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Coffee Enemas

How did the coffee enema originate?

Whereas the standard enema boasts a 5000-year history, making it one of the oldest health-promoting procedures still in use, the coffee enema dates back about 100 years. German scientists in the 1920’s are credited with discovering that a caffeine-infused enema could cause bile ducts to dilate and stimulate bile secretion. In the 1930’s, Dr. Max Gerson began incorporating coffee enemas in his treatment protocols for tuberculosis and cancer with positive results. In the 1960’s, Dr. William Kelley used coffee enemas as part of his own treatment for pancreatic cancer, and was eventually cured. The prestigious Merck Manual of Medical Information included the coffee enema until 1972.

In spite of promising beginnings, the coffee enema has never garnered widespread acceptance within the allopathic (medical) community. However, there is credible evidence from independent sources to attest to the coffee enema’s potential benefits. In 1981, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota demonstrated that certain constituents in coffee increase the activity of a key liver enzyme by up to 700%. In his findings following 6 years of clinical trials on cancer patients, Dr. Peter Lechner, an oncologist and surgeon at the District Hospital in Graz, Austria, reported in 1990 on the scientific evidence to support the use of coffee enemas for detoxification. Beata Bishop, a writer, lecturer and psychotherapist in the UK, describes how the Gerson protocol, which includes coffee enemas, helped her recover from what she had been told was a terminal illness in her book A Time to Heal.

Ms. Bishop is not alone in attesting to the healing potential of coffee enemas. Anecdotal evidence from people virtually all over the world lends credence and support to the therapeutic benefits of a coffee enema. When questioned about the fact that its viability rests mostly on anecdotal evidence rather than on scientific research, Ms. Bishop replied, “What’s wrong with an anecdote if it’s true?” For his part, Dr. Ralph Moss, Ph.D., author of 8 books on cancer-related topics, has this to say about the coffee enema: “…(they) are an important tool for physicians … This is not to say they are a panacea. They certainly require much more research. But coffee enemas are a serious part of alternative medicine. Their potential should be explored by good research- not mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as another crackpot fad.” Dr. Moss’ message may not have fallen on deaf ears: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has allocated $1.4 million for research into the use of coffee enemas and the role of diet to heal pancreatic cancer.

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