An illustration of a winking butt.
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Optimize Me

The Butt Is Not a Backdoor to Health and Wellness

Coffee enemas, colonics, and perineum sunning are not good ideas

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4 min readMar 10, 2020


Optimize Me is an Elemental column exploring (and fact-checking) the weirdest self-improvement trends. It comes out every Tuesday.



Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental