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AMERICA THE SEDATED!
FROM THE EDITORS DESK
By John R Hernandez@NDMH-2015
FOOD FOR THOUGHT SECTION
MEMORIAL DAY EDITION -2015
“Each year Americans consume tons of sugary products, sweeteners, synthetic by-products of just about anything that will produce that kick, that extra bump one needs to get from point A to point B. Maybe it’s getting through a hard day at work or getting started in the morning? In nursing homes, mental institutions including half way houses, in prisons, and hospitals it has become the main stay; offered at times free of charge.
But how much does America consume, know, or care to know about its favorite pick-me-upper? Why with caffeine consumption at an all time high it’s interesting to note how often ‘headaches’ pop up in these studies as unwelcome side effects. Because, at least in my inquiries -headaches- would be the herring test, the canary in the cage, the red flag. But, why the headaches you ask? Because, I’m talking about your brain, your blood vessels, their circulation, what is impeding them from their normal processes?
What is the long term affect of caffeine on our arterial makeup? Obesity, insomnia, lethargy, sinus problems, Asthma symptoms, Anxiety and heart palpitations? Just to name a few! In their research, according to Jerry R. Mohrig, Christina Noring Hammond, Paul F. Schatz – 2002 – Science. They have stated that Caffeine consumption and its use as a stimulant predates written history. Article found through; Modern Projects and Experiments in Organic Chemistry: .. https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0716739216
The title of this section is FOOD FOR THOUGHT and it is meant not just only as a wake up call on the things we consume but, as a measuring rod for you to make your own decisions. Subjects here in this section vary by topic both pro and con from pollution, to tobacco, the fluids we consume to fruits, vegetables, and just about all things we entertain in our gastronomical fancy. Yes including moms dear and ages old recipes!
But beyond what we have found in our short and nimble studies on this topic today there are some scholarly thoughts I have entertained including those done by the following notable authors. Which expound on their research to include some federal work in this area titled.”JRH-NDMH 2015
Beverage caffeine intakes in the U.S.
By Diane C. Mitchell a,⇑ , Carol A. Knight b , Jon Hockenberry c , Robyn Teplansky c , Terryl J. Hartman
Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 110 Chandlee University Park, PA 16802, United States b Knight International, 715 Ketch Drive, Naples, FL 34103, United States c Kantar Worldpanel, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, United States dDepartment of Epidemiology, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road NE, CNR #3035, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States
‘Excessive caffeine intakes have been associated with anxiety, headaches, nausea, and restlessness (Heckman, 2010a; Nawrot et al., 2003). Side effects (i.e., headache, fatigue, drowsiness) may be experienced when caffeine intake is stopped suddenly; however, symptoms are generally mild and temporary (Heckman, 2010a; Nawrot et al., 2003). Some but not all studies have shown an increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease (Nurminen et al., 1999; Heckman, 2010a; Mesas et al., 2011). Moderate caffeine intake (less than 400 mg/day for healthy adults) does not adversely affect cardiovascular health (Nawrot et al., 2003). Scientific data do not support adverse effects of moderate caffeine consumption below 300 mg/day on reproductive health or pregnancy outcomes (Brent et al., 2011; Kuczkowski, 2009; Peck et al., 2010). Regardless of the longstanding consumption of caffeine-containing beverages in the diet, there is a lack of comprehensive and current population-based data on caffeine intakes. Most studies still cite information dating back to the 1980s and 1990s when Barone and Roberts (1996) highlighted results from earlier population-based surveys. In 2004 and 2006, Knight et al. published data from the Share of Intake Panel (SIP) a syndicated beverage survey conducted by NFO WorldGroup. In 2005, Frary and colleagues published caffeine intakes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Continuing Survey of Food Intakes in Individuals (CSFII) collected in 1994–1996 and 1998 (Frary et al., 2005). The CSFII study provided estimated caffeine intakes from both food and beverages using a different methodology than previous beverage consumption surveys (i.e., SIP) representing roughly the same time period. Other recent data on caffeine intakes and caffeinated food and beverages intakes are presented in a publically available U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report with data from the 2001–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and other surveys (Somogyi, 2010). There has also been an introduction of a greater variety of beverages in the marketplace. The introduction of functional beverages such as energy drinks, energy shots, as well as an array of specialty coffees, also highlights the importance of characterizing more recent beverage consumption patterns and caffeine intakes that may have evolved over the last decade. The objective of the present investigation was to estimate caffeine intakes in the U.S. population from the consumption of caffeinated beverages using a current (2010–2011) population-based beverage survey, the Kantar Worldpanel (KWP) Beverage Consumption Panel [formerly the SIP, conducted by NFO WorldGroup (Knight et al., 2004)].” SOURCE BELOW
The following article excerpt on human health and coffee consumption provided via amazingdiscoveries.org lends further insight on this subject. Happy hunting!”JRH-2015 NDMH
America’s Number One Drug Problem—Coffee
Author: Katy Chamberlin
Publish date: Apr 6, 2009
Summary: Coffee is linked to numerous health issues, but continues to be one the most popular drinks worldwide.
Caffeine is a Poison
Caffeine, which is the main chemical in coffee, is a powerful poison! A drop of caffeine injected into the skin of an animal will produce death within a few minutes. An infinitely small amount injected into the brain will cause convulsions. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is quite small, yet we drink coffee because of the effect of the caffeine, just as we smoke because of the effect of the nicotine. Both are drugs, and both are habit-forming. Both are poisons.
Coffee Drinking and Stomach Ulcers
The general public usually associates ulcers and heart trouble with coffee drinking. J.A. Roth and A.C. Ivy, whose experiments on coffee are famous, state this: Caffeine produces gastro-duodenal ulcers in animals to whom the drug is given in a beeswax container so that their stomachs are absorbing caffeine continually. Also, caffeine produces very definite changes in the blood vessels of animals, which are similar to changes produced by prolonged resentment hostility and anxiety.iii
Coffee Linked to Hip Fractures
“People who drink more than two cups of coffee or four cups of tea a day could be increasing their risk of hip fracture in old age, according to a new study.”ivThe study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, is the first to link caffeine consumption with hip fractures that occur in older people whose bones have weakened. A hip fracture often marks an elderly person’s final decline into dependency or death.
Brown University’s Dr. Douglas P. Kiel and his colleagues looked at how much coffee or tea 3170 people reported drinking over 14 years. They then looked to see which ones fractured their hips, a sign that bones had become brittle. They found that heavy caffeine drinkers were 53% more likely to suffer hip fractures.
Trying to become pregnant? Stop drinking caffeinated drinks. Among 104 women, those who drank just one cup of caffeinated coffee a day were half as likely to become pregnant during any given menstrual cycle as those who drank less, according to a 1988 study by Allen Wilcox of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Most of the studies conducted since then have also found that caffeine impairs fertility, but usually only at three or more cups of regular coffee a day.
But the research is only as good or bad as the women’s memories. For example, scientists at John Hopkins University found that among 2500 women who were trying to become pregnant, consuming more than 300 mg of caffeine a day reduced their chances of succeeding in any given month by 17%. But those results were based on the amount of coffee and soft drinks the women could remember having consumed as many as ten years earlier.
Even so, “it’s probably prudent for women who are trying to become pregnant, and especially for those having trouble, to cut back on caffeine,” says Mark Klebanoff of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland.
Does Coffee Cause Cancer?
There is mounting evidence suggesting that if you want to avoid certain cancers, you are well-advised to kick the coffee habit. Consider these examples:
One study revealed that not only was coffee drinking associated with increased risk of bladder cancer, but the drinking of non-diet cola drinks also was linked to this problem.
Coffee drinking increases the risk of birth defects.
Coffee drinking increases blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease.”
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