Detoxification is an important tool to maintain health in this age we live in where the entire planet from pole to pole regularly tests for the presence of toxins and pollution. When it comes to detoxing protocols, none hold a candle to the coffee enema.
So powerful are coffee enemas for rapidly and effectively removing toxins from the body that the most successful alternative cancer therapies in the world rely on them extensively with several per day recommended for extreme cases. Regular administration increases levels of the potent antioxidant glutathione produced by the liver up to 700%!
Protocols offered by the Gerson Institute and holistic oncologist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD (tragically deceased under suspicious circumstances) heavily rely upon this modality.
When a person first contemplates the use of coffee enemas to cleanse body systems from accumulated toxins, a very common question initially comes to mind, “Will a coffee enema help or hurt beneficial gut flora?”
The answer to this question is two-fold. First, there is no scientific literature on the subject that I have come across that definitely studied the subject. However, there is plenty of clinical data from a couple of sources I consider trustworthy.
The first is Dr. Lawrence Wilson MD, who has clinical experience with over 40,000 patients or students through the years who have done enemas. To date, Dr. Wilson reports no indication of flora disruption. Here is what he has to say on the subject:
I have a lot of experience with coffee enemas, as we recommend them to everyone – at least 40,000 people so far. Coffee enemas do not interfere with the intestinal flora, and they can significantly speed up the healing of the intestinal tract by helping to remove parasites in the colon and stimulating bile flow from the liver.
They also help remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals from the body and normalize liver and pancreas secretions that are very beneficial for digestion. Coffee enemas, of course, can also assist with constipation and removing debris from the colon to assist the colon and the entire body to heal. I do not recommend colon hydrotherapy more than a few times per year. Otherwise, it is too yin because it involves a lot of water. Coffee enemas are better in this regard, as they involve much less water.
In my experience, if a food allergy test indicates you are sensitive to coffee or caffeine, it does not mean you cannot do coffee enemas. Just start with a small amount of coffee. Many times you will be fine, and the coffee enemas will help to slowly reduce all of your food sensitivities (1).
In addition to Dr. Wilson’s observations over many years and with thousands of patients, the staff at Biodynamic Wellness, a clinic in San Diego, also reports no adverse effect on beneficial gut microbes when a program of detoxifying coffee enemas is commenced. This from Biodynamic Wellness founder Kim Schuette:
I haven’t seen any proof of gut flora damage. The coffee is not making its way up the whole colon; just halfway up the descending colon and then through the left hemorrhoidal veins to the portal vein. Upon release the coffee most likely follows the same route, from what I understand. When people are concerned, I have them do retention (rectal) implants of bifidobacterium. I also suggest these for those with neurological disorder and autoimmune conditions, especially Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and IBS.
I can say that I’ve run comprehensive stool analyses (which examine probiotic levels, along with parasite and dysbiotic bacteria levels in the gut) of people doing coffee enemas and their beneficial levels didn’t seem to be affected.
Thus, the evidence at the present time in a clinical setting is that coffee enemas do not harm beneficial microbial colonies in the gut. This has been verified by comprehensive stool analyses of those using coffee enemas for cleansing purposes.
Be Careful of the Container Used for Coffee Enemas
While there is good clinical evidence that coffee enemas (not bulletproof coffee enemas) present no problem for beneficial gut flora, one thing you should be concerned about is the container used to hold the coffee.
The cheap enema bags at the drugstore should be avoided because they are difficult if not impossible to clean which can, over time, lead to an introduction of pathogens into the gut along with the coffee enema. In addition, the materials used to make these cheap enema bags might be a source of toxins which leech into the concentrated, highly acidic coffee that is brewed for enema purposes.
In my opinion, the best and safest container to use is a glass enema bucket made of shatter resistant, medical grade glass. If glass is too expensive an option or not something you wish to use, the next best choice would be a stainless steel bucket (these are used by the Gerson Institute) or a medical grade silicone bag.
So, the next time you see on social media that coffee enemas are dangerous because they disrupt gut flora, rest easy if someone you love who has cancer is using them to detoxify as part of the healing process because the clinical data shows absolutely no evidence of this.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Hi Sarah! I suffer from IBS and was suggested this coffee enama by a relative. I did one without consulting my Dr using a silicone bag kit I ordered on Amazon, 3 table spoons of organic enema coffee and 4 cups of distilled water as listed on the directions.
This was a week and a half ago and I have to say that I have been feeling worse. I went to see my gastro scared from the discomfort in my stomach along with the symptoms of constipation, small loose stools, and mucus who told me they do not recommend this procedure and advised me to take miralax and a bland diet over the next 3 weeks to see if time would help.
I’m still a bit nervous if this procedure may have done more harm than good and wanted to hear your suggestions based on my negative experience.
Any insight would be very much appreciated!
Sarah Pope MGA
If you have any sort of diagnosed gastro condition, especially one that can be severe like IBS, it is always best to consult with a functional practitioner first.
I think I have been hit with parasites (worms) saw them and the jumping type mites. I think I have the parasites under control but when I I have bowel movement I see like clear type eggs or bubble on the toilet tissue and when I rub the tissue together, all I see are specks. I tried the coffee enema way back and due to a blockage in my Sigmoid colon couldn’t get the water to go very far up. Would the coffee tend to kill what mites are in the part of my intestine I can get to? New to yur website but sure looks very interesting and will certainly explore more…Thank you
Coffee enemas are not appropriate for deworming the gut. Here’s more on how to do that. https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/natural-deworming-the-gut-safely-and-effectively/
You quote Kim Schuette as saying she has done comprehensive stool analyses for people doing coffee enemas. I cannot find that passage anywhere using Google, but I would be interested to know more. Firstly, is this test a culture test? If so, then the results are not reliable for measuring the mix of bacteria in the gut. Most of the important bacteria (akkermansia, faecalibacterium) do not survive outside the human body for more than a few minutes, so would not show up on a culture-based test. You really need something like Ubiome which uses DNA methods to show what has changed.
Secondly, did she do these tests before and after people started coffee enemas? If they had already been doing coffee enemas for some time, it is likely the changes will have already taken place by the time she did the first test.
Hi Sarah, I searched the article and could not find why not to use bullet proof coffee. Can you explain why there would be a difference between the bullet proof coffee grounds and another brand?
Here is more info: https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/bulletproof-coffee-causes-weight-gain/
Can I do coffee enema if I have GERD issue..
Definitely check with your local holistic or functional MD practitioner. It is probably fine, but best to ask first. Don’t bother asking a conventional doctor, as you will get a blank stare though LOL
She probably has mold infection in the blood or Candida.
Check out Candida: Killing So Sweetly by Bill Thompson to get rid of them.