Would You Like a Hot Beverage?

So enters the weekend….that magical time when an analytic mind relaxes and enjoys life…….and as usual I will find those unusual topics on which to post…..

I exist on caffeine……coffee keeps the mind going and working at an incredible rate…..I have seen all the studies that say it is bad for a person….also the ones that say it is good and cannot hurt……and now there is a new study……

It’s no news flash that consuming caffeine close to bedtime can interfere with sleep. But scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder report in the journal Science Translational Medicine that caffeine has another physiological impact on sleep by delaying the body’s natural surge in the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, which in turn pushes back the body’s circadian clock. “To our surprise, no one had really tested this question,” one of the researchers tells NPR. “What we’re seeing here now is another way that caffeine impacts our physiology that we didn’t know about before in humans.”

The problem in this case is that the circadian clock is “present in cells throughout our entire body,” says the researcher. “It’s in your fat cells; it’s in your muscle cells.” Messing with it appears to play a role in a wide range of health problems, from obesity to cancer. Many studies have recently suggested that bright light at night, especially the blue light emanating from our screens, impedes melatonin production. Caffeine’s effect is about half what scientists found when exposing volunteers to bright light alone; volunteers who drank a double espresso three hours before bedtime experienced a 40-minute delay of the melatonin surge. Now the researchers plan to study whether caffeine consumption five or six hours before bedtime produces a similar effect.

Sleep?  There is plenty of time for sleep when I crap out!

Next the fad….green tea.  You have seen or heard the claims that green tea can do everything from weight loss to sexual prowess……

I bet there is one that you have not heard…….

A 16-year-old girl in England decided she was going to lose weight by drinking green tea, so she ordered two boxes online, the Telegraph reports. Most of the ingredients were written in Chinese, but the girl spent the next three months drinking three cups a day. According to ABC News, she had lost only a few pounds when she started suffering from nausea and joint and abdominal pains. She would eventually develop jaundice. “I was very scared when I was admitted to hospital and had lots of tests,” the girl says in a report published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal Case Reports. “I didn’t fully understand what was going on at the time.” The initial suspicion was a urinary tract infection, but it turns out she had acute hepatitis.

Doctors gave the girl intravenous fluids and medication—and made her stop drinking the tea—and she recovered quickly, ABC reports. According to the Telegraph, green tea has been rumored to be help everything from depression to breast cancer to dementia, thanks to its antioxidants. The report’s authors even “acknowledge that green tea is predominantly a very safe and healthy drink.” And while they didn’t test the girl’s tea, they believe chemical additives or pesticides were likely the cause of her hepatitis. One expert tells ABC that consumers need to be careful when buying herbal supplements or tea over the Internet. It’s a lesson one 16-year-old girl learned the hard way. “I will never buy any online tea again,” she says in the report

Personally I think green tea is an overrated consumer item….and now I know for damn sure I will not bother with it……

7 thoughts on “Would You Like a Hot Beverage?

  1. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that caffeine is, in general, a thing to be avoided. All you have to do is:

    1) observe its users. Since damn near everyone is hooked on the shit, you’ve got to look at heavier users. In general, they’re a seriously moody bunch. When they’re high, they run around from task to task. Rarely do they complete any of them, at least with any degree of quality. They’re always on their devices and they speak so damn fast, even they often don’t even understand what they said. They usually only make sense to other junkies.

    And when they’re low, they’re a jittery, nasty, bunch. Say the wrong thing and you’ll lose an arm. When they “sleep” (if they sleep) they collapse in a snoring puddle for days. When they awake, until they get their first hit, they stumble around like an extra in The Walking Dead.

    If you don’t think caffeine addiction is serious/dangerous, stand outside a Tim Horton’s drive-through for a couple hours. Tim Horton’s (started by a hockey player) has a virtual coffee & doughnut monopoly in Canada. There are far more Tim Horton’s than even Starbucks.

    Within a block, you’ll find the calibre of driving plummets and the level of aggression goes up. There are more accidents & close calls within a block of a Tim Horton’s than the rest of the city combined. Drivers so close to their fix are more aggressive and take chances to get into the line-up faster. Sometimes, if the car ahead takes a second too long to advance, they’ll even honk. I actually witnessed a “get out of the car” shouting match once between two drivers once. And drivers leaving are even more dangerous, as most have their boiling hot coffee in one hand as they take chances to exit faster, so they can start using.

    2) observe its sellers Caffeine is heavily marketed as a “lifestyle”. Mature addicts are less targeted, because they’re already addicted. They’re targeted with the warm, calming, images of an addiction that’s been satisfied. There’s a lot more marketing to younger users and it emphasizes the excitement, the social aspects, the peer pressure. Red Bullshit probably spends more in advertising in a day than they do in raw materials & labour in a year. They advertise at every “edgy”, “hip”, & “kewl” event there is to get youngsters hooked on their sugary monkey piss.

    But it’s important to note that studies of caffeine don’t easily translate into real world results, and probably understate the impact of using. That’s because caffeine is VERY closely associated with sugar, an addictive drug in its own right. It has plenty of negative consequences of its own. Most people use both at the same time, something that’s rarely taken into account.

      1. I’m a refined, British colonialist, so I drink tea…with my pinkie in the air and everything! Coffee smells good but, without a litre of milk & a bucket of sugar, it tastes like warm mud. This is why Starbucks sells its users such milky, sugary, smack. Addictive or not, you just can’t charge $15 a coffee for bitter tasting shit.

        Speaking of bitter, somebody once gave me a Red Bullshit as joke-gift because I am (Get this!) “too mellow”. I drank it one afternoon. It tasted like monkey piss. I could barely force it down. And within 10 minutes, I was not “given wings”. I was not “refreshed”, or “alert”. I WAS ASLEEP!!!

        That shit is 100% marketing. Nobody would drink this crap if they didn’t market the fuck out of it…and what it did to your head. I heard that, in the early 80’s, caffeine was almost banned from soft-drinks altogether because of what it did to kids’ brains. Today, caffeine dealers intentionally pitch their virtual cocaine to children….as if it was real cocaine. “It’ll get you buzzed!” “It’ll jack you up!” Etc.

        One more disturbing post-Raygun change. Selling drugs to children is not something to be stopped, but something to be encouraged.

      2. Red Bull is “monkey piss” so is Mountain Dew……but I do like my coffee…..and I drink it black…..tea does not have the punch I like…..but there is medication that will be a good substitute…..

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