It all started years ago when I was a Family Medicine resident doing my first rotation in Obstetrics in 2001 in downtown Memphis. Being an intern is never fun, but I had a reasonable chief resident which made life tolerable.
"You shouldn't drink coffee, Ma'am, it'll run up your blood pressure."
"Oh?", she said with raised brow.
"Yes," he said, "better to drink milk or juice."
"Oh." she said without emotion.
When we finished our exam and "counseling" session, and left her room, my chief resident turns to me and says,
"Hey dogmeat (my intern name), get me some research on how coffee is bad for you; I don't think she believed me."
"OK?" I said with raised brow.
"Yeah, everyone knows it's bad for you, I just need the proof." he said.
"OK." I said without emotion.
I soon ran into a little problem. After a few hours researching "coffee consumption" on PubMed (the clearing-house of all medical research), I had discovered several key facts:
- Researchers have been trying for decades to prove coffee consumption is bad for you
- All Researchers seem to initially believe coffee consumption is somehow bad for you
- The studies keep showing, time and again, that coffee consumption is NOT bad for you
- Most studies actually show positive effects from coffee consumption
- After years of trying, Researchers can't prove that coffee consumption is bad for you
- They can't even prove it's bad for that most precious and fragile creature, the pregnant woman
- In our lady's case, there was not a shred of evidence to prove what he had told her; actually, the research leaned the other direction
"Good morning." she said, sipping her coffee.
"Good morning, let's check those reflexes." said my chief resident, without emotion.
|A Good Book|
- Coffee is not bad for you
- Coffee has been proven time and again to be good for you in multiple ways
- You should probably drink a few cups of coffee every morning
- Don't criticize your pregnant friend if you "catch her" drinking coffee
- Just for fun, ask your doctor is coffee bad for you...
- Coffee does NOT cause birth defects in pregnant women
- Coffee prevents Diabetes
- Coffee fights off dementia
- Coffee is good for the liver in Hepatitis C patients
- Coffee is OK for pregnant women
- Coffee is good for folks with a fatty liver
- Coffee protects against Heart Failure
- many, many others
This seems to fit nicely with my theory that if something grows on trees, or in the garden, it is good for you. So, I'm going to pour myself another cup of coffee, and I suggest you do the same.