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Salba: Myth or Miracle Food?

Updated on October 23, 2016
Maybe (lol) I can get back to looking like the picture of me drawn by my friend Rod Parker, in Chicago, when I worked for The Pyle National Company.
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A study of Nature's Most Perfect Food

About nine months ago I read an article in The Dallas Morning News about ‘Nature’s Most ‘Perfect’ Food Stuns Diabetes Researchers in Landmark Human studies' by: Mitch Propster.

The claims about this miracle food were such that it made me want to try it. And the claim that the ancient Aztecs thought of Salba as human fuel (i.e. “running food,”) I wondered how that was known, were there documents or pictures that substantiate this?

Where to find the miracle food, Salba?


This article sent me on a quest to find the ‘miracle food’ Salba. I called the number in the article which turned out to be an advertisement with an offer of a one month supply with a first order, but the price was cost prohibitive, so I thought surely I could get this product at any health food store.

So I went searching. I called or went to all the local health food stores, without success. And when we had company, I would show our visitors the article and asked if they had heard of Salba and knew where I might find it.


Being border-line diabetic, I have to find this miracle food.


And, though most people seemed skeptical that such a miracle food could possible exist; I was determined to find this super food that was purported to be an all-around food, with many benefits.

The article went on to say that the famous diabetes researcher, Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, claimed that Salba was the world’s most nutritious food crop, and being border-line diabetic, I have to find this miracle food.

It was reported to lower blood sugar, controls hunger, and the fiber in Salba helps the digestive system. Such were the claims. That is why had to find this miracle food.


From the statements in the article on the world’s most perfect food:

Salba has according to the article,

  • more protein than soy
  • more antioxidant punch than blueberries and red wine combined
  • six times more calcium than whole milk
  • eight times the Omega-3 fatty acid of fresh-caught Atlantic salmon
  • 15-times the magnesium of broccoli
  • six times the iron of kidney beans
  • double the amount of potassium found in a banana
  • more fiber than any other plant on earth.

I found it! Salba is Sold in the Vitamin Shoppe.


As months passed, I forgot about looking for this miracle food, until two days ago, when I came across the article again and Googled the word Salba. And I was surprised to find that it is sold at the Vitamin Shoppe.

Before heading off to the Vitamin Shoppe, I did a little bit more research on this 'miracle food's' similarity to the Chia. I would call it an albino Chia.


I could not even wait till after breakfast!


I got up early, while hubby was still sleeping, and headed for the Vitamin Shoppe. I purchased both the ground and whole Salba seeds.

As I returned home, hubby was still sleeping, and you would think that I had already had some of the energy boosting, human fuel, I was running on all cylinders, it was so exciting.

Making our breakfast, I decided not to tell hubby, just get him healthy and then tell him why he has so much energy, so...I sprinkled ground Salba in our oatmeal. It was tasteless, so he did not know.


What is Salba?

Having lab test after having Salba for a week

For over a week every morning we had Salba in our oatmeal.

Then both hubby and I had scheduled lab test with our doctors. Hubby was first.

He went to see his Nephrologists and because he only has one kidney, she does labs every three months.

My labs are done every six months by my primary care doctor, and was the following day.

Two days later hubby's doctor's office called and said that a prescription had been called in for him and that he was to take the medicine ASAP. They told hubby that his potassium level was so high that it could damage the one kidney he has left and they asked what was different in our diet, had he been eating bananas? And he told them no!

We picked up the medicine and hubby took the 1 dose that was prescribed.

Then my doctor's office called and told me that, my potassium level was way to high, and asked the same questions.

It was then that I realized that it was the Salba. Salba was the only thing different in our diet.

Then I reread the label on the jars again


Double the amount of potassium found in a banana, there it was right in front of me.

When you get to much of a good thing.

So...my fellow hubbers, when you read the label, it just might be true, but is it to much of a good thing?


Salba and Chia are very similar

Sources:

by: Mitch Propster. The Dallas Morning News ‘Nature’s Most ‘Perfect’ Food Stuns Diabetes Researchers in Landmark Human studies’

by: Evita Ochel, B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN is a certified holistic nutritionist, biologist, educator, writer, researcher and speaker in the areas of health, science and holistic wellness. She is a nutritional science expert and her teaching and writing focus on natural, wholesome, plant-based and organic nutrition to achieve optimal health and longevity. September 19, 2008: http://evolvingwellness.com/posts/381/salba-the-history-and-the-present/

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 days ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment and comment.

      Yes Chipper is giving us some moments, this morning he got John's shoe, (;-D, he said, oops can't say what he said, But it is payback for what he said when Chipper ate my favorite shoe.

      Hope you are staying cool.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 days ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, it was so good talking to you also.

      Chipper got me soaking wet this afternoon, He is so funny.

      Blessings to you dear friend.

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      C E Clark 10 days ago from North Texas

      This was such good advice I thought I'd put it in the feed again so that anyone who missed it would be reminded to read it.

      Good talking to you. Glad your Chipper is giving you and John some laughs and entertainment. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for commenting and sharing this article again.

      We hope all is well with you also

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Word 17 months ago from Chicago

      Hi Shyron, this was a job well presented!

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this useful informative article again. Hope all is well with you and John. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

      I am glad it is cool for you and that is cool for us to work outside.

      Blessings and hugs to you also.

      Hope everything is well with you, total chaos here.

      Take care.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would come by and share this important article again. Everyone should read it so as to avoid any pitfalls.

      A lovely cool evening las' night and so nice out now in the wee hours. So looking forward to cooler weather . . . blessings and hugs. Hope all is well there.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment. Our Easter was very quiet, as I feel it should be, no chocolate eggs or bunnies, just thanking God for how blessed we are.

      Blessings and Hugs, may God watch over you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Poetryman6969, me too! Thank you for the comments. I don't think I would eat polar bear liver anyway. Drinking water, I like water and drink lots of it, just goes in one end and out the other "lol,"

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Barbara Kay, thank you for the comment. You are welcome, I will be very careful in researching things like this from now on.

      Blessings!

      Shyron

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Glad you found out about the potassium in time. You can easily get too much of a good thing. Fraternity guys have harmed themselves by drinking too much water too fast. If you actually managed to choke down a whole polar bear liver you might die because it contains a whole lot more vitamin A than your own liver can handle.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      It sounded good until I read how your story turned out. I guess I won't be trying it. Thanks for the review.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I would share this again as it's something to think about when embarking on 'natural' supplements to one's diets or natural cures of any kind.

      Hope you and John had a great Easter. I was so happy it stayed cool. Not to hot and not too cold. Hope all is well . . . blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

      I hate ice with a passion, never liked the cold, snow, wind or ice, last night we had it all.

      I know that you must feel the same way

      Our blessings to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Important information and with personal experience included, a very good lesson for people to learn by reading about your experience. Sharing again.

      Here we are with another ice storm. Dreading whether my car doors will be frozen shut as they were last week when I went out to get in to my car. Managed to get one of them open, but might not be so lucky this time. Never know. I can manage the cold, but this ice is another matter. Used to run on it as a kid and it never phased me then, and Lord knows we had plenty of it up north back then.

      Did my first oil check today and added some. Hope you and John are well and staying in where it's warm and dry. Blessings to you both. Take care.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend, your loyalty blows me away, thank you for comments, up votes, and sharing.

      I hope that you are doing well.

      Blessings always to you

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this again as gift giving occasions are times when people seem to like to share quick-fix self-help books and products. A great article on a subject everyone needs to read and take to heart.

      Voted up and shared. Hope you're able to get outside for a short while and enjoy this nice day. Hope your developer isn't developing after all . . . take care, and hugs for you also!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, sharing and thank you for the blessings

      And blessings to you.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again. This is an important message that everyone needs to get.

      Hope the water situation got resolved and that all is well again. Blessings to you and John . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you as always for the comment, Posting on FB, pinning to AH, and sharing. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. I hope all is well with you.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      An important message included in this article and I hope everyone reads and learns from it.

      Posting on FB, pinning to AH, and sharing with followers.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for pinning and sharing this. I hope you are finished with your comments and you can get some sleep.

      We were both outside and it had cooled of a bit and cloudy, I am grateful for that, the hot sun really does a number on my eyes even with sunglasses on.

      Blessings to you also my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Wanted to bring this good article to light again as it has important information that people should think about.

      Pinning this and sharing it again.

      Hope you've had a good day and that neither of you were out in this awful heat. No, didn't get up early. Was up most of the night. Thought I'd start early tonight and hopefully get done at a reasonable hour. Blessings my friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for sharing this and thank you for the compliment.

      I treasure your friendship.

      Both John and I wish you a Blessed day.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this article again because it has good information and good food for thought. The drawing is excellent too, and I know it isn't your drawing, but it's good enough that it could be! Hope you and John are having a great day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Beth, I am so happy to meet you. You must be a wonderful person, to have so many authors miss you, when you are not around.

      I hope you are still writing.

      Thank you and God Bless you.

      Shyron

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      Beth 37 3 years ago

      Shyron, that is so interesting as I've been drinking that mamachia drink for the past few months. I haven't been drinking it every day, but during one week where I was drinking it a lot, I did notice a huge boost in energy. It hadn't occurred to me that it could be a bit dangerous. However I am drinking less now so I guess it will be alright. Like you said, as long as it's not too much of a good thing.

      I just wanted to write and tell you I saw PS's thread in the forum and was so surprised. What you wrote choked me up as we all do spend so much time together. I'm so glad to have met each of you. Thank you for being so kind. God bless!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I really appreciate your comments, votes, pinning and sharing, and thank you for being such a good friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Coming back to reread this important article. One can't be too careful when mixing their drugs even if some are natural herbs, etc. Voted up and AUI, pinning to AH, and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am so glad to see you here today, that tell me you are okay. You are right, no one wants to know what works if they/we have to work for it (like exercise) or where the only exercise is the action of lifting an arm to pop a pill, there is no magical cure.

      Thank you for your comments, votes, sharing and pinning the hub to Awesome HubPages.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I agree with Suzanne. There have been lots of miracle health claims about everything under the sun over the centuries. I really don't think there is a magic cure, magic pill, or magic anything. Although exercise can make an amazing difference according to many studies, which I examined and wrote about in one of my hubs. I've noticed no one is interested in knowing what really works, they mainly want to know about the magical cures even though none over all the centuries have yet been proven to be successful.

      Think this is an important article and I wanted to shed some light on it again. Voted up, AUI, and sharing. Also pinned to Awesome HubPages, already on my "Health' board.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Suzanne for your comment, and voting this up.

      You are right about eating right, but because I like eating things that people ate centuries ago for health reason. On second thought, where are the Aztecs?

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Interesting information. I hadn't heard of this. I don't believe in any of these miracle food claims. I think people should just eat a balanced whole foods diet, drink plenty of filtered water and get light to moderate exercise every day. It's not exciting, but it works! :D

      Voted up and useful! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for your comment and voting up and awesome. I really appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Want to share this again so that people who may not realize that some drugs and other things, even natural things, don't always interact well together, will learn from your experience.

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Laura, thank you for tweeting my hub. I have always taken supplements for many years. I just did not know how dangerous it was for my husband, because I did not realize the function of the kidney and potassium and my husband lost one of his kidneys in an accident, (Count Down To A Miracle).

      Voting up: When you read a hub at the end just before the comments begin, you will see two blue hands, one with a thumb up and one with a thumb down and you click on one with the thumb up, that is a vote up and then you see the words [Useful • Funny • Awesome • Beautiful • Interesting] and you can click on any of the words that you feel relate to the hub.

      I am so glad that you are here, again welcome to HubPages.

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      Laura 3 years ago

      Great article Shyron. As a natural health - wellness advocate and someone prone to trying a fairly large array of nutraceuticals, I can attest to your excellent moral in the story: too much of a good thing is indeed too much. Too much potassium can have devastating affects, and is one reason people should never supplement with potassium supplements or anything that amps it too high. I'm still learning all the ways to promote inside Hub, but I tweeted this and will learn the ropes on "voting up". I like your writing style with narrative, personal journey tied to informed facts. This is my new favorite style as well after taking a creative writing class.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jaye, your comment is very much appreciated, and I will take you advice and go to Dr. Furhman's website. Thanks again for the information.

      Shyron

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm surprised that I'd never heard of Salba since a ton of junk mail comes to my address even though I registered on the (useless) site not to receive promotional mailings. Practically every envelope makes unrealistic claims in large print, especially those about supplements of all kinds. Since my diet is plant-based and nutrient-dense, I just take all those mailpieces directly to the trash bin unopened. When a product is touted to cure almost anything, the words "snake oil salesman" reverberate through my mind!

      Another thing to keep in mind is that supplements aren't regulated. I've read more than one article about various supplements being tested and not containing the ingredients or amounts that are listed on the label. Sometimes they interact badly with prescription meds, too.

      Shyron, you may want to check out Dr. Joel Furhman's website because his eating plan has helped many people who already had type 2 diabetes reverse the disease. It's stringent, but you won't go hungry. When you're motivated to become healthy, it's easier to "eat to live" rather than "live to eat." If your diet includes a lot of meat, dairy, starch and processed foods, changing your eating habits may be difficult. But avoiding the "bullet" of diabetes with all its complications is worth the effort! Good luck!

      Jaye

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DDE for your comment. I had not heard of Salba until I read the article and did the research.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An incredible hub on Salba had not much knowledge until I read this hub.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi Meg, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. I hope you are going to write about the new treatment for reversing Type II diabetes. Yes, I learned my lesson and have make notes about everything that I am taking. (i.e. vitamins) and the doctors tell me what medications to take.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Very good cautionary tale. If you are borderline diabetic, the doctors in the UK are getting excited about a new treatment for reversing Type II diabetes - limited fasting for 8 weeks on 600 calories a day! But as with your hub above, you should talk to your doctor about this.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Rajan, thank you for your visit, comments, up votes and sharing.

      I know I should have ask the doctor, especially about my husband, he only has one kidney, and I want to keep him around for many more years. I will be a lot more careful from now on. Thank you again my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I've never heard of Salba but there is something similar to Chia seeds we have in India. It's called Sabja seeds and costs almost peanuts when compared to Chia seeds. Has the same benefits and more.

      Caution is of course advised when on prescription drugs or if one has a health condition and it is best to consult one's doctor before consuming it.

      Voted up, useful and interesting and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg, for reading, commenting, your up-vote and for sharing this hub. I really appreciate you.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What an interesting article and a cautionary one as well. So many of the things that sound too good to be true generally turn out that way. Thank heavens both of you have regular blood tests done and caught this early enough before permanent damage was done. Up votes and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, I really appreciate you more than you know.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aunt Jimi, I appreciate you more than you know.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      What a great drawing for posterity! It looks great just like you do. I recognized you the minute I saw the drawing.

      Aunt Jimi is correct in that a person has to be careful what they take with their prescription drugs even when they are supposedly natural products. And with only one kidney, that raises the risks.

      There are a lot of perfect foods. I wrote a hub about them, but no one food provides everything a person needs to be healthy. A mix of the perfect foods is usually the best bet. Strawberries, blueberries, pinto beans, broccoli, cauliflower, etc., and don't forget dark chocolate.

      Frankly, I have never found any shortcuts when it comes to good health and weight control and maintenance. There are a lot of products on the market for people looking for that magic bullet that will make everything easy, but in the end what actually works is rarely easy. If it did everyone would be healthy and thin.

      Charlatans make a lot of money getting people excited about products they say will cure everything from ingrown toenails to brain tumors, and they have a ton of literature to sell you that will explain how it all works, but in the end your bank account will be thinner and you won't. Both you and your bank account may well be less healthy as well.

      When all is said and done, paying attention to one's diet and doing the physical exercise and getting your sleep is what works best. Popping pills, even vitamins, is not sufficient exercise nor do vitamins make up for a poor diet and bad sleep habits. There really aren't any shortcuts. Save your time and money and use them to do what is not always so easy, but tried and true.

      Voted up, interesting, useful, pinned to my 'Health' board, and shared.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Interesting, but I think it's probably a good idea to check with your doc before taking these natural cures for literally everything if you're already on prescription drugs. Whenever they say it's going to cure everything I generally ignore them because nothing cures everything -- except death. After death nothing on this planet has an adverse effect. ;) If a person eats a balanced diet they rarely need additional vitamin supplements. Mainly the water soluble vitamins C and Bs are useful, but the others can be toxic if overdone.

      Interesting hub. Voted up & AUI, and will share.

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