Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: lets worry about more important things other than COFFEE!
Re: lets worry about more important things other than COFFEE!
Sun, 1 Nov 1998 20:32:11 +0000
chris wells <clwells@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
>this is coffee we are talking about here. something that most
Most people drink beer or wine, too. They are not drugs but using
them in excess could kill you or someone else as well.
>i have been drinking coffee regularly for about 15 years now, and
>i am only 20 years old. you figure out when i started.
Sorry you started out so young, Chris. I started drinking coffee
before I returned to the States from Germany at age 11 (10 and a
But no matter WHEN you started, coffee CAN be dangerous for you.
Actually, ANYTHING taken in excess can be dangerous to your health
I've been a longtime coffeedrinker, and as you see from the
signature below, I still drink coffee. But not as much as I used
to. Chris, I USED to brag about going through TWO and a HALF pots
of coffee A DAY. That's a LOT of coffee for any one person (and
I'm the ONLY one in this household that drinks anywhere NEAR that
much; my mother-in-law lives with us, and she cannot drink my
coffee without "cutting it" with water; she says its "too strong".)
While "in the field" doing military exercises and what-not, my
coffee intake even went higher than that, because it was a good way
to "nose up to" the boss or to stay warm in a cold unheated tent or
armored personnel carrier without the blower and lights on.
It all came to a head three years ago this summer; on the way to
Indianapolis from Henderson, Kentucky, I fell down a flight of
stairs and after crawling back up them to wake my wife, she drove
me to the hospital where I thought I was just having one of my rare
I had a heart attack and not too much over 35 years of age.
I spent three days in the hospital, and another four months going
back to military doctors to get "medically cleared". One of the
things that my cardiologist said I needed to do (besides
threatening me with an enema if I didn't put away my laptop and
stop trying to answer 1100 pieces of email over the period!) was to
STOP DRINKING COFFEE!
Chris, that's like telling someone to STOP WATCHING TV or STOP
SCOUTING. I had to re-evaluate why I drink coffee and what it was
doing to my body. My *compromise* was to *reduce the amount* of
coffee in my body and to undergo a more rigorous exercise regimen.
I have cut down my coffee intake from two pots and a half a day to
one pot a day. It's NOT been easy, especially since I've been
deployed twice with the military since then, and in both cases, I
drew the "overnight shift" in which "coffee was my friend".
One of our Scout Law points is that of being Thrifty. A Scout is
supposed to save for rainy days, recycle and reuse items, and be
concerned about the natural outdoors and how he uses the abondant
resources. Religious laws talk about "gluttonly" and "doing
everything because you can".
>lets worry about keeping kids off of drugs and alcohol not COFFEE!
As a Scouter, I am concerned about the dangers of EVERYTHING that
Scouts could be exposed to...and that's including coffee and
caffiene. You may not feel that it does anything to your body, but
you're young. I was young once too.... I don't want to preach....
.....but coffee's something really important to me.
For a lot of reasons. As a topic dealing with the effects or not
on our youth in Scouting (and other youth programs), it has been a
great topic here on this list.
(c) 1998 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") firstname.lastname@example.org
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