Caffeine No More
About the only form of caffeine I used to have was in diet Coke. About 18 months ago, I had some serious prostate problems and one of the things in the pamphlet the doctor gave me mentioned caffeine contributes to prostate problems. So, I decided to avoid it unless I just couldn’t find anything else. (I know, stupid.)
When I went to Israel, about the only diet drink I could find was Diet Coke. But, after a couple of days things started hurting and that is never a good sign. (For anyone who doesn’t know, prostatitis causes the prostate to swell cutting off the ability to void and empty the bladder. And, if you hold it, not by choice, for too long, it becomes very painful.)
So, I got smart and stopped it all together. If someplace doesn’t serve a caffeine free diet soda, I’ll just drink water – which is better for me anyway.
Today I saw my doctor. I asked if I could go off the prostate medication and told him my theory that all of my issues may have been caused by caffeine. He told me to go for it.
There are other issues related to caffeine too: high blood pressure (which now might come down), arrhythmia (out-of-time heart beat), osteoporosis (the weakening of bones), and more. They believe the inflammation of the prostate caused by caffeine can speed the process of prostate cancer. (By the way, every man has prostate cancer. It is just a matter of how quickly it metastasizes. )
I haven’t had a caffeinated soda since Israel, and I haven’t had any discomfort in that part of my body. Well…. except for that part of my prostate exam today. But, let’s not talk about that.
From the doctors back home, and from home back to Rochester for a networking meeting. It’s a busy day.
I managed to get a break between meetings, and then it was back to Rochester for the third time today. This time for Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP). It was a good meeting. They had a young man from NYC who started his own video production company.
Now, before anyone complains about my rates, this young man charges $3000 (for starters) to produce a 4 minute video of a wedding. Personally, having seen his work, he’s worth it. And, you really can’t compare video to photography. That’s like comparing apples to oranges.
He also said he attempted doing photography at a wedding and has a whole new respect for wedding photographers. It’s hard work, and the work doesn’t stop when you leave the wedding.