Monday, December 19, 2016

Coffee Fuzz


Break the Caffeine Chain



I write this article for those who wish to quit the caffeine habit and in response to an article in the Fall 2016 issue of the Amazing Wellness magazine about coffee. You can even view it online if you like (link below). I might be called a coffee naysayer, but  I believe an article to counterbalance the promotion of consuming caffeinated products to be in order.

When looking at the cover of this magazine as shown in the photo, “Coffee Jerks” came to mind. So as not to be offensive, I did not call this article Coffee Jerks, but mention it because I then came across a book called Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You, Advice for Dealing with Difficult People (or organizations as they are often legal “people”). People who push products such as drugs, which is what caffeine is, are included in the definition of jerk in this book.

The main article is headed “Coffee Buzz” and I called this article Coffee Fuzz as a take-off on that. ‘Fuzz’ because coffee can actually interfere with normal brain function. As I mentioned in my article called Caffeine Allergy , caffeine ‘changes the way the brain functions from an autonomous system to an automatic system, i.e., not good for complex reasoning ability.’ After having a cup of coffee, trying to think beyond the automatic response reactions to visual cues can lead to fuzzy thinking. This may be why supermarkets and others offer free coffee. They like it if we react automatically to visual cues and buy what's on offer. Also, those advocating the imbibing of coffee seem to use a lot of fuzzy logic.

It is important to surround oneself with cues of support for your beliefs, especially because we are visually oriented and need constant renewal of visual input. Conversely, it is helpful to remove or at least learn to ignore instances of things that will not help with your desires. Reading and keeping magazines with articles that promote drinking coffee will not aid in any effort to quit. This is because we can be susceptible to influence (especially under the influence of caffeine and other drugs). A good example is advertising. Coca Cola is very good at renewing visual input with vending machines everywhere and all their other tactics to sell more of their products.
I recently saw a Coca Cola vending machine positioned under a sign for the Humanities building in a state college. Strong word association here - Coca Cola is good for humanity. Was it done intentionally? Quite probably.

I wrote about Coca Cola in relation to caffeine which included an article sponsored by them claiming that caffeine is not dehydrating. Of course, it is well known that caffeine is a diuretic, and therefore, dehydrating. My article explains that it is actually dehydrating down to a cellular level. But the truth is naught to big organizations.

How can a drink that makes you feel so good be bad? That’s the question put by the editor of the Wellnes magagzine. If that’s the case, go for it. But ask yourself: Is it making me feel good consistently? Is it good to get an intense burst of energy and then feel tired, down, even blue until the next cup or one could say next “fix”. Is it a positive state to be in that you need to have a cup of coffee before you feel that you are functioning up to par?

Another point I would raise is that the evidence bandied about that drinking coffee is good for your heath is, as far as I have seen, very lacking in scientific strength. It is mostly propaganda based on narrow and incomplete research. As a matter of fact, coffee can actually harm both mental and physical health.

In the Wellness magazine it is claimed that coffee has lots of antioxidants, and in particular, one called chlorogenic acid. They say that “The name doesn’t mean they’re acidic in the sense of upsetting your stomach: it’s just a technical designation for a group of antioxidants in the polyphenol family of nutrients; found in all plant foods." Then a few pages later, under Spilling the Beans, it states that coffee causes acid reflux in an estimated 16 million people. Maybe it’s not the chlorogenic acid that is giving all these people acid reflux, but something in coffee sure is. Coffee doesn’t make these people feel so good!

The issue that coffee contains caffeine is often overlooked by those tooting its health benefits. This brings me to my final point and that is that some people may even be allergic to caffeine. As with other drugs, if consumed on a regular basis, the body develops a tolerance to it. Please see my article called Caffeine Allergy.

Is decaf coffee a good substitute? That’s for another article.


References

Amazing Wellness, September/October 2016 issue, https://amazingwellnessmag.com/issues/sept-oct-2016/#/1

Caffeine Allergy, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 21, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/12/caffeine-allergy.html

Caffeine is Dehydrating Except for Coca Cola, Martians & the Similarly Minded, Simple Food Remedies blog, August 12, 2013, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/caffeine-is-dehydrating-except-for-coca.html

Don’t Let Jerks Get The Best Of You, Advice for Dealing with Difficult People by Paul Meier, M.D., Thomas Nelson Publisher, Nashville, Tennesee, ©1993, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/422697.Don_t_Let_Jerks_Get_the_Best_of_You

Visually Oriented, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 26, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/04/visually-oriented_26.html
Product Liability Covers Fuzzy Logic in Food too!, B’org Food Chain blog, October 16, 2010,