Scientists and health experts seems to be confused over deciding whether consuming coffee is harmful to health. Many times they seem to ignore the fact that anything affecting brain is not safe for human consumption.
Our brain is the center of our spirituality. Our brain needs to be clear to make critical decisions especially during the time of temptations.
Here are few reasons which validates scientifically that coffee (and tea) is harmful to our health.
Reason 1: Caffeine is so dangerous that it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, warns leading expert
Caffeine is so dangerous and is being consumed in such high quantities that it should now be regulated, a leading expert claims.
Dr Jack James says that the stimulant is causing ‘untimely deaths’ and that its ‘lethality’ is being underestimated.
Dr James, editor in chief of the Journal of Caffeine Research, and head of the department of psychology at Reykjavik University, Iceland, says he is concerned that the substance is increasingly being added to products such as energy drinks, alcoholic drinks and medicines.
Dr James believes the risks caffeine poses to our health are so great that products that contain it should be taxed and restricted like cigarettes and alcohol. Sales to children in particular should be restricted.
He says that as well as tea and coffee, caffeine is found in fizzy drinks, energy drinks, bottled water, alcoholic drinks (such as Tia Maria), cookies, chewing gum, yogurt and flavoured milk.
It is also commonly found in cold and flu remedies, weight loss pills, mints, cosmetics, soaps and even tights to aid slimming.
Even more worrying, he says that caffeine is also frequently used as a diluent (cutting agent) in illicit drugs.
He notes that while some countries in Europe and Scandinavia have begun to take regulatory action, including sales restrictions and product labelling, most countries including the UK and the U.S. have a ‘regulatory vacuum’.
In his provocative editorial ‘Death by Caffeine: How Many Caffeine-related Fatalities and Near-misses Must There Be before We Regulate?’, he argues that the trend of children downing energy drinks is exacerbating the problem.
He says that in order to highlight the risks of caffeine, products should be labelled with the amount they contain and sales to children in particular should be restricted.
And in 2009, a father from Bolton said his 11-year-old son hanged himself after energy drinks changed his behaviour. Lee Johns said his son Tyler was a happy-go-lucky child until he started downing the drinks to make himself feel grown up.
Tyler went from thriving at school and impressing neighbours with his good behaviour to becoming ‘hyper and disruptive’ in the months leading to his death last year.
A one-litre caffeine drink was lying near Tyler’s body when his mother found him hanging in his bedroom.
Dr James is also concerned that sporty teenagers who drink lots of caffeine are putting their hearts under a great deal of strain.
He adds that although caffeine has been widely considered to be harmless, ‘awareness is increasing that its consumption is associated with substantial harm, including fatalities and near-fatalities’.
He says that caffeine was named as a contributing factor in 6,309 cases that the American National Poison Data System was notified of in 2011.
Lethal: Dr Jack James says caffeine is causing ‘untimely deaths’ . In 2009, 11-year old Tyler Johns (bottom) was found hanged after downing energy drinks
And the annual number of emergency room visits in the U.S. associated with energy drinks jumped 36 per cent to 20,000 in 2011 compared to the previous year, according to a report released by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.
In just one year, the substance killed four people in Sweden, adds Dr James.
He says that caffeine – in the form of energy drinks – also offsets the sedating effects of alcohol and encourages people to drink more.
Furthermore, there is a ‘growing body of evidence’ which indicates that compared to alcohol alone, adding caffeine increases the risk of having unprotected sex, experiencing or committing sexual assault, drink driving and being violent.
There is also evidence that caffeine consumption by children may also make them more likely to use alcohol, drugs and smoke in the future.
According to the Food Standards Agency, there is no recommended daily limit on caffeine because the amount people can tolerate varies hugely depending on a number of factors, such as age, weight and average caffeine consumption.
A study by the government regulatory agency Health Canada concluded that the average person can have up to 400mg of caffeine a day without experiencing negative affect, such as anxiety or heart problems.
Indeed, we can become used to caffeine over time. The only exception is for pregnant women, who are advised to consume no more than 200mg of caffeine a day, as it can have adverse effects on birth weight and pregnancy outcome.
Children should have no more than 75mg.
An 8oz can of Monster Energy has 92mg, while an 8oz Red Bull can has 83mg. A bottle of Coca-Cola contains 58mg of caffeine, while a an 8oz cup of decaf coffee has 5mg and hot chocolate has 9mg.
Caffeine intoxication is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a medical condition. Symptoms include nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, stomach upset, tremors and rapid heartbeat.
Two known triggers of the heart rhythm disorder supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are caffeine and alcohol, so the risk increases if they are taken at the same time. SVTs can make your heart beat very quickly – up to 160 beats per minute.
The result can be terrifying palpitations, chest pain, dizziness and feeling out of breath.
Reason 2: Spiders shows us why Coffee is harmful
In 1995, Dr. David Noever and other NASA researchers at Marshall Flight Center, studied the effects of certain drugs on common household spiders. LSD, marijuana, benzedrine, choral hydrate and caffeine were given to the spiders and then the webs were studied.
Nasa scientists believe the research demonstrates that web-spinning spiders can be used to test drugs because the more toxic the chemical, the more deformed was the web.
Spider Web without Caffeine
Spider web with Caffeine
Of all the drugs given Caffeine turned out to be the most dangerous.The spider was unable to create a single organized web cell. The caffeine spider’s web lacked the fundamental hub and spokes common to conventional web design.
Caffeine the drug found in the popular drinks like tea, coffee, Cola and Chocolate is proven to be very toxic for the function of the brain (for more information on this select Coffee & Tea from the category section in my blog)
Thousands in mental institutions due to caffeine
“Thousands are in mental institutions today because of no greater matter than that of the use of caffeine. Psychiatrists are now publishing articles indicating that there are numerous cases of depression and anxiety in mental institutions who need no other treatment than to be taken off caffeine. It would seem that with such a simple remedy available, many thousands of people could be returned to their full usefulness promptly. “However, the use of caffeine is so traditional and firmly entrenched that it is almost impossible to remove caffeinated drinks from the diet of patients in the mental institutions. Soft drink machines, coffee dispensers, and the traditional coffee break are common pastimes in mental institutions, and with those who are mentally ill at home.” Calvin Thrash, M.D., Author, Food Allergies Made Simple
Reason 3: Material Safety Data Sheet on caffeine defines it is harmful
CAFFEINE: TOXIC. ACUTE EXPOSURE- Ingestion of large amounts may result in headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, chills, fever, excitement, restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, mild delirium, hallucinations, tinnitus, constricted pupils, decreased visual fields, amblyopia,diplopia, photophobia, and scintillating scotoma.
Neurologic symptoms may persist for several days. Other effects may include alternating states of consciousness and muscle twitching, tremors, hyperesthesia, hypertonicity or hypotonicity, trismus, opisthotonus and convulsions. Seizures generally precede death.
CHRONIC EXPOSURE- In addition to the effects detailed in acute exposure, agitation, disturbed sleep, caffeine-induced psychosis, heartburn and hyperventilation may occur. Prolonged use of high doses may result in tolerence, physical and psychological dependence. Symptoms of withdrawal may occur following abrupt cessation. University of California Material Safety Data Sheet
Reason 4: Forbes knows it is harmful
The below article is originally published in forbes.com explaining how Caffeine (a stimulant in Coffee, Tea, Soft drinks like cola, chocolate) affects your emotional intelligence.
The Good: Isn’t Really Good
Most people start drinking caffeine because it makes them feel more alert and improves their mood. Many studies suggest that caffeine actually improves cognitive task performance (memory, attention span, etc.) in the short-term. Unfortunately, these studies fail to consider the participants’ caffeine habits. New research from Johns Hopkins Medical School shows that performance increases due to caffeine intake are the result of caffeine drinkers experiencing a short-term reversal of caffeine withdrawal. By controlling for caffeine use in study participants, John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period.
The Bad: Adrenaline
Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight or flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response. This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email. When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyper-aroused state, your emotions overrun your behavior.
Irritability and anxiety are the most commonly seen emotional effects of caffeine, but caffeine enables all of your emotions to take charge.
The negative effects of a caffeine-generated adrenaline surge are not just behavioral. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that large doses of caffeine raise blood pressure, stimulate the heart, and produce rapid shallow breathing, which readers of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 know deprives the brain of the oxygen needed to keep your thinking calm and rational.
The Ugly: Sleep
When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, shuffling through the day’s memories and storing or discarding them (which causes dreams), so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. Your brain is very fickle when it comes to sleep. For you to wake up feeling rested, your brain needs to move through an elaborate series of cycles. You can help this process along and improve the quality of your sleep by reducing your caffeine intake.
Here’s why you’ll want to: caffeine has a six-hour half-life, which means it takes a full twenty-four hours to work its way out of your system. Have a cup of joe at eight a.m., and you’ll still have 25% of the caffeine in your body at eight p.m. Anything you drink after noon will still be at 50% strength at bedtime. Any caffeine in your bloodstream—with the negative effects increasing with the dose—makes it harder to fall asleep.
When you do finally fall asleep, the worst is yet to come. Caffeine disrupts the quality of your sleep by reducing rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the deep sleep when your body recuperates and processes emotions. When caffeine disrupts your sleep, you wake up the next day with an emotional handicap. You’re naturally going to be inclined to grab a cup of coffee or an energy drink to try to make yourself feel better. The caffeine produces surges of adrenaline, which further your emotional handicap. Caffeine and lack of sleep leave you feeling tired in the afternoon, so you drink more caffeine, which leaves even more of it in your bloodstream at bedtime. Caffeine very quickly creates a vicious cycle.
Like any stimulant, caffeine is physiologically and psychologically addictive. If you do choose to lower your caffeine intake, you should do so slowly under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. The researchers at Johns Hopkins found that caffeine withdrawal causes headache, fatigue, sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people report feeling flu-like symptoms, depression, and anxiety after reducing intake by as little as one cup a day. Slowly tapering your caffeine dosage each day can greatly reduce these withdrawal symptoms.
Reason 5: Slowed Hippocampus Function
The long-term effects of caffeine are not so pleasant. Dr. Han Me and colleagues from Pusan National University in Korea reported in a 2005 study published in “Biochemical Biophysical Research Communication Journal” that long-term consumption of low doses of caffeine slowed the functions of hippocampus. This area in the brain is responsible for long-term memory and learning. The authors concluded that although caffeine might improve person’s alertness for a short period of time, it actually slows down the learning and memory via decreasing the function of hippocampus.
Reason 6: Increases Dopamine Production
According to DiscoverHealth.com, a very large amount of caffeine can also activate the brains’ rewards centers. Increased activity of this area is also associated with stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or heroine. The brains’ reward center soon starts pumping out more dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that causes a feeling of reward and happiness. It is this neurotransmitter that is often said to cause addiction. In the long run, a person builds tolerance to any drug and will start to require increasingly larger doses of caffeine.
Reason 7: Coffee affects Blood Flow
The below video shows how Coffee affects the blood flow to your brain.
Reason 8: Biochemist Discovers 50% of Anxiety Cases Are Caffeine-Induced
“If a person were injected with 500 milligrams of caffeine [less than the dosage recently discovered in some 16-ounce Starbucks brews], within about an hour he or she would exhibit symptoms of severe mental illness, among them hallucinations, paranoia, panic, mania, and depression. But the same amount of caffeine administered over the course of a day only produces the milder forms of insanity for which we take tranquilizers and antidepressants.” “For five years I worked in a team practice with physicians and psychotherapists. Often, the psychological evaluation would include one or more anxiety syndromes, and the recommendation was for counseling. I would point out that the person was consuming excessive amounts of caffeine and request a trial month off caffeine prior to therapy sessions. In about 50% of cases, the anxiety syndrome would resolve with caffeine withdrawal alone.” Nutritional biochemist Stephen Cherniske, Author, Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Dangers of America’s #1 Drug
Friends more and more researches confirm the counsel given in the writings of the end time prophet Ellen G White.
I am posting articles in my blog on various scientific studies which confirm the testimonies on health given by the prophet Ellen G White.
2Ch 20:20 (margin) Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.