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Not sure if the tag team of DerpaZach know, but Paleobird is both a cancer survivor and epileptic. If she seems a bit strict on the health end of things, well, perhaps she's chosen life rather than brain numbing alcohol or artificial buzzes like coffee. And she's actually pretty interesting if you can ever see past the ends of your collective ... arms.
I don't want to see past the ends of my arms unless Paleobird is in them
Point taken, Gorbag. I'm a coffee lover myself. More properly, coffee is a buzz derived from an outside source. Caffeine, nicotine, methadrine, benzedrine - all outside sources, some natural, some not. I should have been more precise in my wording.
You might confuse him if you used big words like exogenous and endogenous. Thanks for the backup Joanie. Yes, I am very strict with a clean diet and no exogenous drugs because seizures and cancer are not fun at all. I run a very clean body here.
Caffeine is not the only potentially unhealthy factor in coffee. I am fine with other caffeine delivery systems, but I can drink neither regular coffee nor decaf without getting major digestive inflammation.
Yes, I have read that there is something about the oils in the coffee beans which can effect digestion. Will try to find citation on that.
There is an interesting phenomenon called "hormesis" that could come in to play with coffee. Intuitively we think that we need to reduce all the toxins in our environment, but many of the so-called toxins have positive health effects at low doses. Plants make toxins to protect themselves from predators (insects, herbivores, Grok's, etc.) I've read that the caffeine in the coffee plant is toxic to many insects.
But, for example, members of the Broccoli/Cauliflower family of plants have low level toxins. When we eat them, the theory is that it stimulates our toxin-handling systems, sort of like exercise stimulates our muscles by stressing them. I looked briefly at health effects of caffeine, and find that coffee drinkers get LESS scarring when they have chronic hepatitis. That's a big deal, especially since I work in a liver transplant hospital.
That said, some of us shouldn't drink coffee/caffeine. It can worsen esophageal reflux disease and can increase gastric acid production. It can worsen abnormal heart rhythms. It can cause insulin release in some of us which can lead to excessive gnawing hunger. It might make high blood pressure higher. Taken at night it can interfere with restful sleep.
On the other hand caffeine is well recognized to increase energy levels and wakefulness, and it makes many of us a bit sharper. So far, for me, caffeine is still on my menu.