to drink or use it as edema
Stress is a major
factor in disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, ulcers, rheumatoid
arthritis, headache, hypoglycemia, asthma, herpes, hypertension and heart
disease. And yet hospitals provide coffee and tea, which put your body into
DHEA is our vitality
hormone. Decreased levels of DHEA is a cause of aging. Caffeine consumption
leads to DHEA deficiency.
Caffeine lowers the
stress threshold in virtually everyone. That is, if you have had caffeine, it
will be easier for you to suffer from emotional stress. (Therefore, when
research is done that is designed to show how safe caffeine is, any test subject
who is under significant stress is removed from the study).
Caffeine is implicated
in ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome: GABA is produced in the intestinal
tract, where it calms anxiety and stress. Caffeine disrupts the normal
metabolism of GABA.
sleep. Deep sleep is CRITICAL to good health. When there's caffeine in your
bloodstream, you are unlikely to experience deep sleep at all!
Caffeine AT ANY TIME of
the day can cause sleep problems, especially if you are under stress.
Malnutrition is one of
the most well-defined effects of habitual caffeine intake.
A single cup of coffee
can reduce iron absorption from a meal by as much as 75%.
People do not develop a
tolerance to the anxiety-producing effects of caffeine. Rather, people simply
become accustomed to the feelings of stress, irritability and aggressiveness
produced by the drug.
Caffeine contributes to
depression in well-defined ways. This is particularly due to the withdrawal
effect, which can cause headache, depression and fatigue, even in light users
(p. 111). Cherniske reported that 90% of people who came to him who suffered
from depression and gave up caffeine completely for 2 months reported that their
depression went away!
If you are a coffee (or
tea or cola) drinker, you may be thinking, "Well, I drink coffee and I'm not
depressed." It's necessary to state that everyone is different, and also that
depression can be subtle. Throughout the book, Cherniske suggests that you will
never know the full effect the drug is having on you until you experience what
life is like caffeine free (which takes two months to do). Over the years,
Cherniske has heard similar responses from hundreds of clients: "Wow, I never
realized that caffeine made me so (select one: anxious, depressed, irritable)."
Students the world over
use caffeine not only to stay awake, but also they believe the drug will improve
their performance on exams. Solid research, however, illustrates that as little
as 100 milligrams of caffeine (one cup of coffee, two cups of cola) can cause a
significant DECREASE in recall and reasoning.
When people are relaxed
and given caffeine, caffeine does not raise blood pressure significantly. But
how many people are relaxed? When people are stressed and given caffeine, blood
pressure is raised significantly.
Women who consume more
than 24 ounces of coffee (6 moderate cups) per day had almost twice the risk of
heart attack compared to non-coffee drinkers. Moderate coffee drinkers with high
cholesterol had more than seven times the risk of heart attack, while heavy
coffee drinkers had eighteen times the risk of non-coffee drinkers!
Caffeine depletes your
supplies of thiamin and other B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron
calcium loss and risk of osteoporosis.
In one large study, the
risk for hip fracture for those women who consumed the most caffeine was 300%
greater than it was for the group that consumed little or no caffeine.
Take the Challenge!
Most people have no idea what life would be like without the background of
caffeine and stress hormones coursing through their veins. Even if you're only
having a few cups a coffee, chances are your personality is affected in ways
that may be too subtle for you to associate with caffeine. I want to encourage
you to conduct a trial period without caffeine. You owe it to yourself.
From The Cancer Chronicles #6 and #7
© Autumn 1990 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
The most controversial alternative procedures has to be the coffee enema. Along
with other detoxification routines, the coffee enema is a central part of both
the Gerson and the Kelley programs. It is always good
for a laugh: "with milk or sugar?" This bizarre-sounding treatment can also be
used to scare people away from alternatives in general.
No quackbusting article
these days is complete without a reference to "enemas made from roasted coffee
beans." So what's the story? Is the coffee enema crackpot faddism or is there
some rationale behind this procedure?
An enema is "a fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out
the bowel, or of administering drugs or food." The word itself comes from the
Greek en-hienai, meaning to "send or inject into." The enema has been called
"one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today." Tribal women in
Africa, and elsewhere, routinely use it on their children. The earliest medical
text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it.
Millennia before, the Pharaoh had a "guardian of the anus," a special doctor one
of whose purposes was to administer the royal enema.
The Greeks wrote of the fabled cleanliness of the Egyptians, which included the
internal cleansing of their systems through emetics and enemas. They employed
these on three consecutive days every month said Herodotus (II.77) or at
intervals of three or four days, according to the later historian Diodorus. The
Egyptians explained to their visitors that they did this because they "believed
that diseases were engendered by superfluities of the food", a modern-sounding
Enemas were known in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece and China.
American Indians independently invented it, using a syringe made of an animal
bladder and a hollow leg bone. Pre-Columbian South Americans fashioned latex
into the first rubber enema bags and tubes. In fact, there is hardly a region of
the world where people did not discover or adapt the enema. It is more
ubiquitous than the wheel. Enemas are found in world litreature from
Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place.
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. Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his lifetime.Could this
have been the source of the Sun King's sunny disposition? For centuries, enemas
were a routine home remedy.
Then, within living memory, the routine use of
enemas died out. The main times that doctors employ them nowadays is before or
after surgery and childbirth. Difficult and potentially dangerous barium enemas
before colonic X rays are of course still a favorite of allopathic doctors.
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. 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
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, harmful chemicals now commonly implicated in the
initiation of cancer. In mice, for example, these systems are enhanced 600
percent in the liver and 700 percent 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
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,
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."
No medical procedure is without risk and OTA is quick to point out alleged
dangers of the coffee enemas. For instance, they cite one doctor's opinion that
coffee "taken by this route is a strong stimulant and can be at least as
addictive as coffee taken regularly by mouth." This may indeed be true. Yet one
wonders where the data is on this, and whether OTA would issue a similar warning
about the perils of coffee drinking.
Another potential danger, they say, is physical damage to the rectum–"fatal
bowel perforation and necrosis" which have been associated with "various other
types of enema." The risk of perforation comes from the insertion device used.
At the Gerson clinic, for instance, they use a short nozzle which couldn't
inflict much harm; Gonzalez uses a soft rubber colon tube. In neither case would
this caveat seem to apply. On thin evidence, OTA also suggests enemas can cause
The agency also cites the case of the two Seattle women who died following
excessive enema use. Their deaths were attributed to fluid and electrolyte
abnormalities. One took 10 to 12 coffee enemas in a single night and then
continued at a rate of one per hour. The other took four daily. As OTA points
out, "in both cases, the enemas were taken much more frequently than is
recommended in the Gerson treatment."
In general, coffee enemas are an important tool for physicians who try to
detoxify the body. This is not to say they are a panacea. They certainly require
much more research. But 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.
Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is the author of eight books and three documentaries on
cancer-related topics. He is an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the
National Institutes of Health, Columbia University, and the University of Texas.
He researches and writes individualized Healing Choices reports for people with
cancer. For information on Healing Choices, you can contact coordinator Anne
Beattie in the following ways:
...The use of coffee in enemas for detoxification purposes has been a well
known and used practice for many years. There is no better stimulant for bile
production and its subsequent flushing out than coffee. This is due to a number
of pharmacologically acting substances in the coffee. The combination of
theobromine, theophylline and caffeine stimulates the relaxation of smooth
muscles causing dilatation of blood vessels and bile ducts. Hence bile flow is
increased. Also increased are the number of toxins which are conjugated in the
bile. This is due to the activity of other substances in the coffee, the
palmitates, which activate the enzyme system, glutathione-S-transferase,
seven-fold. This enzyme system, which is selenium-dependent, is responsible for
grabbing toxins, free-radicals and bilirubin (breakdown product of red blood
cells) and delivering them to the bile where they are carried out in the bile
acids. The mopping up of free-radicals effectively inhibits the formation of
carcinogens and therefore this enzyme performs a protective role against
This article demonstrates the physiological effect of certain components of
Coffee for Gallstones
Several metabolic studies suggest that coffee might affect cholesterol
lithogenesis. The popular brew is known to stimulate cholecystokinin release; it
increases gallbladder motility and perhaps that of the large bowel, too. For its
part, caffeine inhibits biliary cholesterol crystallization, decreases
gallbladder fluid absorption, and increases hepatic bile flow.
The available epidemiologic studies have largely failed to assign coffee any
significant Benefit in preventing gallstone disease. The studies have, however,
been criticized for inadequate size and control of confounders, and also for
imprecise assessment of coffee consumption.
In an attempt to correct these limitations, Harvard University
epidemiologists analyzed the data of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study,
in which the participants were 46,008 men, aged 40 to 75 years and without a
history of gallstone disease as of 1986. At baseline and during the ensuing
decade, the subjects' intake of coffee and other caffeinated drinks was assessed
three times. Newly symptomatic gallstone disease was diagnosed by
ultrasonography, x-ray, or cholecystectomy. Of 1,081 subjects in whom
symptomatic gallstone disease developed, 885 required cholecystectomy.
The adjusted relative risk for those who consistently drank two to three cups
of regular coffee per day was 0.6. For those who drank four or more, it was
0.55. All coffee brewing methods showed decreased risk. The risk of symptomatic
gallstone disease also declined with increasing caffeine intake (p=.005). In
contrast, decaffeinated coffee was not associated with decreased risk.
Finally, some evidence of a concrete health Benefit for coffee lovers, who
have long been willing to trade its alleged--and mostly unsubstantiated--evils
for its blessed boost to alertness and efficiency through a long day, and often
night. But let's see the data for the fair, fat, and forty opposite sex.
While we certainly do not agree with much of L. Ron Hubbards teachings, the
following contains documented references to certain detoxification procedures.
A Review of Scientific litreature Supporting the
Detoxification Method ('Purification Program")
Developed by L. Ron Hubbard
Compiled August, 1991 by the Foundation for Advancements in Science and
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