DETOXIFICATION EFFECTS OF THE COFFEE ENEMA
In the 1920s, German scientists found
that a caffeine solution could open the bile ducts and stimulate the production of bile in the liver of experimental
Dr. Max Gerson used this clinically
as part of a general detoxification regimen, first for tuberculosis, then cancer. Caffeine, he postulated, will
travel up the hemorrhoidal to the portal vein and thence to the liver itself. Gerson noted some remarkable effects
of this procedure. For instance, patients could dispense with all pain-killers once on the enemas. Many people
have noted the paradoxical calming effect of coffee enemas.
And while coffee enemas can relieve constipation, Gerson cautioned: "Patients have to know that the coffee enemas are not given for the function of the
intestines but for the stimulation of the liver."
Coffee enemas were an established part of medical practice when Dr. Max Gerson introduced them into cancer therapy
in the 1930s. Basing himself
on German laboratory work, Gerson believed that caffeine could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge
bile. He felt this process
could contribute to the health of the cancer patient.
Although the coffee enema has been heaped with scorn, there has been some independent scientific work that gives
credence to this concept. In 1981, for instance, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that substances
found in coffee - kahweol and
cafestol palmitate - promote the activity of a key enzyme system, glutathione S-transferase, above the norm. This system detoxifies a vast array
of electrophiles from the bloodstream and, according to Gar Hildenbrand of the Gerson Institute, "must be
regarded as an important mechanism for carcinogen detoxification." This enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals, the harmful chemicals
now commonly implicated in the initiation of cancer. In mice, for example, these systems are enhanced 600% in the
liver and 700% in the bowel when coffee beans are added to the mice's diet.
Dr. Peter Lechner, who is investigating the Gerson method at the Landeskrankenhaus of Graz, Austria, has reported
that "coffee enemas have
a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope." F.W. Cope (1977) has postulated the existence of a "tissue damage syndrome."
When cells are challenged by poison, oxygen deprivation, malnutrition or a physical trauma they lose potassium,
take on sodium and chloride, and swell up with excess water.
Another scientist (Ling) has suggested that water in a normal cell is contained in an "ice-like" structure.
Being alive requires not just the right chemicals but the right chemical structure. Cells normally have a preference
for potassium over sodium but when a cell is damaged it begins to prefer sodium. This craving results in a damaged
ability of cells to repair themselves and to utilize energy. Further, damaged cells produce toxins; around tumors
are zones of "wounded" but still non-malignant tissue, swollen with salt and water.
Gerson believed it axiomatic that cancer could not exist in normal metabolism. He pointed to the fact that scientists
often had to damage an animal's thyroid and adrenals just to get a transplanted tumor to "take." He directed
his efforts toward creating normal metabolism in the tissue surrounding a tumor.
It is the liver and small bowel which neutralize the most common tissue toxins: polyamines, ammonia, toxic-bound
nitrogen and electrophiles. These detoxification systems are probably enhanced by the coffee enema. Physiological
Chemistry and Physics has stated that "caffeine
enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver
and dialysis of toxic products across the colonic wall."
In addition, theophylline and
theobromine (two other chemicals in coffee) dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut; the palmitates
enhance the enzyme system responsible for the removal of toxic free radicals from the serum; and the fluid of the
enema then stimulates the visceral nervous system to promote peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile
from the duodenum and out the rectum.
Since the enema is generally
held for 15 minutes, and all the blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes, "these enemas
represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall" (Healing Newsletter, #13, May-June, 1986).
Prejudice against coffee enemas continues, however. Although this data was made available to Office of Technology
Assessment it was largely ignored in their box on the procedure. They dismissively state "there is no scientific
evidence to support the claim that coffee enemas detoxify the blood or liver."
HISTORY OF THE COFFEE
The following paragraph is from from "The
Royal Enema" by Dr. Ralph Moss. For the full article please visit the link to the s.a. Wilsons Therapy Blend website for therapeutic coffee.
"But why coffee? This bean has an interesting history. It was imported in Arabia in the early 1500's by the
Sufi religious mystics, who used it to fight drowsiness while praying. It was especially prized for its medicinal
qualities, in both the Near East and Europe. No one knows when the first daring soul filled the enema bag with
a quart of java. What is known is that the coffee enema appeared at least as early as 1917 and was found in the
prestigious Merck Manual until 1972."
COFFEE ENEMA STEP BY STEP