Coffee health benefits: Coffee health...

Coffee health benefits: Coffee health benefits: Do those studie...

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 16, 2009, titled Coffee health benefits: Coffee health benefits: Do those studie.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Coffee, elixir of the gods. Studies say drinking it can lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and mouth cancer.

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Howard Schultz

Seattle, WA

#1 Feb 17, 2009
Drink a five dollar cup of Starbucks a day to keep the doctor away.
Lisa Neushwander

United States

#2 Feb 17, 2009
I guess my real question is not whether coffee is bad but is CAFFEINE bad? I quit drinking caffeine one year ago this month and have never felt better and don't really miss it. I have always thought that caffeine is a drug and anything in excess is bad. I would like to see a study done on caffiene and not coffee.
Danielle Emig

United States

#3 Feb 17, 2009
Thank you for introducing the idea of relative risk to the general reader. So many articles leave that out because sound bytes tend to attract more readers. Yes, something may reduce your risk by 50%, but if the risk was only 1 in 10 million in the first place, the impact is really not that big and it is not something you should be worried about anyway. And the idea that not every study should be or was intended to be used to modify lifestyle is good to see in print as well.
roger

United States

#4 Feb 17, 2009
this story was absolutely pointless. Drinking coffee, good? bad? Ehhhh
Sarah

Dawson Springs, KY

#5 Feb 17, 2009
The entire premise of your article is absurb. I'm don't drink coffee because of some government study, but because I LIKE coffee. I make it myself, and only drink two cups a day (at 6 oz. each) and don't put cream or sugar in it - - so your reasoning with calories and cost are immaterial. Caffeine isn't good for you, but let me have my vice.
Swampy

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 17, 2009
Sarah wrote:
The entire premise of your article is absurb. I'm don't drink coffee because of some government study, but because I LIKE coffee. I make it myself, and only drink two cups a day (at 6 oz. each) and don't put cream or sugar in it -- so your reasoning with calories and cost are immaterial. Caffeine isn't good for you, but let me have my vice.
Looks like the point of the article was entirely lost on you. Perhaps you should stop mixing crack with your morning cup.
Buddy

Gurnee, IL

#7 Feb 17, 2009
No roger, no Sarah, I don't agree. This is actually a much better article than most newspaper articles along these lines. Trine Tsouderos shows a better understanding of statistics and science and how to interpret studies than most newspaper reporters, for the reasons Danielle gave in her comment above. Most newspaper reporters get ridiculously breathless over minor differences in outcomes. With most writers, it's all or nothing. They'll either write it that coffee's good or coffee's bad, when study results usually can't be interpreted so categorically.

Roger, don't blame the reporter for the headline which, I agree, doesn't summarize the article very well. Reporters don't write the headlines; the editors do.

And Sarah, you seem to have missed one of Trine's main points, that you can choose to partake of coffee for the reasons you do and feel good about it. Trine doesn't disagree with you. Chill. Or back off the caffeine a notch. ;-)
Quachas

Alsip, IL

#8 Feb 17, 2009
If you drink your own urine you can see through walls and it cures cancer.
American Dad

United States

#10 Feb 17, 2009
The article forgot to mention prayer.
Chicago

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 17, 2009
American Dad wrote:
The article forgot to mention prayer.
Probably because prayer has absolutely no external effect. At best it has a placebo effect for the person praying. Since most people realize this (though many won't admit it), and because the enlightened person who realizes prayer is a cruel joke perpetrated on the masses is unable to get any placebo effect from prayer, your post is almost as pointless as this reply
Greg

Cicero, IL

#12 Feb 17, 2009
American Dad wrote:
The article forgot to mention prayer.
Prayer, too, can be bad for your health--if you rely on it in lieu of medical care.
Quick Joey Small

United States

#13 Feb 17, 2009
Chicago wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably because prayer has absolutely no external effect. At best it has a placebo effect for the person praying. Since most people realize this (though many won't admit it), and because the enlightened person who realizes prayer is a cruel joke perpetrated on the masses is unable to get any placebo effect from prayer, your post is almost as pointless as this reply
The power of prayer is boundless. I shall pray for you.
Quick Joey Small

United States

#14 Feb 17, 2009
And coffee is good for anyone's health that crosses my path before I get my two cups into me. Trust me.
John

Davenport, IA

#15 Feb 17, 2009
Coffee good or bad? How about "Coffee Freakin' Awesome"?
Hello People

Rochester, MN

#18 Feb 20, 2009
You wanna infringed on my rights
and I Shall infringed on yours believe me.
We are pushing a bill to TAX Imported Cars weather they are assembled here or not.
Hell yes!!!!!!
FCK U People...all you care about is people loosing their rights. Well your going to also loose some along the way. I will certainly see to that! There should be a $1.00 tax on all Starbucks. Hell I dont drink it, so why should I care, Right? isnt this your mentality?
Anything you people love, we should tax the living shit out of..Payback is a bitch
youou

Lewisburg, TN

#19 Feb 20, 2009
Hello People wrote:
You wanna infringed on my rights
and I Shall infringed on yours believe me.
We are pushing a bill to TAX Imported Cars weather they are assembled here or not.
Hell yes!!!!!!
FCK U People...all you care about is people loosing their rights. Well your going to also loose some along the way. I will certainly see to that! There should be a $1.00 tax on all Starbucks. Hell I dont drink it, so why should I care, Right? isnt this your mentality?
Anything you people love, we should tax the living shit out of..Payback is a bitch
Thanks for your thoughts..now back to under the bridge where you live........take your smokes... youou
Hello People

Rochester, MN

#22 Feb 20, 2009
youou wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for your thoughts..now back to under the bridge where you live........take your smokes... youou
Anything you people love, we should tax the living shit out of..Payback is a bitch

Since: Feb 09

Bangalore, India

#23 Feb 25, 2009
Thank you for sharing the information :)
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United States

#24 Mar 1, 2009
FYI: A revolutionary way to treat a host of incurable diseases is a step closer after scientists found a new way of making stem cells from a patient's own skin.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/...
WhoRu

Rochester, MN

#25 Mar 1, 2009
Coffee health benefits:

Good tax it 400%

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