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Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug Paperback – Dec 1 1998


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446673919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446673914
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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The origins of coffee are lost in legend, although the most popular tale traces its discovery to a goatherd dwelling in Ethiopia. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dean on Feb. 8 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on May 17 2002
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By johnnyqb on June 28 2004
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bergloui on Oct. 6 2010
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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. However, the book is way too long for nothing. Once we get the point, it becomes useless and even negative. He is like a preacher who has a firm belief in some faith. I can indicate that coffee for me was very negative for my health at one point in my life. Right now, I am drinking only tea, in limited amount. No soft drinks or other stuff with caffeine. As a consultant, I often see clients drinking too much coffee and the negative effects on them. I have a client who lives on coffee and sugar all-day and only eat at supper time ! He is certainly killing himself doing that but he does not listen. Office workers are living on coffee as everyone knows and it is becoming a way of live. The worst thing however could be the caffeine in soft drinks or stuff like Red Bull. The money spent on that is astronomical. If you add all the spending on that in one year, this can become ridiculous.
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