William H. Philpot, M.D., Director of the Philpott medical center, Oklahoma U.S.A., stated recently in an article in the magazine “Best ways…”when a person is upset, a cola drink of coffee makes him feel a little better, so he is quickly ensnared by the pleasurable excitement caffeine affords him.” Yes, caffeine can become addicting.
The following is a very concise summary of recent medical findings, which do not encourage the use of drinks (or even medications for prolonged periods of time) containing caffeine. Note the different amounts of caffeine in the various beverages:
5 oz cup of coffee 110-150 miligrams
12 oz of Coca-Cola 33 decaffeinated coffee
12 oz of Pepsi-Cola 38 decaffeinated coffee
12 oz of Pepsi-Free Cola 0 decaffeinated coffee
12 oz of 7-Up 0 decaffeinated coffee
Dr. philpott is a psychiatrist by speciality. In his article he tells of numerous patients who have developed mental symptoms after using coffee and drugs containing caffeine for a period of time, for caffeine “…alters the metabolism. He tells of cases that were to be committed to a mental institution, who lost all their mental symptoms when taken off their sources of caffeine. So in some individuals caffeine can produce abnormal mental and personality changes so severe that relatives had to take them for psychiatric help.
A conservative estimate is that one hundred and thirty-seven billion cups of coffee are consumed each year in the U.S.A., or approximately 900,000 every minute of the day. And think of the millions of cups of coffee that are consumed daily in other parts of the world. For millions of people the drinking of coffee, caffeine containing tea, cola drinks, etc., drugs containing caffeine, (this central nervous system stimulant) is just a way of live for these people.
However, many in their ignorance are not aware of what these drinks are doing to them. Those who end up in psychiatric offices or institutions did not know that using a “simple” beverage like coffee or coca-cola could cause them such a change in their personalities. But there are other side effects of caffeine.
In recent years, a very noted pharmacologist at Loma Linda University, California, U.S.A. did a remarkable experiment using the spider as his object of experimentation. This particular spider weaves a beautiful, symetrical orbital web. The spider was weighed in milligrams, and then fed an equivalent amount of caffeine that a 1501b man would get if he drank just two cups of coffee.
After the consumption of this fantastically small amount of coffee derived drug, the spider began to weave his un-usual web. It was a drastically distorted one. Not until four days later, after the drug had left the spider’s system was this creature able to produce the usual symmetrical, orbital web.
Dr. Melvyn Harding, the pharmacologist (also an M.D.) mentioned above, makes this profound statement, “I know that the more animals found to be affected by a drug, the more likely the same drug will affect people. Many of the enzymes found in humans and animals are similar. When a drug like caffeine affects a certain enzyme in an animal, as it did with the spider, it will also have an effect upon a similar enzyme in a human”.
“Caffeine causes a distortion of both time and space. The timing mechanism is disturbed, a special relationships are lost.”
When you are tired you drink a cup of coffee (or tea, coca-cola, Pepsi-cola, etc.) thinking it will perk you up, but the caffeine has no effect on the fatigue mechanism of your body. It acts on the brain where it gives man the illusion of being awake; so you act like you feel. But, you are actually running on nervous energy, and when the effect wears off, you are actually more tired than before. This is why caffeine is classified among the illusionary drugs. Caffeine stifles the body’s call for relaxation and rest. When you feel tired or let down, you drink another cup of coffee (or tea, or coca cola, or Pepsi-cola, etc.) this start the cycle all over again, and soon you become the entangled in the-web coffee drinker drugs in them.
- They stimulate the nervous system, commonly producing wakefulness and a feeling of well-being.
- Produce palpitation of the heart in some people (rapid, irregular beating of the heart).
- May cause muscular tremors or trembling hands.
- Tension, nervousness.
- Encourages the risk for coronary heart disease.
- Elevates blood sugar.
- Increases the hydrochloric acid level of the stomach and can cause ulcers in the stomach. Some ulcer develops to the extent where the ulcer may bleed.
- There are cases in medical literature where the use of coffee has damaged the chromosomes, which result in deliveries of children with birth defects.
All the people using caffeine do not react the same way to caffeine nor to the severity level the same way. However, the evidence is very clear that health wise, a person is better off not to indulge in these drinks. I Corinthians 10:31 states, “whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”.
HERE IS A GUIDE TO HELP YOU BREAK THIS HABIT IF YOU HAVE IT:
- Eat a good breakfast so you do not have that let down feeling in the morning.
- Quench your thirst by drinking plenty of water, (8-10 glasses a day.)
- If you feel a strong need for a hot drink periodically, use a non-stimulating drink like Sano Caf, Postum, or decaffeinated coffee. Some herb teas have tantalizing flavors and fragrances also.
- Drink cocoa or ovaltine in moderation but certainly not more than one to two cups daily, from time to time.
- During your “coffee break,” take a short brisk walk or relax by reading an enjoyable book or even, a ten-minute rest would be refreshing to a tired body.
- Listen well to the body’s signals calling for rest. Do not whip yourself with central nervous system stimulants. It is like beating a tired horse with a whip. He may run a bit faster, and a little longer, but in the end, his fatigue is much more and his reserves of energy are sadly depleted.
- Ask God to help you break this habit and all other damaging habits, “with God, all things are possible,”