[Ibogaine] Fw: Caffeine story in National Geographic.

The Garden GardenRestaurant at comcast.net
Thu Jan 20 10:35:34 EST 2005

Hi Preston!!
Thank you for this story. I am addicted to coffe and cig ( another seats on
the Titanic ) and I am planning to quit with Ibo
God bless

> Dear Colleagues,
> This month the National Geographic Magazine has a 30 page cover story on
> caffeine which makes fascinating reading.  Caffeine is the world's most
> popular drug, even eclipsing tobacco and alcohol.
> The history of beverages, nuts and confection containing caffeine makes
> quite a story, paralleling civilisation itself.  Prior to the industrial
> revolution there was little to be gained in keeping awake after dark.
> caffeine increases alertness, improves reflexes and reduces fatigue, it is
> an ideal accompaniment to round-the-clock factory work.  With few proven
> side effects at normal doses, it would thus appear to be the ideal drug
> the modern era.
> After tea, coffee and cocoa, the latest incarnation is in 'energy drinks'.
> We are told that "Red Bull" was an Austrian invention which is now copied
> all around the world.  I recall seeing "Jolt" cola when in Japan over ten
> years ago.  Strangely, it is compulsory in many countries to state
> details on the label of most products, but tea, coffee and cola often
> remain exempt from this requirement.
> We are informed that dark chocolate contains up to three times as much
> caffeine as milk chocolate and 12mg is a typical dose contained in a small
> block.  The article quotes a cup of brewed tea at 50mg, about the same as
> single shot of espresso coffee.  A 20oz (US) bottle of Coca-Cola has 57mg
> caffeine while a small tin of Red Bull contains 80mg.
> There is an exhaustive discussion of the benefits versus the potential
> effects of the drug, including its use in pregnancy and in children.  The
> author's conclusion on balance is parallel with the FDA, that the drug is
> 'generally recognized as safe' in doses of up to 300mg daily.  However
> sound a warning that 'people who consume caffeine have higher rates of
> kidney and bladder cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, pancreatic cancer
> osteoporosis' even if these are not necessarily causative.  Nervousness,
> panic attacks and temporary increases in blood pressure are also
> associations of caffeine consumption.
> Other interesting quotes: "The caffeine extracted from coffee beans to
> 'decaf' is sold to drug and soft drink manufacturers".  "Military studies
> subjects who had not slept for 48 hours showed that 600mg of caffeine
> improved alertness and mood as much as 20mg of amphetamine".  "The robusta
> coffee beans used in less expensive brands contain almost twice as much
> caffeine as the arabica beans favored by connoisseurs".  "Going without
> caffeine for a day and a half increases blood flow in the brain which may
> explain why people get headaches when they first give it up".  "Cigarette
> smoking nearly doubles the rate at which the body metabolises caffeine".
> "Vietnam is now the world's second largest coffee producer, yet is largely
> nation of tea drinkers".
> See also http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2004/09_29_04.html
> (Caffeine withdrawal recognised as DSM disorder).
> comments by Andrew Byrne ..
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