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Old 05-30-05, 05:49 AM   #1
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Dangers of caffeine

We had a recent thread discussing coffee and how most people thought that regular ingestion was Ok. We drink lots of coffee, Coke and other caffeine enhanced beverages regularly in our daily lives without thinking twice and in most cases it's thought not to be a problem but for some people it's not that simple.
Caffeine is a stimulant and as such has an attraction for athletes wanting to take every advantage in there endeavour to be successful. Dosing up on caffeine in some sports has become commonplace, just part of the game but in an article published in a Sunday news paper, the repercussions are shown to be significant for some people. http://www.sundaytelegraph.news.com....-28778,00.html

It leads me to believe that it can't be good for anyone who regularly requires her/his body to perform to it's perceived best and beyond.

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Old 05-30-05, 05:58 AM   #2
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To me caffeine is much like anything else.

Anything can be abused and anything can be harmful to the right person, even in "normal" quantities and circumstances. However, just because this is the case does not mean we should hinder someone else's ability to have or use these items. If we go on a rampage to rid the world of "potentially harmful" items, we'd all be left in padded rooms totally devoid of everything that makes life worth living. If we want to talk about something that is potentially dangerous, we should be talking about cycling. Should we rid the world of bicycles since riding one increases your chance of death or injury?

I'll underscore this by saying that I'm a Libertarian and also that even though my medical career is still young, I have seen enough patients and enough cases to know that nothing is "safe" for everyone.

I know this might not be the debate you were trying to start, but I do feel strongly as far as the issue I presented goes.
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Its performance enhancing abilities have the doping control world looking at it again as a possibly bannable substance.
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I'm with Jaco on this one. People need to learn moderatoin.

As for it being doping personally think if it come from nature it should be legal but with warning of the dangers. ther is already a limit to how much caffeine you can have in your blood test. the way this should stay.
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I suspect repeatedly asking your body to "perform at it's best and beyond" is also probably worse for your health than imposing some moderation.
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I'm cool with the risk. I can cut back on other harmful things. It's karma- it'll balance out. Seriously.

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WADA doesn't look for it anymore but are reconsidering put it back on the list... i think there reason for taking it off the list is that the amount that positively affects your performance is below what a regular coffee drinker would have in there system... so if you are taking huge amount you are probably adversely affecting your performance... think some recent studies may question this reasoning.

and i don't know about this "natural" thing... EPO is natural, Human Growth hormone is natural...
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I can't see caffeine being that useful as a performance enhancing substance, because it's also a diuretic, isn't it? Or is there some other substance in coffee that makes me have to pee somethin' awful after a cup or two?
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I can't see caffeine being that useful as a performance enhancing substance, because it's also a diuretic, isn't it? Or is there some other substance in coffee that makes me have to pee somethin' awful after a cup or two?
Yes there is, water

I will never give up my coffee. I have two cups a day race or not. But like others have said it's dangerous and or considered doping in huge quantities. It's suposed to allow you to tollerate pain a bit more to or so I heard.
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