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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dangers of Coffee

Coffee may have helped me write a chapter yesterday, but I'm already close to finishing another chapter today without it. My research has uncovered some very serious negatives associated with coffee including:
  • It overworks the adrenal glands.
  • It produces adrenaline and cortisol at times when they are not needed.
  • It produces a hangover and depression equal to, if not greater than, the high associated with its use.
  • It is addictive.
  • It damages blood vessels.
  • It causes heart problems.
  • It raises blood pressure.
  • It causes balance and stability problems.
  • It causes jitters.
  • It destroys nerve cells.
  • It attacks the lining of the stomach, causing ulcers.
Yes, Balzac used coffee effectively to boost his writing output. But it also hastened the end of his life. Much better if he had avoided coffee, perhaps, and lived longer. He would have written just as well, I'm convinced.

  1. Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug. Stephen Cherniske. (Accessed Oct. 1, 2008.)

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