#23 Fatal Conveniences™: Caffeine: Consuming Coffee With Caution

#23 Fatal Conveniences™: Caffeine: Consuming Coffee With Caution

Java. Brew. Cup-o’-joe. Whatever you may call it, one thing is clear; we love coffee. We’re so hooked on the stuff that it has become the second most consumed beverage on the planet! Across the world, we are chugging down an estimated 2.25 billion cups per day. While this can become a bit of a steamy and controversial topic, there are a few hidden secrets behind the bean’s most prized asset. We’re talking about caffeine.  

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™.

This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society’s Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they’re actually good for us. But it’s those same things that are breaking down our health and the health of the environment around us.

I’ve spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these “conveniences.” On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. So, if you’re willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.

Please, don’t hurt the messenger! 

Before you guys reach for your pitchforks, you must realize that I’m not totally against coffee. In fact, there are tons of health benefits. But I do want to highlight some caffeine-related facts so that you’re more informed when it comes to your morning boost. 

In this Fatal Conveniences™ segment, I’m taking a closer look at caffeine’s many aspects and why it’s classed as a psychoactive drug. I dive into how much is too much, right down to the milliliter. Also, I explore the unexpected links between caffeine and female fertility. I get into energetic goats in Yemen, the Sufi rituals of southern Arabia, and the caffeine dispute within the inner circles of Coca Cola. 

So, fire up the percolator, listen and learn, folks; this is not one to be missed.

Inside This Fatal Conveniences™ segment:
  • Where our love for coffee began
  • The bitter bean that’s a poisonous pesticide 
  • The ancient rituals of coffee 
  • How caffeine affects your brain
  • What makes caffeine a convenience 
  • The connection between caffeine and stem cells
  • The good things in our brews that we all can enjoy
  • How you can safely consume caffeine

The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand, and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to www.mustamplify.com/darin to see what Amplify can do for you.

Episode Transcript

Darin: It’s that time of the week for another fatal convenience. This is a bite-size segment that addresses some of society’s fatal conveniences in the steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of them. I define fatal conveniences as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to Dash tap water, shampoo, sunglasses, food. I dive into the hidden truths behind some of our everyday choices that could not only be harming us but even killing us, so let’s dive in.

Darin: welcome, everybody to the Darin Olien Show. Special episode again of a fatal convenience. Thanks for tuning in thanks for being here. Don’t kill the messenger of this one. Please don’t send me any negative comments. I’m kind of being a little cheeky on that but at the same time, I’m just gonna go into a little bit of this Fido convenience which is caffeine/coffee. So I’m focusing a little bit on coffee and the caffeine, what it is and there’s a negative side to it. So I just wanted to bring it up. It is a federal convenience. There are many reasons I don’t drink it but there are also many benefits to it too, so I don’t want to be completely a Debbie Downer but I just want to bring your attention to some things so you’re informed. That’s what this is all about. You don’t have to change. Certainly, you don’t have to change for me and I get it, in the morning ritual, coffee and the smell of it. The dopamine effect that’s literally produced before you actually drink the coffee, just the ritual alone should be centered and acknowledged in any sort of consistent ritual in your life. So the coffee ritual, the dopamine effect before you’re actually even sipping the coffee is very powerful. Let me put a little asterisk by that. So let me just bring you a little bit of that. Listen, the culture, the story around coffee is phenomenal. Obviously, it comes from a coffee bean but it’s really a seed, and I love coffee. Maybe many of you heard me Talk about the alchemy between the coffee Seger fruit when drive together, they’re one of the greatest neurodegenerative BDNF , brain derived neurotrophic factor Support of the brain but you’re not talking about a lot of caffeine, very, very small amount when it comes to that. So I love coffee. It is a medicinal plant. It does have a lot of great benefits, so I just want to say that before you turn this episode off. You just need to be aware of a few things. Now, I typically don’t do a story on this but I think it’s so fascinating. We are talking about the 16th century. Now, there’s a little argument where they’re actually originated, but it looks like the Ethiopian plateaus was probably the origin of where it came from. So the legend has it that in that Ethiopian plateau, the herders of goats and they observed really the effect but then when they observed the goats that were eating these berries, no listen, I’ve eaten a lot of coffee fruit berry and it’s delicious. The problem is that when you harvest it, it goes rancid right away. That’s why they take it away from the seed and then the roast obviously the coffee and everything else and just discard this beautiful fruit. So the story goes, the legend goes that the goats were eating these berries and the herders would actually observe them not sleeping at night. So they were just full of energy running around and of course, then that kind of moved through and they immediately started eating, chewing, eating the food, eating the bean and realized that this was an incredible stimulant which is then kind of spawned the first coffee houses in the 16th century. Incredible, right? Then it moved throughout Europe. In about 1615, the local clergy of Venice condemned and actually said that this was a better invention of Satan. Everything that makes someone feel good, the church pooh-poohs because apparently, the Muslims to con this drink straight away because of all of the benefits. And then Pope Clement the 8th was asked to intervene and he actually drank some of this and he baptized it as they call it, cheat the devil and then it was excepted. So the clergy came in baptized this amazing elixir that gave people energy and poof! It was resolved of its Satanism. Crazy, right? So the caffeine coffee, interesting thing,  but the thing that you don’t realize is caffeine is an actual pesticide that hundreds of plants use. Obviously, coffee is the most widely known of the caffeine producing. This is a seed, it’s also obviously in leaves, green tea, and certain foods have caffeine in it, for the most recognized as coffee. So this is a natural pesticide that smaller insects and everything else that they actually eat the seed or the fruit and then they get paralyzed and die. Everything in life wants to keep life moving, so that’s what these plants have created, they’ve created a neurotoxin to smaller animals and insects and that is caffeine. So you’re actually taking in a poison. Another story shows that the Sufis apparently used it in the 14th hundreds 1400s to stay awake. The Sufis of Yemen used it to stay awake as they’re doing the Sufi dances and rituals to stay up all night kind of thing. So there you go. It started in the Sufi tradition, in the Islamic tradition and/or the Ethiopian.  But we do know for 1200 years, we’ve been using and consuming coffee and what is this? It’s an alkaloid and this alkaloid has this bitter taste. There’s a lot of medicinal plants, I’ve tasted a lot of medicinal plants and there are certain alkaloids and Turpines and things, that stringent kind of taste, that is an indicator that there are some high medicinal qualities to it, so this is no different. Xanthine alkaloid is really what this caffeine molecule is. Although caffeine is a major compound, it’s the majority compound, the active compound of coffee. It actually has hundreds and hundreds of other compounds as well, but caffeine is literally a psychoactive drug. So I don’t know if you knew that but it’s literally classified as a psychoactive drug attaching to the endocrine receptors and creating some obviously neuromodulator good feelings that counteract the drowsiness and induces this central nervous system stimulatory effect which is why it’s a drug because it actually stimulates the central nervous system. In 1912 actually, the agency shut down Coca-Cola for using caffeine and then obviously, they overturned that. And also Coca-Cola used at one point in their formula cacao leaves, concentration of cacao leaves which is why everyone is addicted to it. So there you go. There’s a little bit on history of Coca-Cola. So here’s the important thing, there’s many aspects of caffeine. The stimulatory effect now, it looks like scouring through all the research. When you go over about 300 mg, some say 400 that’s where the challenge is. But I want to raise your attention to a couple of things, one, is that for women, it’s extremely important when you are trying to get pregnant, when you’re pregnant and when you’re breast-feeding because the caffeine goes right through and is absorbed right through the fetus, right to the baby and then obviously that can cause some problems. It can impair fetal growth and it can actually cause spontaneous abortion. So please, be very careful and try to avoid caffeine. So obviously, what makes this convenient? So the fatal convenience, what gives you energy? It stimulates you, it gives you energy but you have to understand that if you’re susceptible, your adrenals are shut, it’s like a credit card. You’re getting money but there’s a debt, you got to pay it off. So that’s the thing, be aware that you don’t want to always use this as your major way, using coffee and caffeine as your major way to just wake up in the morning. Those are indicators that your body is tired and fatigued. So I am just an advocate for not depending on something.  give yourself breaks. Cycle of the caffeine, do a cleanse for me, go back on, never say never, so you don’t want to set yourself up, you’re never going to use caffeine again come all of that stuff. So you never want to do that. So the other important thing that I want to raise your attention to, I studied for about four years with one of the top stem cell researchers on the planet. And he said without a doubt, the most powerful healing, the grandfather of all stem cells in your body that you create that circulates that does go down over time but over 100mg of caffeine a day kills the totipotent stem cells, disrupts them and destroys them. Totipotent stem cells, by definition, turn themselves into any tissue or any organ. When you have proliferation of a lot of totipotent stem cells, your body’s able to repair, recover, and regenerate. So just keep in mind that when you are drinking more than 100mg a day, you’re killing off your top stem cells in your body. And there are other ways that you can increase totipotent stem cells, eliminate, lower your caffeine intake, increase blueberries, half a cup of blueberries every day and then also blue-green algae. But I’ll do another talk on that but that’s how you stimulate indigenously more totipotent stem cells. So try not to kill them off. But the Mayo Clinic also says, and they reached for 400mg. So you have to look at depending on your angle of things. Most people don’t know about the totipotents. They don’t know that you’re killing off stem cells with only 100mg of caffeine a day. So here’s where some of the major things. Mayo Clinic had a study of 400mg of caffeine per day appears to have in a healthy individual because you can have 400mg, in an unhealthy person, it can create a lot of other things, but over 400mg definitely insomnia, migraines, nervousness, restlessness, stomach upset, rapid heart rate. So if you have any of those symptoms then you’re probably taking way too much caffeine as well as frequent urination. Now, there is evidence that it dehydrates you. Some people go back and forth on that but I’m a fan of that. You’re taking in liquid but you’re also creating a diarrhetic effect in your body. That’s the major thing. But I do want to also stress that there is a high amount of antioxidants in the coffee. So I’m just going to give you a little things on that. The polyphenols specifically the chlorogenic acids are extremely high in coffee and so that is a benefit. But again, you got to look at this stuff from all directions to really get a sense. And now, the other major thing is coffee is between 3.5 and 5.0 pH and that is very, very acidic to the body. So imagine waking up every day drinking acid, drinking an acidic beverage. Your body has to deal with that and buffer that. And really what pH is it’s a measure of voltage, so you’re taking a very low voltage liquid in your body. And your body needs a certain voltage to heal itself when your body has damaged cells, it increases your voltage by up to -50 minivolts, and that means a very high pH. So you see that voltage equals an alkaline state, high voltage, high healing, high pH. Does that make sense? So when you’re taking acid in, caffeine and coffee in on a consistent basis, you’re then lowering voltage in the body. Yes, you’re getting all this energy but you’re paying the debt of voltage and damaging healing repair over time. That’s it. I’m not going to get into anything more. Coffee is great, I get it, but there’s also some negative side effects. So my suggestion is break away from it every once in a while. Maybe prove to yourself that you’re not completely dependent on it. That’s my strategy. Break away maybe once every few months, once every couple of months just stop, take a week off, don’t drink coffee and then go back to it. Number one, you’ll appreciate it. Number two, you’re going to feel the effects like crazy. That’s it. Thanks for tuning in. It was a little different fatal convenience, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about some of the negative sides of too much coffee in caffeine. It’s really centered around caffeine, but coffee has this negative lower voltage acidic side of things. So I know you guys are coffee lovers, most are. Just take a break and remember, always pick good quality ingredients and that is the bottom line with all of this stuff. Love you all.

Darin: Thanks for tuning in. I hope that left you feeling inspired to take a closer look at the things you might be doing that could use some tweaking. For a better breakdown on the fatal conveniences we discussed, you can head to darinolien.com/fatal. Here, we have a ton of info on how to be more aware of them and how you can avoid them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. And if you haven’t had a chance to check out the interview, I released earlier on the week, here’s what you missed:

EP#22 Dr. Joel Fuhrman on The Nutritarian Diet and How it Can Save Us All

Dr. Joel: Well, we know the food is designed to be addicting and highly palatable. Any animal given a choice between processed highly palatable junk foods, we’ll choose those foods over their natural diet and eat themselves to death. And so it’s biological and innate primitive drive to eat highly concentrated calories and highly flavoured substances. The problem is we have to indoctrinate people the importance of nutrition from a young age and it doesn’t happen. So our job becomes a little more difficult at trying to convince people to eat healthfully, but that’s my specialty at this point, is taking people and giving them the motivational tools and changing their personality and intellect and emotions. Personalities even have to change for them to enjoy this more than their old diet, learn the recipes, change their taste buds, but also, change their personalities to a degree to really totally enjoy living this way.

Darin: This episode is produced by my team at Must Amplify, an audio marketing company that specializes in giving a voice to a brand and making sure the right people hear it. If you would like or are thinking about doing a podcast or even would like a strategy session to add your voice to your brand in a powerful way, go to www.mustamplify.com/darin. That’s www.mustamplify.com/darin.

  • Jodi Siebert
    Posted at 17:05h, 28 September Reply

    I love my coffee, but this is so true sadly. For the longest time coffee is the only thing I flat out refused to give up. About 7-8 years ago, I was dx’d with Barrett’s Esophagus and was told I’d be on rx meds for life. I wasn’t ready to accept that for sure so, I changed my diet, got it really clean and at my 2nd scope had not a single cell. I kept the healthy diet but went back to coffee. Last year, I landed myself in the hospital after an episode of heart palpitations and an abnormal EKG. That day I had consumed about 32 ounces of coffee. After a lot of tests, the final conclusion was I need to quit coffee. Still didn’t do it. Just in the last few months I noticed myself snapping at people and becoming extremely irritable which is def NOT in my nature and I’m finally working on kicking this habit for good. So, so many health gurus tout it as a super food, so I’m grateful you did this piece! Thank you! And anyone on the fence – just do it!

  • Ms. Colleen
    Posted at 03:15h, 29 September Reply

    Informative. Thanks

  • Tasia Swan
    Posted at 02:00h, 30 September Reply

    Jodi, not sure if you’ll get this, I tried hitting reply. My MIL came across a coffee alternative and though I love the taste and smell of coffee I just don’t drink it bc it doesn’t like me ( after listening to this I guess I’m thankful). Anyways, I’d also love to hear Darin’s thoughts of the product…it’s absolutely delicious and I make it on occasion as a treat…

    Teeccino’s Chicory Herbal Coffee
    It’s caffeine free and acid free and so damn yummy! Hope this finds you and Darin well! Best wishes

  • Richard Shoop
    Posted at 17:02h, 01 October Reply

    Darin, what would you recommend as a coffee alternative for those of us who like to start our day with a warm beverage? Is green tea a healthier option?

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