A Tape Transcription by Clifford Beckwith
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following is presented for educational and
informational purposes only and in no way
should be construed as giving medical advice.
I narrate this in July, l998, seven and a
half years have passed since I was found to
have stage four prostate cancer. As I learned
later I should have been dead at least seven
years. What follows is an account of things
that were done by me and by many other people
and the results that followed.
accounts that follow are not to be considered
as specific advice, but the information given
may be used by any individual as he or she
sees fit, as is the right of any person.
January 1991 I was diagnosed with Advanced
Prostate Cancer. Bone scans and other tests
indicated no spread so it was decided to operate.
During the operation it was discovered that
the cancer had spread to the Lymph glands
making it stage four. The operation was not
completed as that would not be the answer.
only treatment used was Lupron and Eulexin
to cancel the male hormones. I was told the
male hormone does not cause cancer, but if
cancer is present it is like throwing kerosene
on a fire.
the time of the operation my brother sent
me a book entitled The Cancer Answer by Al
Carter. He is a medical research journalist
and very knowledgeable. He says scientists
can cure cancer. "I know how, and I learned
it from them." It is available from American
Institute of Reboundology, Inc. - 3585 N.
University Ave., Suite 300 Provo, Utah, 84604.
He also has a recent video tape on the immune
system as it relates to Cancer. The book or
tape can be ordered by calling 1 - 888 -464
quoted from another book, "How to fight
Cancer and Win" by Fischer. There are
three chapters on oils describing the work
of Dr. Johanna Budwig in Germany. She is a
Biochemist and blood specialist who has been
treating cancer of all kinds with nothing
but cottage cheese and Flaxseed Oil for over
16 years. She says that people with cancer
have blood that is low in Omega 3 and Omega
6 fatty acids and the blood has a greenish
cast. Flaxseed oil is 56% Omega 3 and 16%
Omega 6. Recently I read that most people
have blood that is 80% deficient in Omega
3. Dr. Budwig has taken patients sometimes
given only hours to live and restored them
had attempted to treat patients with sources
of Omega 3 but had not been consistently successful.
Dr. Budwig's research found that in order
for these fatty acids to be fully available
to the body, they must be tied to a sulfur
based protein; the best source of which is
cottage cheese. Depending on the severity
of the condition she had her patients use
3 to 6 Tbsps. of Flaxseed oil a day, with
at least 4 oz or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
would use at least 1/4 cup cottage cheese
per Tbs. of oil. If 4 or less Tbsps were used
per day and I'd split that up so that I took
them at 4 different times, although there
are no specific guidelines. I have learned
recently that Dr. Budwig recommends that the
oil and the cottage cheese be thoroughly mixed
before eating it. I have realized that an
excellent approach would be to mix however
many Tbsps. Of Flax oil one plans to use each
day in a bowl with at least a half cup of
cottage cheese and some fruit such as crushed
pineapple or frozen strawberries, put it in
the refrigerator and eat a portion of it at
different times during the day. For two and
a half years I put a half cup of cottage cheese
in a bowl, added a Tbsp. Of flaxseed oil,
mixed in some crushed pineapple or frozen
strawberries or honey and took it to school
for lunch. That tasted good. An excellent
method of mixing is with the use of a small
hand held blender. Milk or juice may need
to be added to make the mixture thin enough
so that the little motor may be able to handle
3 months of treatment, the blood would be
bright red, the tumors disappearing and the
amount of oil reduced to 1 Tbs. per day per
hundred lbs. body weight for maintenance.
Yogurt will take the place of cottage cheese
but more of it is needed; actually about three
times as much and if fruited Yogurt is used
it would need to be even more.
oil is increasingly available in health food
stores though it must be kept fresh and cold.
It will keep a year in a freezer, 4 months
in a refrigerator but only 3 weeks at room
in Ferndale WA, 1-800-445-3529, was, I believe,
the first company in the US to process Flax
oil for food and is an excellent source. Another
source is Flora Inc. in Lynden, WA; 1-800-446-2110.
Nature's Distributors in Arizona, 1-800-624-7114,
is also an excellent source. They have other
products also, including "Companion Nutrients"
that are capsules containing dried sulfurated
proteins and enzymes which activate the essential
fatty acids. They guarantee that one capsule
will activate one Tbsp. of oil.
have recently learned that Omega Nutrition
Canada, Inc. 1924 Franklin St. Vancouver.
B. C. V5L 1R2 was the first company to process
Flax oil in the Western Hemisphere. Omega
Nutrition USA Inc. 5373 Guide Meridian, B22
Bellingham WA 98226 is the US outlet. Their
toll free number is 1-800-661-3529.
have a variety of information available on
the value and use of Flaxseed Oil and other
products as do the other companies previously
I began looking for sources of Flaxseed Oil
the sources were quite limited, but, as the
realization of the value of this material
has grown, there are now more companies producing
have been told by one company that, while
they feel their product has somewhat of an
edge, all these oils are good as long as they
are cold pressed, fresh and kept cold. This
cannot be over emphasized I would be skeptical
of any Flaxseed Oil that was kept on a store
shelf at room temperature.
"How to Fight Cancer and Win", an
account is given of a young woman, 35, who
had cancer so advanced she could no longer
eat. She was given enemas of Flax oil and
skim milk. In a short time she was able to
eat and in three months she was home taking
care of her family. The three chapters on
oils are worth the price of the book. Unfortunately,
this book is no longer published.
immediately found a source of the oil and
started. At the time I had no real guidelines
so used 2 tbsps of oil a day for six months.
At the time of the attempted operation my
PSA count was 75. It was six months before
I had the second PSA.
4:45 the following Monday a call came from
the doctor's office and the office girl exclaimed
"Mr. Beckwith! Your count is completely
normal!" It was 0.1 and 0.1 to 0.4 is
normal. From that time until this, October
1996, at 6 month intervals, the count has
ranged from 0.0 to 0.16.
I revise this in July of 2001 I want to say
that the flaxseed oil was not the only thing
that was being done. I was also on Hormone
Blockade which is also very effective for
awhile in lowering the PSA. At the time I
discounted it a lot because we had seen the
PSA brought down with flaxseed oil alone in
a number of cases and when I asked the doctor
if he had expected the counts to go down that
much he said, "No Way!".
have a cousin in California who lost his wife
to cancer a number of years ago. He is militantly
trying to get American doctors to look at
this approach. He's talked to a group in Spain
using an Omega 3 approach that is getting
a 95% cure rate. Nothing in American medicine
approaches that degree of success.
1994 he talked to Dr. Budwig. She said "I
have the answer to cancer, but American doctors
won't listen. They come here and observe my
methods and are impressed. Then they want
to make a special deal so they can take it
home and make a lot of money. I won't do it,
so I'm blackballed in every country."
Dr. Budwig has been nominated for a Nobel
prize 7 times, but her methods have incurred
the wrath of the establishment and she is
passed over. Especially upsetting is her refusal
to use radiation or chemotherapy.
the summer of 1991 we were at a Bible conference
in Northern Ohio. While there a friend told
me that he knew a doctor in Northwest Ohio
who had developed terminal cancer. He took
a nutritional approach and apparently recovered
in 5 months. Now when a patient of his is
diagnosed with cancer, he says "I can
tell you the standard treatments, and I can
tell you what works. Which do you want?"
after I found I had cancer my brother in California
heard of a casual acquaintance who had prostate
cancer and went to see him. He told him of
these alternative approaches and his wife,
who is an RN, practically threw him out. She
said that if there were anything that would
help, the doctors would be doing it and the
only things that do any good are radiation,
operations and Chemotherapy." About 4
months later I asked by brother how the man
was getting along. He said "He died last
of our teacher friends at Washburn had a friend
in Knoxville who's husband was very ill with
cancer. She told her about Flax oil in case
the lady would want her husband to try it.
our friend said the conscientious little soul
asked the doctor and the doctor said, "don't
do that - you might make him sick" I
asked our friend later how her friend's husband's
was getting along and she said "she buried
him last week." One can't get much sicker
we talk about these things there are a number
of reactions. Some would not do ANYTHING that
the that the doctor didn't tell them to do
Some are very eager -How soon can I start?
Can I get it tonight? In my case, I felt what
in the world do I have to lose; it is a food,
not a drug, and there are no side effects.
have heard that in rare cases Flax oil can
cause a slight rash. In those cases starting
with a smaller amount will usually eliminate
the problem. In cases of allergic reactions
to dairy products, soft Tofu will work fairly
well in the place of cottage cheese.
the vast majority of cases we've known about
there has been apparent recovery. Where it
has not been successful those with cancer
have not used enough in the first place, or
switched to Flax flakes or capsules
scare me. In the first place, it takes a number
capsules to make a Tbsp. and the sulfur based
proteins are still needed. Also, bottles of
capsules are likely to sit around on shelves
at room temperature. I knew of one man who
was quite badly off and began using the liquid
oil and began making dramatic improvement.
About a year later I learned that he had died.
I later learned that he had switched to capsules.
after I found out I had trouble we learned
that a friend of ours had been having trouble
since 1987. He'd been to the doctors; they
had done various operations and tried different
treatments but he didn't seem to be getting
day my wife and I visited him and talked about
the oil. He decided to use it and began using
it 2 tbsps a day [Now e know that probably
was not enough quite]. The doctor said his
bladder had crystallized and lost its elasticity.
He couldn't stay out of the bathroom 15 minutes.
He couldn't go to church or carry on other
normal activities. The doctor said it was
a condition he'd just have to live with. One
day he went to the doctors for a physical
and he told his wife that if he didn't get
a good report he was going to quit using that
oil. The doctor examined him and said, "Mr.
C, you've had cancer in your bladder and it's
gone. The bladder is elastic again and everything
is back to normal..
December 1993 we were having a tree cut and
the contractor and I were discussing the oil
His assistant said, "I've heard of that.
I knew a man out west who found out he had
colon cancer. He didn't let the oncologist
do anything. He just used Flax oil and cottage
cheese and the tumors disappeared."
at Washburn as a counselor I knew the head
cook had left because of cancer. I was visiting
the school on records day in May 1993 and
Nancy, Maxine's sister in law said, "
do you know if Maxine has ever heard about
called and Maxine hadn't heard of it. We visited
her the next day and she wasn't able to do
anything but lie around and hurt. She had
had cancer in one place and had been treated
with chemo and radiation. The next year it
appeared in her back and was again treated
and it disappeared. Now it had reappeared
in her head. She had 18 shots of radiation
and the doctor wanted to do the 19th but she
said the 18th almost killed her and she refused
decided to try the oil but didn't like it
and didn't use it a lot. However, the cancer
didn't get worse. When I told her about the
man with colon cancer she said, "I'd
better get with it and began to use it more
heavily." Later when we talked with her
she said she was feeling good and the counts
were within a normal range. In march of 1994
her doctor moved out of town and her new doctor
examined her and went over her records and
said, "Maxine, this is a miracle! With
all you've been through there is no way you
should still be alive!"
April 1995 Maxine called and was exceedingly
cheerful. She'd just had a complete physical
and her blood work was excellent. They had
done an MRI on her head and everything was
clear, and she was praising the Lord!
summer 1996, we heard that Maxine had stopped
using the oil. She had another routine checkup
and the counts were well above normal. For
her condition, 35 or below is normal. She
immediately began to use the oil again and
the count was soon back down to 5. It seems
the continuous use of Omega 3 is necessary
to keep the body in shape to eliminate cancer
cells. As I write this on Jan 10 1998 Maxine
is doing fine. As this is revised in July
of 2001 She is still doing fine. In 1993 her
faint hope was that she could see a couple
of grandchildren graduate from high school.
That has happened and she is doing very well.
the summer of 1991 we received a call from
a man in Morristown who had prostate cancer.
His PSA was 38. He started to use the oil
but we didn't hear much more for some time.
One day he called and said," My PSA is
down to 1.5. Do you think I need to worry
about this anymore?" In Sept. 1996 he
called and is still making it in good shape.
He was on no other treatment. He since passed
away with emphysema.
Feb. 1994 we were working in Maynardville
and talking about Flax oil. One man expressed
the wish that his Dad could hear about it.
We sent information and the daughter-in-law,
an RN., got the books. The father had prostate
cancer, Soon the whole family was using the
oil. The last time I talked to them the daughter-in-law
told me, "Dad's doing fine. He's doing
the same things he always did." I just
heard he's still cancer free and enjoying
friend of ours in Bristol, TN has an uncle,
72, who was badly off with prostate cancer
and preparing to die. He owned some service
stations and was at the point where he was
deciding who was going to get what and felt
he didn't have long to go. He got the information
and began using the oil. We didn't hear for
some time, but one day I saw his brother-in-law
and he said, "Oh, he's doing great! He's
going to meetings and there's no more thought
of dying. He's telling everyone about the
value of Flax oil.
a Christmas letter, Dec. 1993, we heard that
a friend of ours in Wooster, Ohio, was having
a bout with ovarian cancer. The blood test
for that condition is GAC 125 and the normal
is 35 or below. Her count was 75. Later I
learned she'd visited my sister in September
and was very apprehensive. She'd had about
4 rounds of chemo and couldn't take that.
We sent information about Flaxseed oil in
our Christmas letter.
is an RN and she and her husband had been
missionaries in Sri Lanka. They bought the
books and started using Flax oil. In February
she was feeling fine. On May 12, 94, she had
a checkup and the count was 2 and she was
praising the Lord. In October 94 she had another
physical and now the count was 1. Since then
there's been no further indication of cancer.
reading from Dr. Budwig, we've learned that
one of the major problems with our diet is
the use of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated
oils. That is the removal of electrons so
the product will keep and not get rancid on
the shelves. I've heard since that the worst
food one can eat is margarine and that it
is only one electron per molecule away from
plastic. Not only do these foods have no real
value but a burden is placed on the immune
system to get rid of the material. For this
reason I bake my own bread so I can use lard
and we don't stint on the butter. I even hate
to eat in restaurants because of the use of
physicals done in 1994 the doctor said that
my bloodwork was excellent and Mary Anna's
was the best he'd seen so far in her case.
As I record this in October 1996 all physicals
since then have shown the same result. Though
as of July, 2001 I still have some cancer
activity, I am in no danger. A body scan and
other tests done in November were all normal.
I quit the Lupron and Eulexin in October of
1995. For a man diagnosed with advaanced,
semi aggressive, prostate cancer to be alive
in ten years with all tests normal is not
July 1994, we got a call from a lady in Jefferson
City, TN. Her husband Roy had been found to
have cancer all through his body. It was so
extensive that no treatment was being attempted
except for 5 shots of radiation in his right
knee that were done in an attempt to reduce
some pain. It hadn't worked and there were
to be no more attempts. He began to use the
Flax oil rather heavily; I'm not sure of exact
called his wife in September and she said
they couldn't tell anything as yet as his
condition was so massive. I called the day
after Christmas and she said Roy had died
on October 19. He'd gone in for a check up
and it was found the tumors had all disappeared
except the ones in his lower back and right
leg. Now the oncologists felt he was going
to make it but convinced him that if they
didn't give him a massive shot of chemotherapy,
he might loose his right leg.
gave the shot and it apparently killed him.
He didn't even make it out of the parking
lot. His wife never met the oncologist at
the University of Tennessee Hospital who gave
him the shot, nor could she find him afterward.
She had a hard time finding someone at UT
who would sign the death certificate so she
could get the insurance and have things settled.
doctors knew the tumors were shrinking during
the time they were doing nothing. I wonder
if they just couldn't admit that anything
other than standard treatment could be effective.
As Roy's wife told me about this she cried
and said," If only they had let him alone."
Only the fact that Roy knew the Lord somewhat
eased the feelings she felt for UT. Today
she wishes she'd had an autopsy but at those
times it's hard to think straight.
I'm puzzled at the refusal of American Medicine
to seriously investigate these methods that
seem to have success. We hear blurbs on TV
about some new procedure that seems to promise
help down the road; one thought it might help
one percent. I'm sure the oncology industry,
with total income next to the energy companies,
would like to find a cure for cancer, but
only if it would require thousands and thousands
of dollars in drugs and the services of at
least two specialists.
Carter says that the only real defense against
cancer is the immune system. Everyone gets
cancer every day but if the immune system
is where it should be those cancer cells are
eliminated and we never know it. He says that
once a person has developed cancer, even though
treatments get it into remission, it will
recur again unless the body conditions that
allowed it to develop in the first place are
corrected. One of the properties of Flax oil
seems to be a strengthening of the immune
system. It seems important to use enough oil
at first to get the immune system deficiencies
repaired. In rare cases, the liver may not
handle oil well. In these cases, start with
small amounts and gradually increase it.
Christmas a former shipmate sent me a newspaper
clipping. It was a question written to the
veterinary column. The question was "I
have a pet squirrel that is losing its hair.
Is there anything I can do?" The answer
was, "Feed it Flax oil; it will build
its immune system and it won't lose its hair."
August 1, 1995, a friend of my son's told
me his sister, who had majored in cytology
at a Wisconsin college, told him that during
her class work she had studied cells from
the bodies of people who had used Flax oil
and those cells were covered with a fatty,
protective covering that didn't allow the
cells to be invaded and they were healthy.
Then she studied cells from the bodies of
people with cancer and those cells had either
no covering at all or it was very thin. The
difference was so pronounced that she began
using Flax oil herself right away.
this point the essential information has been
given. The rest of this tape is an account
of various situations and what has happened,
both good and bad.
I first developed cancer, there was a young
man in our community who had an advanced case
of colon cancer. He'd had quite a lot of chemo
and radiation and in a few weeks was scheduled
for a colostomy. He decided he wanted to try
this material, and did, for a short time.
surgeons told him that if he got along well
they could reverse the colostomy and I'm sure
they told him that what we were doing was
foolishness. Later I learned that the colostomy
could not be reversed. As far as I know there
is no active cancer, but his life style has
certainly been changed.
husband of a woman in our Sunday School class
had known something was wrong for three years
but wouldn't go to the doctor to confirm it.
Finally he was diagnosed with very advanced
colon cancer. We visited the family in the
hospital one day when he was not expected
to live through the night. However, he did
get home and began to use Flax oil, but not
a lot. He did not like cottage cheese. One
day the oncologist asked him to come in for
a check up to see how much the tumors were
growing. They were not growing, there was
no pain, and he had a good appetite. He felt
good enough to work on a fence and drive his
pick-up a little. He quit using even what
little oil he did use because he didn't like
cottage cheese and two years later he died
from colon cancer.
early summer of 1994 I heard from a lady in
my hometown. She had breast cancer, a tumor
the size of a baseball, but a nurse friend
who works in oncology, told her that it was
slow growing and that if she started then
at age 72 with standard treatment she'd be
miserable the rest of her life. She got a
bottle of oil and used it. She told me that
after one bottle the pain was gone. However
the next bottle she got was rancid and she
was told that that could hurt her. Consequently
she didn't use it anymore. A few months ago
she got fresh oil and began using it again.
Recently we were in the area. The lady is
74 now. I couldn't contact her as she wasn't
home, but I know she was working in her flower
garden and I heard that she was doing well.
I do know that she was not at death's door.
Today, at 78, she is still making it, but
has not stayed with the flax oil and may not
make it much longer. She feels that the flax
oil she did use is the reason she is still
before Christmas 1994 we heard of another
lady in Massachusetts, a relative of a friend
in Ohio, who had had exploratory surgery and
was found to have breast cancer, one large
and one small lump. After one round of chemo
she heard of Flax oil and decided to try it.
By the time the second round of chemo was
due the small lump had disappeared and the
large one was reduced by half. She declined
further chemo and soon the larger lump had
gone as well.
member of the same family, a woman I had known
as a beginning teacher when she was a senior
in high school, was found to have breast cancer;
one large lump. She used Flax oil and it was
gone in three weeks.
up the road from us lives a lady who is president
of Kingswood School and we have known Miss
Mary for many years. In July of 1994 we heard
she had colon cancer and went to see her.
Part of the colon was removed and she was
undergoing chemo. All she could do was sit
and hurt. She'd decided against more chemo
as it was just too miserable and decided to
try Flax oil. Later she told me, "When
you walked in the door I expected to see an
emaciated old man. You looked wonderful and
that was enough for me."
later she told me she'd told her family doctor
what she was doing and he said, "That
won't help you any but it won't hurt you".
Then she told her oncologist and he said "that
won't do any good", then he examined
her and said, "That last round of chemo
must have been just right. It's killed the
cancer". Shortly after that we received
a call from a lady at Kingswood School and
she said "What's that stuff Miss Mary
is taking that she heard about from you folks?
She's doing everything she always did."
beekeepers and a friend of ours, a retired
serviceman, has had a bout with prostate cancer.
He was treated at the Mayo Clinic and I believe
operated on. The PSA was still rising, around
7.0. He started to use Flax oil and soon the
PSA was 1.5. He's doing fine and really tickled.
few years ago my brother in California had
a physical. Cancer was found through the spine,
into his skull and in the bladder and one
kidney. The prostate was greatly enlarged
and the PSA was 785. The cancer had progressed
to where he was unable to eat and weight dropped
from 195 lbs. to 150 lbs.
improved to the point that he could eat and
began using Flax oil as it should be used.
Before long the PSA had dropped to 8, his
weight had gone back to 185 and he was again
working. An herbalist friend told him he could
get his own flax seed and boil them to get
the oil and it would be cheaper. He did not
realize that heat destroys Omega 3. The doctors
had given him Stillbesterol as a hormone blocker.
He'd quit that because of the side effects.
So he was, in effect, doing nothing.
heard about Laetrile being used for cancer.
It is present in apricot seeds that are sold
by the pound in California. Roger ate apricot
seeds as if there would be no apricot seeds
tomorrow. Apricot seeds also contain cyanide
and he didn't let up until he had definite
symptoms of cyanide poisoning. He passed away
in October but at least some of the tumors
had disappeared. I'm wondering today if he
didn't contribute to his own passing by over
doing it on apricot seeds and not using Flax
early summer of 1994, Tom, a former teacher
and friend, called us to refresh his memory
on what we'd been using for cancer. He'd suddenly
found himself unable to swallow freely and
was diagnosed with cancer all through the
esophagus with heavy involvement in the stomach
area and elsewhere.
been put on chemo but couldn't take that and
came home. He was told he wouldn't make it
for more than two to four months. He began
using flax oil and cottage cheese to the extent
he could get it down and didn't seem to be
getting any worse. He used no other treatment.
His problem was he couldn't get enough food
down to maintain weight. A year later a feeding
tube was placed directly into his stomach.
I don't know what happened those last months
or whether he stayed on the Flax oil. The
doctors would probably have discouraged it.
He passed away in late summer, 1966, about
18 to 20 months later than the time originally
thought possible with standard treatment.
1994, through another cousin, I became reacquainted
with my cousin Emily whom I had not seen since
1942. Her husband Bill had had colon cancer
for at least two years. Part of the colon
was removed and he'd had a lot of chemo and
perhaps radiation. At the time we were reacquainted,
Bill's liver had become heavily involved.
and Emily were studying and using nutritional
approaches and Bill began to use Flaxseed
oil and began to show improvement. He developed
a fever and Emily became alarmed and called
the doctor. He scolded Emily for not calling
him sooner and put Bill back in the hospital.
Emily tried to smuggle Flaxseed oil and cottage
cheese in to Bill and succeeded for a while
but the doctor caught her and wouldn't let
her do it anymore.
stayed in the hospital for several months
and went downhill. Finally he was sent home
to die and was put under hospice care. Now
Emily could use the oil and try to get Bill
well. She ran into a lot of opposition from
the medical workers. Once the nurse put her
arm around Emily and said, "Emily, you've
got to prepare yourself, you know Bill's going
to die," and again, "can he still
eat? Is he constipated yet? You know he will
day Bill had a bad day and didn't get out
of bed. The nurse said, "He'll never
get up again." The next morning Bill
was downstairs having a good breakfast. Perhaps
the worst problem was the insistence on trying
to keep Bill sedated. Emily would say, "But
Bill isn't in pain."
but you know he will be, and we want to keep
him comfortable." Then the hospice workers
would tell the doctors that Emily was uncooperative
and she would be scolded.
have no doubt the medical people had Bill's
best interests at heart as they saw it. By
now Bill was addicted to drugs and he let
them be given. Soon he could no longer function
and died. The real conflict the last months
was between those who insisted Bill had to
die because of standard expectations with
standard treatment and those who thought he
had a chance to recover.
who were giving standard treatment made it
impossible for the alternative methods to
have a chance. Of course, it seems to me that
every death from cancer is evidence of the
failure of standard treatments, at least as
far as a final cure is concerned.
those who have apparently recovered that we
know of, a significant percentage were given
up for standard treatment. Others abandoned
chemo and radiation or never had it in the
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