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August 25, 2022- by Steven E. Greer, MD
I have always said that I never needed coffee for energy. I started drinking it in my 30’s for the taste. I make my own special brew at home and roast the beans myself. Well, I had been unable to sleep recently and decided to cut out coffee and sugar. It worked, and I was reminded of how bad coffee is for you. It zaps your energy.
Yesterday morning, I was thinking how strange it was to not do my five-minute-long messy routine of making pour over coffee. It was such a pointless exercise. Now, I just drink some fresh squeezed non-pasteurized orange juice, have a banana, and I am ready to work in about 30-seconds.
I was thinking back to the days when I was working the hardest as an intern in surgery. I would wake up, shower, and get dressed in about 15 minutes. I was not drinking coffee back then. I never needed it. (Importantly, I also did not have social media to distract me from getting out of bed for an hour)
As a matter of fact, I used to have contempt at everyone around me in the hospital who was addicted to coffee. It was their downfall and the reason I was so much better than they were. It was exhausting them. I could go sleepless for 36 to 48 hours. I was definitely affected by the lack of sleep, but I had the energy to stay awake. The others were zombies.
A few years later, when I went into Wall Street, I started to drink coffee. That is when I had chronic fatigue all the time. Wall Street is so addicted to uppers that they have their own internal Starbucks on each trading floor. I remember having PVCs (heart palpitations) as I laid down to take a nap and it would shake the bed.
Getting rid of the daily sugary snacks is nice to. I feel strange being so copacetic. I am not chasing huger pains caused by the sugar and I am not wasting time making coffee.