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Alicia Silverstone Scared Me About Caffeine!

Hi Moms,

For those who don't know,a few years ago, Alicia Silverstone came out w/ a vegan book/cookbook called The Kind Diet. I've had it forever and just started reading it. A lot of things scared me, but especially what she wrote about caffeine. Here is what she wrote:

"Caffeine stresses the immune system and your heart, reduces your ability to feel safe and peaceful, and can mess wth your fertility. It also steals minerals from your blood and bones ad dries you out, causing wrinkles! Caffeine sucks... literally!"

WOW, I am spooked! I really love my morning coffee and would hate to give it up (she did offer alternatives), but I don't want to stress my immune system, my heart, and get wrinkles!! She also said coffee can cause breast cysts. I feel so sad to have to get rid of my yummy morning coffee w/ half and half. I will try to kick the habit, but it will be tough! Did any of you know this about caffeine? What are your thoughts on this?

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

For those of you who question Alicia's authority on caffeine - she must have received a lot of help with this book. I'm sure she spoke with nutritionists, doctors, etc.

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My thoughts on caffeine are the same as most other things: moderation is key. All things in moderation are OK. (Almost all things! lol) And Alicia Silverstone ,while adorable, isn't exactly my medical knowledge go-to gal!

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Is she a doctor or a nutritionist? Everything in moderation my dear. Just breathing the air is toxic for us. I will never give up my cup of coffee in the morning. Life's too short not to enjoy it a little bit.

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She's really talking about extremes in caffeine. What it comes down to is "everything in moderation." Things that have caffeine in them, such as chocolate and coffee, actually have some healthy benefits to them so caffeine isn't the only consideration when cutting certain things out.

She also uses some panic-inducing language about dairy as well and in interviews has called it toxic, so you really do need to take what she says with a grain of salt. Use her recipes but don't count her as an "authority." She's really talking about what worked for her to get herself healthy and if her methods work for other people, then great, but it's not entirely realistic or even affordable for a lot of people.

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You want to see something really scary?

Come to my house before I've had my morning coffee. Even my husband is terrified of that beast!

In all seriousness, yes, of COURSE excess caffeine does a number on our bodies. I don't drink it in moderation (right now) and I'm not going to start (right now). That's okay with me. I also drive a car, smoke cigarettes (gasp!!!), love bechamel sauce and sometimes eat red meat.

Anger and fear are (IMHO) far worse for the body than a little extra caffeine and the occasional artery clogging meal. I get a lot of joy from my guilty pleasures and right now, that's alright with me.

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My thoughts on caffeine are the same as most other things: moderation is key. All things in moderation are OK. (Almost all things! lol) And Alicia Silverstone ,while adorable, isn't exactly my medical knowledge go-to gal!

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Is she a doctor or a nutritionist? Everything in moderation my dear. Just breathing the air is toxic for us. I will never give up my cup of coffee in the morning. Life's too short not to enjoy it a little bit.

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I love coffee... NOTHING and NO ONE could convince me to stop drinking it!

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Good Lord, is NOTHING sacred! Studies have been trying for a century to find different reasons why caffeine is a BAD thing!
Even Alicia Silverstone (whoever that is) cannot TAKE MY COFFEE AWAY! THAT is where I HAVE to put my foot down!

:)

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ANY chemical messes with your body. It's a CHEMICAL. If you STRESS you get wrinkles.

If you get freaked out over that - then don't watch the news or go to the grocery store and buy anything processed. Processed Cheese slices...don't go to any fast food joint - the chemicals that they have to spray on their foods to keep them "preserved".....

Birth control pills mess with your fertility...are you going to stop taking them because you don't want to get pregnant? NO.

look at all the studies done on MICE with caffeine and any other medicine - they give them 2000 (yes TWO THOUSAND) times what a normal human would consume. So are the mice affected?! HELL YES!!! It's called moderation. Have your cup of coffee....stop stressing over this. Are you drinking 100 cups of coffee a day? If so - then yeah - cut back - but seriously? You are going to give yourself high blood pressure stressing about it.

if you live - you die. Are you going to stress every day over dying or are you going to live your life? Eat healthy - you still die. it's a fact of life. Instead of worrying about these affects - LIVE YOUR LIFE - LAUGH! LOVE!!! DON'T stress over this!!!

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Don't know about the wrinkles, but I did find this about caffeine on About.com:

http://stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/caffeine.htm

The bottom line is moderation. As long as you aren't consuming boatloads of caffeine, you're okay. But if you are consuming boatloads, you need to cut back.

Edited to add: That there have been studies about drinking coffee and finding that drinking coffee is beneficial. Coffee (both decaf and regular) is loaded with anti-oxidants.

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Everything in moderation :)

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I didnt know Alecia Silverstone was a physician?

:)

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She's really talking about extremes in caffeine. What it comes down to is "everything in moderation." Things that have caffeine in them, such as chocolate and coffee, actually have some healthy benefits to them so caffeine isn't the only consideration when cutting certain things out.

She also uses some panic-inducing language about dairy as well and in interviews has called it toxic, so you really do need to take what she says with a grain of salt. Use her recipes but don't count her as an "authority." She's really talking about what worked for her to get herself healthy and if her methods work for other people, then great, but it's not entirely realistic or even affordable for a lot of people.

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Of course too much caffeine is unhealthy!

It also may be hazardous to your health to try to take mine away. :-)

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Alicia Silverstone also has made a lot of money off of her books, despite not having any degree in science, medicine, nutrition, and I'm not even sure if she went to college.

I don't know about you but there are times when caffeine makes me feel very safe and peaceful!

I can convince you that water is bad for you - just google "dihydrous monoxide" and read up. You may never want to drink water again! Water kills people!

Everything in moderation. If you're scared, consult your doctor. Otherwise, don't believe the hype!

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A study that was just done and posted on Yahoo somewhere states that caffeine is actually GOOD for you ... helps with all kinds of stuff. This, as with all drugs, needs to be used in moderation. If caffeine is really THAT bad for you, I should look like a prune now. I don't. I have very great skin. I also have no issues sleeping and am not an anxious person. Please don't believe everything you read!

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Take anything celebrities say with a grain of salt, unless they have an MD after their name.

When in doubt, talk to your own doctor for advice.

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Just because someone is famous and managed to slap a book together does not make it gospel. She has not studied medicine. She is an actress who makes her living portraying a fantasy. She is not a nutritionist. This cookbook for her is a hobby and it is most likely filled with more opinion than fact, and things she's gleaned from the internet.

Good for her though. She got people to buy it using her pretty face and famous name.

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Yes caffeine can cause stress, and heart racing. So can driving to work or dealing with kids.

One way to counter caffeine is to drink one glass of water for every glass of caffenated drink.

M.

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NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! IT CAN'T BE TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think she's exaggerating. Too much of anything can be bad. Plus, I don't like extreme views like this. There are people convinced that you should not have any animal products in your diet at all (like Alicia Silverstone and others on the vegan diet). There are others who are convinced that you should have lots of protein in your diet and meat is good for you (like the Paleo diet). There are people who are convinced eggs are very bad for you. Others say eggs are actually good for you. I say, all in moderation. Personally, I would never give up coffee. But I definitely would agree with giving up other sources of caffeine, like soda and Red Bull-type energy drinks (I wouldn't touch those with a ten-foot pole). However, that's just as much about the insane amounts of sugar in them rather than just the caffeine.

Be healthy. Eat well, exercise, get as much sleep as you can, be active, and you'll be fine with one cup of coffee in the morning. That's my opinion, anyway. ;-)

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Excessive caffeine can cause lumps in your breasts but they go away as soon as you cut back. Hardly what I would call cysts. I also wouldn't call one cup of coffee a day excessive.

Do you think, maybe, perhaps, that she used all these scare tactics to sell the book?

Oh and just an observation but in general moderation is the safest course. I find it funny that she is blasting one end of excessive while selling the other side on excessive.

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Caffeine can promote development of thickenings and benign but painful and frightening cysts in the breast. Some women are more susceptible to this than others. For me, any caffeine beyond what's in, say, green tea, causes shooting pains in my breasts. If I'm accidentally served caffeinated coffee, which has happened, I usually end up at the doctor's terrified.

If you only have one tasty cup in the a.m. and no effects, go for it. But if you have lots of java and/or drink it all day long - AND add in sodas with caffeine -- I'd say, cut back. It does usually come with sugar (in coffee) and/or chemicals (in sodas) that nobody really needs. And I say this as someone who loves the taste and smell of coffee! Thank heaven for good decafs.

By the way, my friend wondered for ages why she had such bad headaches every Saturday and Sunday. She finally realized it was because on weekdays she drank several cups of coffee in the a.m. and on weekends she slept in and didn't have it. She cut back the weekday coffee and it helped. The stuff really does affect us even for those of you who don't have my reaction of breast lumps and pain.

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I agree with those advocating moderation. When I find myself drinking too much, I switch to decaf (tastes the same to me). I will say in AS's defense that some people (like both of my parents) that have issues with heart rhythm need to reduce or stop caffeine consumption. Not sure about the other claims, though.

If you're worried about it, switch to decaf or half-caf.

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I agree with Denise. Moderation for everything is the key. Someday someone is going to say breathing air is bad for you, doesn't mean I'm going to stop breathing! Use common sense. Good luck!

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You say "She must have" and "I'm sure" meaning you are still just assuming she did a lot of research to back up her statement. Unless she's using footnotes and documenting her sources, everything she wrote was pure opinion and speculation.

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Last I heard Alicia isn't a physician, so go ahead and have a cup of coffee in the morning.

Blessings.....

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MODERATION. Most things are ok in moderation.

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Umm... she's an actress, not a doctor! I would put her ramblings in the same category as Jenny McCarthy's totally unfounded and wacky views on vaccines. Just because someone famous believes it doesn't mean it's true. (She can pry my coffee cup out of my cold, dead, wrinkly hands... ;)

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As my stepfather used to say "Die young and have a good looking corpse." (ha ha)

Seriously, if you took everything from your diet that was unhealthy you would have about 7 food items to chose from and drink water. Moderation is key. Caffeine does have a downside...as 99% of every other thing you will put in your stomach today.

My only advice is not to take too much advice from celebrities, and their "vast" bank of knowledge...many don't have degrees or the background to make 1/100th the amount of claims that they do. Consider the source, and the fact that most of that advice is written by a ghostwriter to fill a book and cash a check.

If I were you...the only advice I would take from Alicia Silverstone is what shade of nail polish is in season.

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She is 100% correct about caffeine. My doc took me off caffeine when at the age of 21 I developed lumps in my breasts called Fibroadinomas. I've had to have two removed and thankfully the biopsies were negative. However, caffeine does make these lumps worse so to keep myself healthy, what's the big deal about not having a cup of coffee each day? I drink a lot of non-caffinated teas these days, I've lost weight and enjoy life.....lump free:)

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Never believe a celebrity. Many have so much money that they have done it all and are now bored. So, they find something they are passionate about to become the "expert" on! Coffee can do many of these things she's mentioned but also has advantages. You can find all kinds of contradictory information on the web. Take a look at these websites, for example; they tell you why you SHOULD be drinking your morning coffee. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/5-health-reasons-to...# and http://beanoriginal.net/5-reasons-not-to-drink-coffee/. This last link I'm posting (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9105892/ns/health-fitness/) has the biggest seller for me..... Here's a paragraph from the article. "They concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily." Drink your coffee and make your motto...."everything in moderation!" :)

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I haven't read it, and I have nothing against Alicia Silverstone, but what makes her such an authority on caffeine?

I do know many doctors have much to say on the topic as well. I would be more likely to listen to what they have to say. I don't consume much caffeine, so I don't have a personal side to take in this. I was just curious about where she got her information.

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There are lots of things that are "bad" for us and caffeine is no exception, but I personally think that it is ALL fine, in moderation. I mean come on people, ANYTHING IS BAD IN EXCESS!!!!!

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Catherine C., you crack me up.

You know, it's all about moderation. If we all lived really really pure lives we might live a little longer, be a little healthier, whatever.

But where would the fun be? If you love your morning coffee, have your morning coffee.

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I have a feeling she's basing this on studies done with rats with high amounts of caffeine. I'm sure she had help with the book, this sounds like Dr. Perricone's influence. Studies and statistics can be used to prove anything. In my opinion, the problem comes when it is more than one cup a day and you don't drink enough water. If you truly have one cup a day and it's not the supersized supremo venti largo (I made that up so dont' steal it Starbucks! ;-) you are okay. If you are concerned, you could switch to one cup of tea or the altermatives she suggested and see how you feel but it really sounds like you have moderation down. You know they say wine is good for you, but that is one (only ONE) glass a day and again, not the jumbo mod wine glass that is basically a tall brandy sniffer :-). Boy, America and it's Supersized sizes is gonna get us!

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Everything in moderation. Too much of anything is bad for you, and I, for one, don't find life very fulfilling if I have no pleasure in it. Eat and drink what you want...in moderation. Take pleasure in the small things. Laugh everyday. If someone told me you'll live to be 90, but you have to give up your coffee, chocolate, steak, wine, sushi, ice-cream, etc and have to eat only vegan things for the next 50 years OR eat whatever you want in sensible amounts and live until 80...well, I know which one I'D choose. There are sensible things we can all do to improve our health: quit smoking, get regular exercise, try to lower your stress levels, etc. Cutting out ALL caffeine or ALL red meat or ALL sugar...well, that's not sensible to me.

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Actually some say that if not in large amounts can be good for you. Google it and check it out.
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I think 1 cup/day you will be fine! , people that drink coffee/tea/soda ALL day long are the ones at risk of health problems , everything in moderation is fine so enjoy your morning cup....I certainly do!

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ok caffiene is a diuretic...it does not make you retain water! just the opposite! a little coffee is actually suppose to be good for you. however to much is bad for your heart. I use to be a caffiene addict! I would drink two pots of coffee, an energy drink, and lots of diet soda everyday before I had my son. and I had a lot of skipped heart beats, and dizzy spells (the fact the I also had/have and eating disorder may also be part of that though) it also gave my kidney and bladder issues because of the diuretic effects...I am not sure about the fertility thing because I drank that much caffine and wasnt even having a period and still got pregnant, and gave birth to a healthy and extremely smart baby boy...oh and a little note: parkinsons disease is thought to be caused by mutated genes, caffiene is not running around mutating genes.

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lol....theres a coffee advertisement on the right as i type this....just funny

yeah caffeine also has its advantages, there is apparent link to people who dont consume coffee and early onset Alzheimers. Coffee is also good for the digestive system and is shown to help support the memory.

Its bad for the skin, the teeth, if unfiltered it can mess with the heart, its acidic, causes gerd, is addictive, and yes can give paranoia.

personally though i love it! I will never give it up completely. I do go through phases of detoxing off of it, but then return to my dark master once again.

As far as the book, i am aware of it, and yes she had a lot of help from doctors and nutritionists etc..., "her" advice on giving up meat is stellar....and i will support anyone who speaks out on that. meat is terrible for us.....much much worse than caffeine.

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I love coffee more than anyone I know.

I gave up coffee for Lent . . . oh my goodness it was rough the first two weeks. I've given it up before but it's been a long time.

Anecdotally speaking, imho coffee is highly addictive and can be quite dehydrating. Since giving it up I haven't been waking up at night or first thing in the morning parched beyond belief.

That being said, I will probably go right back to it come Easter! :P

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I don't think it is necessary to give up your morning cuppa. I won't. But I don't consume caffeine all day long either. That is where I think you end up with problems. Moderation in all things, is my motto.

Lots of people DO flood their system with caffeine because they just aren't thinking about it and it is in LOTS of things. Not just the high energy drinks that are all the rage now, and which I think are HORRIBLY dangerous for the group they are marketed most to (teens and young adults). Just a regular soda (using the term 'regular' loosely here... it used to mean 12 oz, these days it's more like 20 oz)... has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. And how much soda do folks consume??? Gallons of it. I know people just as addicted to their morning diet coke as to coffee. And they continuously guzzle it all day long.
Use good judgment and don't drink it all day long, read your labels so you KNOW if you are ingesting it (chocolate?), and continue to enjoy your morning cup. That's what I plan to do. :)

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I'm not sure where I read it but I know I've read some studies that a little caffeine is actually good for you. It registered with me because I was brought up to avoid caffeine. I'm not expert but I wouldn't start worrying about your one cup of coffee.

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I believe it. My mother got a cyst on her breast from caffeine. I do think it puts stress on your body, but like anything, in moderation should be ok. I think one cup of coffee a day is ok.

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To hell with her... I will NEVER EVER give up my morning cup of joe! It's the only thing I look forward to each day!

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I recommend you read something more sound like "Good Calories, Bad Calories" It's a fantastic look at what is the truth behind all these food myths.

Many healthy people and cultures have been drinking caffeinated drinks for thousands of years, mainly tea though. Only in America is there this crazy coffee culture where it is brewed and consumed in huge quantities all day long.

Cut back if that is what works for your system. Caffeine, a stimulant, has many other medicinal benefits that counterract the above claims too, depending upon the users purposes. For instance, it helps reduce migraine symptoms and can significantly reduce ADD/ADHD issues in children.

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You are not alone - we have a very caffeine-addicted society. Yes it is bad for everyone's health and yes, it does cause all those problems. I go through periods where my husband and I kick the caffeine habit (and feel much better for it btw) and then I usually slip back into my old patterns. What freaks me out is that it is a drug...one from which our bodies have actual withdraws (I have a caffeine headache as I type).

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Yes, I know these things about caffeine. But I still drink several cups of coffee every morning. It is the bright spot of my mornings. I'm not giving it up.

I recently heard something about caffeine that I found really interesting. It was being talked about in it's natural state...in some plant or something that animals eat (forgive me-I don't remember exactly because that wasn't what interested me). They said that caffeine is naturally a poison, and that when the body has had too much it begins to taste bitter.

Interesting, huh? Moderation is key. :)
Enjoy!

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Hi M.!

Caffeine does stress some of your systems (is also causes you to retain water making you feel heavier!). However, there are also some very beneficial reasons to drink coffee (a cup, maybe two a day).

First off, drink a dark or French roast--the darker the roast, the lower the caffeine (but still all the benefits to coffee).

Second, don't drink any coffee after 4pm. Otherwise your system doesn't have time to wind down for the evening the way it's supposed to.

Third, if you're interested, you could consider drinking a coffee substitute. With my fourth child I found that, while he was nursing, if I drank ANYTHING with caffeine (even black tea), he would get WOUND. I don't know how scientific this is (lol!) but it was my observation. So I switched to a coffee substitute (all natural, of course!). The two I really like are Roma and Caffix (there's also Pero, but I wasn't as fond of that). They're made from things like roast chicory and barley. A pretty decent substitute for coffee, and if you look at it as "another" type of coffee (think the difference between black and herbal tea?), then it's great.

You could consider doing half/half. Four days a week drink your coffee, interspersed with three days a week coffee substitute?

Hope this helps!

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Like wine, coffee is great for you in moderation up to 2 cups a day. If you are addicted to caffeine and drinking it all day long-as many people do in sodas and tea etc in addition to too much coffee all day, these things are risks. There are health benefits and antioxidants in coffee too when used correctly. The healthiest nations in the world all drink it. It's a natural beverage. She's a celebrity picking and choosing her sources. Dr Oz on Oprah (while we're discussing celebrities) points out lots of benefits if you google it.

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I know whenever I drink coffee my breast hurt. Stopped for week and they stopped hurting.

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My one and only habit is caffeine, particularly Diet Coke. The only thing I worry about with that drink is the aspartame, not the caffeine! I drink several a day- so lots of caffeine for me! I have three bio kids- never any problem getting pg, actually quite the opposite! I feel like since I've had my kids, I've only been sick a few times, aka "mommy immunity". I get puked on, peed on, pooped on, coughed & sneezed on, and probably other stuff I can't think of, and I rarely get sick (knock on wood as I say this)- all while drinking caffeine!! I don't have any wrinkles and I really think that the only ones I will get will be from the sun! I fail to see how feeling safe and peaceful has anything to do with caffeine?! Anyway, hopefully that dispells some of Alicia Silverstone's "truths"! :)

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The sun is bad for you too if you get too munch of it. If she only m blanket statements without measurement - ditch the book!!!

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I think maybe huge amounts of caffeine might not be great.. I know I
would not give up my coffee in the morning. It is like everything else. The word is MODERATION.

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I love my coffee, and my caffeine addiction, and won't give it up.
I have been drinking coffee for close to thirty years now, and have had no ill effects from it.

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I'm vegan and follow alicia's blog (the kind life). She suggests not to have caffeine or alcohol in the book.....I am crazy healthy but I have both: a cup of coffee in the morning (with almond milk and agave) and sometimes a glass of red wine at night. Maybe coffee causes wrinkles, but so do other things (like squinting!). Life is short. If it's something you love, don't give it up. At least that's how I feel about it!

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I would SO not give it up for this!!!! I have also read a ton of beneficial things that coffee does. In moderation it does more good than bad. A cup or 2 in the am will NOT hurt you. The caffeine I WOULD quit is the caf in sodas...so bad for you when coupled with all that sugar and aspartame. That should be a once in a while treat if you ask me.

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Some people are definitely caffeine sensitive, but I don't think most people are.
Too much of even a good thing can be bad for you.
Everything causes wrinkles.
I can't think of a single 75 yr old I've ever met who was wrinkle free.
Living causes death.
Everyone dies of something sooner or later and I'm not interested in dying young so I can leave a descent looking body behind.
So it comes down to quality of life.
What's the point of living to be 200 yrs old if you are not enjoying it?
And I enjoy my 1 cup of coffee every morning.
I don't smoke, I drink sparingly (less than a bottle of wine a month), I hardly touch anything carbonated, I don't fry my skin in the sun.
If you've got to have a vice of some sort, one cup of coffee a day is not the most horrible vice I could think of.
Avoid caffeine if you want. Beside eliminating coffee, you'll have to eliminate chocolate, a lot of sodas (no big deal), a lot of teas, and some medications. Various manufacturers have begun putting caffeine into shower products such as shampoo and soap because it can stimulate some hair growth.
Eliminating it is do-able, but it's not for me.

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I am suspecting that it may be true. A few years ago I got hooked on caffiene. I was always falling asleep if I sat down even for a minute. I had to stay on my feet 10-12 hours per day just to make it through the day. I started drinking energy drinks. I've felt awesome. But in the recent months I've been having racing thoughts, pounding in my chest that seems to come with feeling fearful over everything. I've been paranoid and reading ill motives into just about everything people say to me.

I've been trying to get off of them. But without them I can't keep my eyes open or read. I have to keep moving until my feet hurt so bad I can hardly stand it. I don't know what the answer is.

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She's right on the majority of those for sure, the others I would double check on but wouldn't be surprised if they were also correct. There are numerous articles on the bad side effects of caffeine from credited medical research.

I don't drink coffee, tea and hardly any caffeinated beverages at all. Just a bit of chocolate and that's it for my caffeine in take. Anything that's addicting (like coffee) isn't going to be good for you.

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Really? You're going to take the advice of someone who wrote a cookbook who is not a chef, medical doctor, or nutritionist. She only pays all these people to do things for her. One cup in the morning is not going to do all that damage. By the way Michael J Fox drank a case of Diet Coke a day and that is one of the contributing factors of his Parkinsons. So yes excessive amounts can cause problems. What causes wrinkes is free radicals and everyday exposure to the sun without sunscreen. Anxiety is exacerbated by drinking coffee but that is if you suffer from anxiety in the first place and drink lots of coffee. Stress on the immune system is everyday living. I bet there isn't on eperson out there that has a perfect immune system. Everybody's body os different and reacts to things differently. For her to make these claims she should have followed that up with some research by a doctor and had a website that you can look at all the claims that she is making. That is how you trust someone's words. The claim I said about Michael J Fox was given to me by my Physiology/Pathology teacher a few years ago. Like every one on here has said there is everything in moderation. Eggs used to be bad for you now they are saying that it's good for you. There are healthy Carbs and bad Carbs, healthy fats and bad fats, you have to take what you have and research everything for you. Only you know what's right for your body and what works. So keep your one cup of Joe and if you let everything everyone said about health bother you, you'd be living in a bubble right now.

Hi Mom of 3---I believe that all of the potential problems with caffeine are true. However, having said that, I think that caffeine can be a part of an otherwise healthy lifestyle.

If you need caffeine as a pick me up, you might have a problem. Yes, caffeine can make cysts and benign breast disease worse. It is also a risk factor for breast cancer is someone who has a history of the disease. Caffeine does make the body more acidic and an acid body is more prone to disease. But all of these details should be compared to how you use this legal drug. I love my cup of coffee first thing in the morning. But I can only drink one, maybe 2 or my quality of sleep is compromised, even with half-caf. My biggest problem is the accompanying breakfast treat that I have with it.

So relax a bit, but don't let caffeine rule your life. You should be fine. Really, what's more important is how many fruits and veggies you eat each day. Did you know that it is recommended we eat 9-13 servings each day? If you'd like to know why, I can help with that too. Good luck. D.

Well I have never heard of all of that But I have heard that caffeine is actually really bad for you. In my home growing up I was always taught to not drink coffee, energy drinks etc cause of the amount of caffeine in them. My Mom would drink pop with caffeine in it once in a while and so do I but there is a lot less caffeine in 1 can of pop than there is in coffee. And I actually drink caffeine free pop most of the time, again because of what I was taught as a young girl. Honestly I don't know if caffeine is really that bad for you but I was always taught that it isn't a good thing to put in your body.

I am not a caffeine lover myself, but I have read many articles saying that coffee can be good for you. I wouldnt drink a whole pot or anything, but I think a cup in the morning will be okay. Really, if you search hard enough, every food is going to be bad for you somehow. I swear one day the "experts" are going to tell us that strawberries cause cancer!

Regardless of who she consulted, she's not a doctor and really shouldn't be giving medical advice.

Frankly, caffeine has a number of benefits. I suggest you do your own online research. It's generally pretty easy to separate the fact-based articles from the opinion-laden garbage. Here's one to start with:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-hea...

(And from what you wrote, I would have guessed you were talking about smoking, not caffeine!)

Yes (who didn't know caffeine was bad for the body) it also raves havoc on the bladder & kidneys,but a morning cup of coffee can reduce the chances of getting diabetes,it all has a role in monderation.Breast cysts aka Fibrocystic breast disease & what I have is Intercystital Cystitus but this one just isn't from the use of caffeine many food colors, artificial foods,spices,foods high in acidic acids can cause this.
You can have a lifestyle without caffeine but look at the lables most items contain it or trace amounts of it.Either way eat & drink in monderation moderation

you say she must have received input from experts. Are you sure about that? Because anyone can write anything. I take anything a celebrity says with a grain of salt.

I had anxiety problems, and I agree that it can stress my immune system and my heart. Giving it up has lowered my anxiety!

However, for the normal person, I don't think a cup of coffee in the morning is bad at all.

i think americans rely WAY too much on caffeine. other stimulants too (those 'energy drinks' alarm me) but caffeine in particular.
however i don't think moderate use is cause for huge alarm.
but if you are a daily user, be aware that you probably have some level of addiction. when i did the master cleanse a few years ago i had a terrible time because it didn't occur to me to withdraw from my daily coffee. killer headache, unbearable nausea, racking muscle aches and deadening fatigue. it was awful. since then i've cut way back, but now that i think about it, it's creeping up again. time to rein myself back in to weekends only.
khairete
S.

My migraine medicine contains caffeine and when I do not want to get the jitters from albuterol when I have a mild asthma episode, I will drink a strong cup of black coffee because it usually does the trick. I learned that from my grandmother, a life-long all day coffee drinker who died at 86. WebMD states that coffee drinkers are less likely to have diabetes, dementia and Parkinsons, in addition to some cancers.

I would never follow the advice of movie stars when it comes to medicine, just as I would not ask my neurologist for advice concerning my Hollywood career!

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