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29 May 2009 :: 23:05:34 pm 2483

Is Caffeine a Killer

Did you have a cup of coffee this morning? If you did, and you are pregnant, then one more cup in the next 24 hours is dangerous, according to some researchers. However, if you are not pregnant, you may be reducing your risk of ovarian cancer, one of the top six killer cancers! And where does ‘decaff’ fit into all this?
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Every week in the lay press you are bombarded with horror stories of what dangers we all face. These horror stories come from reports done by legitimate researchers, picked up by the media and away it goes from there. 

On the surface, it all seems very probable. Take the two cups of caffeine and be ready to miscarry item. An article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported “Women who are pregnant or are actively seeking to become pregnant should stop drinking coffee for three months or hopefully throughout pregnancy.” 

What they claimed was women who consumed the equivalent of two or more cups of regular coffee or five 340ml cans of caffeinated soft drink, were twice as likely to miscarry as pregnant women who avoided caffeine. 

This risk appeared to be related to the caffeine, rather than other chemicals in coffee, because they also saw an increased risk when the caffeine was consumed in soft drink, tea, or hot chocolate. Hold on a second! Now we have expanded to study to cover hot chocolate? The study of 1063 pregnant women in the two years from 1996-1998 is also a very small percentage of women world-wide who drink coffee while they are pregnant. What other commonalities were there in their 1063 women, that maybe they didn’t look for or ask about? Just being in San Francisco might be enough, perhaps? 

However, two days later, after studying more than 80,000 women,US and Australian experts reported that foods containing caffeine – such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate – may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, the sixth-most common cause of cancer deaths among Australian women. According to the pundits, caffeine was beneficial, but decaffeinated coffee showed no health benefit at all. 

 The researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study, an ongoing assessment of the well-being of 212,701 female registered nurses that began in 1976 when the nurses were aged 30-35. 

Oncologist Ian Olver, head of Cancer Council Australia, said “It’s well worth looking into further.” But remember research salaries and equipment costs money, and where does it come from? Make the biggest claims with the greatest amount of shock-horror and funding will be forthcoming. Mark my words, the chocolate manufacturers will jump on this like blowflies on a dead cow. 

            Now I must go and have a cup of coffee. I don’t have to worry, I’m male! However, if you are worried, there are tests that can be done to see if you are prone to cancers. Have a cup of coffee afterwards to celebrate.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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