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Bunter
149968.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:39 pm Reply with quote

Never had one myself, but surely an area rich with comic potential.

Critic Kenneth Tynan once tried one with vodka, presumably to get blotto:

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A cosy weekend with his regular spanking partner and mistress, Nicole, becomes a slapstick fiasco after she administers a vodka enema (his bright idea), which shoots through his anal canal like Prussic acid, turning his bottom into a scalding volcano.


http://books.guardian.co.uk/lrb/articles/0,6109,614505,00.html

 
Bunter
149969.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:43 pm Reply with quote

John Harvey Kellogg of cereal fame also advocated them:

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Kellogg made sure that the bowel of each and every patient was plied with water, from above and below. His favorite device was an enema machine (“just like one I saw in Germany”) that could run fifteen gallons of water through an unfortunate bowel in a matter of seconds. Every water enema was followed by a pint of yogurt — half was eaten, the other half was administered by enema “thus planting the protective germs where they are most needed and may render most effective service”. The yogurt served to replace the intestinal flora of the bowel, creating what Kellogg claimed was a squeaky clean intestine.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_Kellogg

 
Bunter
149975.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:48 pm Reply with quote

Aah...here's what I've been waiting to find:

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It is one of humanity's oldest medical procedures still in use. Tribal women in Africa routinely administer it to their children. The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, mentions it. Millennia before, the Pharaoh had a "guardian of the anus," a special doctor whose purpose was to administer his enema. This was truly a Royal Flush.


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Bunter
149977.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:54 pm Reply with quote

Better source:

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The functions of the digestive tract have always held a peculiar fascination, as evidenced by the positions of "Physician of the Belly of the Pharaoh" and "Guardian of the Anus" in the ancient Egyptian royal court.


https://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/331/12/818

 
Bunter
149980.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:58 pm Reply with quote

The Guardian of The Anus was Iry, chief physician to a pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty (2625-2475).

He was also "palace eye physician" and "palace stomach bowel physician" and bore the titles "one understanding the internal fluids" and..."guardian of the anus." '

http://www.levity.com/alchemy/islam22.html

 
Bunter
149982.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Iry was also a high priest and was also known as Pepyankh.

This lists him as 'shepherd of the king's anus':

http://www.touregypt.net/historicalessays/lifeinEgypt10.htm

 
eggshaped
150001.  Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:35 pm Reply with quote

Enemas are excedingly bad for you aren't they? I'm not sure what the public perception of them is though, the subject's not come up in my local.

I remember reading an article which debunked any possible medical benefits as well as showing that the water can damage the colon and that it washes out bacteria which are necessary for digestion.

 
dr.bob
150133.  Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:46 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Enemas are excedingly bad for you aren't they?


It might depend what you use.

Q: What is this?



A: A cast of a person's rectum in concrete: the results of a concrete enema.

No, I'm not kidding. You can read the full medical report here:
http://www.well.com/~cynsa/cement.html

Apparently a guy and his boyfriend were "fooling around" and decided to try out a concrete enema for homoerotic purposes. Unsurprisingly it set, so the guy had to go to A&E complaining of lower bowel pain. The report describes how the concrete was removed, how the man was discharged without further incident (although he was offered a psychiatric consultation which he refused), and, most confusingly, how the cast was found to contain a ping-pong ball embedded in the top of it.

 

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