Welcome Olga Klein!

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With delight I introduce you to Olga Klein, Colon Hydrotherapist and Wellness Coach, who is joining me to offer more hours and days of availability. She will be in the office Thursday through Saturday. Not only is Olga scheduling clients for Colon Hydrotherapy, but also for Wellness Coaching. What a wonderful blend of knowledge!

Olga recently completed her Advanced Level Colon Hydrotherapy Certification through I-ACT with me as her Instructor. We first met over 10 years ago when Olga, working in a stressful corporate environment, developed constipation, digestive imbalance, and intense migraines. After the initial 3 sessions, Olga noticed that her migraines began to disappear, and her digestive function began to improve. Furthermore, she became better able to manage her stress as she experienced the connection between her emotional/physical well-being and her gut health. “That experience showed me how important it is to keep our colons clean.”

Olga became a Colon Hydrotherapist in 2011 and worked with me in Glastonbury for a while. She became aware of how most people don’t pay proper attention to their food choices, resulting in constipation. This led her to become a Health Coach as well as a Traditional Chinese Herbalist. Olga has a thirst for learning and has taken over 1000 hours of workshops and trainings – including raw food, paleo diet, and living gluten free.

 

Are you ready for a deal?!

As a special introductory deal, Olga is offering Colon Hydrotherapy to you through December at $90 a session. Her normal rate is $110 for one session or $290 for a series of 3. To schedule an appointment with Olga, please give me a call or text at 860.287.4558 or e-mail me at connie@cleanmycolon.com.

Olga brings in some of her favorite recipes for me to try. Here is her favorite beet salad recipe.

 

Colon Cleansing Salad

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Did you know that root vegetables – such as carrots, beets and artichokes – are good for colon health? In the fall, nature moves nutrients from green tops into the ground to save them from frost for the next season. These roots are superfoods packed with nutrients. They give us beneficial fiber and taste great. Here’s my favorite recipe for a colon cleaning salad.

First, shred the following raw vegetables: 1 small red beet, 1 small or medium carrot, 1 green organic apple, 4 Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes).

Chop up 1 bunch of watercress and combine with 1-2 tablespoons of any sprout. Add at least 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, a pinch of Himalayan salt (optional) with 1 tablespoon of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend. Mix all of the ingredients.

If the raw version is not for you, sauté all of the veggies, except for the sprouts and watercress. Add 3 tablespoons of water and simmer for 4-6 min in the frying pan. Sprinkle on the 1 tablespoon of oil as well as 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice. Top with the fresh bean sprouts and watercress and enjoy! My clients say: “The taste is great; I love it and it works!”.

 

Check out the ingredient’s benefits

Beets decrease inflammation, help the liver release bile, lubricate the intestines, and stimulate natural peristalsis of the digestive tract. In Siberian folklore, beets are called “sweepers”, because they rid the body of toxins. One client said to me: “Your beet salad saved my life! I was so constipated after taking medication. Then I remembered your words about beets and it helped. Since then I eat them whenever I want to detox.”

Carrots are another treasure full of vitamins. They build immunity and stimulate the digestive system and the liver. They also improve the cardio-vascular system, lungs, and even the function of the eyes.

Jerusalem artichokes are an excellent source of potassium and contain inulin, a prebiotic, which helps to colonize beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. If you have never had artichokes, just peel and eat. They are very tasty. Due to their low glycemic index, artichokes are a healthy food choice for type 2 Diabetics.

Watercress was one of Hippocrates favorite herbs, packed with vitamins C and K. He built his hospital by a river where there was a bounty of this blood cleansing and anti-inflammatory herb.

 

To schedule an appointment with Olga or me please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 with your questions or to make an appointment.


It’s Time for Change!

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Entering my 39th year as a Colon Hydrotherapist, I am finally beginning to slow down. It has been a great journey! Now I am focusing more on what matters in my eldering years: returning to my love of art, taking long walks with my dog, spending as much time as possible with my husband Paul, and deepening my connection to Self and Soul. I’m becoming more selfish and taking better care of myself, just as I have encouraged you to do throughout the years.

Colon Hydrotherapy continues to be one of my favorite ways for self-care. I was first introduced to this amazing therapy back in the 1970’s. I had moved to New York City to study art, yet found myself tangled up in the insanity of the place. Simply put, Colon Hydrotherapy saved my life by giving me a fresh start, a way to heal from unhealthy patterns.

Little did I know back in 1976 that I would become a pioneer in the field! I received my initial training in Boston, where I had a thriving practice for 24 years. I not only founded one of the first professional associations in the field, but also the New England School of Colon Hydrotherapy. A passion of mine has been to legitimize and legalize this work. Having sought to advance Colon Hydrotherapy in Massachusetts, my latest effort was helping to get a bill passed in Connecticut which allows us to practice freely under a Naturopath’s supervision. It’s hard to believe that I have been practicing in Connecticut for 14 years!

So, what does slowing down look like for me?

  • I have reduced my hours of availability: Monday and Wednesday 10 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM., and the third Saturday of each month 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • My rates have increased slightly to $130 a session or $345 for a series of 3.
  • I plan to retire by my 70th birthday in the Spring of 2019. I encourage you to take the opportunity to see me while you can! How long has it been since I last saw you?

Another Colon Hydrotherapist is on the way! Olga Yurash Klein, who is currently completing her Advanced Training with me, will soon be available to see you in my office, not only for Colon Hydrotherapy but also Wellness Coaching. You may remember her from the Glastonbury office.

I thank you for trusting me throughout the years as your Colon Hydrotherapist, my favorite vehicle for accessing folks on a deeper level. I am grateful to have met so many amazing people along the way.

I hope to see you again! Please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 to make an appointment.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system.


Come Explore my New Resource Page!

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Have you visited my website cleanmycolon.com lately? Check it out! With the help of Bobbi and Heather, I have created a new Resources Page with LOTS of relevant information about colon hydrotherapy:

 

Organizations

These are the certifying agencies for Colon Hydrotherapy. They offer a wealth of information about my profession. I am primarily affiliated with I-ACT and NBCHT.

 

Articles

We have included only a few of the scientific papers written validating the safety and beneficial effects of colon hydrotherapy. My profession has been misunderstood and misrepresented for years. Perhaps because we deal with a part of the body most folks are embarrassed to discuss? I hope you’ll share these myth-busting reports with any doubting friends and practitioners.

 

Books

I have listed a few categories: gut bacteria, detox and cleansing programs, colon health and hydrotherapy.

You’ll notice an increased interest in the connection between the gut and the brain. Science is finally catching up to my experience! I have observed the positive effects for 40 years. Folks usually report feeling calmer, clearer, focused, and more balanced after a session.

If you’re looking for books about detoxing or jump-starting your diet to support improved gut health, check out some of the cleansing programs listed. The colon health and hydrotherapy section offers a number of authors and books you may not have heard about but they are rich with information.

The concept of internal cleansing with water is not new. I added the last category of old books to give you an idea about the earlier thinking and devices invented from the 1900’s. Just looking at the pictures is a hoot!

 

Websites

These are only a few of the numerous sites that cover related topics.

 

 Individuals

These are some of the professionals with whom I work. My husband, Paul (with whom I offer workshops), talks more about the mind-body-soul connection on his website.

 

Films and Videos

Those listed here are only the beginning. There are new films and videos coming out every day with pertinent perspectives.

 

I hope that you will educate yourself and enjoy the increasing awareness about the value of my offering. The body’s ability to heal with water is so simple and profound at the same time!

Please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 with your questions or to make an appointment.


“Health Food” Isn’t Always Good for You

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Information about food and its nutritional value is not always accurate. Health food fads and trends can burst into popularity without accompanying facts about the pros and cons of eating that food. It’s important that we know the facts, because what’s labeled as a health food by pop culture isn’t always good for us. Developing the habit of reading labels can assist you in making wise food choices.

A good example of this is kombucha. This beverage, made by fermenting tea, became a health food fad in Western Culture two decades ago. It is touted as an abundant source of probiotics, given the live bacteria it contains. However, it is the fermentation process and resulting bacteria that also make it potentially unsafe to consume.

Home-brewed Kombucha must be made and fermented in a carefully sterilized environment to assure the drink doesn’t contain bacteria harmful to the human digestive system. Kombucha brewed both at home and commercially can also contain high amounts of sugar, alcohol, heavy metals and candida yeast. For these reasons Kombucha might be the health food fad you decide to skip. I love the taste and way I feel after drinking kombucha, so this information is disappointing to me!

Another fermented product often made at home is yogurt. It also requires a sterile environment in order to protect it from the growth of harmful bacteria. Commercially prepared yogurt, while typically safe from contamination, is often full of sugar, thickeners and preservatives. I was first introduced to REAL homemade yogurt, made from sheep’s milk, in Greece back in 1972 and have never found an equivalent quality since.

Many of us may know that tuna fish contains levels of mercury so high that pregnant women are cautioned to avoid it. But did you know that brown rice often contains arsenic? For this reason, you should limit servings of this grain. Also, watch out for brown rice syrup that is often used to sweeten “health foods” like granola and protein bars. An exception is Lundberg Rice – a sustainable, eco-friendly, organic farmer of high quality, safe rice products.

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Other foods, commonly touted as healthy, have naturally occurring nutrients that can become toxic if consumed at even moderate levels. For example, swiss chard and beets contain oxaylates, a healthy prebiotic. However, consuming a high level of oxaylates can cause kidney stones. Brazil nuts contain a powerful amount of selenium, a nutrient that fights infection in our bodies. But a single ounce of brazil nuts contains 777% of our body’s daily need for selenium. Such an “overdose” of this nutrient can cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems, even heart attacks.

While we want to feed our bodies food that nourishes us and promotes health, it is important that we choose that food based upon accurate, research backed information. Before jumping on the bandwagon with the latest health food trend do some reading, including the labels on your food, or ask your medical professional. That extra step could save you from becoming ill due to a food that you thought would make you well.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Three Great Books to Learn About Gut Health

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There has been an influx of research documenting the importance of having a balanced and healthy gut microbiome – the collection of bacteria that live within your intestinal system. This new research shows that it important to have more healthy than unhealthy bacteria.  Also, we need a wide variety of good bacteria.

Not only does a balanced gut microbiome promote digestive health, but it also impacts brain, mental, and physical health. Understanding your gut and how it works is more important than ever.

We’ve assembled a sampling of outstanding books about gut health to help educate you:

 

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristin Loberg

Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, considered one of the pre-eminent experts on the connection between the brain, nutrition and gut health. In Brain Maker he details the amazing link between the bacteria in your gut and the health of your brain. Then he offers dietary recommendations and a six-step process of daily changes that can both improve your gut’s bacterial microbiome and your brain health.

You can read more about Brain Maker on Dr. Perlmutter’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss by Raphael Kellman, MD

Dr. Kellman, an integrative medicine specialist, has spent two decades developing expertise in the interconnection of disease and the gut microbiome. Utilizing the newest scientific research, his book lays out a diet which not only heals gut health issues but resets your metabolism and supports overall health. The diet focuses on resetting your gut microbiome, maintaining a preponderance of good bacteria and eating foods that nourish those bacteria.

You can read more about this book on Dr. Kellman’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders

Ms. Enders book is an in-depth exploration of our gut, its function and its role in our overall health. With a sense of humor and easy-to-understand language, she details how our digestive system works, how it impacts the rest of our bodily functions and why we should maintain good gut health. She also answers basic questions like “What is acid reflux?”

If you read German you can check out Giulia Ender’s website. If English is your language of choice you can read about the book on Amazon.

 

If you would like a more extensive list of books about gut health please go to my Resources Page (available on June 1st) at Cleanmycolon.com.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Defining the Colon and It’s Function

The colon, or the large intestine, is a tubular organ approximately 5 – 6 feet long and 2 – 3 inches in diameter. It connects to the small intestine and then forms something of an upside down horseshoe inside the abdomen: the ascending colon runs up the right side of the abdomen, the transverse colon runs across the top of the abdomen, the descending colon runs down the left of abdomen and then the sigmoid colon attaches to the rectum.

Although most absorption of beneficial elements of the food we eat occurs in the small intestine, the large intestine absorbs some minerals, nutrients and excess water from the digested residue of what we have eaten. The process of digestion starts in the mouth. Saliva reacts to food as it moves down to the stomach where it is broken down into chyme and liquified. The chyme is moved through the small intestine and into the colon by a process called peristalsis or mass muscular movements. These are initiated by the nerve supply to the colon. Toxins and waste materials are then discharged through the rectum and anus. The process of digestion and elimination normally takes between 12 and 24 hours.

Millions of bacteria are contained in the lining of the colon. Some of them are helpful and some of them are destructive. The job of the healthy bacteria is to help break down and harvest nutrients from food, to metabolize food, and to create vitamins, enzymes and necessary acids. They also play a role in fighting off infection and dangerous pathogens that find their way into our digestive system. An overabundance of unhealthy bacteria can lead to our feeling fatigued, having digestive problems and a low resistance to illness.

A large percentage of our immune system resides in the large intestine. The gut connects with more immune system cells than any other part of the body. It also has a specialized set of immune cells whose job is to release lymphocyte cells that attack disease and illness.

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New research has found that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric-Acid), all of which play a key role in mood. Our gut produces 95% of serotonin, a vital mood regulating neurochemical. Our gut can “talk” to the brain directly with the serotonin, creating a significant and vital pathway to the brain, impacting our emotional well-being and mental health.

To ensure a healthy colon we need sufficient water, good nerve tone, the proper biochemical nutrients and intestinal flora. We can then experience a feeling of well-being because we are assimilating and eliminating properly.

 

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Colon Hydrotherapy: The Alternative Choice For Colonoscopy Preparation

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Like most people, we at Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy know that every adult over 50 should get a colonoscopy, also known as a colon cancer screening test. Gastroenterologists suggest that we are more prone to colon issues as we age and recommend this as an effective diagnostic procedure. Besides early detection of diseases, a colonoscopy can be used preventatively, with the ability of the performing doctor to remove polyps right on the spot.

Traditionally, those getting this type of screening would have to fast for 24 hours, and drink a gallon of liquid laxatives the night before going into the clinic. However, some folks are not able to stomach the laxatives or complain of a sleepless night due to frequent visits to the bathroom. In addition, employees going in for a screening often have to lose a day of work to prepare.

Fortunately, there is now a complementary method to prepare for a colonoscopy, and that method is colon hydrotherapy. Please see the attached video with groundbreaking news about its use from Danbury Hospital where this colonoscopy prep has been recommended and performed for a few years now.

This procedure involves gentle infusions of warm water into the rectum and large intestine that’s meant to irrigate and clean these areas. The procedure is performed in a soothing environment by a trained practitioner. Colon hydrotherapy has been shown to be just as effective as the traditional methods of preparation, and has the added benefit of being minimally invasive. It can also be used in addition to the prescribed prep as a way to be more thorough and avoid the all-night bathroom visits.

A practitioner of holistic colonic irrigation since 1980, there is no one in Connecticut that’s better at performing this procedure than Constance Jones. Using a special, FDA-registered device, she takes a gentle, nurturing approach to the work, consistently working with great care and compassion. To learn more about colon hydrotherapy or to schedule an appointment now text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Water as a Healing Element in Colon Hydrotherapy

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Colon Hydrotherapy – often called colonic irrigation or colon cleansing – is a procedure in which the rectum and large intestine are cleansed using safe, gentle infusions of warm water. It is a procedure that has a long history, as Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester is well-aware of.

The notion of there being value to the internal water cleansing of the colon has been widely accepted since ancient times, with references initially found in Egyptian texts. Water as a healing element in both eastern and western medical traditions has continued to be practiced in various ways throughout the centuries. Medical science recognizes that much of our body’s tremendous healing ability depends on water. Water’s healing potential is still available today as part of an alternative approach to well being through Colon Hydrotherapy.

Nonetheless, despite the fact that numerous studies have shown no adverse effects of this procedure, and that earlier studies dismissing its effectiveness are based on flawed designs or lack statistical significance, it is still largely ignored or misunderstood by most of the traditional medical establishment. Perhaps because we consider this a taboo subject in our culture, or simply that we have not had the funds to conduct research studies in the US.

Increasingly, though, the tide is turning when it comes to Colon Hydrotherapy. A recent study conducted in Japan’s Yoko Clinic showed not only that this procedure has no adverse side-effects, but also that doctors there are exploring how to incorporate colonics into their protocols for a variety of ailments.

Although we Colon Hydrotherapists cannot make such claims, the naturopaths with whom we affiliate do. One Connecticut naturopath said this: “Many people can benefit from a gentle colon cleansing. The increase in the chemical and metal toxins introduced into our environment in the last fifty years has contributed to a dramatic increase in the incidence of auto-immune diseases. In an attempt to detoxify, our bowels, kidneys and liver are being overloaded. In addition, the over-processed Standard American Diet (SAD) is severely lacking in fiber and high in saturated fats. As a result, our eliminative channels have become blocked or dysfunctional. These factors combined weaken the immune system and increase our vulnerability to virus, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.”

Constance Jones’ practice, Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. She uses a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.


What Happens During a Colon Hydrotherapy Session?

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When you arrive at my office you will see that it’s very welcoming, calm and comforting. Initially, we will review your intake forms and I will explain the process to you. You will then be given a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist down in preparation for your colon hydrotherapy session. I will suggest a trip to the restroom to empty your bladder.

For the procedure, you recline, covered by a sheet, on a padded massage table. Your privacy, throughout the session, is a priority. At the foot of the table is a wall unit containing the hydrotherapy equipment. A disposable speculum 3/4-inch in diameter (narrower than a healthy bowel movement!) is partially inserted with a lubricated round-tipped applicator approximately 2-3 inches into the rectum. Two tubes extend from the outer portion of the speculum into the wall unit: the inflow carries water to slowly infuse your colon and the outflow gently expels that water along with the waste it loosens. The temperature of the water fluctuates between 100 – 90 degrees simulating the natural peristalsis. I am always present and closely monitoring the temperature and pressure-sensitive flow of water while paying particular attention to your comfort.

As soon as you are ready I will activate the hydrotherapy equipment and begin to send warm water through the inflow tube into your colon. I am in control of the inflow and outflow of water at all times, allowing me to slow and even stop the procedure if necessary. Once you feel full, I will release the water and waste material, which travel through the outflow tube and into the drainage system. We can observe what is released through a viewing tube. While you are emptying, I may gently jiggle your abdomen to encourage easier, more complete elimination. This cycle of filling and emptying is repeated several times over 40 – 50 minutes.

The session lasts about an hour, leaving time for a trip to the toilet afterward, where gravity will help eliminate any excess water and waste. To ensure safety, the disposable speculum and tubing are thrown away and the instrument is sterilized. People often report feeling emptier and lighter after a session. I will provide you with information about aftercare before you leave. If you’re lucky, my dog Bo, a golden retriever who occasionally visits the office, will be there to provide a peaceful influence.

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Misconceptions About Colonics

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As a colon hydrotherapist I often encounter the popular misconception that a colon hydrotherapy session will wash away the healthy bacteria in the colon. Or even worse, that it will eliminate electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients from your body. My experience of observing the results of over 65,000 sessions tells me otherwise.

First, with most of us having grown up on the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is high in fat, sugar and processed foods while being low in fiber and plant based foods, you may not even have an abundance of healthy bacteria in your colon. It’s much more likely that you are depleted of pro- and pre-biotics before you have even had a colonic. You may be deficient as well in Vitamin D and Omega-3, which also encourage a healthy colon. 

What a series of colonics will do is assist you in re-establishing the healthy environmental integrity of the gut, simply by cleaning out fecal material, excess mucus, and gas. It is a very gentle washing, under 1/8 lb. PSI, of multi-filtered water in and out of the large intestine. The good and bad bacteria may be temporarily affected; but by cleaning your colon, I believe the healthy ones have a better chance to proliferate. Scientific research shows that colonics have no negative impact on electrolyte or nutrient levels.

Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria

Often the choices you make in what you eat after a colonic are actually what will determine the ongoing health of your colon. Taking both probiotics as a supplement or in foods where they naturally occur (such as yogurt, green peas, dark chocolate, and kefir) along with prebiotics (found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, and kombucha) is encouraged  along with adding sources of Omega-3s and Vitamin D. 

Most of the nutrients get absorbed into the body through the small intestine, while the large intestine is where the water is getting absorbed out of the remaining chyme (a mass of partially digested food created in the stomach). The numerous bacteria will respond to what is passing through. Furthermore, the colon is where a large part of your auto-immune system is located. Recent research also indicates that endorphins and dopamine get released in the large intestine – all the more reason to keep it clean.

If you would like to schedule a session of Colon Hydrotherapy please contact me. I am currently running a deal for 3 sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy for $285. That’s 20% off of the regular individual session price. Check out all of the details about the special here. I can be reached by phone or text at (860) 287 – 4558. You can also email me at Connie@CleanmyColon.com

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