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Recent Ups and Downs of Coffee Enemas

May 4th, 2021

Two recent medical studies add milk and sugar, so to speak to what we know, medically, about coffee enemas.

Up with Coffee Enemas (2020)

Coffee Enemas: A Narrative Review,” Linda L Isaacs [pictured here], Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, vol. 21, no. 12, December 2020. The author, an M.D. in Austin, Texas, explains:

Coffee enemas have been in use for at least 150 years, despite the efforts over the last several decades by some in the orthodox medical community to stamp them out as “quackery.” The author and her patients, and other practitioners, find them very useful for the alleviation of a variety of symptoms. In this review, the history of their use, possible mechanisms of action, and risks are discussed, as well as the validity of the attacks against them.

In this video, Dr. Isaacs present her view of coffee enemas:

Down with Coffee Enemas (2020)

The Safety and Effectiveness of Self-Administered Coffee Enema: A Systematic Review of Case Reports,” Heejung Son, Hyun Jin Song, Hyun-Ju Seo, Heeyoung Lee, Sun Mi Choi, and Sanghun Lee, Medicine, vol. 99, no. 36, 2020. The authors, at Seoul National University, Chungnam National University, and several other institutions in South Korea, and the University of Florida, report:

Relevant studies were retrieved from [the major medical literature databases]….

Nine case reports that describe adverse events were identified and included in the analysis. Of these, 7 recent ones reported colitis after self-administration, mentioning that the most plausible cause assumed was the coffee fluid itself, which contained numerous chemical substances. Two others reported more critical adverse events. All 9 case reports with acceptable quality of evidence warned against the self-administration of the procedure. No study that reports the effectiveness of coffee enema was found.

Conclusions: Based on the evidences reviewed, this systematic review does not recommend coffee enema self-administration as a complementary and alternative medicine modality that can be adopted as a mean of self-care, given the unsolved issues on its safety and insufficient evidence with regard to the effectiveness.

Previous Research on Coffee Enemas

We have reported, in the magazine and here on the web site, on some earlier research studies about coffee enemas. among the more popular of these are:

The Royal Treatment

Amateur research, some of it, speaks of coffee enemas as a refreshing approach to good health. Prince Charles of the UK has been reported to regularly boost and use coffee enemas as a health measure.

In this action video, a possibly amateur scientist nominative-determinedly named Anna Blackpool demonstrates the kind of therapy that Prince Charles supported on a gut level:

Podcast Episode #1066: “Arachnophobia in Bug Scientists”

May 3rd, 2021

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

In the Ig Informal Lectures, some days after the ceremony, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

In Podcast Episode #1066, Marc Abrahams presents the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize winner for Entomology, Richard Vetter. Vetter received the prize for collecting evidence that many entomologists (scientists who study insects) are afraid of spiders, which are not insects.

The study:

Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Makes a Big Difference,” Richard S. Vetter, American Entomologist, vol. 59, no. 3, 2013, pp. 168-175.

Seth GliksmanProduction Assistant

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Google Podcasts, AntennaPod, BeyondPod and elsewhere!

Musical instruments – masculine or feminine? [study]

May 3rd, 2021

If you’re wondering whether musical instruments can be graded according to whether they’re perceived as masculine or feminine, the answer is yes (such perceptions can be graded).

For an example study, look no further than the Journal of Research in Music Education, Volume: 29 issue: 1, page(s): 57-62, Issue published: April 1, 1981, where you’ll find : Sex-role Associations of Music Instruments and Occupations by Gender and Major by Philip A. Griswold and Denise A. Chroback.

The research team found that the musical instruments’ gender association continuum tended to play out like this [ most ladylike first ] : Harp, flute, piccolo, glockenspiel, cello, violin, clarinet, piano, french horn, oboe, guitar, cymbal, saxophone, bass drum, trumpet, string bass, tuba.

A full copy of the paper may be found here

Research research by Martin Gardiner


May 2nd, 2021

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well-informed to be undecided about them.”

Empirical Girl

May 2nd, 2021

Elizabeth Bonawitz is, by her own admission and at her own insistence, an empirical girl:

Somewhat, but only somewhat, by analogy: Not everyone is an empirical girl:



Improbable Research