Dr. Fateh Srajeldin BSc., ND

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages among non-food items that is considered being a food item to many people. It is consumed and sold in the western hemisphere like there is no tomorrow!  All scientific studies have indicated that coffee is an addictive drug. The studies exaggerated the use of the word “drug” to contrast its health danger when consumed daily. The majority of people assume that scientific studies were done for others, excluding them of course.  They claim that diseases strike others and spare them. This group of people tend to pay an expensive price for this legal, socially accepted drug. Coffee is the beverage that will eventually bring you to a doctor’s office, for one reason or another. During the course of the treatment, I want my patients to refrain from consuming coffee.  I mean coffee regardless of its type, whether regular or decaffeinated, organic or non-organic.  Allowing a patient to consume coffee during the course of the treatment is an indirect statement telling the patient that you will never be without a doctor’s care. Coffee consumption would result in several harmful effects on the entire body because it:

  1. overstimulates the entire nervous system;
  2. leads to increased level of cholesterol;
  3. increases the pulse rate;
  4. raises blood pressure;
  5. raises blood sugar level through adrenal cortisol stimulation;
  6. suppresses appetite;
  7. produces a sense of false high energy;
  8. leaches calcium from the body’ storage;
  9. dumps calcium in urine leading to osteoporosis;
  10. increases cholesterol in the blood
  11. has a rebound effect on blood sugar level which drops to a low margin shortly after coffee consumption, leading to the following effects:
  1. jitteriness
  2. irritability
  3. inability to concentrate
  4. depression

Ground coffee oxidizes quickly causing loss of flavor and rancidity.  Commercial coffee contains:

  •  chemicals,
  • heavy metal
  •  pesticides,
  •  caffeine,
  •  tri-gonelline,
  •  aromatic oils,
  •  acids,
  •  tannin;
  •  essential minerals (of no value),
  • anti oxidants (of no value), and
  •  B vitamins (of no value).

Coffee’s Action in the body:

Coffee depletes the body of the following vitamins and minerals:

  • B-complex  vitamins deficiency causing general fatigue and general malaise;
  • Thiamine (B1) defeciency leading skin problems;
  • Calcium removal from the blood stream leading to osteopenia, muscle spasm and indigestion; and
  • Ascorbic acid deficiency leading to immune compromised system.

The long term effects of coffee are that it affects the following organs because it:

  • weakens the kidneys;
  • weakens the intestines;
  • depletes the adrenal gland from cortisol,
  • stalls the adrenal gland from cortisol production,
  • weakens the nervous system.
  • clouds the memory;
  • reduces the sex drive;
  • produces insomnia,
  • causes migraines,
  • leads to anxiety;
  • prevents absorption of vitamins and minerals from the intestine; and
  • leads to nervousness.

Organic Coffee

A better alternative to coffee are herbal teas and coffee substitutes, ( Caf-lib etc…), which do not contain tannin or caffeine.  It’s always best to read labels before purchasing. I insist  that embarking on this diet and therapy requires much control and discipline, I do not object to the use of this type of organic coffee substitute or organic coffee for those who are unfortunate and  weak.  I would like to see commitment from those who came seeking help and being sincere about it.  I do realize that long lived habits are so powerful that they may sway some people away from their goals.  Should you wish to use this organic coffee, moderation is of great therapy to every one. Please remember that coffee had to do with you being unwell.

Some research facts about coffee:

  • Autopsies have shown that the brown color found in the coffee bean pigments the cells of the cerebral tissue of the brain.
  • Caffeine in coffee makes it a narcotic beverage. Caffeine belongs to the same alkaloid group of chemicals as morphine, nicotine, cocaine and strychnine.
  • Nitrosomines, which occur naturally in coffee beans, are the same carcinogens as used in manufacturing deli meats and bacon.
  • Chlorogenic acid is one of the elements in coffee that causes it to be a harmful drink.
  • Colombian coffee planters have used, regularly  and heavily for 20 years, deadly pesticides on their plants  such as Aldrin, Dieldrin, Chlordane and Heptachlor.
  • On the other hand, one may be running a greater risk drinking decaffeinated coffee because of a large concentration of the chemical Trichloroethylene used to decaffeinate coffee.  It is  a close relative of the plastic chemical, vinyl chloride, which has been causing a rare type of liver cancer.  Trichloroethylene is used mainly as a de-greasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent and dry cleaning agent in the clothing industry.  It is also used as an anesthetic in minor operations and to extract substances from food, such as the removal of caffeine from coffee and resins from spices.

Tea Substitute

  • Herbal Teas of all types
  • Rice Milk with Cocoa