ZDOGGMD, a physician and medical parody artist has a show on youtube called Incident Report, where he discusses current events related to healthcare.
We were fortunate enough to be features on his show discussing the controversial regulations on coffee in the state of California. Check it out!
Excited to announce our newest coffee! Dulci Vitrioli is a dark roast, single origin coffee straight from the Chiapas region of Mexico. In contrast to our first coffee, this dark roast has a more stereotypical coffee flavor. It has a strong bitter bite with chocolatey accents and a sexy, smoky aroma.
If you are a Starbucks fan, then this coffee is for you. In Chiapas, the region in Mexico where Dulci Vitrioli comes from, you find coffee that has a chocolatey, medium body. It has many small producers that do a lot of the coffee processing by hand. Many of them even produce their own electricity to support their delicious coffee bean.
The story of Ether
In 1846, Dr Morton, a Boston area dentist, used a concoction of inhaled ether to anesthetize a patient during a tooth extraction. It was so good at eliminating the pain associated with his procedure that he knew he was onto something special. Word spread and before he knew it, he was in front of dozens of surgeons a the famous Massachusetts General Hospital, preparing to anesthetize a patient that needed a tumor removed from his neck.
Dr Morton Administered the inhaled ether while the surgeon removed the tumor. The audience looked on in awe as the patient was not screaming out in pain.
When the patient awoke, he described an experience with minimal pain, "as though the skin had been scratched with a hoe," to which the surgeon Dr Collins famously exclaimed:
'Gentlemen, this is no humbug!'
In honor of Dr Morton and this incredible development in the field of surgery, we have created Dulci Vitrioli. This latin phrase is borrowed from German physician and botanist Dr Valerius Cordus from the early 1500s that described the earliest known preparation of ether that he called oleum dulci vitrioli or "sweet oil of vitriol."
So what are you waiting for!? Go here and buy some of Dr Morton's honorary coffee and cheers to the fact that surgery doesn't hurt.
"I will be very happy to see Catherine receiving treatment and enrolling in school."
- Catherine's mother
Catherine is a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is a genuinely happy and easy-going kid. Her father works as a vegetable vendor and her mother sells grain.
Catherine was diagnosed with a condition called acquired genu valgum, where her legs are bent inward at the knees causing pain and resulting in lifelong deformity. It is a relatively common disease in the developing world, and can result from drinking water with elevated levels or fluorine, called fluorosis.
Proceeds from, your coffee purchases have been donated to fund her surgery.
Fluorosis can cause multiple developmental problems, especially dental mottling and genu valgum. In many areas around the world where the water supply is not regulated and analyzed, elevated levels of fluoride are often present. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones or teeth, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. The condition prevents her from playing and enrolling in school.
In 1995, researchers traveled to remote villages in India to study the high prevalence of observed genu valgum. The two villages, Tilaipani and Hirapur, with a combined population of about 1,200, had extremely high percentage of their population with genu valgum and dental fluorosis.
What they found was staggering. In Tilaipani over 50% of kids under 20 years old had genu valgum and 73% had dental fluorosis.
In comparison, the village of Hirapur only had 6% of people below 20 years old with genu valgum.
When they analyzed the drinking water in the different villages, they found that the fluoride levels in the Tilaipani water were 9-10x higher than in Hirapur, which likley explains the dramatic difference in genu valgum prevalence.
So thanks to your caffeine habit, Catherine will soon be able to play with her friends without discomfort.
Try Pheo Coffee today and help fund medical care around the world.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is like a gateway drug from pure, fresh english tea and newly roasted powerful coffee. It is tea like, with lemon and citrus tasting notes. It is perfect by itself or with a touch of sugar to balance out the lemon flavor.
15% off all sales this week (for the first 20 people to buy)
Buy the person you love some medical themed coffee and a caffeine deficiency mug! And help some people around the world in the process.
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"If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school and continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day."
Ye is a 15 year old boy from Burma who was diagnosed with a malformed heart valve (mitral valve), and as a result he has a condition called mitral regurgitation, where a portion of the blood in his heart flows backwards into his lungs instead of forward to the rest of his body.
Mitral regurgitation is a serious condition that needs to be fixed surgically. As it worsens, more and more blood will be ejected backwards into the lungs with each heart beat. This makes it very difficult to breath, it also causes problems for the rest of your body as there is decreased forward flow of blood to your brain and other vital organs.
As of this post, Ye's surgery is 72% funded. If you want to help you can donate here, or buy some coffee.
Starting your workday at 6am gets old. Luckily, there's Norepi that can get you through your pre-rounds. Get some.
“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank.”
- Sir James MacKintosh
And just like that, there is a coffee company. I am excited to announce that Pheo Coffee is open for business. While there are many coffee companies in the world, we believe we are different in a few very unique ways.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality coffee beans to your doorstep a few days after it is roasted and use a portion of the proceeds to help fund medical care around the world. Coffee is addictive, delicate, delicious and widely consumed which offers the opportunity to raise a lot of money for people who need it.
We partner with Watsi, which is essentially a kickstarter for people’s medical care. With each mug or coffee purchase, a portion of the revenue will go directly to fund a person’s healthcare. Each bag of coffee you receive will have a photo and basic story of the person your coffee helped. See who our coffee has funded so far.
We use apothecary styled labeling and design, and each bag tells one of medicine’s greatest discoveries. Our first blend is called ‘Norepi,’ a shorthand name of norepinephrine, which is one of the hormones your adrenal gland secretes. Our Norepi blend tells the story of Dr Oliver, one of the first physicians who discovered that our adrenal glands secreted these strange hormones. People who have a condition known as a Pheochromocytoma (‘pheo’ for short), can secrete too much of this norepinephrine causing them to have symptoms that can mimic what you may experience after having a few cups of coffee - tremor, fast heart rate, etc. We currently have one coffee, a single origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. It is somewhat tea-like, with fruity aromas and tasting notes that we think is special enough to be our first offering.
We initially planned to roast all our own beans on an iron skillet. While this certainly has charm, after over 100 attempts the quality control and the taste wasn’t what I was looking for. Therefore we recently partnered with a local roaster. The beans are now amazingly delicious and can be roasted much more efficiently and effectively.
So what are you waiting for, go here and buy some coffee! Or a mug.
Our second medical care funding campaign was Kisembo. He is a 5 year old from Uganda that needed a hernia repair surgery. Fortunately his campaign on Watsi was recently fully funded!
His grandmother was so happy:
Kisembo is now much better. He is able to walk very well around the ward and he can move outside. After recovery he will be able to resume his studies when the holiday ends. I am very excited by Kisembo’s recovery because now he will concentrate in class... I cannot thank you enough. Keep up the spirit of helping. God bless the works of your hands.’’
His surgery was partially funded by you and your caffeine-addicted selves. To read Kisembo's full story go here.
Want to help someone else with your coffee? Purchase some Norepi today!