Clinical Data from the Mayo Clinic: Coffee has Anti-inflammatory Effects—Plus, Tips for Drinking Coffee in the Summer

Dr. Craig Lammert, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, recently completed a study showing that drinking coffee can decrease the risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare, but very serious, autoimmune disease that affects the liver. In people with PSC, the bile ducts---the tubes that carry liquid bile from the liver to the intestines--- become inflamed and hardened. Eventually, patients develop cirrhosis of the liver and often cancer.  Most patients are diagnosed between 20 and 30, and die within 25 year, unless they have a liver transplant. 

This study looked at the impact of coffee drinking not only on PSC, but also on primary biliary cirrhosis. Coffee drinking had no impact on PBC, but a noteworthy impact on PSC. Healthy controls were more likely to drink coffee than the patients with liver disease---and they also drank more coffee overall. When it came to not drinking coffee at all, 13% of the healthy controls were non-coffee-drinkers, compared with 21% of PSC patients. PSC coffee drinkers drank an average of 50 cups per month, compared with an average 78 cups per month among healthy-control coffee drinkers. When researchers considered personal history, they found that the subjects with PSC had spent only 50% of their lives “actively drinking coffee” compared with healthy coffee drinkers, who had been actively drinking coffee for 67% of their lives.

The takeaway message is pretty consistent with other studies that we’ve been seeing about coffee. Drinking more coffee over a longer period of time has positive effect on certain aspects of our health---though we are not exactly 100% sure why this is true. Certainly the antioxidants and chlorogenic acids help, but what we saw in this study was a truly anti-inflammatory effect that has far-reaching implications for the link between coffee and good health.

Now for more good news: It’s warming up! That means trips to the beach and the pool, sundresses and shorts, late nights at the museums and sipping iced coffee on the patio. Note that conventional wisdom has recently changed: Coffee counts as a liquid, so consider yourself hydrated when you’re sipping a cup of Pike Place. And if you’re watching calories, remember to use skim milk whenever possible and not too much sugar. Finally, if it’s sunny out, take care to wear sunscreen and sunglasses and sit under an umbrella while enjoying your iced latte. Enjoy!


3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said…

There have been some guests at the World Headquarters recently. 3 times over the last 6 weeks. The latest were from Munich.

They were on a 4 week tour. It's said that when you go on vacation the Germans are already there. Naturally, they couldn't go back to Deutschland without visiting here.

Travel is one of the main cultural differences between Europeans and Americans. I just can't imagine a 4 week vacation (on the road) without some work involved.

Perhaps, that's because I've been thinking of travel incorrectly. I've thought of travel as a combination of hassle/inconvenience interrupted by beautiful or interesting scenery. It's not, it's a combination of hassle/inconvenience interrupted by beautiful or interesting scenery with beautiful and interesting people within that scenery.

These latest guests; gorgeous, fun, young, alive (Coffee drinkers) made me feel alive. I didn't want them to go. I almost certainly will never see them again. It felt like dying watching them go.

Now, I'm in the process of turning the emotion into action. It's time to call someone who wants me to call but will be surprised. Facebook? Maybe that use of technology does enhance your life. It's time to take some actions.

These frauleins enhanced my life, it was a "Lost in Translation" moment. My God, it was a Lost in Translation, Bill Murray moment! They'll never truly know what it meant to me, but who can look into the soul of another? It's hard to realize what affect one has on others.

In the movie; "Citizen Kane" there's a scene where an old man, probably 80 describes seeing a woman and confesses that not a day has gone by in 50 years where he hasn't thought of her. I dreamed about a certain girl that I knew for only 2 years at least once a week, strong, vivid dreams, for at least 5 years after the last time I spoke to her as friends. I remember several people I met only once 20 or 30 years ago.

You just never know how or how much you'll touch someone or someone will touch you. Human interaction is amazing and unpredicatble.

Chinese poem;

See Me or Not

It doesn’t matter if you see me or not,

I am standing right there, with no emotion.

It doesn’t matter if you miss me or not,

the feeling is right there, and it isn't going anywhere.

It doesn’t matter if you are with me or not, my hand is in your hand,

and I am not going to let go.

Let me embrace you, or let me live in your heart to eternity.

Silence, Love, Calmness, Joy.

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494 said…

Sipping iced coffee on the patio, now that sounds good, or on the veranda (possibly with Amanda).

If you mosey over to the National Gallery London after the 26th, you can see the new Vermeer and Music Exhibition (with live music). Or, alternatively, you could throw back a Frap on the veranda and then go see the show at your local movie theater on October 10th. Mark your calendars, set the alarms and put a note under the pillow, 'cause you don't want to miss this one!

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said…
The Coffee Song (Frankie Sinatra)

Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they've got to find those extra cups to fill
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

You can't get cherry soda
'cause they've got to fill that quota
And the way things are I'll bet they never will
They've got a zillion tons of coffee in Brazil

No tea or tomato juice
You'll see no potato juice
'cause the planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no"

The politician's daughter
Was accused of drinkin' water
And was fined a great big fifty dollar bill
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

[instrumental break]

You date a girl and find out later
She smells just like a percolator
Her perfume was made right on the grill
Why, they could percolate the ocean in Brazil

And when their ham and eggs need savor
Coffee ketchup gives 'em flavor
Coffee pickles way outsell the dill
Why, they put coffee in the coffee in Brazil

No tea, no tomato juice
You'll see no potato juice
The planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no"<<<

So you'll add to the local color
Serving coffee with a cruller
Dunkin' doesn't take a lot of skill
They've got an awful lot of coffee
An awful lot of coffee
Man, they got a gang of coffee in Brazil!!
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said…

Well, well, well, no posts since May 20th? I realize it is summer for NYC, but really. No Frappuccino stories? Perhaps a Caf-pop adventure to relate?

Speaking of Fraps, there's an enticing offer on Amazon; Mr. Coffee BVMC-FM1 20-Ounce Frappe Maker. This looks like a pip. And there is very helpful video review of the entire brewing process (although the poster left out the Sprinkles when it was time to decant). A gift to thyself?

Now I know what to bring to the next MLK party (wine is so 2000s).
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said…

Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, and Jim Brown are all Aquarians, I'll bet that fact slipped by you. In fact, Michael and Jim have the same birthday. Although this doesn't seem to have much to do with coffee, it must have something to do with coffee.

There's a shirt on Amazon (which I found when looking for Frap makers) that says; "Give me coffee and no one gets hurt." A gift to thyself?

This is an enjoyable vid;

What it has to do with coffee...
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