A coffee enema is the enema-related procedure of inserting coffee into the anus to cleanse the rectum and large intestines.
This procedure, although well documented, is considered by most medical authorities to be unproven, rash and potentially dangerous.
It is, nonetheless, great fun!
Although the notion of rectal cleansing goes back to the Ancient Egyptians, the idea of caffeine as a useful enema substance is relatively new.
In 1920, German scientists investigated caffeine’s effect on the bile duct and small intestines. Max Gerson proposed that coffee enemas had a positive effect on the gastro-intestinal tract.
Gerson said that coffee enemas had positive effects on patients with tuberculosis, and later even those with cancer.
He claimed that unlike saline enemas, the caffeine travelled through the smooth muscle of the small intestine, and into the liver.
This, he said, cleared even more of the gastro-intestinal tract and removed more toxins and bile than a normal enema.
He told his patients often that the “coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines but for the stimulation of the liver.”
Some proponents of alternative medicine have claimed that coffee enemas have an anti-cancer effect by “detoxifying” metabolic products of tumours.
There is no medical scientific evidence to support any anti-cancer effect of coffee enemas.
Coffee enemas can cause numerous side effects, including infections, sepsis (including campylobacter sepsis), severe electrolyte imbalance, colitis, polymicrobial enteric septicemia, proctocolitis, salmonella, brain abscess, and heart failure.
If the coffee is inserted too quickly or is too hot, it could cause internal burning or rectal perforation.
Long term use of coffee enemas can lead to malabsorption of fat, fat-soluble vitamins, and calcium.
The use of coffee enemas has led to several deaths as a result of severe electrolyte imbalance, hyponatremia, dehydration, pleural and pericardial effusions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that study participants must be warned of the risk of death from coffee enemas in studies that use them.
However the use of the coffee enema in sexual practices is now conclusively known to be utterly orgasmic for those attracted to anal activities and excitements, and the risks involved simply add to the thrill!
Some sexual fetishists have even suggested that enemas performed with weasel coffee – that is the seeds of coffee berries once they have been eaten and shat out by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) – might be a fun way of preparing patients for fecal transplants.
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), also known as a stool transplant, is the process of transplantation of fecal bacteria from a healthy individual into a recipient with bowel problems; it is a highly effective treatment for patients suffering from Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which produces effects ranging from diarrhea to pseudomembranous colitis.
Autassassinophilia is a paraphilia in which a person is sexually aroused by the risk of being killed.
The fetish may overlap with some other fetishes that risk one’s life, such as those involving drowning or choking.
This does not necessarily mean the person must actually be in a life threatening situation, for many are aroused from dreams and fantasies of such.
Erotic asphyxiation or breath control play is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The sexual preference for this behaviour is variously called asphyxiophilia, autoerotic asphyxia, hypoxyphilia. Colloquially, a person engaging in the activity is sometimes called a gasper. The erotic interest in asphyxiation is classified as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.
The carotid arteries (on either side of the neck) carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the brain. When these are compressed, as in strangulation or hanging, the sudden loss of oxygen to the brain and the accumulation of carbon dioxide can increase feelings of giddiness, lightheadness, and pleasure, all of which will heighten masturbatory sensations. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it induces a lucid, semi-hallucinogenic state called hypoxia. Combined with orgasm, the rush is as powerful as a cocaine high, and as addictive.
Hallucinogenic states brought about by chronic hypoxia may be similar to the delirium experienced by climbers at altitude. Since such state s do not occur in hypoxia brought about by sudden aircraft decompression at altitude, it appears they do not derive purely from a lack of oxygen. Abnormalities in the cerebral neurochemistry involving one or more of the interconnected neurotransmitters, dopamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and β-endorphin had been reported in all the conditions associated with hallucinations.
Historically, the practice of autoerotic asphyxiation has been documented since the early 17th century. It was first used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. The idea for this most likely came from subjects who were executed by hanging. Observers at public hangings noted that male victims developed an erection, sometimes remaining after death (death erection), and occasionally ejaculated when being hanged. However, ejaculation occurs in hanging victims after death because of disseminated muscle relaxation; this is a different mechanism from that sought by autoerotic asphyxiation practitioners.
Various methods are used to achieve the level of oxygen depletion needed, such as a hanging, suffocation with a plastic bag over the head, self-strangulation such as with a ligature, gas or volatile solvents, chest compression, or some combination of these. Sometimes, complicated devices are used to produce the desired effects. The practice can be dangerous even if performed with care and has resulted in a significant number of accidental deaths. Estimates of the mortality rate of autoerotic asphyxia range from 250 to 1000 deaths per year in the United States.
Deaths often occur when the loss of consciousness caused by partial asphyxia leads to loss of control over the means of strangulation, resulting in continued asphyxia and death. While often asphyxiophilia is incorporated into sex with a partner, others enjoy this behaviour by themselves, making it potentially more difficult to get out of dangerous situations. Victims are often found to have rigged some sort of “rescue mechanism” that has not worked in the way they anticipated as they lost consciousness.
In some fatality cases, the body of the asphyxiophilic individual is discovered naked or with genitalia in hand, with pornographic material or sex toys present, or with evidence of having orgasmed prior to death. Bodies found at the scene of an accidental death often show evidence of other paraphilic activities, such as fetishistic cross-dressing and masochism. In cases involving teenagers at home, families may disturb the scene by “sanitizing” it, removing evidence of paraphilic activity. This can have the consequence of making the death appear to be a deliberate suicide, rather than an accident.
The great majority of known erotic asphyxial deaths are male; among all known cases in Ontario and Alberta from 1974 to 1987, only one out of 117 cases was female. The mean age of accidental death is mid-20s, but deaths have been reported in adolescents and in men in their 70s.
Autoerotic asphyxiation has at times been incorrectly diagnosed as murder and especially so when a partner is present. Some hospitals have teaching units specifically designed to educate doctors in the correct diagnosis of the condition. Lawyers and insurance companies have brought cases to the attention of clinicians because some life insurance claims are payable in the event of accidental death, but not suicide.
Apathy (also called impassivity or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life.
They may lack a sense of purpose or meaning in their life. He or she may also exhibit insensibility or sluggishness. In positive psychology, apathy is described as a result of the individual feeling they do not possess the level of skill required to confront a challenge. It may also be a result of perceiving no challenge at all (e.g. the challenge is irrelevant to them, or conversely, they have learned helplessness). In light of the insurmountable certainty of universal doom, apathy is the default mode of existential nihilism, and, as such, is not considered to be a pathological state by those who experience it. Of course all implications of this were fully explored by Arthur Schopenhauer back in the nineteenth-century.
Modern art is also exhausted. The twentieth-century avant-garde endlessly lived out its own death with the chatter of neo-critical production. But despite all the talk about the death of art – stemming, of course, from the debates of the Young Hegelians in the 1840s about the status of art in Hegel’s system once one moved from romantic poetry to philosophy within absolute mind – art is very much alive and kicking and selling for even more wedge than it did before it allegedly snuffed it. Death is big business – go ask an undertaker!
The coolness of death is part of the allure of both modernist and now contemporary art. That is why today’s artist’s must appear so unappealing and so indifferent. Contemporary artists must fake apathy if they are to be taken seriously. After modernism there is no place for romanticism and passion in real art – serious artists are more interested in money than themselves, and those that are fixated on authenticity and their own lives either disappear up their own arses or become vulgar celebrities like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. But art that is truly contemporary and of today – like the work of Liam Gillick and Ai Weiwei – fakes an apathetic interest in the social while pursing financial success at all costs. This is why fake apathy is the bedrock of contemporary art! Baudrillard was right – the social has disappeared into the black (arse)hole of the masses! So remember kids: make it look apathetic or lose all art world credibility! Now go make some money!
4 Responses to The Art of Exhaustion: Why Fake Apathy Is The Intellectual Bedrock of Contemporary Art
michael hampton | August 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm De Sade was an exponent/advocate of apathy, especially when/whilst incarcerated in the Bastille, so it might also be classified as a type of stoicism in the face of impossible odds/circumstances, or even embracing suffering, or long suffering. But I take your point about the fraudulent idiot savants of the contemporary artworld who perpetrate their vacuous undercover exercises in branding.
kperry | August 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm Reblogged this on kperry is ammut.
chusmartinezproject | August 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm Thanks!
Justin Sayings (@JustinSayings) | August 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm As money subsumes productivity what is increasingly celebrated as great art is the generation of money, of value, while we lose the ability to care about anything other that our supposedly expanding by actually shrinking social surroundings.
But I wonder do not Hirst and Emin and Co actually lack vulgarity and represent a refined from of inanimate life, a stifled emotional state like a fungus eating way at our values and anything living in the name of individual dominance.