The United States buys nearly one-half of the world’s supply of coffee beans. It is said that a food service operation can stand or fall on its reputation of the coffee it serves. Every mid-morning and mid-afternoon working day millions of office and factory workers abandon jobs for an employer-paid “coffee break.”
Over 15 million Americans are coffee addicts, and most of them don’t even know it, so insidious is its addictive onslaught. The child or adult may unknowingly ingest several hundred milligrams of caffeine daily.
Like narcotics, alcohol, or cigarettes, coffee and caffeinated beverages are addictive, destructive drugs that each year predispose millions of Americans to crippling illnesses and sometimes fatal diseases.
Coffee and black tea are the two most popular beverages in America. Coffee is America’s number one addictive drug problem leading to hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and other heart dis-ease problems.
Caffeine withdrawal can occur from missing just one cup of coffee in the morning. Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are headaches, irritability, inability to work effectively, nervousness, restlessness, and lethargy. A steady user of caffeine may, at times, experience tight headaches in the back of the neck area and be quick to anger or irritation.
Caffeine Acts as a Stimulant
Caffeine is a toxic acidic stimulant. This is not natural for the body. It activates the “fight or flight” response.
It’s important to remember that the caffeine in coffee is a powerful substance. It can stimulate the central nervous system, increase heartbeat and metabolic rate, increase the secretion of stomach sodium bicarbonate, and step up kidney and bladder action. It’s also well known for its annoying ability to affect sleep.i
At higher doses, caffeine can cause “coffee nerves”—a wide assortment of symptoms including anxiety, irritability, headaches, light-headedness, nausea, and diarrhea.
Coffee can cause a temporary increase in blood sugar, but it is quickly followed by a decrease, and stimulates the release of adrenaline, which causes body tissues to be broken down into sugar giving rise to high blood sugar associated with diabetes. Too much insulin is produced, and the blood sugar falls to a low level.
Caffeine is an Acidic Poison
Caffeine, which is the main chemical in coffee, is a powerful poison! A drop of caffeine injected into the skin of an animal will produce death within a few minutes. An infinitely small amount injected into the brain will cause convulsions. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is quite small, yet people drink coffee because of the effect of the caffeine, just as people smoke because of the effect of the nicotine. Both are drugs, and both are habit-forming. Both are poisons. And both will eventually kill you by causing heart failure or a cancerous conditions.
Coffee Drinking and Stomach Ulcers
The general public usually associates ulcers and heart trouble with coffee drinking. J.A. Roth and A.C. Ivy, whose experiments on coffee are famous, state this:
“Caffeine produces gastro-duodenal ulcers in animals to whom the drug is given in a beeswax container so that their stomachs are absorbing caffeine continually. Also, caffeine produces very definite changes in the blood vessels of animals, which are similar to changes produced by prolonged resentment hostility and anxiety.”
Coffee Linked to Hip Fractures
“People who drink more than two cups of coffee or four cups of black or green tea a day could be increasing their risk of hip fracture in old age, according to a new study.” The study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, is the first to link caffeine consumption with hip fractures that occur in older people whose bones have weakened. A hip fracture often marks an elderly person’s final decline into dependency or death.
Brown University’s Dr. Douglas P. Kiel and his colleagues looked at how much coffee or tea 3170 people reported drinking over 14 years. They then looked to see which ones fractured their hips, a sign that bones had become brittle. They found that heavy caffeine drinkers were 53% more likely to suffer hip fractures.
Trying to become pregnant? Stop drinking caffeinated drinks. Among 104 women, those who drank just one cup of caffeinated coffee a day were half as likely to become pregnant during any given menstrual cycle as those who drank less, according to a 1988 study by Allen Wilcox of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Most of the studies conducted since then have also found that caffeine impairs fertility, but usually only at three or more cups of regular coffee a day.
But the research is only as good or bad as the women’s memories. For example, scientists at John Hopkins University found that among 2500 women who were trying to become pregnant, consuming more than 300 mg of caffeine a day reduced their chances of succeeding in any given month by 17%. But those results were based on the amount of coffee and soft drinks the women could remember having consumed as many as ten years earlier.
Even so, “it’s probably prudent for women who are trying to become pregnant, and especially for those having trouble, to cut back on caffeine,” says Mark Klebanoff of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.
Does Coffee Cause Heart Disease and Cancer?
There is mounting evidence suggesting that if you want to avoid certain heart and cancerous conditions, you are well-advised to kick the coffee habit. Consider these examples:
One study revealed that not only was coffee drinking associated with increased risk of bladder cancer, but the drinking of non-diet cola drinks also was linked to this problem.
Coffee drinking increases the risk of birth defects.
Coffee drinking increases blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease.
It is commonly thought that the drinking of coffee, soft drinks, and other caffeinated drinks is a minor matter as far as our health is concerned. But is it? We cannot estimate its effect on mind and emotions, discrimination, and judgment. And then there are the harmful effects of the stimulation on the heart and other vital organs.
Coffee and other caffeinated beverages are poor substitutes for water. The body needs alkaline fluids, but not stimulating drugs. Giving up the coffee and tea habit is relatively easy to do for most folks—once a commitment has been made. Since caffeine is a less toxic drug than alcohol or street drugs, the majority of coffee and tea drinkers can give up the habit without the sort of difficulties that alcoholics and drug addicts typically experience.
When giving up caffeine, eat and drink only what contributes in some way to good alkaline nutrition for the body. Any food or drink that does not contain alkalizing chlorophyll, oil, water, salts, vitamins, or minerals, should automatically be crossed off the list. While breaking the coffee, tea, cola, energy drink habit, be sure to drink plenty of fresh alkaline green juices and alkaline water at a pH of at least 9.5.
Just how widespread is coffee, tea, soda drinking? The average American drinks over twenty-six gallons of coffee, tea and cola drinks per year, but perhaps more germane to the discussion is caffeine itself. Coffee has over three hundred chemicals; caffeine is only one of them.
23 Reasons to NEVER Drink Coffee Again!
1. Methyl parathion
This is the most toxic pesticide of all. It is is highly toxic to humans, birds, fish, and mammals. It’s used to fight leaf miner infestations. Leaf miners are insects that eat at leaves of plants. Despite how dangerous it is, it’s still (mis)used in some countries.
This pesticide is used against coffee cherry borer, a common coffee consuming bug. It’s doesn’t dissolve easily and takes ages to break down in soil and is toxic to most animals. It affects the central nervous system, reproductive organs, kidneys, and liver, and is considered to be worse than the pest itself; it’s even been responsible for human death!
This is also used against common coffee pests and has been banned in the US for household use because it has caused human death and birth defects. Needless to say, it’s quite detrimental to delicate ecosystems.
Copper-based fungicide used to against coffee rust. Only slightly toxic to birds, little is known about its effect on humans, but it is suspected that there is potential for reproductive problems with chronic exposure. (Like people who drink coffee every day.) It has been found to induce hyperactivity in rats. The major concern is that long-term use of this and other copper-based fungicides is copper accumulation in soils, such as that found in coffee farms in Kenya and in Costa Rica. Copper toxicity has been found in other crops grown in these soils, and copper impacts other biochemical and biological processes in soil which will poison people eating these crops not to mention the people who drink coffee.
One 8-ounce cup of coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine and a 1-ounce single shot of espresso has 64 milligrams. Consuming too much caffeine can make you restless, anxious, irratable and then dead. Caffeine is an acid or oxidant poison with a pH of 5.5 and an oxidative reduction pH of over +250 mV. When you drink a cup of coffee the body reacts to the poisons in the coffee and you feel it as adrenalin rush as the body starts releasing alkaline buffers to neutralize the poison or the caffeine acid. It only takes 3 cups of coffee or acid to go into potential caffeine intoxication or 300mg which can cause a cardiac arrest. One drop of pue caffeine or 2 grams of caffeine powder will kill you instantly.
Coffee has a perfect pH for cancerous cells 5.5. Research at the Brigham Young University showed that you can keep cancer cells alive indefinitely in a cup of coffee.
7. Oxidative Reduction Potential or ORP
Coffee is NOT an antioxicant but an oxidant which acitivates the alkaline buffering system and depletes your body of alkalizing minerals such as sodium bicaronatea and potassium bicaronate.
Because coffee an acid beverage it causes the stomach to produce sodium bicarbonate which increases the hydrochloric acid in the stomach leading to acid reflux, GERD, ulcers and stomach cancer.
9. Damages Cover Cells of the Stomach
Coffee is a hot beverage and any hot beverage will damage the cover cells of the stomach which cells produce sodium bicarbonate for maintaining the alkaline design of all the body fluids.
Coffee is saturated with hydrogen ions or protons and thus steals energy from your body making you more tired after the stimulating effects wear-off. This creates the addiction for more coffee in order to achieve an energy increase or buzz. Continued use of coffee leads to enervation then irritation, then inflammation, then ulceration and finally degeneration or cancer.
Coffee increases the level of cholesterol. Why? Because coffee contains an acid substance called cafestol which triggers the rise of cholesterol levels. The cafestol blocks a receptor in an intestinal pathway crucial for cholesterol regulation, and is the most potent food chemical to do this. Increased amounts of this acid will increase cholesterol for the purpose of buffering and maintaining the alkaline design of the body.
12. Intestinal Villi Damage
Coffee compromises the alkalinity of the small intestine at a pH of 8.4. This causes the intestinal villi to lie down preventing the biological transformation of food or chyme into stem cells which takes place in the crypts of the intestinal villi. This leads to lowered blood counts, improper blood cell formation and symptoms anemia, pernicious anemia, and hemolytic anemia. Coffee also damages the intestinal villi leading to more serious conditions such as proper bone, muscle and organ regeneration.
Coffee contains over 1000 chemicals of which only 22 have been studied leaving 978 left to study. All of the chemicals studied to date have been found to be carcinogentic. So next time to pick up that cup of coffee think of it as your cup of cancer.
14. Sugar and Cream
Add the sugar and cream and you just created one toxic and addictive acidic/poisonous beverage.
15. Heart Disease –
There is controversial scientific evidence linking coffee consumption to heart diseases. Some studies even state that “consumption is associated with significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease.” These same studies have shown a cholesterol-raising effect in some of the chemical compounds of coffee, such as determines, cafestol, kahweol and plasma homocysteine. This may be of-set by some of the antioxidants, but the overall agreement is that coffee may adversely effect the heart.
16. Blood Vessels
Coffee disturbs the functioning of blood vessels, both in turgidity and tone.
17. Cardiovascular System
Coffee affects our nervous system, heart rhythms and has been consistently linked to irregular heartbeats. It may also adversely affect blood pressure.
Coffee drinking should be heavily avoided by people at risk, or who have Osteoporosis. Studies show a link between drinking coffee and urinary calcium excretion.
Many people report that coffee increases heartburn.
20. Sleep Disturbance
Coffee, particularly in the evening or at night, can lead to sleep disturbance.
Drinking coffee depletes water reserves in the body.
While the FDA recognizes caffeine as “safe,” it is still a drug, as it significantly alters the nervous system, leading to addiction
23. Extreme Withdrawal Symptoms
You may experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to give up coffee. This can lead to headaches, irritability, body aches, and other more extreme symptoms.
Coffee beans are green and alkaline on the tree until they are fermented and spoiled rotten to a brownish black acidic, heart dis-ease causing color.
For more information, check out these references:
Charles F. Wetherall, Kicking The Coffee Habit, Wetherall Publ. Co. MN.
Andrew Weil, MD & Winifred Rosen, Chocolate To Morphine, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Mervyn G. Hardinge, MD, A Philosophy of Health, Loma Linda University, CA.