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When I was dealing with poor adrenal function and candida, I — at times — found myself frustrated with my protocol, my health and myself.

I wasn’t healing fast enough. I wanted to get better tomorrow. I wanted a timetable written out for me that mapped out just how everything would happen, day by day.

I wanted to feel good now — not in a few weeks, or months, or years.

I often wondered what was wrong with me.

It’s funny that I thought this way, because my problems didn’t happen overnight.

I was smart enough to know that you don’t just wake up the next morning with an illness or disease caused by your lifestyle or diet, but I still thought my case would be different.

I thought I was an exception to the healing process. That I would somehow be able to control how my body healed and on my own schedule.

Back then, I didn’t recognize how wrong I was.

Our bodies heal on their own time and pay no attention to our busy calendars, packed schedules or predetermined time frames.

My body needed me to have patience. So does yours.

For me, it was a hard lesson to learn, and I haven’t fully accepted it.

But at least now — I know that when my body isn’t doing something fast enough — I can blame my expectations, not myself.

Your question of the day: How much patience do you have with your body?

Live Awesome!

P.S. To learn a how to have some patience, you can listen to Jon here. (If you haven’t already…)

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Velda says:

    You are so right Kevin. I started my treck to health at a much older age than you – with the same issue …. adrenals and candida. However, I had to stop being frustrated that I wasn’t well over night, when I realized that I am headed in the opposite direction than I was before. I am thankful that I found ways to improve my health, and that my body has responded to it. I am thankful that I am no longer headed down hill with my health, but am aware that the things I do and the foods I eat are nourishing me, not tearing me down. I think that is an incredible blessing!! Don’t you? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this, Kevin.

  2. Karen Beattie says:

    I just want my thryoid function to improve and have more energy, even though I will be 65 in October. Iam buying the NutriBullet so juicing will improve from the blender and Jack La Lanne juicer.

  3. Peta says:

    Just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you Kevin

  4. kali says:


  5. Brenda says:

    “Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of

    I saw this on a marquee of a church one day and it stuck with me. I absolutely love it.

    And then there is another quote……
    “Be patient or you will become one”.

  6. Gen says:

    You are so right, and thank you for the example you are to so many of us. I just underwent open-heart surgery three months ago, so am still healing….

  7. June Dean says:

    Thanks for being open on this walk. I forget how far I’ve come back from brink of being very sick. Out of wheelchair, walking more than the 300 steps from 3 years ago. Going fishing after being afraid to get into boat 14 years…life is really really good even though I’m not where I want to be..I am still on the journey.

    You reminded me of how lucky we are to have decided to change the path we were on.

  8. Ann says:

    This came just at the right time for me. I was going through EXACTLY what you are describing. This was sooo helpful. Isn’t it great how sometimes things happen with such a mysterious synchronicity.

  9. Jenny says:

    Oh my goodness, I have tears in my eyes right now, Kev. Feel like this one is almost just for me (^_^). Am waiting for a diagnosis right now of some type of awful joint pain. They say preliminary tests show arthritis but they don’t know what type other than it is not rheumatoid. I feel like I want this healed right now but know that much patience will be needed to overcome this. Your words are what I needed to hear this day and to remember in the days ahead. God bless you for helping others in their
    quest for good health!!

  10. Jean says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Funny, I just told my husband the same things two days ago.
    Sometimes our own patience can be challenged by other loved ones around us. My husband was recently pushing for chemo or other not entirely natural treatments for me, thinking I need to get well quickly. I am happy to let the natural course of my healing take place.
    So, I find myself having to be patient for both of us!

  11. Sarah says:

    Kevin, like the others, this was exactly what I needed to hear. I am healing from a long term eating disorder, and I have had to learn patience time and again that my body knows what’s best and is sending me the messages of what it needs for healing. I know now that it will heal in its own time, we just have to learn patience and acceptance time and again and know that things unfold divinely. thanks so much for sharing your personal experiences. We all can relate to them.

  12. Kris says:

    You are so right. I tell myself that this is a journey, not a race to the finish line. Yet, it is incredibly difficult to remain patient when every time I (or a health professional) think I am on the right track to healing, either nothing happens or I react negatively to things that are supposed to be healthy for me and I take 10 steps backward. I have essentially tried everything and I have either felt marginally better for a very short period of time or have gotten sicker. Even the professionals I have worked with have scratched their heads in disbelief, not knowing what to do with me (and I believe I am working with some really open-minded, intelligent professionals). It is incredibly frustrating. I am days away from taking anti-parasite drugs to ‘see what happens’ because I have hit yet another wall. I am not fond of the pharmaceutical industry,and have avoided drugs at all cost, but I am actually looking forward to taking these drugs as I feel I have no other options at this point. I know I have low functioning adrenals, I know my gut is not working correctly, I know I have chronic migraines, and the list goes on. I have worked with doctors, naturapaths, physical therapists, nutritionists, energy workers…I have done extensive emotional work, EFT, Somatic work, special diets, herbals, supplements, etc etc (and I wouldn’t trade any of that b/c I have learned so much)…however, how do I continue to have patience when I try so hard to take care of myself yet I keep getting to the end of my rope and the rope just gets longer with no improvement? My patience comes from my belief that each day above ground is so much better than the alternative, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier to get through each day just trying to function. So I can be patient most of the time…what I can’t do is just accept that this is as good as it gets for me and I am essentially at the mercy of whatever is going awry in this crazy, complicated, super-sensitive, highly reactive body of mine. I am the canary in the mine…luckily still able to sqauwk 😉

  13. Juliana says:

    Patience – poor adrenal function – you said it!

    Bout 2 yrs ago, I weaned off an antidepressant I was on for a year, and my adrenal function ‘crashed’. It was so frightening. cortisol so low that i had hypothermia, hypotension, hypoglycemia, ammenorhea, hair loss, neutropenia, and severe hypothyroid symptoms (you need adequate cortisol level to make thyroid hormone work). severe low adrenal function!!

    its been 2 yrs now of resting, eating the right things, avoiding stress and negative thoughts and overwork, resting, and did i say more resting. i also see an integrative medicine doc and follow his treatment. every couple of months, it seems like i can measure a small amt of improvement. it is so slow. but it is happening. im better than i was 6 mths ago, and way better than i was 2 yrs ago when this first happened. in another 6 mths i’ll be even closer to normal! if i keep doing what im doing.

    patience is key. it does seem that the body has to be trusted to do its thing. you cant fight it. just go with it. and always positive thoughts!

  14. Kellie says:

    Wow, I could have written this! I can relate to this so much. I am still recovering/healing from adrenal fatigue. I have often been impatient about my progress. Then I realized that it had quite a bit to do with trusting my “treatment”. It’s a trial-and-error, wait-and-see process to see what will help and how long it will take. For me, it was truly a one step forward two steps back kind of process, which I’m still in. But I just have to trust what I’m doing and that I’m where I need to be.

  15. Casey says:

    In homeopathy they say health is a direction not a speed. If you are heading toward health than you are heading in the right direction. If your heading away from health… well you know where that goes.

  16. SarahB says:

    Thank you, Kevin for always giving us what we need exactly when we need it! For the slowness of natural healing (but completeness) it is often helpful to use questionnaires, asking peole to rate their pain, lack of energy, etc. etc. on a scale of 1-10. Then, revisit the questionnaire several months down the road after they have started a program, and see what numbers show up. The questionnaire can be given another three months down the road annd so on. Patients love it when they see, in numbers, that their numbers are getting better even though it seems as though nothing is happening! A professor of mine once said that for every year you have been ill, it takes a month to get better. Given that, even two years doesn’t seem like much if you have been ill for two decades.

  17. Kris says:

    @ everyone who is struggling or has struggled with adrenal fatigue (or any other issue that affects daily life)…how do you manage to keep a job and some sort of life beyond work? I have barely enough energy for my job, which makes having any sort of life outside of work virtually non-existent 🙁

  18. Galen says:

    Wonderful insight, Kevin. Thank you for sharing your hard-earned wisdom.

  19. Monique says:

    Interesting…I figure it took about 10 years for my body to get to the point where I could no longer function…adrenal fatigue, as well as candida. I remember one day thinking (not knowing what was wrong), that I was not going to live to see the following week!. At the time, 38, with a three year old…was a pretty rough time. A friend introduced me to a naturopath and from there my journey to healing began! I also saw doctors (not helpfull), and several other naturopaths (each with their own expertise and bringing a different dimension). It is somewhat funny how the information came to me when I needed it the most…and Kevin, you have contributed by the information you’ve provided to my healing (candida info- Donna Gates, IV therapy, cancer info – outside the box, cancer defeated, sauna info etc) in addition, I’ve been able to help others in similar situation – I and they are grateful and say thank you for sharing your knowledge and having made such a positive difference inour lives. Patience + knowledge + taking action = success ! Lastly, i would say that It is important to meditate and bring your mind to the times when your body was feeling great…it helps the cells to remember and give them the orientation one is seeking!

  20. Jackie says:

    I love your new format, Kevin. I sometimes skipped over your mail, and now stop to read every one. You’re right on target. Informative, insightful, and entertaining. Thank you! 🙂

    This is for Jenny: #9 re arthritis. Do you know about MSM, Jenny? MethylSulfonylMethane. It’s a biolgoical form of sulpher and should be on the FDA’s list of required nutrients. I have the 10-year patent medical study on it, and it works what seems to be ‘miracles’.

    I could relate dozens of testimonials about how it helped family, friends and even pets, with a wide variety of ailments. It would take up too much room / reading time, and no, I don’t sell it. ;-).

    Here’s a website where you can read about it.Good luck; God speed. Jackie

  21. Lauren says:

    I so feel for Kris…I understand both of your posts all too well. I was at the peak of a successful career and physically a mess. Adrenal fatigue a big part of the picture…GI issues and likely Candida. Also low thyroid. (Personally, I think all of this is epidemic for especially women these days). Years of wrong efforts and also denying the severity of my symptoms.

    Long story shorter, I’m now 45 and much, much better, but still not “there.” I was fortunate enough to be able to quit work when my husband’s career grew stronger, but in hindsight, I really don’t think I had a choice. Many things that are supposed to do right for the body cause me problems (chia seeds and almost any fiber/carb, any green powder, plant enzymes (pancreatin is great for me though), most probiotics, blah, blah, blah.

    It is soooooo frustrating. I am also a canary. I am also grateful to be here knowing what I know with the resources and brainpower to keep plugging at it. Improvement has happened, and it’s pretty significant in the big picture, but boy has it been slow, and boy has it tested my ability to be patient and persist while, at the same time, accept that I am where I am each step of the way. And much of the way, I had zero life outside just getting by at a very basic level.

    The “canary” ultra-sensitive thing often involves low thyroid, too. I hope you’ve checked this. Love the site and also

    Another miracle for my GI system and AF has been the Schwarzbein diet (I was vegan for a long time, so this really challenged me, although she does address how to do it without animal protein if you won’t go there). Nothing has changed my GI system more than eating by her principles. And I’ve been down the road of food combining; I eat zero sugar or processed carbs; I feel like I’ve tried every enzyme and probiotic out there, as well as fermented foods; etc.

    And, last but not least, a hidden “gem” that has helped me was to learn that thyroid function can be significantly impacted by low ferritin even when other iron blood labs look OK. Spatone, a natural iron-rich water source of iron has been the only iron (of over a dozen kinds) to be tolerable to me and actually raise my ferritin. And I FEEL better when I take it.

    I toss these things out in hopes they give Kris or others a “lead” if they’ve hit the wall again.

    Kris, I also hear you on the parasite drugs. I have considered this, too. I did use Nystatin for a bit, and it really did nothing noticeable, but I’m sure dysbiosis is a big part of the picture for me. Yet efforts to “clean it up” leave me miserable (beyond what’s normal for “die off”), and that is likely due to impaired liver ability to handle the detox, which is likely linked to a liver underpowered by the thyroid…with all of this stressing the adrenals. Ugh! And then, you have to wonder which came first…although now you have all to deal with, and it’s like balancing on a tightrope…

    Best to all… One day at a time and keeping the faith! Consider how many are out there suffering who will never even find the right path. Just by being a person reading Kevin’s blog, it’s likely you’re on the right path or have it withing grasp.


  22. Kris says:

    Lauren, thank you for sharing your story and so much great information! I will definitely check out the iron supplement, as I do have a low ferritin level and have not had luck with iron supplementation.

    I have had my thyroid checked. I have small nodules and my thyroid is underactive. The biggest issue with my thyroid was a high RT3. My doctor at the time treated me with T3 (and I had to stop taking adrenal support due to side effects from taking both), which did bring down the RT3 but I didn’t feel any better. Looking back, I knew it was a mistake to take the T3 before getting adrenal function stronger (learned that from but had the hope that the dr. knew what he was doing. It has been a long road with even getting someone to acknowledge a thyroid issue b/c I don’t ‘fit the profile’ of hypothyroidism. I am 5′ 4″ and weigh less than 110 lbs.

    I started working with a wonderful nutritionist, who, just by looking at some routine bloodwork, suspected a chronic underlying infection. I had a stool test that showed high levels of strep in the small intestine. I took oregano oil and colloidal silver for several months, but still don’t feel good, can’t sleep, can’t eat much without bad effects (thus, the suspicion of parasites).

    Lauren, your journey gives me hope, and I wish you continuous healing. I am very grateful for this site and Kevin’s willingness to share his experiences in such an open and honest way.

  23. Betsy says:

    Hi Kevin, I have lyme disease, ugh. I can’t find where you talked about it in the archive.

  24. Glenn says:

    This is more a question than a comment.You mentioned about candida. I have struggled for years with jock itch, nail fungus, athletes foot etc. While in Mexico for cancer treatment my doctor prescribed Lamisil. It did knock out all symptoms – for a while. I know this drug can be hard on the liver. I realize that my problem is probably systemic and diet related. What advice do you have?

  25. Melissa says:

    There is another word here: stamina, even when your adrenal function has ‘given up the goose’ emotional stamina is still needed.

    Meditation helps me greatly. Honoring myself beyond all else. Taking lots of time outs; paying attention to what cretes joy in my life rather than what ca easily take me down: planning ‘joy moments’ and recalling happpy images/memories during times of immense emotional pain are a few strategies i try to work with on a mindful brain level. Letting go of emotional issues is a daily practise, as is a bit of time for dreaming. Therapeutic beta wave music or other such guided meditation can work very well for holisitic healing as well. Also i go for acupuncture.

    All of this helps; i try to focus on the well me, not on what i consider to be an ‘alter ego’. Who/what/where/when …. can something make you happier?

  26. Jenny says:

    After a torturous night of lack of sleep and horrible thoughts, should have exhausted all limits on patience. I have done so many different things healing, nutrition, spiritual, it is extremely frustrating to still have days and nights like this. As my wise 6 year old daughter says, “if you hurry, you’ll be late,” I need to heed that warning. I consiously know frustration, impatience, worry only manifests more of the same. But GEE WHIZ can I have a F’n BREAK!!!?? Woops. Back to the drawing board.
    Thanks for letting me share/vent! Jen

  27. Dawnette says:

    I really needed to hear this today!

  28. Lauren says:

    This is for Kris. My longer posts keep getting deleted or not showing up. If you want to communicate 1-1, let me know and leave an email address… Your last post tells me we have much in common, but maybe I’ve hit on some things you have not yet… Lauren

  29. Suzanne says:

    Perfect timing Kevin. I have a 15 yr old daughter with Type I diabetes and celiac and she has been battling for the last 6 months, with what we self diagnosed as Candida. Treated that with a veggie and lean meat diet, no dairy or fruit. Drank probiotics. Kaiser did blood work for thyroid, iron, addison’s. They don’t show you the test just say everything looks in range. Dr. prescribed Diflucan, took that, no change. Prescribed some antibacterial, didn’t take it. We are going outside the box and getting a full blood panel through an intregrated health doctor. She is also doing acupuncture.

    Trying to convey patience to an active 15 yr old who is mentally run down and foggy and has open sores on her body, eczema, and diahrea for 4 weeks is not easy. She has a great diet and the healing is slow. I will share your article in hopes to ease her frustration. It has helped me and I took notes from everyone’s input!
    Thank you,
    Hopeful Mom

  30. Kris says:

    @ Lauren – I would love to talk with you. You can email me at

  31. sandra frankel says:

    Thank you for sharing this personal story, kevin.
    Just like a lot of others, this is just the message I needed to
    hear today- to give me the wisdom to deal with my …frustration.

    I like the message also… that “health is a direction, not a speed.”
    thanks to you and your readers.


  32. Susan says:

    After two years of recovering from an acute Epstein Barr Virus resulting in Chronic Fatigue and also Candida, I learned that cells have to have time to repair. I did everything to help my body by living as healthy as possible and taking naps for the first time in my life. It was as someone else mentioned one step forward, two steps back as once I felt better, I would go back to the habits that weakened my immune system. Getting used to a new normal is the hardest thing to do, but I am 99% back and I will take it..Susan

  33. Abigail says:

    Thanks Kevin, for sharing your testimony. You guys are a blessing. Thanks to all those who have shared their experiences also. Eating healthy is one of God’s pathway to healing, and like you have said, it does not happen overnight. Every now and then, before I began eating healthily, I faced some illness, and many times get tired, but praise God, not anymore. I am healthy at 72, and still have a part-time job, and am very active. I eat no meat, nor fish, and no processed foods. I support you all the way Kev. God bless.

  34. Mike Maybury says:

    I was raised in a medical family with grandfather and father doctors (GPs), so the idea of patience ( rather than patients!) was not normal.
    I was brought up to medical ideas that if you did not feel well, you needed some ‘treatment’.
    At age 15 I came across Nature Cure and Food Reform (wholefood) ideas, and, as soon as I could became vegetarian (age 17) and based my meals on food reform ideas. It was very different from the food that I was reared on.
    As a result my health has been exceptional throughout my life, with few serious illnesses. I’ve had ‘flu once as an adult.
    I was unable to pay for private treatments, and antibiotics were used on some occasions.
    Now, at age 77 my health compares very favorably with my siblings and contemporaries. I have no aches and pains.
    I was persuaded to take 75mg. aspirin 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with ‘atrial fibrillation’- I rejected other medication.
    My blood pressure, cholesterol etc. is normal and I lead a very enjoyable life, free from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.I don’t even drink tea or coffee, though I am not an Adventist!
    I have found that many minor troubles do seem to clear up on their own, which appears to prove that the body/mind is capable of healing itself.
    I think it is wise (and free in the United Kingdom)to visit a doctor, who might pick up something serious, but I have resisted the statins, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers that doctors seem to recommend for ALL their patients as they get older.
    I seem to have proved the benefits of a healthy wholefood vegetarian lifestyle and would highly recommend it.

  35. Wow, I don’t have access to most of the resources/health ideas mentioned on this blog. And sadly, still so much poor health. A 50-90% rawfoodist for the past 7 yrs, vegetarian, meditation, and tai chi for years before that, fitness conscious since childhood, and, of course, a peaceful, 4th dimensional (, unconditional lover, some knee pain was pretty much all that I was suffering from, til recently. Patience is wonderful, as long as it’s accompanied by constant accumulation of knowledge. I’m beginning to believe a spiritually, mentally, and/or emotionally toxic environment is detrimental to one’s health as well. Now, we’re more in touch with humanity’s ills than ever before. Numbing ourselves makes us sicker. We have to address/resolve our global family’s suffering. Google “resource-based economy”.

  36. Charlotte says:

    Kris: i had same as you. This is what i did to recover:
    Paradites gut etc
    Dr natura colon cleanse with toxinout fir three months
    During cleanse i did colonics … Must dind someone whi does slow fill soak methid as talked about on Donba Gates body ecology website and she recommend Luis Rojas in california( or find someone trained by him)
    For migraines coffee enemas WORK
    GET COFFEE FROM SA wilsons
    Get booklet grom Gersin therapy website and also watch utube videos on how to do coffee enemas.., they will get rid of
    Migraines !!!
    The cleanse will get rid oc the parasites and i had bad strabge case of them,
    Also i take Garden of Life superfoid raw greens one scoop in
    Carrot cucumber celery that i first juice in breville juicer
    Then add the garden of life scoop to it and ine teaspoon of
    Potent proteins spirulina powder from donna gates body ecology.
    All of tgese help your liver to heal.
    All of this took time but made me recover and now i have no adthma
    No psorriases stomach much better
    Parasites mostly gone still working on candida as tgat takes forever to get completely better. U can do this . Kevin is amazing. Gerson books will help you

  37. Charlotte says:

    Also I was sitting in a lecture by a Gerson therapist and he said something that made all of us in the audience sigh outloud:
    He said:
    ” i dont care if you are juicing and earing greens and fantastic food
    That has stayed with me ! And Kevins friend Matt Monarch
    Says tge same thing all the time. He said people will call him and ask him what they shoukd give their child who is sick and he says
    Dont give them anything go to store and get baby fleet enema and get the toxins out!!!!!
    He is right ! Why is it that enemas were in the Merck manual from 1890 to 1977!!!!
    They go back at least a thousand years!!!!
    Nobel laureate Albert schweitzer and his family were cured
    By gerson therapy which is juicing and enemas colonics etc.
    It is tge single most effective thing i have done for myself.
    And doing colonics slow fill soak method while u r doing a dr natura cleanse or arise and shine cleanse helped to lessen herxheimer for me and it
    Along with parasites and allbthat other junk that is stuck inside you.

  38. Jodeen says:


    Loved this. Really enjoying your personal musings and sharing of your life experiences on this site.
    Keep living awesome!

  39. Jayvanthy says:

    Hi there Kevin. You have snatched the words right out of my mouth!On the DOT as usual.
    I have always been the delicate darling of our family… Always down with some problem , ever so often.
    But you need to have faith. Faith in Nature!. or The Infinite Omnipresent Power!Faith that ‘It’ brings the right methods before you when the Time is ripe… Its up to you to recognise them & use them correctly.
    Impatience perhaps with yourself or that POWER tends to make you sometimes question “Why” the info didn’t come to you earlier than it did. But wisdom (hopefully) now that I am 61 tells that the Time was not ripe for You earlier! You would either not have recognised it or perhaps not given it the DUE WEIGHTAGE.
    For eg. Yoga came to me at a very young age. But looking back I realise that I was only ready for the Stress Busters like SHAVAASAN.. at that point of Time.
    Vitamin C Therapy came at at crucial time … Yet I was not insightful enough to use it for my daughter … to save her Tonsils! Obviously I was not ready for it then. But I have no regular Family Doctor for the last quarter of a Century or more… ME the delicate Darling with a High Tension job at the Topmost Levels of a Financial Organisation… Its unbeleivable .. Obviously I was ready ONLY in my 30s to pick up these methods!
    Even then we must remember that we do require the Conventional Medical Profession sometimes for Problems like Growths, Tumours, Hernias etc. So don’t shun the Profession totally.. Instead find a good Doctor with a good record of Diagnosis.After the Diagnosis its up to you to choose the right method of Treatment… after giving it a good Thought.
    So Patience is the KEY to getting the Best out of NATURE’S BOUNTY….
    The other being BALANCE…..DON’T EVER GO OVERBOARD!! Many Americans have this tendency to go overboard.. So Take Care!

  40. barbara says:

    Patience does pay off. I was diagnosed with a microadenoma of the pituitary at age 29. I refused to have surgery. It took 20 years for the tumor to disappear. I exercised every day, detoxed my body with steam baths, sauna, jacuzzi, swimming, ate as well as I knew how, had a positive attitude, refused to claim the tumor and affirmed that it was not welcome in my body daily. Bernie Siegal and Norman Cousins were my mentors. The doctor that monitored my case was very helpful too. This health crisis made me very wary of doctors that use their patients for unnecessary tests to suit their egos. The body is an amazing healing machine let it do the work.

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