Couple Who 'Can't Live Without' Coffee Enemas Needs to Wake Up (VIDEO)

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coffee enema ladyHey, I'm the first person to admit my complete and total addiction to coffee. A day without coffee is like ... a day without prolonged periods of wakefulness, in my case. Meaning: I depend on the stuff to function. Or at least I thought I did, until I heard Mike and Trina's story. Because this St. Petersburg, Florida couple really does depend on coffee to function, to a shocking degree. No joke.

I know what you're thinking: How much coffee can these people possibly drink? But that's just it -- neither Mike nor Trina actually drinks coffee at all. They believe that drinking coffee is "bad for their health." So they give themselves (brace yourself) coffee enemas. At least 100 coffee enemas per month. Each.

That's approximately 4 or 5 enemas per day (which, factoring in planning and prep time, takes up approximately 4 or 5 hours per day, too). Um ... WHY?! Apparently Trina started experimenting with the procedure, known as Gerson therapy, 2 years ago: "I had a lot of stomach problems, digestive problems with my kidney and my liver ... I started research and it led into coffee enemas and I really started to feel the benefit. I felt like I was living for the first time in years."

"I love the way it makes me feel," she adds. "It gives me a sense of euphoria." And while Mike initially found his wife's new hobby "disgusting," once he tried it he was hooked, too. Since they started, the two have had at least 6,000 coffee enemas combined. "We can't live without them," says Trina.

Problem is, coffee enemas can be more than merely "disgusting" -- they can be downright dangerous. According to gastroenterologist at NYU Medical Center Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, "The bottom line is there is not any beneficial effect and there is some risk associated with any enema and, in particular, using coffee."

"Whenever you are inserting something into the rectum there is a danger of causing a tear in the lining. Over using enemas can sometimes lead to dehydration and it can basically lead to a decrease in bowel function."

Yikes! Dr. Rajapaksa also believes (along with many of her colleagues) that any claims of detoxifying properties associated with coffee enemas have been greatly exaggerated.

At least this practice probably won't ever become super poopular popular. But it makes you wonder how and why people convince themselves some crazy, potentially harmful treatment is making them feel great. And are any of the things we do for our own "good health" actually hurting us?

What's the weirdest thing you do in the name of good health?

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small... smallfryes

LOL! First off, 100 enemas per month works out to about 3 to 4 a day, unless you're using some calendar that has 25 days in a month.  Still, that's quite a bit in just one day.

Secondly, did you really have to report this?!  I mean, for some of us gals, our daily cup of steaming hot cup o joe or ice cold glass of coffee is our treat and you just replaced that wonderful smelling, biting taste of goodness with the picture of people washing their bowels with it.

Thanks, thanks alot.

Momo77 Momo77

Starbutts new coffee,cup of poo!

That's umm gross!!

Katy Khan

haha I had the same though smallfryes...


Nycti... Nyctimene

They're going to destroy their natural ability to have bowel movements. :-/ If they haven't already. Like people who over-abuse laxatives to the point where they've destroyed all natural muscle function and nerve function to let them know when to 'go'. Even someone with genuine bowel problems would not be told to have 3+ enemas a day. 

I have to wonder if it's less about the enema and more simply anal play. Lots of people/couples enjoy it and maybe they could switch over to that instead of enemas which are so harmful in that quantity.  

nonmember avatar danielle

Reporting your opinion on something as controversial as alternative therapies is, in MY well-researched opinion, irresponsible reporting.. There is enough of a stigma around holistic medicine, and especially enemas, that the world doesn't need any more ignorance. you should really try researching the benefits of Gerson therapy and the people it has helped before you make a decision and report to uneducated readers about a couple who took one aspect of the protocol to extreme. I noticed you didn't mention the dietary and supplementary aspects of the treatment, designed to avoid Loss of nutrients and dehydration from the enemas.Coffee enemas are not taken for bowel issues; they are taken to help flush the liver of toxins. And no, nyctimene, its not an anal play thing. Thanks for reducing a life-saving therapy to bdsm play. my gerson patient boyfriend does enemas because they saved his life, not because he had a fetish. Unless you consider wanting to stay alive a fetish. Research is imperative in reporting, even in opinion editorials. Your biased, uneducated and poorly researched opinion may just turn a patient off of a therapy that could save their life. I'm not paid by or representative of Gerson in any way, but my boyfriend is still here because of max Gerson's research, so maybe you can broaden your mind to accept something more than a prescription your doctor gave you.

Nycti... Nyctimene

Danielle -- You tell us all angrily to open our minds but then admit yourself that this couple took it "to the extreme". Perhaps you should open your mind to the fact that maybe for them it is an anal thing and that doesn't mean that it is for everyone (such as your boyfriend). 

I highly doubt your boyfriend does it four times a day. In fact, I don't know anyone healthy or not who has four bowel movements a day. I wanted to be certain of this so I just googled it and the only things that pop up are links to Irritable Bowel Syndrome so forgive me for thinking perhaps FOR THIS COUPLE it's more than just wanting a little relief because going that much can't actually feel good.  

Relax. The Stir isn't here to give medical advice and go into depth about medical procedures. It was an article on this nutty couple, not a well-researched comprehensive and in-depth look at Gershon therapy. 

SIMom... SIMomSays

Danielle- if anyone takes the junk that is on this site as serious medical advice and chooses not to get "a life saving procedure" as a result, they have serious issues. 

Reguardless, this couple is abusing this "treatment" and it's gross.

undrc... undrcvrmom

ahhh the things D.I.N.K.S can come up with to fill their time;)lol

oifwife oifwife

It is uses to help people that have cancer too. They have special clinics that help people stay alive.... so before all get snippy and rude we need to look at the positive things it does in peoples lives

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