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Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug [Paperback]

Stephen Cherniske
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Dec 1 1998
Pulls together all the latest research & details the full scope of caffeine's detrimental effect on our physical, mental & emotional well being.

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Get ready to give up that morning latte and kiss cola goodbye. Here comes Caffeine Blues, by Stephen Cherniske, M.S., the first book to expose the dark side of America's No. 1 drug: caffeine. If you are one of the nearly 80 percent of Americans hooked on caffeine--a natural component of coffee, tea, and chocolate and a common ingredient in drugs, soda, candy, and other products--this book will be a wake-up call.

In Caffeine Blues, Cherniske, a nutritional biochemist with more than 25 years of academic research and clinical experience and author of the bestseller The DHEA Breakthrough, reveals the truth about caffeine and explains how to kick the habit forever. Cherniske discusses how caffeine affects the body and brain and why it can increase your risk of dozens of health disorders ranging from osteoporosis, diabetes, and PMS to hypertension and heartburn. After spending 300 pages documenting all of caffeine's evils, Cherniske finally offers a decaffeinated life line: "Off the Bean and on to Vitality," a step-by-step, clinically proven program to help readers kick the habit and boost energy levels naturally. --Ellen Albertson

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Nutritional biochemist Cherniske claims that people who consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine per day are victims of caffeinism: a state of chronic toxicity resulting from excess caffeine consumption and a major contributing factor to heart disease, hypertension, stomach ailments, diabetes, and sleep disorders. Cherniske also warns that most coffee beans are contaminated by pesticides, which harm not only drinkers but also exposed agricultural workers. For conservationists, he highlights the effects of the pesticides on the land and water surrounding the plantations as well as the destruction of the rain forest to make room for coffee plantations. The presence of caffeine in over-the-counter medicines, candy, and soft drinks is stressed, especially in the addiction of children. Cherniske also suggests alternatives to caffeine and ways of quitting the habit. While his book is thought-provoking, its rhetoric is somewhat extreme. Not a necessary purchase.?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, FL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY Intriguing Book Feb. 8 2004
This was a very intriguing book. For a long time now, I've had a feeling that caffeine was not so good for you. I've been reading Men's Health magazine, regularly, and every issue seems to have two or three blurbs about why coffee is either bad or good for you. It seems like every study comes up with new evidence for one case or the another. Contradiction after contradiction.

So, I was dying for a good book to give me some facts. I saw this one in the library, and scooped it up. I tried to be open-minded and skeptical at the same time, as I usually do when I read one-sided books like this, but I really became alarmed as I turned more pages. What Cherniske has to say really rings true, so I followed his advice and gave up the bean, and as he promised, I felt MUCH better once my withdrawal pains eased off. The biggest improvements were in my energy level, and the quality of sleep. I felt fully alert and ready to go as soon as I woke up every morning- without a single cup!
The most compelling statement he makes is that it will take about eight weeks of no caffeine to truly feel the benefits of its absence. Then he asks, "What do you have to lose?" If after two months of no coffee you don't feel a lot better, go back to drinking it for all we care. However, you'll be amazed at how hard it is to quit caffeine for two months. After two or three days, you will get some really hairy headaches unless you wean yourself off it slowly. And just try to walk by a coffee shop or the flavored coffee display in the grocery store without getting the shakes as soon as that old familiar aroma hits you.
Anyway, if you try to quit, you'll have no doubt that this is one powerful drug, and when you get those headaches, you can feel how bad it must be for your body.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you expect? May 17 2002
By A Customer
I find it funny that some reviewers find the book very helpful and say that they are grateful to Cherniske for getting them off the caffeine, that has wrecked their lives, then they are upset because he seems biased against caffeine! So let me get this straight. Here is someone who had terrible experiences with caffeine and has worked with countless patients, with the same complaints, and he's not supposed to be against the drug?
I think many would have a different reaction if they realized that caffeine acts on the brain EXACTLY the same way as cocaine and heroin do. Of course, the potency is far less, but caffeine produces the same chemical reactions. Do you support heroin use are or are you biased against the drug? Hmmmm....
I've been addicted to caffeine for 17 years and have suffered years of panic disorders, anxiety, agorapobia, and depression. No more caffeine for me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask yourself a question Jan. 3 2003
By A Customer
I have read every review by readers, and find that some people have thought out this question: "Am I an Addict?". Those who believe that "Caffeine Blues" is TOTALLY against caffeine didn't read it correctly.
In regards to health, it mentions that coffee and tea ARE powerful antioxicants...but, that it is so powerful that it also "flushes" your body of Essential Nutrients...Calcium Magnesium Potassium and Zinc being MAJOR ones. There are antioxidants like, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins that are far better, and healthier.
I would also like to mention, that in this day of "increased knowledge" that there is a wealth of information available to anyone who wishes to learn about "natural healing" and health I wouldn't have cared if Cherniske didn't have "M.S." after his name; this book ROCKS! with information.
I could go on...but would just like to say that anyone who would defend caffeine with as much or MORE zeal, than Cherniske's opposition, might want to ask themselves, "why?". And, finally, the ADHD fellow...READ THE BOOK! and pay closer attention...the subject IS touched on...sugar and caffeine "crashes" can cause attention problems...O.K.? Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins would be a better choice.
If a product such a coffee substitutes change my life...I would probably sell them myself...even join a "down-line" in network marketing:), if that helps anyone.
The book has helped me, and he does challenge people to get off the bean for 2 months. What's the matter? CAN'T?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I like this book so much, I've been sending copies to my friends -- something I've never done before. For years, I've read about the harmless effects of caffeine, but deep down, I knew it was causing some very negative feelings.
This book explains everything and points out dozens of things you've never suspected. The writing is both engaging, scientific, and thoroughly convincing.
I highly recommend it to anyone who suspects caffeine plays a part in their mood and overall health. You will be amazed at the numbers of ways it may be interfering with your well-being.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To thine own self be true June 28 2004
I have loved coffee for much of my life. I have even been heard to utter, in mock appreciation of Socrates, that "the uncaffeinated life is not worth living." One time I quite coffee, felt really good, but during a flat stage, I got back on, more than ever, with the comment that without caffeine, I had lost the "joy of living." I have read this book by Cherniske. I have read all the reviews here. I have laughed hardest at the ones that recommend "The Caffeine Advantage," which supposedly about how great caffeine can make your life. Perhaps this book is over the top in its indictment of coffee and caffeine. But the fact is, that I will not quit the stuff without a little shouting at me to do it. Those reasonable persons who would suggest to have only a cup a day or so, or who only have coffee in the morning, or who can go weeks without it, with no headaches; well, more power to you. But I am not one of you. I am an ADDICT. I cannot drink coffee in moderation. I can only drink it to excess, and it invariably messes up my life. It messes with my sleep patterns, leading me to get less sleep and to then be tired often during the day. It screws up my diet, causing me to binge on sweets to try to counter the feeling of being too hyped up and hungry from caffeine. It messes with my breathing, as I occasionally experience a shortness of breath sensation that I notice when I am drinking lots of caffeine. And most of all, I know all of this in my heart. I know that caffeine is bad for me, that using it is using a powerful drug, and that the only answer for me is to gett of it completely. There is no possibility of moderation. I have tried that most earnestly and failed. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
The good:
Gives you an idea of how caffeine can potentially have detrimental effects on your health. Something to think about if you're overdoing the bean. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Whiskey Zulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource,
I love this book, I bought it for general information because a friend of mine is so addicted to coffee and I've found it an interesting read in addition to a great educational... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Misty
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather One Sided View Point
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I love my morning coffee, and afternoon tea. I have also on occasion, given up tea and coffee for health reasons. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2010 by Patrick Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read book
This is a must read book for everyone drinking coffee. There is an incredible support for what the author is writing about the negative effects of coffee. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2010 by bergloui
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary
This book is very informative about caffeine and how it effects a person's body and mind. I am now 6 days off of coffee! Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2010 by blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
This book is very informative and out of the two I ordered at the time was definitely the better. It's footnoted excessively and the author even states that he wanted to include... Read more
Published on July 1 2010 by Topher Guloson
1.0 out of 5 stars Bypass this awful book
Read the Caffeine Advantage if you want the true story of caffeine - which is an antioxidant, which scientists are finding prevents Parkinsons Disease, etc. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Caffeine or Snake Oil?
This book will scare the coffee right out of you -- at first. Maybe growing up around Mormons made me always a bit suspicious of coffee, and drinking the strong brew served in... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by C Olson
1.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo Science Blues
This book is junk science. The author doesn't know anything about caffeine. For example, he claims that caffeine ages you because it is dehydrating. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002
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