No. . . I'm not talking about Cocaine or Heroin. . . For 9 out of 10 Americans, Coffe is our "kick"!
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>According to Dr. Ede Koenig, Caffeine is a mind-altering stimulant that produces a surge of nervous energy, only to leave its victim exhausted, irritable, short-tempered, depressed and depleated! The "brown drink" family (foods that contain caffeine) is the No. 2 cause of cancer in America today, according to cancer researcher Dr. Bruce ames. these "foods" all contain chemicals called methylxanthins.
Caffeine is converted into uric acid, which is the cause of painful gout, a form of arthritis. It can cause poor balance, racing heart, hight-pitched voice, insomnia, racing and disconnected thoughts, poor membory, fatigue, resless leg syndrome, hand tremors, anxiety and dread, hostility, sleep disturbances, headaches, reflex hyper-excitability, irritability, agitation, anxiety, dehydration and general discomfort. But these are only the short-term effects!
How about decaffeinated coffee? Coffee has at least 100 potentially harmful chemical components that are still present in deccaffeinated coffee.
According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, just one cup daily, whether decaffeinated or not, increases the risk of bladder cancer by 300 percent! Caffeine strains the heart becvause it stimulates the heart muscle, but reduces its blood supply by constricting the arteries at the same time, leading to high blood pressure.
According to the Journal of Nutrition, one to six cups increases heart attack risk by 60 percent. Caffeine also stresses the pancreas and compounds diabetes by raising blood sugar levels and fatty acids.
The article goes on and on and on. . . Coffee is Poison!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Now we have all read the wine is bad for you one day and the next day the doctors are telling us to drink two glasses a day to stay healthy!
Like many of you, I love my coffee. So I've been waiting in vain for the articles that will tell me how wonderful coffee is. Until that article appears, I'm hoping J.D. or Bill will debunk Dr. Koenig's thesis here, so I won't feel so guilty drinking my morning cup of java.