By Hwaa Irfan
The news is out following research by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health that coffee is good for you! Their findings from 400,000 U.S. men and women ages 50 to 71 have demonstrated that coffee drinkers (caffeinated and decaffeinated) are less likely to die from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections. However, the ’evidence’ has been complied from questionnaires (1995-1996). They discerned that the greater the intake of coffee, the lower the risk factors of death by the above with those who drink above 3 cups a day reducing the risk by 10%. The data was examined by Neal Freedman, Ph.D., Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI.
However, this does not counter the side –effects of high consumption of coffee which includes:
- Duodenal ulcers
- Easily excited
- Frequent urination
- Gastrointestinal problems
This only proves that standardized applications, nutritional and medicinal guidelines cannot be applied, with the first argument against standardization being that each person has differing levels of susceptibilities.
In homeopathic terms coffee likely chamomile is a purely medicinal substance, and as such, should not be mistaken for daily consumption, yet it is the most widely, and regularly taken stimulant, a stimulant of the central nervous system, and the liver. To witness one person go into a frenzy after being without coffee for 1 week, the first week of fasting in Ramadhan 2011, is not a pretty sight, but then again coffee drinking replaced drinking other substances, and the consumption of food.
Time and evidence has proven that the extract of coffee, caffeine, has the ability to reduce muscle fatigue, and increase the body’s ability to burn fats, which might account for the reduced risk factor of dying from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. In homeopathic application, coffee or coffea is used in the treatment of Chronic fatigue Syndrome, insomnia, neuralgia, and tremors.
It just goes to show how the gifts of Creation is when applied in its proper context reinforcing the Qur’anic precept that everything has its measure.