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Medical Downside of Homosexual Behavior: "Political Agenda Is Trumping Science"--Dr. Fitzgibbons
Zenit.org ^ | SEPT. 18, 2003 | Zenit.org

Posted on 09/18/2003 6:40:20 PM PDT by Polycarp

Medical Downside of Homosexual Behavior A Political Agenda Is Trumping Science, Says Rick Fitzgibbons

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, SEPT. 18, 2003

(Zenit.org)- Amid the push for same-sex unions in Canada and the recent overturning of Texas' sodomy law, an aspect of the underlying issue is sometimes overlooked: the medical consequences of homosexual behavior.

To shed light on the medical and scientific research into same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior, ZENIT approached Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons. Fitzgibbons is a principal contributor to the Catholic Medical Association's statement on "Homosexuality and Hope."

Q: Could you explain why homosexuality is not normal, from a medical standpoint?

Fitzgibbons: Homosexuality was diagnosed and treated as a psychiatric illness -- abnormal behavior -- until 1973, when it was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in psychiatry because of political pressure.

Numerous conflicts make homosexual behaviors abnormal, including rampant promiscuity, inability to maintain commitment, psychiatric disorders and medical illnesses with a shortened life span.

The sexual practices of homosexuals involve serious health risks and illness. Specifically, sodomy as a sexual behavior is associated with significant and life-threatening health problems.

Unhealthy sexual behaviors occur among both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Yet the medical and social science evidence indicate that homosexual behavior is uniformly unhealthy. Men having sex with other men leads to greater health risks than men having sex with women, not only because of promiscuity but also because of the nature of sex among men.

Q: Is homosexuality associated specifically with psychological problems? Can an active homosexual lifestyle lead to adverse psychological consequences?

Fitzgibbons: Two extensive studies appearing in the October 2000 issue of the American Medical Association's Archives of General Psychiatry confirm a strong link between homosexual sex and suicide, as well as a relationship between homosexuality and emotional and mental problems.

One of the studies in the journal, by David M. Ferguson and his team, found that "gay, lesbian and bisexual young people are at increased risk of psychiatric disorder and suicidal behaviors."

The youth suffering from these disorders were four times as likely as their peers to suffer from major depression, almost three times as likely to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, nearly four times as likely to experience conduct disorder, five times as likely to have nicotine dependence, six times as likely to suffer from multiple disorders, and over six times as likely to have attempted suicide.

An extensive study in the Netherlands undermines the assumption that homophobia is the cause of increased psychiatric illness among gays and lesbians. The Dutch have been considerably more accepting of same-sex relationships than other Western countries -- in fact, same-sex couples now have the legal right to marry in the Netherlands.

So a high rate of psychiatric disorders associated with homosexual behavior in the Netherlands means that psychiatric disease cannot be attributed to social rejection and homophobia. The Dutch study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, did indeed find a high rate of psychiatric disease associated with same-sex sex behaviors.

Compared to controls who had no homosexual experience in the 12 months prior to the interview, males who had any homosexual contact within that time period were much more likely to experience major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Females with any homosexual contact within the previous 12 months were more often diagnosed with major depression, social phobia or alcohol dependence.

In fact, those with a history of homosexual contact had higher prevalence of nearly all psychiatric disorders measured in the study.

Also, a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health has shown that 39% of males with same-sex attraction have been abused by other males with same-sex attraction.

Q: What are the medical illnesses associated with homosexuality?

Fitzgibbons: The list of medical diseases found with extraordinary frequency among male homosexual practitioners as a result of abnormal homosexual behavior is alarming: anal cancer, chlamydia trachomatis, cryptosporidium, giardia lamblia, herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, human papilloma virus -- HPV or genital warts -- isospora belli, microsporidia, gonorrhea, viral hepatitis types B and C, and syphilis.

Sexual transmission of some of these diseases is so rare in the exclusively heterosexual population as to be virtually unknown. Others, while found among heterosexual and homosexual practitioners, are clearly predominated by those involved in homosexual activity.

Men who have sex with men account for the lion's share of the increasing number of cases in America of sexually transmitted infections that are not generally spread through sexual contact.

These diseases, with consequences that range from severe and even life-threatening to mere annoyances, include hepatitis A, giardia lamblia, entamoeba histolytica, Epstein-Barr virus, neisseria meningitides, shigellosis, salmonellosis, pediculosis, scabies and campylobacter.

Q: Many professional medical groups have stopped classifying homosexuality as abnormal behavior, and pro-homosexual organizations actively promote it as just another option that is perfectly normal. Is this responsible from a medical point of view?

Fitzgibbons: Most medical groups have embraced the homosexual agenda and are advocating that lifestyle, despite all of the scientific studies and medical evidence that demonstrate medical and psychological risks. It seems the politically correct homosexual agenda is trumping science.

Doctors have a responsibility to inform their clients of the dangers of a homosexual lifestyle. In his study "The Health Risks of Gay Sex," my colleague Dr. John R. Diggs Jr. wrote, "As a physician, it is my duty to assess behaviors for their impact on health and well-being. When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, it is my duty to discourage it. ...

"There are differences between men and women in the consequences of same-sex activity. But most importantly, the consequences of homosexual activity are distinct from the consequences of heterosexual activity. As a physician, it is my duty to inform patients of the health risks of gay sex, and to discourage them from indulging in harmful behavior."

Same-sex attraction is a manifestation of serious emotional conflicts that are preventable and treatable. Gender Identity Disorder in children regularly leads to same-sex attractions in adolescence, and now there's even a move to remove it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The media or major health organizations communicate none of the serious medical and psychiatric problems associated with homosexuality. School programs don't present this information, so children are encouraged and taught that the homosexual lifestyle is a healthy alternative to marriage.

These youngsters are not being told about the dangers of this lifestyle. I think schools and school psychologists should be legally liable because they are not providing informed consent while promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

Also, pediatricians know children raised without a father are subjected to serious psychological problems, and raising a child without a mother also predisposes the child to serious emotional and mental illnesses.

Q: Legalizing abnormal behavior would seem to dissuade people from seeking the help they need to overcome it. Would that be a fair assessment?

Fitzgibbons: I think that is a very fair assessment. There are attempts to prevent people from seeking help for same-sex attraction. There's definitely a movement to stop mental health professionals from providing treatment.

The Spitzer report from the Archives of Sexual Behavior, which will publish in October, surveyed ex-homosexuals who were out of the lifestyle for five years, and it found that 64% of the men and 43% of the women considered themselves to be heterosexuals after they received treatment. Dr. Spitzer of Columbia University led the task force of the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 that removed homosexuality from our diagnostic manual.

In a number of studies, when people with same-sex attraction were treated, a third of the patients get better, a third get mixed results, and a third don't get better. In my clinical experience, when a spiritual component is brought in to the treatment, the recovery rate is much higher.

Q: What do you think would be the long-term impact of legalized same-sex unions? How would this affect future generations?

Fitzgibbons: Marriage between a man and a woman is based on commitment and is an expression of Judeo-Christian morality. Same-sex unions are based on neo-pagan, Kinseyian morality that doesn't expect loyalty.

In a recent study from a major journal conducted on males, it found that males in same-sex unions stayed together for an average length of two years, and would regularly have sex with others outside of the relationship.

In this Amsterdam study, 86% of new HIV infections occurred in men who considered themselves to be in same-sex unions.

Same-sex unions cause emotional trauma and pain to individuals, and damage to the culture. Equating same-sex unions with marriage is a false belief -- it's delusional.

Q: What about adoptions by homosexual couples? How would that affect the children involved?

Fitzgibbons: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a document on homosexuality that addressed adoptions by homosexual couples. The statement noted that intentionally depriving a child of a father or mother is doing violence to that child. The office's document and the Catechism of the Catholic Church's section on homosexuality are supported by medical science.

Also, raising children in an environment with same-sex parents goes against the values of the common inheritance of humanity. The absence of a father in the home leads to sadness, anger, difficulty in trusting and conflict disorders. The absence of a mother is worse. One's mother is one's fundamental basis of feeling safe in relationships; denying a child of a mother wounds the child's ability to trust and have faith in the world, which can lead to anxiety and attachment disorders.

Children should not be subjected to this cruel deprivation, as it does serious damage. Even Belgium, which approves of same-sex unions, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt. Not all adults necessarily have the inherent right to have a child. But all children have a right to a mother and a father.

Q: What are the psychological strategies in the homosexual agenda?

Fitzgibbons: The homosexual agenda aims to desensitize people to homosexuality via the media and "diversity weeks" held in many schools -- including Catholic colleges and high schools.

It portrays those who oppose homosexual behavior and unions as being troubled, in violation of the law and in need of help, similar to those who have racial prejudices. It also attempts to claim that homosexuality is genetically determined in spite of research studies that fail to support this theory.

And of course, the main goal is to convert people to the homosexual agenda.

Q: What can Catholics do to protect the sacrament of marriage?

Fitzgibbons: Catholics can pray more for the protection of marriage and families and can learn the truth about homosexuality by seeking information at reliable Web sites: the International Association of Catholic Medical Associations at www.Fiamc.org; the Catholic Medical Association at www.cathmed.org; and the National Association for the Treatment and Research of Homosexuality at www.narth.com.

They can communicate the fullness of the Church's truth about sexuality in their family, their parish and in their children's schools.

They can also support the proposed marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

And they can ask priests to offer prayers for marriages as part of the daily petitions at Mass. ZE03091821


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: behavior; catholiclist; dsmiv; homosexual; homosexualagenda; prisoners; psychology; samesexdisorder; science

1 posted on 09/18/2003 6:40:21 PM PDT by Polycarp
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To: .45MAN; AAABEST; AKA Elena; al_c; american colleen; Angelus Errare; Antoninus; aposiopetic; ...
Most medical groups have embraced the homosexual agenda and are advocating that lifestyle, despite all of the scientific studies and medical evidence that demonstrate medical and psychological risks. It seems the politically correct homosexual agenda is trumping science.

Same-sex attraction is a manifestation of serious emotional conflicts that are preventable and treatable. Gender Identity Disorder in children regularly leads to same-sex attractions in adolescence, and now there's even a move to remove it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The media or major health organizations communicate none of the serious medical and psychiatric problems associated with homosexuality. School programs don't present this information, so children are encouraged and taught that the homosexual lifestyle is a healthy alternative to marriage.

These youngsters are not being told about the dangers of this lifestyle. I think schools and school psychologists should be legally liable because they are not providing informed consent while promoting the homosexual lifestyle.

Ping. (As usual, if you would like to be added to or removed from my "conservative Catholics" ping list, just send me a FReepmail. Please realize that some of my "ping" posts are long.)

2 posted on 09/18/2003 6:46:46 PM PDT by Polycarp ("The only thing worse than being patronized is being piously patronized." --FReeper Polycarp)
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To: Polycarp
Gays are an evil force and they have too much f'n power. I had the misfortune to work for a company that had a regional office in Californicated that was run by the Gay Mafia. The worst experience I ever had in a work place environment. Outrageous!

A gay lawyer used to gross out female staff members by playing his voice mail on speaker phone. He did a lot worse, repeatedly. Unbelievable, just f'n crazy. One woman went home in tears over this crap. A month later, who was gone? _________ The poor woman was forced out of her job by the lesbian in charge.

Gay Mafia . . . . they should all be banned from the work environment.

3 posted on 09/18/2003 6:53:52 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Read Sun Tzu: The Cold War Never Ended)
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To: Polycarp
Gays are an evil force and they have too much f'n power. I had the misfortune to work for a company that had a regional office in Californicated that was run by the Gay Mafia. The worst experience I ever had in a work place environment. Outrageous!

A gay lawyer used to gross out female staff members by playing his voice mail on speaker phone. He did a lot worse, repeatedly. Unbelievable, just f'n crazy. One woman went home in tears over this crap. A month later, who was gone? _________ The poor woman was forced out of her job by the lesbian in charge.

Gay Mafia . . . . they should all be banned from the work environment.

4 posted on 09/18/2003 6:54:09 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Read Sun Tzu: The Cold War Never Ended)
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To: Polycarp
Could you explain why homosexuality is not normal, from a medical standpoint?

Because rectums are designed for crapping.

5 posted on 09/18/2003 6:55:08 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Bump for later read.
6 posted on 09/18/2003 6:59:08 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (We're through being cool (you can say that again, Dad))
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7 posted on 09/18/2003 6:59:33 PM PDT by Bob J
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To: Polycarp
They left out some of the gory stuff about anal/intestinal damage. This is just information about how contagious diseases are passed. What they might want to focus on is gay sex between two uninfected men and the damage that can result (if indeed it can) even in the absence of disease.
8 posted on 09/18/2003 7:15:25 PM PDT by wizardoz (Bomb France.)
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To: Polycarp
Homosexuality was diagnosed and treated as a psychiatric illness -- abnormal behavior -- until 1973, when it was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in psychiatry because of political pressure.

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The classificarion of homosexuality is not a religious phenomenon. Even arheistic psychology and psychiatry recognized homosexuality as a serious mental disorder 40 years ago. The removal of homosexuality from serious diagnostic categories should never have been done. I do not recognize the validity of the deletion.

9 posted on 09/18/2003 7:17:32 PM PDT by RLK
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To: RLK; scripter; EdReform
BTTT.
10 posted on 09/18/2003 7:23:06 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: Polycarp
any idea what "agoraphobia" is?
11 posted on 09/18/2003 7:30:56 PM PDT by bethelgrad (for God, country, and the Corps OOH RAH!)
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To: Polycarp
A good friend's brother is a computer graphics artist who worked on LOTR and also worked at Disney for (I think) 3 years. He couldn't stand it at Disney because he said it was infested with homosexuals, they ran the place.
Disney movies are filled with homo-promotion.
12 posted on 09/18/2003 7:31:16 PM PDT by First Amendment
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To: bethelgrad
Main Entry: ag·o·ra·pho·bia
Pronunciation: "a-g(&-)r&-'fO-bE-&
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek agora + New Latin -phobia
Date: 1873
: abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or unescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places
- ag·o·ra·phobe /'a-g(&-)r&-"fOb/ noun
- ag·o·ra·pho·bic /-'fO-bik/ adjective or noun
13 posted on 09/18/2003 7:34:03 PM PDT by Polycarp ("The only thing worse than being patronized is being piously patronized." --FReeper Polycarp)
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To: RLK
Jung spoke of homosexuality as a kind of sociological disorder, as being ther result of a confusion of sexual roles Such confusions is more frequent in an industrial society and Jung saw eveidence of its in every urban society as opposed to a rural society.
14 posted on 09/18/2003 7:34:41 PM PDT by RobbyS (nd)
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To: RobbyS
Jung spoke of homosexuality as a kind of sociological disorder, as being ther result of a confusion of sexual roles Such confusions is more frequent in an industrial society and Jung saw eveidence of its in every urban society as opposed to a rural society.

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I'm not impressed by Jung. He lacked incisiveness and has become a form of pop psychiatry. The problem is much deeper than industrialization.

16 posted on 09/18/2003 7:48:50 PM PDT by RLK
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To: RLK
But both he and Freud recognized homosexuality as a kind of deviancy. That the modern professionals are unwilling to do. They think that earlier views were simply a matter of convention and that all is required is to create a new convention.
17 posted on 09/18/2003 8:37:40 PM PDT by RobbyS (nd)
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To: Polycarp
It's a plain old propaganda machine, that's for sure.
18 posted on 09/18/2003 8:43:18 PM PDT by Desdemona (Kempis' Imitation of Christ online! http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imitation.html)
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To: RobbyS
The idea of complete absence of absolutes has taken over psychology and psychiatry.
19 posted on 09/18/2003 8:44:14 PM PDT by RLK
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To: Polycarp
bump
20 posted on 09/18/2003 8:45:48 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
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21 posted on 09/18/2003 9:56:07 PM PDT by Coleus (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: RLK
Then by what right do they claim to be science? Physics is progressive but it rests, ultimately, on geometry, which provides it with a descriptive language. And that, despite some opinion, depends of believing what Plato said. I have been rading James Geick's short biography of Newton and he persuades me that Newton's physics is at bottom basic on the patterns that he observed from a very early age. His calculus was simply a result of his working out his view of the designs he saw. Of course he incorporated the mathematical developments of his age, but what he did is almost a straight trajectory of Euclid and the Greek geometers.
22 posted on 09/18/2003 10:14:45 PM PDT by RobbyS (nd)
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To: Polycarp
please add me to your conservative Catholics ping list.

Thanks!
23 posted on 09/18/2003 10:15:52 PM PDT by LuceLu (Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact , they look for them. Proverbs 18:15)
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To: LuceLu
Done!
24 posted on 09/18/2003 10:22:08 PM PDT by Polycarp ("The only thing worse than being patronized is being piously patronized." --FReeper Polycarp)
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To: RLK
That's not the only disasterous thing that happened in 1973- Roe v. Wade came along then as well. What a year.
25 posted on 09/18/2003 10:23:54 PM PDT by luckymom (Prasie God, from whom ALL blessings flow)
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To: Polycarp
BTTT, Please add me to your list.
26 posted on 09/18/2003 10:33:32 PM PDT by neverdem (Say a prayer for New York)
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To: neverdem
Done! Proves even more that conservatives do care!
27 posted on 09/18/2003 10:34:42 PM PDT by Polycarp ("The only thing worse than being patronized is being piously patronized." --FReeper Polycarp)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
that was to the point.....

I wish the media would talk about ANAL SEX and not just "gay sex"...

its not about two guys liking each other and being friends...its about using a part of your body...your rectum....for activities that are not natural...

if it were natural, then the severe rate of infection, rupture, etc would not exist...and, babies could be concieved that way.....

28 posted on 09/18/2003 10:35:01 PM PDT by cherry
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To: RobbyS
Then by what right do they claim to be science?

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Anybody can claim to be anything they want. Whether you or anybody else believe it is your affair.

29 posted on 09/18/2003 11:01:42 PM PDT by RLK
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30 posted on 09/19/2003 5:36:16 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - Become a Monthly Donor)
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To: Bryan; lentulusgracchus; ArGee; Kevin Curry
FYI...
31 posted on 09/19/2003 5:37:27 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - Become a Monthly Donor)
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To: cherry
But anyone who expresses revulsion at the idea of one man sticking his clinton up another man's rectum is now deemed a homophobe. I have no fear of homosexuals. I am just disgusted by the thought of what they do with each other.
32 posted on 09/19/2003 7:21:47 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the heads up!
33 posted on 09/19/2003 8:17:40 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I have no fear of homosexuals. I am just disgusted by the thought of what they do with each other.

I have been accused by homo-promoters (here on FR) that I object to the homo-agenda just because "what they do disgusts you" as though I am not allowed to be disgusted by disgusting behavior. As though being digusted by sickening "sex" acts is bad, but the "sex" acts themselves are either morally neutral or virtuous.

Another point is that homo-promoters always try to take attention away from exactly WHAT THEY DO. (Such as by calling sodomites "gay".) When WHAT THEY DO is the ONLY thing that makes them different from you or me.

34 posted on 09/19/2003 9:09:18 PM PDT by First Amendment
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To: pram; Polycarp; lentulusgracchus; EdReform; Clint N. Suhks; George W. Bush
This is the avenue that provides the best chance of success if we are going to protect the future of this country: it is a public health issue
35 posted on 09/20/2003 10:42:04 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: scripter
I didn't mean to forget you.
36 posted on 09/20/2003 11:04:00 PM PDT by Bryan
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