In what might be the most head-turning episode of TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” yet, a Florida couple has admitted to being “addicted” to coffee enemas. Mike and Trina, who declined to give their last name, need coffee enemas on a daily basis to function normally. Without irrigating her colon with a bucket full of fresh-brewed joe, Trina ends up in the emergency room with kidney stones. The couple reportedly gives themselves a coffee enema up to four times a day and up to 100 times a month.
Trina recently told ABCNews.com that she started the coffee enemas because she was suffering from digestive problems. She said that injecting the bucket full of fresh-brewed joe into her colon gives her a sense of “euphoria,” which would make sense given the number of capillaries and blood vessels in the lower intestine.
To perform the unusual ritual, Mike and Tina must insert a Vaseline-coated hose into their rectum.
“That’s the freaky part,” Trina told ABCNews.com. “So I try to relax.”
After the coffee has been injected into their colons, they must quickly transition to the toilet because everything comes rushing out like a “torrent.”
Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastroenterologist at NYU Medical Center, told ABCNews.com that coffee enemas can be dangerous. She pointed out that there is no available scientific evidence that coffee enemas are a safe and effective alternative to cancer treatment.
In fact, inserting a tube into the rectum can cause a tear in the lining and too many enemas can lead to dehydration and a decrease in bowel function.
Believers in Gerson therapy use coffee enemas–along with supplements, juicing and a special diet–to boost their immune systems. However, no available scientific evidence supports the claim that Gerson therapy is an effective alternative to cancer treatment.
While coffee enemas may not be risk free, they certainly are not as dangerous as alcohol enemas. A fraternity at the University of Tennessee was recently suspended indefinitely because members of the fraternity were giving themselves alcohol enemas and one of them wound up in the hospital.
Mike told ABCNews.com that he no longer gives himself a coffee enema on a daily basis. Trina, on the other hand, continues her “addiction” up to four times a day.
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