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  • Shopping for an Ergonomic Office Chair? Select the Best Possible Chair for Your Needs

    May 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    In addition to an adjustable desk, choosing to buy an ergonomic office chair is one of the best decisions you can make for your health and productivity, if you're one of the many people around the world who work at a desk for several hours each day. Knowing how to choose between the ergonomic desk chairs that are available, however, may be a little less obvious. Today's post will provide some helpful pointers that are meant to simplify your search.

    Why It's Important to Find the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

    When you sit for extended periods of time in the wrong chair, it doesn't take long for small aches and stiffness to evolve into more serious and even permanent injuries. People who sit in poorly designed chairs instead of quality ergonomic desk chairs are more susceptible to circulation problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and the list goes on. Taking the time to find the best ergonomic chair for your specific work needs will pay off in more ways than one both now and in the future.

    What to Look for in a Desk Chair

    Above all else, you want a chair that allows you to adjust its various parts or components. The more you're able to customize your chair to suit your size and shape, the more comfortable and productive the workspace.

    The Height of the Seat: You need to be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor, with your legs bent at a 90̊ angle at the knees.

    The Depth of the Seat: When a chair is too deep, it can restrict circulation in your legs. Ideally, you want to be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front edge of the seat. Some ergonomic desk chairs will allow you to adjust the seat depth by moving the backrest forward or backward.

    Back Support: Back support, and specifically lumbar support, is crucial in a quality desk chair. You should look for a chair with a lumbar support that can be made to fit snuggly into the curve of your back, reducing the opportunity for you to slump forward in your seat.

    Adjustable Recline: Look for a chair that will allow you to adjust the recline on the backrest so that you can shift your weight in the seat for optimal comfort.

    Armrests that Move: It's important that you be able to move the armrests up or down so that no matter the height of your work surface, your arms can be kept at a 90̊ angle and the palms of your hands can rest on the work surface.

    Of course, an ergonomic chair that's paired with a poorly designed desk or table will limit the effectiveness of your workstation. For the best possible work set-up, a carefully selected ergonomic chair paired with an adjustable desk is the way to go.

    Are you ready to discover the benefits of working in the most healthful and comfortable way possible?  Browse the selection of premium ergonomic office furniture in our product line.   

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  • Work Productivity & Health Don't Just Improve When You Stand Rather than Sit - Movement Matters

    May 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    There's a great deal of well-supported research demonstrating how health and work productivity dramatically improve when people spend less time sitting in chairs. Standing desks, like those in our line of premium, ergonomic office furniture, allow users to adjust their workstations, thereby reducing the number of hours they spend seated each day. But the key to better health and improved efficiency isn't just about standing while you work - it's about moving.

    You're probably thinking that it would be nearly impossible for you to incorporate more movement into your day if you work at a computer and are expected to get anything done. In actuality, however, there are several clever ways you can not only limit the amount of time you spend sitting by converting your adjustable office desk to the standing position, but also increase the amount of moving you do, while you work.

    Schedule Time with Your Adjustable Office Desk

    Even those with an adjustable office desk can lose track of time and forget to adjust their desk and change their position. By simply scheduling time to stand, you can incorporate more movement into your day. Some people set alarms on their smart phones or use other helpful devices like the Wellness Switch, which reminds you when to stand and tracks the number of minutes you spend standing. This switch will even tell you how many calories you burned at the end of each day.

    Move When You Stand to Work

    Instead of just standing still while using your adjustable office desk (which can be just as uncomfortable as sitting for long periods of time), take the opportunity to stretch and move your legs. Knee bends, shifting your weight back and forth,  swaying and even rolling your shoulders are all good ways to incorporate a little more movement while you work.

    Pair Standing Desks with 'Active' Seats

    Believe it or not, there are actually chairs and stools available that allow you to easily maintain movement and optimal posture while you sit at your desk. The Saddle Stool from Humanscale, for instance, keeps muscles engaged and active while you're seated. Moving from side to side at your workstation also helps to maintain circulation in your legs and keeps you alert.

    If you're ready to reduce the health risks associated with the way you work and are looking to step up your productivity, start adding more movement to your work day. To begin, equip your workspace with an adjustable office desk that gets you up out of your seat and working from a more comfortable and healthful position. For information on what you'll need for a more active way to work, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.

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  • Shopping for New Office Workstation Furniture? Consider This

    Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    It's in the best interest of every employer to equip their staff with comfortable office workstation furniture. Poorly designed and constructed desks and chairs create uncomfortable working environments and often lead to higher rates of repetitive stress injury and lower work productivity. If your staff can't work comfortably, their health and your bottom line suffer!

    So, if you're looking to revitalize your office's working environment with new furniture, there are some things you should keep in mind. Doing so will ensure that the ergonomic desk chairs and workstations you purchase will provide you with the best possible return on your investment.

     How Will the Furniture be Used? 

    For starters, you need to choose office workstation furniture and/or ergonomic desk chairs that are the right fit for the tasks being performed. Will the people using the workstations and chairs be working on computers and doing a great deal of typing? Will they be doing other work at their desks, as well, such as hand writing notes? Or, will the furniture be part of a specialized workstation, such as in the health care field?

     The Size & Shape of Your Work Environment

     People often start shopping for ergonomic desk chairs and desks or tables without giving any thought to how the furniture will fit in their work space. Before selecting furniture, be sure to measure the size of  your space and to consider the layout of the new and existing furniture. You will also want to take into account the type of equipment that's used at each workstation and the type and location of light sources.

    What Office Workstation Furniture Will You Need?

    Some considerations:

    • Ergonomic desk chairs that allow users to adjust armrests and chair height for optimal comfort
    • Adjustable desks and sit-stand desks, in particular
    • Monitor arms that allow users to adjust the height and angle of the screens, unless you purchase desks with dual surfaces
    • Footrests
    • Adjustable lighting

    Cost Counts

    As with most things in life, the amount of money you spend on the furniture for your workplace will undoubtedly determine your satisfaction. Inexpensive furniture, for instance, is often poorly designed and constructed from inferior materials, which leads to a less comfortable fit, fewer options for adjustability and a shorter lifespan. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of your investment; will paying slightly more in the short-term lead to greater satisfaction in the long-run?

    For information on the range of premium adjustable office furniture available from Biomorph, please get in touch with us: (888) 302-DESK.

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  • Coordinate Your Office Workstation Furniture for Optimal Health & Productivity

    Apr 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    While many people are aware of the dangers of sitting for long periods of time or that poor work posture can lead to injuries, there are still a large number who are failing to use their office workstation furniture correctly or whose furniture is poorly coordinated. It's not enough to simply purchase ergonomic desk chairs or adjustable desks for your staff and to expect a dramatic improvement in work productivity and a decrease in the number of repetitive stress injuries. For optimal health and productivity, all of the various components of a workstation must be used as they were intended, synchronized, and working together to provide the best possible fit.

    Coordinate Your Workstation

     To begin, quality ergonomic desk chairs and workstations are a must if you wish to reduce the risk of negative health effects and poor productivity. In particular, studies have shown that reducing the amount of time you spend sitting each day is of particular importance and that an adjustable, sit-stand desk can dramatically improve comfort and efficiency on all fronts.

    Now the key is to use your office workstation furniture as it was intended:

    A Few Points About Posture:

    • Your upper arms should be parallel to your spine, elbows at a 90̊ angle and hands should be able to rest comfortably on the top of your workstation. Adjust the chair's armrests to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
    • Minimize reaching by sitting as close to your desk as possible
    • Legs should be bent at a 90̊ angle, as well
    • Shift your body to the back of the chair, as sitting on the chair's edge will lead to slouching

    The Height and Depth of Ergonomic Desk Chairs:

    • To minimize swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, adjust your chair so that your feet can be firmly planted on the ground. If this isn't possible, use a stool to bring feet and legs into the proper position - avoid leaving legs and feet to hang.
    • For good circulation, you should be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front of the seat's edge. If you can't, it's likely that your desk chair is too deep.

    Computer Monitor Height:

    • When looking straight ahead, your eyes should focus on the center of your computer screen. A dual-surfaced desk that allows you to adjust the height of your monitor(s) is ideal. If your desk isn't equipped with this feature, however, consider using a monitor arm that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the height of your screen.

    This is really just the beginning in terms of how your office workstation furniture can be put to work to ensure the best possible fit for people of all shapes and sizes. Of course, the quality and design of your office furniture will play a large role in determining its effectiveness, but knowing how to select and use your furniture for optimal health and productivity is also of the utmost importance.

    For help designing the workstation that's best for you or your staff, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.

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  • New York Magazine Article on Good Posture

    Jan 20, 2015 1:19:51 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    The Slouchproof Desk

    Before you hunch over one more email, heed this advice from an acupuncturist, a Feldenkrais practitioner, and six other spine czars.


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    1. “The computer screen should be about an arm’s length away and centered in front of you to avoid neck strain. This is also a good rule of thumb when you’re on your phone for avoiding so-called text neck.” 
    Alan HedgeCornell professor and director of the human factors and ergonomics teaching and research programs

     

    2. “You want to sit at your desk at the center of what we call the ‘circle of power.’ Place everything you need within easy access and comfortable reach. There’s no specific place you need to keep your phone or stapler—having something on the right or left is irrelevant—as long as it’s within that circle.” 
    —Stephen Barlow-Lawson, president of ergonomic-furniture-maker Biomorph

     

    3. “To automatically align yourself, imagine a book on your head. Your chest opens and your shoulders go back. You’ll be able to get more air.” 
    —Rachel Potasznik, certified Feldenkrais practitioner and founder of BetterBodyLab

     

    4. “Pulling in your neck to create a double chin is a good neck stretch. Do a few sets of ten. Women don’t like this one, but I tell them to do it when no one’s looking.” 
    —Kiambu Dickerson, massage therapist and head of New York Orthopedic Massage

     

     

    5. “When tension builds up in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, it blocks the flow of Chi, which is energy that encourages blood flow and organ function. I recommend that people get up every hour from their desk and walk around and do some qigong stretches—shoulder shrugs, shaking the head ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ looking gently from shoulder to shoulder. They work wonders if practiced throughout the day.” 
    Bethel SabinBrooklyn-based acupuncturist

     

    6. “The most common mistake people make in sittingis they rock back on their pelvis, which causes slumping of the low back. The lumbar spine is in flux. I suggest sitting at the end of the chair or putting a pillow behind their back to prevent this.” 
    —Rey Allen, certified Rolfer and owner of Rolfing New York

     

    7. “A simple trick to get back to a neutral body is to take a thick towel, make it as dense as possible, and place it underneath you in the chair. Push the towel a little forward, so your butt hangs off the back edge. Do this for five minutes, then take the towel away, and you’ll be surprised by how much better you feel.” 
    —Kiambu Dickerson

     

    8. “Adjust your chair so you have a right angle at your knees and your feet are flat on the floor.”  
    —Stephen Barlow-Lawson

     

    9. “Going the standing-desk route may decrease the pressure on the discs, but be careful about your shoes: Heels as well as flats can lead to pain. Sneakers are optimal—if Nikes aren’t an option at work, slip into them only while you’re at your desk.” 
    Dr. Kenneth Chapmanassistant clinical professor, NYU Langone Medical Center

     

    10. “Attach a height-adjustable keyboard to your work surface that allows you to tilt the keyboard down and away from you slightly for better wrist posture.” 
    —Alan Hedge

     

    “Yes, sitting on a balance ball is a good way to train oneself to practice good posture,but remember it’s not a magic ball. It doesn’t make it easier to have better posture but serves as a reminder that one needs to actually work harder—that is, to actively engage the core muscles—to achieve a good sitting position.” 
    —Ross Markowitz, exercise specialist at La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine, a hybrid gym and physical-therapy practice

     

    “I tell my clients to trade chairs with someone else in the office once a week. You have to constantly change up the situation.” 
    —Rey Allen

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  • Yoga Can Help to Undo the Damage Caused by Your Desk Job

    Oct 3, 2013 2:13:47 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    When you sit at a desk all day at work, you're risking a great deal more than just a stiff neck or a sore rear end. Reports that emerged in 2012 show that sitting all day can cause the development of chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and even morbid obesity. In order to combat these issues, there are a number of things that you can do, such as working at an ergonomic standing desk and practicing yoga. The movements and stretches that are performed during yoga not only promote greater flexibility, but they can also ease tension and help you to improve the flow of oxygen to the body.

    Yoga Works All Parts of the Body

    While an ergonomic standing desk will help you maintain a greater sense of movement and flexibility during your work day, practicing yoga will help you work out the kinks in your back, neck, and legs that you did pick up during those eight hours at the office. Yoga is a great solution to the problems that are often caused by prolonged sitting, and by doing a number of different positions each night after work, you can work different parts of the body that  may be affected. The arms, legs, hands, hips, and even your wrists and fingers are all involved in a variety of yoga moves, and many of them are simple to perform. You do not have to be an expert to try these moves, but you should be careful and start off slowly.

    Yoga Moves That Combat Prolonged Sitting

    While there are a number of yoga moves that you can do, there are some that are particularly good for your body if you must sit for long periods or if you don't have access to an ergonomic standing desk. Some moves, such as the mountain pose, the fish pose, and the bound angle pose can stretch the back muscles, open up airways that may become cramped from leaning forward over a desk all day, and stretch and open the hips to relieve back and sciatica pain. When you first attempt these moves, don't rush; yoga is all about relaxation and a focus on what your body is doing, not how fast you can achieve it. Some moves, such as slow neck stretches, can even be performed during the day when you take a break in your office.

    Enhancing Your Yoga with Furniture from Biomorph

    Call us today at 888-302-DESK to learn more about how an ergonomic standing desk can be part of a healthy office regimen that includes ergonomic awareness and yoga. We have a large variety of desks, chairs, and other office equipment that will contribute to a healthier work environment so that you feel energized and alert throughout your work day. Our furniture, when combined with healthy lifestyle choices such as yoga, will help you to maintain a healthy mind and body, no matter where you work or what demands you face on a daily basis.

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  • What You Don't Know About Sitting May Shorten Your Life

    Oct 2, 2013 3:52:36 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    Regardless of your occupation, if you sit more than six hours a day, recent studies have shown that this can have a negative impact on your health and even shorten your life. A sedentary lifestyle that includes eight hours or more of sitting for a job greatly increases the chances of developing a number of chronic illnesses, even if you exercise regularly. If your job includes a great deal of sitting, particularly in non-ergonomic chairs, you may be shortening your life without even being aware of it.

    Why Sitting is Unhealthy

    Even if you're an active person, exercise isn't a cure-all when it comes to sitting for long periods during the day without breaks. In fact, if you sit for more than eight hours a day, any exercise that you do won't reverse the effects of the prolonged sitting. There are several reasons for this, but according to a Medical Daily article, one of the biggest reasons is because human bodies are not built to remain in a fixed position for hours on end, particularly if that position impedes blood flow to the legs. Unless you use ergonomic chairs at your workstation, prolonged sitting can cause swelling in the legs and feet, chronic back pain, and even kidney problems.

    Sitting Often Contributes to Chronic Illness

    The studies conducted on prolonged sitting have revealed some shocking facts that may surprise you. For example, if you have a desk job that requires you to sit for hours on end, you run a greater risk of developing chronic illnesses that may shorten your life, such as heart disease, diabetes, nerve damage, and obesity. Ergonomic chairs will help a great deal by allowing you to sit with the optimum comfort and correct posture, but it's also important that you take breaks every hour as well. One of the biggest negative consequences of these chronic illnesses is that once you develop them, they are difficult or even impossible to reverse. Not only can these diseases shorten your life, but they will also cost thousands of dollars in medical treatment as well. To avoid this possibility, ask your employer to provide you with ergonomic chairs and opportunities to take a break from sitting at least once every 45 to 60 minutes.

    Biomorph Can Help

    For ergonomic chairs, desks, and other quality office furniture that can help prevent physical problems that stem from prolonged sitting, come visit Biomorph's showroom in the heart of New York City at 11 Broadway, New York. We have a wide selection of ergonomic office furniture and can help you choose chairs, desks, and other equipment that's tailor made to your own specific needs. If you must sit for your job, you don't have to suffer or risk your health to do so, and our affordable products will help you avoid the health issues that come from poor posture and inferior chairs. Visit us today and discover a way to better health through ergonomics.

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  • Simple Exercises and a Sit-To-Stand Desk Can Reduce the Risk of Illness

    Sep 28, 2013 12:04:49 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    If you sit at your job for a living, then you may have already heard about how prolonged sitting can negatively impact your health. In order to battle the problems that are caused by sitting from six to eight hours a day, which can include diabetes, obesity, and even muscle atrophy, there are several quick and easy exercises that you can do right at your desk to reduce the risk of chronic illness that can shorten your life. These exercises, coupled with using sit and stand desks, can greatly reduce the chances of sitting-related diseases.

    The Magic Carpet Ride

    To strengthen your arms and reduce belly fat, pull your legs and feet up onto your chair and cross your legs. Then, using only the muscles in your arms, push yourself out of the chair slowly while you pull in your stomach muscles. This will work your abs and strengthen your arms at the same time. Hold the position for as long as you can, or up to twenty seconds. Make sure that your chair is stable before you attempt this exercise. If you are using sit and stand desks at your workstation and have been sitting for more than an hour, take a break and do the exercise.

    The Tricep Desk Dip

    This exercise works best with a solid table and isn’t recommended for use with sit and stand desks. Sit on the table or desk with your feet on the floor and your hands braced on the desk on either side of your body. Slowly move your buttocks off the desk and bend at the knees while you keep your feet together. Repeat the bend up to twenty times, and this will strengthen your arms, particularly where muscle tends to weaken. Make sure that your feet are on a secure surface where they won't slip.

    Simple Shoulder Spin

    While sit and stand desks is the best way to ensure that you stay healthy at work, the shoulder spin can maintain and even increase flexibility. While you sit up straight in your chair, reach your left hand behind your back with your palm facing outward. With your right hand, reach down and try and touch your left hand. If you can, touch and hold for up to twenty seconds and then switch hands. This exercise may take some practice, but it can help you to increase the flexibility in your shoulder and arm muscles.

    Biomorph Furniture Solutions

    While all of these exercises can benefit you at your sit down job, sit and stand desks are the best way to avoid the medical issues that can come from prolonged sitting. For the best in ergonomic furniture, including chairs and sit and stand desks, check out our range of products online or give us a call today at 888-302-DESK. Browse our selection 24/7 and talk to one of our expert customer service agents today to discover how Biomorph can help you work in a day-to-day environment that will keep you healthy, happy, and productive.

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  • Research Shows That Sitting at a Desk All Day Can Be Deadly

    Sep 27, 2013 11:59:11 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    If you sit at a desk all day for your job, you may be alarmed to know that studies conducted last year by the University of Sydney and published via The Washington Post show that not only is sitting all day for your job detrimental to your health, but it could actually be deadly. The study showed that people under the age of 45 who sit for their jobs are 15 percent more likely to die from a number of causes, and that this number nearly triples for people over the age of 45. Many companies are becoming more aware of these alarming statistics and are turning to ergonomic furniture to help their employees remain healthy.

    Prolonged Sitting: Myth vs. Fact

    You might believe that sitting at your desk all day isn't bad for you as long as you take regular breaks and exercise every day, but the studies that were done by the University of Sydney show that doing these things didn't affect their statistics. Even those who sit at their desks and don't feel as if they're uncomfortable are still at great risk for joint pain, chronic back pain, and other ailments. Over the course of the study, nearly seven percent of office workers who were being polled died (over a course of four years,) but it is unclear what their risk factors were. Even if you're not overweight and are in good health, the older you get, the higher these risk factors are for you, even if there's nothing physically wrong with you at present. The best solution to the problem is to stop sitting so much, and ergonomic furniture can help.

    What Are the Risks?

    Over 200,000 people were polled for the University of Sydney study, and among the risks that came from prolonged sitting included conditions and illnesses that affect every part of the body. Some of these risks are tied to obesity, which can actually increase the likelihood of other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, and even neurological problems. However, the introduction of ergonomic furniture can help reduce the risk of developing these problems and contribute to longer lives. Some of this furniture includes standing desks, which allow you to work at your station without having to sit all day. When you sit less, you're healthier overall. Ergonomic furniture also comes in a wide variety of styles to suit any body type, so no matter if you're short or tall, you will be able to find a unit that fits you comfortably.

    Discover a Healthier Way to Work

    Whether you work from home or out of an office and sit all day, you can reduce your risk of premature death and a number of deadly illnesses by purchasing ergonomic furniture from Biomorphdesk.com. Call us today at 888-302-DESK, or log onto our website to shop our complete line of computer furniture 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your job shouldn't have to be the death of you, and Biomorph can help you discover a healthier way to work, each and every day.

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  • Regular Exercise Does Not Cancel Out the Risks of Sit-Down Jobs

    Sep 27, 2013 11:53:27 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    If you hit the gym before work every day, that morning workout may not be doing as much for you as you think. According to a recent New York Times article, sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day can actually put you at a greater risk for a number of diseases that can drastically shorten your life, such as diabetes and heart disease. Recently, more and more people have been turning to ergonomic solutions, such as the stand-up desk, to reduce this risk.

    Why Exercise Has Little Impact

    Many people who sit at their jobs probably don't think about the damage that it does to their bodies, particularly if they are otherwise active. However, recent studies show that sitting for long periods of time, particularly at a desk, negates any type of exercise done during the day. This means that if you work out for an hour in the morning, it is not going to benefit your body in the same way if you sit the rest of the day. One way that many people are trying to battle this problem is by using a stand-up desk, which greatly reduces the time spent sitting on the job.

    Other Factors

    There are other factors that also have a canceling-out effect on any kind of exercise you might do during the day when you sit for a living. Whether you sit at a desk in an office instead of using a stand-up desk, work from home and have an ill-fitting chair, or even if you sit on the couch for hours at a time after work, there are other habits associated with sitting that have a poor effect on your overall health. The biggest factor is poor diet because in many cases, people who have desk jobs don't eat right when it comes to breakfast and lunch. They often eat meals on the go, snack more, and eat more fast food. Some people even eat sitting at their desks, and if they eat fatty fast food every day, that 20 minute walk they took that morning isn't going to have any kind of positive affect on their bodies. Another factor that can have a negative impact is sitting posture. Many people do not sit at their desks correctly, which leads to back pain, numbness in the extremities, and other skeletal and joint problems. Buying a stand-up desk can alleviate some of these factors and discourage you from getting too used to sitting at your job all day.

    The Biomorph Solution

    If you would like to make a healthier choice when it comes to ergonomics, then call Biomorph today at 888-302-DESK to order a stand-up desk, ergonomic tables, and other high-quality furniture that can improve both your health and quality of life. Your job shouldn't have to endanger your health, and we can help you discover ergonomic solutions that will have a positive impact on your daily life, no matter how you make a living.

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