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Hello [Jan. 10th, 2008|08:18 pm]
Coffee Angst

johhnylaroosta
I work a graveyard shift and I am a caffeine junkie. I also enjoy writing. I'm 20 years old, male and live in Vegas. BTW I am full of angst but, don't take my word for it.
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(no subject) [Jun. 18th, 2007|08:25 am]
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cortejo
Women may get more of a kick out of coffee: researcher
Provided by: Canadian Press
Written by: NOOR JAVED
Jun. 11, 2007

TORONTO (CP) - The myriad of differences between the sexes might extend to how men and women react to a cup of joe in the morning.

Research being conducted at the University of Toronto suggests caffeine's effect on women contrasts significantly with its effect on men - a reaction based on which version of a gene binds to dopamine, a chemical in the brain known to affect mood.

"We know from animal studies that males and females respond differently to caffeine," said Ahmed El-Sohemy, a nutritional sciences professor at the University of Toronto.

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"Here we are showing it in humans, and also relating it to an actual behavioural response."

The early stages of the research, being led by El-Sohemy, suggests 22 per cent of men with a particular form of the dopamine receptor gene experience an elevated mood after consuming a caffeinated beverage.

More than 60 per cent of men with a different form of this gene reported the same kind of mood elevation.

"That's a fairly big effect," said El-Sohemy.

In women, however, approximately 50 per cent reported experiencing an elevated mood after consuming caffeine, regardless of the version of the gene they had.

The research suggests the effect caffeine has on people, from inducing a headache to making them high-strung, could also be linked to genetic makeup.

"Some people avoid caffeine, some people seek it daily, and some people who don't get their daily fix suffer various withdrawal symptoms and seek caffeine to alleviate those symptoms," El-Sohemy said.

"What we're trying to understand is what the genetics behind these different responses might be."

El-Sohemy says he believes the results may also provide a genetic explanation as to why some people are more vulnerable to becoming dependent on caffeine.

"Further down the road one could predict whether or not you would be better off lowering your intake or perhaps maintaining what you consume," he said.

El-Sohemy said the caffeine project is just one among many exploring how genes can affect the kinds of food we eat, and how our bodies respond to those foods.

"What we are really interested in is being able to tailor individual dietary recommendations based on an individual's unique genetic profile," he said.

El-Sohemy, recently presented these preliminary findings at the Advanced Foods and Materials Network Scientific Conference in Quebec City. He said the final results of the caffeine study are expected to be published later this year.

http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_health_news_details.asp?news_id=21502&news_channel_id=44&channel_id=44
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2007|09:46 am]
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cortejo
Stolen from redsash
In one study, Mednick had one group of subjects nap for 90 minutes, while another drank 200 mg of caffeine. She also set up a control group, who took a placebo. Then she tested her subjects on several tasks, including typing and spatial skills, such as remembering the layout of a room or a map. On both tasks, coffee drinkers performed much worse than the placebo group, Mednick said. "Of course, this is a bummer for Starbucks," she added.

http://www.physorg.com/news97868126.html
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2006|09:28 pm]
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cortejo
[mood |uncomfortableuncomfortable]

Totally into withdrawl today.


Headache (check) irritable (check) unable to work (check) nervous (check) restless (check) and feeling sleepy (check and underline)
http://coffeefaq.com/site/node/11


The researchers identified five clusters of common withdrawal symptoms: headache; fatigue or drowsiness; dysphoric mood including depression and irritability; difficulty concentrating; and flu-like symptoms of nausea, vomiting and muscle pain or stiffness. In experimental studies, 50 percent of people experienced headache and 13 percent had clinically significant distress or functional impairment -- for example, severe headache and other symptoms incompatible with working. Typically, onset of symptoms occurred 12 to 24 hours after stopping caffeine, with peak intensity between one and two days, and for a duration of two to nine days. In general, the incidence or severity of symptoms increased with increases in daily dose, but abstinence from doses as low as 100 milligrams per day, or about one small cup of coffee, also produced symptoms. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2004/09_29_04.html
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2006|08:38 am]
Coffee Angst

cortejo
[mood |anxiousanxious]

i want coffee!
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(no subject) [Jul. 11th, 2006|11:31 am]
Coffee Angst

sugarmommaless
Quitting coffee + sugar at the same time is making me want to take up a crack habit.

Grrrrrrr.
Or perhaps I should try trepanning, instead.
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(no subject) [Jul. 10th, 2006|01:52 pm]
Coffee Angst

sugarmommaless
[mood |thirstycraving]

1. What is your baseline habit?

I tend to drink about a litre of tea a day. I occasionally go on a binge when I add a large cup of coffee (or 2) to my tea ration for a week or so. But I always have at least 2 cups of tea a day.

2. What was your worst daily dose?

In grade 12 & 1st year university, I used to drink 6-8 cups of coffee a day. I don't remember when I stopped drinking so much of it, but I was at about 2 cups of coffee a day for years. Then I started having stomach ache reaction to it around 2001 and switched to first black tea and then green tea. In 2005 I started drinking all teas and coffee again.

3. What is your goal?

To only drink green and black tea occasionally (like once a week or so), and to only ever drink decaf coffee (if at all). I get anxiety with any caffeine intake lately, and coffee makes my skin break out if I drink it more than a couple times a week. I want to cleanse.

4. How are you doing?

It's day 4. I've been drinking Twig Tea and herbal tea this weekend, which hasn't quite been satisfying but I'm proud of myself. Twig tea is from the branches of Bancha black tea plant, and it has a negligible amount of caffeine.

5. What is your problem area?

Boredom. Caffeine makes me feel momentarily inspired at work/home and it makes my thoughts go faster. I also really really like the ritual of making tea.
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Cortejo's Intro [Jul. 10th, 2006|11:40 am]
Coffee Angst

cortejo
1. What is your baseline habit?

3 cups of coffee and 2+ cups of tea of all kinds

2. What was your worst daily dose?

In university I was up to 2-5 pots a day.

3. What is your goal?

1 cup of tea /day.

4. How are you doing?

Not so good this week. Went camping with a preschooler by myself. Hope to do better this week but I am off to a bad start.

5. What is your problem area?

Using coffee as a sleep/meal replacement. I also love drinking it with other people socially.
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INtro Questions [Jul. 10th, 2006|11:38 am]
Coffee Angst

cortejo
1. What is your baseline habit?

2. What was your worst daily dose?

3. What is your goal?

4. How are you doing?

5. What is your problem area?
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