The Harmful Effects of Caffeine

The Harmful Effects of Caffeine 


While attending Fort Valley State University, I signed up for a class that was held at 8:00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The problem with this situation was that I started my party frenzy on Thursday night and ended it on Monday morning (3:00am). Now of course I didn’t do this every week but I did it enough to regret signing up for that class. Getting up on Wednesday morning was not a problem since I had adequate sleep the night before, however, when Monday and Friday morning came around it was virtually impossible for me to get up. When I finally drag myself out of bed and prepared for my 8:00 AM (late as usual) I would still have a hard time staying awake during class. My roommate suggested that I drink pepsi or coke before class and the caffeine will keep me awake. Come Friday morning I did just that. I went to the soda machine conveniently located across from my class and bought a can of pepsi. While still standing there I notice the candy machine to my left filled with all kinds of sweet goodies. “Hmmmm wouldn’t a nice snickers bar go well with this pepsi?” I asked myself. Without hesitation, I purchase a snickers bar and headed towards my class.


To my surprise it worked. I was up and alert during class. However, I was on a caffeine high at 800 AM and would crash at 10:00 AM. I didn’t mind taking an hour nap at 10:00 AM in exchange for my power surge during my 8:00 AM class.  It wasn’t long until I started experiencing some side effects from the caffeine I was consuming. My first side effect was nervousness. I couldn’t keep still. When I would sit down I would constantly shake my leg. I also noticed that it would take more cans of soda to keep me awake as time went on. The second side effect was headaches followed by diarrhea. In order to get rid of my headache I would drink a cup of coffee. Finally I was suffering from insomnia. I was a caffeine addict. This is one of the reasons why I developed uterine fibroids a year later. Fortunately, during the “detox” program that I was on to help cure myself of cancer, I slowly weaned myself off sodas, coffee and chocolate. The side effects slowly disappeared and after my herbal regimen I completely shrinked my fibroids.

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I have many concerns about caffeine. The major one, possibly even more important than the caffeine itself, is the toxic chemical used in the many stages of growing and marketing coffee. The easily rancified oils and the irritating acids contained in the beans offer further hazards. Caffeine, like sugar, overstimulates the adrenals and then weakens them with persistent or chronic use. First, sugar stimulates and weakens the adrenals, which creates fatigue. Then we use caffeine to keep us aware and awake, further depleting our adrenals, to which many respond by drinking more caffeine with sugar. In addition, people who overuse caffeine tend to need more tranquilizers and sleeping pills to help them relax or sleep.


Caffeine can be a lifetime drug for many. We begin with hot chocolate or chocolate bars, which contain some caffeine, move into colas or other soft drinks with caffeine, and then add coffee and tea. Many adults use caffeine daily, but this is slowly changing with education and experience revealing the long-range problems resulting from caffeine abuse.



People trying to cut down by drinking decaf could even be exposed to dangerous chemicals unless they are drinking coffee prepared by the water process or Swiss process, which uses steam distillation to remove the caffeine. Otherwise, agents such as TCE (trichlorethylene) or methylene chloride used in the chemical processing may be contained as residues in the decaf coffee. Cola naturally contains caffeine, yet many soft drinks have even more added. The caffeine creates an addiction to the drink. Xanthines, theophylline, is found in black teas; it is also commonly used in medicine to aid in breathing. Theobromine, the third xanthine derivative, is found in cocoa.


Signs and Symptoms of Caffeine Intoxication or Abuse


nervousness                     headache              increased heart rate

 anxiety                           upset stomach      irregular heartbeat

 irritability                       GI irritation           elevated blood pressure

 agitation                         heartburn              increased cholesterol

 tremors                          diarrhea                nutritional deficiencies

 insomnia                        fatigue                  poor concentration

depression                      dizziness              bed wetting.


Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms


headache                         constipation          runny nose

craving                            anxiety                 nausea

irritability                         nervousness         vomiting

insomnia                         shakiness              cramps

fatigue                             dizziness              ringing in the ears

depression                      drowsiness           feeling hot and cold

 apathy                            inability to concentrate


The most common withdrawal symptom is a throbbing and/or pressure headache, usually located at the temples but occasionally at the back of the head or around the eyes. A vague muscular headache often follows. Of course, caffeine cures the symptom; but this is not the answer.


It’s ok to have a piece of chocolate every now and then but please be sure not to use caffeine on a daily basis, especially if you are a woman.


If you would like a natural remedy for caffeine withdrawal or need help to detox your body of caffeine please call our office at 770-603-0141 or email us at





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