COFFEE - ITS ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Coffee is an ancient beverage that has been used for thousands of years. It is made from a tropical seed that is dried and fermented before it is roasted.
In the past 20 years, coffee is growing in popularity in America, a nation that previously did not use as much coffee. It is also growing in popularity particularly among younger people.
I am not surprised at these trends. Many people are exhausted and looking for quick answers to their problem of fatigue.
Doctors offer few remedies because they are usually unaware of the need for better nutrition and the rebuilding of the adrenal and thyroid glands. Only nutritional balancing science, or a similar program, can truly rebuild the body’s energy system and restore excellent energy in a natural way.
Coffee’s benefits. Today, some health professionals recommend coffee, even for teens, because studies reveal that it helps with constipation and, in fact, reduces the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver and perhaps other health conditions. Coffee contains some antioxidants, polyphenols and other chemicals that are beneficial for the body.
Coffee can also help people stay alert for studying, driving and other activities. Also, by speeding up the oxidation rate, coffee can help a person to remain balanced emotionally and mentally. These are among the benefits of coffee. However, these are offset by the problems with the coffee habit.
PROBLEMS WITH COFFEE DRINKING
The detrimental effects of coffee include:
Caffeine. Caffeine is a mild but harmful
stimulant. Stimulants whip the
adrenal glands into action. This
eventually weakens the adrenals and perhaps the thyroid gland, and this leads
to more depletion of a person’s energy.
In large enough amounts, or with chronic use, caffeine from any source
is associated with anxiety, irritability, tremors, dehydration, and rebound
fatigue and exhaustion.
Living on caffeine, as so many young people do today, prevents one from truly relaxing and resting as well. It can also lead to mental impairment because the mind simply does not function quite as well on stimulants, although it may indeed keep a person awake, which is helpful for school and work. Caffeine also tends to dehydrate the body.
Thus caffeine in small amounts may be okay, but too often it is overdone, as it is socially acceptable and readily and cheaply available today in coffee, teas, and sodas.
Š Rancid oils. Most ground coffee sold in stores contains oils that are somewhat rancid. Rancid oils are somewhat toxic for the liver, and are also stimulants. This is why even decaffeinated coffee will often give a person a lift or a ‘high’.
Š Toxic chemical additives. Most decaffeinated coffee and some “coffee blends” contain added chemicals that are used to remove the caffeine, add flavor, or other reasons. If one wishes to drink decaffeinated coffee, Nestle’s and perhaps one or two other brands claim to use a water decaffeination process without chemicals.
Š Dehydration. I wish to emphasize this pernicious effect of caffeine and sugar. Drinking more than about one cup of caffeinated coffee always tends to dehydrate the body. This is an effect of caffeine, and it can be a serious one. Anyone who drinks coffee must become aware of this possibility, and must drink plenty of either spring water or carbon-filtered tap water to avoid dehydration. For more on this topic, please read Hydration on this site.
Š Diabetes. Many Type II diabetics love their coffee, and it worsens their condition significantly. It does this through dehydration, adrenal stimulation, and perhaps other ways. For more on this, please read Diabetes on this site.
Š Disturbed digestion. Coffee, particularly if it is strong, is an irritant to the stomach, and perhaps to other organs as well. This is the most common complaint about coffee, and the reason most people stop drinking it.
I do not recommend drinking coffee at all. It should never be given to children or to teenagers, as is the habit today. This was well known some years ago, but has been forgotten by many parents. It is just too stimulating.
Unfortunately, most teens today are so tired they are attracted to coffee, and are often regular visitors to the cafes, coffee houses and Starbucks that have sprung up all over America and Europe.
If a person wishes to drink coffee, please limit it to one or at most two cups of regular coffee daily. Do not drink cappuccinos or lattes, which are much stronger. Also, please avoid the sweetened and flavored coffees that are high in sugar, chocolate and other items that are harmful for health.
Also, if you must drink coffee, do not add sugar to your coffee. However, adding real cream is good. Stay away from the fake creams such as Cremora, powdered cream or the many other fake ones.
Real cream, preferably raw and certified, is a fabulous food, in fact. It can be purchased in some states, although silly laws ban the sale of raw dairy products in some states of America, parts of Europe and parts of Asia as well. These laws need to be changed, because raw dairy products are, in fact, very healthful when produced correctly. Finally, if you notice stomach irritation at all, stop drinking coffee.
Coffee often better than soda pop or some bottled sweetened teas. While I cannot recommend drinking coffee, it is better than drinking some other caffeinated beverages such as sweetened tea or the worst, soda pop. Soda pop often contains up to 70 chemical additives such as flavors, colors, preservatives and others that are not required to be on the label.
Soda is also high in sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, one of the worst sweeteners. Other harmful sweeteners are dextrose, glucose, maltose, and other damaging sugars.
I don’t even recommend xylitol, mannitol or stevia. Even these are toxic and yin.
WHAT ABOUT COFFEE RETENTION ENEMAS?
Coffee retention enemas are very different from drinking coffee. I am often asked why I recommend coffee enemas, although I do not recommend drinking coffee. The reason is that coffee is apparently handled by the body very differently when it is used in a retention enema.
There is less caffeine effect, and no stomach irritation. The toxic metals and other toxins in the coffee are absorbed much less through the colon wall than when it is ingested as a beverage. The coffee retention enema has an extremely positive effect on the liver and colon, in particular, that does not occur from drinking coffee.
In spite of the objections of some ignorant doctors and others, I have observed as a clinician that coffee retention enemas are a fabulously powerful, safe and effective healing modality that would benefit most people today. I did them myself daily for 15 years, and many of our clients have used them for years with only the most positive results.
I am always alert to possible ‘side effects’ from them, and very few have arisen. A separate article on this website entitled Coffee Enemas offers much more information about the use of coffee retention enemas, also called rectal implantation of coffee as a method of liver dialysis.
WHAT ABOUT VAGINAL COFFEE IMPLANTS?
These are also very helpful for many women, and totally different from drinking coffee. For much more about them, please read Vaginal Coffee Implants on this site.