Thursday, 19 May 2005

Caffeine withdrawal

So I gave up tea and coffee - indefinitely - because I was getting the black shakes (amongst other things) and being knackered at home after work is no fun. The first thing I noticed was 4 days of headaches in the afternoons. So I did a little research on the effects of caffeine withdrawal:

Coffee and Caffeine's Frequently Asked Questions: "What are the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal? Regular caffeine consumption reduces sensitivity to caffeine. When caffeine intake is reduced, the body becomes oversensitive to adenosine. In response to this [oversensitivity], blood pressure drops dramatically, causing an excess of blood in the head (though not necessarily on the brain), leading to a headache. This headache, well known among coffee drinkers, usually lasts from one to five days, and can be alleviated with analgesics such as aspirin. It is also alleviated with caffeine intake (in fact several analgesics contain caffeine dosages). Often, people who are reducing caffeine intake report being irritable, unable to work, nervous, restless, and feeling sleepy, as well as having a headache. In extreme cases, nausea and vomiting has also been reported."

Holy crap, anyone would think you were giving up crack!

So what about decaf - is that safe? It depends... sort of. It still contains caffeine (in small doses) and unless it's water filtered rather than using methylene chloride (which is a suspected carcinogenic) then maybe it's not so safe.

Strange which drugs are legal isn't it?

Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Food that kills you

The utter crap we put into the food chain these days....

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center: "Toxicity Effects of Aspartame Use"

I'd heard that the artificial sweeteners in 'diet' drinks were bad for you... but holy crap! Check out some of the highlights from the side effects list:

weight gain
hypertension (high blood pressure)
brain cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)

Lovely. Right... that's it, no more diet coke for me. In fact, I think I'll quit caffeine too....

"[caffeine] abuse results in symptoms... which include agitation, disorientation and a syndrome which may be mistaken for anxiety/neurosis. It is a habit-forming drug"

"Caffeine particularly has a profound effect on the central nervous system, but it also affects, to a lesser degree the heart muscle, gastric secretion and diuresis."

"The post stimulation "let down" with caffeine results in fatigue and lethargy and the constant stimulation caused by chronic caffeine dosing could be disastrous" - Yeah, that's me baby!


Also, if you haven't already seen it, go buy/rent/steal this film now: Supersize me! To summarise: junk food kills you slowly, don't eat that s***!

And people wonder why they look and feel like crap?

Friday, 6 May 2005

Labour, Episode III: return of the dictator!

So that's it. The end of the UK elections, Labour won. The unwashed Sun 'newspaper'-reading masses have spoken. You wanted your dictator to stay, you got him.

It seems that the majority of UK voters are happy with pensioners paying taxes they can't afford, failing health and education systems, houses we can't afford and sending our soldiers off to die for the sake of making a quick buck for the oil industry in the name of 'national security'.

Looking on the bright side, the Lib Dems got the best result they've got in decades. Maybe one day they'll bring sense to the government.

Just 60% of the country actually exercised their right to vote. That's pitiful! Think of all the people that fought and died in World War II - that fought for our freedom, our right to decide how we're governed and who by - and you decide you can't even be bothered to get off your fat asses to post a vote? Maybe you should leave this country then and go live in North Korea.

We're watching you Tony, you grinning f***.