The Unity of Life / Benefits of Coffee / Important Dates

“We are not passive experiencers
of the World;

we are the Creators
of the World
we experience.”

Immanuel Kant

     Objects are the shadows of thoughts.

“The Atom
now appears to be
a form of
Music.
Thus the underlying order
of the material World
displays a Mathematical order
that suggests that it is
an embodiment of
Beauty

and Intelligence.”
Donald Hatch Andrews

The deeper Science
penetrates into
the nature of Reality,
the more we find
intricate Mathematical
Harmonies.

Such insight
means that we are coming
Home
to our true place
in Nature.

The Unity and Beauty
of precious Life
is being revealed.

“With every breath
we take,
we become Host
to myriads of atoms
that once danced
within the gigantic structures
of the Great Whales,
or provided the transient
substance
of the
Tropical Rain Forests.”
E. Lester Smith

Pulitzer prize-winning writer
Marilynne Robinson
published an essay
in which
she challenged
the nature and relevance
of modern Science.
The essay argued
that quantum entanglement
raises fundamental questions about
time and space.
She went on to say
that this calls into question
the ability of Science
to explain
reality
.

“Thoughts and ideas
are more REAL
than objects.
Objects
are the shadows
of Thoughts.”
Mark Booth

The shadows of thoughts.

We have discovered
that Quantum-mechanically,
two electrons are part of
a single quantum state,
no matter how far apart they are.
They are not independent, well-separated objects.
In fact,
quantum mechanics tells us that,
until
we measure the position of either electron,
we cannot say for certain where it is located.
And
it can be
everywhere
at once.

“The Eyes
of the Lord
are
everywhere.”
– Proverbs 15:3

Yes,
objects can be in
two places
at the SAME time,
affect each other’s movements
at the OPPOSITE
ends of the Cosmos
and
interact with the
Human Mind.

“Not only is the Universe
stranger
than we imagine,
it is stranger
than we can imagine.”
Sir Arthur Eddington
English astronomer (1882 – 1944)

Reality
is appearing to be
far different than
what we thought,
and exactly
what we have
felt
Love
expressed in the
Music
that is our being.

The Music or Harmony
of the Spheres
is an ancient Philosophical concept
that looks at the movements of Celestial bodies
such as the Sun and Moon and Planets
as a form of Music.
It is not thought to be literally audible,
but Harmonic, Mathematical and Religious
in its concept.
Scientific exploration has determined
some orbital motions
can be described
as orbital
Resonance.

“With you Eternally mine,
In Love there is
no measure of Time

We planned it all at the start
That you and I
live in each other’s Heart.

We may be oceans away.
You feel my love,
I hear what you say.”
– Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb

We are
ONE
with everything
and everyone
on Earth.
And the Beauty
of this Truth
lies beyond
our comprehension.

“We
don’t know
a millionth of one percent
about anything.”
Thomas Edison

                               My Friends,
as we reflect
upon the humbling thoughts
of Life
and Living,
we paint our own Portraits
from a palette
of lighter and darker
shades of gray,
and look with eyes
at shadows
of the days gone by,
for which we
often grieve.

“I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly.
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay,
Awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause everything
is never as it seems.

–  Adam Young

My,
how our people have suffered
for their sanity,
never knowing
Colors
change their hues,
and weathered faces
lined with pain
can be soothed
by our Artist’s
Loving Hand.

Colors change their hues.

The dark, flat land
upon which we often stride,
can be ablaze
in morning’s eye,
and abide

with Flowers flaming
brightly

and clouds swirling
lightly.

Yes,
our World

was created to be
Beautiful for
YOU.

    Flowers flaming brightly.

Let God
hold you in His Embrace,
and fall
in Love with Life
again.

“God
is more me
than I am
myself.”
St. Augustine

Heaven
is in the moment,
the precious moment,
when you
become real,
and understand
the Love
that is YOU,
and that, My Friend,
is all
you really need
to know.

Goodnight.

        How our people have suffered.

“There’s nothing you can do
that can’t be done,

Nothing you can sing
that can’t be sung,

Nothing you can say
but you can learn how to play
the game.

It’s easy.

Nothing you can make
that can’t be made,

No one you can save
that can’t be saved,

Nothing you can do
but you can learn how to be,
YOU
in time.

It’s easy.

All
you need is
LOVE.
Paul Mccartney, John Lennon

 “God gave us memory
so that we might have Roses
in December.”
J.M. Barrie

Why is Coffee Good For You?
Here Are 7 Reasons
By Kris Gunnars, BSc
To read full article click here

In recent years and decades,
scientists have studied the effects of coffee
on various aspects of health
and their results have been nothing short of amazing.
Here are 7 reasons why coffee
may actually be one of the
healthiest
beverages on the planet.

1. Coffee Can Make You Smarter

The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine’s primary mechanism in the brain is blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine.
By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine,
caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain
and the release of other neurotransmitters
like dopamine and norepinephrine.

Many controlled trials have examined
the effects of caffeine on the brain,
demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time,
memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
and Improves Physical Performance

There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine
in most commercial fat burning supplements.

Caffeine raises metabolism
and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

3. Coffee May Drastically Lower
Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease
that has reached epidemic proportions,
having increased 10-fold in a few decades
and now afflicting about 300 million people.

In observational studies,
coffee has been repeatedly associated with a
lower risk of diabetes.
The reduction in risk ranges from 23%
all the way up to 67%.

A massive review article looked at 18 studies
with a total of 457,922 participants.
Each additional cup of coffee per day
lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%.
The more coffee people drank,
the lower their risk.

4. Coffee May Lower Your Risk
of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Not only can coffee make you smarter in the short term,
it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common
neurodegenerative disorder in the world
and a leading cause of dementia.

In prospective studies,
coffee drinkers have up to a
60% lower risk
of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Parkinson’s
is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder,
characterized by death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.
Coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson’s by 32-60%.

5. Coffee May be Extremely Good
For Your Liver

The liver is a remarkable organ
that carries out hundreds of vital functions in the body.

It is very vulnerable to modern insults
such as excess consumption of alcohol and fructose.
Cirrhosis is the end stage of liver damage
caused by diseases like alcoholism and hepatitis,
where liver tissue has been largely replaced by scar tissue.

Multiple studies have shown
that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis
by as much as 80%,
the strongest effect for those
who drank 4 or more cups per day.

Coffee may also lower the risk of
liver cancer
by around 40%.

6. Coffee May Decrease
Your Risk of Dying

In two very large prospective epidemiological studies,
drinking coffee was associated with
a lower risk of death by all causes.

This effect is particularly profound in type II diabetics,
one study showing that coffee drinkers
had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year period.

7. Coffee is Loaded
With Nutrients and Antioxidants

Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals.

ONE cup of coffee contains:

6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.

May not seem like much,
but if you drink several cups of coffee per day
then this quickly adds up.

But this isn’t all.
Coffee also contains a massive amount of
antioxidants.

In fact,
coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants
in the western diet,
outranking both fruits and vegetables combined.

Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you,
drinking way too much of it can still be harmful.

To make sure to preserve the health benefits,
don’t put sugar
or anything nasty in your coffee!
If it tends to affect your sleep,
then don’t drink it after 2 p.m.

If anything, coffee may literally be
the healthiest beverage
on the planet.

And so, My Friends,
instead of allowing your children
to drink deadly and addictive soft drinks,
why not introduce them to something healthy?
Yes,
like coffee.

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“An educated man
should know everything about something,

and something about everything.”
C. V. Wedgewood

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          The Love that is YOU.

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A Calm Act of Surrender / Naps and the Heart / Hope is on the Horizon – Sept. 6

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                   A cast of one.

When places
distant call,
all are tales of Love at Heart,
destiny ignited
by acts of deep reflection.

This day can form a lonely stage
upon which we play,
A cast of one
in search of none.
But to share today,
and search for Love
to come our way,
is to gently tread
with our Heart,
and not our head.

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         Search for Love.

In such clam surrender
we end our day,
failing to explore
never ending trails
that lead to such Splendor
as we have never known.

The awareness of all the Love
that lies within the Human Spirit
is truly empowering.
It is the birth
of our Sacred Reality.

 You are a beautiful Masterpiece,
a work of Art
unparalleled in all Creation.
Crafted with such Love
that you have been revealed
in a New Reality.
Words falter
in describing the Truth
of just how beautiful
you really are.
In the Eyes of God,
with ever step you take,
you dance.
With ever breath,
you sing.
And with every thought of Love,
you pour the essence of your being
into everyone around you,
creating Sacred waves
in the vast Ocean of time.
tree

A lonely stage

You are
a Pristine form of God’s Love.
The Purity of this Love
can effortlessly heal
those around you
and allow them to cope with
the ILLUSION that is
Living.

dna

Revealed in a New Reality.

Our Sacredness
is encoded into every
fragile cell of Human Life.
It can emerge
from the wasteland of living
and become our Consciousness
in a new birth
of freedom and deliverance.

The choice
is yours.

As Micheal Forrester clearly establishes:
“Scientists are aware that 97% of our DNA is,
as they call it “junk DNA”.
They call it junk because they don’t see
that we have any use for it.
But Humans will soon know and understand

why 97% of our DNA has a higher purpose
and why its transformation is leading us
into an awakening that we
never could have imagined.”
This discovery points to the significance
of sound frequencies and vibrations
in the origin of human life
and the possibility that Creation
was generated by waves of
consciousness.
read more

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Unparalleled in all Creation.

Did we really think
that what constitutes almost all of
each precious Human Creation
would be worthless, “Junk”?
Really?

We have assumed for many years
that Humans use only a small portion
of our brains.
Less than 10% is frequently cited.
We even hear that there’s a part of our brain
that’s not used at all.
.
But from an evolutionary perspective,
there is not much waste to what our bodies do.
Most of the brain is used.
.
Imaging studies that map brain activity
like PET scans and MRI
show that brain activity is spread
throughout the brain.
.
Consciousness can exist to varying degrees
among humans and other animals.
A new theory incorporates the philosophy
that a quality of mind is not only present in Humans,
but in all things.
.
We know so very little.
Bu science is powerful.

study-baby b

We may never be able to understand.

Max Born and Erwin Schrödinger
created a new field of physics:
quantum mechanics
.
Objects, according to
no longer move along a single well-defined path.
Rather, they can simultaneously take different paths
and end up at different places at once.
Physicists speak of
of different paths.
.
Our knowledge
of the true nature of our reality
is very, very limited.
.
In fact,
we may never be able
to understand.
.
“But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
.

A Human embryo
in the early weeks of Life,
while in utero, “in the womb“,
in the state of an embryo or fetus
is nearly 98 percent water.
read more

worldCouple this fact
with the knowledge
that matter, of which we are made,
is flashing into and out of existence
billions of times each second.

So where do, what constitutes
so little of we go,
when what we are composed of
flashes off?
Another dimension?
Perhaps that’s why
we are dead tired
ever now and then.

The next time someone says,
“I don’t think you are
all here”,
they may be right!
Or perhaps,
you never were
here.

It is now generally believed
that less than 5% of the physical composition
of the known Universe is made up of ‘matter’.
But
scientists are now asking,
.
“Could the actual percentage
of the physical composition be
zero?”

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In the early weeks of Life we are 98% water.

My Dear Friends,
a road map
to a Life fulfilled
has been gently and Lovingly placed
in a Book,
The Holy Bible.
And God wants to place it
gently
into your hands.
It is the Oasis
for all Life
in this moral desert in which
we dwell.
It is a Holy Fountain,
a Book of Secrets
to Immortality.

In your fragile and precious hands
you will feel the greatest freedom
that exists in this life,
to open it,
to open your Heart,
to open the Book of Life
and find your journey complete,
to find the long night is over.

swirling sunset b

Such Splendor as we have never known.

Yes,
you’ve got to walk
that lonesome highway.
But
never again
by yourself.
Never again.
.
We are all dancing
away the time
through the stained glass windows
of fading colors
longing to gleam bright.

john

John Denver

Perhaps
the most beautiful path
to follow
in seeking a calm surrender
in our search for Love
can be found in
“Annie’s Song”,
by John Denver.

Our precious little girl,
Annie,
was named after this
truly beautiful and deeply inspiring
song.

 “Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again”
– John Denver
.
In the beautiful story of
The Secret Garden,
there is a hidden door.
In every precious Human Heart
there is also
a hidden door.
Your Loving Father
in Heaven above
wants you to
OPEN it.
 May God always hold you
in the Palm of His Hand.
And may you always hold
His comforting Words
in the palm
of your hand.
.

Goodnight.
.

white oleander

You are a beautiful Masterpiece.

 Naps and the Heart
by DR. JANE GILBERT
in preventdisease.com

Regular naps
have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Those who have a siesta at least three times a week
were shown in research to be
more than a third less likely to die of
cardiovascular disease.

A leading scientist from the extensive study,
Dimitrios Trichopoulos of the
Harvard School of Public Health in Boston said:

“Taking a nap could turn out to be an important weapon
in the fight against coronary mortality.”

The effect proved to be particularly strong for working men.
Those who regularly took a little time out from their working day
to have a short snooze had a sixty-four percent
lower risk of death
from heart disease.
However, even non-workers showed a benefit.
Those occasionally napping had
a twelve percent lower coronary mortality rate
and those who systematically napped
had a thirty-seven percent reduction in death
from cardiovascular events.

“To forgive to forgive b
is to set a prisoner
free
and discover
that the prisoner
was YOU.”
– Lewis B. Smedes


Naps and stress

We’ve all been there,
after a few late nights it can be difficult
to deal with the stresses
and strains of the working day.
Little problems suddenly seem insurmountable
and it’s not just our minds that struggle
when we’re sleep deprived,
our bodies suffer too.

Let’s look at that graphically.
People who took a nap,
were able to outperform those who didn’t.

nap map

When we’re under psychological pressure
the body releases chemicals designed to help us fight or flee.
When we’re tired even more of these stress hormones
flood through the body.
That was great when we were cavemen fighting sabre-toothed tigers,
but in the modern world when stress is sustained and psychological
the results are potentially deadly.
The hormones can ramp up blood pressure and blood sugar levels predisposing to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

The good news is that research shows that naps can mitigate
the effects of too little sleep,
decrease the release of these stress chemicals
and help protect our bodies from
the negative effects of stress.

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We are all dancing away the time.

So if napping is so good,
why are many of us so embarrassed or ashamed of it?
I mean let’s face it, whether it’s called a siesta, an afternoon snooze
is ingrained into many cultures.
But in the US, the UK and many other western societies,
sleeping in the daytime can be seen as laziness,
a sign of getting old  or lacking drive.
With 650,000 Americans dying of heart disease every year,
maybe it’s time to change the way think
and the way we work.

How to have the perfect power nap

Keep it consistent.
Try to nap at the same time every day.
This helps your body adjust its normal circadian rhythms
and ensures you get maximum benefit.
make it a regular part of your daily routine.

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Our DNA has a higher purpose.

Sleep or stimulants?
Do you slug back a strong cup of coffee
to beat that post-lunch slump?
If you do, you may not be taking the best approach.
A study compared the effectiveness of caffeine,
day time naps and getting more night-time sleep
as ways of overcoming the afternoon dip
and the nap won hands down.

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Don’t worry, you don’t have to bin the Java.
Both napping aficionados and scientific researchers
at Loughborough University recommend
having a cup of coffee immediately before your nap.
When you wake twenty minutes later,
the caffeine will have kicked in
so that you get a double boost.

It’s all about the adenosine.
Adenosine is the chemical responsible for our feelings of tiredness,
it slows down nerve cell activity making us sluggish and slow.
Adenosine levels naturally decrease when we snooze
and caffeine blocks our body’s response to the chemical,
so together you have the ultimate power nap.
read more if you are awake.

Now,
if will excuse me
it’s time for my nap.

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Meeting Gen. Robert Scott / Coffee Reduces Risk Of Death / Half-Price Books & Shakespeare

Gen. Scott

BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. SCOTT JR.

Our students are constantly wanting to hear more stories. So please allow me to share one more.

I have been truly Blessed with many opportunities and adventures. One was as the creator and host of a radio talk show, “On the Line”, simulcast over radio stations including KBLE, and KACC and originating in the studios of KFMN-FM in Abilene. It was in broadcasting that I worked my way through most of my time in college. And I was privileged to interview many outstanding personalities and legendary citizens.

Dr. A at KFMN-FM

     Dr. A at KFMN-FM

One of the truly memorable guests on my talk show was BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. SCOTT JR. He was introduced to me by a dear friend, Dr. Irby Fox, a wonderful physician and former Professor of Physics at Hardin-Simmons University and another true Patriot, who, in 1942 entered the U. S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater during WWII on board the aircraft carriers USS Nehenta Bay and USS Cabot. read more

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Hells Angels, Flying Tigers 1942 by R. T. Smith
Notice airman riding on wing!

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, General Robert Scott was considered too old for combat. But in March of 1942, he volunteered for a secret mission to fly the B-17 bomber in China and met Gen. Claire Chennault, the legendary commander of the Flying Tigers, the first American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force (1941–1942) recruited under presidential authority. read more

In July 1942, at the request of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, Scott was named commander of the 23rd Fighter Group, newly formed by General Claire Chennault when the Flying Tigers were incorporated into the USAAF.

The Flying Tigers

      The Flying Tigers

And, he also became fighter commanding officer of the China Air Task Force. He flew an unbelievable 388 combat missions to October 1943, shooting down 13 enemy aircraft to become one of the earliest aces of the war. Interestingly, during this period, he frequently repainted the propeller spinner in different colors to create the illusion of a much larger fighter force in the area than a single aircraft, becoming in effect a “one-man air force” and he flew at least one high altitude mission over Mount Everest.

Following the war, Scott continued to lead fighter units in the United States and overseas. He commanded the nation’s first jet fighter school at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., before his promotion to general officer and becoming the Director of Information for the Air Force.

General Scott wrote several books including God Is My Copilot, a beautifully written account of his wartime exploits. The book was later made into a 1945 feature-length movie. I highly recommend you purchase this dynamic story and rent or purchase the movie. read more

Gen Claire Chennault

General Claire Chennault

Needless to say, the longer I interviewed General Scott, the more I came to admire him. And he shared many stories with me. One I wish to share with you.

He told me he was second in command of the Flying Tigers under Gen. Claire Chennault. And one day he reported to the General that a large roll of wire disappeared and he wanted it back. It was needed for small jobs around the base. But the General told Col. Scott to just forget it. He said that Chinese values were such that it should not be addressed. And that was an order.

Scott said, in his interview with me, that he decided to take matters into his own hands, so he reported the loss to General Chiang Kai-Shek. The General looked embarrassed and humbly apologized. He left Scott with his head bowed down in shame. Scott said that later he really thought nothing of it. He just wanted the wire back and he wanted the pilfering to stop. To him it was not a big deal.

Very early the next morning, General Chennault entered his tent, literally kicked him off of his bed and shouted, “Get Up! Did you disobey my order? Did you report the loss of that wire? Did you? Well, Get Up! Don’t get dressed! Just follow me!”

The famous Flying Tigers

The famous Flying Tigers

Scott hurriedly scurried behind the General and closely followed him up a steep incline to the top of a small hill. When they got to the top General Chennault pointed down the other side of the incline and with a sweeping motion of his hand shouted out, “Was the wire about that long?”

To Scott’s horror, there were dead Chinese soldiers, laid end to end, about the length of the wire. They had been executed. It was the General’s way of making amends, of apologizing. It was Chinese justice.

It was then that Scott remembered that General Chennault told him to just “forget it”, that Chinese values were such that it should not be addressed. And most importantly, that it was an order. Scott told me, in a whispered voice, that he never disobeyed another order and that he lived with the result of his disobedience in his nightmarish dreams ever since.

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Yes, values are different within different cultures. And it is one of our great Blessings that we live in truly compassionate society, in America, where human life is highly valued. And we should not forget it. And we should be grateful.

Many lives have been given for our precious American values and our way of life. Not only on fields of battle, but at home, with wives and children and the loved ones of so many left at home to bear their burdens alone so that someone could fight for you and for me. They too have suffered and sacrificed.

No, our Freedom is not free. It is the most expensive thing on the planet. And the price was paid by hundreds of thousands of brave Americans for you and for me.

Scott in 1994 standing next to an oil painting of himself at the Museum of Aviation in Georgia. Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. after his B-1 flight in 1997. (USAF photo) Retirement

Scott in 1994 standing next to an oil painting of himself at the Museum of Aviation in Georgia.

Which is why it is so abhorrent to me to hear that we are not adequately providing for the medical and other needs of our Veterans. Why do we keep electing people who cannot do the job of caring for those who cared so much for us, who sacrificed their lives for us and whose families also suffered – for you and me? Why? What a humiliating embarrassment to know we have grossly neglected our courageous Veterans.

Ultimately my friends, it is we, the people, the citizens, the ones who vote, who are responsible. Us! Yes, the very least we can do, is to turn off the television and go vote. And then choose wisely.

Our values have apparently not been well represented (by the way, the approval rating for Congress was 13% last year!). Let’s stop sending so much of our money overseas and spend it here, in our country, on those who have earned it! Yes, we can afford it. What we cannot afford is neglect and abuse of those who defend Liberty. We can, and should, take care of our wonderful Veterans. We are the wealthiest Nation on earth. And we are financially foolish and careless and sinful.

Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. after his B-1 flight in 1997. (USAF photo)

Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. after his B-1 flight in 1997. (USAF photo)

The next time you see a Service man or woman or Veteran or family member of one, do as one of our thoughtful students, who I am always proud of, Alden Collins, has been frequently known to do – reach out and shake their hand and thank them.

You owe them your life.

Books written by Scott
God is my Co-Pilot. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1943.
Damned to Glory. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1944.
Runway to the Sun. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1945.
Between the Elephant’s Eyes. New York: Ballantine Books, 1954.
Look of the Eagle. New York: Dodd Mead, 1955.
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we are the creators of the world we experience.
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coffee chartWhy is Coffee Good For You?
Here Are 7 Reasons
By Kris Gunnars
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In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing. Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.

1. Coffee Can Make You Smarter

The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine’s primary mechanism in the brain is blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance

There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements.

Caffeine raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

3. Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease that has reached epidemic proportions, having increased 10-fold in a few decades and now afflicting about 300 million people.

In observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%.

A massive review article looked at 18 studies with a total of 457.922 participants. Each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk.

4. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Not only can coffee make you smarter in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world and a leading cause of dementia.

In prospective studies, coffee drinkers have up to a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain. Coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson’s by 32-60%.

5. Coffee May be Extremely Good For Your Liver

The liver is a remarkable organ that carries out hundreds of vital functions in the body.

It is very vulnerable to modern insults such as excess consumption of alcohol and fructose. Cirrhosis is the end stage of liver damage caused by diseases like alcoholism and hepatitis, where liver tissue has been largely replaced by scar tissue.

Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis by as much as 80%, the strongest effect for those who drank 4 or more cups per day.

Coffee may also lower the risk of liver cancer by around 40%.

6. Coffee May Decrease Your Risk of Dying

In two very large prospective epidemiological studies, drinking coffee was associated with a lower risk of death by all causes.

This effect is particularly profound in type II diabetics, one study showing that coffee drinkers had a 30% lower risk of death during a 20 year period.

7. Coffee is Loaded With Nutrients and Antioxidants

Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink, which actually contains a decent amount of vitamins and minerals.

A cup of coffee contains:

6% of the RDA for Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5).
11% of the RDA for Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
2% of the RDA for Niacin (B3) and Thiamine (B1).
3% of the RDA for Potassium and Manganese.

May not seem like much, but if you drink several cups of coffee per day then this quickly adds up.

But this isn’t all. Coffee also contains a massive amount of antioxidants.

In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined.

Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful.

To make sure to preserve the health benefits, don’t put sugar or anything nasty in your coffee! If it tends to affect your sleep, then don’t drink it after 2 p.m.

If anything, coffee may literally be the healthiest beverage on the planet.

And so, my friends, instead of allowing your children to drink deadly and addictive soft drinks, why not introduce them to something healthy? Yes, like coffee.

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