The Health Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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Recently, somebody forwarded me an article from USA Today titled Stripping the Diet Raw [1], which featured the many benefits of following a raw food diet.

The article commented on the fact that if we look at the natural world, we would never find any other living creatures that are overweight (unless it’s our overfed pets). It’s almost hard for our minds to conjure up the image of an overweight plant or an overweight lady bug.

This may be due to the fact that all other living creatures consume a steady diet of raw foods while humans are eating more cooked, processed foods and artificial toxin-containing foods.

Thanks to irresponsible commercial farming techniques that depend on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, genetic modification and hormones to grow crops on already overworked land, a large percentage of today’s food supply has become saturated with toxins and has very little nutritional value.

Why Organic Raw Foods?

In todays world even the majority of raw foods may contain harmful toxins. If we can’t count on raw fruits and vegetables to be pure sources of nutrition, how are we supposed to obtain the energy necessary for life?

The answer lies in choosing organically grown or locally grown foods. Even better, you should grow your own food organically in a backyard garden, provided you don’t live near sources of pollution such as refineries, heavy industry, or freeways.

The USDA National Organic Program defines organic food production as:

    “‘Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.” [2]

It’s becoming increasingly common to see organic fruits and vegetables at many grocery stores. Most likely, you can find a local farmer’s market in or near your city, especially near rural areas. A farmer’s market is the best place to buy your food because it is grown in your local environment and picked ripe, plus it supports your local, small-production farmers.

What Is A Raw Food Diet?

Raw Food Diet Benefits

It is a way of eating that involves a huge dietary increase in the number of unprocessed and uncooked fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds, nuts, grains (mostly sprouted) and beans. A food is considered raw if it is uncooked or “prepared” below 116°F, as above this temperature range, food begins to lose its essential nutrients and enzymes, or its “vital life force.”

The more we can eat foods that maintain that aliveness, the more “life force” we ourselves will be able to embody. Remember Life=Life and Death=Death. More than half a century ago in his book Prescription for Energy, Charles de Coti-Marsh explained, “By eating live foods you create a live body. Live foods contain essential nutrients the body needs to create and maintain energy. Dead foods speed age, decrease ability, and decrease energy … they are useless when dead…”

The best way to approach raw foods is to gradually incorporate more and more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet. A good start is to try to eat 75% raw and 25% lightly cooked (especially in regard to whole grains). Although I personally do not condone eating meat, I have added the safest meats to eat (upon request from consumers) in this general raw food diet plan so some people can make a gradual transition to a 100% raw diet.

The Downsides of Cooking Food

When we cook foods, we inevitably destroy some of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. If we eat too much overly-cooked, microwaved and processes foods, it can clog our colon, which may lead to a whole host of problems, including, cancer, heart-disease, diabetes and many other degenerative diseases.

Cooking may actually upset the natural structure of food, robbing it of its essential nutritional value. Ed Douglas, the director of the American Living Foods Institute, believes that the human body was never meant to eat cooked food. Stephen Arlin, co-author of the book Nature’s First Law: The Raw Food Diet, even goes so far as to state that, “Cooked food is poison.”

Health Benefits of Eating Organic Raw Foods

If you slowly begin to eat in this fashion, you will be amazed at your increased energy levels, youthful appearance and decreased visits to the doctors office. Increasing raw food intake has also been linked to a decreased need for sleep, with many reporting that they have more energy when they wake up in the morning, and that they find it easier to get out of bed!

Other benefits of following a raw food diet include improved skin appearance, excess weight loss, improved digestion, the reduction of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as many other health debilitating ailments. Raw foods typically do not have as many trans and saturated fats, as compared to most cooked foods, especially fast food, junk food and any other processed foods.

Raw foods are also extremely high in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, fiber and plant phytochemical. A report from the Journal of Nutrition stated that increased use of raw foods in our diet lowers both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body [3], some of the main indicators for heart disease, obesity & high blood pressure.

Furthermore, a raw food diet usually involves less packaging and less use of energy sources for cooking, thus making them the near perfect solution for eco-friendly eating. Raw foods also do not usually come in cans or plastics, thus reducing our intake of the harmful chemicals that can be emitted through canned and packaged containers. Don Weaver, the author of “The Survival of Civilization,” states that an increased raw food diet is the “most healthful diet for humans and the Earth as a whole.”

If you are beginning to eat more raw fruits and vegetables, make sure to buy only organic or locally grown, as many of the toxins present in non-organic foods, such as pesticides, will not be eliminated with raw eating. Also, avoid eating raw meat, as it can be a host to a wide range of bacteria and parasites.

There is so much information regarding raw foods and personally I believe the best raw food diet is the fruitarian diet. However, everyone is different and you should always do thorough research before radically changing your diet.

References:

  1. Cathy Hainer. Stripping the diet raw. USA Today. 1997 October 27.
  2. United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library. Organic Production | Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. 2013. 7 Mar. 2016 .
  3. Koebnick C, Garcia AL, Dagnelie PC, Strassner C, Lindemans J, Katz N, Leitzmann C, Hoffmann I. Long-term consumption of a raw food diet is associated with favorable serum LDL cholesterol and triglycerides but also with elevated plasma homocysteine and low serum HDL cholesterol in humans. J Nutr. 2005 Oct;135(10):2372-8.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • http://www.livefoodfactor.com/ Liz

    I want to recommend another resource, a great book oneating raw,
    “The Live Food Factor,” by Susan Schenck. She’s covered the raw food diet, nutrition, health, natural hygiene and anti-aging — plus has written the first comprehensive guide to the raw food diet. This is SUCH a worthwhile resource — it’s got it all! There are testimonials, research and my favorite — the recipes. It’s the raw food bible. It’s that good.

  • http://www.terryhoward.net Terry H.

    Great post! I do alot of cooking. I’ve always been told that eating raw foods are best, it’s just kinda hard eating it all the time.

  • Kieran

    I’ve never imagined this being a successfull method but it’s nice to see people interested in it.

  • leonel

    very good article thanks for the info. i also found more good stuff on a site called RawPeople.com, they are very helpfull.

  • K. Edipmata

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  • Joseph001

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  • wayan tulus

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  • P. Ancadua

    apple good for reflux disease……I love natural foods

  • http://www.rawfooddiary.com Lisa Harrod

    Hi,

    I am new to the world of the raw food lifestyle and am having a hard time finding recipes that I like aside from plain fruits and veggies. Can anyone suggest some good raw food recipes??? (no nuts please.)

    Lisa

  • high diet

    I agree with the points above.
    But i must admit that it’s hard to resist the “cooked” food though :-)

  • high diet

    I agree with you, that raw foods are the best nutrient source.
    Can you suggest the easy way to avoid “cooked” food temptation?

  • raw food diet

    Raw food diet is the best way to give your body the nourishment it needs. Being overweight does not mean you have all the nourishment that your body needs, as a matter of fact overweight individuals usually crave for the essential nourishment that their body needs. The reason that they are overweight is because of the processed foods that they consume and the way the foods served.

  • http://riledup.com/ Rafael Apolinario

    I love organic raw food like fruits and veggies. I’m on my five months since I started this diet and, boy my body never had it this good.

  • Heart Diet

    Nice post.. I agree with you… The raw food diet will help us to lose weight fast and healthy.

  • Tanwani Ishwar

    Please send me information regularly.

  • keys

    i will like to find a diet for my mother,so that she can stop talking high blood pressure medication.THANK TOU

  • Sandra

    Here are a few good resources –
    Raw Food made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet
    Eating without Heating by Sergei and Valy Boutenko
    Optimum Health Institute’s cookbook – includes great ‘pizza’ and ‘sushi’ recipes, may have to order from their San Diego bookshop.
    If you are in NCY, the Plant has classes.
    Sandra

  • heart diet

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  • Robert Moumakwa

    Hi
    How funny to think I have actually never seen a fat tree! I live in the poor country called Botswana. The food industry has done our people great harm that even our last monies are spent on junk and even hospitals supply 90%+ processed foods to patients! I am in a campaign for raw organic foods and your article has added stature to mine.

    Thanks and God bless you all

  • Heart Diet

    Nice post and very interesting article,,Making healthy food choices that are good for your heart can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease. Heart Diet will help us to reduce our fat in normal way and also to avoid us from another heart attack,,

  • Wina Media

    Nice article! This could be a good reference for everybody who wants to live healthier! I think, if we want to live healthy we must consume the healthy food also such as organic foods.

  • Healthy Food Recipes

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    Thank you for the great raw food article and info.
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  • Gaofose

    I support you 101%

    God gave us the right food to eat from the beggining.

  • Kathy Bates

    The use of diet pills have increased a lot these days and people are often forgetting to take leafy and raw vegetables in plenty.

    The diet pills have actually disturbed the life style of teenage children who are under the assumption that the magic pills would solve the problem of obesity.

    But these obese teens always tend to forget that medicines speed up the natural process of weight loss and increase the chances of getting more fat and carbohydrates.

  • Joseph

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  • arimbawa

    very helpful for me to fight against weight gain. nice idea, thanks!

  • Apple in the Morning

    I love an apple early in the mornings. Sweet and juicy!

  • Dave Sherwood-Adcock

    I couldnt agree more. organic is the way to go! I take a slightly different slant as i concentrate on making healthy eating fun for kids and fun for adults who are trying to slim down.

    The truth of the matter is that children are mini adults therefore they too have motivating factors to inspire them to eat healthy foods. Us adults are in some way more stubborn than children, ironically however these five factors are true of all of us.

    1) Tasty choices. Many kids love plums, pears, watermelon, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, tangerines, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and pineapples and it’s far too often kids’ fruit alternatives are restricted to only apples and bananas, and maybe oranges and grapes too. Try corn bran, Spoon-Sized Shredded Wheat, or oatmeal with fresh berries.
    2) The limitation factor. If there are healthy foods readily available, children will pick their favorites from amongst those healthy choices.
    3) Presentation needs to be FUN. Multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns compete against us all the time when we are deciding what to feed our children. TV doesn’t always help either because there are many commercials that promote sweetened breakfast cereals which while reaching their right audience, sweetened cereals are not as healthy as the unsweetened variety. Add fruit to cereals which would take place of the ‘sweetners’.
    4) If that happens to fail, be a sneak and sneak it in. Make carrot muffins with zucchini bread. Add pieces of fruit or shaved vegetables to virtually any baked dish. While dried fruit is high in sugar, it is also high in fiber so dried cranberries can be a hit. Kids love smoothies! A great way to hide fruit and vegetables is in whole-food smoothies and juices. The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious are two recently published cookbooks that offer more ideas on how to hide the healthy stuff!
    5) Multivitamins are essential. In this day and age so many foods are processed so give a daily multivitamin as a safety net. Vitamins are compounds necessary in trace amounts for the normal functioning of children and adults alike.

    I have great respect for the longstanding relationship between humans and their natural foods. By eating whole foods (fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains, etc.), your child can get the necessary vitamins in the healthiest way. In order to see the world around us we need these vitamins to grow as they help bones and connective tissue to grow, stop us from bleeding to death, heal wounds, fight infections and cancer, and keep our teeth from falling out.

    As we know most preschoolers and toddlers are often picky eaters. As children’s tastes change as they grow, and they do eventually get to eating a more well-rounded diet. So vitamins (the “safety net”) takes the pressure off feeding issues during the primary years. You can be free to be creative about increasing whole foods in your child’s diet, knowing that vitamins are present to help your child grow strong and healthy without pressure or worry.
    Now that we have mass advertising, children’s fun meals, and peer pressure makes the battle all the harder. Never push or force them, entice them, persuade them and most importantly teach them. Battle bad nutrition. The battle should never be with your kids.

    Thumbs up for organic foods and healthy children :)

  • Phen375

    This is interesting article. Most of people is forgetting simple, healthy and good food and changing it for junk food these days. It takes so little to change eating habits, but still most of people don’t do that…

  • Dutch

    Great info. I have only recently started eating healthily and all this information really is a god sent. Can you recommend other good recipes?

  • http://www.malaysiatongkatali.com Josylyn

    Eating raw food is by far the healthiest habit you can ever have. You’ll have increased energy, more beautiful skin, better food digestion and an over-all well-being. You can stay away from harmful chemicals.

  • Rick Lee

    I love juicing for health and this site has great info.

  • Casey A.

    I’m on my 4th month of leading a healthy life. I am now trying to be a vegetarian. I must say, I’m more active now, I have more energy unlike before.

  • http://guitartutorialsblog.com Shane K.

    I am not really that fond of raw food. But your article does makes a lot of sense. I’ll be trying slowly incorporate this in my diet. I’ve been wanting to quit smoking too, maybe this could help me.

  • Patrick D.

    People should learn how to incorporate raw food diet into their lifestyle. It may sound funny but true, a friend once told me that once you get older it’s very hard to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

  • Adaline

    I don’t know raw food is that much good but everybody here is saying the raw food diet will help then I will try it.

  • nes

    I am losing weight, maybe due to stress and problems that I am experiencing. Your article made me realized that I should take good care of myself.
    Also for letting me know that all other living creatures consume a steady diet of raw foods, while humans are eating more cooked, processed foods and artificial toxin containing foods. Now I know the difference.
    Thank you so much and I am going to wait for your new blogs!

  • Bogdan Radu

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  • Fettverbrennung12

    Awesome post, thank you! Didn´t knew that raw food is that healthy but could imagine since I´m feeling better everytime I eat large amounts of fruits and uncooked vegetables.

  • Esta Tadd

    I am eating organic food since I remember and I am still too fat:( Can you give me some advice?

  • Dr. Edward Group

    Hi Esta,

    I would recommend doing my 13 step cleanse program. It sounds like you are on the right path, but I am not sure what cleansing programs you have done in the past.

    Dr. Groups Whole Body and “Green Living” Cleanse Steps:

    Step 1: Fill out a Health Questionnaire to evaluate your current health status

    Step 2: Perform the 7-Day Oxygen Colon Cleanse or the 6-Day Advanced Oxygen Colon Cleanse (recommended for best results)

    Step 3: Perform your first Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse

    Step 4: Rest for 5-10 days

    Step 5: Perform your second Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse. During this time start on your Harmful Organism Cleanse.

    Step 6: Fill out the Health Questionnaire again to evaluate your progress.

    Step 7: Rest for 5-10 days

    Step 8: During this rest period, test yourself for heavy metal toxicity using the Mineral Check Test Kit Step

    9: Perform your third Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse

    Step 10: Rest for 5-10 days and fill out the Health Questionnaire again

    Step 11: Perform the Chemical & Heavy Metal Cleanse

    Step 12: Continue on a maintenance dose of Oxy-Powder 2-3x weekly to keep your intestines clean and prevent toxins from entering your body.

    Step 13: Perform the “Green Living” Cleanse.

    ~Dr. G

  • http://www.thesuitisnotblack.com/ paul

    raw food is wonderful :) good article here :)

    i’ve had the best results on a program called 80/10/10 by Dr Douglas Graham. have you heard of it?

  • Julie S

    haha, I wonder if it would be true that without unnatural food there would be no one overweight. Kinda crazy to think about…

  • Sara

    I love raw food because I receive all their nutrients and feel very good. I was also reading an article about green tea and I think green tea is perfect to add it to your daily diet because it has lots of benefits.

  • Shawna Gatton

    Usually I don’t publish on web sites, but I’d want to state that this post in fact pushed me to perform so! Really great article. I’ve never thought eating wrong kind of foods can lead to different diseases. Yikes. thanks for the awesome article. I’m going to share this to my family and hope to start eating healthier foods.

  • anngie

    I like the apple from the picture, and i think that apple is defineately healthy

  • Suzie Sue

    Eating raw food involves a lot of confidence and practice, especially if you’re not a vegan or vegetarian. We all know that a fruit based diet can really help, but the ocassional cooking will also do once in a while.

  • Christian

    Good work

    Recently, I have been trying, or at least considering a whole food diet.

    Actually, I don’t really think I could do a 100% whole food diet, but how about just a 50-80% whole food diet?

    Setting realistic goals, is the best case for me. Even if not, I think eating at least 50% whole foods owuld be a huge benefit for myself, and a good goal to make.

    It has many benefits!

    Thanks..

  • Organic jewelry

    Aah! sometimes I wish to human kind to return towards nature. When we used to live in forest and every thing was organic.

  • Forefront TMG

    Chemical fertilizers spread very negative effect on human liver. One day we will know.

  • charm necklaces

    The power of organic food is no doubt, unfathomable. Old men knew it and they used to live long.

  • Amber

    This is very good article and it’s so true, organic food is so much healthier and it can help the body to regulate a lot of functions.

  • Susy

    I’ve thought of doing this before but never have done it. I love cooking so much, I would miss it! Maybe I’ll give it a shot though.

  • Trilastin

    I’m just not sure if I’m sold on the raw diet yet.

    For SOME people it seems to work so well, but others… Have you see those pasty, gaunt looking older people who are saying they’re really healthy but that look like death?

    It seems like it depends a lot on what your body is already like, genetically, as to how beneficial it will be for you.

    Anyone else think the same or is it just me??

  • Jay

    I can’t say I read all these posts but I didn’t see smoothies mentioned as a really good way to incorporate organic fruits and vegetables into a diet. When made with fresh produce, ice, and other natural ingredients such as honey a smoothie will provide a tasty and healthy way to eat naturally.

  • Buy Kefir Grains

    Thank you so much for this GREAT Article. Basically we can eat all foods, but bear in mind that we don’t need to have it in an exaggerated ways. Of course, if you want to have your real lifetime health, just consider eating the “what must” to your body such as: vegetables, fruits, coconut oil or olive oil, salmon and etc! The healthier food you consume, the happier your life will be.

  • Chris

    Eating fresh, raw foods is a challenge because have you noticed it costs more to attempt to eat healthy? They’d rather you consume bucket loads of processed foods, it’s cheaper to create and there is more margin in it for businesses.

  • Raw or Steamed

    ATTENTION TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE RAW FOODS:

    Want to get the same nutrition without having to eat raw food? The answer is simple – steam your vegetables!

    Steaming (not boiling) food keeps the nutrients locked into the vegetables and will yield the same benefits as eating it’s raw equivalent.

    Enjoy eating your newly found friends :)

  • imzers

    thanks for the good information about the Benefits of a Raw Food Diet. now just keep on healthy life. may GBU all.

  • debaranighosh

    hi
    if you want to have your real lifetime health, just consider eating the “what must” to your body such as: vegetables, fruits, coconut oil or olive oil, salmon and etc! The healthier food you consume, the happier your life will be.

  • raw food diet

    Aside that raw food diet is nutritious, I also consider it as my daily diet food supplement, eating fruits, lots of water, vegetables.
    But i must admit that there are some foods that I realy prefer short “cooked”

  • jogos de motos

    There are giant health benefits to be gained by eating healthy portions of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Diets high in fruit and vegetables are known to help keep our hearts healthy, and help protect us from diseases.

  • Omari Gill

    Has anybody ever noticed that most fruits and vegetables are mostly water like humans and the earth?

  • Michelle

    The last 2 year I have been saving money growing my own vegetable garden – Each year my garden gets bigger – I spend about $60.00 a month at a store – my health is wonderful and I look 20 years younger. Let’s not forget that there are others as well. Gardens are a potential means to increase our confidence in food safety and security. We know where the food is coming from and all the history of plants grown in our own gardens. We know what chemicals were used, we know what pests were problems and we essentially eliminated the whole resource-gobbling transportation chain to get the food to your plate. And all that gardening is good for you. It is a great form of physical exercise, and I haven’t met a nutritionist yet who didn’t think that fresh produce was “good for you” too!

  • John P

    I love this article. I have been eating more raw in the past and this last year I let it go for a while. I moved and it seemed to be hard to get my system in place again. Looking back, my gradual health problems did not start until I began consuming processed foods again. Lets face it, its easier to eat all this unhealthy prepared food than it is to prepare healthy foods on a daily basis. I got to the point to where my skin became more and more inflammed-very similar to a chronic allergic reaction. It got so bad that I literally went to the fride and cupboards on day and threw out all of the garbage and started over with a more raw-based diet. I started juicing daily, working out and drinking more water. I even did some cleansing. Within just a few days, the itching stopped and within a month or so, my skin made a dramatic improvement. That was just 3 months ago and I continue to this day to get my “old-young-self” back. Advice to people: Don’t get caught up on any particular “diet”-eat for nutrition and your body will reward you. Fresh juicing really helped me “reset” my body and soon I starting craving good quality whole raw foods. If you feed your body what it needs, you will not feel “deprived”-Avoid the microwave and toxic chemicals like a plague. Is such a program good for you? Put it this way, if a medical doctor tells me I must eat so much dairy and meat-I would consider him/her to be ignorant and untrained in basic nutrition. People must take responsibility for their own health. Let your body decide what it likes-it really knows without you even having to think about it. One thing about cost: There are so many things you can make if you have the proper tools-good juicer, blender and dehydrator. I have cut my food cost way down because I am not buying dairy or meat. I still eat seldom a little good quality meat and very little dairy. But they must be from a source I know and not from a poisonous source (like most of the supermarkets). Once you get in a habit of eating raw and preparing your meals, its really not bad, when you consider the almost immediate benefits! Don’t ecpect the people around you to understand your new eating choices, just stay focused and feed your body real food. Question everything that is considered “food”-just because it is on the shelf at the store, does not make it safe-be informed and try new things. Thanks again for the article! Good luck everyone!

  • Rob

    Outward appearance is not always an indicator of how healthy they may be. I think the main problem is to do with losing weight as we grow older. I am 53, and have lost 22kilos in less than 4 months. So, yes, all that weight loss and a thinner face makes me look older, but in reality, I feel 20 years younger and my agility has improved immeasurably. Another good example is that my libido and things in that department have also improved to an extent that I feel VERY youthful!

  • Joe

    Fruitarian diets are a terrible idea and will leave one significantly malnourished over the long-term, and unless you’re rapidly exercising every day, the sugar will have devastating effects. Where are you going to get enough zinc, iron, iodine, B12, and EPA/DHA? Iron from plants has very poor bioavailability. I challenge any fruitarian to get a SpectraCell test performed on them and post it to the public, they will be deficient in a variety of nutrients. The Natural Hygiene diet is an outdated and downright dangerous diet to follow. If you’re going to be raw vegan, you must follow a well-balanced diet which includes sprouts, algae’s, sea vegetables, fruits, vegetables, and sprouted nuts/seeds. I know people want to think it’s as simple as eating fruits and vegetables, but that’s not the reality. Also, the whole vegans causing no harm isn’t reality either, they are still killing a plant and new research has proven that plants can feel pain, and this is coming from a raw vegan.

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