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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why NOT to drink Alcohol!

Nothing hydrates like water when it is 100 degrees out!
This will not be a popular post due to the fact that many people believe that it is okay to drink alcohol in moderation.  It is my belief, that drinking alcohol is dangerous to your health and well-being.  Yes, this even goes against the “one drink a day” advice we frequently hear in the newspaper.  You couldn’t pay me to drink even one drop of alcohol!
Years ago, I was brainwashed to believe that it was okay to drink one glass of red wine a day.  All studies in the newspapers pointed to the fact that resveratrol in red wine could help prevent age related brain and heart disease.  So I followed the pack and drank one glass of wine with dinner most nights for a period of about one year.  It wasn’t until I started to do research on alcohol that I learned that the red grapes provide the benefits associated with resveratrol; alcohol is a poison.  I’m sure you are wondering where I got my information that alcohol is a poison.  I will tell you that I found the information in old books.  The “one drink a day” advice from today is advocated by corporations who have a vested interest in the sale of the alcohol.  I DON’T TRUST IT! 
You be the judge of this information.  I will list a few of the quotes I found from various books.  By the way, there is a lot more where this came from…..
When mingled with the blood, alcohol destroys the blood-corpuscles, increases the proportion of fat, renders the blood less capable of passing readily through the capillaries, coagulates the fibrine, and injures the nutrient elements of the plasma of the blood.  When a considerable quantity of alcohol is taken, the distinction between venous and arterial blood is almost destroyed, all the blood assuming a dark hue.” ~ J.H. Kellogg, M.D.
Every human being admires strength and desires to acquire all he can and when this one in fact is considered it becomes extremely difficult to understand how anyone can continue to burn out his internal organs with these liquid poisons.  It has been proven conclusively again and again that alcohol of all kinds lessons the muscular vigor.” ~ Bernarr Macfadden
There are many blood vessels in the brain, and much blood passes through them to feed the brain.  Alcohol makes the blood-vessels stretch, and then too much blood flows into the brain.  Alcohol is a sharp, biting poison.  It will shrink the brain and do it much other harm.  The brain was made to think with, but no person can think so well when his brain is shrunken with alcohol.  By ruining the brain alcohol ruins the mind.” ~ Physiology and Health
When drinking alcohol, the outposts of the nerves are paralyzed.  The force, now drawn in to the nervous centres, drives the machinery of life with tremendous energy.  The heart jumps like the mainspring of a watch when the resistance of the wheels is removed.  The blood surges through the body with increased force.  If the influence be still continued, the alcohol acts upon the spinal cord.”  ~ J. Dorman Steele, PhD.
So…what do you think?  Not convinced, I invite you to do your own research.  Einstein said to “question everything.”    As for me, I’ll stick to water!

Baby....it's hot outside!

MacFadden, Bernarr; “Strength From Eating” Physical Culture Publishing Company, 1901
Steele, J. Dorman, Ph.D., “Fourteen Weeks in Human Physiology “  A.S. Barnes & Company, 1877
The Union Series, “ Physiology and Health”  Ivison Blakeman & Co., 1889

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Mark said...

Yup. It just stands to reason that a substance that causes damage the way it obviously does ....... is damaging!

Never understood the appeal. I've never been "drunk" and have never felt good from drinking any alcohol products. My one time trying to get drunk when I was 18 I just threw up. NOT pleasant!

It doesn't even taste good! And is expensive and fattening! So ....... (I think the correct response these days is WTF)

Jenn said...

I am a huge advocate against any ignorant claim that alcohol is "good for your health". Obviously claimed to be true by those who like to drink. Alcoholism is an epidemic in our culture. In fact, leading neuroscientists state addictive triggers can be activated in the cerebral cortex of the brain in as little as 6 months. Courageous topic to post. Thank you.