Coffee Enemas: Not Such a Crazy Idea

“You put what up your bottom five times a day?” This is the number one question I have received for the past two years when I tell people that I am using coffee enemas as part of my cancer-healing regime. Out of all the supposedly “crazy” acts I undertake as part of my two year Gerson Therapy program (hourly juicing, sticking to a very basic plant-based diet etc.) coffee enemas are the part that has most people thinking I’m cuckoo. Or kinky. I assure you, I’m neither.

As Ralph Moss, Ph.D, said, “coffee enemas are serious business: their potential should be explored by good research – not mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as yet another crackpot fad.”

Coffee enemas are not a new idea. Dr Max Gerson introduced them to his powerful cancer therapy way back in the 1930s and Gerson patients have been reaping the benefits of them ever since. But the phenomenon goes back even further than that. In pre-revolutionary France, a daily enema after dinner was de rigueur. It was not only considered indispensable for health, but practiced for good complexion as well. King Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his lifetime.

Clearing up cancer and complexion – the crappacino doesn’t sound so crazy after all, does it?

Coffee enemas are designed to detoxify the poor over-worked liver. Our liver is like our body’s gatekeeper. Everything we eat, drink and breath is filtered through the liver where it is decided whether it is fit for absorption, or destined for elimination. However, in this toxic modern world we live in, our livers have their work cut out for them. This is where coffee enemas come into play. The coffee enemas increase liver filtering, greatly aiding the organ’s ability to remove serum toxins.

Why coffee?

Dr Gerson believed that caffeine could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge bile. It’s the coffee that dilates the bile ducts, and kicks the detoxifying process into high gear.

It may be met with scorn and ridicule, but there has been some independent scientific work that gives credibility to this concept. In 1981, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that substances found in coffee – kahweol and cafestol palmitate – promote above normal activity of a key enzyme system called glutathione S-transferase. This is recognised as an important mechanism in the detoxification of carcinogens, as the enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals.

Why so many?

If you don’t have cancer, you probably aren’t going to be doing five coffee enemas a day. In fact, if you aren’t replacing your body’s electrolytes, this many enemas can cause an electrolyte imbalance. However, Gerson Therapy patients are drinking 13 fresh organic veggie juices each day. As the juices begin rebuilding the body and encouraging toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream, a great deal of stress is placed upon the liver. The liver alone, especially in cancer patients, cannot deal with a sudden influx of toxins into the bloodstream. This is why regular coffee enemas are so important.

How to do a coffee enema:

Here is a brief (and tasteful) how-to video

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1. Moss, PhD, Ralph W., COFFEE: THE ROYAL FLUSH, The Cancer Chronicles #6 and #7, 1990,

2. Dr Gabriel Cousens

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