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Entry for January 07, 2007

Just had a quick look regarding vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by sugar intake. and I was not too familiar with Choline and Inositol. Choline seems to be really important for the nerves and a deficiency can cause nerve degeneration.

Here’s what I found:

What it does in the body: Fat metabolism. Choline is involved in fat metabolism and in the transport of fats from the liver.

Cell membranes: Choline is a component of cell membranes and plays a role in the transmission of signals inside cells. Myelin, the insulating sheath around the nerves, and platelet activating factor contain choline.

Neurotransmitters: Choline accelerates the synthesis and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many nerve and brain functions. Dietary intake of choline seems to affect body levels of acetylcholine.

Absorption: Choline may be absorbed better in the form of lecithin.

Deficiency: Choline deficiency symptoms in humans include fatty liver and liver damage. These symptoms have been demonstrated only recently in humans fed choline- deficient diets. This means that choline fulfills one of the criteria for being an essential nutrient. Patients on long-term parenteral nutrition who are not given choline develop fatty infiltration of the liver and other signs of dysfunction. This condition can be improved, and possibly prevented, with choline supplementation.

Choline deficiency in animals also leads to nerve degeneration, senile dementia, high blood cholesterol, and liver cancer – possibly by affecting cell signaling or by generating free radicals and DNA alterations.

Nervous system disorders: Uptake of circulating choline into the brain decreases with age. Choline is important for nerve structure and function; and this change may contribute to the type of dementia in which cholinergic nerves are lost.

Sources: Good sources of choline in the form of lecithin include eggs, organ meats, lean meat, brewer’s yeast, legumes such as soybeans, grains, and nuts. It is found in green leafy vegetables as free choline.

I was taking lecithin a while back but I didn’t find any difference or improvement. Looks like I’ll be adding it again.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

The other day I saw a multivitamin and I always like to look at the contents and dosages. This “Complete” multivitamin had 500 mg of calcium but no magnesium. That’s just crazy! All vitamins and minerals are NOT created equal.

THE CALCIUM PROBLEM

Excess calcium is a vastly widespread problem, as excess calcium DEPLETES magnesium from the body, and as a result brings about all of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. At this point, it will be unimportant how much magnesium you consumed, but how much is left in your body. If you feel your body is out of balance and isn’t functioning right (with some symptoms manifesting), I would suspect excess calcium especially if you have been supplementing it.

Remember. Calcium and magnesium need to be in the correct proportions for your own needs. otherwise the calcium turns from a nutrient into a pollutant causing heart disease. arthritis. hardening of the arteries, senility, osteoporosis and calcification of organs and tissues that eventually completely degenerate.

For this very reason excess calcium can become a real problem, while excess magnesium, on the other hand, is not of any concern. Unlike calcium, magnesium does not build up in the body, as excess is eliminated.

Take the following example: What country has the highest rate of pasteurized milk consumption? That’s right: America. Now, what country has the highest rate of consuming calcium supplements? Correct again: America. So, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis (calcium loss & bone fragility) of all countries? Right?.. Wrong! We have the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. A lethal combination indeed.

Taking more calcium will not fix a calcium deficiency, which is quite evident from the statistics. It is magnesium that will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the magnesium deficiency itself (it will dissolve any excess calcium from the body, while helping any needed calcium to assimilate).

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Entry for January 07, 2007

I came across this opinion on a newsgroup of how to get rid of candida:

Candida is a result of altered intestinal environment. When the intestinal tract is acid, properly breaking down nutrients, and gets good blood flow for repair of the whole GI tract, candida cannot survive. It is when blood flow is restricted, and regeneration of the GI tract is not complete that causes candida to proliferate. So, your GI tract turns from acid to alkaline, the normal “holes” in your intestinal tract become enlarged and inflammed and you develop Leaky Gut syndrome, candida, and virtually any other symptom in the book. So, in order to FULLY get rid of candida, you need to change the environment in which candida lives. You can’t simply just KILL the candida.

So, your candida issue stems from a process known as “chronic bracing”. This is when blood flow is restricted to the GI tract for long periods of time. Bracing (restricted blood flow), is caused by stress. plain and simple. It is more specifically the stored stress in the hypothalamus that causes the problem. See, when we are constantly stressed out, even at very low levels, we are unable to let it go. It gets stored in the hypothalamus. So, the result is, you are in a constant low level “fight or flight” mode. The blood goes to your muscles and your GI tract is starved. After all, your GI tract consumes the most amount of blood when resting than any other organ in your body.

So, look at how candida develops. Chronic stress leads to chronic bracing of the GI tract. When, the GI tract no longer regenerates properly, the environment changes to that favorable to candida. You develop leaky gut, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any other symptoms in the book.

By practicing a technique called Skilled Relaxation (SR), you can reverse the stored stress in the hypothalamus and return blood flow to your GI tract. The environment will change and candida can’t survive. Look in the archives here for info on SR. You would need to practice it 2x a day for at least 20 minutes each time. It is best done first thing in the morning after waking and not within 2 hours of going to sleep. SR is powerful. 20 minutes of deep SR is like 24 hours of sleep.

Once you are reversing your chronic bracing with SR, there are other things you can do to get well quicker. You are doing most of them. You may need to add an antifungal (herbal) to your regimen. Grapefruit seed extract may be good for you right now because it doesn’t harm beneficial microbes. Another product called DC3 may be of help. It accomplishes the same thing. I would tell you NOT to use probiotics right now because they tend to be useless when one has a scortching case of candida.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

Magnesium, Niacin and Cardiovascular Wellness

Heart disease kills almost 1 million Americans annually, and has been the leading cause of death since the early 1900s. However, scientific studies are showing how a wide array of nutrients can prevent or treat risk factors such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension and atherosclerosis. Two such important compounds are magnesium and niacin.

Magnesium is present in more than 300 enzymatic systems, and is critical for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) metabolism. Researchers at the State University of New York, Buffalo, released an extensive review on magnesium and its role in the human body, with a particular focus on its importance in cardiovascular health.1 They noted 67 percent of studies investigating magnesiums effect on hypertension reported use of magnesium resulted in significant decreases in blood pressure.

Clinical work supports their findings. A Japanese study of 33 subjects treated with magnesium reported significant decreases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure values and improved lipid profiles.2 Similar findings were reported by French researchers who found magnesium deficiency was linked to higher blood pressure readings and accelerated stiffening of the carotid artery.3

The stiffening of the carotid artery is linked to risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). A major population-based study followed more than 7,000 men over 30 years, analyzing dietary magnesium intake.4 There was a 1.7- to 2.1-fold higher risk of CHD in the lowest quintile of magnesium intake compared to the highest intake values. Clinical studies support these findings, as oral magnesium therapy has been found to improve endothelial function and exercise tolerance in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).5,6

Niacins role in supporting cardiovascular wellness lies primarily in its ability to both lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. A review from Northwestern University, Chicago, noted niacin has a range of actions to improve endothelial function, reduce inflammation, increase plaque stability and diminish thrombosis.7 It further noted niacin changes the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative modification, and is the best-known agent for increasing HDL levels. This ability was recognized by researchers from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, who suggested physicians consider adding niacin to pharmaceutical regimens for patients with dyslipidemia.8

In fact, trials are investigating niacins ability to complement statin drugs used in dyslipidemic patients. The HDL Atherosclerosis Treatment Study showed simvastatin plus niacin reduced major clinical events by 60 percent in patients with CAD with low HDL; and follow-up work found the combination to be effective and safe.9 A report out of the Louisville (Ky.) Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center found extended-release niacin combined with lovastatin was more effective than simvastatin monotherapy in reducing LDL cholesterol, and increasing the proportion of HDL.10

The most common adverse reaction associated with niacin intake is flushing, a physical sensation of warmth and skin redness associated with increased blood circulation. Flush-free niacin products may reduce the incidence of flushing, but there have been some concerns that they may not contain nicotinic acidthe form linked in studies with cholesterol improvements. One study from the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, reviewed the costs and content of immediate-release, extendedrelease and no-flush preparations.11 Both the immediate release and extended-release preparations cost between $7 and $10 per month and provided between 502 mg and 520 mg of nicotinic acid. The no-flush preparations were approximately three times as expensive, and contained no free nicotinic acid; the preparations contained primarily inositol hexanicotinate, which has not been clinically shown to impact cholesterol levels.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

Depression & Anxiety Treatment with Diet

The Links to Magnesium Deficiency

A recent study noted that people with optimistic outlooks were more likely to live longer, and that pessimists were more likely to die from heart disease. The results of the study are often interpreted as optimism helps people live longer. I think that the study results may not have necessarily been interpreted correctly. Association does not equal cause and effect. Just because optimism and better heart function statistically occur together does not prove that either one causes the other.

Magnesium deficiency is a known factor in heart disease as well as anxiety. Another possible reason people with more optimistic attitude live longer is that they may be happier and less worried because they have sufficient magnesium levels, which in turn may also have a protective effect on their hearts.

Undoubtedly there are many factors involved in anxiety and depression, and a magnesium deficiency may be just one of many possible factors. However, studies do show that:

In the U.S. and many other industrialized countries, magnesium deficiencies are relatively common in the general population, especially in women.

Anxiety disorders are also highly prevalent among the general population, especially with women.

Multiple studies, readily available on PubMed, have confirmed that magnesium deficiencies can be a cause of anxiety and other nervous disorders.

Anxiety disorders are more common in people with conditions such as migraines, TMJ, hypermobility, irritable bowel syndrome and especially mitral valve prolapse (MVP). Perhaps it is not a coincidence that these conditions have also commonly been linked, either directly or indirectly, to magnesium deficiencies.

A recent report from Britain linked poor diet to rising cases of depression, ” Increasing rates of anxiety, depression and irritability could be due to a poor diet that lacks the essential chemicals to keep the brain healthy, according to a leading mental health charity.”
If you put all of these known facts together, then it would seem highly logical to screen people suffering from nervous disorders, anxiety and depression for magnesium and other nutritional deficiencies before putting them on antidepressant drugs or treating them with counseling type therapy. This would be especially true for people manifesting other symptoms commonly associated with a magnesium (Mg) deficiency such as heart palpitations, mitral vale prolapse, migraines, fibromyalgia and TMJ.

In the U.S. the most common forms of treatment for anxiety seem to be counseling and/or drug therapy. Yet these treatments are illogical and may be counterproductive when nutritional deficiencies or other biochemical anomalies are the main cause of a person’s anxiety and depression. One can spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars talking to a therapist, but it seems like a pointless attempt at a solution if a person’s mental health issues stem from a nutritional deficiency effecting his or her nervous system.

Anxiety and Psychiatric Disorders

Magnesium deficiency causes increased levels of adrenaline, which can lead to a feeling of anxiety. Rats who become magnesium deficient have an increased level of urinary catecholamine excretion (a by-product of adrenaline).

People who have mitral valve prolapse have also been found to have an increased state of anxiety and have an increased level of urinary catecholamine excretion, the exact same condition found in rats who are Mg deficient.

It is not surprising then, to find that people with mitral valve prolapse are usually low in magnesium, and that magnesium supplementation alleviates the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse and reduces the level of urinary catecholamine excretion, i.e. it also reduces the anxiety symptoms.

Researchers in Spain found a correlation between anxiety disorders and hypermobility. In fact, they found that patients with anxiety disorder were over 16 times more likely than control subjects to have joint laxity. If you put the study results together, then there’s a link between anxiety and hypermobility, a link between anxiety and mitral valve prolapse, and a link between mitral valve prolapse and hypermobility.

These studies tell us that anxiety disorders occur in many people who simply have mitral valve prolapse and/or joint hypermobility, meaning anxiety disorders are not specific to EDS or any particular connective tissue disorder. Marfans also have mitral valve prolapse and joint hypermobility which would lead one to conjecture that they, too, have anxiety related disorders. As it turns out, a connection between Marfans and anxiety related disorders has been noted.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

MINERALS

Minerals are inorganic substances composed of a metal and a non-metal, both in ionic form. Metals most important for our health are calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium as bulk elements, and boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc as trace elements. Essential non-metals are chloride, phosphorus and sulfur. Harmful are aluminium and the heavy metals cadmium, lead and mercury. While unbalanced intakes of bulk metals can cause health problems, trace elements easily become toxic in excessive doses.

The extensive use of chemical fertilizers and the refinement of food, together with unhealthy eating habits, have caused widespread mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Especially lacking are chromium, manganese, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Further problems are created by heavy-metal contamination of lead from paints and exhaust fumes; of mercury from pesticides, fumigated seeds or large fish and from amalgam fillings in teeth. Symptoms include fatigue, low resistance to infections, arthritis, hyperactivity and mental retardation. High intakes of calcium, magnesium and zinc help to expel heavy metals from the body. Acid-fruit juices in contact with metal are another danger. While cans are now commonly lined with plastic, chemicals leaching out of the plastic may be as dangerous as the heavy metals.

An additional imbalance is caused by the common overuse of table salt, especially in the form of free-flowing salt. Even ‘genuine unrefined’ sea-salt usually has only a fraction of the minerals contained in seawater – it is ‘fractionated’ instead of refined. However, Macrobiotic sea-salt still appears to have most of the minerals originally present in seawater. Those who live close to the sea may use seawater instead of salt.

If you are overweight, if you have high blood pressure or kidney problems, or if you eat a large amount of animal food or commercially salted products, avoid additional salt, use potassium chloride and kelp. If, on the other hand, you are a vegetarian, with low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, allergies, or weak eyes, or if you are underweight, additional salt is usually beneficial. Because iodine is a common additive to table salt, and many health conscious individuals now minimize their intake of salt, they are in danger of developing iodine deficiency; therefore use also iodine-rich kelp; be it fresh, as powder or tablets.

Boron is not officially recognized as an essential mineral, however, it is important for the calcium metabolism and, therefore, for healthy bones. In a study of postmenopausal women, boron supplementation reduced calcium loss by 44% and increased estrogen to the same levels as in women receiving estrogen replacement therapy. It can also help with arthritis. A therapeutic dose of 9 mg and a maintenance dose of 3 to 6 mg have been used.

MINERAL BALANCING

Mineral supplements can be used to balance body and mind. Use the following guidelines.

1. Calcium tenses muscles and hardens the body structure. Therefore it is indicated in muscle weakness, low blood pressure with poor circulation and, generally, for people with a ‘soft body structure’, as in children and frequently in young women.

2. Magnesium relaxes muscles and nerves. It is indicated in cases of high blood pressure, muscle tension, stiffness and rigidity, a high-strung, irritable and oversensitive nervous system, jumpiness and insomnia. It helps to relieve pain and inflammation and is best for people with a ‘rigid body structure’ – most commonly elderly males.

3. Potassium makes the body more sensitive and responsive.

4. Sodium is required with adrenal weakness, low blood pressure and dehydration.

Experimental studies show that magnesium deficiency also induces calcium deficiency despite a high intake of calcium and vitamin D. Even intravenous administration of calcium did not improve the induced calcium deficiency until magnesium was supplied as well.

A good supplement form of these ‘bulk minerals’ are ascorbates – the salts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), for example calcium or magnesium ascorbate or ascorbic acid neutralized with eggshell powder, magnesia, dolomite or potassium bicarbonate.

Minerals are not well absorbed from grains, seeds and nuts, except if these are sprouted or fermented. This is especially important for vegetarians. The addition of gelatin or chicken or fish broth to cooked grains improves the absorption of minerals, while cereal fiber (bran) decreases their availability. Where grains and seeds are indicated as good sources of specific minerals in the following compilation, this applies only to sprouted or fermented products.

In case of deficiencies, preferably take mineral supplements with meals containing gelatin (for example, fish, poultry), alternatively with fresh vegetable juice or vegetables salads. Also make sure that you have sufficient gastric acid. Minerals are more easily absorbed as chelates or orotates. Orotates deliver minerals directly into the cells. Take calcium orotate and magnesium orotate separately, because they may react against each other.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

I’ve made list of vitamins and minerals that are destroyed by high sugar intake. Also made a list of deficiency symptoms that include anxiety and nervousness.

Vitamin/Minerals (Factors that inhibit absorption) : Excessive Sugar

Vitamin B (complex), Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid), Niacin (nicotinic acid), Chromium, Choline, Copper, Inositol, Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium.

There is one more aspect of health that is effected by excessive sugar: Candida

Vitamin/Mineral deficiencies

Anxiety: Chromium, Niacin, Magnesium, Phosphorus

Nervousness: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iodine, Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine).

And the common link between sugar and anxiety? B Complex, Niacin, Phosphorus and Potassium. B complex contains the vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5 and B-6. My B-1 and B-6 tested okay and I had three riboflavin (B-2) injections. So that narrows down the list of possibilities.

I’m really not sure about the difference between anxiety and nervousness so I decide to look them up.

Anxiety: distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.

Nervousness: highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.

After looking at the definitions, I’d say that my problem is more linked to nervousness than anxiety.

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Entry for January 07, 2007

From a Magesium Research Group I get a list of factors that contribute to Magnesium loss.

Things that Help the Body Hold onto Magnesium

 

  1. Diet with protien moderate amts-(but too high of a diet of protien will increase wasting )of mag.
  2. Boron 3 mg/daily
  3. Calcium +vit D every 4 hours 500mg-not to exceed 3000mg in 24 hours, may take lower dose of 2000 mg
  4. Copper 1 mg/daily
  5. Taurine 1000 mg with meals, no more than 3000 mg a day, this transports magnesium and potassium into Red Blood Cells.
  6. Vitamin B6 50mg/ TID –needs to be balnced with B2 ,twice as much B2 to B6-also need the complete B-complex taken at same time for absorbtion.
  7. Vitamin E 200iu every 4 hours not to exceed 1000iu in 24 hours, blocks catecholamines and corticosteroids, which cause wasting of both magnesium and potassium.
  8. Zinc 50mg/daily-( any thing over 150mg waste mag)
  9. A spectrum of antioxidants to replenish magnesium stores more easily.

With this new information, I reorganize my vitamins and minerals for tomorrow. I’ll also add a higher dose of Niacin along with and equal dose of niacinamide.

One of the symptoms for a zinc deficiency is white spots on finger nails and I don’t have that. My vitamin E is fine and B6 is normal. So that leaves Copper and Calcium as possible suspects.

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Entry for January 06, 2007

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Today I thought I might try to see what happens if I don’t take any vitamins.

Late morning and my hands and feet are cold. By the afternoon, I have this weird sensation in my left leg. Almost like a twitch but more like a nerve ending kind of feeling. Just before bedtime I start feeling a mild chest pain in the upper right hand side of my chest.

Time for the vitamins…

Just before I go to bed I take 500 mg of magnesium, the multivitamin and 500 mg of pure Niacin. About 30 minutes later, I start to get the flushing. It lasts for almost two hours. It bothered me so much that I had a bath to try and minimize the effect without much success. Then later, I had diarrhea twice and a touch of nausea. Both symptoms of a high Niacin dosage and I’ve had it happen before. I’ll try taking the 100 mg of Niacin and spread them throughout the day.

I hate it when I’m wrong.

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Entry for January 06, 2007

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I start going through the blog to see if I have missed anything. Looking for anything, any clues that I may have overlooked. I come across an entry on April 29th and this is when I first discovered the Niacin deficiency. It mentions about a how a deficiency can cause anxiety and lower the absorption of the A, D and E vitamins. How interesting. It wasn’t until I saw the iridologst a few months later did I discover that I had anxiety and this was before I tried taking vitamins A, D and E to know I had a deficiency.

Another interesting point? Niacin is usually the only vitamin that is not included in a multivitamin. They normally use Niacinamide instead at a very low dosage. I have been taking 150-300 mg of Niacin everyday since last April. Was I taking enough to correct a deficiency?

Niacin
Niacin (nicotinic acid) is another one of the B-complex vitamins that may be linked to neurological damage. Mild niacin deficiency is associated with weakness, tremor, anxiety, depression and irritability.

Niacin helps increase energy through improving food utilization and has been used beneficially for treating fatigue, irritability, and digestive disorders, such as diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion. It may also stimulate extra hydrochloric acid production.

Nicotinic acid also helps reduce blood pressure and, very importantly, acts as an agent to lower serum cholesterol. Treatment with about 2 grams a day of nicotinic acid has produced significant reductions in both blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

In general, niacin deficiency affects every cell, especially in those systems with rapid turnover, such as the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system. Other than photosensitivity, the first signs of niacin deficiency are noted as decreased energy production and problems with maintaining healthy functioning of the skin and intestines. These symptoms include weakness and general fatigue, anorexia, indigestion, and skin eruptions. These can progress to other problems, such as a sore, red tongue, canker sores, nausea, vomiting, tender gums, bad breath, and diarrhea. The neurological symptoms may begin with irritability, insomnia, and headaches and then progress to tremors, extreme anxiety and depression. The skin will worsen, as will the diarrhea and inflammation of the mouth and intestinal tract. There will be a lack of stomach acid production (achlorhydria) and a decrease in fat digestion and, thus, lower availability from food absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, and E.

Found this entry from May 4th, 2006:

Diagnosis and Treatment

Niacin deficiency must be distinguished from other causes of stomatitis, glossitis, diarrhea, and dementia. Diagnosis is easy when the clinical findings include skin and mouth lesions, diarrhea, delirium, and dementia. More often, the condition is less fully developed, and a history of a diet lacking niacin and tryptophan is significant.

Multiple deficiencies of B vitamins and protein often occur together; therefore, a balanced diet is needed. Supplemental niacinamide 300 to 1000 mg/day should be given orally in divided doses. In most cases, 300 to 500 mg is sufficient. Niacinamide is generally used to treat deficiency states, because niacin can cause flushing, itching, burning, or tingling sensations, whereas niacinamide does not; however, niacinamide does not possess hypolipidemic or vasodilating properties as does niacin.

When oral therapy is precluded because of diarrhea or lack of patient cooperation, 100 to 250 mg should be injected sc bid to tid. In encephalopathic states, 1000 mg po plus 100 to 250 mg IM is recommended. Other B-complex vitamins should also be given in therapeutic dosages.

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