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09-13-2018, 02:04 PM
Hello Everyone,

I received the following from a man asking me about whether or not I was or am an aficionado of coffee as a healthy beverage.

He wrote;

The great novelist Honoré de Balzac was a strong believer in the cerebral power of coffee. The renowned French writer had a punishing schedule. Each evening, he would scour the streets of Paris for a café that was open past midnight, then he would write until the morning. It is said that he would consume 50 cups of his favorite drink in a single night.

But he did not stop there.

Eventually he graduated to eating whole spoonfuls of coffee grinds, which he felt worked especially well on an empty stomach. As he put it, after a mouthful of gritty coffee: “Ideas quick-march into motion like battalions of a grand army to its legendary fighting ground, and the battle rages.”

He went on to say:

"It must have worked Mr. Peterson. Balzac was prolific, and produced nearly 100 novels, novellas and plays in his lifetime."

My response: I checked it out Charles and though Balzac was prolific he died of heart failure at the age of 51.

Now, was it because of consuming 50 cups of coffee each night? I have no idea...but this I know...anything, even the best of things, beyond a certain point has negative consequence associated with it. That is reality.

A certain amount of coffee may be healthful to an extent just as a certain amount of wine may be healthful. After all even the apostle Paul told Timothy, "No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments."

---John Peterson

P.S. The reference to Hitler above is because Hitler, according to author John Toland, drank more than thirty Demitasse cups of coffee daily sweetened with three cubes of sugar for each tiny cup. If that were true it would mean that Hitler consumed more that 90 cubes of sugar daily. The 90 cubes of sugar and the caffeine from 30 cups of Turkish coffee would turn anyone into a nut case.

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