WATER FILTERS AND COFFEE ENEMAS - (Scroll down for directions on "How to give yourself a coffee enema")
We don't drink enough water. Fresh pure water is very important for both detoxifying your body and keeping it well hydrated. In a book called The Your Body's Many Cries for Water Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD makes a good argument for alleviating many diseases and symptoms by addressing dehydration. (see www.watercure.com )
Early on in my diagnosis I got a new water filter for my drinking water. I got what I researched to be one of the best on the market, A Nikken P Mag. (contact Barbara Harris (434)984-1360 or your local Nikken distributor to learn more.) The Japanese have been using many advanced techniques in water filtration system for years. In addition to carbon filtration, the Nikken Pi Mag uses magnetic technology. Some people believe that illness has a lot to do with the biomagnetics of your body being out of kilter. Magnetic therapy seems to help me and I also carry a bottle of water in a Nikken carrier that has magnets at the bottom.
"'The key to how magnetic fields can stimulate healing, and help in reversing cancer has to do with its effect on oxygen,' says Dr Philpott. 'Magnetic fields can stimulate metabolism and increase the amount of oxygen available to cells. I have concluded that oxygen deficiency, coupled with acidity, are unique characteristics of all cancer cells, and are actually the two main causes of cancer...The more alkaline pH produced by a negative magnetic field is necessary for healing as cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment,' Dr Philpott explains." (see p. 1035-1045 in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer . by W. John Diamond,M.D., W. Lee Cowden, M. D. and Burton Goldberg, Future Medicine Publishing INC, Tiburon, CA 1997)
Nikken also has an optimizer you can buy which adds additional oxygen to the water. I added liquid oxygen to my water: (see Life Support- Oxygen Elements.)
While researching water filters, I also learned about Japanese microwater which claims to be smaller water molecules with added oxygen. (p. 792-793 in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer.) You can buy a microwater filter or you can buy microwater already bottled, (see: Penta Water by Bio Hydration Research. http://www.myvitanet.com/birelab.html (Whole Foods ordered it for me.)) Microwater is supposed to be more alkaline and more quickly and easily absorbed to hydrate you better. Now I have a Jupiter Orion Filter which produces separates the water into alakaline and acid and you drink the alkaline and clean with the acidic water.
I also bought a good carbon filter for my shower to filter out the chlorine and other carcinogens left over from sewage processing. This is especially important if you are going to use your shower water for home colonics or enemas. Like your drinking water, your enema water needs to be pure. You can always use distilled water for an enema, which is what I did at first. If you live in the city, I do not recommend taking a hot bath and soaking in city water because your body absorbs water through your skin. According to a Norwegian study consuming chlorinated drinking water is associated with a 20-40% increase in the incidence of colon and rectal cancer." (p578-579 in 1045 in An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer).
I have included an article here from the Wisconsin State Journal which claims that our drinking water is contaminated with traces of antidepressants and estrogens which are not filtered out by our sewage water processing plants. In addition to our drinking water, our lakes and streams are contaminated with pharmaceuticals and hormones and they have found estrogen in fish that are altering the sex of the fish downstream from sewage plants. Add to that the high incidence of mercury found in fish, this is another good reason to become a vegetarian and to get your fatty omega 3 essential oils from flax instead.
Drugs Contaminate Our Drinking Water
Experts Are Worried As Traces Of Common Medicines Are Found In Water Supplies.
Wisconsin State Journal : FRONT : A1
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Ron Seely Environment reporter
Before you read any more of this story, go to your kitchen sink and draw a glass of water. Hold it up to the light and take a good look.
Take a sip.
And think about this. Researchers are finding that our drinking water may contain small amounts of the many drugs that line the shelves of most of our medicine cabinets.
In addition to that refreshing sip of water, you may be ingesting everything from the estrogen used in birth control pills to antibiotics and anti-depressants.
If you find that thought unsettling, you're not alone. Agencies such as the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are investing millions of dollars in research aimed at measuring the levels of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies.
And those studies are turning up surprising levels of the substances in lakes and streams, in the treated water coming from sewage treatment plants and, most disturbing, in the aquifers from which we draw our drinking water.
It's not somebody else's problem, either. Research has turned up pharmaceuticals in surface water, as well as in water coming from septic systems, right here in Dane County, according to Ken Bradbury, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey who is studying the problem locally.
"It's troubling," said Bradbury. "It's troubling that we may be drinking trace amounts of things we haven't thought about as being there. We don't know the health effects and we're not doing enough monitoring to know what the levels are."
Researchers are just beginning to look at the potential impact of such substances on our health.
There are numerous concerns. Some fear, for example, that exposure to antibiotics will worsen an already existing problem -- the growing resistance of bacterial pathogens to antibiotics that are overused.
And studies of fish and other aquatic wildlife exposed to estrogen have turned up numerous problems -- such as hermaphroditic fish downstream of sewage treatment plants in the United Kingdom.
Such studies have led some researchers to suggest that declining sperm counts as well as increasing rates of breast, prostate and testicular cancers in humans may be related to estrogenic compounds in the environment.
Henry Anderson, chief medical officer in the state's Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, said much of the concern about potential health impacts stems from the nature of the drugs themselves.
"These are drugs that are designed to impact people," Anderson said.
Such contaminants, considered one of the hottest emerging issues in environmental health, have already been tagged with an acronym. They're called pharmaceuticals and personal care products, or PPCPs.
They come from a number of sources. Unwanted medications are frequently flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. We all excrete ingested drugs every time we use the bathroom. When we wash our hands with antibiotic soap, we send antibiotics down the drain and into the waste stream. Farms where antibiotics are used to stimulate animal growth are also a source of contamination.
Lack of research makes it difficult to estimate the amounts of PPCPs entering our waters. Generally, drugs are showing up in much lower concentrations than better studied contaminants such as nitrates.
K.G. Karthikeyan is a UW-Madison faculty member in the Biological Systems Engineering Department who is researching the presence of drugs in water supplies. He pointed out that in both his studies and others, such substances are detected in parts per billion as opposed to contaminants such as nitrates, which are measured in parts per million.
But the sheer volume of pharmaceuticals used in this country and around the world leads most to suspect that the concentrations of drugs in our waters will only increase. Worldwide sales of pharmaceuticals is approaching $500 billion. Last year, people spent $26 billion on cholesterol and triglyceride reducers alone, an increase of 14 percent from 2002, making it the largest selling class of drugs, just ahead of ulcer medications and antidepressants.
That these drugs were making their way into our water first became apparent in Europe. About 10 years ago, environmental scientists found clofibric acid, a cholesterol-lowering drug, in ground water beneath a German sewage treatment plant.
In this country, the first comprehensive survey of PPCPs in the environment was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, which analyzed water samples from 139 streams across 30 states in 1999 and 2000. The streams were all downstream of crowded urban areas and large livestock farms. Pharmaceuticals and hormones were found in 80 percent of the streams sampled.
Since then, other tests have revealed extensive contamination of both ground and surface waters by pharmaceuticals. In short, everywhere researchers have looked, they have found the substances.
Scientists with the state Laboratory of Hygiene tested 105 surface and ground-water samples from around the country and found that 64 contained estrogenic compounds, although at low concentrations.
Researchers turned up more contamination in surface waters than in ground water, but reported that they were surprised to find that 42 percent of the ground-water samples tested were tainted with estrogen.
In their report, the scientists called that finding "striking" and concluded that "while the levels were generally lower than the surface water supplies, the fact that there were detections at all should serve as a heads-up."
Bill Sonzogni, a researcher at the laboratory who supervised the research, said that while such research is in its earliest stages, the findings are enough to merit more study.
"I don't think it's a health hazard at this point," Sonzogni said. "But it is something that needs looked at more . . . I think there certainly is concern at this point."
In his studies, UW-Madison scientist Karthikeyan, working with a grant from the DNR, sampled waters for antibiotics at several treatment plants in Wisconsin, including Green Bay, Oshkosh, Lake Geneva, Barron-Cameron, Hayward, and Spooner.
At every site, according to his preliminary findings, antibiotics were detected in samples from waters both before and after treatment. At two plants, those in Lake Geneva and Spooner, antibiotics were found in adjacent ground-water monitoring wells.
Bradbury, with the Wisconsin Geological Survey, has been studying water in a new Sun Prairie subdivision that relies on septic systems to treat wastes. He and other researchers have detected ibuprofen, as well as estrogenic compounds, in water from the septic systems. Although ground water in the subdivision has been tested, no pharmaceuticals were discovered, Bradbury added.
All of this science has lots of implications, according to Anderson, for regulators such as the EPA as well as for the operators of treatment plants.
The problem for sewage treatment plants is that traditional methods of treating waste do not eliminate many of the pharmaceuticals or hormones.
Paul Nehm, director of operations and maintenance for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, said tests have shown the presence of very low levels of pharmaceuticals in water both before and after treatment at the plant. But levels are considerably lower in water after treatment, he added, leading him to believe that processes used at the plant are filtering out some of the substances.
In research released last week, UW-Madison environmental chemist Joel Pedersen reported that studies of three California treatment plants showed traditional methods of treating waste weren't as effective at filtering pharmaceuticals. Two of the plants studied used advanced treatments, such as reverse osmosis in which water is forced through a membrane that blocks passage of foreign molecules.
Of 19 contaminants studied, the traditional plant eliminated only five. Studies of the more advanced plants, however, showed one eliminated 16 and another eliminated 12 of the pharmaceutical and hormonal compounds.
Such science, according to Wisconsin's Anderson, will eventually be important in deciding whether to require more treatment of waste water. As important, he added, are studies such as Bradbury's of private septic systems which are even less effective at filtering drug wastes.
Anderson, at least, hasn't missed the irony of the very drugs we use to try and improve our health coming back in our drinking water to potentially cause new health problems. And he points out that some researchers have actually raised the possibility that some of the drugs finding their way into our water supplies might be beneficial for us. Maybe some who are accidentally ingesting cholesterol-lowering drugs are better off, Anderson said.
But, mostly, scientists say that at this point the things we don't know about drugs in our water far outnumber those things we do know.
"There are lots of questions," concluded Karthikeyan.
Contact Ron Seely at [email protected] or 252-6131
Early in my diagnosis I used organic coffee enemas made with distilled water to detox my liver - sometimes up to four and five times a day as recommended for cancer patients by Max Gerson, M.D. founder of the Gerson Institute and Gerson Diet Therapy. (See 101-103 of An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer.)
Here's a good article about coffee enemas I found on the Internet:
Why in the world would someone use coffee in an enema? That is the question I asked when my health practitioner suggested I do coffee enemas. Yet when I got over my initial resistance, I quickly saw the benefits of coffee enemas.
I have since recommended them to over a thousand patients. Many have told me how wonderful they are. Several said coffee enemas saved their lives. Indeed, they are most helpful for many types of conditions. The procedure is also inexpensive and can be done at home without special equipment.
Enemas are an ancient form of hydrotherapy. They have been used for hundreds of years for mechanically cleansing the colon. Enemas and colonic irrigation used to be routine procedures in hospitals. There are many types of enemas used for varying purposes.
Coffee enemas were first popularized by Max Gerson, MD, author of A Cancer Therapy - Results of 50 Cases. Dr. Gerson pioneered nutritional therapy for cancer and other diseases with excellent results. His therapy combined coffee enemas with a special diet, juices and other supplements. The enemas were an integral part of the therapy.
The major benefit of the coffee enema, he said, is to enhance elimination of toxins through the liver. Indeed, endoscopic studies confirm they increase bile output. A patient was given a coffee enema while an endoscope monitored the entrance to the common bile duct. Within minutes of administering the enema, bile flow increased.
Increased bile flow also alkalinizes the small intestine and promotes improved digestion. Coffee also acts as an astringent in the large intestine, helping clean the colon walls.
A common contributor to ill health is the production and absorption of toxins within the small and large intestines. If food is not digested properly, sugars ferment and protein putrefies or rots. Both processes generate toxic chemicals which are then absorbed into the liver. The coffee enema enhances digestion by increasing bile flow and removes toxins in the large intestine so they will not be absorbed. Most people with health complaints suffer from impaired digestion and production of toxic substances in the intestines.
Coffee enemas are particularly helpful for slow oxidizers. Their liver activity is more sluggish and digestion is usually impaired. Fast oxidizers may have more difficulty retaining the enema. The procedure described below is really a coffee implant rather than an enema, because it involves only two to three cups of water. Using a quart of water may be more difficult to retain for some individuals.
However, the use of a quart of water, and making sure the water reaches most of the large intestine, is more helpful for cleansing the colon of accumulated waste material. If one suspects severe bowel toxicity or in cases of serious illness, quart enemas are preferable, at least to start with.
Dr. Gerson recommended the coffee enema up to 6 times daily for severely ill cancer patients. His patients continued them for up to several years with no ill effects. I usually suggest one enema per day to assist detoxification or to enhance liver activity. Two enemas daily may be taken during a healing reaction if needed. For those who are very ill, several a day may are best for at least several months. For best results, a program of coffee enemas should be carried on for at least a month. They should not be needed for more than two or three years, although many people have continued to take them for a number of years without problems.
The best time to take the enema is after a normal movement. One will get a slight rush from the caffeine, but it is not like drinking coffee, which I do not recommend. Coffee enemas taken in the evening may interfere with sleep.
If performed properly, coffee implants do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems. In over 23 years of practice, I have not seen important negative effects of coffee enemas in those who need them. Difficulties occasionally arise if one has hemorrhoids. In these cases, extra care is needed in inserting the enema tip. Some people with hemorrhoids find the enemas irritating.
A small number of people are unable to retain even a cup of water for the required 15 minutes. One can start with less coffee or less water in these cases. There seems to be no harm if one wishes to retain the enema longer than 15 minutes. While enemas may seem uncomfortable, many clients report the procedure is so helpful they soon forget the inconvenience.
Step 1. Materials
* Buy a 2-quart enema bag with a clamp. This is sold at drug stores. The enema/douche bag combination is easier to use.
* Buy any brand of regular coffee - regular grind or flaked, non-instant and not decaffeinated, or grind your own coffee. Organically grown coffee is best, though any coffee will do. Organic coffee is available at natural food stores. Store opened coffee containers in the freezer for maximum freshness.
Step 2. Preparation of coffee
There are two methods. The first is best.
* Place 2 to 3 cups of purified water and two to three tablespoons of coffee in a saucepan and bring to a boil (or use a coffee maker).
* Let it boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. One or two ice cubes may be added to speed the cooling process. You may make a larger quantity and use it for several enemas.
* Wait until the water is comfortable to the touch. If the water is too hot or too cold, retaining the enema will be more difficult. Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper into a clean enema bag. Screw on the top of the enema bag. The enema is now ready.
The alternative non-boil method:
* Place 1 cup of ground coffee in a container with 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture thoroughly and allow it to soak overnight. (You may make a larger quantity if desired.)
* In the morning, filter the liquid through coffee filter paper or a fine strainer. Place in a jar for storage in the refrigerator.
* To prepare an enema, pour 2 cups of purified water into the enema bag. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the coffee liquid from the jar.
Step 3. Preparing to take the enema
* Be sure the plastic hose is pushed or fastened well onto the enema bag and the thin enema tip is attached to the other end.
* Remove any air from the enema tube the following way. Grasp but do not close the clamp on the hose. Place the tip in the sink. Hold up the enema bag above the tip until the water begins to flow out. Then close the clamp. This expels any air in the tube.
* Lubricate the enema tip with a small amount of soap or oil. (Too much lubrication will cause the tip to fall out of the rectum, creating a mess!).
Step 4. Taking the enema
* The position preferred by most people is lying on one's back on a towel, on the bathroom floor or in the bath tub.
* With the clamp closed, place the enema bag on the floor next to you, or hang the bag about one foot above your abdomen.
* Insert the tip gently and slowly. Move it around until it goes all the way in.
* Open the clamp and hold the enema bag about one foot above the abdomen. The water may take a few seconds to begin flowing. If the water does not flow, you may gently squeeze the bag. If you develop a cramp, close the hose clamp, turn from side to side and take a few deep breaths. The cramp will usually pass quickly.
* When all the liquid is inside, the bag will become flat. Close the clamp. You can leave the tube inserted, or remove it slowly.
* RETAIN THE ENEMA FOR 15 MINUTES. See below if you have difficulties with this. You may remain lying on the floor. Use the time to read a book, meditate, etc. Some people are able to get up and go lie on a towel in bed, instead of on the floor. Walking around the house with the coffee inside is not recommended.
Step 5. Finishing up
* After 15 minutes or so, go to the toilet and empty out the water. It is okay if some water remains inside. If water remains inside often, you are dehydrated.
* Wash the enema bag and tube thoroughly with soap and water.
Hints regarding enemas:
* If possible, do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If this is not possible, take a plain water enema first if needed, to clean out the colon.
* If intestinal gas is a problem, some exercise before the enema may eliminate the gas.
* It is not essential but is helpful if the water fills the entire colon. You can assist by first lying on your right side for 5 minutes, then on your back for 5 minutes, and then on your left side for 5 minutes.
* If water will not flow around the entire colon, you may gently massage your abdomen. Some people attach a 30-inch colon tube to the tip of the enema tube, and insert the tube so the water will reach the right side of the colon.
* If the enema makes you jittery, reduce the amount of coffee.
* The enema may lower your blood sugar. If so, eat something just before or after taking the enema.
"Coffee contains choleretics, substances that increase the flow of toxin-rich bile from the gallbladder. The coffee enema may be among the only pharmaceutically effective choleretics noted in the medical literature that can be safely used many times daily without toxic effects.8 After the last enema at night, Dr. Callebout recommends an anal injection of cold-pressed sunflower oil (or a mixture of sunflower and flaxseed oil) before bedtime to preserve cell membrane integrity and improve intestinal absorption.9
Early research by Max Gerson, M.D. founder of the Gerson Iinstitute and Gerson Diet Therapy, recognized that coffee enema is effective in stimulating a complex enzyme system involved in liver detoxification (called the glutathione-S-transferase enzyme system).10 The increased activity of these enzymes ensures that free-radical activity is greatly diminished and that carcinogens are blocked. [While free-radicals are normal products of metabolism, uncontrolled free-radical production plays a major role in the development of degenerative disease including cancer, heart disease and aging.]....'The activity of the glutiathione enzyme system is increased by at lease 600% above normal.' Caffeine also stimulates dilation of blood vessels and relaxation of smooth muscle, which further increases bile flow; this effect does not happen when the coffee is consumed orally."
(See p.101-103 of An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer by W. John Diamond,M.D., W. Lee Cowden, M. D. and Burton Goldberg, Future Medicine Publishing INC, Tiburon, CA 199.)
* If you have trouble holding the enema, here are suggestions.
1) Be patient. Practice makes perfect.
2) The water may be too hot or too cold. Be sure the water temperature is comfortable.
3) It may help to place a small pillow or rolled up towel under your buttocks so the water flows down hill into your colon.
4) If trouble continues, try reducing the amount of coffee or add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the water.