Okay, I know this
article won't be popular. Most of us are so addicted to Caffeine that
we don't want to know about it. I am writing this because when "Caffeine
Blues" came out I just knew I had to read it. Several
years ago I began to realise that coffee was much worse than we had
been told, because I noticed that I got an arthritic pain in my wrist
within ten to twenty minutes of a cappucino!
This book didn't
just tell me how bad coffee was - it told me how GOOD I would feel once
I was totally caffeine free for two months. Somehow, this book sold
me on giving it a try. And it was right! For example, I no longer have
the drained feeling that I sometimes used to get in the mornings.
This is one of the
best health books I have ever read. It is written by Stephen Cherniske
who is a Clinical Nutritionist. "Caffeine Blues" is incredibly
easy to read, and convincing. After reading it I realized that caffeine
does NOT give us energy. In fact, it is a major CAUSE of LACK of energy.However, he explains that this drug is so powerful that one needs to
go for three weeks to two months without any caffeine before one notices
the difference. And how many of us have ever done that? Hardly anyone.
Caffeine is also a major cause of heart attacks and cancer.
As Cherniske waded
through the tons of information on caffeine, he began to see that consciously
or unconsciously nearly every researcher starts from the assumption
that caffeine is okay. Why? Probably because they themselves depended
Caffeine is in coffee, black
tea, green tea, oolong tea (wu-yi tea), 'decaffeinated' coffee and tea, chocolate, colas, chuppa-chups, many sodas, some drugs, most 'energy'
drinks and guarana.
A 6 oz cup of:
- Percolated coffee
has about 120 mg of caffeine
- Black tea has
about 70 mg of caffeine
- Green tea about
35 mg of caffeine
- Leading colas
45 mg of caffeine
- Mountain dew
54 mg of caffeine
- Brewed decaf
has 5 mg of caffeine
- Milk chocolate
has 6 mg per ounce
- Baking chocolate
has 35 mg per ounce.
Caffeine is produced
by more than eighty species of plants. The reason may well be survival.
As it turns out, caffeine is a biological poison used by plants as a
Caffeine is considered
harmless simply because it is so widely used. Dr William Dement in his book "The Promise of Sleep" said that if caffeine was introduced today, it would not be allowed.
There is a brochure
available in hospitals and other medical related areas: "What you
should know about caffeine" published by the International Food
Information Council (IFIC) in Washington DC. After many phone calls
Cherniske finally got a list of 'supporters' of the IFIC. The list included
Pepsi, Coca-Cola, M&M, Nutrasweet, Nestle and Hershey - all of whom
have caffeine in their drinks and foods. 'Partners' of the IFIC included
groups such as the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and the
Children's Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business
Bureau Inc. This brochure says that "Caffeine is normally excreted
within several hours after consumption". In fact, only 1% is excreted.
The remaining 99% has to be detoxified by the liver.
It can take up to
12 hours to detoxify a single cup of coffee.
Many studies regarding
coffee and hypertension were flawed, because the test studies came off
coffee for only one or two weeks. It takes many more weeks than this
for stress hormone levels of the body to return to normal.
of a drug is the time it takes the body to remove one half of the dose.
Caffeine is a drug. The half-life of a single dose of caffeine ranges
from three to TWELVE hours.
Caffeine puts your
body into stress. A single 250 milligram dose of caffeine (the equivalent
of about 2.5 six ounce cups of coffee) has been shown to increase levels
of the stress hormone epinephrine (adrenaline) by over 200%.
a classic fight-or-flight reaction. The fight-or-flight response was
designed for events that happened only occasionally (such as a lion
chasing you). Now, we put our body in fight-or-flight every day with
caffeine!!! Since we are in society, we don't respond in a fight-or-flight
way. Instead, other things may happen. For example, sugar and fat get
dumped unused in the bloodstream. The sugar creates more stress. The
fat clogs the arteries. The digestive system slows or shuts down.
Not only is caffeine
addictive, it also encourages other addictions to substances like nicotine.
not give you energy. It stimulates your nervous system and adrenals.
That's not energy, that's stress. Imagine going to a bank for a
loan. The loan officer agrees to your loan. But as you leave the bank
you notice the fine print - the loan has to be repaid at 75% interest!
The 'energy' that you think you get from caffeine is really just a loan
from the adrenals and liver, and the interest you have to pay is very
Stress is a major
factor in disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, ulcers, rheumatoid
arthritis, headache, hypoglycemia, asthma, herpes, hypertension and
heart disease. And yet hospitals provide coffee and tea, which put your
body into stress!!!
DHEA is our vitality
hormone. Decreased levels of DHEA is a cause of aging. Caffeine consumption
leads to DHEA deficiency. Caffeine is an AGING DRUG!
the stress threshold in virtually everyone. That is, if you have had
caffeine, it will be easier for you to suffer from emotional stress or other stress.
(Therefore, when research is done that is designed to show how safe
caffeine is, any test subject who is under significant stress is removed
from the study).
Caffeine is implicated
in ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome: GABA is produced in the intestinal
tract, where it calms anxiety and stress. Caffeine disrupts the normal
metabolism of GABA.
sleep. Deep sleep is CRITICAL to good health. When there's caffeine
in your bloodstream, you are unlikely to experience deep sleep at all!
Caffeine AT ANY
TIME of the day can cause sleep problems, especially if you are under
one of the most well-defined effects of habitual caffeine intake.
A single cup of
coffee can reduce iron absorption from a meal by as much as 75%.
People do not develop
a tolerance to the anxiety-producing effects of caffeine. Rather, people
simply become accustomed to the feelings of stress, irritability and
aggressiveness produced by the drug.
to depression in well-defined ways. This is particularly due to the
withdrawal effect, which can cause headache, depression and fatigue,
even in light users (p. 111). Cherniske reported that 90% of people
who came to him who suffered from depression and gave up caffeine completely
for 2 months reported that their depression went away!
If you are a coffee
(or tea or cola) drinker, you may be thinking, "Well, I drink coffee
and I'm not depressed." It's necessary to state that everyone is
different, and also that depression can be subtle. Throughout the book,
Cherniske suggests that you will never know the full effect the drug
is having on you until you experience what life is like caffeine free
(which takes two months to do). Over the years, Cherniske has heard
similar responses from hundreds of clients: "Wow, I never realized
that caffeine made me so (select one: anxious, depressed, irritable)."
Students the world
over use caffeine not only to stay awake, but also they believe the
drug will improve their performance on exams. Solid research, however,
illustrates that as little as 100 milligrams of caffeine (one cup of
coffee, two cups of cola) can cause a significant DECREASE in recall
When people are
relaxed and given caffeine, caffeine does not raise blood pressure significantly.
But how many people are relaxed? When people are stressed and given
caffeine, blood pressure is raised significantly.
Women who consume
more than 24 ounces of coffee (6 moderate cups) per day had almost twice
the risk of heart attack compared to non-coffee drinkers. Moderate coffee
drinkers with high cholesterol had more than seven times the risk of
heart attack, while heavy coffee drinkers had eighteen times the risk
of non-coffee drinkers!
your supplies of thiamin and other B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium,
iron and zinc.
calcium loss and risk of osteoporosis.
In one large study,
the risk for hip fracture for those women who consumed the most caffeine
was 300% greater than it was for the group that consumed little or no
Take the Challenge! Most people have no idea what life would be like without the background
of caffeine and stress hormones coursing through their veins. Even if
you're only having a few cups a coffee, chances are your personality
is affected in ways that may be too subtle for you to associate with
caffeine. I want to encourage you to conduct a trial period without
caffeine. You owe it to yourself. And your family. It could save your life.
Don't' go 'cold
turkey'. To avoid headaches etc. when giving up caffeine, Cherniske
recommends taking up to six weeks to come off it. Drink the same NUMBER
of cups, but each week reduce the strength or amount in each cup.
There is lots more
information in this very easy-to-read and highly interesting book. 440
pages. Read this book and you won't need to spend so much on supplements!
See How a Caffeinated Spider Spins a Web!
I have been truly amazed at the high number of 'scientific studies' that have come out since the publication of "Caffeine Blues" which supposedly show how chocolate and even coffee is good for us. I guess the chocolate / soda / coffee industry felt threatened enough that they had to pour money in to solve this new 'problem' of theirs.
As I read each study, I am reminded of the most memorable day during my Bachelor of Science degree at Sydney Universtiy. Professor Tony Underwood told our 3rd year Zoology class to get out one of our text books, and turn to a page which had a particular scientific study on it. He asked us, what had that study proven?
We gave the standard answers. But then the professor got all fired up and said, "No!". He explained how every scientific paper is set up to prove a particular point of view. But the truth is usually that you have to look at a particular problem from all angles. There were many, many other possiblities as to the truth of that study.
The same with these new 'studies' which appear to support caffeine. When you look closely, they will NOT say that caffeine enhances your health and long-term wellbeing. They will say something like a particular part of chocolate is good for you, but not all of chocolate, or that coffee helps reduce some particular kind of cancer - presumably because the person will be likely to get some other disease first instead. And they will ignore any other symptoms that may appear, especially long-term ones.
Remember, caffeine is an AGING DRUG.
Try Chaga - The Coffee Substitute that is very good for you
'Caffeine Can Cause Hallucinations'
Editor's Note: This is more evidence that caffeine is much worse than most people realise.
January 14, 2009
Double-shot lovers take note—the world's most popular psychoactive drug may have a disturbing hidden effect on some of its habitual users.
Heavy drinkers of coffee, tea, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages are more likely to hallucinate, hear imaginary voices, and even sense the presence of deceased people, a new study suggests.
Among the 200 test subjects, those who consumed the equivalent of seven cups of coffee a day were found to be three times more likely to have hallucinatory experiences than those who consumed less than a single cup a day.
Lead author Simon Jones, a psychology Ph.D. student at Durham University in the U.K, is intrigued but cautious about the connection.
"This hasn't shown that caffeine causes hallucinations, though the data are consistent with that idea," he said.
"It could also be that people who have hallucinations are more anxious and worried, so that causes them to consume more caffeine."
*** The mother of a reader went blind from a stroke. Please remember that caffeine is a major cause of stroke.
REPORTS FROM READERS:
I found you article online about Caffeine Blues through a google search. I was suspecting beforehand that my one addiction - caffeine - was aggravating my depression and lack of concentration and focus. I'd decided that since it was addictive and known to be inind-affecting, it couldn't be good for me. I've also noticed that I tend to feel better after just a week away from it, quitting cold turkey. I cheated on my having quit and found myself a depressed mess again. I got back off of it and I've started feeling better again. I'm quite glad you've confirmed my hypothesis in this. Now, to get my mom to quit coffee... Best regards, Eric from Minnesota
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