Coffee Question

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Stephen Roizen

19 Apr, 2011 01:02 AM

Please expand on the evils of coffee, even decaf.

I am led to feel guilty for wanting even the one cup/day that Dr. Rosedale
says you can if if you cannot live without it.... or words to that
effect. I cannot drink caffienated coffee as I am very caffeine sensitive
but I love the taste of coffee and, prior to going on the Rosedale Diet,
drank quite a bit of it. While I realize that even decaf has a small
amount of caffeine, it seems insignificant. Is that the reason it is off
limits?... the small amount of caffeine in decaf. Prior to the diet I drank
6-8 cups per day.

btw... I have been on the diet about ten days and have been able to
eliminate 2/3 of my Type II diabetes meds and my diuretic. I continue to
monitor my blood pressure and sugar levels and see a day in the not too
distant future when I will eliminate them all totally. I have lost 6-7
pounds. So, I am very happy with the diet and miss the coffee most.

Thank you.

Stephen R

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 19 Apr, 2011 02:58 AM

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    Dear Stephen,
    It is so great to hear your progress and to see you reaching your goal here very soon. Regarding coffee, Dr. Rosedale's response was. 'Once he's off his meds for a couple of weeks and doing well, he can try to add a little bit more decaf coffee; perhaps 2 cups per day, possibly even three if his blood sugars and blood pressure stay down'.

    This is a very special time in your body, as you are making the transition, so working with all that you have control over is often the best way to go. That said, you do the best you can. A great alternative is teechino, we have often enjoyed their coffees.

    Keep up the great work. Also, we would love to share your question with others, would you mind if I make the question public on our site, but of course will take out your personal information.

    The Rosedale Team

  2. 2 Posted by Steve Roizen on 19 Apr, 2011 04:02 PM

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    Please share with Dr. Rosedale my appreciation.

    I also ordered some of the herbal coffee suggested... a large sampler pack.

    I have eliminated my Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg 1/day and Glimempiride 3 mg/day. I am cutting my Janumet 50-1000 2/day in half so am effectively down to 1/day. When I tried eliminating them completely my blood sugars went up over 125 but this (only a couple days but I've only been on the diet about 11 days.... amazing) is keeping the blood sugers down around 90 fasting and before lunch and before dinner.

    I am also still on AMLODIPINE/BENAZEPRIL10MG-20MG but will try eliminating that in the next few days if my blood pressure stays at 120/80 as it is now taking this med but eliminating the lasix. I sure don't need a diuretic with all the drinking and eliminating I am doing.

    It is all very impressive to think this is happening in less than 2 weeks.

    Today I went down a pants size.

    Thank you and please thank Dr. Rosedale.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fiona on 19 Apr, 2011 06:27 PM

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    It is so amazing, follow the program and get these incredible results. We are always so happy to hear results like this, well done! We would love to know, how did you hear about Dr. Rosedale? Also, we are just working on manufacturing Dr. Ron's supplements that he had for his patents years ago. Though he does not have his practice right now, so many of his past patients have been asking for these supplements still. Dr. Ron was able to combine all the ingredients in to just 3 products. Made it easy to take, and we knew what was in them! Can you believe that in most oil capsules the excipient they use is sunflower oil or something similar, and they don't need to put that on the label!

  4. 4 Posted by Stephen Roizen on 20 Apr, 2011 12:08 AM

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    A long time friend who is very knowledgeable about Ayurvedic medicine, Eric
    Isen, recommended The Rosedale Diet to me.
    Eric knows my medical condition, my personality and my constitution better
    than my primary care physician and is in tune with addressing "illnesses" as
    "imbalances" that can be corrected by diet and herbs rather than
    prescription medicine. Eric knew of my displeasure with taking so many
    medications. I have worked in more traditional "health care" as a nursing
    assistant, orderly and operating room technician out of high school and as a
    nursing home administrator and CEO of senior health and housing
    organizations as an adult.

    I have not wanted to take medications for as long as I can remember. When
    in college I was very anxious about exams once and went to the infirmary.
    The doctor gave me 2 mg of Valium. I slept for 26 hours. That was the last
    Valium I ever took and a few years later I learned Transcendental
    Meditation. I have not taken any tranquilizers or anti-depressants thanks
    to practicing TM for over 38 years. I was always disappointed that TM
    didn't do more to control my blood pressure and other metabolic imbalances
    but I guess I just messed things up too much as a kid drinking soft drinks
    and eating candy without any thought of what they would do to me in the long

    Anyway, that's the long answer to your very simple question.


    On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM, Fiona <
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  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fiona on 20 Apr, 2011 07:40 AM

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    That is wonderful about using TM instead of drugs from so many years ago! It is very sad that so many just pop the pills and do not think, like you have about the long term picture. Thank you for sharing about Eric, your Ayurvedic doctor, makes me smile that he knows so much more about you than your GP, sadly that seems the way for most. We are so excited for you that it is working so well. Please keep us posted on your progress.


  6. 6 Posted by Stephen Roizen on 30 Apr, 2011 02:52 AM

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    Week 3 just ended.

    Weight loss slowed a little but still 10 lbs. isn't bad for 3 weeks.

    Eliminated all hypertension and diabetes medications.
    Monitoring BP and blood sugars a few times/day.
    Blood sugars hanging between 90 and 105, not quite as low as Dr. Rosedale
    likes to see but this is for a man who was not able to do that 3 weeks ago
    with 3 diabetes meds, Januvia, Metformen and Glimipiride.
    BP is staying at about 120-125/75-80... amazing.

    Had my decaf today since it was 3 days without the meds.

    Regards and thank you to Dr. Rosedale.


    On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 3:41 AM, Fiona <
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  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Fiona on 02 May, 2011 02:43 AM

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    sounds great! don't get so focused on lipid profiles. Don't worry about cholesterol, meaning eat the yoke with the egg!

  8. 8 Posted by Stephen Roizen on 20 Nov, 2014 03:01 PM

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    Is there some reason you sent this to me?

    I would guess that Dr. Ron would suggest follow the Rosedale diet strictly
    and avoid the need for medications... but that's just a guess.

    When I follow it with almost no carbs whatsoever except what comes from
    some of the vegetables or a little half and half on my Nutola I don't need
    meds. Unfortunately, I don't follow it strictly and I take Janumet and

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