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Medications made with caffeine may double risk of stroke

7/12/2013 - Taking pharmaceutical drugs with added caffeine could raise your risk of suffering a stroke, but not necessarily because of the caffeine. A new study out of South Korea recently found that people who take over-the-counter pain pills and other medications with added caffeine are up to three times more...

Wrigley's selling caffeine gum to children

5/28/2013 - With Wrigley gum sales declining in record numbers, marketers have been looking for new ways to appeal to gum chewers, especially children. On April 29th, Wrigley launched a new line of energy chewing gum called Alert. With each pellet of gum containing 40 milligrams of caffeine, (equivalent to a half...

Study: Caffeine harms glucose metabolism in type-2 diabetics:

4/16/2013 - Coffee-loving diabetics, watch out! Although some studies have shown that coffee drinking may actually help prevent or regulate diabetes, the evidence seems to suggest that caffeine actually worsens diabetic symptoms. In fact, caffeine appears to outweigh all the benefits that coffee would otherwise...

Coffee drinking causes low birth weight in babies and prolonged birth

3/5/2013 - If you're a mother-to-be and you happen to enjoy a couple cups of coffee in the morning, you may be undercutting your baby's birth weight. That's the conclusion by researchers who have conducted a decade-long study of nearly 60,000 women in Norway - expectant mothers who drink two cups of coffee...

Reclaim your brain - naturally!

3/2/2013 - Our Brains are under siege from all angles. From the dumbing down of the education system, toxins and hormones in food and water, the covert reduction of people's attention spans and information saturation, to endless stimulant induced peaks and troughs - times are hard for your grey matter. Over stimulated,...

New breakfast soft drink may promote weight gain and Type II diabetes

2/23/2013 - A new breakfast drink came on the market this year to meet a demand of people who want caffeine in the morning, but not from coffee or tea. Created by a major soft drink manufacturer; it contains caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners a few vitamins and a little (five percent) juice. At 16 ounces, it...

Caffeine during pregnancy lowers birth weight

2/23/2013 - Consuming caffeine while pregnant leads to low birth weights and longer pregnancies, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Norwegian Institute for Public Health and published in the journal BMC Medicine. "As the risk for having a low birth weight baby was associated with caffeine...

Extra-caffeinated soda and chemical sweeteners for breakfast? PepsiCo introduces 'Kickstart' soda for people who absolutely hate themselves

2/19/2013 - Ah, there's nothing like a heavy dose of caffeine, corn syrup and highly acidic phosphoric acid in the morning. And bringing it to you is none other than PepsiCo, the company that habitually uses aspartame, MSG and GMOs across its product line. Apparently drinking an aspartame-laced, caffeine-spiked...

Energy drinks: Are they safe for you and your kids?

11/2/2012 - It seems like a new energy drink comes out every month claiming to provide more "energy," fewer/zero calories and no sugar. Approximately 30-50 percent of today's adolescents are consuming these drinks; it's important for parents and adults of all ages to know if they are really safe. The amount of...

Monster energy drinks possibly the cause of five deaths

10/26/2012 - Monster energy drinks are a popular choice for a caffeine fix among teens and young adults, but can drinking too many of them be fatal? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now investigating five deaths within the past year, the victims of which had consumed Monster drinks before their deaths. Monster...

Do highly-caffeinated drinks like Monster Energy pose a death risk to people who drink them?

10/26/2012 - They continue to be all the rage today, particularly among the masses of chronically-fatigued individuals and young people seeking a rapid energy boost. But highly-caffeinated beverages like Monster Energy and Red Bull are increasingly finding themselves implicated in wrongful death accusations, as...

Addicted to coffee? You may be dopamine deficient

7/8/2012 - Many of us depend on an early morning "Jo" to get us on the go. Some of us need refills as the day progresses. Still others use coffee to get over depression or anxiety, even though caffeine can create more fight or flight hormones and tax our adrenal glands by pumping us with adrenaline. The adrenaline...

New studies reveal caffeinated coffee protects against Alzheimer's, diabetes, depression and prostate cancer

1/9/2012 10:18:38 PM - Recent research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee daily may protect against developing Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, depression and more, according to reports from Science Daily. Animal studies at the University of Florida discovered an ingredient in coffee that interacts with...

Does green tea have caffeine? Seven things you need to know

11/23/2011 - If you want to completely eliminate caffeine from your diet, you will have to add green tea to your list of forbidden foods. However, if you merely want to reduce your caffeine intake, you may want to substitute green tea for coffee as your morning pick-me-up beverage. Consider these facts about green...

Work stress, television viewing, and caffeine promote obesity

1/1/2011 - Obesity may be the most critical health challenge we face today. In the United States almost 70% of us are considered to be overweight including almost one-third who qualify as obese. Obesity comes with a big price tag. A recent estimate found that the medical care costs of obesity related conditions...

Food Addictions Come with the Standard American Diet

10/14/2010 - No, people don't think of food addiction like they do other addictions. For example, people don't go to a dark alley with a wad of cash to score a chocolate chip cookie, and people don't go to a rehab clinic so they get help kicking their caffeine addiction. While there are no food rehab clinics and...

Coffee doesn't really boost your energy or alertness, study reveals

10/8/2010 - Coffee no longer boosts energy or alertness levels above baseline in regular drinkers of the beverage, according to a study conducted by researchers from Bristol University and published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. "Although frequent consumers feel alerted by caffeine, especially by their...

Caffeine intake leads to smaller babies

9/20/2010 - Drinking the equivalent of six or more cups of coffee a day while pregnant can lead to lower birth weight and length, according to a study conducted by researchers from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers followed...

Moderation of Caffeine in Women Proven to Boost Memory

1/9/2010 - Women over the age of 65 have a head start when it comes to mental faculties... if they drink 3 cups of coffee per day, that is. Caffeine consumption in moderation is now a proven boost to women's mental health. When taken in moderation, it appears that caffeine can actually be a boost to women's...

Viktoras Kulvinskas Part I: From Migraines, Arthritis, Caffeine and Obesity to Holistic Living Nutrition

9/11/2009 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Rawkathon, which can be found at In this excerpt, Viktoras Kulvinskas shares on his journey from migraines, arthritis, caffeine addiction and obesity to holistic living nutrition. Rawkathon with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Viktoras...

Caffeine May Prevent and Help Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

8/2/2009 - There is probably no more dreaded and feared disease than memory-destroying and life-robbing Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), as many as 2.4 to 4.5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and, as Baby Boomers age, those numbers are expected...

Prenatal Caffeine Consumption Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

3/13/2009 - A new study has found that women who drink as little as one cup of coffee per day while pregnant can significantly increase their child's risk of low birth weight, spurring the British Food Standards Agency (FSA) to lower the maximum recommended daily caffeine intake during pregnancy. Caffeine has...

Energy Drinks Causing Caffeine Intoxication

2/5/2009 - The way that energy drinks are marketed and used places consumers at significant risk of caffeine intoxication, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. "The caffeine content of energy drinks varies...

The Positive and Negative Impact of Caffeine on Women's Health

12/9/2008 - Caffeine is a compound found in a variety of plants and acts as a natural pesticide which protects plants from the insects that feed on them. In the human body, however, caffeine behaves like a psychoactive stimulant drug by arousing the central nervous system and it is also a gentle diuretic. Caffeine...

The Effect of Caffeine on Stress Levels and Teamwork

9/24/2008 - "Taking a coffee break at work may actually sabotage employees' ability to do their jobs and undermine teamwork instead of boosting it, suggests new research." So begins an article in New Scientist. We thought coffee breaks reduce stress. Have you noticed however, that after drinking coffee, stressful...

Drinking Caffeine During Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Miscarriage

8/11/2008 - Drinking as little as 10 ounces of coffee per day may double a pregnant woman's risk of miscarriage, according to a new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente researchers and published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers interviewed 1,063 pregnant women, including 102 who had already...

California to Study Caffeine Danger to Pregnant Women

7/2/2008 - A California state advisory panel has recommended that the state conduct an investigation into whether caffeine poses a risk to the unborn children of pregnant women. "If I were a pregnant woman or a woman thinking about being pregnant, I would want to know, should I be avoiding caffeine?" said Renee...

The Dangers of Dehydration (Part I)

6/16/2008 - The human body is composed of 75 percent water and 25 percent solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water. Most modern societies, however, no longer stress the importance of drinking water as the most important "nutrient"...

Caffeine Consumption Hikes Blood Sugar Levels by 8 Percent for Diabetics

6/12/2008 - Diabetics who consume caffeine may experience a significant increase in blood sugar, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Duke University Medical School and published in the journal Diabetes Care. Researchers placed tiny blood sugar monitors under the skin of 10 people with Type...

Study Shows Moderate Amounts of Caffeine Can Double Miscarriage Risk

2/28/2008 - A recently released study shows that women who drink moderate amounts of caffeine during their pregnancy can double their chance of miscarriage. The study was published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on January 21st. Dr. De-Kun Li, the lead author and investigator in the study,...

Coffee myth busted: morning cups offer no boost in mental alertness

3/26/2007 - New research presented to the British Nutrition Foundation shows that regular consumption of coffee does not affect a person’s alertness. University of Bristol researchers have carried out a review of previous studies into the effects of caffeine, and concluded that only those who have avoided coffee...

Researchers seek to insert caffeine into baked goods

1/29/2007 - With a new technology involving caffeine being researched, bakeries might be adding more than just sugar and spice to pastries. Leading the charge is Robert Bohannon, who invented a patent-pending method to encapsulate caffeine into baked goods. However, initial results ended up with food that tastes...

Negative effects of caffeine are stronger on daytime sleep than on nocturnal sleep (press release)

11/20/2006 - A new study at the Université de Montréal has concluded that people drinking coffee to get through a night shift or a night of studying will strongly hurt their recovery sleep the next day. The study published in the current issue of Neuropsychopharmacology was conducted by Dr. Julie Carrier from the...

Child-centered marketing causing kids to carry unhealthy food habits into adulthood

10/30/2006 - The next time you get up early on a Saturday morning, turn on your television to any one of the major broadcast stations or child-oriented cable networks. In between Saturday morning cartoons, you'll suddenly find yourself bombarded by commercials advertising fast food and sugary breakfast cereal and...

Decaffeinated coffee still contains caffeine, researchers report

10/11/2006 - Coffee drinkers who switch to decaf may still be consuming caffeine, according to new research published in this month's Journal of Analytical Toxicology. Researchers from the University of Florida examined 10 16-ounce decaffeinated drip-brewed coffees from nine local coffee houses or national chains...

Caffeine limits blood flow to heart muscle during exercise (press release)

8/28/2006 - In healthy volunteers, the equivalent of two cups of coffee reduced the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart muscle in response to exercise, and the effect was stronger when the participants were in a chamber simulating high altitude, according to a new study in the Jan. 17, 2006, issue of...

Sodas and energy drinks can supply a surprising caffeine jolt (press release)

8/11/2006 - Some carbonated sodas and energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and can give an unhealthy pick-me-up to unsuspecting consumers, University of Florida researchers warn. Because caffeine can pose health risks for people with certain medical conditions, beverages containing the additive should clearly...

Interview with Dr. Elson Haas, bestselling author, pioneering doctor and nutritional detox expert

1/29/2006 - Mike: A lot of people are familiar with detox, but some are not, and from a nutritional standpoint, they certainly may not be familiar with what it involves. What type of detox do you focus on? Dr. Haas: Well, detoxification involves getting rid of things from the body as well as stopping toxins...

Sleep therapist Dr. Rubin Naiman explains the true causes of sleep disorders, caffeine cravings and sleep hormone imbalances

1/16/2006 - Seventy-six percent of Americans are lacking something right now. No, it's not the latest fad fashion, electronic device or even money in the bank. It's sleep. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb so that people could work at night, and there are now 25 million night shift workers in U.S.-occupied...

The hidden dangers of caffeine: How coffee causes exhaustion, fatigue and addiction

10/11/2005 - Most a.m. coffee drinkers don't realize it, but their morning cups of coffee set their bodies up for a rollercoaster day of highs and lows, only to bottom out at the point of exhaustion. Just a few hours after consumption, when the artificial high dies down, many people may reach for more coffee or...

Losing weight with appetite suppressing drugs, herbs and macronutrients

7/6/2005 - Are you trying to lose weight? If so, let me ask you a question: What would make your weight loss goals easier to achieve? Aside from having those pounds magically melt off, appetite control would probably help you the most, right? Unfortunately for most people, appetite control is easier said than...

The unauthorized history of Coca-Cola (satire)

1/14/2005 - Coca-cola was originally promoted as a drink "offering the virtues of coca without the vices of alcohol." Until 1903, a typical serving contained 60mg of cocaine. Today, it still contains an extract of coca leaves. The Coca-Cola Company imports eight tons of coca leaf from South America each year --...

The health effects of drinking soda - quotes from the experts

1/8/2005 - This is a compilation of quotes about the destructive health effects of soft drinks from some of the leading authors on health, nutrition and junk food. This full list, and much more information, is included in The Five Soft Drink Monsters downloadable ebook. Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno...

Treating insomnia / sleep disorders with herbs and nutrition

10/19/2004 - ... continuing from part 1 ... A reader asks, "Are there any foods, vitamins, herbs, etc, that can help with insomnia? I've had sleeping problems for years, and I would really appreciate any kind of useful information." In part one of this Q&A, we talked about how lack of exposure to natural sunlight...

Diabetics advised to avoid caffeine; new study shows radical blood sugar effects

7/26/2004 - It's always interesting to me to observe what sort of medical news makes the headlines, and lately we've seen a number of stories talking about a new study that shows how caffeine destabilizes blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetics. According to the study, when people with diabetes consume caffeine...

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