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Morning Lineup – December 2

Sunday Morning – 1's and 2's, and Coffee…..Yes!!

Looking at the little date thingy at the bottom of my computer monitor, I see a catchy sequence of computer-code-quality digits:  1-2-2-2-0-1-2.  Of course, everybody is keeping their eyes peeled for the upcoming 12/12/12, or even better yet, 12:12:12-12/12/12 rolling in ten days from now…. twice.  This will be the last time in our lifetimes that we get ooh and aah over such a happenstance.  That and a buck will get you a cup of coffee.

Speaking of coffee (and we often do this time of day), we are getting some great reports from Vanderbilt University down in Tennessee (one of those great states with no income tax).  Vandy has – believe it or not – an Institute for Coffee Studies.  (Don't you just love higher education?)  Lindsay Abrams, writing in The Atlantic magazine, tells us about some good news coming from this lovely, aromatic laboratory:

"What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can," says Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that "moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle." That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee's purported ill effects been disproven — the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension — but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer's disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.

Yeah!!  That's what I've been saying, and practicing, for decades now.  This extensive article covers all sorts of controlled experiments that includes the results that the benefits of coffee are the same for both caffeinated and de-caf blends.  Details on each of the ingredients found in a cuppa are included and the article concludes with this warming declaration:

But she agrees that drinking coffee, and more of it, does appear to be beneficial. The evidence remains overwhelmingly in coffee's favor. Yes, it was observational, but the study published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at hundreds of thousands of men and women and found this bottom line result: people who drank coffee lived longer than those who didn't.

And the more they drank, the longer they lived. If you're into that sort of thing.

This is Sunday, so you will have time to read the FULL ARTICLE HERE after we get the equipment checked out.  I'll make sure that we have plenty of you-know-what while we talk over these results in the day room later.  See you there.

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