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I really enjoyed getting to know Rebecca and hearing about her amazing story. My breathing is a constant issue. Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Okay that would definitely make sense about the melatonin since I have been having sooo much trouble sleeping! Jasmine rice is the easiest starch to digest, so I share your concern. Hi Cheryl, No, but you can use check or credit card with paypal. Also, one can learn to urinate and, at the same time, leave the coffee inside you.
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Preparing To Take The Enema. When To Do Your Enema. What If You Are Ill? How To Save Time. Notes About Long Coffee Enemas. Therapies Related To Coffee Enemas. The Vaginal Coffee Implant. The Penis Coffee Implant. The Oral Coffee Hold. Other Therapeutic Uses Of Coffee. Enemas With Other Substances.
The Colon And Its Pathologies. Causes For Colon Disease. Diseases Of The Colon. Coffee Enema Detoxification Mechanisms. Healing Reactions And Coffee Enemas. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning. Articles from the late s reported that coffee enemas were helpful in post-operative care; at a medical meeting in , Dr. Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, mentioned coffee enemas as a routine part of care for patients after abdominal surgery.
He elaborated on his extensive experience with coffee enemas in post-operative management and made a plea for their continued use. If you decide to do coffee enemas, be sure to read the first part of the procedure entitled Safety First. Thinking first about safety applies to any health procedure. Technically, a coffee enema may be described as:.
This means that one implants or applies the coffee herb into the colon. The procedure is to retain the coffee mixture for 15 minutes, or perhaps longer. Retaining the coffee solution is necessary for its proper absorption and effects.
A form of dialysis. Dialysis, in this context, means a forced or artificial method to enhance detoxification. A form of hydrotherapy. This means the therapeutic use of water for healing the body in some way.
In this case, water is used to wash out the colon and deliver a coffee solution to the body through the rectum. Its effect is very different from drinking coffee, as explained later in this article.
We live in a toxic world. According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, toxic chemicals and toxic metals constitute a great threat to our health.
Never in modern history has our planet been as polluted as it is today. In addition, other toxic metals commonly found to some degree in our food, air and water include uranium, beryllium, bismuth, antimony, zirconium, tin and others. In addition, the earth is contaminated with over 50, toxic chemicals , with more produced every day! For example, the laws of most nations permit the addition of over chemicals into our food.
Pesticides and herbicides are another group of toxic chemicals that are found in our water supplies and in many foods. The widespread and often overuse of medical prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs adds over a thousand more toxic chemicals to our bodies, especially in the Western world.
These include surgical anesthetics, vaccine preservatives, stray viruses, and hundreds of other poisons used routinely today in the medical profession. The common use of recreational drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana which contains some cadmium , and others just adds more toxicity to our already-burdened bodies.
Drug residues often remain in the body for decades. We know this because our clients eliminate residues of them while following a development program. Some clients report tasting, smelling, and experiencing the effects of these drugs many years after taking them. The cumulative and combined effects of this toxic assault on our bodies has not been studied sufficiently.
Indeed, it is difficult to study properly. However, the presence in the body of these chemicals is associated with ALL major diseases of the 21 st century. To say that this is the century of toxicity is no exaggeration. The coffee enema is one of the best methods to cope with this problem. Since toxicity is the cause of hundreds of common symptoms , coffee enemas help with many, if not most diseases and conditions. In addition to its detoxifying effects, coffee contains numerous nutrients that appear to be helpful for people today.
This, in part, accounts for why it is used as a common beverage around the world. Some of the nutrient benefits of coffee occur when it is used in an enema, as well. We have recommended coffee retention enemas to more than thirty thousand people. We have yet to hear about horrible side effects of any kind, although the procedure is somewhat inconvenient, especially at first.
Most people get used to it quickly. The coffee retention enema is really quite simple, very safe when done properly, highly effective, able to be done in the privacy of your home, and inexpensive. Coffee enemas and development. Daily coffee enemas are now a central part of all development programs. Ancient history of enemas. Healers have recommended enemas for thousands of years. A colorful description of an enema is found in one of the Dead Sea scroll documents.
These documents, found recently in the State of Israel near the Dead Sea, date back at least years to the time of Jesus. According to the scroll, the master Jesus used such methods to perform miracles of healing. Here is an excerpt: I tell you truly, the uncleanness within is greater by much than the uncleanness without. And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains unclean, is like to tombs that outwards are painted fair, but are within full of all manner of horrible uncleannesses and abominations.
So I tell you truly, suffer the angel of water to baptize you also within, that you may become free from all your past sins, and that within likewise you may become as pure as the river's foam sporting in the sunlight. Hang it upon the branch of a tree, and kneel upon the ground before the angel of water, and suffer the end of the stalk of the trailing gourd to enter your hinder parts, that the water may flow through all your bowels. Afterwards rest kneeling on the ground before the angel of water and pray to the living God that he will forgive you all your past sins, and pray the angel of water that he will free your body from every uncleanness and disease.
Then let the water run out from your body, that it may carry away from within it all the unclean and evil-smelling things of Satan.
And you shall see with your eyes and smell with your nose all the abominations, and uncleannesses which defiled the temple of your body; even all the sins which abode in your body, tormenting you with all manner of pains. I tell you truly, baptism with water frees you from all of these.
Renew your baptizing with water on every day of your fast, till the day when you see that the water which flows out of you is as pure as the river's foam. Then betake your body to the coursing river, and there in the arms of the angel of water render thanks to the living God that he has freed you from your sins. And this holy baptizing by the angel of water is: Rebirth unto the new life. For your eyes shall henceforth see, and your ears shall hear. Sin no more, therefore, after your baptism, that the angels of air and of water may eternally abide in you and serve you evermore.
The coffee bean and plant have been part of herbal medicine, folk medicine and shamanic healing for years. According to some historians, coffee originally came from Ethiopia. It was then introduced into the Middle East, then to Europe, and it was introduced into the Americas in the 18th century. It was known as a potent liver remedy, and given particularly to the elderly and to those who were infirm or ill in the liver.
This is important because we believe that most people today have a toxic liver. The coffee enema was known in the s as a potent liver remedy. This is described at the beginning of this article. In fact, until about , the coffee enema procedure was listed in the famous Merck Manual , a handbook for physicians that is used throughout the planet.
Max Gerson, MD Max Gerson, MD popularized coffee enemas more than any other person in modern times. The enemas were an integral part of the therapy. He found many benefits of coffee enemas. For example, to heal his patients he had to stop their pain medication because it damaged their already weak livers. Coffee enemas, up to 6 per day, would stop the pain without a need for drugs.
The enemas also enabled the body to absorb and digest tumor tissue and eliminate it safely, an important stumbling block in natural cancer therapies.
We recommend a somewhat different regimen than did Dr. Gerson, who worked about 80 years ago. This is due to radiation toxicity from A-bomb tests, atomic powerplants and other sources. It is also due to more chemical toxins and toxic metals in the food, and electromagnetic stress that did not exist 80 years ago. As a result, more of the toxins from the coffee get into the body. The Gerson regimen involves up to 3 tablespoons of coffee per enema, and we believe this can be too much.
The Gerson clinic recommends a light roast coffee. The reasons are explained later in this article. In our view, and with other items we suggest, we only recommend one to four enemas daily.
Gerson recommended four to six enemas daily. We suggest boiling the coffee for only minutes or pressure-cooking it for only about 14 seconds. Longer cooking overcooks the coffee, in our view. We suggest using only up to two cups of distilled water, spring water or carbon-filtered tap water for an enema. Kelley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He carefully researched natural cancer therapies and evolved a very effective natural approach that used coffee enemas.
He wrote about their benefits and importance in a small book entitled One Answer To Cancer , Nicholas Gonzales, MD Gonzales studied under Dr. Kelley and offered the Kelley metabolic cancer therapy. It included the use of coffee enemas, and was quite successful. Paul Eck and nutritional balancing. However, he was well aware of the value of coffee enemas for healing.
Coffee is a seed of a tropical fruited bush or small tree. It is found all over the world, although it grows best in certain tropical climates, and often does best on the sides of mountains that face away from the sun. This makes it harder to cultivate with machines, as they may not be able to be used on sloping ground. Most coffee is grown in South America, Hawaii, China and other parts of Asia, although some is grown in Africa, as well.
The best is often from South America due to the local soil conditions. Important issues concerning the growing and processing of the coffee beans are: The coffee seeds or variety. This depends upon the location, fertilization, spraying and other aspects of coffee cultivation. Once the beans are harvested and the shells removed, the beans are allowed to ferment, usually in the same area where they are grown. This must be done properly to remove certain toxins from the beans. If it is not done properly, it will affect the flavor and safety of the coffee beans.
Coffee is an oily seed of a fruit. When roasted, the oils in the coffee beans emerge. Roasting must be done properly to also eliminate some toxic substances. After roasting, the coffee is packaged and sent to the marketplace. Some coffee becomes rancid in this process, as it contains polyunsaturated oils. This makes the coffee somewhat irritating, and often harder to hold inside the colon.
Some coffee may be irradiated or otherwise processed, which can affect its quality. In our opinion, the best coffee to use is a medium or dark roast coffee. The dark roast also led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, whereas the light roast did not. Separate research also showed that dark roast coffee produces more of the chemical, N-methylpyridinium. This chemical is produced during the roasting process, and the darker the roast, the more N-methylpyridinium is present.
Caffeine levels vary depending on the degree of roasting of the coffee. However, darker roasts often contain less caffeine than lighter roasts. This tends to be more yin in macrobiotic terms because it is cooked less. This is not desirable for development and, in our opinion, one should avoid it. Good coffees for enemas include South American coffees. We are not sure why this is so, but these seem to work well.
A less-oily coffee is best. Some coffee beans are quite oily, while other coffees are quite dry. We suggest using one that is drier, not oily. The reason is that the oil can be rancid, adding a toxin to the coffee. Non-moldy coffee is best. Fresher coffee is better in this regard. Otherwise, the roast date is hard to identify. Some brands, such as Bulletproof coffee and Purity Coffee, advertise that they are very careful about mold. Organically grown is better.
It usually contains less pesticide residue, which is beneficial. Buy coffee beans and grind them yourself. This is a little more work, but the coffee will be much fresher. To grind it finer, turn the grinder on and then quickly turn it off. Repeat this 10 times or more and the coffee will be more finely ground.
If you grind the coffee finely, you will need less coffee. Keep coffee in the refrigerator. Some people must try a number of brands of coffee in order to find a coffee that works well for them. One cup of coffee per day is okay, but not recommended. Drinking coffee is irritating to the stomach, and does not cause much detoxification or development.
It is very different from a coffee enema. Definitely avoid drinking strong coffees such as cappuccino, expresso and lattes, which are even more irritating. This is not to say they are a panacea. They certainly require more research. But coffee enemas are serious business. Their potential should be explored by good research - not mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as yet another crackpot fad.
This is because caffeine and other beneficial compounds found in coffee -- when not consumed by mouth and therefore diluted by the digestive tract -- work together to stimulate the liver directly to increase production of glutathione S-transferase GST.
This is a powerful detoxifying enzyme that binds with, and flushes out, toxins in the body. Coffee enemas are helpful to heal most health conditions. This occurs because of the many health benefits of this procedure. Not only are the following effects extremely beneficial, but the combination of these effects is even more powerful. The effects of coffee enemas include: These are mechanical and chemical effects of coffee on the colon mucosa.
Biochemical and nutritional effects when coffee is absorbed into the hemorrhoidal veins and makes its way to the liver. Other more unusual effects. For example, coffee has energetic effects that are described below. Coffee applied rectally has the following properties.
There is some overlap among these effects: This is an herbal property that means it peels the top layer of skin or mucous membrane. This is helpful for some healing, as the top layer of skin or mucous membrane is often ready to come off anyway, and is loaded with toxins.
So it is like cleaning the surface layer of the mucous membrane of the colon and perhaps the liver, as well. The enema mechanically washes out the colon, removing toxic substances, and often nests of parasites, bacteria, yeast colonies, and other debris. Enemas also stimulate the colon slightly by dilating it a little, and often by altering its temperature somewhat — either making it a little hotter or a little colder.
Certain food items, especially white, refined flour, can turn hard in the colon and stick to its walls. These are slight expansions or dilations in the wall of the colon of most adults that trap food particles, bacteria and often harbor parasitic organisms such as worms, yeasts and others.
Many clients report that upon beginning coffee enemas, they notice either crawling or dead creatures that show up in the toilet when they release their coffee enemas. Our clients also report that their colonoscopies, after using daily coffee enemas for a few years, revealed amazingly clean and healthy-looking colons. One client, age 79, was told by his doctor that his colon was so clean he never needed to return for another colonoscopy.
This is not well known, but is true. The practical application of this fact is that a problem in a particular part of the colon, such as the ascending colon, can cause a serious disorder elsewhere in the body through a type of reflex or resonance effect. This is considered controversial and strange. Help for the brain. Coffee enemas can be excellent for the brain. Many clients report feeling more clear-headed after a coffee enema. It is an excellent procedure for many cases of brain fog and other nervous system disorders.
The caffeine may be a factor, although not much is absorbed from the colon. Stimulation of the colon reflexes to the brain is another possible reason for beneficial effects on the brain. Temporarily lowering copper and ridding the body of toxins are other possible reasons for this beneficial effect. How to get the coffee into your brain. The two methods are:. Once the coffee is inside your colon, move the coffee to the superior or upper surface of the transverse colon viewing the colon as if you were standing up.
This moves the coffee to the location of the reflexes that connect the colon to the brain. Having the coffee touch this reflex area facilitates healing and detoxification of the brain. There are two ways to move the coffee to the right place. The best method is that once the coffee is inside you, elevate your hips high above your abdomen.
To help you elevate your hips high enough, buy a beach ball that is about inches or centimeters in diameter. Inflate it most of the way, and place it under your buttocks once you have put the coffee inside you. We find this is better than using pillows or towels to elevate your hips. The problem with elevating the hips is that it is more difficult to do the pushing down exercise in this position.
Place one hand on the middle of your abdomen, around the belly button. Now move your hand up and down only. This will splash some coffee on the upper surface of the transverse colon.
Do the oral coffee hold. You can do this at the same time you do your enema, or at any time. It will move coffee to the brain because the coffee will be much nearer the brain in your mouth. For details, read The Oral Coffee Hold. Singlet oxygen atoms cause oxidative damage in the body tissues. Coffee contains powerful anti-oxidant chemicals that help prevent this oxidative damage. These are particularly helpful for the liver, which is highly susceptible to oxidant damage.
Unlike other antioxidants such as vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin E, the antioxidants in coffee are more yang in macrobiotic terminology. This is a great advantage because the bodies are already too yin. Taking yin antioxidants is harmful, even if they provide symptomatic relief.
In fact, a nutritional balancing program with coffee enemas reduces the need for supplementary antioxidants because the program helps remove oxidant sources. A separate article describes t his phenomenon: Iron, Manganese and Aluminum — The Amigos. Increased pH or alkalinity of the entire intestinal tract. This is due to enhanced bile flow, most likely. Increasing the alkalinity of the small intestine makes it much less hospitable for parasites.
It also helps destroy many other types of infections in the small and large intestines. In the late s and early s, researchers in the lab of Lee Wattenberg identified salts of palmitic acids kahweol and cafestol palmitate in coffee.
It is part of a major detoxification system that catalyzes the binding of many toxins from the blood stream to the sulfhydryl group of glutathione. For this reason, the glutathione S-transferase system is an important mechanism to get rid of cancer -causing chemicals.
A similar stimulation by coffee of glutathione S-transferase in humans is probable. Max Gerson , MD, a major proponent of the use of coffee enemas, wrote that: Caffeine is a mild central nervous stimulant, but not as toxic as most stimulants. This property of caffeine, when administered rectally, is called a choleretic.
While other agents classed as choleretics increase bile flow from the liver, most do little to enhance detoxifying enzyme systems, and they do not ensure the passage of bile from the intestines out the rectum. Bile is normally reabsorbed up to 9 or 10 times before working its way out the intestines in feces. The enzyme-enhancing ability of the coffee enema is unique among choleretics. Because it does not allow as much reabsorption of toxic bile by the liver across the gut wall, it is a powerful means of detoxifying the blood stream through existing enzyme systems in the liver and small bowel.
Because clinical practice has shown coffee enemas to be well tolerated by patients when used as frequently as every four hours, the coffee enema may be viewed as one of the most effective and interesting choleretics in the medical literature. This is a somewhat esoteric concept. However, some remedies and procedures are able to cause a yang or contracting effect that activates an area of the body while causing few adverse effects, when done in moderation.
This is like cranking a gasoline engine, which one does every time one starts an automobile. I do not recommend ginseng because all of it is toxic today. Nutritional effects — selenium. Coffee contains a very desirable form of selenium needed by almost everyone today. Few foods contain this particularly necessary compound, which is not well-absorbed by mouth, but is better absorbed through the rectum.
This is a primary reason for the enzymatic activity of coffee upon liver detoxification pathways. This needs to be researched further, as I do not have more confirmation of this fact other than our observations. Nutritional effects — zinc. Coffee also contains a small amount of an important zinc compound. Once again, it is very needed today, and is not well absorbed by mouth, but is better absorbed rectally.
Nutritional effects — potassium. Coffee contains a healthful form of potassium that can be absorbed through the wall of the colon. This is a better form of potassium than that found in most fruits.
The latter is often a slightly toxic potassium compound that fruit trees tend to absorb from superphosphate fertilizers used on most fruit crops. Even organic fruit contains this toxic form of potassium today. Coffee antidotes or neutralizes many harmful frequencies of illness in the body.
This unusual trait of coffee, not shared by other herbs or remedies, is very well known in the science of homeopathy. Patients are often told by homeopathic doctors never to drink coffee. The coffee can negate the effects of many vibrational remedies, including homeopathic remedies.
This is a very important reason for using coffee enemas. The coffee seems able to clear a wide range of harmful subtle energies in the human system in a way that no other plant or animal substance can do.
Repeated use of the coffee implant clears these vibrational frequencies at deeper and deeper levels, each time the procedure is used. These energies definitely affect our health, although they are quite subtle. For more information about some problems of vibrational frequencies on the body, please read Psychotronics on this website. In the science of acupuncture, restoring health depends upon balancing about a dozen energy channels or meridians that run up and down the body.
Introducing water and coffee into the colon weakens or inhibits the large intestine meridian somewhat. This tends to enhance the liver meridian, according to acupuncture theory. Commonly, the liver is weak and the large intestine meridian is over stimulated or overactive due to the presence of toxins in the large bowel. Protection against toxins in coffee.
Also, ground coffee may be somewhat rancid, as it contains polyunsaturated oils that can quickly become rancid. However, from our experience, when taken by rectum, these toxins are not absorbed nearly as much as when the coffee is taken orally. This occurs because the colon is designed to absorb nutrients, while filtering out and leaving behind toxic substances inside the colon.
In fact, a healthy colon is quite amazing in its ability to absorb nutrients while protecting the body from a wide variety of toxic substances. This is the reason why drinking coffee is somewhat toxic, but coffee used in an enema is much less so. In fact, we have seen very little toxicity from repeated coffee retention enemas, while those who drink coffee regularly exhibit some toxicity from the beverage. Two reasons for this are 1 the presence of some water in the colon, and 2 the need to keep the anal sphincter shut tightly.
Retaining the enema for up to an hour is best for this purpose. Moving energy downward from the head toward the feet is extremely therapeutic. It assists with grounding and centering, but it does much more than this. It is a powerful healing method all by itself. Yin means cold, expanded, flaccid, and usually it also means ill. A problem with many remedies and healing procedures, including vitamins and most herbs, is that they make the body even more yin.
Coffee is a more yang herb, even though it grows in tropical climates. It becomes much more yang when roasted thoroughly and boiled for 12 minutes only. This also gets rid of some of the caffeine, a yin substance although some caffeine is necessary for the desired effects. The yang quality of coffee is a great advantage of this procedure over other herbal, natural and medical methods for cleansing the liver and colon. The yang effect is due to a combination of the nutritional factors in coffee, and its ability to remove yin toxins from the body such as toxic metals and toxic chemicals.
To learn more about this vital subject, please read Yin and Yang Healing and Yin Disease on this website. Coffee enemas help relax the sympathetic or fight-or-flight nervous system. Many people report this. This may seem odd, since coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant.
Possible reasons for relaxation of the sympathetic nervous system include:. To learn more about the sympathetic nervous system and its importance, please read Autonomic Nervous System Balancing on this website. While it may seem minor, enhanced hydration of the body from doing enemas can be a major benefit of coffee retention enemas. Many people are quite dehydrated today. Common reasons for dehydration are:. Most adults need close to three liters or quarts of drinking water not other beverages per day.
Do not drink this with meals, however. Drink one hour after meals up to about half an hour before meals so as not to dilute the stomach juices. Another type of water I do not recommend are any alkaline waters that come from the alkaline water machines. These include all sugars, all fruit, caffeine and alcohol. One cup of tea or coffee daily is okay, but no more. Soda pop may contain a lot of caffeine. The addition of several cups of water in the enema improves this serious, but sometimes difficult-to-identify situation.
Improved dehydration also greatly enhances detoxification of the body and overall health. For more on this subject, please read Hydration on this site. Improved activity of the energy centers.
As energy moves downward it helps all of the physical energy centers to become more active and more balanced. This can cause gas, bloating and foul smelling stools. However, even if it causes no symptoms, it can damage health significantly, in some cases. By cleaning the colon of yeasts, parasites and other pathogenic organisms, and by increasing the bile flow, coffee enemas greatly reduce autointoxication. For more on this topic, read Autointoxication on this site. Assisting the lymphatic system.
These are extremely important lymph glands located along certain areas of the small intestine. Reduced congestion of the internal organs. The combination of the effects above speeds up devlopment. This is the growth of the subtle human energy fields, including the Merkabah described in the Old Testament of the Bible. However, once a person develops to stage or so, we believe that coffee enemas are not helpful for further development.
This is a research subject at this time. This occurs due to a combination of all the effects described in the paragraphs above.
For more on the topic of systemic yeast, please read Candida Albicans on this site. The body must eliminate poisons somehow. If the colon is not working well, the body must use alternative elimination channels. One of these is the skin. Coffee enemas assist the skin by restoring elimination through the liver and colon. This may seem unusual, but just lying down and holding the anal sphincter closed for 15 or so minutes is a form of concentration exercise that teaches discipline, relaxation, coordination and other mental traits that are helpful for most people.
Different from drinking coffee. Coffee ingested as a beverage is absorbed from the stomach. This differs from absorption from the colon , which occurs with an enema.
The colon seems to block the absorption of certain toxins found in coffee, including cadmium and some of the caffeine. Drinking one cup of coffee daily is okay, but not recommended.
Drinking more than one cup is harmful for most people. This enzyme reacts with free radicals which cause cell damage in the bloodstream and makes them inert. These neutralized substances become dissolved in the bile, are released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and are excreted through the intestinal tract.
Basic equipment required for coffee enemas are either an enema bag or enema bucket. One could use a fleet enema bottle, but this may not hold enough coffee solution. One could also use a colonic irrigation machine if it is designed to administer substances other than water. This chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of enema equipment.
Some people prefer enema buckets to bags. A reason for this is cleanliness. Since the buckets are open at the top they can be thoroughly cleaned. We recommend a plastic or glass bucket.
In our view, the plastic is perfectly safe. Stainless steel or any metal bucket will oxidize the coffee to some extent and therefore weaken it somewhat. Enema bags come in two configurations — open top or closed top. The open top bag is easier to clean because the opening is larger. However, it is also easier to spill the coffee. The closed top bag is harder to clean, but not really difficult to rinse out.
It has the advantage that coffee cannot spill out because the opening can be sealed. The plastic or rubber ones are fine. These are usually made of hard plastic. Most enema bags and buckets come with two tips. The smaller tip is for enemas, while the larger tip is for douching, but not for enemas. The hard plastic tips are easy to clean and can be removed from the tubing easily. Some enema kits do not use a hard plastic tip. Instead, the tubing just has one or two holes in the end and one inserts the tube into the rectum.
These are softer but more difficult to clean. Some people prefer to use a soft rubber colon tube or a urinary catheter instead of the plastic enema tip. The tubes are described below. The urinary catheter is much smaller in diameter, so it is easier for some people to insert, especially if one has anal strictures or hemorrhoids. Most practitioners just recommend inserting the standard enema tip into the rectum lubricated with a little petroleum jelly, soap, or oil.
Some people, however, suggest using a flexible rubber colon tube connected to the enema tip. Usually, one first inserts the colon tube all the way into the rectum, and then attaches the enema tip to the protruding end of the colon tube. Reasons for using the colon tube are:. The colon tube releases the water and coffee farther inside the colon. This helps it reach deep inside the colon. The colon tube maybe thinner and softer and thus may go in easier.
Most people do not use colon tubes, which are more difficult to insert. I do not believe using a colon tube is necessary in most cases, though it will move the coffee mixture around the colon a little better. These are inexpensive plastic bottles with a removable top sold in drugstores. They come filled with usually salt water, and are designed for a single use enema to clean the colon. Some people like to empty out the salt water and fill the bottle with coffee solution and use it for coffee enemas.
Advantages of these bottles is there is no tube to wash and the bottle is very light in weight and simple to use. Disadvantages of the fleet enema bottles are:. There is no clamp, so as soon as one turns the bottle upside down to insert it the liquid will begin flowing out of it.
This is often very messy. The small bottle may not hold enough liquid. The largest fleet enema bottle we have seen holds 8 ounces. This is barely enough. It is difficult to clean the inside of the bottle since the bottle has a small neck. The bottle is rather fragile and may not last.
Colonic irrigation involves putting a lot of water into the colon to clean it. Some of these machines could be used for a coffee enema, but not all of them. An advantage of the machine is that it uses a wider enema tip with a double opening that allows water to both flow in and flow out. This means that when doing an enema one does not have to go to the toilet to empty out the coffee.
This is easier in some ways. All procedures recommended on this website begin with a safety section. It is most important. Start with only a teaspoon of coffee, just in case you are sensitive to it. Cleanliness is very important when doing any procedure involving the lower body. Wash everything carefully with soap and water before and after use. Never force the enema tip into the rectum. Lubricate it well and move it very slowly and gently, aiming it directly upward from the legs to the body.
Be sure it goes all the way inside until it cannot go further. Never retain the enema if the pressure to release it is too high. Read about what to do if you cannot retain the enema under.
Be sure the temperature of the coffee liquid is comfortable to the touch. Coffee enemas take some getting used to. However, with a little practice they get much easier. This article will help with this task. In fact, many of our clients look forward to them. We do not recommend using more than about 2 cups of water in the enema.
In fact, 1 cup of water is fine and easier to retain. Distilled or spring water are best for coffee enemas. If these are not available, one can use carbon-only-filtered tap water for enemas. Doing two coffee enemas, back to back, is extremely powerful. Make enough coffee for two enemas and do one, expel it after minutes, and do another one right afterwards.
Some people can do up to four enemas daily, each with up to two tablespoons of coffee in each one. Others cannot handle this much coffee. Please be careful when starting enemas. If you want to do several enemas daily, begin with just one enema daily for at least a few days, and then slowly increase up to 4 enemas daily. If time permits, you may retain the enema for up to one hour or even longer. This is not essential, but there are definite benefits to retaining the enema longer than 15 minutes.
If you retain the enema for more than 1 hour, only do one enema per day. Some clinics or organizations may recommend 3 tablespoons of coffee in one enema. We find this is too much for most people! Please use only up to 2 tablespoons of coffee per enema! Some doctors or clinics may also recommend high caffeine coffee, but we find that, for development, higher caffeine levels are not helpful. The best methods to prepare the coffee are:.
Pressure cook it for about 14 seconds. With this method, the coffee actually cooks longer because it takes about 2 minutes for the pressure cooker to reach its ideal pressure. Boil the coffee in a pot for about 12 minutes. These are better than other methods of preparing the coffee such as a coffeemaker, percolator, or Keurig machine.
Here are some guidelines so that you will be warm and comfortable. We suggest lying on your back when doing a coffee cleanse. Any of these can work. However, the reasons for lying on your back are: Doing a combination, which we call the spa morning routine , is wonderful, and it is only possible if you lie on your back.
Some people find it helpful to elevate the hips a few inches higher than your head. Reasons for this are:. By angling the hips properly, one can often do the vaginal coffee implant at the same time one does an enema without needing a sponge or Tampon to hold the coffee inside the vagina.
For details on how to do this, including how to measure the angle of the vagina, read The Vaginal Coffee Implant. The presence of intestinal gas is one of the main reasons people have difficulty holding a coffee enema. This is important because it is the location of the colonic reflexes to the brain.
Ways to raise the hips above the waist are:. A Many people enjoy lying on a towel or yoga mat on the floor of the bathroom. B Some people do their coffee cleanse in the bathtub, especially if you are not too tall. This is also good to limit accidental spills. C Some people set up a cot or massage table to lie upon. D The author learned to do coffee enemas in bed, spreading a rubber sheet or old plastic shower curtain and on top of that several layers of paper towel on the bed to protect against spills.
E If you have a bathtub you are not using, you could put a piece of plywood over the bathtub to lie upon, perhaps covered with a cushion. This may be more comfortable than lying inside the tub. If you spill some coffee and the wood is angled properly, the coffee will flow harmlessly into the tub. F Please do not do enemas inverted or in some other strange position. It is best if you relax, and the best position for this is usually lying down.
Coffee enemas are excellent for children and even babies, providing you are careful. Be sure to use less coffee and less water for children, depending on their size and weight. The parent can sit next to the bed. Lubricate the enema tip well and insert it very slowly and gently, going straight upward from the legs. Twist it a little as you insert it to help it go in.
An adult-sized enema tip is usually okay, or for a baby one may find a smaller enema tip. Once the coffee is inside, one may need to place a small piece of soft cloth over the anal opening to help keep the coffee inside. After the coffee has been inside for at least 15 minutes, the child can turn over and expel the coffee into the bedpan, or get up and expel into the toilet if the child can hold the enema.
We suggest one made of plastic. They are cheap and simple to clean. Glass is okay but it could break. Metal buckets are also okay, but will interfere a little with the coffee by oxidizing it. These also work well. Some enema bags are open at the top, which makes cleaning them easy. The bag or the bucket should come with a plastic hose, an enema tip, and a clamp on the hose. Enema bags are sold at Target, Wal-Mart or many drug stores. If you cannot find one at a local store, you can buy a 2-quart enema bag or bucket inexpensively online.
Coffee should contain many souls who will fight hard to cleanse your body. However, a lot of coffee is missing souls, or they have been replaced by souls that are less interested in healing. We know most people cannot tell what is in their coffee, but you might ask in prayer which coffee is best.
In general, however, the coffee to use is:. A medium or dark roast coffee. The reasons for this are explained in the previous chapter. The best coffee is often from South America, such as Columbian or Peruvian coffee. Ideally, the coffee beans should look dry, rather than too oily. Medium or dark roast coffee usually is a little oily.
However, when it appears very oily, the oil is sometimes rancid, which is not good. For maximum freshness, buy coffee beans and grind your own coffee.
Store coffee in the refrigerator. Organically grown coffee is usually better. AVOID instant coffee, chemically decaffeinated coffee, light roast coffee, and very oily coffees. We also do not trust Starbucks coffees because they often are mixed with other things such as chocolate. Coffee can be prepared in several ways:. The best — pressure cook the coffee for about 14 seconds.
This is a new method as of November The minute boil method. This is an older method and is not used much today. The newer steam flash method. The soak or non-boil method. This is more yin, so it is not as good. Only use it if you must, such as if you are traveling and cannot boil the coffee. Here are details about each of these methods.
The best — pressure cook the coffee for 14 seconds. Do not to overcook it by cooking it longer, which is easy. You must time it for 14 seconds at pressure. This makes the most yang coffee, which is an advantage. If you use a stove top pressure cooker, begin timing when the top starts vibrating. As soon as your timer rings, release the pressure immediately by tilting the vibrating top so the coffee will stop cooking. Thank you for your response! I was on a gut-healing protocol for several months using supplements and of course going GF, while under the care of a functional medicine doctor.
I appreciate your response and feedback, thank you so much, you have put a lot of hard work into your blog to help others! My doctor told me there was nothing I could do but to take meds for the rest of my life. I first found gluten-free research, and I thought that was restrictive. I thought that would be impossible. My question is can a high-quality fish oil supplement take the place of eating the amount of fish you recommend per week?
I think it was helpful for me too.: And you can include high glucose fruits like bananas, grapes, figs and apricots I have a post coming about high glucose fruits too. I also think you can try sweet potatoes and see how you feel; they are really only an issue if you have SIBO in addition to autoimmunity.
Squash should be fine with autoimmunity and still provide a little more energy. Chances are that your energy will rebound once your thyroid is happier too. Thanks so much for the suggestions — I really appreciate you being able to explain in such depth. Please keep it up. The AI community needs more information such as yours!
I came in stages too. Gluten free for 2. I think it helped to start with GF before moving on. All at once would have been very scary. Somehow, I completely missed that before. Are Pine Nuts considered seeds, or nuts, or are they ok to eat? I wonder if this would help with my psoriasis. Since starting Paleo, my psoriasis has calmed down but not gotten better as a whole.
Must stop drinking alcohol too. I am so overwhelmed. I was diagnosed with celiac disease back in December Giving up gluten was actually fairly easy, however, all these other conditions are driving me mad. It started with dairy and soy, then eggs, then yeast.
I read one article that says these supplements are good I started daily flax and chia seeds …. Everyone feels guilty about eating around me and going out to dinner is a plain nightmare! How do you do this? AND gave up coffee. Sorry…having a woe-is-me day. Just frustrating trying to figure it all out. I know that it can feel very frustrations and very limiting. The idea behind flax and chia is to increase your omega The idea is really good, but flax and chia are not good sources of the omega-3 fats that your body actually uses those come from fish and grass-fed meat.
The part about the fruits and vegetables is very individual and most people just need to experiment and see what works for them which it sounds like you are doing. I would recommend the book Practical Paleo for a really succinct list of supplements and foods to avoid for autoimmune disease and for digestive problems.
As your gut heals, you will hopefully find that the range of foods you can tolerate increases. I wish I had a better answer for you. Thank you for your response and I apologize for my rant, it just gets me every now and then how difficult this is.
At 42 years, new habits are hard to create. Thank you for sharing all your expertise…. I look forward to learning more! You might be interested to know that a fungal problem could be at the root of all your issues…. What if you freeze fresh strawberries? Does that help to eliminate any goitrogenic properties at all? As far as I understand it, they really have to be cooked. But I should probably also mention that how important it is to cut out Goitrogens is fairly controversial.
I was labeled with ms in January of Upon finding out what it was that ailed me, this year has been a world wind of information. At first I was vegan, then Wahls, and now Paleo. Thank you for all the information it is very enlightening. I wish I would have found this first off, but now that I have my diet is veggies, wild salmon, grass fed liver and some fruits and some nuts. My supplements are D, fish oil, B12 and B Complex. My question is, have you heard of a person with ms putting it into remission and getting their balance back?
Wahls is actually running clinical trials right now with her version of the autoimmune protocol and the early reports are that they are seeing great improvement. Actually, there seems to be abetter success rate for MS than skin-related autoimmune conditions, maybe because the brain can adapt so well?
Yes besides Dr Wahls. She is my hero. I try to keep my mind open to the fact I got labeled with ms and I will reverse it. Keep that positive attitude! Surround yourself with people and information that believe the body is designed to heal. Blessings and vibrant health to you. Kerry, yes you know someone who reversed their ms besides Wahls?
That guy is amazing and he takes Paleo to another level. Paleomom is great because it lays it out simply and takes a lot of info and makes it applicable. I also like the fact she replied too my comment. The world will always need people like her. Thanks for the Elanspantry websit, she sounds amazing and so encouraging.
I will read more on her. In the meantime I did find Rosemary Fletcher off of the raw food website. Through diet, mental exercises and Chi Kung aka qigong he completely cured himself of MS. Here is an overview of his story, from an Irish newspaper. I only take homeopathic remedies as well. I am very athletic. All that being said I am inflamed and hurting… I have been doing whole30 for about 40 days now.
It does flair up during season changes… Alisa. It could be, especially the peppers. Since it flares seasonally, it may be that you just need to be extra strict with your diet when the polens or molds that you are allergic to are blooming. I wonder if my symptoms might be helped by a diet like this. I have chronic anxiety, acne, hair loss, cold hands and feet in the winter, gas, constipation, eczema, dandruff, muscle pains and mites allergy.
It certainly sounds like early symptoms of autoimmunity. These could also be explained by a leaky gut and food sensitivities too. Are you eating Paleo now? I definitely think that this diet has the possibility to help dramatically. Sleep and stress management are also very important.
Thanks for the reply. Maybe I really have to have a food diary and try these variations…. You recommend coconut oil for healing the gut. Do you mean cooking with it or consuming it by itself? If so, how much is recommended daily? And I do say that with a tear in my eye! My eldest daughter and I have gluten intolerance, I have hypothyroid, my eldest son has migraines and a thankfully going-away pituitary tumor, and my youngest son has extensive vitiligo and anaphylactic peanut allergy.
I have recently decided to pack my family up onto the Paleo bandwagon for our health. My eldest son is the one who has had the most resistance to this new lifestyle.
I am especially concerned about the little guy with the vitiligo. You might want to try a nightshade- free version to start though. You might want to check out this post https: I wonder if you know of any apps that might make it easier to track the symptoms evolution along the elimination diet so that I know what is working and what is not working… Thanks. What do you think of this product: Do you think that the butter oil which adds more K2 to the blend can be problematic?
Would it be safer for me to consume just the Fermented Cod Liver Oil? I would definitely recommend going with the straight fermented CLO and not the butter oil blend for autoimmune. My only caution is that the extra vitamin A can exaggerate a food sensitivity reaction if you are still consuming any foods that you are sensitive to. I am blown away.
I just discovered your site link hopping via Chris Kresser ; what an amazing resource this is. I am in the middle of a confused tangle of celiac, hypothyroid and incredibly upsetting adult acne. And painful arthritis at 40, really now?! I feel pretty lost in it all, and hence your ability to present the information so very clearly, to make this accessible to non-scientists … wow.
I can see I have a lot of reading ahead, and the AIP to trial given the insane amount of eggs in my diet, I wonder if a solution could really be this simple. Question — do you know if Pernicious Anemia falls under the same cloud as these other autoimmune disorders in relation to diet? Thanks so much for all your wonderfully informative posts! I have type 1 diabetes, and was just diagnosed with stage 1 lipedema. I am wondering if, instead of first trying the AIP, and removing nightshades, alcohol, etc.
Yes, that makes a lot of sense to me. If you have already tested positive to a variety of foods, eliminating those before the other foods on the AIP is what I would recommend. Thanks for the prompt reply! This is going to be pretty overwhelming, so I need to review it again and mentally get my go power ready. Hi — Very interesting article! I was diagnosed with APS Antiphosolipid Syndrome recently which is an auto immune disease of the blood.
I have been following a Primal Diet for the last month, Paleo most recent weeks and aside from dramamtic weightloss and feeling better than ever, i have very little symptoms of my disease. Im still all new to the Paleo world and researching heaps but i was almost heartbroken when i read that Eggs, Nuts seeds, Nightshades should be competly avoided!
Im not sure if APS falls under the same class as these other autoimmune disorders in relation to diet…. If you are experiencing vast improvement in your symptoms with a standard Paleo diet, then it makes a whole lot of sense to stick with that. Just keep the idea of the autoimmune protocol in the back of your mind. Sometimes things like stress can cause a flare, and then this more restricted diet might be very helpful in dealing with that.
Will you please explain why cocoa and chocolate should be eliminated? Is it because they are seeds? You explanation about coffee helped motivate me to give that up, and I really notice a difference. I have to be very strict with this diet: Before finding your site, cocoa, red wine, and coffee were my cheat foods! And I was unclear about why I should avoid nightshades tomatoes and peppers.
So sad to give those up. Your site is a goldmine of information. There are a few reasons. Most importantly, chocolate is a gluten cross-reactor. So, if you have gluten intolerance and your body is producing antibodies against gluten, there is a good chance those antibodies will see chocolate as being exactly the same thing as gluten this is true for coffee as well. Chocolate is extremely high in phytic acid more than most nuts and seeds , which can be a gut irritant, especially in high quantities.
I did give up coffee, chocolate, and red wine, and notice right away that I feel better. I read in one of your comments that skin-related conditions may not show as much improvement on the AI protocol as MS. Do you know of any other sources with skin-specific AI protocol information? When I was pregnant I improved quite a bit, but started getting these really weird skin issues—like all of a sudden my eyelids were extremely flaky, red, and blotchy. Now that I had my baby, I have psoriasis developing quickly on my arms—it started on my forearms but is spreading up.
And just today, after a hot bath and blow drying my hair, I looked in the mirror and my face was almost maroon—it literally looked like I had a maroon mask on, with a clear demarcation line extending all the way down to my neck It went away after I cooled down.
The reason skin conditions can be tougher to resolve is the gut-brain-skin axis Chris Kresser has written about this a fair bit. It even merge important to get a good source of probiotics, get alot of sleep, and manage stress.
Mindful meditation can be very helpful 5 minus of sitting quietly of focussing on your brething. Also doing puzzles, cross-words, sudoku things like that can help turn off the inflammation in the brain. Getting some not too sensuous exercise is very important. And Vitamin d3, probably a fairly hefty dose iu daily. Also, L-glutamine can help speed healing of the gut. Plus all the other recommendations in the AIP! Good luck and let me know how it goes!
I re-read this page quite frequently comments are helpful, they let us all know we are not alone , and, with apologies for being so immature … I have to say that sensuous exercise, above, made me laugh. I have a quick question, are flax seeds and bell peppers included on the no-go list for the AIP? And what about sweet potatoes? How come they are not excluded while while white potatoes are? Bell peppers and white potatoes are nightshades are excluded on the AIP.
Flax seeds are a seed and all seeds and pseudograins like chia are excluded in the AIP. So someone with all these things am I only eating meat and bone broth at this point since almost everything seems off limits? Woa this totally sounds like my tone is being mean, I assure you it is not intended that way at all! I appreciate any advice you may be able to give me, just having a hard time looking throu charts for each protocol and figuring out what a sick person like me needs to be eating to get on the right path.
In the meantime, do you have a copy of Practical Paleo? Basically, sticking with non-starchy vegetables are completely fine, which still should provide lots of variety. The skin autoimmune conditions seem to be the longest to heal. Eating organ meat seems very important maybe because of the trace minerals found in organ meat, also vitamin D , having a good source of probiotics is also important, and eating fish to balance omega3 to omega 6 raio.
Do you have a good functional medicine practitioner? Food sensitivity tests, micronutrient deficiency tests, and liver detoxification support can all be very helpful with psoriasis.
I drink a lot of herbal infusions like nettle leaf, raspberry, etc which are trace mineral rich and really help my skin and body a lot. I used to take cod liver oil the green pastures kind and found it really helped me. Never took birth control but I have Interstitial Cystitis imagine having to pee and you are crying in pain because your bladder actually has no urine in it, very painful.
I have just now started to feel bladder pain again because I try to be accommodating when we visit friends and I eat their food to not offend them and I literally feel like it is reversing all the progress I have done. I cook most of our food at home organic or grass fed meats local and organic produce. Acidic foods really bother my bladder though so onions and pork I have to be careful with. You mention yeast infections, I have had chronic infections and been on many rounds of antibiotics to combat bladder issues.
My urologist put me on them capsules a day indefinitely since he said some women just get them and that is life basically.
That is why I had IC so long without treatment, he was very unkind to be so I went 3 years in pain before finally seeing a female doctor this year who diagnosed me properly for IC this Feb and that I have kept the IC symptoms in check by avoiding acidic foods for the most part, drinking nettle, and making sure I am not dehydrated. For liver detox I was thinking of eating a lot of prepared burdock root and eating dandelion greens.
Its ironic that you say that I need non starchy veggies because I looked up non starchy like you said and many of the foods listed my body has actually been craving lately! I do not have my own doctor but if anyone knows of a good functional medical doc in the Atlanta, GA area I am all ears! Ghee can have trace milk proteins which can be a problem for some people. It would be best to avoid it. As far as probiotics, I used to take goat milk yogurt but stopped since dairy. I was told that probiotics do not survive the digestive process so my option is the fecal transplant thing that I have read about several places recently if I really needed to reintroduce bacteria that I am missing or low on in my body.
Any thought about this? Some but not all of the probiotics will survive the digestive tract. Thank you for pointing out this resource, I will try to see if I can find one that I will be comfortable seeing.
I have never done the Paleo AIP before. A recent flare up of psoriasis from poor quality city water even with a nice shower filter has really made me want to kick it into gear and figure out how to get my body functioning properly.
I hope you can find a good doctor that you like. The leaky gut hypothesis for autoimmune conditions is completely discounted by modern medical science. I asked my rheumy and have searched medical journals. Could you please point to any evidence about leaky gut.
I would refer you to the research done by Dr. A google search will lead you to his interviews and public appearances. A PubMed search will lead you to his research papers. Hi- I just found your blog and am going to try the Paleo AIP protocol since after two years of food elimation for a few weeks at a time here and there, I have seen no improvement in my myesthenia gravis manifested with a droopy right eyelid.
I eat vegan chocolate and use coconut creamer in my coffee. If I had cross reactions, they would all have shown up on my test, correct? Also, I really struggle with breakfast, especially as a nursing mother with an appetite! Has anyone tried protein powders? First is strict Paleo with also eliminating the foods you are allergic to this makes a lot of sense to me as a first step.
Second if full AIP. Either way, the pea protein powder is out. As for breakfast, mine typically includes homemade sausage I also have one source of nightshade-free sausage that I purchase locally with some fruit and veggies or leftovers.
It takes some getting used to eating unconventional breakfast foods, but you do get used to it. Have you ever posted information about the homemade sausage you make?
That sounds like a great option. We just moved to Connecticut and are just getting to know the local farms, so we have good resources nearby. They are under breakfast in the recipe menu.
I just stumbled across your blog and wow! Okay where do I even start? My psoriasis has gotten worse since my sons birth 3months ago which I see in your writings is totally expected.
I started doing some research and realized since its an autoimmune disease that maybe going gluten free would help. But now i see there are even more restrictions that you recommend and it seems overwhelming.
Should I just start with eliminating the biggest offender gluten for 30 days and see how I do? If not much improvement, what do I do next? What CAN I eat? You may end up needing to remove more form your diet, but I think doing it in pieces makes a lot of sense, both from a practical implementation point of view and from a health point of view. I would definitely start with gluten as the most likely and wrist offender. Try not to replace things with gluten with gluten-free products since these have a high likelihood of having very similar effects in your body.
This really means just getting used to more Meath, fish, eggs, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds and getting away from grains. Once this feels more manageable, you can work on other grains, legumes, dairy, and start switching to better fats. Wow, this is very interesting. I first went GF and felt better. Then my endo put me off all grains, legumes, and sugar because of my severe GI symptoms. Should I eliminate those as well? I am also cutting nuts and seeds out not that they were a staple of my diet, anyway.
Since many autoimmune diseases are managed with corticotherapy, the question is if the use of glucocorticoids goes hand in hand with Paleo diet or they are not compatible. Is the gut healing the same? Tests results have gone backwards sadly. Thank you for sharing this great information! Would you recommend doing intermittent fasting while being on the autoimmune protocol? It may help stimulate healing, but really only something to try for someone who has already sleeping well, getting some activity and some time outdoors, and managing stress.
How utterly ridiculous to live like this not grain gluten eggs nuts dairy night shades a step to far…. Thanks for your positive thoughts Sarah! Wish you all the best on your journey. Hi Sarah — First and foremost I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this website. I so greatly appreciate your scientific discussion of all of these issues — it really helps me understand things as I go through my own journey to heal my gut. This past year I experienced horrible GERD which led me to remove all grain and then potatoes and legumes from my diet.
Only now with Paleo have I eliminated dairy 1 month ago immediate clearing of my eczema within 2 days. My question is, on this protocol, woudl you recommend me also eliminating green beans, cucumbers or zucchini? The raw cucumbers and zucchini seem like maybe they make me bloat more? I think you could probably get away with trying a SIBO modification first.
Instead of the whole autoimmune protocol, you would just eliminate starchy vegetables. It might be a good idea to do this in conjunction with some digestive support digestive enzymes with meals and either an HCl supplement or something like Tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 10 minutes before you start eating—acid supplementation is contraindicated in anyone with ulcers or taking blood thinning medications or NSAIDs so maybe check this one with your doctor.
Any food where you consume the seeds cucumbers, zucchini, berries esp. I myself have great results with AIP. However the question many will have is: I found this pinterest collection of recipes very inspirative. Hi Paleo Mom, thank you for this most informative post! I got tested for food allergies and am apparently not allergic to things like eggs and nuts and apparently not even to wheat, ha!
So first, the foods restricted in the AIp can be problematic in more ways than just sensitivities. Second, sugar cravings might be due to micronutrient deficiencies air insufficient dietary fat, I would sight trying some spoons of coconut oil with or between meanly and see if that helps.
Eating enough fat is also really important in getting your body to burn fat as a fuel source, which is what it needs to do to lose weight. Add some fat to your green smoothies too because fat helps you absorb many of the vitamins and minerals in them. Micronutrient deficiency is common in autoimmune disease. And while i agree with staying away from processed meat, I think eating red meat especially if you can get grass-fed is really important.
It is righ in many vitamins and minerals that tend to be deficient in those with autoimmune disease. I also highly recommend eating oily fish and organ meat several times per week. Keeping weight around your middle is the classis sign of high cortisol, which is a stress hormone. It can be high for a variety of reasons, too little sleep, too much stress, too intense of workouts, too much sugar, too much caffeine, inflammation from your autoimmune disease, or as a reaction to food sensitivities.
Pulling back on the intensity of your workouts and focussing on stress management and sleep should help. You can also look at some adrenal support supplements GAIA makes a good series, just avoid the ones with oat seed as an ingredient. Ahhhhh, your advice is just what I needed to hear — thank you kindly, I shall give this a go and see where it takes me!!!! Sorry in advance if this is too long! But I really want to thank you for this article and the follow -ups in the comments.
They also tend to have low Vitamin D — which aids in absorbing. However calcium dietary or supplemental can also interfere with some thyroid medications. Am I likely to see changes? I rarely use milk mainly on cereal LOL so I could cut that too. But I would like to initially keep some starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, butter, and eggs, then try taking them away one by one and seeing how I do.
Does this make any sense? Would I still see some good effects? It makes total sense to traditions in stages. I would definitely focus on gluten first, then all grains, work on cooking fats, then dairy, then legumes, then sugars, then the extras like nightshades, eggs, nuts.
But, a slow transition is more sustainable for most people. I also have a post on gaining weight on the AIP, which might give you some ideas for foods you can cook for both you and your grandmother. In november I took an IgG Elisa protein intolerance test. The doctor recommended me to look into Paleo, and I bougt Marks Sissons book the same day.
I immediately switched over to Paleo, which was a complete u-turn for me who have been relying on bread and milk on a daily basis for all of my life.
I have also added some supplements, I take selenium, coq10, L-glutamine, N-acetyl glucosamine and cold-pressed seal oil every day. And should I let theory or test results be my main guidlines? For instance, according to my test I react to egg yolk, but egg whites are totally fine, and bell peppers a nightshade right? Any advice on this would be higly appreciated!
Oh, and one last question, the hardest thing I could ever give up is chocolate. I make the chocolate myself from mostly raw ingredients, and I just wonder if all cocoa is equally bad? Would it make any difference if I made white chocolate using only cocoa buttter and not the cocoa powder? Or replaced the cocoa powder with carob? I recommend you keep going with standard Paleo for a while yes, as long as you are seeing improvement.
For now, just try and keep your chocolate to very dark chocolate. The proteins that can be a problem in chocolate will also be in cocoa butter, although to a lesser extent. If you do need to do the AIP in the future, you could use carob as a substitute try mixing with coconut oil or palm shortening? Wow, thanks for fast reply! I have just started taking some probiotics too, just forgot to mention it. Thanks for great advice, it sounds like a good idea and not too overwhelming sticking to regular Paleo for a while, and then maybe do AIP when I feel I have more routine and knowledge.
You have provided so much information in one spot, it makes learning about all of this so much easier! I thank god for my MOM friends and for people like you, who really want to help educate and share experiences with each other!! Then last year, having had bathroom issues for who knows how long…. I just kept thinking that my system worked really well….
Then I met someone with a low thyroid who had celiac and told me I should be tested. I literally felt euphoric after giving up grains! I thought, wow, this is so amazing not to feel so sad all the time and not get so depressed over every injustice in the world!
But through all of this, my scalp issues I think psoriasis?? I feel so sad about this, mainly because living this way knowledge about our food supply: I will be donating to you, PaleoMom!!! Popcorn is still the food I find most tempting and miss the most! Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs are absorbed by punching holes in the lining of the first part of your small intestine.
So, in the case of autoimmune diseases, this can be a real problem. I understand your frustration and that sense of mourning over losing favorite foods. It does get easier, especially when everything falls into place and you start to see real healing. I should go and buy some grass-fed bones and make some broth to start the healing….
I had know idea that it punched holes in my intestine…that is just awful and it explains so much! I feel like we have to navigate through a minefield to find our best health! I started with going gluten free, then slowly made my way towards mostly-Paleo, and over the last year thought that I was doing okay on a diet on mainly steamed veggies, meat, and fat.
I felt much better than I did over the years when things were pretty bad, but still had digestion issues and itching near my rectal area from the yeast most nights, constant bloating and alternating moods among other more minor symptoms. After coming across your wonderful website, and experimenting for 3 weeks now with removing FodMaps initially, but then even finding that I am allergic to eggs, omega 3 fish oil, canned foods, dried spices etc..
I can go on the rest of my life eating these foods and be happy — simply because of how great it feels to have normal digestion and energy levels. My dilemma is how to cover my nutritional basis since my body is unable to handle any multivitamin supplements? Have tried several brands of multivitamins in the past month with the lowest doses, and smallest amounts of B complex , from Rainbow Light to Raw Mens Multi, and having a bad reaction to all of them and feel major muscle weakness and overall lethargy for the entire day.
Makes me fearful of even experimenting with other supplements since the whole day will literally be shot if I have a bad reaction. I seem to have developed a similar reaction to vitD but that I am able to get from the sun.
Given my diet are there certain vitamins that you definitely would recommend I supplement with? Thank you so much for any advice you are able to offer. On the bright side, you may be able to add many foods back in after several months of healing. You might be allergic to a filler in the supplements and not the supplements themselves, which basically means avoiding anything in a capsule or tablet and anything with fillers listed on the ingredients.
That being said, you could take a magnesium supplement without a capsule something like Natural Calm or open up your magnesium glycinate capsules and sprinkle into some water this would work with probiotics too, not sure about the calcium. I think magnesium and probiotics are important.
Also, would you consider taking Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil straight, not capsule, go with unflavored if you think the flavoring might not work for you. That would give you some vitamin A, D and K2 which seems to be lacking in your diet. L-glutamine may help heal the gut, but some people get a stimulant effect from it, which means you should stop. Drinking ginger tea, licorice root tea, cinnamon tea, all help digestion and healing too.
Bone broth would be an outstanding addition to your diet could be chicken or turkey and provide the calcium among other vitamins and minerals too. What about lamb, bison, goat, emu or pork? How are you with starchy vegetables? My guess if you think you have a yeast overgrowth, then not good. Adding whatever variety into your veggies that you can, within those limitations, is important.
Cooked will probably be easier to digest, so you might want to try moving toward soups. Have you tried mixing organ meat with ground meat and hiding it that way? I think if you can add a little more variety to your diet while you heal, you will notice a big difference.
If you do feel the need for supplementation, it would be better to seek out a Functional Medicine Specialist to test for micronutrient deficiencies and then do targeted supplementation. Thanks so much for your quick and detailed reply! I must have tried at least 5 brands of multivitamins over the last few months, and had initially thought that my reactions were due to the excessive amounts of B complex found in most multivitamins, even though I was purchasing high end vitamins which did not contain fillers or the bad forms of vitamin B.
Regaring glutamine and bone broth, sadly both of those give me immediate reactions identical to what I would feel if I ingested a small amount of MSG dizzy, light headed, slurred speech — some chicken krapow earlier this year caused me to pass out and fracture my hand thankfully that was all! When I had the reactions to bone broth, once was after simmering for 6 hours in a slow cooker, and the other 4 hours simmer, but both gave me strange reactions.
I really love the idea of obtaining all those vitamins and minerals, and making full use of the animal when eating.
Thats a great idea to mix it with ground meat, I would love to try that. I will go to Whole Foods tomorrow to see if they sell organic chicken or turkey livers or whatever organ meat you suggest. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my message — it really means a lot to connect with such a knowledgeable and helpful person!
About your suggestions for the supplements: I will take that advice and try to no longer consume and capsules or tablets. Between these 2 forms, would you recommend I switch to the capsule, or should I avoid any types of fillers even those that are hypoallergenic? And I apologize for having missed your suggestion about the herbal tea. Thanks for e-mailing me. Chicken or turkey liver is a great starting point. Lamb liver is also very mild.
Have you looked at US Wellness Meats http: They have a good selection of lamb, pork and poultry Tropical Traditions also sells grass-fed lamb and bison, not sure if bison are too close to cows or now.
So, I would recommend staying away from broth. It also explains alot of the sensitivities to fillers. A sudden drop in blood pressure after eating specific foods is a type of allergy commonly to allums but also fish and shellfish. I think you are wise to avoid any foods that you feel causes this type of reaction. Between the two calcium citrates in your next comments, I would go with the second. Are you working with a good functional medicine specialist who can help you sort all this out?
It sounds like a very complex health condition and you may benefit dramatically from some tests that a good functional medicine specialist would run like testing for overgrowths and infections, micronutrient deficiencies and various sensitivities.
So, to get back to your original question from the first comment. I think that working within the confines of your many sensitivities but still trying to increase your food variety as much as possible will help.
Thanks for your reply! I will continue to stay away from the bone broth as you suggest. I seem to have a much better grip on my health lately now that I am close to eating ZC aside from occasional leafy greens.
I tried to eat beef liver as you suggested, and maybe consumed about 0. I was able to find a few reports of others who are either allergic to beef liver, or cannot handle excess vitamin A doses. Do you think it was more likely one of these causes? Vitamin A has also been shown to exaggerate food sensitivity reactions. Vitamin D should help with this, but I think chicken liver makes sense to try. This may sound like a weird question, but I wonder I wonder If this way of eating would apply to dogs.
I have an aging boxer that has started having health issues.. The vet thinks it is some type if autoimmune disorder. She is taking steroids daily … She keeps getting gut infections too and is leaking protein there.
I currently give her grain free dog food, but still give her bread to take her meds. I guess I better cut out the bread…. Many people within the Paleo community have Paleo pets. Maybe a pice of nitrate-free grass-fed hotdog for the meds? I decided to follow the Paleo diet after being diagnosed with M. E and after much research this seemed like a viable option. I have even eating lots of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, coconut and olive oil, vegetables and fruit but have been experiencing major bloating and weight gain.
My stomach feels uncomfortable but not painful. I have since removed fruit and nuts for 2 days and that seems to of helped reduce some of the bloating but not the additional weight!
I actually need to loose some not gain! My main concern is health so my question is do you think I should change my diet to the one you suggest above to help with these issues or stop Paleo all together?! I do think it would be a good idea to cut out starchy vegetables and I would also suggest doing a low FODMAP trial to see if that helps too. Let me know if you are still gaining weight on the AIP and I can help you troubleshoot from there.
There are some recommendations in The Paleo Diet like avoiding nightshades , but not the full protocol, which appears for the first time in print in The Paleo Solution.
Ive recently gotten vitiligo from going pescatarian and am thinking of going Paleo. Is buckwheat and quinoa ruled out also? How is this for Leaky gut? I read your post about the Gluten Cross-reactivity but sadly I do not have the option to get myself tested. What I did do is cut out on bread for days without noticing any affect more hungry since I did eat allot of this buckwheat bread. The biggest issue with green smoothies for healthy people is that chewing is an important signal required for digestion.
Pseudograins are generally not included in a Paleo diet bus some people do consume them for special treats. Have you tried any Paleo bread or pancake recipes for a better alternative? Is coconut milk and butter ok? The safe choice is probably just to leave them out but including them would make the rest of the diet so much easier to stick to.
I am so glad I found your site! I am trying to follow the multiple sclerosis day plan in the Practical Paleo book but eggs are included in that plan whereas you are suggesting not eating eggs. Also, I hate fish. Is there a way I can get the benefits of eating fish without having to actually eat it? The one fish I eat is Sole and I never see it on the recommended list of fish to eat. And how can I be sure I am getting the right balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 in my diet?
Lastly, what about snacks between meals? It looks like fruit is a no-no while trying to heal the gut — do you have suggestions for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks that stave off hunger. I definitely recommend no eggs. All fish is a good source of omega-3s with the exception of farmed tilapia and farmed catfish , so if you like sole, go for it.
As for snacks, go ahead and try fruit. Better choices would be something like jerky and same veggies. You may also want to see if you can increase the size of your meals and not need snacks which might just not work for you, but maybe worth a try.
Comes with fresh living milk and water kefir grains and a video course with written instructions that show you how to grow and cultivate your own source of potent probiotics. The video course showing you everything you need to know about how to make and use Kefir with real living Kefir Grains. Kefir Grains are shipped out in 1 to 2 business day. Double drat…I am so addicted to coffee.
But I think I need to dial in a little bit further as I have many of the issues listed. Although I do love everything about coffee the smell, sight, ritual of the whole thing ultimately I drink it for effect ie: I would try and go a good month without any coffee and then see how you do when you have a cup.
Yes, tea does not pose the same issues as coffee although it can still mess with your cortisol. I still drink black tea. I am wondering about juicing. I currently drink 1 to 2 Mean Green juices per day. Ok stepping off of that soap box. Do you think I should stop juicing or cut back. Thank You so much for taking the time to share the way you do. You are impacting so many lives for the positive!!
In the meantime, this e-book http: As for the green juices, I think some juicing is okay, but they pack a pretty powerful sugar punch when you remove the fiber from the veggies, the sugars in them are much more easily absorbed. I typically recommend limiting to a oz glass of vegetable juice with meals.
Thank You for the information! I ordered the ebook and am very happy with it. If you think to please post a link on here when Anne Angelones book is released and I will check it out as well. I am a little confused on the sugar content of the green juice. The green apples were all I thought was sugar. I got so frustrated with it that I just drank green juice for 35 days.
It was really nice to not have random yes random, not because I did or did not eat blood sugar crashes all day, to not crave food constantly, to not feel hungry all day, and to not be congested, oh AND to sleep! That was some amazing sleep. I was losing weight too which had been impossible for me. Well that was the end of the juice fast. I have often thought of just juice fasting again but I realize that is not a way of life that I can maintain long term.
My eyelashes have nearly all fallen out and my hair is thinning. Which is why I am really excited to do this plan. I somehow managed to carry a baby full term 2 years ago so I have a toddler I want to be able to care for energetically and not feeling like every single bit of energy I use is the very last I have.
Um this site is for venting and not just questions right? If there is any information that you could recommend on living with edometriosis I would be glad to read it. That is my autoimmune disease. I had two softball size cysts removed just before I got pregnant and I want to have another baby but I can feel that the cysts are back.
No more surgery for me though! I searched for endo on your site and I read one very helpful article. But any others you could recommend would be great! I have a question about a few foods.
One website for AIP diet said no fruits, another said in moderation, what is your best suggestion? Also one site listed green beans as OK, another said no, again what is your best suggestion? Now have decided to go AIP at the suggestion of a friend.
I have something similar to your lichen planus. It also looks similar to dermatitis herpetiformis. Thank you for any information you can share. I say no green beans okay for standard Paleo, but not for AIP at least at first. They are a food you can play with adding back in once your symptoms are improving.
Thanks for your help. I thought the gluten and dairy free was complicated!! Glad about the fruit because I do like it, especially the berries and peaches. I take probiotics and will need to acquire a taste for organ meat….
Do you suggest taking supplements of the fat soluble vitamins? Are there any baked goods allowed on AIP? Been clean-eating, all organic, doing yoga, and as chemical free as possible since having kiddos because they do so much better that way.
Recently went gluten-free for me and found that all muscle pain, all joint pain, chronic diarrhea, and fatigue gone. Is there a way to tell if your gut has healed?
Do you go by symptoms alone? I appreciate any help so much! Thanks for taking the time. If you feel like you could feel better, than the AIP is the best place to start. Also — why are green beans prohibited on the AIP? They are definitely our go-to vegetable, and I thought that they were a non-starchy vegetable. I mean no eggs. But when it comes to reintroducing, you might want to try duck or goose eggs and stay away from chicken eggs completely an IgE reaction is not likely to go away.
If you are allergic to one, you might be allergic to the others but you might not. Green beans are a legume. They might be successfully reintroduced later though.
Both of us have seen great health benefits from it as far as energy, feeling good and for me, post-baby weight loss. My husband however is hitting another setback.
After months of feeling great, his heartburn seems to have returned again. We are now thinking that maybe he has a sensitivity to foods we have been eating. He saw a gastro doctor and together they feel he has the SIBO leaky gut.
Therefore, we are going to try some of the modifications that you recommend here. He wants to gain weight. He is six feet tall and only weighs about pounds. Do you have any food suggestions on how he can heal his stomach without losing any more weight, perhaps even make recommendations on how he can safely gain weight?
Thought I was in the clear with a chicken paprikash recipe and have learned about paprika the hard way. Also cut out sugar and dairy, with the exception of butter. I was tested by an allergist and do not appear to have egg or nut allergies. For purposes of gut healing, it is essential that I eliminate eggs and nuts if I am not allergic? I am very grateful for the information you share and the time you are willing to take to share you knowledge.