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Starbucks Logo Secrets Revealed

by Anonymous
Blog Globs

May 12, 2010

When you see that Starbucks logo, you probably think the same thing as me:  “There’s that ‘smiling mermaid’ logo, there must be some good, but overpriced, coffee nearby”, or perhaps “There’s that evil Starbucks corporation that’s helping to destroy the world”.

Well, today for the first time I decided to look at the Starbucks logo with the mindset that there may be some hidden symbolism there, designed for the subconscious mind but not the conscious mind.

(Does the subconscious mind actually exist?  Absolutely.  When you dream, those are all the thoughts of your subconscious id surfacing, without the usual censorship of your conscious ego, as Sigmund Freud would phrase it).

As I looked for the Starbucks symbolism, I believe I found it.  Others would charge that I had a predetermined goal so I merely saw what I wanted to see.

When I tell you what I found, their message will go from your subconscious mind, where you have no danger filters whatsoever, to your conscious mind, where you can judge for yourself how appropriate or inappropriate their manipulation of your senses is.

Or you can disagree with me, but nevertheless the logo’s alleged hidden meaning can never again be sublimated from your conscious memory back to your unguarded subconscious level.

Incidentally, the original masters of subconscious thought and manipulation, prior to the MK-Ultra brainwashers of Manchurian Candidates and their ilk, are Sigmund Freud (who had more hang-ups than Woody Allen’s closet, incidentally) and Hitler’s favourite, Edward Bernays.

When I say “breakfast”, do you think “bacon and eggs”?  That’s Edward Bernays.

Why have bananas always been cheap (until now) and why is Guatemala still ruined?  Because of the Chiquita banana company, US secret agents, and Edward Bernays, according to Wikipedia.

Why did cigarettes, once “forbidden” for women, become popular with women, seemingly overnight, in the 1940s, addicting and killing millions of innocent female victims over the years?  Once again, the subconscious advertising campaigns of Edward Bernays.  But I’m getting off-topic here.

Question:  Have you ever seen a mermaid with two tails?

Answer:  Yes, but you may not have noticed.  Look at the Starbucks logo:

It features a mermaid with two “tails”.  How could a mermaid swim  with two tails?  She couldn’t.

But are they really “tails”?  Or is it an image of a woman spreading her serpentine “legs” apart for the sex act?

Sounds about par for the course for perverted sex-obsessed corporate leaders, doesn’t it?

And are the black-and-white stripes on her “tails” perhaps striped leggings symbolizing the balance of good and evil, as featured in the Alice in Wonderland movies?

(I haven’t seen the Johnny Depp version, but I’m sure it is filled with mirrors, Saturnalian reversals of logic, black-and-white checkered floors, chess games, twins, hookahs, magic mushrooms, pills, and other assorted hallucinogenic drugs, to name only a few of their symbols).

Also notice that the mermaid’s wavy hair forms a sort of mirrored 333/333, or “666”.  Her hair also resembles the waves of the ocean (Pisces, Aquarius, Atlantis).  The mermaid forms a fancy “peace sign” as well.  The peace sign, of course, doesn’t really symbolize peace at all, it is an ancient rune symbolizing death, also known as the Broken Cross, the Crow’s Foot, and the Witch’s Foot, and used on Nazi graves.

Here is the logo from the Order of Baphomet (satan).

Note the double circle with two stars.

Mermaids are said to drown humans by dragging them underwater, sometimes purposely, sometimes by accident. In British folklore, mermaids are unlucky omens.

The “Voodoo Child” Jimi Hendrix wrote a song called “1983 (A Merman I Shall Be)”, about his desire to be a male mermaid in Atlantis, or possibly a reincarnation of Ethel Merman.

Speaking of voodoo (aka “vodou”), Canada’s Governor-General Michaelle Jean’s coat-of-arms has two “Simbi”, mermaid spirits from Haitian vodou, as supporters.  Why was a practitioner of voodoo chosen to represent the Queen in Canada?  Her coat-of-arms has been mysteriously removed from the “Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges of Canada”, where it was once available for viewing.  Here it is from another source:

Does the “double mermaid” logo of Starbucks also represent the twin mermaid spirits of voodoo witchcraft?

Are voodoo “Simbi” (singular:  “Simba”) related to Disney’s “Lion King”, who was also called “Simba”?  Yes, “Simba” is Swahili for “lion”, but why is their “hero’s” name also a voodoo term?  Is the “magic” guiding Disney’s immoral movies these days really the spirit of voodoo?

Modern references to “Atlantis” refer to the desire for an ancient occult-based “master race” to be re-established on Earth.  The implication is that the inhabitants were half-alien and half-human, like the Nephilim (fallen angels) in the Bible or the demonic Navi in Avatar.

The Atlantis space shuttle is a good example of the occultists’ love of Atlantis (notice that NASA rockets and space shuttles always have occult-based names).  Also recall the lame tv show “The Man from Atlantis”, starring Patrick Duffy as an “Aquaman” type character.

The Nazis were enthusiasts of the Atlantean “master race” concept, for obvious reasons, as are new age occultists.  The Starbucks logo is very “Atlantean”, since its inhabitants are said to be half-fish and half-human.

The circle within a circle often symbolizes a secret society.  The outer circle is unaware of what the “inner circle” does.  How many circles do you see in the Starbucks logo (not counting the letter “o” or the Register mark)?  I see six.

Circles also symbolize the sun, the egg (fertility), and the female anatomy.

Does the Starbucks mermaid really have two sets of “tailfins” in the logo? Or are those demonic cloven hooves, similar to those that Pan and the devil are usually depicted with?

And are those perhaps two Papal “Fish God” mitres below the occult/communist pentacle on the mermaid’s tiara?  The Papal mitres were also chosen for their resemblance to the female anatomy.  I’m referring to this:

The image to the left is a follower of the Philistine luciferian fish-god Dagon.

And so is the image to the right.

What exactly does “Starbucks” mean, anyway?  I guess that’s what they worship:  “Stars” (occult astrology) and “Bucks” (Mammon, the god of money), with two communist pentacles between “Starbucks” and “Coffee”, the same communist pentacles, by the way, that Wal-Mart and many other corporations now use.

Here is the original 1971 Starbucks logo:

The cloven hooves and the mitre analogies are missing, but she now has bare breasts, and the parted legs analogy is now pretty obvious, no?

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51 Scientific Reasons Coffee is Healthy (#49 is Life-Changing)

by Michael York
Espresso Perfecto
Dec 12, 2014

51 reasons coffee is healthy

Reading Time: 28 minutes, or you can skim and read what is important to you
Learn: 51 reasons coffee is healthy, backed by scientific studies

I am a proud, card-carrying coffee lover. I drink it all the time, often for the caffeine kick but also because I have just grown to love and appreciate the flavor.

Not everyone is with me in the coffee-worshipping department. Most people go back and forth on whether coffee is healthy and if it should be part of their daily diet. The debate is fierce on this topic and it is difficult to know what the facts are. I’m pretty passionate about coffee and have researched it extensively, so I decided to make a comprehensive list of all the benefits of drinking it.

I have thoroughly researched all of the health benefits and implications of drinking coffee. I dove into tons of scientific studies to sort out fact from fiction. Every benefit is backed up by a scientific study.

In this article, I’m NOT talking about those fifty syrup pump venti frappuchinos from Starbucks. I’m talking black, unaltered, pure coffee or espresso. What you do after the coffee is brewed and before it touches your lips is your own prerogative.

Given all of the amazing benefits I discovered, I honestly think coffee should be classified as a SUPERFOOD. Coffee is healthy, beneficial, and delicious and here’s why:

Benefits of coffee infographic

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Want some pot with your coffee buzz? Startup infuses coffee with marijuana

by PF Louis
NaturalNews.com

Jun 13, 2014

(NaturalNews) The latest java trend is coffee meets cannabis. The most recent buzz is a cannabis-infused beverage going mainstream. Mirth Provisions, a company based in Washington State, is launching a new and innovative line of cannabis-infused (extract), cold-brewed coffee under the “Legal” label, which underscores the fact that their cannabis-spiked coffee will be marketed exclusively in states where marijuana is legal.

Currently, only Colorado and Washington State have legalized recreational marijuana, although medical marijuana is legal in 22 states and decriminalized in approximately 20. How much will a bottle cost? Here’s the rub. Estimates are that an 11.5-ounce bottle will cost somewhere between $9 and $11. Definitely not for those on a budget.

Mirth was created by Adam Stites, 34, a former e-commerce firm manager turned entrepreneur. The expected “Legal” roll-out (minus glitches) is July 2014.

Consumers can either choose “Legal” straight-up, cold-brew coffee with cannabis or opt for the works: coffee with cannabis, cream and sugar. Still, there may be one legal drawback: Drinking “Legal” and driving may be against the law.

Legal’s details

In case you’re wondering, each bottle contains about 20 milligrams of THC. As far as THC dosages go, 20 milligrams is considered on the low side. Typically, cannabis-infused “medibles” contain a tenth of a gram, or 100 milligrams, or more of THC per serving.

But Stites feels that the THC level is just right for his customer base. He quipped, “I’m 6ft 4in and 205 pounds, and 20mg is sufficient for me, especially when it’s brewed with coffee.”

According to Fox News, “Stites told My Northwest that each bottle will contain about 20 milligrams of THC, enough to create ‘an alert, creative, high,’ but not too much as to make it an unpleasant experience, ‘especially for people that are just getting into marijuana.'”

Stites also told My Northwest that his cannabis coffee drink is “the wake and bake drink.”

Coffee is just the beginning. Stites intends to extend his quirky offerings by eventually introducing sparkling, cannabis-infused sodas in assorted fruit flavors like trendy pomegranate and lemon ginger.

Nothing new under the sun

In the West, the practice of combining cannabis and coffee historically originated from the cafes and coffee houses of Europe. A favored haunt of prominent French artists and writers was the “infamous Club des Hachichins (Club of the Hashish-Eaters) in the mid-1800s,” High Times reported.

These infamous, rather bohemian, gatherings were laced with philosophical talks lasting into the wee hours, with bottomless cups of coffee served with crumbled hashish.

The custom of mixing coffee and cannabis is still popular in select circles. Savvy cannabis and coffee drinkers have described the effect created by this dynamic duo as “an alert but relaxed state conducive to creative work.”

Even today, comedians like Rob Cantrell make jokes about “waking and baking” with coffee and weed, also known as a “Hippie Speedball.”

Unfortunately, “Legal” doesn’t measure up health-wise. Except for the cannabis, none of the ingredients are organic. The coffee, sugar and cream options all contain a dollop of white sugar that could be GMO. White sugar is not a good choice under any circumstances. The sweetened coffee beverage may contain rBGH-laced, factory-farmed cream.

Also, it’s fairly common knowledge that non-organic coffee beans are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Sure, non-organic “homegrown” cannabis will deliver the buzz, but will it deliver the full array of scientifically proven cannabis and coffee health benefits?

Perhaps cannabis aficionados will forgo health concerns for a caffeine buzz and a mildly euphoric high. The good news is that medical marijuana patients are increasingly demanding organic marijuana over cheaper, conventionally grown weed.

According to a survey of marijuana patients by editors of Medical Marijuana Journal Business Daily, 43% of medical marijuana patients in California, Washington and Colorado say organic cannabis meds are critical.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.foxnews.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://www.mrsc.org

http://www.hightimes.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.tokeofthetown.com

http://mynorthwest.com


Can caffeine really affect your memory?

Can caffeine really affect your memory?by Arpana Sagwal Chaudhary, Ph.D.
Natural News
Mar 26, 2014

(NaturalNews) Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that is widely used on a daily basis. We know of caffeine as a brain stimulant and consume it to stay active and wakeful. However, lesser known effects of caffeine on memory and cognition have confounded researchers for years. New research has disclosed some interesting and previously unknown influences of caffeine on the human brain.

A study published in journal Nature Neuroscience (Feb, 2014) demonstrated a fascinating effect of caffeine on long-term human memory. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Irvine, conducted a study to investigate the effects of caffeine administration on human learning by taking an uncommon approach. Caffeine was given to the subjects “after” their learning exercise in a double-blind study involving caffeine-naive subjects. Participants were asked to memorize images and then administered with caffeine; salivary samples were collected to analyze for caffeine metabolized products. The subjects were tested for memory performance after 24 hours and were asked to evaluate old/new and similar items as shown to them on previous day.

Conclusions:

Caffeine enhanced memory retrieval performance in the test subjects, which means they were better able to recall the memory acquired on the previous day. Even more interesting, although “basic recognition memory” was unaltered, retrieval of memory improved. This means that the brain of caffeinated subjects programmed and stored the visuals/memories better than the placebo subjects, and they could thus recall better.

Furthermore, a high dosage (200 mg) of caffeine consolidates memory better than lower dosage (100 mg). The authors also concluded that 200 mg is an ideal amount for memory consolidation. However, dosages higher than 300 mg were not studied, and it cannot be said if the consolidating effects increase with dosage. Therefore, there is no evidence to believe that higher dosages necessarily increase memory consolidation. The exact mechanism by which caffeine does so has not yet been deciphered. Scientists believe that it could be due to the role played by caffeine in inhibiting the adenosine function, which has adverse effects on memory functioning.

Caffeine has also been scientifically proven to show neuroprotective effects.

Caffeine showed damage reversal in brain of type II diabetic mice (i.e. neurodegeneration reversal) and restored memory-based performance.

In old and sleep-deprived humans (as well as rodents), caffeine restores memory. Rodents with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) showed reduced dysfunctional memory after consuming caffeine.

Scientists have proposed that consuming caffeine may play a preventive as well as therapeutic role in AD and other memory-related problems.

It is equally important for caffeine lovers not to ignore its downside. Previous studies (covered on Natural News) have shown that caffeine puts adrenal glands in a fight or flight function and stimulates secretion of adrenaline and noradrenaline. It generates an emergency response in normal conditions, which stimulates the central nervous system and increases alertness but eventually leads to stress, exhaustion and fatigue.

Nonetheless, this latest research reveals interesting properties of caffeine — either a cognitive enhancer or a stabilizer. This also suggests the possibility of exploring caffeine or its derived molecules as a potential drug for Alzheimer disease.

Meanwhile, for us to enjoy a guilt-free morning cup of coffee, perhaps the trick lies in finding the right balance.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nature.com

http://www.plosone.org

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Dr. Sagwal has a Ph.D. in Medicinal chemistry. She has worked on the drug design and discovery of antimicrobial and anticancer agents and has published peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. With a fascination for science, nature and its medicinal powerhouse, it is her passion to share and spread the knowledge from latest scientific discoveries. The information is based upon scientific experiments, facts, analyses and peer-review. We could use it to stay healthy, keep fit, prevent diseases or simply be happy.
Dedicated to all those who want to live an aware and informed life. Cheers!!


Teenagers are smoking coffee to get high – videos included

by John Vibes
Intellihub News
Mar 31, 2014

Due to strict laws on illegal drugs, teenagers are turning to more dangerous household products to get high

(INTELLIHUB) — While police are locking people up for using illegal drugs, there are some who are using even more dangerous and harmful legal chemicals to get high.  One recent example is the dangerous new trend of smoking coffee.  When ingested through smoking, coffee is far more dangerous than many common illegal drugs.  Smoking coffee has been known to cause trouble breathing, dizziness, vomiting and even hallucinations.

The coffee is being prepared for smoking in the same way that crack cocaine is prepared, with “Chore Boy” copper scrubber and the “Glass Rose” cylinders that are sold at many gas station convenience stores.  If you saw someone smoking coffee, you may actually think that they were smoking crack.

According to MedLinePlus the full list of effects for smoking coffee include:

  • Breathing trouble
  • Changes in alertness
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased thirst
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle twitching
  • Increased likelihood of outrageous behavior
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sleeping trouble
  • Urination – increased
  • Vomiting

The following are videos showing teenagers smoking coffee with homemade devices:

As I have discussed in the past, prohibition actually encourages this sort of behavior. In the black market one of the major drawbacks is that there is no accountability among the people selling the drug.  Since anyone can get kidnapped and thrown in a cage for even dealing with the stuff, it really doesn’t make sense for people to be plastering their names and logos all over the drugs.  In this age of corporate mercantilism logos and branding may seem like a really tacky idea, but when looking at the black market we can see the value in such things.  Someone who is selling a product with their name on it, is going to go through far greater lengths to ensure the quality of their product, as opposed to someone who would remain anonymous.

This anonymity creates an incentive for people to be dishonest with what they sell.  This could lead to rip offs, or downright contamination of the drug with unwanted harmful substances.  This is why there was bathtub gin that would make you go blind if your drank it during alcohol prohibition.  This is also the reason why some of the harder street drugs today are cut with toxic chemicals that increase the chance of overdose ten fold.  The fact that the drugs need to be smuggled also creates the incentive to make drugs more potent, and thus in some circumstances more dangerous.  The increased potency and decreased availability inevitably leads to a massive increase in cost.  The increased cost is a whole other issue with its own unique side effects in regards to drug safety.  When the price of the real drugs go up, people just start huffing paint thinner, smoking bath salts and cooking up crystal meth in their basements, which is then even many times more dangerous than the unbranded drugs on the black market.

Writer Bio:

John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label. You can find him on his Facebook.

For media inquires, interviews, questions or suggestions for this author, email: vibes@intellihub.com or telephone: (347) 759-6075.
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PODCAST / VIDEO — An Interview with David Asprey, pt. 1 – “Bulletproof Coffee: Revisiting Fat and Health” – #166 – Gnostic Media

Gnostic Media
May 26, 2013

This episode is with an interview with David Asprey, part 1, titled “Bulletproof Coffee: Revisiting Fat and Health” and is being released on Sunday, May 26, 2013. This interview with Burt and Tom was recorded on Wednesday, May 20, 2013.

Dave uses a combination of nutrition, nervous system training, and anti-aging technologies to improve the performance of the human body and mind.
Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor, biohacker, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by more than 20 IQ points, lowered his biological age, and lost 100 lbs without using calories or exercise.
The Financial Times calls him a “bio-hacker who takes self-quantification to the extreme of self-experimentation.”
His writing has been published by the New York Times and Fortune, and he’s presented at Wharton, the University of California, and Singularity University.
Dave has been covered on video on CNN, ABC News, Nightline, Forbes, and MSNBC. In print, he’s been featured in Men’s Health, Forbes, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, and Vogue.
Dave’s Bulletproof Executive blog was born out of a fifteen-year single-minded crusade to upgrade the human being using every available technology. It distills the knowledge of more than 120 world-class MDs, biochemists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, and more than $250,000 spent on personal self-experiments.
From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, high tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything himself, obsessively focused on discovering:
What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?
Knowing this leads to being bulletproof, the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or just acting like a stressed-out jerk. It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind this way. Technology has changed the rules.

Your orders from this link help to support Gnostic Media:

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Bullet Proof Coffee Recipe:
http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

  • Start with 4-500 ml (2 mugs) of black coffee brewed with my mold-free Upgraded Coffee beans. (Why this is important)
  • Add 2 Tbs (or more, up to 80 grams, about 2/3 of a standard stick of butter) of Kerry Gold or other UNSALTED grass-fed butter
  • Add 30 grams of MCT oil for max energy, weight loss and brain function (this is 6 times stronger than coconut oil, your next best choice)
  • Blend with a pre-heated hand blender, Magic Bullet, or (best) counter top blender until there is a creamy head of foam. (It doesn’t work well if you mix it with a spoon)

It’s really fast and easy to prepare. Realize salted coffee is a crime. Do not do this with salted butter. Bleah.

Kerrygold butter or another grass-fed brand of butter really matters because corn or soy-fed cows don’t make butter with the same fats. Those butters don’t blend well, don’t taste good, and don’t make you feel Bulletproof.

Grass-fed butter is much healthier than other butter. It doesn’t make cholesterol levels worse, it optimizes them! Starting your day with grass-fed butter will give you lots of energy and it will give your body healthy fats that it will use to make cell walls and hormones.

If you’re like most of my friends who try this, your body is so starved for healthy fats that you feel like you can’t get enough. It will take your body a week or two to fully turn on its fat digestion systems when you switch to a high healthy fat breakfast of Bulletproof coffee. If at first it is a little too rich, try using less butter at first and build up to the amount you like. Taking a betaine HCl or digestive enzyme supplement with your coffee will also help your body digest the butter.

Try this just once, with only 2 Tbs of butter, and have nothing else for breakfast. You will experience one of the best mornings of your life, with boundless energy and focus. It’s amazing.

After one drink of Bulletproof coffee, you’ll never be tempted to eat fat-free, insulin-raising, fat-storing toast and oatmeal breakfasts again!

P.S. If you benefit from this post, I’d really appreciate it if you tried my Upgraded Coffee beans. I created them for maximum mental performance and health, and they work, costing $2 more than Starbucks normal beans, and less than their “Reserve” coffee. The proceeds support the research that gets published on this site, and your brain really will notice the difference. Thank you.

P.S.S. Thanks for linking here if you write about Bulletproof Coffee! Bulletproof is a registered trademark for my small company. If you want to use it, just ask!
http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/


Little Girls Accept Bitcoin at Their Coffee Stand

by Amanda Warren
Activist Post
Jan 10, 2014

Is this the first Bitcoin brick-and-mortar run by children?

These two little itty-bitty and enterprising girls are showing an even wider Bitcoin acceptance by allowing payment at their Noe Valley, San Francisco coffee stand. Are people actually paying them in Bitcoin?

Mia & Taylor’s Coffee Shop accepts the payment with a blown-up QR code. Coffee, lemonade and cookies are sold for around a buck – broken cookies are free. Awww…

A Tweet targeted to a Noe Valley event page got picked up from there. But actually, the image was taken and posted by Reddit user DorkusPrime which also went viral. The commenters there seem to believe they will soon be shut down by the police – yikes!

They’ve received 33 transactions which some, of course, came in from the Reddit users who decoded their Bitcoin address. A week ago, they had gathered the equivalent of $70 in Bitcoin. (source)

The value of Bitcoin has seen some ups and downs, but for a few reasons, it might be here to stay. Larger businesses are responding to consumer interest in the totally decentralized form of payment. So from lemonade stands to top-dog corps – Bitcoin is now serving everywhere.

Also by Amanda Warren:


Researchers: Caffeine Enhances Memory

Natural Blaze
Jan 12, 2014

For some, it’s the tradition of steeping tea leaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it’s the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wake up with the kind of snap and a fizz usually found in a carbonated beverage.Regardless of the routine, the consumption of caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions to wake up or stay up. Now, however, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.Michael Yassa, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and his team of scientists found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans. Their research, published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed.


Coffee Cuts Liver Cancer Risk by 40%

by Elizabeth Renter
Natural Society
November 14, 2013

If you enjoy a morning cup of joe, you may be at a lesser risk of liver cancer than your non-coffee drinking counterparts. And if you like a few cups of coffee in the morning, you could be cutting your risk of liver cancer even more. Daily coffee consumption could cut liver cancer risk by 40%, according to new research.

According to new research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology:

“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”

The researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies published between 1996 and 2012. A total of 16 “high quality” studies were used involving 3,153 cases.

What they found was that daily coffee consumption cuts liver cancer risk by a whopping 40%. Drinking three cups of coffee each day has an even more dramatic effect, reducing the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.

While the research doesn’t establish a definite cause and effect relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk, the link cannot be ignored.

Further, coffee is known to reduce the risk of diabetes. And because diabetes is a known risk factor for liver cancer, the hot steaming morning beverage could be having multiple beneficial and related health effects.

Of course this is far from the first story to praise coffee health benefits. Earlier this year, a study from Japan found that drinking coffee or tea on a daily basis can reduce stroke risk by about 20%. The data came from about 83,000 individuals ages 45 to 74.

The benefits of drinking coffee are many; studies exist linking coffee with:

  • Protection against hardening of the arteries
  • Decreased risk of depression
  • Reduced risk and slowed progression of dementia
  • Reduced risk of liver cancer
  • Reduced risk of diabetes

If you are a coffee drinker and hope to reap all the benefits that these little beans offer, consider organically grown and processed coffee. Also, take a look at green coffee. Because green coffee beans have not been roasted, they maintain a higher concentration of antioxidants and may be able to deliver even better benefits than their brown counterparts.


What You Don’t Know About Coffee may Pleasantly Surprise You

What You Don't Know About Coffee may Pleasantly Surprise You : Natural Societyby Paul Fassa
Natural Society

August 16, 2013

Once upon a time, quitting coffee was a prerequisite for establishing a healthy diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Lately, though, several recent research studies into coffee drinking have discovered that coffee health benefits are actually some you won’t want to miss. Everything in moderation.

At first, I suspected the pro-coffee studies were simply from funded front groups within various sectors of the coffee industry. But eventually I started seeing some names I trust carrying the same news.

However, the negative health effects of excess coffee consumption, which varies from individual to individual, remain. Thus posing the dilemma of balancing both positive and negative health effects if we prefer drinking coffee to abstaining completely.

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4 Natural Solutions to Wake up Without Coffee

by Elizabeth Renter
Natural Society
October 5, 2013

For many, the morning cup(s) of coffee are the only thing that gets them out of bed. After the alarm sounds, tired feet pad towards their respective kitchens to get their morning “fix”, many going so far as to program their coffee maker to have the warm elixir waiting for them when they open their eyes. And while coffee health benefits shouldn’t be ignored, no one wants to feel the dependence of addiction. So, whether you steer clear of “joe” altogether or if you are looking to cut back, here are 4 natural alternatives that can help get you going.

1. Green Tea

Perhaps one of the most obvious alternatives to coffee is tea. Green tea in particular is loaded with amazing benefits— anti-cancer, immune protection and weight management to name a few. It’s easy to find and easy to prepare. Like coffee, it too contains caffeine, but there is slightly less and it doesn’t seem to hit you as hard. You can drink several cups a day to reap the most of green tea benefits, because there really doesn’t seem to be any such thing as “too much” when it comes to this ancient healing beverage.

2. Juice Some Organic Produce

What you put in your mouth first thing this morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices can be an excellent way to wake up your taste buds and the rest of your body. Juicing allows your body to make the most of the beneficial compounds within food without much of the work. Try something with kale, lime, ginger, and berries to get your morning started right.

3. Eat Something

If juicing isn’t for you, be sure you put something on your stomach before going out for the day. Fasting can be healthy, but skipping breakfast everyday is more likely to send you to the vending machine mid-morning than to help you manage your weight and energy levels. A handful of berries and nuts is a great, nutrient-packed way to get a shot of energy in the morning. Good fats and antioxidants will help you avoid that mid-morning slump.

4. Stretch, Walk, Move

Many of us don’t fully wake up until mid-day. But many of us aren’t really expending any energy in those morning hours either. Take a 10 minute walk outside in the morning or spend some time doing yoga before you hop in the shower. Getting the blood flowing, so to speak, is one of the best ways to wake up your body and your mind.

And if you’re waking up tired, here are 7 possible signs to explain sleepiness.