So here’s a coffee and cancer related tidbit to perk you up. When taken in the conventional way coffee can have a positive impact on certain cancers. For example, a Harvard study of nearly 50,000 men showed that those who consumed the most coffee (ie more than six cups a day) were nearly 20% less likely to develop any form of prostate cancer.
Other studies from the University of Utah show that “frequent coffee drinkers had a 39% decreased risk of oral cavity and pharynx cancers combined” (a pharynx is at the back of the mouth and nose and above the larynx, apparently) compared to those who didn’t drink such large quantities. It has also been associated with reduced risk of gliomas (brain tumours) and liver cancer.
So before you get filtering, check out this information from Umea University in Sweden which looked at the way the coffee is brewed is as important as how much you drink.
Apparently when the coffee is boiled (the way they do it in Scandinavia, Turkey and Greece) apparently allows the coffee to maintain its fatty acids that have been shown in animal models to inhibit the growth of cancer.
In a study of 64,000 women the researchers concluded that “women who drank boiled coffee more than four times a day had a lowered risk of breast cancer compared with women who drank coffee less than once a day”. However, for “women who drank filtered coffee there was an increased risk of early breast cancer (under 49 years old) and a decreased risk of late breast cancer (over 55).”
But it gets even more complicated, according to a report in The Independent, which quotes the study as saying “boiled-coffee drinkers, but not filtered coffee drinkers also had an increased risk of pancreatic and lung cancer in men.”
So, if you factor in your age and your sex you should be able to work out whether you should filter or boil, but for me, as a coffee lover, it’s good to know it is doing me good as well as being the kick-start to my day.
I am not sure you could make the right kind of coffee using an impressive Gaggia expresso machine or not but the Gerson people recommend 3 dessert spoonfuls of organic ground coffee with 8 fl oz of pure water. You boil the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes to drive off the oils and then simmer with the lid on for another 10 minutes or so. You will then have the coffee “concentrate” for one enema.
Add more water to get to the required 32 fl oz (seems loads but it does go in) and you are ready to go. The idea is you lie on your right hand side (the liver is on the right) usually on your bathroom floor on a comfy arrangement of gym mats or beach cushions (hopefully waterproof!), a towel, maybe a pillow. Best not to use your most treasured items for this as accidents do happen!
Before you get horizontal get the liquid to flow down through the tube and secure the tap that closes off the flow. Place the bucket (or bag) of body temperature coffee at a height of a couple of feet off the ground. Usually the side of the bath is perfect. Grease the tip with KY jelly or Vaseline (the purists would probably say olive oil) and insert it – maybe an inch and a half is far enough. It doesn’t hurt and seems to go in really easily.
Open up the tap and off you go – the liquid will flow in and you can settle back with your book, your candle or just your comfy pillow. Enemas are great for providing SPACE for yourself away from the demands of family, the juicer, the diet etc.
In an ideal world the liquid stays inside you for 15 minutes then you easily and gracefully turn the tap off, remove the tube and glide over to the loo, leaving the bathroom feeling perky and cleansed.
I decided that my first blog would focus on an aspect of alternative cancer treatment that doesn’t usually get talked about – at least not publicly. It is the kind of conversation you might not really want to have with your doctor …. perhaps more like the sort of thing you might chat about over a cup of coffee with a good friend.
So – on the subject of coffee (please excuse the dodgy segue) … this blog is going to be about taking it black in a rather unconventional way – The Coffee Enema.
Most people who are on some kind of alternative / naturopathic treatment regime come across the coffee enema. I remember when I first heard that on the Gerson Therapy I would be having five (yes, FIVE) coffee enemas a day I couldn’t possibly see how that might work.
Yet Max Gerson had been recommending them since the earlier part of the 20th century when he was working with people with tuberculosis and subsequently cancer. Although one might naturally think that the purpose of an enema is to clear out the bowel, Gerson told his patients that “coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines, but for the stimulation of the liver”.
This makes total sense when you think about cancer being a disease of toxicity in the body, and with the liver being a major organ of detoxification it really needs all the help it can get to clear and release toxicity. Especially when 13 juices per day are being taken in on the Gerson Therapy, there is loads of great cleansing stuff going in. So it makes sense to get what has been cleared and cleansed out of the body asap, through the coffee acting on the bile ducts to get them to dilate and release their toxins into the bowel.
I had my first when I was alone in the house and was quite fearful of what might happen. For instance (embarrassing thought) would it go to the wrong place and come up my throat or something. I know, how nutty that must sound, but there you go….
Anyway, it was fine!!! It all worked well and I went on to duly do my five a day for the next 18 months. I actually loved them, did them again (two a day) when I was on the Callebout regime and still have them occasionally if I am feeling particularly gunky.
In my next blog, I will tell you the Gerson recommended method for making and administering this incredibly easy and enjoyable way of helping out your liver and thus your whole system.