Well I know how I would get him to stop, but that ain’t gonna work for you.
MAybe you should lead him to the answer yourself, by sitting him down and making him gently question his actions.
Ask him ‘why’ he’s drinking them, if he’s aware of the long-term damage associated with stimulant and artificial sweetner use.
If not, then educate him. If he is aware, then perhaps he just doesn’t give a f**k. Which would be a shame, since you love him, but you have to be aware that self-destructive tendancies abound and you can’t always reason against them.
I should know; I have a good friend who is “Killing himself as fast as his conscience will allow him”. He has a young daughter, is an educated man, etc, but his mindset is ‘fu*k it all’.
What long term damage?
Caffine causes the following:
Hardening of the arteries and reduced insulin sensitivity, both of which contribute to heart disease. Reduced insulin sens. contibutes to central obesity (fat around the organs) and type II diabetes.
Sweeteners… well the jury is still out on them to a degree, though nearly every patient I have tested on them comes back weak. They may be excitotoxic and aspartame degrades into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body, neither of which are anything other than harmful.
Is this hardening of the arteries correlated to a certain intake of caffiene? For instance, is this observed with the typical 1-2 cups a day of coffee, or is it only with the more extreme caffiene intakes? This is fascinating stuff, and I’m interested to hear your response.[/quote]
Not as far as I’m aware, though generally speaking, more stims cause greater insulin resistance.
Coffe is a fantastic thing. Sociability, taste, antioxidant, etc, etc and for those reasons I enjoy 1-2 cups on the average day. Indeed I am drinking my ‘morning blend’ of green tea, honey, coffee, cocoa RIGHT NOW, lol.
Ah excellent. I’ve seen so much on the benefits of coffee that this had me somewhat concerned. Especially coming from a source like yourself, I tend to trust the information you put out. Thank you for the response. And I’d be interested in hearing how to make your morning blend. I know I used your nootropic cocktail (from the Brain Boosters, but I used creatine, ani, choline bitartrate, and gatorade powder from what I had around) as an basis for a study drink this round of finals, and I had some of the best scores/retention I’ve ever had. Plus, that morning blend just plain sounds tasty.