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Poo Glorious Poo. My personal experience of Coffee Enemas.

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Poo Glorious Poo. My personal experience of Coffee Enemas.

Aisling FitzGibbon


I had always been partial to a nice latte but when it was suggested that I take coffee rectally I had instant visions of guts and smelly poo. However having undergone a healing detox programme and in the throes of a healing crisis, I overcame any misgivings and got on with the process. The coffee enema gave me such instant relief from symptoms like nausea, headaches and extreme fatigue that I knew I had discovered the Holy Grail of detox techniques.

I undertook the coffee enemas as part of a supervised healing programme where I learned when to use them, what to expect, what was the best organic coffee to use and how to avoid electrolyte imbalance. If someone with a low mineral and antioxidant status suddenly starts doing coffee enemas they can end up feeling more depleted and even lower in energy. This is why it is so important to begin with a nourishing diet and establish a baseline of minerals and antioxidants.

The coffee enema is for the benefit of our liver- that powerful organ that sits behind our lower right ribcage, that detoxes everything that comes into our body.  One of the primary functions of the liver is to filter blood. Two quarts of blood pass through the liver every minute to be cleared of toxicity. As the liver performs a two- step process to eliminate toxicity there are certain nutrients and enzymes required for each stage. Stage one requires several cofactors such as adequate levels of magnesium, B3, B6 and B12. People who experience an underactive phase 1 of liver detoxification will experience an intolerance to perfumes and other environmental chemicals. It is beneficial for a person with an underactive phase 1 detoxification system to start the morning is to have a glass of warm water with fresh pressed lemon juice.

Phase one of liver detox uses up oxygen and enzymes to burn off toxins. The end products that are released need to be neutralised by phase two of liver detox. For every molecule that is detoxified during phase 1, one free radical is produced. The second phase of liver detoxification relies on phase 2 enzymes to complete the detoxification process.

During phase two of liver detox toxins are neutralised and rendered water soluble which enables them to be eliminated through the kidneys and through sweating in the skin. The pathways here involve Glutathione, sulfation, methylation and sulfoxidation and glucuronidation. The most important antioxidant for neutralizing the free radicals produced in Phase I is glutathione. When high levels of toxin exposure produce so many free radicals from Phase I detoxification glutathione is depleted and the Phase II processes that depend upon glutathione, stop working.

Glutathione is inhibited by excessive alcohol, paracetamol, antibiotics, pesticides, selenium deficiency, B 2 (niacin) deficiency, zinc deficiency and a low protein diet. Glutathione production is magnesium dependent. The Sulfation pathway is inhibited by non- steroidal, anti- inflammatory drugs. The methylation pathway is inhibited by folic acid or B 12 deficiency. The  glucuronidation pathway that metabolises drugs, pollutants and estrogens is inhibited by drugs such as oral contraceptives, aspirin, diazepam, some pesticides and phenolic compounds in air pollution and overuse of paracetamol. About 33% of all drugs are detoxified by this pathway. The proper functioning of the liver's detox systems is important in the prevention of cancer.

The nutrient requirements of phase two are glutathione, B6, vitamin C, cysteine, glutamic acid, choline, betaine, folate through green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables and sulphur rich vegetables such as onions, leeks and garlic.

When glutathione levels are low there can be a tendency to arthritis, ADHD, hepatitis and autism. Systemic inflammation is also linked to poor glutathione status. Glutathione is the primary defence responsible for clearing the body of toxins, inflammation from stress and heavy metals. Nutrient poor diets, mental and emotional stress all deplete glutathione reserves.

It is very important that phase one activity does not exceed the ability of the liver’s phase two enzymes to finish the job as otherwise a person who is undergoing a detox regime feels dreadful and experiences what is known as a healing crisis. During the healing crisis antioxidants are used up at an enormous rate, leaving a person feeling toxic, nauseous and in a low mood. Instead of the toxins exiting the body as they should, they are unable to get out and so can shift to a different part of the body. Toxins that come out of the deeper tissues can redeposit in joints causing arthritic pains.

This is where the coffee enema comes in. Coffee, when taken rectally passes through the portal vein directly to the liver where the liver uses the chemicals in the coffee to upregulate the production of glutathione S transferase. This process increases glutathione production by 600-700%.During the process of the coffee enema the liver is stimulated to release toxic bile. This is so important during a healing regime. It is an essential part of my practice as a Nutritionist and Energy Transformation Coach. 

The coffee enema is used in natural clinics all over the world and is strongly advocated by the Gerson Institute where enemas are given a few times a day. However I have found that this amount of enemas is too excessive as there could be electrolyte depletion and a lowering of adrenal energy.

So if coffee enemas are so good why don’t doctors advocate their use? Coffee enemas were included in the Merck Manual, the bible for physicians, from 1899- 1977. The reference to coffee enemas was then removed to make space for other information. (This is what Dr Gonzalez was told when he asked why information about coffee enemas were no longer being included). However current doctors such as holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan writes about the therapeutic use of coffee enemas in her book A Mind of Your Own. In it she describes a paper from the 1932 New England Journal of Medicine that describes resolution of symptoms from depression to psychosis and discharge from inpatient units by simply employing coffee enemas.

Once I experienced the benefits of the coffee enema there was no doubt in my mind that this detox technique was nothing short of a miracle. Any misgivings I had of poo flying in all directions were soon forgotten once I learned how to do them. I used the time to relax and read. Of course I stayed close to the toilet and used Poo PourriAny unsavoury aromas that result can be dealt with by using Poo Pourri, a natural deodoriser for the toilet. This proved to be a lifesaver as when my boyfriend came to stay I wanted to extend the fantasy that I was his sweet smelling pea!   

This article is for education purposes only. Coffee enemas need to be employed within a supervised Natural Healing Programme. If you want to work with me please fill in my clarity call application.