nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy (On SIX Cups Of Coffee A Day)

Another study saying coffee and tea are good for you...probably.

After my post of yesterday, I'm not making any great claims for this.  I'll just let you have the data and you can make up your own mind.  The quotation is from BBC News (June 18)
"A 13-year-long study from the Netherlands ...adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks. Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people found. Consuming between two to four coffees a day was also linked to a reduced risk. " (20%)
The authors noted that having a cigarette with your coffee or tea cancelled all the benefit.  Also, at high levels of daily caffeine the physical dependence gets stronger (try going cold turkey if you're longstanding regular coffee drinker:  I did, in medical school, and had a migraine by afternoon).

Which just makes my point from yesterday.  Everything we do or avoid is mixed in with a thousand other influences.

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads!

Doc D

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