The false god of coffee

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:02:22 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Robin Barooah at The Quantified Self - Mr. Barooah has, as I have, gone through cold turkey on coffee a number of times, but each time he started again, because he thought coffee would help him concentrate better. He started his most recent withdrawal at the beginning of August, deciding to withdraw slowly, 20ml per week, to allow the psychological withdrawal to track the physical withdrawal. He also tracked his ability to concentrate, from June into October, so that when he started to think that starting coffee again might improve his concentration, he had objective proof that it wasn't so.

Interesting. I've now been off the brown stuff for 3 weeks. Laid in bed the first week, was slightly-less-than-usually productive the second week. Could hardly work at all this past week, though I was vertical for most of each day. Hope it gets better soon.

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It's possible that my adrenals are burned out

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:53:19 GMT

It's possible that my adrenals are burned out. My symptoms match those listed in this Margaret Durst article at Mason County News. She recommends quitting caffeine, nicotine, and sugar, eating protein for breakfast, B vitamins, especially B5 from Royal Jelly, and extracts of animal adrenal glands. Healing takes time. [lew]

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