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What follows is the somewhat inane, mostly irrelevant, and self-important ramblings of a man on the brink of madness.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
 Better living through vices    [L]

You may have heard that alcohol can help prevent heart disease and fight cancer (more here and here), but unfortunately, too much causes cirrhosis of the liver.

But that's where coffee comes in:
Coffee prevents Cirrhosis
Coffee may protect against alcoholic liver disease, according to a study that adds to the growing body of literature on the diverse health effects of the popular and addictive brew.

For every cup of java, up to four a day, the study charted about a 20% decline in risk of alcoholic cirrhosis. People drinking four cups a day had about an 80% lower risk. Although the study suggests coffee may be protective, it doesn't prove drinking it actually caused the benefit.

Now all I need is something to counteract the negative effects of tobacco pipe smoking, and i'll be set to live forever in perpetual happiness.

UPDATE
Joel whines (with literary ineptitude):
What you left out is the potential hazards that coffee imposes upon your system. To counteract the negative affects of caffeine on the nervous system, is yet to be defined.
Yes, Coffee/Caffeine can have some side-effects such as higher blood pressure due to constricting blood vessels. Gee willikers, I wonder if there is such an agent out there that would lower blood pressure and enlarge blood vessels? Oh yeah, it's Alcohol! The circle of life is complete!

UPDATE
The circle of life, illustrated:
The Circle of Life

UPDATE

Trifecta!
Eating pizza 'cuts cancer risk'

Researchers claim eating pizza regularly reduced the risk of developing oesophageal cancer by 59%.

The risk of developing colon cancer also fell by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%, they claimed.

The secret could be lycopene, an antioxidant chemical in tomatoes, which is thought to offer some protection against cancer, and which gives the fruit its traditional red colour.



What you left out is the potential hazards that coffee imposes upon your system. To counteract the negative affects of caffeine on the nervous system, is yet to be defined.

By Blogger Joel, at 6/13/2006 03:33:00 PM      


I heard on NPR today (so it must be true!) that some Australian researchers had done a study that showed that people who consumed caffiene were better able to engage in debates and remembered more than the non-caffiene consumers.

Also, I can't remember the exact cite, but you can probably find it on pipes.org. A study done a long time ago found that pipe smokers (but not other smokers) had a longer average lifespan than normal.

By Blogger AlanDP, at 6/13/2006 06:18:00 PM      


I like that image...

By Anonymous Abs, at 6/13/2006 09:13:00 PM      


Nice Illustration Chu!

Piper Smokers...my grandfather was a month shy of 95 when he passed on. He drank hard liquor, drank coffee, ate chocolate and smoked a pipe up to the day he died. Scientists can chew on that for a while.

By Blogger The Skreeching Skraeling, at 6/14/2006 11:57:00 AM      


^^^ speak up ^^^