Coffee and Caffeine
Arabic word from qahwa or bon= means the brown bean.
Caffeine is used by millions of people every day to increase wakefulness, alleviate fatigue, and improve concentration and focus.
Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks.
Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it’s not a good idea for children. And adolescents should limit themselves to no more than 100 mg of caffeine a day.
Even among adults, heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects. And caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.
Read on to see if you may need to limit or even end your caffeine routine.
You drink 4 or more cups a day
Heavy daily caffeine use — more than 500 to 600 mg a day — may cause side effects such as:
- Stomach upset
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
Even a little makes you jittery
Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than are others. If you’re susceptible to the effects of caffeine, just small amounts — even one cup of coffee or tea — may prompt unwanted effects, such as restlessness and sleep problems.
How you react to caffeine may be determined in part by how much caffeine you’re used to drinking. People who don’t regularly drink caffeine tend to be more sensitive to its negative effects. Other factors may include body mass, age, medication use and health conditions such as anxiety disorders. Research also suggests that men may be more susceptible to the effects of caffeine than are women.
If you still feel that decaffeinated coffee is the way to go, then you may wish to read how it is made; so that you can make a more informed choice regarding your health. There are three different methods of decaffeinating, and I shall list them in order of popularity; not preference.
|The Chemical Solvent Method|
|Almost all decaffeinated coffee that is found in regular grocery stores is made with this method. The common solvents used on the coffee beans include methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, and highly pressurized carbon dioxide. After the green beans are moistened, they are immersed into the chosen solvent. After the solvent performs its chemical reaction, the beans are rinsed with water. The final decaffeination phase is steaming the beans.
Proponents of this decaffeination process tell us the rinsing and steaming processes remove all of the chemicals. If that were so, then why was it previously necessary to switch from benzene, chloroform and other toxins, which were also supposedly steamed-out? Many women will recognize ethyl acetate from their nail polish remover labels. Consider how dangerous you know this to be, and how it will destroy and melt items that you spill it upon. Could you ever consider it to be “low in toxicity”? It is known to cause serious reactions with the eyes, skin, central nervous system, and the respiratory system.
You must decide if trace amounts of these chemical solvents should be inside your morning coffee. Do you think the coffee manufacturer or the F.D.A. will pay the expense of your chemotherapy, or even your funeral, when eventually the inevitable premature death happens? Coffee consumption can elevate your blood pressure slightly for several hours, but consuming benzene, methylene chloride, and ethyl acetate regularly will vastly increase a person’s chances of contracting a serious disease, such as cancer; for the rest of his life. The industry’s marketers, including the ones wearing the white overcoats, never mention this. Mentioning it would be bad for business, and they know what happens when the knowledge is made public.
|The Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Method|
|This method uses carbon dioxide at 250 – 300 times normal atmospheric pressure. Carbon dioxide in this form looks like a liquid in terms of its density, but it has the viscosity of a gas. It is a very effective solvent at extremely high pressures. When the coffee beans are exposed to the solvent, the caffeine dissolves into the solvent.|
While this is technically another chemical method of decaffeination, I would much prefer this over the previous option, and I can see no health risks from it. Unfortunately, there is inadequate labeling to separate coffee produced in this manner from coffee processed by the former chemical solvent method. Russian Roulette anyone?
|The Swiss Water Method|
|This is the type of natural decaffeination that you will find in health food store products, and it is always more expensive, because it is a considerably more complex process. This process uses a coffee extract, which is already virtually caffeine-free. Due to chemical solubility laws, the caffeine will migrate from the green coffee beans into this extract. Due to the way that the coffee beans react to the essential oils and the other components of the previously extracted coffee compounds, the caffeine seeks its way into the extract, and leaves behind the desirable components of the coffee, such as the flavor.|
The Swiss Water Method is a safe, chemical-free, decaffeination process; which is well labeled. Organic decaf is made using this method. Coffees decaffeinated in this manner are more flavorful than other decaffeinated coffees, but have slightly more residual caffeine. Whenever a drink is decaffeinated, it will still contain between 3 and 13 mg. of caffeine, which are negligible amounts.
In conclusion, neither caffeine nor coffee are actually unhealthy in moderate amounts; but can be if taken to an extreme. If you are going to drink decaf, make sure that it is organic, or at least made with the swiss water method. Above all, do not seek alternative sources of energy from energy drinks.
Coffee spills and coffee grain can be harmful for your Cat and Dogs
Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs just like chocolate poison for them.
Common signs to watch for:
- Elevated heart rate
- Hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
Humans continue to drink and use more and more caffeine, making pets more frequently exposed to this dangerous chemical. There are several sources of caffeine in the house: in coffee, coffee grounds, tea, soda, energy drinks, weightlifter supplements, OTC pills (e.g., NoDoz), and diet pills. Theobromine, a cousin chemical to caffeine is also foundchocolate. Dogs and cats appear to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. While 1-2 laps of coffee, tea or soda will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most pets, the ingestion of moderate amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags or 1-2 diet pills can easily cause death in small dogs or cats. When ingested, clinical signs of hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, an elevated heart rate, hypertension (elevated blood pressure), abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), seizures, collapse and death may be seen.
Caffeine Doesn’t Actually Get You Wired
Right off the bat, it’s worth stating again: the human brain, and caffeine, are nowhere near totally understood and easily explained by modern science. That said, there is a consensus on how a compound found all over nature, caffeine, affects the mind.
Every moment that you’re awake, the neurons in your brain are firing away. As those neurons fire, they produce adenosineas a byproduct, but adenosine is far from excrement. Your nervous system is actively monitoring adenosine levels throughreceptors. Normally, when adenosine levels reach a certain point in your brain and spinal cord, your body will start nudging you toward sleep, or at least taking it easy. There are actually a few different adenosine receptors throughout the body, but the one caffeine seems to interact with most directly is the A1 receptor. More on that later.
Enter caffeine. It occurs in all kinds of plants, and chemical relatives of caffeine are found in your own body. But taken in substantial amounts—the semi-standard 100mg that comes from a strong eight-ounce coffee, for instance—it functions as a supremely talented adenosine impersonator. It heads right for the adenosine receptors in your system and, because of its similarities to adenosine, it’s accepted by your body as the real thing and gets into the receptors.
more important than just fitting in, though, caffeine actually binds to those receptors in efficient fashion, but doesn’t activate them—they’re plugged up by caffeine’s unique shape and chemical makeup. With those receptors blocked, the brain’s own stimulants, dopamine and glutamate, can do their work more freely—”Like taking the chaperones out of a high school dance,” Braun writes in an email. In the book, he ultimately likens caffeine’s powers to “putting a block of wood under one of the brain’s primary brake pedals.”
It’s an apt metaphor, because it spells out that caffeine very clearly doesn’t press the “gas” on your brain, and that it only blocks a “primary” brake. There are other compounds and receptors that have an effect on what your energy levels feel like—GABA, for example—but caffeine is a crude way of preventing your brain from bringing things to a halt. “You can,” Braun writes, “get wired only to the extent that your natural excitatory neurotransmitters support it.” In other words, you can’t use caffeine to completely wipe out an entire week’s worth of very late nights of studying, but you can use it to make yourself feel less bogged down by sleepy feelings in the morning.
These effects will vary, in length and strength of effect, from person to person, depending on genetics, other physiology factors, and tolerance. But more on that in a bit. What’s important to take away is that caffeine is not as simple in effect as a direct stimulant, such as amphetamines or cocaine; its effect on your alertness is far more subtle.
It Boosts Your Speed, But Not Your Skill—Depending on Your Skill Set
Johann Sebastian Bach loved him some coffee. So did Voltaire, Balzac, and many other great minds. But the type of work they did didn’t necessarily get a boost from their prodigious coffee consumption—unless their work was so second-nature to them that it felt like data entry.
The general consensus on caffeine studies shows that it can enhance work output, but mainly in certain types of work. For tired people who are doing work that’s relatively straightforward, that doesn’t require lots of subtle or abstract thinking, coffee has been shown to help increase output and quality. Caffeine has also been seen to improve memory creation and retention when it comes to “declarative memory,” the kind students use to remember lists or answers to exam questions.
(In a semi-crazy side note we couldn’t resist, researchers have implied this memory boost may be tied to caffeine’s effect on adrenaline production. You have, presumably, sharper memories of terrifying or exhilarating moments in life, due in part to your body’s fight-or-flight juice. Everyone has their “Where I was when I heard that X died” story, plugging in John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, or Kurt Cobain, depending on generational reliability).
The Seventh-day Adventist church takes a holistic (whole of person) approach to faith. They believe that we should treat our bodies as a temple of the Lord. Leading a healthy lifestyle is part of that. In order to live a healthy life Adventists believe in not taking addictive drugs such as caffeine. Caffeine is present in Coffee, Tea and some soft drinks. This is why many Adventists will choose not to drink Coffee.
coffee is a cash crop is an understatement. The black stuff is the second most highly traded commodity in the world (after the other black stuff; oil) and is responsible for a multi-billion dollar industry. Being a commercial crop means that it’s mass produced, usually by agri-business conglomerates seeking aggressive ways to maximize output. And since they’re serious about their empire, they often use toxic chemicals to ward off common pests and diseases. Amazingly, the chemical compounds make coffee naturally resistant (though not totally immune) to many pests.
While the roasting process dilutes or eliminates the harmful effects of the toxic chemicals in coffee for consumers, coffee workers and their families are still at high risk. The coffee production process in itself has amazingly detrimental effects on the environment.
Some of many dangerous chemical in your coffee are;
1. Methyl parathion
This is the most toxic pesticide of all. It is banned in many countries and 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. 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, and little is known about long-term effects in tropical ecosystems. The primary metabolite of triadimefon is triadimenol, which is Class III (slightly hazardous).
Why then coffee in earth
It is part of the medicine herbal cabinet
A patient coping with a chronic degenerative disease or an acute illness can achieve the following benefits from the lowering of blood serum toxin levels achieved by regular administration of coffee enemas:
1) increased cell energy production
2) enhanced tissue health
3) improved blood circulation
4) better immunity and tissue repair and
5) cellular regeneration
Additionally, coffee enemas can help to relieve pain, nausea, general nervous tension and depression.
References: A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases by Dr. Gerson, Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson , and Liver Detoxification with Coffee Enemas by Morton Walker, DPM excerpted from July 2001 edition of Townsend Newsletter.
Many hospital these days treat some form of brain hemorrhage in premature babies with caffeine .
Steve Ramsey, PhD- Calgary- Canada