Today's the day, June 24, 2014,, to start a blog. I've been debating whether to use this format for months. Suddenly the moment came when it became obvious. It's not that what I have to say is so extraordinary or different. But I find myself posting the same responses over and over, and have been wanting to consolidate the practices that have created such wonderful healing results for me over the past 2.5 years.
Not sure whether this is going to be a document dump in the first instance, or a bit more nuanced... so I'll just get started.
And of course the place I'm starting is what has proven to be core to my story: Coffee Enemas. I've been consolidating responses I've made here at pr and on GAPS forums. I'm just going to copy my collected wisdom and paste it all here. Which means there are repetitions.
Next edition: Footbaths and Biofilm Busters
March 2014 I’ve developed a protocol for enemas which is really working. You don’t need to be on GAPS to have the enemas work...your response suggests it worked, released toxins.
Here’s something from Natasha Campbell-McBride:
My understanding, which could be incorrect, is that it moves things out, especially yeasts or others that are clinging to gut walls. It also has silica, which is good for many things in body. Did I mention olive leaf extract for killing virus, maybe bacteria, too
NCM on DE dosage:
When I started CEs I was using my former drinking coffee, dark roast. Almost no sleep after! I reduced from 3 Tb to 2 Tb coffee, better. Then I got a light roast. Much better. Now I’ve gone to v light roast, special blend from s.e. Wilson, (http://www.sawilsons.com/) and there are no sleep problems, at 3 Tb. But I’ve now found something significant. I now realize that some of my jitteriness, weird feelings after enemas is due to what’s being released, including histamines and ammonia.
Once I realized I needed to continue with the coffee enemas (CE) at this stage, I followed advice from someone on GAPS forum who does them daily, and has for a long time.
1) I got a larger bucket, so now use 1.5l water, instead of 1l.
2) Start w/ 1 clear water, w/ 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp bicarb (baking soda)
3) Follow w/ 2 coffee enemas, each also with salt, bicarb
4)Finish w/ another clear water to eliminate the toxins you’ve stirred up
To the first and last water enemas I add 1 dropper full of oregano oil to kill bacteria. Surprisingly, this is not irritating. I also add 4 drops colloidal silver, also for bacteria (because I already have this available) and I believe it might help draw out metals.
Also, to the first and last, I add 1 cup chamomile tea and 1 cup linseed/flax ‘tea’ to help soothe the bowel. 1Tb linseed in 2 l water makes a great, slippery solution. Bring it to the boil,, then let sit, then later again I bring it to boil, leave it overnight, then once again boil. I do it this way because when boiled it as I first read, it boiled over and made a mess. When I just boiled it and let sit, it was too thin. this method seems to work perfectly.
I found I felt really bad afterwards: irritable, spacey, toxic. So I now take anti-histamine supps after the 2nd coffee enema, before the last clear water. This means those supps are acting about 45“ earlier than if I waited until after the whole procedure. Royal jelly, quercetin, rutin, butyrate (butyrate for ammonia/sulfur byproduct)
I also add supps to my last water enema, to help with the toxicity, as well as salt, bicarb, oregano oil, silver dropps. These are all supps I use regularly. GABA, glycine (helps detox), glutamine, ornithine (ammonia/sulfur detox), magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese, selenium (these minerals are all in caps which I empty into water), Vit C, Calcium (Vit C, calcium help move histamines out).
I follow the whole thing up with a footbath, which is how I take my powdered supps. More Vit C, Ca, mg, K+. glutamine, glycine, GABA, grapefruit seed oil, bicarb.
I’ve been doing this routine of 1x water, 2x coffee, 1x water w/ additives 4 days in a row, then take 2 days off. (Feels like a holiday!) Takes 3-4 hours. After watching a youtube vid re making the coffee for Gerson therapy, big users of coffee enemas, I now make my coffee as a concentrate the day before. Boil 2 liters water, pour over 2 cups coffee grounds, stirring to prevent boiling over. Boil 3 minutes, then simmer 20 minutes. When cool, add enough water to bring total back to 2 liters/quarts. Refrigerate, use 1 cup/enema, filling the rest of the volume with water. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1Ggit4Zhx8s
I strongly suggest you learn to self-test for supp doses. there are a number of youtube vids re muscle-testing for self. I learned my method just as I was falling ill, 10 years ago. I’ve continued with it, so now it’s very trustworthy. This is how I regulate all my supps. Also, it’s now about 5 weeks since I began my 4 days on, 2 days off routine of coffee enemas. For the first time I’ve tested for less anti-histamine supps. My bloating is decreasing. There seems to be some end in sight. whew!
My impression is that because the Wilson’s coffee is more effective, we feel worse afterwards! Nausea sounds like liver congestion. I’ve been very happy with the effectiveness of herb, Chanca Piedra for supporting my liver.I started it when I was having excruciating gall bladder pain, which it resolved almost immediately. After a month on 2/day, I now take 1 daily, never self-test for needing more, even in the midst of detoxxing..
I’ve found I need a LOT of supps in my final, water enema following the 2 coffee enemas plus anti-histamine and anti-ammonia/sulfur supps directly afterwards, as well as follow-up footbaths with clay, charcoal, and more aminos. I’m even now adding chlorella to my water enemas, to help pull out bacteria.
Once I started using a combination of essential oils to disrupt biofilm on my body, that my detox increased, as well as my need for these extra supps. The good news is that I don’t feel awful afterwards, and I’m slowly progressing, now into my 4th month on this regimen. I’ve decreased my thyroid rx, I need less anti-histamines, especially on the days off from enemas, mental clarity slowly improves. So, even if it might looks as if I’m just throwing handsfull of supps down the drain, it’s all part of healing me back into life
I was v spacey, irritable, speedy following enemas. Then I read of a person on GAPS forum who’s been doing long term daily CEs. He referred to doing 2 coffee back to back, followed by clear water. This helped a bit. Once I switched to Wilsons coffee and I still felt pretty bad, I reasoned that the 2 things in my life I know affect my brain are histamines and ammonia from sulfur. So I took my supps for those after the whole procedure. A bit better. When I switched to taking the anti-hist supps after the last coffee, before the final water enema, it was better: seems getting those in 45” earlier helped.
I’d have to review my notes to recreate my thought process. But I decided to get creative. I began adding oregano oil to the water enemas, both before and after the coffee. I use self-testing, body liked this. I’ve taken glycine for many years, but didn’t understand until watching Dietrich Klinghardt’s vid that it was a detoxifier. So I added this to the final enema. And then added the other things that I was using in footbaths following the enemas. It all made me feel more normal. I could say I’m flushing all these things down the drain, but I’ve been feeling better and better, both during the enema process, and in general.
I know I’m also attempting to eliminate metals, so it made sense to add minerals directly to help pull them out: Z, Se, mang. My sulfur/ammonia-reducing aminos are lysine, ornithine, now citruline. Also GABA, arginine, choline, biotin (cell-rebuilding), glutamine. Vitamin C and CA to eliminate histamines. When I understood that collagen is one of the elements in Biosil, as recommended by Klinghardt for detox, I added collagen, which I already had on hand.So the list grew, and I continued on by self-testing. If I didn’t self-test, and if I haven’t been doing this testing for the decade in which I’ve been unwell, I’d never have the guts to go on.
The most recent thing I added was chlorella! Since I’m drinking it daily, then why not?! I added this about 3-4 weeks ago. First it was just in the 1st, water enema. Later I also added it to the final one. Lately I’ve only tested for using it in the final water enema, and not drinking it. So I’m utilizing it effectively. During this most recent series, I tested for less of everything. And I’m feeling so normal! I still don’t poop normally. A couple weeks ago it seemed as that was improving, but today and yesterday, my 2 days off, nothing. I only started the CEs after I realized it had been 3 months of very poor bowel function. This is my monitor, I guess. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride, of GAPS, counsels that bacterial die-off can lead to constipation. That’s why I started getting serious about this. Also, I occasionally ad a probiotic, generally S Boulardi.
Oh, I just recalled. I started adding things to the enemas, beyond salt and bicarb, when my bowel was inflamed. Prior to this period I had a time of intense inflammation. When I researched, I found recommendations for chamomile enemas and also linseed/flax seed ‘tea’. I’d used the linseed solution to excellent effect at that time. so I use both of these along w/ the water, about 1 cup each in a 1.5l bucket. The linseed makes a slippery solution which is soothing. I created a method which is working, after my first tries created something so thick it was useless. I use 1 Tb linseeds in 2 liters water. I bring it to a boil, turn it off. I do this again at least once or twice before I use it, so it develops a great consistency, slippery, but not too thick.
These enemas are the only place in my life I’m taking risks I’ve been using the cheapest forms of C and Ca, as I’ve been doing them in footbaths for about 1.5 years. Yet I’m putting ascorbic acid and Ca carbonate into my bum! Sometimes I test for higher doses, but now it’s decreasing. I’m certainly hoping I’m nearing the end of the need for this intensive, especially now that the cool weather’s coming on. As my husband commented, it’s like being in chemotherapy. It takes me about 4 hours/day, and I follow up w/ footbaths: first clay + charcoal, then w/ more of the aminos, minerals. I’ve gone from accepting, as followers of the GAPS diet counsel, to accepting that this is not a sprint, but a marathon, to feeling like every day is a marathon. But my improvements are undeniable. I’m finally healing, after 11 years of feeling drastic.
I’m going to paste a bit of my collected enema notes here. Maybe some of it’s useful. I hadn’t realized until looking now that one of the types listed is choline bitartrate, which I’m adding. These notes I’ve collected from GAPS forum responses, and a bit from saWilsons excellent collection of links, particularly from Gersons. I make my coffee as concentrate, as you’ll see. That’s why I’m also doing the same amount of linseed, so it all lasts 4 days. I was doing chamomile like this, but it seems to go off after a couple days, so I now only do 1 l at a time. I’ve also started adding olive leaf and oregano to the chamomile tea...going for saturation!
When I re-read the following, it explains why I need all the ammonia-reducing supps.
[posted on GAPS forum, from a book. I don't know author or title]
List of enemas
Triple water enema- to apply 3 water enemas in sequence has a greatly increased
effect and is ideal at the onset of a cold, flu, sore throat or sinus congestion
to bring extra stimulation to the lymph system.
Aloe Vera enema - adding to a water enema has an anti inflammatory effect on the mucosa of the colon. This makes it ideally suited to aiding any inflammatory conditions within the digestive system.
Coffee enema - most powerful detox tool for the liver. You need to be very careful with this technique as it is one of ht easiest to misunderstand. Coffee enemas do cause some loss of electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) which can cause stress in come cases. If overused or used in the wrong situation, they can bring about stress in the kidneys or adrenals due to this diuresis. Should be part of a supervised programme.
Choline Bitartrate enema - can be used as an alternative when a coffee enemashould not be used ( eg in a person who is very dehydrated, where the loss ofelectrolytes could cause problems
Chamomile enema - chamomile tea is a gentle sedative and when added to a waterenema is absorbed via the haemmorrhoidal vein ( as with a coffee enema). Ittravels via the portal system two the liver and has a calming effect upon it andthe rest of the body
Faxseed oil enema
Warm a bottle (9oz-17oz/ 250-500ml) of organic flaxseed oil to body temperature by placing it in a jug of warm water, hold for 60 minutes, follow with a water enema to clear the colon of oil
She recommends preceding this with a water enema to clear the colon as the purpose of this enema is to rehydrate by promoting photon and electron activity within the body. And to reiterate can be used in situations where people are unable to utilise oils (eg in people with ME). It is also useful at times of high energy (Spring Equinox just passed / Full Moon) to maximise their effects. And caution should only be performed once a year
Flaxseed tea enema a dinky soothing enema that’s useful for any kind of inflammatory bowel illness such as colitis or Crohn’s disease. It is also wonderful for helping to bring hydration to the colon to relieve fear and anxiety and to help to stabilise blood sugar.
To Make Coffee Enemas Gerson Style
My Detox Story: Coffee Enemas.
Blog entry posted by ahmo, Jun 24, 2014.
About the Author
ME/CFS since June 2013: Precipitated by heat and stress, 2003 European heat wave. GAPS diet from January 2012. Before this I was spiralling downward, life barely tolerable with my over-active nervous system. Mid 2012 Uncovered and supplemented for Pyroluria, then Methylation defects. March 2013 began Freddd's Protocol.