I am pleased to announce that John Liming, publisher of The Liming Liberal Democrat, will be cross-posting from time to time on this blog. John is an Army National Guard and Air Force veteran who, like so many Americans, is dismayed at the actions and insanity emerging from the right-wing…and so his effort to “help protect and preserve the heart and soul” of his beloved America.
Most of John’s posts will deal with politics but not today’s.
I am 74-years-old and when I was in my Twenties and Thirties, my Doctors were telling me that drinking “Too Much” coffee was life threatening because it was supposed to cause heart irregularities called arrhythmia that could lead to my death.
In those days, I was at my peak and working hard on career progression. This was also the time of my military service and coffee was an ever-present item and was, admittedly, indulged in prolifically by me and a lot of my compatriots.
I always lived with a little fear in the back of my mind that one day my heart might race out of control from the coffee drinking and I would simply keel over and be done for.
Now, all these years later, they are telling me that coffee drinking might actually be good for me and may even extend my life span?
Darn, how times to change!
When I was a little kid, they were telling me that I could be healthy if I made sure to drink at least a quart of whole milk every day. I really guzzled milk at every possible opportunity because I wanted to grow up to be “Big and Strong.”
It never occurred to me at that time I might be swilling life-threatening amounts of something I had never heard of called “Cholesterol.” That news all came much later—after I had drank enough milk to kill several people apparently.
Well, I made it to 74…milk and all…and nothing bad has happened yet. (Cross my fingers as I drink this glass of milk sitting here next to the computer.)
Have I cheated the bad parts of all this “Expertise” being thrown at me all these years or have I simply been lucky?
I have guzzled tea—hot and cold—by the virtual quart sometimes. I have drank enough coffee to float a battleship and, presently, I am experimenting with the newest weight loss diet fad, Green Coffee Bean Extract…which also contains caffeine. No palpitations yet!
Is it just that I am different or something? Is that why none of the scary stuff has happened to me yet?
I know that everybody is different and that one set of rules don’t always necessarily belong in the “One Size Fits All” category.
That is what I tell my personal sawbones (Doctor) when he glowers at me over those glasses of his and tells me that according to this chart or that chart I am a fat guy! He is always after me to lose weight.
I am always working on losing weight. In fact, it is an obsession with me—I never seem to lose all that much for very long…but I have my little successes and failures…and, for some reason, I seem to keep on ticking along. (For now, anyways.)
So, is all this “New” information about coffee drinking some kind of silver bullet that I might have been searching for all these years? Is this the key to super healthy living for years and years more than I have already enjoyed? Can I throw all caution to the winds now?
Even the new studies that I have been reading seem to be severely conflicted in some areas about the claims that coffee drinking can be really good for a body. There seem to be enough “No It Can’t” arguments as there are “Yes It Can” ones. In my opinion, the whole mess is just as confusing as it ever was and the “Experts” are….well….just that…”Experts” (Whatever that is supposed to mean.)
I am not making any rash decisions about all this. I know what I have done and I know what I have gotten away with doing.
Others may not be able to do as I have done and get away with any of it. Everybody is different.
I, for one, am going to continue to listen to what my doctor tells me—to the point where my stubbornness meets his education—(That is a problem that is uniquely my own)—and since I tend to love coffee drinking, I guess I will keep on doing it until I can’t anymore.