What are your thoughts about caffeine?


A lot of people seem to be confused about caffeine because there have been studies showing it’s benefits.  For instance one study showed a decrease in gallstones and another showed a mild decrease in the incidence of colorectal cancer.  Caffeine can also help some types of headaches; hence its use in many over the counter headache pills.

We all know that caffeine keeps us awake and can sometimes help us solve problems.

It is a central nervous system stimulant, which acts within minutes and counters the drowsiness so many of us feel, restoring alertness.

Caffeine is the most popular drug consumed in America and probably the world. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine in some form every day. The most common ways we consume it, is in coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, medications and, in smaller doses, chocolate.

So what’s the problem with it?

Caffeine is an addictive drug. When level of the caffeine in your system drops, you can feel depressed and tired. To counteract this, you have some more caffeine. Like any addictive drug, it has a well-defined withdrawal syndrome.  The symptoms of coffee withdrawal are headaches, irritability, depression, fatigue, increased muscle tension and even nausea and vomiting. So the inevitable chasing and addiction starts to avoid the withdrawal and keep the stimulant effect, which can lead to restlessness, agitation, a loss of fine motor control and insomnia.

Caffeine is a stimulant and therefore it:

a) can raise your blood pressure

b) can cause palpitations and other heart rhythm disturbances

c) stimulates the central nervous system and therefore can cause anxiety and irritability; it stimulates the same response in your body that stress does, it is a powerful stressor

d) causes muscle tension and restless leg syndrome

e) causes sleep disturbances; not only can it prevent you from falling asleep, but also more importantly, it effects the quality of your sleep

f) stimulates the secretion of gastric acid and is a gastric irritant in general

g) contributes to osteoporosis by increasing urinary calcium loss

h) may contribute to various problems in pregnancy e.g. miscarriages, premature birth and even birth defects; it may contribute to infertility

i) causes vasoconstriction (narrowing) of blood vessels.

If you are prone to any of the problems listed above, I don’t recommend coffee.

If your adrenals are fatigued -as they are in most people who are Spent, caffeine is just more of a drain on your adrenals and therefore a problem. If you have to have caffeine to start your day or stay alert, then it is more than likely a problem.

For people who are not Spent, do not have any of the above problems including addiction,  and are not addicted or have to have their cup of coffee, then having a cup of organic coffee 2-3 times per week is probably fine if you want. Why organic? Because a lot of people believe that many of the pesticides banned in America are sent to some of the coffee producing countries, used on the coffee crops, and then sent back here to the USA.

So although caffeine can be used to increase focus, wakefulness and alertness and reduce physical fatigue, it is important to remember, this is a temporary effect and it can easily lead to addiction. It is also important to remember that consumption of caffeine does not eliminate a need for sleep.


  • Sam J.

    I am 52 years old. Since I was a teenager I have felt that caffeine should be listed by the government as a controlled substance, in as much as that foods or drinks that do not contain it naturally should not legally be able to have it added. Some will argue that it adds a distinct flavor, that is noticeable in decaf, and caffeine free products. I do not think it is a big enough difference, to justify adding an addictive stimulant! Further one has to wonder that of all the myriad flavors known to modern man, there is not one that can safely, imitate the alkaline bitterness of caffeine. Although I wholeheartedly would like to see it legally restricted,(or voluntarily which will never happen), I am guilty of using it myself. I like soda pop, I just do, especially one that is yellow in color without mentioning any product names. It is actually available in caff. free, but not within a one hundred mile radius of Sothwestern Pa. where I live. So I make an exception, and drink the caffed up version. I soon learned what I knew as a teenager, IT IS BAD STUFF! I couldn’t sleep, I was kicking my legs in the middle of my sleep, I felt terrible all over until I had a glass or two. I felt absolutely rotten! And so Last spring I cut it out all at once,COLD TURKEY. Bad choice! I went into a horrible horrible withdrawl. I was depressed, thought I was dying, crying, unreasonable fear, anxiety so bad I went into panic attacks, until one vicious on I went to the emergency room thinking I was in heart failure. I wasn’t. I almost ended up in the psychiatric ward! I was like that almost a month, it was hell on earth! Caffeine is addictive,and detremental to the human health, and well being. It should be considered as bad as cocaine,and heroin. These companies that make millions off it should be very much ashamed of themselves, to be making this profit off the wellbeing of others. I would support in everyway the governmental restriction of caffeine, and in having it listed as a controlled substance! Yes sir! I would, I would!

  • Guy Eschemann

    I recently found out that caffeine makes me feel hypoglycemic even though my blood sugar is in the normal (low) range. Apparently, I’m not the only one experiencing this (see http://annals.org/aim/article/706778/effect-caffeine-recognition-responses-hypoglycemia-humans).