Have you ever heard of a coffee enema? On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I talk all about how important it is to know the risks of this ‘health’ procedure.

Image of @andreahardyrd Instagram post about coffee enemas not being a good idea

I actually do know who needs to hear this.⁠⠀
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I was sent a really concerning post about a doctor online not only promoting coffee enemas, but absolutely making shit up to ‘explain the benefits’. I mean go ahead and try to prove me wrong. Show me the data. (No, I don’t take anecdotal advice as evidence. Research papers only please.)⁠⠀
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The research papers that do exist on this shit-tastic procedure include case reports like:⁠⠀
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‘Rectal burn induced by hot coffee enema’⁠⠀
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‘Proctocolitis caused by coffee enemas’⁠⠀
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‘Deaths related to coffee enemas’⁠⠀
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‘Enteric septicaemia from coffee enemas’⁠⠀
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And one amazing systematic review to wrap it up all in a bow and draw the conclusion that they’re harmful with no proven benefit. (doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000021998)⁠⠀
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I mean I can’t believe I have to say this but, it’s 2020 so here it goes…⁠⠀
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PLEASE. Don’t squirt coffee up your butt. ⁠⠀
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I don’t care how ‘scientific’ someone in the internet makes it sound. I don’t care how they’ve rationalized the theory based off some crazy alternative cancer treatment or what they hypothesize the caffeine does in your body administered rectally vs orally. ⁠⠀
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I don’t know how someone not only gets insured to practice with these procedures, but hasn’t lost their license yet. The world is a crazy place – where we need to weigh risks, benefits, over-promises, and understand our personal fears and how they drive us to take larger and larger risks when it comes to our health. ⁠⠀
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So – how you do ‘take’ your coffee? 😜☕⁠⠀⁠