Functional Nutrition Radio

Functional Nutrition Radio brings evidence-based information to help you and your family live happier and healthier. Lahana Vigliano, CEO of Nuvitru Wellness, wants to arm women with the knowledge to change future generations + put back hope in health issues where all hope was lost. Lahana is functional medicine trained and looks at health diving deep into the root cause and figuring out how we can get to OPTIMAL health!
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Jan 30, 2018

Are you wondering if you have a underlying food sensitivity? What test should you take? Should you even take one? Find out on today's episode!

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Don't forget to make our zucchini chocolate chip muffins! They are GF + DF!

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One thing that you’ve probably seen on the internet or talked about it with someone is food sensitivities. Now to start off with, I’m not talking about allergies, which is the IgE response to certain foods or environmental factors. But, our body responding to foods that affects us negatively, NOT a full blown allergy. The definition of a food sensitivity is an inflammation generated reaction against a specific food that does not involve IgE sensitivity.
Many food sensitivity tests test only one component of our immune system reacting to food, like just IgG or just IgA, etc. One problem with that is there are other aspects of our immune system that could be reacting to a food, not just IgG. And MOST food sensitivity tests only test IgG or IgA.  Just IgG being elevated to a certain food can actually show tolerance versus having an intolerance. It’s just showing that your body is exposed to a certain food, it doesn’t mean technically mean a sensitivity. There are many different ways the immune system can respond that doesn’t include IgG, IgA, IgM, etc.
In the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, it backs up with what I’m saying that IgG to foods does not indicate food allergy or intolerance, but a response of the immune system after being exposed to a food components.
Having a food sensitivity and it actually affecting our body, we want to look for mediator releases, which are cytokines (interleukins, TNF, Interferons), Histamine, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, etc. These are released from white blood cells. If these aren’t being released, then there is ultimately no negative effects to our body from a certain food. The physical symptoms (like fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, headache, etc.) all come from these mediators. Not all immune complexes and reactions end with these mediators.
Most food sensitivity tests show one small part of the immune response. It’s just if you just test ONE hormone, like one estrogen, when there are actually three major estrogens E1, E2, E3. It’s just one tiny part of a big picture. This is why I’m a big fan of the DUTCH test for hormones and adrenals.  The food sensitivity test that I recommend is the MRT. Because it shows these mediator end points of how we’re reacting to food.
If you take any other food sensitivity test, you are most likely taking out foods that you are fine with. It can become very restrictive when it doesn’t need to be. I don’t want people to have to deal with false negatives/false positives.
Of course, the cheapest way to test for food sensitivities in your body is the elimination diet and I love doing this with most of my clients at first with the most common inflammatory foods because you can get results like that. BUT, sometimes people are sensitive to foods that are healthy like broccoli or cauliflower or almonds.
It can be hard to exactly pinpoint which food it could be and it takes a lot longer because you need to rid yourself of a certain food for about 3 weeks and reintroduce and see if you get symptoms and how you feel. It’s a timely process.
BUT, I do want to say that the gut plays a big role in food sensitivity and how we react to the outside environment. If you find yourself with a lot of allergies or food sensitivities, you need to work deeper into the issue of not just avoiding the problematic foods, but actually nourishing and healing your gut. Again, our gut is our place where we respond to the outside world. 70% of our immune system lies in our gut.
I highly recommend the MRT food sensitivity test.
Jan 23, 2018

Episode 100 - Cancer Prevention

You guys, WE MADE IT TO 100 EPISODES! I'm so thankful for you! I never take for granted each "listen and download" of the podcast. Truly, you guys are my tribe. SO grateful for you.

In order to celebrate our 100 episodes, a giveaway is a must! RIGHT?! We're giving away ONE 6 session package with me! This is about 2-3 months working together! You don't have to be local to Austin, TX, but we are only taking US residents right now. If you're anywhere in the 50 states, we can work together - yay!


In this episode, we're talking about cancer prevention, which Kim talks about in her book 360 Health.

  • What brought Kim to a more holistic approach coming from a conventional RN education
  • Some cancer protective foods
  • Why saturated fats and and meat AREN'T dangerous to your health
  • How you can help your body detoxify
  • Health benefits from sex

About Kim Maravich

Kimberly Maravich's background as an RN led to her passion for preventative healthcare and nutrition. While pursuing a BA in English, her love of writing began. She also has an MA in Teaching and worked for more than 12 years as an elementary school teacher. She now combines her talents and enjoys educating and encouraging others to optimize their health through her writings.

She believes that self-care is the deepest form of love, as we can't fully care for others when we put ourselves last.  Good nutrition, moderate exercise, and great sleep are the keys to physical health.  Just as importantly, gratitude, prayer and spiritual practice, and friendships do wonders for overall wellness.

Kim lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her loving husband and two adorable little boys. Their home is filled with excitement, laughter, and much love.

Find Kim over on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter +Website + Book

Find Lahana over on Thrival Nutrition Facebook + Instagram + Blog!

Jan 16, 2018

We are so excited to have Jay Nixon on the podcast this week! We're talking about something a little bit deeper than the normal for weight loss. YES, there is so much more to weight loss than the perfect exercise program and a good nutrition plan. Those are really big parts of weight loss, but we're covering something that isn't talked about as much. What we're covering today....

  • Women's biggest obstacles with weight loss
  • Why exercising more + eating less doesn't work
  • What can we do to get to a healthier weight
  • Quick tips on achieving your weight loss goal

About Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon is a speaker, author, mentor and coach whose mission is to help each and every person achieve their “absolute best self.” He is the owner of the Thrive Fitness Studio in Palm Desert, California and the grateful leader of the Thrive Tribe - a collection of Jay’s current and former clients who work together to improve their health, their fitness, and their lives.
For over two decades, Jay has helped thousands of people achieve total body transformation through a cohesive combination of fitness, nutrition, and personal development coaching. Jay believes, “If you give people the right tools, education, and support, they can far surpass what they once thought was their maximum potential.” He’s known for his innate ability to get inside someone’s head, helping him/her achieve life-changing results.
Recognized as a lululemon Ambassador and dubbed by CBS News as, “One of the best fitness and nutrition experts in the business,” Jay has been featured on ABC and FOX, and in Triathlete Magazine. When he’s not working with clients one-on-one, you’ll find him consulting for Fortune 1000 companies in the nutrition and fitness industry.
Where can you find us?
Jay is over on Facebook + Instagram!
Check out The Overweight Mind book!
Find Lahana at Thrival Nutrition on Facebook + Instagram + the blog!
Jan 9, 2018


I loved interviewing AJ Neste about this topic on hunting! I've always talked about how important it is to get GOOD quality animal products. Most of the meats you'll find in the store are factory farmed mass produced and super unhealthy.  If you don't know a local farmer, hunting is a way you can take control of getting good quality wild animals.

Most of all, I love AJ's view on hunting and his compassion and gratefulness for each animal that feeds and nourishes his family. This is what we're covering in the podcast today:

  • How he got into hunting
  • The process of hunting and feeding his family
  • How you can tell if an animal is healthy
  • The emotional connection with the animal that is hunted
  • Benefits of getting outside and in nature

About AJ Neste

A.J. Neste has spent the past 15 years traveling the world shooting for numerous surf publications, documenting notable personalities, musicians and athletes.  His positive energy toward life give’s his subjects the opportunity to be themselves and produce images that everyone can relate to.
His passion for documenting life hasn’t stopped as A.J.'s focus has turned his lens towards his efforts to ethically harvest wild game.
9 years ago A.J. and his wife Megan decided they would become vegetarian to take a stand for animal welfare. As the cravings for animal protein in their diet began to take affect, A.J. decided to go hunting to know exactly where his family’s food came from. Leading him to start “Huntatarian”, a lifestyle company that is focused on respecting nature and motivating others to get outdoors.
Connect with AJ over at Huntatarian's website + Instagram!
Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition over on Facebook + Instagram + Blog!
Jan 2, 2018

Myofunctional Orthodontics

Have you ever heard of techniques to prevent the use of braces? I haven't either until Dr. Carpenter told me about Dr. Medina who specializes in this, which is called myofunctional orthodontics. Since braces are almost always a part of every childhood it seems, I feel like this topic was a necessary one to talk about! What we're covering on the podcast today:

  • Why people need braces
  • The cons about braces
  • What myofunctional orthodontics is
  • Who can use this type of program
  • Lifestyle habits that you can start at any time to promote proper oral development
  • Breastfeeding and oral development
  • How puréed foods that are fed to babies are actually hurting our natural oral development

Grab your Austin, TX restaurant resource here!

About Dr. Medina

Dr. Medina was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy distinction for her outstanding academic achievements in dentistry.  She completed a Post Graduated General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After finishing her residency, she became part of the medical faculty as a staff dentist at the Ryder Hospital in the city of Humacao, Puerto Rico. She also established her own general dental practice in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico where she practiced for five years.
In 2008, she moved to Austin, the place Dr. Medina now considers her new home. Currently, she dedicates her practice to Myofunctional Orthodontics, Orofacial Myology Therapy, preventive dentistry and oral health maintenance.
Doctor Medina is a General Dentist with more than fifteen years of dental career experience.  She has taken extensive continuing education programs in: functional orthodontics, facial orthopedics, orthotropics, TMJ disorders, orofacial myology, myofunctional orthodontics, nutrition,functional medicine and breathing correction.  She is a Fellow and Senior Certified Dental Instructor of the International Association for Orthodontics and member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Institute for Functional Medicine.  She is also the first Certified Myobrace Provider in the city of Austin.
Connect with Dr. Medina over on Facebook + her website!
Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on Facebook + Instagram + blog!
Dec 26, 2017

I'm so excited to be launching the Thrival Nutrition Supplement line next month starting with our multivitamin! Whenever a vision becomes a reality, it's such a bittersweet thing. It's what life is all about. I couldn't have done this process without my husband though, he is seriously amazing. He did all the "hard work" of scouting and finding a good manufacturer, signing paperwork, and all the messy business stuff.

He let me just focus on formulating the perfect multivitamin for you! Which I'm so excited to share with you the difference between mine and MANY others on the market.

If you want to read this podcast episode about how we formulated our multivitamin, head over this way to the blog!

If you want to add your name to the email list, so you can stay up to date with the supplement line and be a part of our launch, do that here!

And if you haven't joined our Facebook Group yet, where have you been?! We need and want you in there! A safe place where you can come to ask questions all about healthy living.

Connect with us over on Facebook + Instagram + the blog!

Dec 19, 2017

I'm so excited to have Dietitian Cassie on the podcast this week! She is a rockstar! I love that she left the conventional nutrition thinking. When I was looking for the perfect nutrition program for me to learn from, the RD program made me run for the hills. I've heard from so many RD's about them having to unlearn many of the typical nutrition advice you'd hear.

I love RD's like Cassie that are willing to go out in the world with an open mind + help teach others about truly creating a healthy lifestyle.

What we cover in the podcast today....

  • Why she left the conventional nutrition mindset
  • The most common misconceptions/myths that are believed to be true
  • How exercise affects weight loss
  • A component from diet that surprises people
  • How to help your metabolism

About Dietitian Cassie

Dietitian Cassie is a globally recognized industry leader in weight loss, a highly sought-after speaker, and #1 International Best Selling Author of Why Am I Still Fat? The Hidden Keys to Unlocking That Stubborn Weight Loss.
For more than a decade, she has helped tens of thousands of women and men achieve the bodies they want—not by starving or skimping, but by feeding themselves foods that fuel effective and sustainable weight loss.
Cassie speaks widely and contributes a regular column, “Real Talk with Dietitian Cassie” in Paleo Magazine. She has been featured on CBS, ABC, WCCO, FOX News, CNN, TIME, Parade, Cosmopolitan, SELF, SHAPE, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness and The Huffington Post.
Check out her free training!

Connect with Cassie over on Facebook + Instagram + her website!

Connect with Thrival Nutrition over on Facebook + Instagram + blog!
Don't forget to join our Facebook group!
Dec 12, 2017

Neurodegenerative Diseases

So excited to be sitting down with Dr. Phillip Oubre talking about neurodegenerative diseases - particularly we are speaking about Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Unfortunately the lifestyle that the standard American lives is leading us down the path of developing neurodegenerative diseases.

What we cover in today's episode.....

  • What's going on in the body when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or any type of neurodegenerative diseases
  • What lifestyle habits are contributed to increasing the risk of getting a neurodegenerative disease
  • Why Alzheimer's is called Type 3 Diabetes 
  • Nutrients + Supplements that can help support an optimal body and reduce the risk of the neurodegenerative disease 

About Dr. Phillip Oubre

Dr. Phillip Oubre is a functional medicine doctor, working in Austin, Texas. He focuses on the root cause of disease, and foster healing and wellness using Nutrition, Movement, Hormone Balance, Digestion, and Stress Management. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and he can see patients of all ages. I have been trained to care for infants, children, adults, elderly, and pregnant patients.

In today’s healthcare, there is an over-emphasis on illness with a “pill for every ill” instead of a focus on wellness and optimization. He believes that everyone has the potential for wellness.

Connect with Dr. Oubre over on Facebook, YouTube, and his website!

Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition over on Facebook, Instagram, and the blog!

Dec 5, 2017

Speech Development In Kids

We're so excited to be sitting down with Emily Cohen and talk about speech development in kids. Emily is answering common questions about speech development! Some things that we cover in this episode....

  • How the typical language development looks like
  • Things parents can watch out for
  • How you can Play with a Purpose
  • Favorite toys that are speech pathologist approved!
  • What we can do as parents to help nurture this speech development skill

About Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP pediatric speech-language pathologist Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed pediatric speech-language pathologist with an in-home private practice in Austin. Her mission with Tandem Speech Therapy is to provide parents with a tool belt of simple strategies to use during everyday routines and play. She works to empower parents and their children to connect and communicate better as well as face the world with greater confidence.

Connect with Emily over on her website and Facebook!


Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on the blog, Facebook, Instagram!

Nov 28, 2017


I'm so excited to have McCall McPherson on the podcast this week speaking about testosterone! Testosterone is an important hormone in both men and women. McCall and I go over everything you'd want to know about testosterone (and let me mention, McCall is an AMAZING practitioner!). She answers questions like

  • What testosterone does for our body
  • Symptoms of high or low testosterone
  • How our lifestyle effects testosterone levels
  • Ideal functional medicine ranges in testosterone (NOT the normal reference ranges most doctors use)
  • How we can raise testosterone
  • How we can lower it

Make sure to get your ATX healthy restaurant resource here!!!!!!!

About McCall McPherson

McCall McPherson is the founder and co-owner of Modern Thyroid Clinic, a thyroid-centered functional medicine practice in Austin, Texas, a general functional medicine practice, Modern Medicine, a physician assistant, recent TEDx speaker and a thyroid patient and guru. Her passion for perfecting hormones stemmed from years of her suffering due to the mismanagement of her own hypothyroidism.

Now she lives, breathes and thrives in understanding the nuances of proper hormone care and understands the dramatic difference it can make in the lives of her patients. Her practice is rooted in balance and realistic expectations. Her passion is in helping burnt out fatigued mothers get their lives back. She also spends her time teaching and advocating for the other millions who aren’t her patients suffering from fatigue and hormonal disruption.

Connect with McCall over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Connect with Lahana at Thrival Nutrition over on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog!

Nov 21, 2017

When you think of healthy living, do you think coffee and chocolate are possible? Because it is! It was such a blast to talk with Dr. Robin Miller. Love her passion for what she does and she makes healthy living fun and delicious with common favorites like coffee and chocolate. She will also have you falling in love with foods like mushrooms because what they can do for your health!

She gives us awesome healthy living tips that can be found in her book HEALED!

You don't want to miss this episode.

About Dr. Robin Miller

Dr. Robin Miller – an established author (The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife and Beyondand Kids Ask the Doctor), Dr. Miller has gathered the knowledge, insights and anecdotes offered in this book over the course of 33 years of treating patients using the principles of integrative medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine, she trained with Andrew Weil as an Integrative Medicine Fellow at University of Arizona.

She is currently Medical Director of Triune Integrative Medicine, a highly innovative integrative medicine clinic in Medford, Oregon. She blogs regularly for, an interactive health and wellness website founded in conjunction with Dr. Mehmet Oz, where she serves as Executive Advisory Board member. Robin is also a medical reporter and a regular correspondent for KOBI-5, the NBC affiliate in Southern Oregon.

Find Dr. Robin Miller over on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and her website!

Check out her book Healed's website!

Find Thrival Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, and the blog!

For easy listening for this podcast episode, listen on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

Nov 14, 2017

Reversing Tooth Decay

A HUGE question that I get all the time is "how do you reverse tooth decay? It is possible?" One of my biggest struggles was finding a good dentist that actually understood the whole body approach to dentistry. The word "holistic" dentistry is thrown around and a dentist could be "holistic" by simply just not using mercury. I wanted more. I wanted a dentist to not just fix things when a problem occurred, but to help me keep a healthy mouth and understanding and recommending MORE than just brushing and flossing.

Duh, everyone knows to brush and floss. When I moved to Austin, I was SO happy to find Dr. Carpenter. I finally found a dentist that understand the nutrition side of oral care and how to take the whole body approach in dentistry.

Today, we're speaking about reversing tooth decay. A hot topic among many moms as we search for a natural alternative to take care of our kiddos.

Dr. Matthew Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter is a holistic dentist and naturopathic doctor in Austin, TX. He is the founder of Transcend Dental. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Association of Dental Research, and many more associations and clubs.

Dr. Carpenter has had the opportunity to study and train with some of the finest dentists in clinical practice today. He has additional training in dental digital imaging and routinely performs complimentary dietary analysis to see if diet and/or lifestyle could be contributing to disease.

Dr. Carpenter has a special interest in nutrition and chronic disease prevention and explore alternative approaches to improving overall wellness and quality of the lives of the patients he serves.

Connect with Dr. Carpenter over on Facebook and his website.

Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, and the Blog!

Join our holistic natural living Facebook Group to get around like-minded people and get additional support!

Nov 7, 2017

Birth Control

Birth control is very a common prescription medication that is prescribed to women all around the world. The reasons for using birth control can range from protecting against pregnancy, PCOS, dealing with a painful period, "regulating" your period, and more. But, this is just a band-aid for these problems. Nicole helps us dive into common questions about it. In this episode, we cover.....

  • What chronic diseases risks are increased when you're taking the birth control
  • Why birth control isn't the solution for hormonal issues
  • How birth control drains your nutrients
  • How to wean off the pill
  • How to naturally prevent pregnancy

Make sure to tune into this episode this week if you or anyone you know is taking birth control.

About Nicole

Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach and creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormonal health in a fun and sassy way. She runs a successful group coaching business and has helped thousands of women from all around the world who are struggling with PCOS, infertility, amenorrhea, PMS and much more. Nicole also cohosts The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes.
Rather than treating problems or symptoms, Nicole treats women by addressing the root cause of what’s really going on in their bodies and minds. She passionately believes that the fundamentals to healing any hormonal imbalance lie in an approach that addresses the unique physiology of every woman. This is essential to reclaiming and maintaining feminine vitality at any age.
Sign up here for her Fix Your Period Quickstart Kit, a FREE 7-Day E-Course, to discover the top secrets doctors don’t tell you about your hormones, your symptoms & how to finally fix them!
Connect with Nicole over on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and her "Know Your Flow" Facebook Group!
Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, Blog, and Holistic Living Facebook Group!
Oct 31, 2017

Gaining muscle can be super intimidating, especially if you're new to exercising or going to the gym. We wanted to sit down with Reggie Lopez, who is a personal trainer out here in Austin, TX. We wanted to answer some commonly asked questions about gaining muscle....

  • How nutrition + exercise go hand in hand
  • How do you bypass the "plateau"
  • Best exercises for gaining muscle
  • Importance of rest days

About Reggie

Reggie was Born and raised in the Bronx New York. He spent 8 years as a sales rep and regional manager in the pharmaceutical industry. Selling in Urology, Endocrinology, Primary Care, Pain Management, OBGYN and  covering territories in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York City.

He is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist, who formed Fitregimen 2 years ago to focus on personalized client care with the goal of helping others obtain their goals while finding their passion for health and fitness.

Connect with Reggie at FitRegimen on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and his website.

Connect with Lahana at Thrival Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the blog!

Join our Facebook Group for extra support in living a healthy lifestyle!

Oct 24, 2017

Read this podcast over on the blog!

Connect with Lahana at Thrival Nutrition on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Group, and Blog!


Oct 17, 2017

Dr. Sethi is a board certified family physician with additional fellowship training and board certification in Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine.  She has studied with Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Dr. Mark Hyman and other thought leaders. She is a national speaker in the field of Integrative Medicine.  She has a special interest in botanical medicine and culinary medicine and teaches cooking classes and workshops in Austin.  She helps her patients achieve health by focusing on sleep, movement, mind-body practices, nutrition, connection to community and spiritual practices. In her practice, she connects the dots for patients between genetics, the environment, lifestyle and the microbiome.

She enjoys the practice of yoga and has studied various methods of meditation for over twenty years.


Read the blog I wrote about my experience with the 23+me genetic test!


Connect with Dr. Shelly Sethi over on her website + Facebook + Twitter + Instagram!


Connect with Lahana at Thrival Nutrition over on the blog + Facebook + Instagram + Facebook Group!

Oct 10, 2017

Cynthia Thurlow is a nurse and a functional nutritionist – helping people take a look at the whole body approach to health. Today, we are talking about her personal experience with heavy metal detoxing, where heavy metals come from and why they accumulate, we touch on vaccines, and various ways to help reduce the toxic load into our body.

Listen to Cynthia + I's past episodes on episode 10 adrenal fatigue + episode 60 heavy metals!


Find Cynthia over on her website + Facebook + Instagram!


Connect with Lahana over at Thrival Nutrition on her blog + Facebook + Instagram + YouTube.


Join Cynthia + I over at Thrival's Facebook Group to discuss this episode!

Oct 3, 2017

Seth Osgood is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine. He has helped people from around the world identify the root causes of complex health conditions while working for and training under Functional Medicine expert Dr. Amy Myers. Seth Osgood is an expert in holistic approaches chronic inflammation and specializes in autoimmune conditions and thyroid disorders. His true passion is helping individuals to build a life that revolves about physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and four amazing children.


Check out Seth's blog post about autoimmunity!


Learn more about our 1:1 Nutrition/Health Consulting!


Connect with Seth Osgood over at his website + Facebook.

Connect with Lahana from Thrival Nutrition on her blog, Facebook, Facebook Group, Instagram, and YouTube!


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