by Isaac Eliaz, MD. We are having an energy crisis in this country, and it's not just about fossil fuels. Our frenetic modern lifestyles require constant momentum. We simply don't have the time—or desire—to be still, regardless of how fatigued we feel. As a result, energy has become a commodity that we buy and ingest. Coffee is the elixir of productivity, and every city block has a Starbucks to ensure we get our fix.