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Updated: Dec 14, 2023



There are four strands to The HOPE Protocol. In the First Strand, we are optimizing your hormones. In the Second Strand, your weight. In the Third Strand, your health, and in the Fourth Strand, your mind.

These strands are geared to make your “Third Act” of life the best yet.

I call the Third Strand The Purification Strand because I share tools to cleanse your body. The cleaner your body, the more optimized your health will be.

To become healthier, I have developed three protocols that will help optimize three critical internal organs. They are…

  1. The Liver Optimization Protocol.

  2. The Gut Optimization Protocol.

  3. The Brain Optimization Protocol.

“You are as healthy as your liver is.”

Besides being the filter of our bodies, the liver is in charge of hormone activation, hormone conversion, and fat burning.

Here is a quick review of the other Liver Optimization tools I have previously shared.

  • Water (Drink a minimum of 80 Ounces daily)

  • Alcohol (If you must drink, drink one Mac Cocktail)

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Flush the liver)

  • Glutathione (The mother of all antioxidants)

  • Turmeric (The mother of all anti-inflammatory supplements)

  • Lemon Infused Water (Like ACV, a liver flusher)

At the bottom of this course, I will share with you the best coffee to drink, the best way to brew your coffee and other ways to make coffee drinking a super drink.



“Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day is linked with a longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with avoiding coffee...”

“Coffee may have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. These effects are thought to be a primary reason why research has linked regular coffee consumption with lower risks for many inflammatory-related conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, type 2 diabetes, gout, heart disease, and some cancers.”

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that chronic inflammation will most likely be the cause of your death.

"Drinking coffee postpones death by decreasing chronic inflammation."

Let me review the primary source cause of chronic inflammation. It’s called oxidation.

The simplest way to explain an oxidant is that it is a molecule that has had an electron removed by a toxin that we consumed through eating, drinking, breathing, or transdermally.

The oxidant will bounce around in your cell like a pinball, looking for an electron to steal.

It can steal this electron from your DNA, not good, or any other organelles within your cell.

When the oxidant steals an electron, it’s like taking a brick from a brick house. Your cell becomes weakened and damaged. If you take away enough bricks, the house collapses.

The oxidant’s nemesis is called an antioxidant.

In an earlier Liver Optimization Course, I wrote about the Mother of all Antioxidants called Glutathione. You are probably more familiar with Vitamin C, the most known antioxidant.

Antioxidants neutralize oxidants by donating one of its electrons to the oxidant. The antioxidant then becomes an oxidant but a weak one that causes little or no harm.

In essence, the antioxidant sacrifices itself to keep you healthy. Now, that’s what I call a true giver.

To optimize your hormones, weight, health, and mind, you must do your best to decrease chronic inflammation.

To decrease chronic inflammation, you must reduce the consumption of foods, liquids, air, and personal care products that increase the amount of oxidants within your body and increase the consumption of foods, liquids, air, and personal care products that increase the number of anti-oxidants within your body.

“Chronic inflammation occurs when there are more oxidants than anti-oxidants.”

Where do you think most people get most of their anti-oxidants?




“We recommend at least three cups daily to help prevent liver problems,” Dr. Wakim-Fleming says. And if you have hepatitis or fatty liver disease, even more — as many as four, five, or even six cups a day — might be helpful.


But coffee has caffeine! Isn’t caffeine a drug?

It just so happens that the caffeine keeps our liver softer and more pliable, whereas alcohol makes it stiff.

When your body digests caffeine, it makes a chemical called paraxanthine. This chemical slows the growth of the scar tissue involved in liver fibrosis.

“Caffeine has been shown to help fight liver cancer, alcohol-related cirrhosis, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, and hepatitis C.”

Web MD

The interesting finding within the research that connects coffee consumption to improved liver function is that it doesn’t matter if the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated.

“...all types of coffee are protective against CLD (Chronic Liver Disease) is significant given the increasing incidence of CLD worldwide and the potential of coffee as an intervention to prevent CLD onset or progression.”

Caffeine adds to improved liver function, but there are other components within the coffee that contribute to liver optimization.

"The components found in coffee that improve our health, livers, and weight are called polyphenols."

Caffeine is just one of the polyphenols found in coffee.

“It has been suggested that other coffee components, including polyphenols, reduce oxidative stress in the liver, in turn reducing the risk of fibrosis, as well as improving glucose homeostasis in both healthy and overweight subjects. All these factors may also alleviate the severity of T2D (Type II Diabetes).”

I have been writing in past newsletters about how fatty livers cause hormonal resistance. Type II Diabetes is the effect of Insulin Resistance. Other hormones besides insulin become resistant because of fatty livers.

Recent research has pointed its finger at oxidative stress as the primary source cause of Npn Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

“Oxidative stress plays a central role in the pathogenesis of NAFLD.”

To decrease oxidative stress, you must reduce the amount of oxidants by flooding the liver with antioxidants. Drinking coffee is one way to flood our livers and bodies with antioxidants.



Many fear that coffee intake can interfere with our hormones. There have been studies done and the results are conflicting.

One study showed that higher caffeine consumption was associated with higher estrogen levels for Asian women. However, the exact reverse effect was found for white women. In Black women, there was a slight rise in estrogen levels, but it wasn’t statistically significant.

"Upon completing my research, I feel that coffee intake does not adversely affect estradiol and should not affect our goal of taming estrogen dominance during Phase One."

Research suggests that once menopausal, we should seriously consider increasing our intake of coffee.

"A high daily intake of coffee was found to be associated with a statistically significant decrease in ER-negative breast cancer among postmenopausal women."

Breast Cancer Research


I cannot find any research stating that coffee affects progesterone negatively or positively.

The limited amount of research that is available suggests that higher intakes of caffeine are linked to higher levels of progesterone for premenopausal women.


A small study found that caffeine increased testosterone in men and lowered estrogen, but it was not a statistically significant difference. However, it seems to decrease testosterone in women. But when it came to menopausal women, they produce so little testosterone I am quite sure caffeine has no effect.


Caffeine increases cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol will place us into a fat-storing state.

If you are stressed, drinking caffeinated coffee is not a good idea. Recall I define stress hormonally. If your cortisol levels are elevated, you are stressed.

I will dive deeply into cortisol in Phase Three of The HOPE Protocol.


“Drinking four cups of coffee daily could reduce body fat by about 4%.”


Scientists have concluded that while increased coffee intake helped people lose weight, adding a teaspoon of sugar canceled the effect.

Those polyphenols I mentioned above that help improve liver function and health have also been found to increase metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity, therefore, glucose metabolism.

Another way coffee helps with weight loss is through caffeine. Caffeine not only spurs us to be more active, but it also improves physical performance and endurance, causing an increase in calorie expenditure.

Recent research found that caffeinated coffee increased the number of calories and fat the study's participants burned.

In one review of 600 coffee drinkers, researchers found that the greater the amount of caffeine ingested, the less they weighed, and the lower their body mass index (BMI) and fat mass were. When these participants' caffeine intake doubled, their weight, BMI, and fat mass decreased by 17–28%.

In another study, 12 adults took a supplement that contained caffeine and polyphenols taken from coffee or given a placebo. The supplement caused participants to burn significantly more fat and calories than the placebo.


Where I used to limit my clients' coffee intake to one cup for women and two cups for men, recent research has changed my views.

If you are overweight and hormonally challenged, drinking more coffee should be taken into consideration.

Most of the women and men in Pause who are overweight also have fatty livers,

prediabetes, or diabetes, and the research is very positive when it comes to drinking anywhere from three to six cups of coffee daily.

"If you are going to drink more coffee, it becomes even more important than ever that you drink organically grown coffee."

And if you want to take your coffee drinking to a new level of purity, drink mycotoxin-free coffee.

Conventional coffee farms spray potent pesticides on coffee plants. Most Western Cultures have banned these nasty pesticides.

Coffee pests are beasts, and chemists must make toxic compounds to kill them. These pesticides will burden our livers with oxidants, which you now know we are in a lifelong battle against.

If you do your research, you will learn that coffee producers do an excellent job at removing these pesticides, but when you drink coffee every day, like most of us, just one molecule a day of these deadly toxic molecules will add up.


Most of the research indicates that if you add any sugar, especially if you add chemical-filled conventional creamers, you nullify the health benefits of coffee by increasing oxidation.

But–I know many of you will not drink coffee without creamer. My wife is the same way. Here is how Vicky minimizes the damage of creamers by making her own creamer.

Vicky's Creamer Recipe

  • She uses two drops of organic vanilla extract,

  • Two drops of pure liquid stevia

  • and a dollop of unsweetened almond milk.

  • If you have proven not to have dairy sensitivity, you can exchange the almond milk with grass-fed organic pasture-raised cream.

When I wrote this course a decade ago, organic coffee was sparse, especially in rural areas. Organic coffee is now found everywhere.

I have heard that many Starbucks brands are organically grown, but Starbucks does not want the government involved in their business, so they do not ask to be organically certified.

Amazon sells many different brands of certified organic coffee. Go check them out.

You may have noticed that I mentioned mycotoxins. Mycotoxins, such as fungi, can be found in some coffees. Many of us are sensitive to this fungus that grows on coffee, and this will cause us to have an inflammatory response. There are coffee makers that make sure that this fungus is extracted.

You may have heard of Bulletproof Coffee. Many of you may think that Bulletproof Coffee has fat added to it, like ghee or MCT oil. It is, but it was initially designed to eliminate the mycotoxins because its founder had discovered that the fungus was making him ill.

If you want to take coffee to an even cleaner state than organic, I recommend purchasing mycotoxin-free coffee. Other coffee producers also remove this fungus, like Bulletproof coffee, but I have never tried them, so I stick with Bulletproof.

Here is an Amazon link, but many healthier grocery chains, like Sprouts and Whole Foods, now carry the Bulletproof brand.


When it comes to deciding what coffee is going to help us the most while on our health optimization quest, there are several factors we have to look into.

The first thing I examine is what coffee has the most antioxidants.

There are two types of coffee beans used commercially — Robusta and Arabica. Science tells us that Robusta coffee beans have nearly two times the amount of antioxidants than Arabica beans.

The way you brew your coffee also also impacts the level of antioxidants. A 2020 study revealed that out of the five different ways to brew your coffee: Aeropress, drip, espresso machine, French press, and simple infusion — the Aeropress method retained the highest number of antioxidants.

AeroPress brewed coffee is also much gentler on your stomach because of its quick brewing process. Using the Aeropress brewing process minimizes acidity. Aeropressed brewed coffee contains just one-ninth the acidity of French press coffee and one-fifth the acidity of drip-brew without sacrificing taste.

When it comes to what type of roast is the best, research shows that light roasts have more antioxidants than their dark roast counterparts. More specifically, the lighter roasts contained higher concentrations of chlorogenic acid, which helps protect against human cell damage and inflammation.

Research also shows that drinking your coffee hot makes more antioxidants available to your system than cold brewed coffee. Research has also found that caffeoylquinic acid is more abundant in hot coffee than in cold brew.

So, what about caffeine? Most coffee drinkers think dark roasts have more caffeine than light roasts. The truth is that caffeine content is nearly the same. The difference between roasts is taste, not the amount of caffeine.

I have long been a supporter of caffeinated coffee because the process used to decaffeinate coffee was very suspect. The chemicals used to decaffeinate the coffee could cause you to consume more oxidants than antioxidants. There now exists a clean way to decafinate coffee. It is called the Swiss Water® Decafination Process. This process does not involve the use of chemicals. Instead, it uses water to extract caffeine. The process begins by soaking the coffee beans in hot water to extract the caffeine. the good news is that the other polyphenols remain.

Doc Mac's Best Coffee

  1. Drink Organic Coffee

  2. Drink It Black

  3. Use Robusta Beans

  4. AeroPress Brewed

  5. Use Light Roasted Coffee

  6. Drink It Hot

  7. Drink Decaffeinated Coffee that uses the Swiss Water® Decaffination Process.


We're Home

Surprise, surprise! This last week, we were home for the holiday, and as you probably already know, we love sitting in our spa to drink our coffee.

There is no better way to start your morning than enjoying my significant other's company in the spa with a great cup of joe.

My roster is overfull, so I cannot offer my free week of coaching this week. I can only take referrals from current clients at this time because I will always find time for my clients' friends and family.

My wife has informed me that I must make time to talk to you if you are having a miserable time with your pause weight. If you're "PAUSE" miserable, I will make the time to talk and explain EVERYTHING you can do immediately to become Pause Awesome...

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"Because when your hormones are balanced, your weight, health, and mind will follow."

☕️ Doc

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