talking and walking” child, but I stuck to my guns and said that I’m not stopping nursing her, just because It makes any of you uncomfortable. I know what the best thing for my child is, and It may not have been the same one for them, and that’s okay. Each mother makes her own decision on how she takes care of her child, and what’s best for them.

The biggest issue was that once your child “knows” what nursing is, that it will be extremely difficult to stop. And I get that. That was my first time nursing my child, because she’s my first. I wasn’t terrified at the thought of how I was going to stop, I was more terrified at the thought of actually stopping. It was such a bonding experience between my daughter and I, that I really didn’t want to lose with especially me being the more disciplinary parent. I felt like that was our only bonding moment where there weren’t any rules or disciplining, just love, support and bonding beyond parenting.


My biggest fear was my daughter thinking that I am all of a sudden rejecting her. I really didn’t want her to feel like I all of us a sudden didn’t want her to nurse. At that time we had gone down to 1 nursing session per day, that was at night. I decided to make the process of weaning gradual, nothing cold cut and dramatic. Within two months before she turned 2, I asked my husband to help support the weaning process by tucking her in her bed. I started out by doing one day me (and nursing) and one day him (and not nursing). It was difficult, and she would ask to nurse after she woke up to make up for not nursing at night. And some days I nursed her then, and some days I didn’t. There are no specific “rules” or “guidelines” on how to stop. You just have to listen to your child’s needs. If you feel like they really want to nurse one day, nurse them. If you can extend it out and remind them that now they’re older, and they don’t need to nurse anymore, that would be better. I also prepared Organic Kefir Milk for her every single morning before she woke up to give to her right away. This made it SO much easier in having her stop nursing, and she truly enjoyed the milk so most of time she accepted with no resistance and we moved on with our day.


Then one month before she turned two, we lengthened out the process by doing 2 days in between with no nursing. After she turned 2, we decided to push it longer, about 5 days in between, until we slowly stopped. On her own, she stopped asking to be nursed, and I always explained to her if she ever did that she’s grown up now, and that she didn’t need Momma’s milk anymore. Organic Kefir Milk always substituted for a dropped session since she turned one. I never gave her Organic Whole Milk because Kefir Milk provides so many more beneficial gut bacteria and benefits than whole milk does. Not only that, but it also contains a lot more protein than regular milk. But I will save more information on that for another post. If you are trying to wean your little one, here are my recommendations:

  1. It’s a gradual process, not cold turkey. Remember, you have bonded with your child since birth while nursing, and you shouldn’t just cut it out one day. They love your bonding sessions more than anything, and need it to thrive and grow. Let it be gradual for both of you.
  2. It’s not perfect. There is no specific rule or guideline on how to do that. Feel out your childs needs, but at the same time let there be some form of cut off point. Don’t nurse your 2 year old 5 times a day, because they just ask for it. If I nursed my daughter every single time she asked for it, at 2 years old she would’ve been nursing all day!
  3. Substitute a dropped session with a healthy alternative such as Organic Kefir Milk, which is my recommendation. It will draw their attention away from nursing, and will keep them happy and healthy.
  4. Be proud of yourself and your child. It’s not easy, and it sure is bittersweet when it happens. Find some support from moms around you who have weaned or are in the process of weaning. It wasn’t just something comforting for your child, Moms receive enormous benefits from breastfeeding their children as well.

These are my recommendations for weaning at my daughters specific age, of 2 years old. But this process may be done as well for any child over 1 years old, since at that point they don’t benefit from formula as much as they did prior to that. Paediatricians are now recommending that a formula fed child to be transitioned to whole milk after turning 1, and if have been nursing and need to stop then, you can also transition to Organic Kefir Milk instead.

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How To Make Sour Cream With Two Ingredients Found In Your Home In Under 1 Minute!

So yesterday I had made my lentil soup like you all saw on my Facebook page, “Confessions of an Organic Mama”, and realized that I didn’t have any sour cream in my fridge. To me, It’s one of the best toppings to add to the soup, just a “dollop” after you pour it in your bowl. Afterwards you garnish it with cilantro and green onions, It’s just absolutely impeccable! Anyways, frantically, I started googling “how to make sour cream at home”. The ingredients needed were heavy cream, milk and vinegar. I didn’t have heavy cream. Crap! I then realized that my greek yogurt has the same consistency as sour cream, but missing that tangy oomph it needed. So I mixed those two together, and can I tell you that not only did it taste EXACTLY like sour cream, but my husband couldn’t tell the difference. While he was eating the soup today I said to him, how do you like the sour cream? Does it taste like sour cream? And he then replied, what are you talking about, it IS sour cream! HA! Not only is this such an easier alternative, but it’s much healthier too. Organic Greek Yogurt is a staple in my house, and no one can live without white vinegar. Not only is this a much healthier alternative, but it’s time saving and budget friendly. I’ve also never found any organic sour cream, so this is going to be the only alternative to sour cream I’ll ever use again. Try it on your loved ones and let me know if they can tell the difference!😉


Organic Whole Milk Greek Yogurt


I use Wallaby, but please feel free to use any organic greek yogurt, but don’t forget that it should be whole milk.

Organic Distilled White Vinegar



Always remember to buy your vinegar in GLASS containers especially since vinegar is extremely acidic and will most definitely break down the components in the plastic and leak it into the vinegar.

Mix 2 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt with 1 teaspoon of White Vinegar. You may make a higher consistency with the same equivalence of both the yogurt and vinegar. Mix well, and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Feeling Ill? Join My 30-Day Probiotic & Raw Vitamin D Challenge

We have all heard recently people talking about healthy gut probiotics. Well maybe you all haven’t, but I just have been talking so much about it that I feel like everyone else has! Haha. Probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that we naturally have in our bodies and they are essential in promoting a healthy digestive tract and healthy immune system. Over time, stress, the overuse of antibacterial soaps, taking antibiotics and junk food are all some of the culprits that kill those little microorganisms that we need to be healthy. If you feel like you are overworked, undernourished and have been using antibacterial soaps or taking antibiotics, then this post is for you. Don’t fret about losing these miracle workers just yet, there are natural ways we can get them back.

While I eat well and take care of my body, the damage has been done to my healthy gut bacteria long ago. I decided that because of my low energy, anxiety and eczema, I would like to do a 30-day challenge to take probiotics as well as raw vitamin D and see what changes happen to me. Here are the different health issues that can be treated with healthy probiotics:

  1. Immunity. For the old and young, without these healthy gut microorganisms, we lose our ability to have a good immune system. They are essential in not only maintaining but growing a healthy immune system to keep us from getting sick often. The worst thing we can do to our bodies is not know how to properly take care of ourselves, run to the doctor every time we get sick and take antibiotics for it. The antibiotics not only kill our healthy gut bacteria, but they don’t allow your body to fight back naturally. there are many ways to stop this detrimental cycle to our health, and that’s beginning with a healthy immune system.  And if you have to take or have taken an antibiotic, there are always ways to get those probiotics back. According to Dr, Whitaker, who has for more than 30 years helped treat tens of thousands of people—many with serious, chronic illnesses—who have been failed by conventional medicine, states that in one study, 475 healthy men and women who did not get flu shots received either a vitamin/mineral combined with a probiotic supplement or a placebo daily for five and a half months during the winter and spring. All participants reported any cold, flu or respiratory symptoms. The group taking the vitamin/mineral/probiotic combination experienced 25 percent fewer influenza symptoms, 19 percent fewer cold symptoms and 50 percent fewer days with a fever than the placebo group.
  2. Gastrointestinal Health. I can’t tell you how many of my friends and family suffer from some form of gastrointestinal health issues, including myself back in the day. I was diagnosed with IBS, but I was able to offset it by changing my junk food diet, to a “healthier” diet and all symptoms went away. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from diarrhea, constipation, crohn’s disease or any other gastrointestinal health issues, probiotics can help relieve many of those issues when taken daily.
  3. Depression & Anxiety. Research also suggests that when you don’t have the required healthy gut bacteria, Lactobacillus, that it has a huge affect on your overall mood. This can be toned down by taking healthy gut probiotics and getting your system back in order.
  4. Diabetes. Research on probiotics have shown to delay the intolerance of glucose in animals. And in 2010, a human study has shown that the gut bacteria, L. acidophilus, has helped with insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. Also, studies have shown that people with diabetes have different gut bacteria than those who do not.
  5. Skin. Issues with our skin also leads back to our overall health. When we don’t have a proper immune system to help overcome autoimmune disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, they may get out of control. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between immune system response with probiotics and in effect the improvement of skin disorders alike.
  6. Obesity. Bacteria in our stomachs regulate both our energy regulation as well as our nutrient uptake. According to Dr. Whitaker, “Studies reveal that in obese humans and animals, these bacteria extract and absorb more calories from food and store them in fat cells. Distinct differences have also been noted in the microbial communities of obese and thin people. The health benefits of probiotics are no magic bullet for weight loss, but supporting your gut bacteria appears to reduce inflammation and other markers of obesity.

While I do not have diabetes, I do have slight insulin resistance because of my polycystic. I definitely believe that these healthy gut probiotics could help improve my health in regards to my insulin insensitivity as well as my skin issue with eczema. I used to have big blotches of eczema that would be all over my hands and elbows during stressful times in my life. over the last few years with my changes in health and diet, I have seen these episodes come less and less. Now I have one small 2cm area on my finger that has eczema, and can’t wait to see what happens after taking the probiotics for 30 days.

After a lot of research, here are the probiotics that I have chosen to take on my 30-day challenge:

Garden of Life Ultimate Care Probiotics


I have chosen the Garden of Life Ultimate Care probiotics because first of all, I love Garden of Life vitamins in general. Everything they make is from raw ingredients, and they use organic ingredients whenever they can. All of their products are gluten free, soy free, non-gmo and come in vegetarian capsules. They also contain no binders, fillers, carriers artificial colours or preservatives. This specific probiotic is the ultimate care one, which means its the highest amount of probiotics you can get in order to replenish all the gut bacteria that you have lost. It is in the cleanest, purest form, with the most probiotics out there, over 100 billion! Now just FYI, some probiotics don’t live in heat, so your capsules must be put in the refrigerator in order to live. When I ordered mine off of amazon, it was shipped with a cold pack in order to maintain the probiotics that require a cool atmosphere to live.

Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D



I chose Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D because Vitamin D is essential in keeping up our energy, which I feel that I lack. Most people are vitamin d deficient, and that may also cause an array of different health issues. I chose to use raw vitamin d, because most vitamin d supplements are made from synthetic hormones, and you know how I feel about that! There is no need to shove anything synthetic into our bodies when we have raw options available to us. This vitamin d is derived from organic plants, fruits and vegetables and makes it very beneficial and healthy for us to take.

Including the two supplements, I will also be drinking Wallaby Organic Kefir Yogurt as much as I can.  Its a yogurt drink that also contains beneficial gut bacteria, and I give it to my daughter to drink everyday. You can purchase organic kefir yogurt at most grocery stores, and they will have different flavours, but always try to stick with the plain flavour since it won’t have any added sugars.


Here’s How to Join In:
I would like as many of you to join in on the 30-day probiotic and raw vitamin d challenge with me. Here’s how it’ll work.  I will write another blog post after the one month and let you all know what improvements I have seen in my energy, anxiety and eczema. I will only find out about my insulin issues once I get blood work done, and I will probably do that after 2 months of being on the probiotics. I would like you all then to comment below the post and share with others what you’ve experienced after those 30 days as well. Feel free to begin with me, or at any point later that works for you. I want as many people to benefit from this challenge as possible, and I’ve already heard such amazing success stories that I want go through it with you all!




The Perfectly Hearty Organic Lentil Soup Recipe

Now that we are snowed in, I am finally able to have some down time to share with you all my perfectly hearty organic lentil soup recipe. This soup is full of amazing hearty flavours and an aroma that will make your whole house feel so warm & cozy. This is the perfect soup for a night in with your family especially on a cold and snowy night. It is so heavy and filling that it could be made for lunch or dinner. Please let me know what you all think of the recipe after you make it, I love getting your feedback!

What you’ll need..

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 18-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes
2.5 teaspoons of tomato paste
1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 green zucchini
1 yellow zucchini
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/2 teaspoon red sweet paprika
Freshly ground black pepper
Cilantro for garnish
A dollop of Sour cream per bowl
Spring onion (scallion) for garnish

Curry Powder Mix
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Warm the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. One-fourth cup olive oil may seem like a lot, but it adds a lovely richness and heartiness to this nutritious soup.
Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and carrot and cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder, turmeric, red sweet paprika and thyme. I added red sweet paprika because it was the only spicy spice I had, but you can add any type of spice you like. I also made it once with crushed red pepper and it tasted just as similar and fantastic. Cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds.


Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often, in order to enhance their flavor.

Pour in the lentils, chopped zucchini, broth and the water.

IMG_2012Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon red sweet paprika. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape.

IMG_2023Transfer 2 cups of the soup in a separate bowl for about 20 minutes to cool down and then transfer them to a blender. Protect your hand from steam with a tea towel placed over the lid and purée the soup until smooth. Pour the puréed soup back into the pot.

Taste and season with more salt and pepper until the flavors really sing. Garnish with cilantro, a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with some spring onions. Serve immediately.




Last but not least, go grab a blanket, sit on the couch and Enjoy!🙂

Dry Hands? Try This One Simple Change And See The Amazing Difference

I actually learned this by mistake, it wasn’t something I had known about before. My hands have always been dry and chapped all year round, but especially in the fall and winter times. It get to bad to the point where I would usually bleed. I also suffer from eczema, so it made it even more uncomfortable for my hands. I apply all types of creams, and set out to find the creamiest and thickest lotion to help relieve my suffering, but nothing ever worked. Even the heavy duty kind would help soften my hands temporarily, but once washed off it was back to being dry again.


We all know that dehydration can cause dry skin, and I always did my best to drink large amounts of water. There is just one thing I never thought about other than water. The one thing that I never linked to my dry hands is my hand soap. I always use liquid hand soap, heck who uses a bar of soap anymore? Not only are they outdated, they can become messy on the bathroom counter.

When I went to Kuwait this past summer, my mother in law had only a bar of soap in our bathroom. I only used it, and after about 1 week or so I saw a dramatic difference. At first I didn’t put two and two together, I was just really happy my hands weren’t dry. And then I noticed that when I used our liquid hand soap in the guest bathroom downstairs, my dry hands would return again. My thought process became “No Way!” It cannot be our liquid hand soap!

I returned back to the US, and used our liquid hand soap again because that’s what we had already. Low and behold, my hands quickly became dry and chapped. So, I went out and bought bars of soap to put in every bathroom, and see what ends up happening again. After a few weeks of using it, my hands have never been dry again. They don’t have that ugly white dryness in between my fingers that no lotion can relieve. The bar of soap that I used is Good Soap by Alaffia and I can’t say enough wonderful things about it. Not only is it creamy and soft, but it will leave your hands feeling amazing. Alaffia values quality, empowerment and beauty and stands for sustainable practices, social sustainability and moral responsibility. The soap are all made from natural fair-trade ingredients with nothing “bad” added. You can see a list of the ingredients in each bar of soap here: Ingredients.


A variety of scents are available: Prairie Rose, Sunshine, Mint, Coconut, Lavender, Sweet Vanilla, and Black Soap. I picked up the Prairie Rose, Lavender, and Sweet Vanilla. They. Smell. Amazing. So soft and luxurious, you couldn’t have spent a better $2.50 on anything else. They sell them at Whole Foods for $2.50 each to $7 for 3. Pick it up and try it out yourself I promise you, you won’t regret it.


My other favourite product to use is Acure Organic Body Cream. I got it a few weeks ago as a gift and fell in love with it. It’s Uh-mazing! I got the Body Firming Lotion in Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil and it smells so good!


Their product line is wonderful, and includes many great products that I know you all will love. This product is Vegan, Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free and has No Synthetic Fragrance. It’s important to find products that include organic ingredients because your body absorbs 60% of what is applied to it. I know that this concoction will help so many of you with your dry hands, and I can’t wait to hear from you the results you get!




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