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Cuppa Joe?

Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 1:46 PM

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Yessir, folks, the economy may be in shambles, the price of gas may be pushing $3.00 a gallon, and Michael Jackson may have left the building, but good news is on the horizon! Just when my brain is struggling on overload, one of my loyal blogger buddies tells me that there's a new British caffeine study on the horizon for those of us plagued by Creeping Senility!

Read it and weep (for joy):

Neuroscientist Gary Arendash, who led the research, said: "Caffeine could be a viable treatment for established Alzheimer's disease, and not simply a protective strategy. That's important because caffeine is a safe drug for most people."

Dr Arendash added that people with high blood pressure or women who are pregnant should avoid too much caffeine.

A key aspect of the disease is sticky clumps of abnormal protein in the brain called beta amyloid plaques.

Mice with the rodent equivalent of the disease showed a 50% reduction in levels of this protein after their drinking water was spiked with caffeine.

The change was reflected in their behaviour as the mice developed better memories and quicker thinking.

I think I first learned to like coffee when I was a senior in high school, working as a counselor at church camp. It was supposed to be summertime, and we packed accordingly. Then, one of those unpredictable Missouri summers turned cold, and we had NO warm clothes. The showers had no hot water, and the cabins had screened in windows. It was COLD! The only warm thing in the whole camp was -- you guessed it! Coffee! I would get a cup at breakfast and warm my hands on it. Gradually, gradually, I developed a liking for it.

None of my three children drink coffee and neither does my sister, but they have orders to have it on hand when I visit. Otherwise, the day turns ugly fast!

All my life I've heard how coffee is bad for us, so what's the deal?

My trouble with the British findings is: Why doesn't all this coffee drinking improve my memory? Here are a few of the things I forget:

* Passwords for debit cards, online accounts...you name it...

* Location of my glasses...

* Location of two of the THREE REMOTES now necessary to operate my television set. Why not three, you ask? Well, my son gave me a keyfinder, which he taped to the TV remote, so it screeches at me every time it hears a shrill noise. I occasionally banish it to the laundry room so I can get some peace and quiet. That's no problem, since it's for my non-digital set & is practically useless anyway...

* The date that my magazine subscriptions expire - That's why I will be getting U.S. News & World Report until 2021...(You think I made this up, don't you?)

* Whether I've paid the electric bill...

* When I need to turn in my time sheet...

* Whether I took my blood pressure pills...

* The date when I bought new tires...

* Where I wrote down the date when I bought new tires...

* What I did with the grocery list...

* Names, names, names!!!

I'm sure I could go on, but you get the idea.

The point that just occurred to me is this: If I'm this forgetful ON coffee, how bad would I be if I DIDN'T drink it???

From the quiet streets of Advance, Missouri, population 1244, this is your rural reporter, Madeline, wishing she had a good, strong cuppa coffee to get through the afternoon...


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luv my only cup every morning whether it be Folgers or Maxwell House, I have a small decorative basket,(kinda like kids put Easter Eggs) for scotch tape, grocery lists, important dates (on scraps of paper), turn all my meds (4) upside down in the morning and as I take them they go right-side up. I pay most all bills on computer now, gotta trust someone.

Folks say Mickey D's has the best coffee,, never tried it because I have to tell them, 3 sugars and 3 creamers. Bottoms up.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 2:01 PM

Oh, sad, Dexterite! You can have only one cup of coffee! In the summertime, I don't seem to drink as much, but in the wintertime, I'l have about four cups. Right now, I'm still nursing a glass of sugar free iced coffee from Mickey D's. Their coffee IS good!

I think I'll get one of those medication dispensers that the old folks have.

And I agree about online bill paying! It's GREAT! I have a folder for paid bills (receipts). No losing them in the car on the way to the post office.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 3:52 PM

MD, you may have hit the nail on the head. It could be that you have unknowingly been sharpening your memory by religiously drinking coffee. And keep in mind the research found that caffeine helps memory, so any drink with caffeine, or even NoDoz can be considered a memory booster. A NoDoz tablet has as much caffeine as a very strong cup of coffee. See, http://www.shopinprivate.com/nodpilnodoz...

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 11:36 PM

Yep, it is a great memory booster. Now where did I leave my glasses?

-- Posted by mythought on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:19 AM

Too bad. I learned in college that if I have more than one cup of coffee someone has to get me off the ceiling with a paint scraper. Excedrin does me the same way. Turns out there's quite a bit of caffeine there, too. Colas and tea don't have the same effect. I've read that they have somewhat less caffeine. Maybe there's something other than caffeine in the coffee that tears me up. I'm sorry to be missing out on all those memory benefits.

-- Posted by Ducky on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 2:55 PM

That's some website, FJ! How do you find this stuff???

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 3:51 PM

I did a Google search on NoDoz and that webpage came up at the top. I didn't look at the rest of the website.

Apparently caffeine can not only help your memory, but Science Daily reported on a study that found it can also help you to hallucinate. The Durham University study discovered people with a high caffeine intake "report hallucinatory experiences such as hearing voices and seeing things that are not there." Who needs LSD when you can go to Starbucks?! See, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...

That crack about Starbucks has some meat to it. A lab found that a 16oz cup of Starbucks coffee has 320mgs of caffeine, more than twice the caffeine of a 16oz cup of 7-11 coffee that only has 141 mgs. See, http://www.slate.com/id/2107807/

-- Posted by FJGuy on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 8:39 PM

I believe it! I can't drink Starbucks coffee - It's too strong! Smells great/tastes awful!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 9:24 PM

To heck w/ coffee...I LOVE MT. DEW!!! And there's PLENTY of caffeine in that stuff! If caffeine can do all that, I sure hope my Mt. Dew does the trick. I can't stand coffee!

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 11:28 PM

My mother never trusted anyone who drank sodas for breakfast. My brother brought a "candidate" home to meet the folks one time and when she said she wanted a Coke at 8:45am, my mother immediately made notes. That was because SHE drank coffee--all day!

I remember when I was younger my mom had a pot of coffee going non-stop, all day. That was in case one of my dad's buddies stopped by for a cup and conversation, or if one of Mom's friends stopped by for a cup and cobbler.

I think my sister keeps a pot going all day. I like that. It's kind of like your kitchen is open for sitting down and talking any time of the day. We both love coffee, and we laugh that we like our coffee "strong enough to walk."

Now, where's my cell phone...

-- Posted by lovebooks on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 8:42 AM

Lovebooks, are you sure we aren't sisters?? Your mom sounds just like mine! Back before we all had air-conditioning, Mom and her sisters (there were five) kept a pot of coffee going all day! It was never too hot for coffee!! I remember those good times, when they sat around the kitchen table, drinking coffee and laughing, while we kids played nearby. The girl in the picture looks a lot like Mom did when she was young.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 5:39 PM

I miss those times when, at least one or two evenings a week, one of Mom & Dad's friends would call and say, "I baked a carrot cake (cobbler, pie, etc.)...come on over and have a piece. I've got coffee on." When we'd get to Helen & Howard's house, it always smelled like coffee.

People don't tend to do that anymore. We're all so busy these days.

-- Posted by lovebooks on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 8:10 AM

I developed a taste for coffee in my late 20's when I was working midnights. Now 2 cups in the morning is all. My mom on the other hand may be related to a couple of you fine folks, pot on all the time, coffee all day everyday. My dad on the other hand, no coffee just Pepsi. And like so many others, if I do not put my glasses in the same place everytime I take them off they are woefully lost. As I am pitifully nearsighted, that is not good. As for memory boosting, if that is fact then I would hate to know what my memory would be if I did not drink any coffee. Bottoms up y'all.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 9:37 AM


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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 573-722-5322.