|an apothecary in Munich|
I've been reading a lot recently about the health benefits of tea. It's rather remarkable what drinking this stuff will do for you. Most of the time I reject these promises outright. The proof, if there is in fact any proof, is often flimsy. Or misleading.
So I went searching for the most ridiculous promises of tea's magical properties, and a funny thing happened. Many of the sources I found wrote their claims in such a way that they can't be disputed.
'Drinking tea might delay Alzheimer's' or 'Green and black tea can slow down the spread of prostate cancer' or 'Tea may lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease'. You get the idea...this stuff just might happen...maybe...actually, the place I read those provided sources for many of the claims and they look reputable enough. You want to see it?
It's at a site called 2BASnob. Aside from recommending that you should drink loose-leaf tea whenever possible, but if you're on the go and have to drink instant or bottled tea, you should just drink more...yeah, aside from that, it seems like there's a lot of good information.
I can hear you saying, 'That's not funny. What was the funny thing that happened?' Well, I was getting to that. So then I found a site based upon the Wikipedia page about health benefits of tea. It's a page with some content (the first column) and then a selection of google ads and related stories (the second column), which appear to send you to similarly written articles. Then there's another section for ads and video news and some more ads and then a listing of breaking news (the third column)...What the hell is your point Lahikmajoe?
(revision...I don't want to drive any, or any more, traffic to that site, so I've resolved to link to Alex Cazort's article Health Benefits of Tea, which actually has reliable information not written in such an annoying and meaningless style)
I'm sure this site is driving lots of traffic to and fro, but is all of this really necessary? It's so busy...I'm almost unable to focus on the reason I came here. Health benefits of tea, right? (Again, I've taken the link out to that site. If you really want to see it, I'm sure a quick search will bring you either to it or somewhere as useless).
Once I pay attention, my eyes zero in on this sentence:
One should consult a doctor before using high concentrations of tea for disease prevention.
Really? I drink a lot of tea, but not necessarily for disease prevention. I'm still ok, yes? My doctor's going to think I'm nuts if I bring this to her.
'Doc, I have to be honest,' I hear myself saying, 'I drink a lot of tea.'
'Yes, and...,' she answers. 'What seems to be the problem?'
So then I tell my doctor what I read next on the Science Daily website:
'Ingestion of large amounts of tea may cause nutritional and other problems because of the strong binding activities of tea polyphenols and the caffeine content, although no solid data exist concerning harmful effects of tea consumption.'
Did you hear that doctor? I'm doomed. It's all over.
'I have good news and bad news,' she tells me. 'Which do you want first?'
Oh my, it's worse than I thought. Ok, I can take it. Give me the bad news first.
'The bad news is that you are, in fact, going to die,' she acknowledges.
I knew it! All that bloody tea. What was I thinking? Ok, what could possibly be the good news?
'Well, the good news is that it's very unlikely going to be from tea consumption. It's possible, but highly unlikely. And probably a long long time from now.'
Oh. Really? Well that is good news, isn't it? I'm going to celebrate this by brewing a pot of tea. Would you like a cup, doc?