There seems to be conflicting reports about Caffeine ~ some seem to think it's actually good for you whereas others think it's not good for you at all. Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, behind only petroleum, and has become a mainstay of the modern diet.
In this brilliant video, we hear, "The small brown seeds are a naturally occurring source of the world's most widely consumed central nervous system stimulant: caffeine. While most brain altering substances are outlawed or at least tightly controlled by the government, this (caffeine) entirely legal psychoactive drug is enjoyed by almost every person you know on an almost daily basis completely unrestricted and with zero cultural stigma. In fact it's openly celebrated by your friends, family and morning television personalities."
From this video, we learn, "Caffeine is a member of the same alkaloid group as of addictive stimulants as cocaine and nicotine and similarly requires gradually increased regular intake to prevent physical withdrawal symptoms ranging from fatigue to vision disturbances."
Caffeine is a poison used by plants as a pesticide. Coffee seeds and leaves are bitter to discourage their consumption. Apparently we don't get this message and we should because the amount of health problems related to caffeine is staggering.
Coffee beans are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world making it one of the most significant sources of toxins in the western diet on its own. Combined with cream, sugar and tap water this is literally a daily dose of insanity in a cup.
One man I recently met at a bakery, said how he had had two cups of coffee already and would likely have a few more throughout the day. He mentioned that from his research he feels that caffeine is actually good for you as though he would recommend it to people.
He went on to tell me how his wife had passed on while in her late fifties and that his daughter had also suddenly passed away in her early adult years and that his two sons didn't talk with him for quite some time as though blaming him. He mentioned how he was 'damaged goods' and seemed resigned to living with the grief and hardship that he experienced.
I had a sense that perhaps caffeine was one of his ways to cope as it does act as a mild anti depressant thus suppressing painful feelings. I had personally experienced on a number of occasions a noticeable elevation in my mood after drinking a cup of coffee. Fortunately I have never been addicted but looking around in society, it seems as though many are.
According to this video, Alcohol is the most misused drug and caffeine is the second most misused. She mentions how there is this campaign to make people believe that caffeine is actually good for us.
You often hear people saying that they can't start their day without that 'first cup of coffee'. Upon awaking in the morning, people are generally more in touch with their feelings. If the feelings are unpleasant, simply the thought of that 'first cup of coffee' is like a hit of dopamine and they feel better already knowing that shortly they are going to have their first cup.
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A few quotes from the article, "An investigation conducted by the author of the most extensive book on coffee ever written, reviewed almost every scientific research piece regarding coffee and his conclusion was that there’s absolutely no scientific evidence what so ever that coffee provides any health benefits to the human body, on any level, in anyway. He openly declares that any positive promotion of coffee consumption is a blatant lie, doing grave harm to our entire society. The publication of any positive effects of coffee are false and all can be traced back to a very powerful, covert and secret “coffee lobby”, which has both commercial and ruling family origins.
In an article in VeryWellMind, entitled 'Symptoms of Caffeine Addiction' it says:
As caffeine is a stimulant drug, caffeine intoxication causes a cluster of symptoms associated with stimulation of the brain and nervous system. While caffeine users enjoy the increased energy and alertness that caffeine gives them, unpleasant symptoms experienced by many consumers, especially those who are addicted, include:
Rambling flow of thoughts and speech
Increased heart rate
A good friend painted a pretty graphic scenario when he said, 'Imagine all those lands where they pay slave wages for people to pick the coffee bean to be shipped to the far corners of the earth to fuel one of the most insidious of addictions, land that could be used instead to grow food for locals.' So those who are participating in this major coffee addiction are also contributing to poor working conditions at the point of origin of a typical cup of coffee.
For more details about one of the most insidious addictions in modern times, the following is an excellent article...
For those who wish to quit drinking, this video has some good advice...
And think about the waste we'll help save. 25 billion cups of coffee are drank every day around the world, over 1 trillion cups of coffee every year!
Approximately 1 million single-use coffee cups are sent to landfill every minute. 60 million per hour. Over one billion per day. This statistic is a stark reminder of the sheer magnitude of the coffee cup waste problem.