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Caffeine Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised  

Caffeine is an addictive stimulant that temporarily speeds up neurotransmission and raise serotonin. This is only temporary and then it decreases or inhibits serotonin. Low serotonin is one of the main symptoms of depressed individuals. Another aspect not fully recognized could be a result of the increased dopamine. I have no way to prove it at this time but I am convinced that some foods or stimulants are the root cause of our increasing sexual deviations. For example dopamine is known to raise sexual drive and may cause hypersexuality.

Caffeine is a toxin and found to cause OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), depression, organ damage including the brain, anorexia, tremors, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, thyroid problems, confusion, delirium, seizures, heart palpitations, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, dementia and poisons the brain.

Caffiene is probably the most destructive chemical being ingested today. There remains numerous conflicts about caffeine. Some research supports caffeine in moderate doses and others show harmful effects.

These three popular herbs contain high levels of caffeine; green tea, yerba matte and chocolate. If you crave chocolate it is a possible sign you are low in serotonin.

Why is caffeine so bad? It is because it is an oxidant. Oxidants destroy the bodies ability to ward off diseases, pathogens and viruses. It is not the occasional drink but over and over again often due to the addictive compulsion to get a caffeine fix. Each time a little more oxidative damage is done until one day the entire immune system is compromised. Then the persons wonders why their immune system is malfunctioning.

1. "Symptoms of Caffiene overdose "Acute caffeine poisoning gives early symptoms of anorexia, tremor, and restlessness. Followed by nausea, vomiting, tachycardia, and confusion. Serious intoxication may cause delirium, seizures, supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias, hypokalemia, and hyperglycemia. Chronic high-dose caffeine intake can lead to nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching, insomnia, palpitations and hyperreflexia..." (1)

2. "Caffeine, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), generates an increase of catecholamine (noradrenaline, adrenaline, and dopamine) production and delays catecholamine reuptake. Monoamine activity, (4), (5) including an increase in dopamine activity, (4) is believed involved with OCD.Due to caffeine's MAOI properties, caffeine delays serotonin breakdown. A deficiency in serotonin metabolism is involved with OCD. (6), (7) Caffeine anaphylaxis reduces cerebral oxygen. Anaphylactic shock causes circulatory failure, resulting in decreased blood flow and oxygen. Caffeine reduces cerebral oxygen, (8), (9) and hyperventilation, a symptom of anaphylaxis, (10-12) contributes to oxygen deprivation. Commonly, patients diagnosed with OCD suffer a decrease in cerebral blood flow. (13-15) Ongoing caffeine anaphylaxis encourages a person to repeat thoughts. An overly stimulated poisoned brain generates thoughts of small dilemmas, generally not catastrophic, revolving repetitively in the mind. The caffeine allergic individual never suspects a toxic brain. The chemical reactions of caffeine anaphylaxis masking allergic symptoms, and brain poisoning prevent a caffeine allergic person from recognizing symptoms of caffeine anaphylaxis, and memory impairment prevents the ability to recognize repetition. Persons with prefrontal cortex damage focus on the immediate... Researchers believe that adolescents and young adults diagnosed with OCD who have previously used stimulants are more likely to develop bipolar disorder. (17) Symptoms of OCD accompany several physical disorders. Obsessive compulsion can accompany brain injury, (18-20) and drug toxicity. (21) Obsessive compulsive behavior affects stimulant users. (22), (23) A high percentage of the world's population ingests caffeine in quantities that can produce substantial effects on the organs, including the brain. A toxin, caffeine presents a risk for generating psychological disorders. And chronic exposure to a drug presents the risk of developing an allergy. Caffeine anaphylaxis fight or flight toxicity is a recently discovered disorder that generates a cascade of chemical imbalances. This cascade of imbalances accelerates neurotransmission, poisons the brain, and causes a progressively deteriorating dementia, which includes obsessive-compulsive symptoms. (2)

3. See an informative chart at that shows the amount of caffeine in many drinks. It has a calculator to reflect how much caffeine you get in the amount you drink. It lists an 8 oz. cup of brewed caffinated coffee with 107.5 mg. and a popular 2.5 ox energy drink "Redline Power Rush" with 350 mg. Many times more than a cup of coffee. The site has a food chart as well and shows Crack Heads2 candy with 600 mg. caffeine. (3)

4. "Caffeine is one in a group of compounds known as methylxanthines. The other two compounds are theobromine and theophylline and are found in cocoa and tea, respectively." (4)

5. Wickipedia "The use of theophylline is complicated by the fact that it interacts with various drugs, chiefly cimetidine and phenytoin, and that it has a narrow therapeutic index, so its use must be monitored to avoid toxicity. It can also cause nausea, diarrhea, increase in heart rate, arrhythmias, and CNS excitation (headaches, insomnia, irritability, dizziness and lightheadedness) [9][10]. Its toxicity is increased by erythromycin, cimetidine, and fluoroquinolones, such as "cipro" (ciprofloxacin). It can reach toxic levels when taken with fatty meals, an effect called dose dumping. (6)

5."Even more troubling, the researchers concluded that the equivalent of four cups of coffee raises blood pressure for many hours. Although the increases appear modest, they are large enough to affect heart attack and stroke risk, says lead author James D. Lane, PhD. The findings were reported in the July/August issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. (5)

6."Coffee drinking at midlife is associated with a decreased risk of dementia/AD later in life." (6)

7."Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can cause you to have electrolyte disturbances".

8." see Hyponatremia it is a condition caused by electrolyte disturbances that can cause coma, brain swelling unusual actions and is a serious condition.

(1) http://www.coffeefaq.com/site/node/12
(2) http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0ISW/is_/ai_114820684
(3) http://energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database
(4) http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/general/caffeine.htm
(5) Pub Med 19158424
(6) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophylline
(7) http://www.chemocare.com/managing/hyponatremia-low-sodium.asp
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