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Coffee: Yet Another Reason I Shouldn’t Have MS

























Contrary to popular belief, U.S. Coast Guard ships do not run on diesel fuel. They run on coffee — joe, bean juice, muddy water, java, boatswain’s fuel. I know this because I spent over five of my nearly eight years of service aboard those ships. And I ate my share of coffee (sailors will understand that line).

I mention this because it appears that my great consumption of not-so-great coffee should have helped me to not get multiple sclerosis (MS). But — yet again — I don’t fit the mold.

In a paper published by researchers in Sweden and the United States, drinking relatively high doses (six or more cups per day) of coffee was associated with between 26 to 31 percent lower risk of developing MS. The paper, published in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, states that the more coffee that was drunk, the lower the risk of MS.

By any reckoning, I should not have MS!

Why Me?!
I played out in the sun as a child (to the detriment of my skin, I must say), I have no blood relatives who ever had MS, I never smoked cigarettes (though what child of my generation wasn’t exposed to secondhand smoke?), and I don’t even know of any school classmates who have MS. Now I find out that the Coast Guard crook of my index finger — one must hold tight to those mugs in heavy weather — didn’t even earn me a pass.

Exactly how we “catch” MS isn’t really known, but every time I hear one of these causative or protective factors put forward, I feel like I’m the only one in class who didn’t understand the homework assignment. I don’t even fit into any of the disproved theories, for pity’s sake!

In short, I did or didn’t do/have the things I was or wasn’t supposed to do/have. I guess the fact that my father didn’t move us to Hawaii before I turned 15 is the only box I can tick as to why I might have MS.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just go grab a cup of coffee and not worry about it. Happy weekend, everyone!


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