Caffeine Reduces Uterine Cancer Risk

Uterine, or endometrial, cancer is the most common cancer afflicting women’s reproductive organs.  In the United States in 2009, according to the American Cancer Society, over 40,000 new cases of uterine cancer were diagnosed and the disease caused nearly 8,000 deaths.  A 2010 Mayo Clinic study of over 20,000 postmenopauseal women, conducted by Dr. Stefano Uccella, […]

Caffeine Reduces Skin Cancer Risk — and Exercise Helps!

In the past few years, a number of studies, including several conducted at Rutgers University by Dr. Allan H. Conney, director of Rutgers University’s Cullman Laboratory, have strongly indicated that caffeine, whether ingested or applied topically, can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. However, one 2007 study conducted by Conney and reported in the Proceedings of […]

Banning Four Loko: Caffeine Paranoia Run Wild!

Caffeine has been damned for causing mental and physical problems.  Maybe there is one serious mental disorder that it does cause —            caffeine paranoia, the irrational, intense fear of caffeine.  Four Loko, a modestly potent malt alcoholic drink with a bit of caffeine added, has been banned in New York as “potentially deadly” and has also […]

Caffeine Protects the Brain from Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are no more dreaded misfortunes of increasing age than the onset of the debilitating brain diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia.  What could caffeine have to do with these life-destroying, intractable conditons? It’s simple:  Caffeine is a tonic for the brain.  Substantial evidence from epidemiological studies and animal research demonstrates that caffeine protects us from the […]

Hangover Remedy: Caffeine and Ibuprophen

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia recently discovered that a mixture of caffeine and ibuprophen (Advil) is an excellent remedy for the hangover blues.  Their study, reported in the January 11, 2011 issue of New Scientist, confirmed previous studies at Harvard University that found that the caffeine in coffee and anti-inflammatory ingredients in ibuprophen and […]

Pregnancy and Caffeine: They Don't Mix

No questions about caffeine’s effect on health are more important than if and in what way caffeine affects fetal development.  Unfortunately, the issue about caffeine and pregnancy has been repeatedly beset with confusion, distortion, misinformation, and outright negligent inaccuracy. The good news:  Researchers proved long ago that if a pregnant woman consumes caffeine, she does not […]

Zen and Caffeine: Tranquil Energy

Caffeine is a CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant.  Most stimulants, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, increase anxiety.  Perhaps for this reason, the myth has arisen that caffeine makes you edgy and nervous and tense.  However, the exact opposite is the truth! Pharmacologically, caffeine achieves its effects differently from any other stimulants.  Caffeine increases your energy, […]

Mighty Leaf Tea – The Superior Tea Bag

Not all teas are created equal.  If you’re really into brewing tea, you can’t beat steeping tea leaves in a pot.  However, if you don’t have time or the inclination to go to so much trouble, you might prefer to use tea bags or pouches.  The only problem is that, generally speaking, you can’t actually […]

Caffeine Safely Kills Pain

You may not have heard about this, but caffeine is a strong pain killer.  It’s been proven in double-blind studies that caffeine is as strong a pain killer as ibuprophen (Advil).  If you have a toothache or a backache or any muscle pains, just taking 100 milligrams or 200 milligrams of caffeine will often stop […]

The Advent of Coffee and Coffeehouses in History

If you’ve ever been curious about when and where coffee appeared in the world, you might enjoy reading Coffee and Coffeehouses by Ralph S. Hattox. Hattox explores the mystery of coffee’s origins.  Coffee enters history among the dervishes, members of a Moslem ascetic order, who used it to sustain their frenzied, whirling dances as acts of […]