Coffee Enema: Hot, or Not?

[Trendzilla] Dr. Max Gerson's innovation is still popular after all these years—but is it healthy?

Talk to anyone who has received an enema out of necessity, and chances are, he or she would never choose to take an enema again. As if constipation isn't uncomfortable enough, what sane person would inject a fairly large amount of liquid into an already cramped ass? Apparently, a decent amount! Except now people are using a good ol' cuppa Joe.

Coffee enemas are no new thing. In the early 1920s, Dr. Max Gerson was trying to cure migraine headaches and found that a vegetarian diet, a pretty insane amount of juicing (20 pounds of fruits and veggies a day!) and coffee enemas did the trick. The idea was that our bodies are riddled with toxic substances—the root of all illness, according to Gerson—and when we detoxify, the body can fix itself. The simple diet makes digestion easier and fills the body with nutrients, while the coffee enema stimulates the liver to release toxins and extra waste. Using this method on his patients, Gerson found it also cured tuberculosis and even cancer. Today, his daughter continues his work at the Gerson Institute in San Diego, and the method has found a home in the alternative-medicine community.

Honestly, it sounds pretty great. If you could take 15 minutes of discomfort a day instead of chemotherapy, why not? We'd all be healthier, but the medical industry . . . well, it might be out of a job. This is where deciphering the true benefits of coffee enemas gets tricky. It's a swirl of contradictory anecdotes with no concrete scientific studies, which seems to be the overarching issue in proving alternative medicine's usefulness. One side shows glowing faces with incredible stories of recovery, while the other shows hard-nosed doctors expressly stating that coffee enemas can cause bacterial infections, proctocolitis, electrolyte abnormalities, even death. But isn't that every warning label quickly whispered during drug ads?

Coffee enemas, as with any medical procedure, are a personal matter. If you're into exploring unconventional methods, make sure to read up on the proper procedures before putting anything in your butt; if you have medical issues, talk to your doctor. Just don't forget to relax, lube the tube, hydrate and, sweet Jesus, please use room-temperature coffee.

 

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fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I suppose a coffee enema is better than "butt-chugging" alcohol...I don't think there's any health advantage to pouring liquor into your bum...

Elizabeth Nieves
Elizabeth Nieves

Ive done them. Theyre great. I wish i had an enema bucket right now.

Canyon Cruz
Canyon Cruz

What ever happened to plain ol sperm?

Peter Swift
Peter Swift

I suppose if you get acid reflux from drinking coffee there's this way.

Peter Swift
Peter Swift

Um Scott, I'm a little concerned about your internet surfing. First it was the dudes having coitus with cows...and now coffee enemas? Sounds like a pattern to me. Lol

R Scott Davis
R Scott Davis

Hmm, he never has a second cup of coffee at home

Jayne Mc Intyre
Jayne Mc Intyre

this sounds possibly invigorating, but why not just drink it like everyone else? lol

kenwebb
kenwebb

Coffee up the poop-shoot is nothing new. There are a variety of things to use,..coffee is one of them. I imagine having your entire colon hiway washed clean and poop shootered out at velocities rarely experienced by mankind is not always a bad think. A warm

Water solution can help rinse out pockets of "stuff" and help eliminate items that have hung around for far too long. I would guess that maybe a warm yogurt additive to help replenish missing bacteria would be good. Who knows.

I for one think it would be an interesting study to monitor glucose and heart rates after. Followed up by blood work and white blood cell count. Check on cholesterol levels and more. Maybe we should volunteer a few of those OC sheriffs and police for the test. Strap them in and tie them down for safety reasons - and turn on the spigots. Maybe it will help flush away what ever seems to be up the asses of so many law enforcement folks - and turn them into something other than murdering people hating monsters.

Maria A. Moffa
Maria A. Moffa

If I've got a problem, I eat at Carl's Jr. Their burgers give me the s%&@^s.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

I can't see OC Weakly drawing a line at coffee.

Jon Lundin
Jon Lundin

Why not use Starbucks, it already tastes like shit.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

I think it's crazy and caffeine ages the body. I saw this in TLC...the couple that each did it 5 times a day

Debaser7
Debaser7

You're supposed to drink coffee.  Not put it up your butt.  Common Sense > New Age Stupidity

Chingazo
Chingazo

New meaning to the term Greek coffee.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

I think the migraines were solved because the good doctor inadvertently took allergens out of the diet. Eggs, chocolate, potatoes, milk, or whatever, were probably causing the migraines.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

The big question is:  Hot or iced?  Venti..?


JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Anyway I liked you better when you were spotlighting sugared vaginas than when chronicling coffee in the can.

 
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