Coffee and Tea: Cayce-Approved Stimulants

Hi Friends,

Years ago “Mr. Cayce” told me that I would do well to start drinking coffee, to help me concentrate better.

Metabolism refers to the chemical processes our bodies use to convert the calories in food into ATP, the chemical fuel our cells are able to use. Our brains are said to be about 2% of the body’s weight, but use 20% of our energy (ATP) production.

Stimulants are chemicals that help the body increase its metabolism and ATP production. Nature’s most common stimulant is caffeine. This is the primary stimulant in coffee, tea, chocolate, and the kola nut (the flavoring used in Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola).

Edgar Cayce’s recommendations of Coffee and Tea

The Cayce readings commonly recommended coffee and tea as stimulants:

Teas, coffee, chocolate, any stimulant to the system is good in moderation, never to excess. Body does not eat sufficient of any of these at present.
(288-9 F 19)

Some people were advised against coffee or tea. The recommendations were always for an individual.

The Cayce readings said coffee and tea should NOT be consumed with milk:

19. (Q) Is coffee or tea harmful to the body? (A) In moderation these are well. Do not combine milk with either of these when taken.
(889-1 F ADULT)

Sugar-free coffee contributes to physiological stress

I started out drinking my coffee black, without any cream or sugar. But then I learned about how caffeine’s stimulation causes cells to pull more glucose from the blood. Because there was no sugar paired with the caffeine in my coffee, the only option my body had was to release cortisol.

Our bodies release cortisol when our blood sugar levels get low. The essential function of cortisol is that it tells the body to turn some of its protein into sugar. The pharmaceutical industry has a variety of steroids with cortisol-like functions. Cortisol levels tend to be highest in the morning (before breakfast) as this is the time of day when it’s been the longest since our last meal. ‘Thin skin’ is a common effect of long-term excess cortisol/steroid exposure.

As a part of a carbohydrate-containing meal, black coffee would be fine. Cayce allowed for adding sweetener to coffee and tea, and said that coffee has more food value than tea:

As to the diet – we would keep very much along the line that has been indicated; though, to be sure, through the seasons when vegetables are changing, and fruits and small fruits are in season, these may be taken in moderation – as may stimulant of coffee, but without cream or milk; though if desired a small quantity of sugar may be taken. Coffee is a food when taken in that way and manner.
(TEXT OF READING 326-9 F 71)

Now I make sure I include some form of glucose (carbohydrate) with my coffee or tea. Honey is my preferred sweetener. White sugar is an affordable source of glucose/fructose (our brains need small amounts of fructose, and will transform glucose into fructose if necessary). Edgar Cayce also recommended date sugar.

Cayce more frequently recommended coffee than tea, as coffee has more food value. In a previous email I told of how the pu-erh fermentation process has properties that can help the liver regenerate from being poisoned by acetaminophen / paracetamol. (Green tea uses leaves that are dried after being harvested from a tree. Black tea is fermented. Pu-erh is a type of black tea that has a unique fermentation process.) The caffeine in tea also stimulates the metabolism.

If you’re a tea drinker, you can boost your tea with lemon juice and sweetener:

Coffee or tea may be taken in moderation, but coffee without milk or cream and tea preferably with lemon instead of cream, as a stimulant.
(579-1 F ADULT)

Emotional stress also causes cortisol release. Stressed brains use more sugar than non-stressed brains.

Medical Stimulants

Allopathic doctors commonly put children who can’t pay attention in school on a stimulant drug, such as Adderall (amphetamine). Stimulants like Adderall provide a momentary boost to the body’s metabolism, resulting in a temporary increase in ATP production.

While this is somewhat effective at helping rowdy children focus on classwork they don’t care about, amphetamines and cocaine are known to cause serious metabolic problems. I think using amphetamine or other pharmaceutical stimulants for improving concentration is a “deal with the devil”: the short-term benefits are drastically outweighed by long-term harm.

Coca leaf tea is commonly consumed in the high altitudes of the Andes mountains of South America. Cocaine is the primary stimulant found in the Coca leaf. When purified, this becomes a drug that is easy to abuse.

I think the basic reason cocaine and the amphetamines are destructive is because they harm the mitochondria, our cells’ ATP-producing servants. (My observation is cocaine is less-bad than methamphetamine: my one friend would rapidly recover from cocaine use, but needed several days to recover from methamphetamine.)

Adderall (amphetamine) is less potent than the street drug methamphetamine, but it’s certainly less safe than the caffeine from the berries of the coffee tree.

Coffee would certainly be a safer substance to help children focus better.

What’s your stimulant strategy? Do any of you use chocolate as your preferred stimulant? Let me know.


-James Knochel

P.S. I’ve gotten a few email asking about my next batch of cold grounding coins. I’m thinking about doing the next batch to be slightly larger: 1.5 inches instead of 1 inch.

– Volume 1.0″x0.1″ coin: 0.079 cubic inches
– Volume 1.5″x0.1″ coin: 0.177 cubic inches

A 1.5″-diameter grounding coin would also have slightly more carbon steel than my grounding pendants:

– Volume 1″x0.5″x0.25″ pendant: 0.123 cubic inches

Would any of you be interested in a slightly larger ‘grounding coin’? If you have a comment on the relative effect you notice with one of my coins vs. one of my pendants, could you share this with me? Thanks!