Edited highlights from a conversation I had over Google Talk earlier today:
Richard: "THE PRINCE: WEALTHY BRITISH FARMER LOOKS TO THE MOON FOR HELP. Tormented by fears of nanorobots turning the planet into "grey goo," and poisoning by genetically modified foods, Prince Charles fights science by embracing homeopathy, coffee enemas, organic farming, and now "biodynamics," which involves planting according to cycles of the moon and signs of the Zodiac. In a monarchy you are stuck with what you get, while in a democracy we can pick the best qualified among us to lead. But it's only a theory…"
WHY! DO! PEOPLE! EVEN! NEED! TO! ARGUE! ABOUT! THE! FACT! THAT! THE! STARS! DO! NOT! PREDICT! THE! FUTURE!
Iain: _COFFEE ENEMAS_?????
"I didn't get where I am today without sticking coffee up my arse!"
Richard: "The use of coffee in enemas for detoxification purposes is well known. It is a common herbalogical remedy that has been suggested by holistic and alternative medicine professionals for many years."
"The effects of a coffee enema are different than a saline enema. The most important difference between a saline enema and a coffee enema is the presence of caffeine in the coffee. Caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, combine to stimulate the relaxation of smooth muscles causing dilatation of blood vessels and bile ducts. The effects of having a coffee enema are not the same as drinking coffee. The veins of the anus are very close to the surface of the tissue. The caffeine is therefore absorbed more quickly (and in higher concentration) than it is in when coffee is drunk."
I would rather not think too carefully about this.
that's probably something I never needed to know
Richard: Although I do like: "The effects of having a coffee enema are not the same as drinking coffee. "
THERE IS A REASON!
Just thought I'd share the horror with you.