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Hi Thadsette
I know that ingesting coffee orally (drinking it) is linked with serious health conditions such as brain haemorrhage and bladder cancer and adrenal insufficiency. It is also extremely addictive and coffee drinkers undergo serious discomfort when trying to endure withdrawal symptoms, which include very nasty headaches.  On the other hand,  I also found information that suggests that using ORGANIC coffee enemas provides a therapeutic effect by stimulating the liver and gall bladder to discharge toxins.

Why you are advertising your coffee business on our forum?  Is it to offer our readers the benefits of using organic coffee for therapeutic uses or is it to try to promote drinking coffee?

Here is some information, (both positive and negative) that might help our readers decide the benefits and problems with coffee.

I found the following negative information about drinking coffee here: http://chetday.com/nocoffee.html
Improving Health After Years of Drinking Coffee, Regular or Decaffeinated

By Donna F. Smith, Ph.D., N.D., C.C.N.

INTRODUCTION
Today, most people are aware to avoid coffee, though some may still think decaffeinated is okay. In this article, you will go beyond the fact that only "caffeine" in coffee is harmful for you. You will learn some nutritional biochemical facts about regular and decaffeinated coffee to give you additional reasons to avoid both, and learn how to improve your health after years of drinking coffee. Few people are aware of the subtle and lasting side effects of long-term coffee drinking unless one is proactive in improving their health after years of drinking coffee.

Another purpose of this article is to answer some of the questions people have about drinking coffee. For example, is the "buzz." of energy bad for me. Many people think, " I can't get up and out in the morning without my coffee." Another question, this article will answer is how coffee causes the bowels to move. Some people boast, "I am regular as clockwork as long as I drink my coffee." It is important to have energy and regularly detoxify waste from the body; however, for the good coffee appears to be doing, when you understand how coffee does this, you may want to reconsider drinking coffee.

Coffee overworks the adrenal glands and adversely affects sports performance. It also interferes with some medications for pain, depression, hypertension and obesity. Coffee causes nutritional deficiencies which can lead to poor athletic performance and nutrition-related diseases.

Healthy alternatives to coffee are included in this article. Some of these healthier beverages have a wonderful coffee-flavor yet are not made from coffee beans. This way, coffee-lovers can have the best of both worlds, the taste without side effects.

UNDERSTANDING WHY COFFEE AFFECTS THE BOWELS
Most people are aware of the ill affect of drinking coffee because it contains caffeine. Actually, coffee is a narcotic beverage. The caffeine in the coffee belongs to the same alkaloid group of chemicals as morphine, cocaine and strychnine. It is no surprise then why people have such a difficult time, at first, letting go of coffee, and replacing it with healthier beverages. Caffeine combines with the stomach s hydrochloric acid and forms a potent toxin, caffeine hydrochloride. As this toxin is absorbed into your portal circulation and hits your liver, bile is released in an attempt to flush the toxin from your system. This accounts for the increase in bowel "regularity" of which many coffee drinkers boast. If you are one of these people, you might ask yourself, "Is such a toxin-induced flush really very health promoting? Or Isn't there a healthier way for me to be regular?" The answer, of course, is "No" to the first, and "Yes" to the second question. (For a healthier method of regularity, see the section below on the liver.)

COFFEE CONTAINS HARMFUL CHEMICALS
Drinking decaffeinated coffee is no better than drinking regular coffee because of the large concentration of the chemical Trichloroethylene. It is used mainly as a de-greasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent and dry cleaning agent in the clothing industry. Trichloroethylene is related to plastic chemical vinyl chloride, which has been linked to certain types of liver cancer. Columbian coffee planters have regularly used deadly pesticides on their plants for over 20 years. Some include Aldrin, Dieldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor. Some speculate that coffee beans are the most significant source of these deadly toxins in U.S. diets.

The extreme temperatures in the roasting process of coffee beans depletes the beans of its natural oils. Though it may enhance their aroma, high heat actually causes the oils to become rancid.

The chlorogenic acid found in coffee has also been linked to toxic side effects.

COFFEE OVERWORKS THE ADRENALS AND SLOWS SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Coffee has an acid-based oil which is an irritant to gastric mucosa. It simulates the secretion of gastric acidity and this results in secretion of adrenalin. The secretion of adrenalin stimulates insulin secretion with consequent secondary hypoglycemia. The end results are tension, mild rise in blood pressure, 2-3 hours later a craving for sweets, low energy and mood levels, and over working of the adrenal glands. All of which negatively affects health, exercise and sports performance.

COFFEE COUNTERACTS MEDICATIONS FOR PAIN, OBESITY, HYPERTENSION AND DEPRESSION
The secondary rise in plasma epinephrine due to the low blood sugar will undo whatever good medications are doing to counteract the hyperactive dopaminergic system in patients suffering from pain, obesity, hypertension or depression. A few minutes after drinking coffee, the stimulation of the dopaminergic system results in cold extremities along with simultaneous rise in deep (visceral) temperature. A patient with high fever is harmed by coffee, but helped by tea and lemon juice. The decaffeinated coffee contains the same acid oil, and thus is no better than regular coffee.

COFFEE CAUSES NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
Heavy coffee drinkers create Thiamine (B-1) insufficiency. Symptoms of B-1 insufficiency range from fatigue, nervousness, general malaise, general aches and pains to headaches.

Regular use of coffee prevents some of the nutrients in your food from being absorbed effectively in your small intestines, which leads to further vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

THE "BUZZ" FROM COFFEE
The "buzz" or stimulation you get from coffee actually contributes to re-bound fatigue when the stimulating effects wear off. Repeated stimulation can contribute to the exhaustion of key organs like the liver, pancreas and adrenal glands. If you still want that "buzz" you get from coffee and strong teas, try Chinese Jasmine Green Tea, instead. It has an effective stimulant without many of the negative health effects.

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO COFFEE AND STRONG TEA
If you would like a beverage with a coffee taste without the side effects, try Nature s Sunshine Products' "Herbal Beverage." I have recommended Herbal Beverage to my clients for years with continued positive feedback. You may also enjoy other herbal blends with a coffee-like taste found in health food stores.

Besides coffee, some of the strong teas we grew up with also contain caffeine. These are still being served in most restaurants. A better alternative would be Traditional s Dinner Mint Tea. Blackberry Tea is another good choice. After having used strong tea and coffee for many years, you may think some herbal teas taste weak and have no flavor in comparison when you make the switch. You must realize, first, that your taste buds have been conditioned for "strong" beverages. It will, also, take some weeks to detoxify your tongue of the chemicals in strong beverages so that you may truly enjoy the wonderful flavors and variety of herbal teas. To help you during this transition, try this suggestion: use 2-3 herbal tea bags, instead of one, and let it steep for a longer period of time. This will help to make the herbal tea stronger tasting.

Be sure to read labels and ask questions whenever you are served traditional tea and coffee. Keep healthy tea bags in your purse or wallet and request a cup of hot water when dining outside the home.

If you are unable to locate the above-mentioned healthy beverages, please e-mail my office and I will be glad to help you find someone near you to supply these items.

LONG-TERM COFFEE DRINKING MAY PRODUCE A TOXIC LIVER
Because of the overload on the liver to detoxify chemical residues, long-term coffee drinkers often have a toxic, congested liver and impure blood. The function of the liver is to filter the blood so the blood can nourish the cells. Just like your car's oil filter, filters the oil that gets distributed through your automobile. When the liver is congested, it cannot function properly. The blood does not get filtered and it circulates through the body depositing impure blood into the cells. The cells, then, can not regenerate and grow healthy tissue. The long-term effect, when cells cannot regenerate, is its opposite -- degenerative cells which leads to degenerative diseases.

An example of a toxic, congested liver is dark spots on the skin as the person gets older. Some people refer to them as brown or liver spots. In later years, these spots merge to the point that they no longer appear as spots, but discoloration of skin. Other examples include a lack of absorption of minerals resulting in gray hair, a protruded stomach, constipation, spastic colons, irritable bowels, a swollen or enlarged gall bladder, and high cholesterol and triglycerides, even after faithfully following a cholesterol-free or limiting diet. In fact, many new clients come to me frustrated because they have been watching their cholesterol intake for months, even years, and still have high cholesterol. This is a definite sign that the liver is congested and over-producing cholesterol.

A more scientific method of determining if you have a congested liver is to have your blood serum liver enzymes and other liver-related blood chemistries "nutritionally" analyzed. Here is an exercise that will give you an idea of how this is done and if you may presently have a congested liver. Pull your file copy of the Laboratory Report from the last time your doctor ordered a blood test for you.

If you do not have a copy, call your doctor's office. Ask the secretary which day this week a copy of your last lab report can be ready so you may come by the office to pick it up. If you wait for the doctor's office to mail it, you may not get it. After all, they are very busy helping people with higher priorities. In the future, whenever you have laboratory tests ordered, be sure to request a copy for your home files when the blood is being drawn.
Once you have a copy of your laboratory report, check these liver-related chemistries. If one or more of your test results fall below or above numbers under "Chemical Imbalance," your liver may be congested.

CHEMICAL IMBALANCE   HOMEOSTASIS   LAB RANGES
SGOT (AST) -18 or 26+ 1   8 to 26   (0 - 45)
SGPT (ALT) -16 or 26+   16 to 26   (0 - 50)
GGT Above 36   1 to 36   (0 - 85)
Total Bilirubin -.50 or .70+
means below and = means above   .50 to 70   (0.1-1.2) -
For example, when looking on your Laboratory Report at the SGOT (AST) you will see the name of this test is listed on the left side of the page along with the names of all the other blood chemistries. Now follow the line to the right and you will see the test result value of your SGOT (AST). In fact, you will notice a column with all your test result values to the right of the column with the names of the chemistries. Then to the right of your SGOT (AST) value, you will see another column with a range of two numbers on each line. For SGOT (AST), you may see a range of numbers from 0 - 45. The ranges vary depending upon the laboratory used to run the report.

The ranges listed on your laboratory report (for example 0-45 for SGOT) are used by your physician to diagnosis your "medical" condition.
However, when I interpret the same laboratory reports "nutritionally," I am analyzing your blood chemistries for homeostasis and use a different set of ranges. Homeostasis means nutritional biochemical balance.

For you to have a nutritional healthy SGOT (AST), your test result value must be between 18-26, if your Laboratory Report listed 0-45 in the right column ranges. From 0-18 or 26-45, you have a nutritional biochemical imbalance. Biochemical imbalances of the liver can lead to a sluggish, toxic, congested liver (underactive or overactive), which may then lead to liver dysfunction, and, in time, to nutrition-related liver diseases.

Because there are many other factors involved, in addition to the nutritional analysis of your liver-related blood chemistries, and your Laboratory Reports may not have the same right column ranges as were used to provide the above calculations, you will not be able to make an accurate determination of your liver status from your laboratory report and the information in this article. However, you will be able to get an idea of how congested your liver may be. The above chemistry values and ranges provided in this article are for demonstration only, not for an accurate nutritional assessment of your blood chemistries.
Clinical nutrition protocols recommended from the nutritional analysis of blood chemistries are designed to assist the body in returning to homeostasis.

IMPROVING HEALTH AFTER YEARS OF DRINKING COFFEE
After reviewing your Laboratory Report and the information above, do you think you may have a congested liver? If you do, your liver is acting like a dirty car filter that needs to be changed so it can filter the oil and keep the mechanical parts clean as it circulates through your automobile. A sluggish, toxic liver, not performing to its capacity, will slow sports performance, slow healing and so on, just like sluggish, oil will slow down the performance of your automobile. You may not be able to change your liver, like you can your car filter, but you can get a clinical nutritional analysis of your blood chemistries.
From this analysis, a clinical nutrition program can be recommended to assist in cleansing and re-nourishing your liver. Then soon your liver will filter your blood properly again and send pure, healthy blood to all your cells. You may be amazed at how much better you can feel with a healthy, clean functioning liver. The liver, because of its role in blood purification, affects every cell, tissue, organ and gland in your body. Therefore, every cell, tissue, organ and gland feels better when the liver improves.

CONCLUSION
To improve your health, you must eliminate toxic substances from your diet, such as coffee and strong teas, and then detoxify the chemical residues in the liver, resulting from long-term ingestion of these substances. To do the latter, obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your blood chemistries to receive specific clinical nutrition recommendations on how to assist your body in cleansing and re-nourishing its liver.

Some health benefits reported from clients during and after this process are: beautiful skin (liver and brown spots disappear - even in the elderly); gray hair turns to natural colors of brown or black, cholesterol and triglycerides become normal without following a cholesterol-free diet, stomachs become flatter that never could before even with exercise, energy and endurance increases, gall bladders improve, bowels eliminate regularly without spasms or irritability, blood pressure becomes normal and many others.

You may request information on how to obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your blood chemistries by e-mailing services@AdvancedClinicalNutrition.com or browse our web at www.AdvancedClinicalNutrition.com.

Dr. Donna F. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Nutrition, is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.). Dr. Smith has a success rate of 90% in helping her clients improve their health, no matter what their current health concern, and her clientele encompasses 35 U.S. States and four international countries.

References: Hooshang Hooskmand, M.D., and Mark Percival, D.C., N.D.
Copyright 1999 by Donna F. Smith

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I found this positive information about using coffee enemas here:http://www.sawilsons.com

The Coffee Enema for Liver Detoxification

The use of coffee in enemas for detoxification purposes is well known. It is a common herbalogical remedy that has been suggested by holistic and alternative medicine professionals for many years.




Recipe 1
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The Coffee Enema for Liver Detoxification

The coffee enema has been used for many years to detoxify the liver. It is a low-volume enema that remains only in the sigmoid colon. There is a duct between the sigmoid colon and the liver called the entero-hepatic circulation system. When the stool reaches this point, it contains many toxins, which are sent to the liver for detoxification. The coffee enema will increase the transit time in the bowel. The caffeine that is absorbed into the entero-hepatic system causes the liver ducts, including the bile ducts, to empty into the sigmoid colon and be eliminated. Releasing the toxins in the liver ducts, makes room for toxins from the body to enter the liver for detoxification. The alkaloids in the caffeine stimulate the production of glutathione-S-transferase, which is an enzyme that facilitates the liver detoxification pathways.

Coffee enemas will not waste minerals and electrolytes because they have already been absorbed in the previous sections of the intestines. The coffee enema is safe even for people who are sensitive to caffeine because the coffee remains in the sigmoid colon, where it will not be absorbed, provided the proper amount is used and the enema bag is not place too high.

Boil 1 quart of water in a non-aluminum pot. Add 2 tablespoons or more of coffee and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove pot from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of unsulfured molasses (optional). Cool to 90 degrees F. or less. Pour the coffee mixture through a fine mesh strainer into two 1 cup measuring cups. Clamp the end of the enema bag. Pour 1 cup of filtered coffee mixture into the enema bag. Release the clamp until the coffee begins to flow out, then clamp the bag again immediately.

Hang the enema bag at a height of about 3 feet, not higher. Lie on the floor and gently insert the nozzle. Use vegetable oil on the nozzle if needed. Release the clamp and let the coffee mixture flow into the sigmoid colon. Clamp the tubing as soon as there is a sensation of ”fullness” or when the enema bag is empty and remove the nozzle. If possible, without forcing yourself, retain the enema for 10 minutes, then empty your bowel.

After emptying your bowel, repeat the process with the remaining (1 cup) of coffee mixture. If you cannot hold 1 cup of coffee mixture enema, take several smaller enemas.

When the bile duct empties, you will hear or feel a squirting sensation in the area of your right rib cage. After feeling the bile emptying, you can stop taking enemas for that day.

If you do not feel the bile duct emptying after one week of daily enemas, increase the strength of the coffee or take slightly larger volume enemas.

You should not feel nervous or jittery after the enema because the coffee does not get absorbed systemically. If you do feel nervous, jittery, have palpitations, or irregular heartbeats, after a coffee enema, reduce the amount of coffee by half or more.

Repeat enemas as needed to detoxify chemical toxins and/or allergic reactions.





Recipe 2
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Supplies

You will need to buy a re-usable enema kit, available at most pharmacies. They are usually disposable (although they can be cleaned and reused for several months) and they are inexpensive.
Distilled water.
Organic coffee, any roasting level will do.
French Press pot.



Preparing the Coffee

Bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
Grind eight heaping spoonfuls of organic coffee. Put it in a french press pot.
Pour the water over the coffee grounds and let it steep then cool for one hour.
After this amount of time, the liquid should be about body temperature. If you stick your finger in the water it should be lukewarm, but not hot.
Press the coffee grounds to the bottom, then pour the coffee liquid into the enema bag.


Directions

Follow the directions that accompany the enema kit. Lie on your right side, inject and retain the coffee for 10-20 minutes.
I recommend lightly massaging your abdomen from left to right (up the left side, and then left to right just below the navel).
Additionally, I recommend changing positions while retaining the coffee. After a few minutes turn over onto your back, a few minutes later switch to your left side before evacuating your bowels.


The effects of a coffee enema are different than a saline enema. The most important difference between a saline enema and a coffee enema is the presence of caffeine in the coffee. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, combine to stimulate the relaxation of smooth muscles causing dilatation of blood vessels and bile ducts. The effects of having a coffee enema are not the same as drinking coffee. The veins of the anus are very close to the surface of the tissue. The caffeine is therefore absorbed more quickly (and in higher concentration) than it is in when coffee is drunk.

Coffee has a chemical makeup that is stimulative. The enzymes in coffee, known as palmitates, help the liver carry away the toxins in bile acid. The coffee is absorbed into the hemorrhoidal vein, then taken up to the liver by the portal vein. With the bile ducts dilated, bile carries toxins away to the gastro-intestinal tract. Simultaneously, peristaltic activity is encouraged because of the flooding of the lower colon. Thus, when the colon is evacuated, the toxins and bile are carried out of the body.




Recipe 3
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Coffee Enema Recipe:

In a non-metal pot or saucepan:
empty 4 cups of filtered or distilled water
3/4 cup of organic coffee enema (finely ground) from health store
Stir in the coffee to make sure all is mixed in the water,
then: bring to a boil and boil for 3 to 5 minutes (while stirring occasionally)

Reduce heat and cover pot or saucepan with lid and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes

Remove from stove element and let coffee enema cool down to room temperature

Strain coffee through fine sieve to remove as many coffee grinds as possible.

Because of the boiling process, some of the water evaporated, so add plain filtered or distilled water to the coffee to bring it up to 4 full cups.

Store the coffee in a sealed container and keep refrigerated.

The instructions I read said coffee enema stays good for 4 to 5 days and should be used within that time for optimum benefits.


Coffee Enema Set Up:

In a large measuring container (at least 4 cup size):
Pour 1 cup of the concentrated organic coffy from the container in the fridge.
Add 3 cups of filtered or distilled water to make 4 cups total.
Pour diluted koffee into a saucepan and heat it until it is lukewarm.

Immediately pour it into the bucket or bag and do right away so it doesn´t get too cool.

In whichever way is most comfortable (kneeling, squatting or laying down) gently insert tube tip into the rectum for at least 4 inches if possible.

You can lubricate it with olive oil.

If there is rectal bleeding or severe pain or swelling, it is risky to force an the tube, as this may aggravate the problem or even perforate the bowel wall.

So, it is best to wait until any bleeding or severe discomfort passes before doing an douche.

It is best to place the bag bucket about 18 inches to 2 feet above floor level so gravity will send the coffee downward to your colon.

Any higher may result in too fast a flow and cause abdominal cramping and gas.

If the bucket is too low then the flow will be too slow.

Just make sure the level of the bag bucket is best for your particular comfort and needs.
Each person has a different preference.
After the tube is inserted as far as is comfortable, lay down on your Left Side and allow the lukewarm coffy to enter your colon.

« : May 23, 2010, 06:20:47 PM Sherlene »

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« #2 : May 23, 2010, 06:16:25 PM »

And there's more!  (found at: reutershealth.com/archive/2002/05/17/eline/links/20020517elin006.html)

Caffeine, even in small doses, may hurt arteries


By Alison McCook
(Reuters Health)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Small doses of caffeine--even as little as that in one cup of coffee--can cause temporary stiffening of the blood vessel walls, according to two small studies released here this week at the American Society of Hypertension's annual meeting.

Researchers led by Dr. Charalambos Vlachopoulos of Athens Medical School in Greece looked at the effect of caffeine in people with mild hypertension, or high blood pressure, and in individuals with normal blood pressure.

The researchers found that people with mild hypertension who took a pill that contained 250 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, equivalent to the amount contained in 2 to 3 cups of coffee, experienced a temporary increase in blood pressure and in the stiffness of the aorta, the main artery leaving the heart.

In the other study, a small group of people with normal blood pressure who were given a pill containing as much caffeine as one cup of coffee also experienced a temporary increase in the stiffening of arterial walls.

Vlachopoulos and his team measured arterial stiffness by looking at pulse velocity in the aorta.

Arteries need to be supple enough to expand when muscles--including the heart--demand more oxygen, and a loss of elasticity spells trouble for the body. Arterial stiffening places an extra load on the heart, and is a primary cause of hypertension.

In the general population, hypertension is a major risk factor for serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Blood pressure is considered high when systolic pressure--the first number in a blood pressure reading--is above 140 mm Hg, and diastolic pressure--the second number in the reading--goes over 90 mm Hg.

In the first study, Vlachopoulos and his team gave 10 mildly hypertensive people a high-dose caffeine pill and placebo. Caffeine increased systolic pressure by 11.4 mm Hg relative to placebo.

In the other study, the caffeine equivalent of one cup of coffee also increased arterial stiffness in 10 non-hypertensive patients, and raised their systolic blood pressure by 3 mm Hg and their diastolic reading by 6.5 mm Hg.

Pulse velocity eventually returned to its normal levels, Vlachopoulos noted, but remained higher than average even three hours after patients took the caffeine pills.

Vlachopoulos explained that the increased arterial stiffness that comes with caffeine might worsen hypertension in people who already have high blood pressure, and may also increase the risk that these individuals have of suffering a serious cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke. The increased stiffness also reduces the amount of oxygen that is supplied to the heart, he noted.

Both studies used only a small number of patients, the Greek researcher noted, and further research is needed before doctors can make specific recommendations about who should avoid caffeine and who should simply reduce the amount they consume.

In the meantime, however, Vlachopoulos said that certain patients, such as those whose arteries are already stiff, may wish to start reducing caffeine consumption now.

Copyright © 2002 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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