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Today's Coffee Talk On Hypertension HBP and Caffeine

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Coffee and Skin Cancer

CNN Report | Is there a relationship between drinking coffee and skin cancer? Scientist appear to think so, but caution that drinking too much coffee will not be a wise and healthy habit. As you know, caffeine and coffee may easily become addicting substances if taking too much. Coffee may keep you awake at night, and sleep is most important for your health.

Coffee Heals | Increasingly, research has been discovering numerous deadly illness that can have reduced risks of contraction when making coffee a part of the daily ritual. Besides basal cell carcinoma, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's are all cited.

Homeopathy | As a homeopath, I'm considering 'coffea' as a possible remedy for all these disease and many more conditions where the body is over stimulated, unable to sleep, restless with insomnia, exhaustion and excessive hunger.

Today's Coffee Talk High Blood Pressure

First off, I must tell you that even though I love ice-cream, it's a rarity in our home. Probably all this 'Coffee Talk' has given me a craven' for the bean. Trader Joe's has an out of this world taste to die for, if you can stick to one small cup for dessert.

Today's current events deals with the issue of coffee and high blood pressure. This caffeinated topic rises and lowers year by year. We find the meta-analysis quite in vogue and the media eat it all up. This type of approach provides conclusions based upon the cumulative analysis of a common problem across numerous individual study findings.

High Blood Pressure Hypothesis

Over the years, hypothesis concerning the relationship of hypertension or High blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and even life span, with concern of coffee as a contributory factor.

The most recent analysis of six studies that included a total of over 170,000 people negates the connection. However, we must look closer at those conclusions.

Questionnaires set out to learn how many cups of coffee each person had per day for up to 33 years, and compare that to health outcomes. The number of cups varied from 1-5 or more each day.

More than 1 in 5 persons developed high blood pressure. [The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition] People who drank between 1 to 3 cups per day had a slightly higher risk of high blood pressure than those who drank less.

We do know that caffeine has addictive properties and the more coffee, or tea for that matter, that a person drinks per day will effect the nervous system.

Dr Chen made a clairvoyant statement regarding the effects of coffee on individuals, rather than making generalizations across the board to all cultural groups, ages, sex or individuals. Drinking coffee may effect person's differently. Some may be more or less sensitive, in the same way some people can handle their alcoholic drinks, while others cannot at all.

Media Reports No Risk to High Blood Pressure

The conclusions bother me the most about all these reports, because in essence, they are inconclusive. Yet, we shall all receive the same message on every news channel, " drinking coffee does not seem to increase the risk of high blood pressure."

Now, what about you, as an individual, with a life-time medical history of arterial disease, or fit as a fiddle? Taking medications to keep hypertension under control or eating anything you like and doing marathons?

The answer to this question on everyone's mind relates to the fact that an increasing portion of the population drink more coffee, including physicians and other professionals who want a lift to stay awake during long demanding hours.

Coffee may be a luxurious pleasure, but as a form of self medication, it can be considered a drug. In fact, the antioxidants and alkaloids have many properties that change body chemistry.

MSN | Healthy Heart Report

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Caffeine Stimulation Short Lasting

Dr Craig Weber answered in 2007 the question, "Does Caffeine Increase Blood Pressure?"

He explains that the study of caffeine in drinks such as coffee and tea have been extensively studied over the course of many years. Stimulants keep a person awake, even to the point of racing heart and anxiety when taken in too large a quantity. Because coffee can stimulate the system, it is flushed out quickly, as everyone knows they must evacuate shortly after taking a cup.

Trembling, Insomnia, Racing, Palpitations, Anxiety All Indicate Physical Effects

The problem, I feel, that these hypothesis must be evaluated closely with actual experience. When persons become addicted to this stimulant they do get horrible headache. How much of the active components are taken with each cup of coffee, this must depend upon the brand and strength brewed.

Another study examined more than 85,000 women over a ten-year period and found that there was no increased risk of heart disease, even in women who drank more than six cups of coffee per day.

The Joint National Committee on Hypertension has specifically stated that there is no evidence linking coffee/tea and high blood pressure.

Contradictory Conclusions

On the contrary, results of the study showed that in about 15 percent of people with existing high blood pressure, drinking a caffeinated beverage actually caused a decrease in blood pressure.

But, then again, you will have people tell you their personal story of heart and hypertensive symptoms when drinking coffee, while others report no effect. This could be part of the experience for those who take in a small amount and have the greatest symptoms. Thus, again, showing the variance in the sensitivity of each person. We cannot simply make a blanket statement or generalization.

  • However, for developing fetus, there may be an increase in miscarriage and risk of ADHD.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • In addition, there are correlations between caffeine and stroke.

We must also take into account the cumulative effect of drinking coffee over decades and a lifetime. Does the body make certain adjustments?

Most studies show a short term elevation immediately after drinking coffee. What would you expect after taking a stimulant?

Another study from 1998 at Duke University Medical Center, indicates that caffeine raises levels of adrenalin, related to stress during everyday work activities.

  • Duke University Medical Center (1998, May 29). Duke Researchers Finds That Moderate Caffeine Use Boosts Blood Pressure, Potential
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The speculation how coffee drinking can effect the body, specifically heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure shows that we do not have any definitive answers.

Still, people will continue to drink coffee for the taste, aroma, pleasure, the buzz, the pick-me-up and many other reasons.

Your Response To Media Reports

Will New Reports on Coffea and High Blood Pressure Change Your Drinking Habits?

  • Yes. I will do a self stress test. I will monitor my coffea drinking & may reduce the number of cups.
  • No. None of this makes any difference. No absolute confirmatory studies.
  • Other. Add comments below.
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Cautious Advice

  • As a drug, caffeine can cause a short, dramatic increases in your blood pressure
  • Caffeine in 2-3cups of coffee can raise systolic pressure (the top number in your blood pressure reading) 3 to 14 millimeters of merury (mm Hg).
  • Caffeine in 2-3 cups of coffee may raise diastolic pressure (the bottom number) 4 to 13 mm Hg.
  • What about taking into account the use of sugar, cream, milk or artificial sweeteners?
  • We do not actually know the mechanisms of what and how the blood pressure rises. The number of potential factors involved may be complex.

Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D. gives conservative advice and questions:

  • Caffeine could block a hormone that helps keep your arteries widened.
  • Possibly caffeine causes your adrenal gland to release more adrenaline, which causes your blood pressure to increase.
  • Some people who regularly drink caffeine have a higher average blood pressure than do those who drink none.
  • Others who regularly drink caffeinated beverages develop a tolerance to it. As a result, caffeine doesn't have a long-term effect on their blood pressure.
  • It's best for most people who already have high blood pressure to limit the amount of caffeine they drink, or stop drinking caffeinated beverages.
  • Limit caffeine to 200 milligrams a day to be on safe side. Two 12-ounce cups of brewed coffee.
  • Keep in mind that the amount of caffeine in coffee and soft drinks varies by brand.
  • Avoid caffeine right before activities that naturally increase your blood pressure, such as exercise, weightlifting or hard physical labor.

Do a personal stress test. Nothing beats a measured test on the self.

  • Check your blood pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee or any caffeinated beverage you regularly consume.
  • If your blood pressure increases by five to 10 points, you may be sensitive to the blood pressure raising effects of caffeine. I
  • Method of Withdrawal | If you plan to reduce your intake of caffeine, do so gradually over several days to a week to avoid withdrawal headaches.

SOURCE: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online March 30, 2011.

A Homeopathic Perspective

Homeopathy, the most scientific medical model, uses observation as its source of data. Over the course of centuries, documentation of the effects of coffea, both unroasted and roasted have been recorded. When reading the indications for each organ of the body, we realize that the natural plant, which contains drug substances, effects every part of the body, not just the heart. We must take this into consideration.

  • Stimulates the functional activity of all organs, increasing the nervous and vascular activity. The drinking of coffee by the aged is likely to increase production of uric acid, causing irritation of kidneys; muscle and joint pains, and with the increased susceptibility of old people to the stimulating action of coffee and tea, their use should be curtailed or carefully watched. Great nervous agitation and restlessness. Extreme sensitiveness characterizes this remedy. Neuralgia in various parts; always with great nervous excitability and intolerance of pain, driving to despair. Unusual activity of mind and body. Bad effects of sudden emotions, surprises, joy, etc. Nervous palpitation. Coffea is specially suited to tall, lean, stooping persons with dark complexions, temperament choleric and sanguine. Skin hypersensitive.
  • Mind Symptoms show the stimulation to mental activity and emotions | 
Gaiety, easy comprehension, irritability, excited; senses acute. Impressionable, especially to pleasurable impressions. Full of ideas, quick to act. Tossing about in anguish (Acon).
  • Head
 Pain | Tight pain, worse from noise, smell, narcotics. Sensations of the person feeling the pain as if brain were torn to pieces, as if nail were driven in head. Worse in open air. Sensitive hearing.
  • Face | 
Dry heat, with red cheeks. Prosopalgia extending to molar teeth, ears, forehead, and scalp.
  • Mouth
 | Toothache; temporarily relieved by holding ice-water in the mouth. Hasty eating and drinking. Delicate taste.
  • Stomach
 | Excessive hunger. Intolerance of tight clothing. After wine and liquor.
  • Female
 | Menses too early and long lasting. Dysmenorrhea, large clots of black blood. Hypersensitive vulva and vagina. Voluptuous itching.
  • Sleep | 
Wakeful; on a constant move. Sleeps till 3 am, after which only dozing. Wakes with a start, sleep disturbed by dreams. Sleepless, on account mental activity; flow of ideas, with nervous excitability. Disturbed by itching of anus.
  • Respiratory | 
Short, dry cough of measles in nervous, delicate children.
  • Heart | 
Violent irregular palpitation especially after excessive joy or surprise. Rapid high tension pulse and urinary suppression.
  • Extremities
 | Crural neuralgia; worse, motion, afternoon and night; better, by pressure.

Modalities
 | Worse, excessive emotions (joy), narcotics, strong odors, noise, open air, cold, night. Better, warmth, from lying down; holding ice in mouth.

  • Relationship 
Incompatible: Camph; Coccul. Complementary: Acon.

DD Means Differential Diagnosis

When a homeopath takes a patient case, the many symptoms may have similarities with other remedies. The work of the homeopath to research these similars and also differences to determine the best choice selection that fits the case.

Compare the above indications for unroasted COFFEA to the Roasted Coffea tosta

(Roasting develops certain vitamin-like substances (P. T. Mattei).

Pigeons which have developed "deficiency" neuritis and paralysis on diet of polished rice lost their disabilities on the addition of 8 cc to a 5 % infusion of coffee to their food. Whilte, unroasted coffee had no effects.

Actions of the crystalline alkaloid Caffeine, which is found in varied amounts in coffee:

  • A direct heart stimulant and diuretic.
  • Dropsy depending on cardiac insufficiency.
  • Myocardial degeneration.
  • Cardiac insufficiency in pneumonia and other infectious diseases.
  • Raises the blood pressure, increases pulse rate and stimulates the heart muscle; hence, a support in extreme feebleness or threatened failure.
  • Stimulates the respiratory center, nerve centers and increases diuresis.
  • One of the best stimulants of the vaso-motor centers.
  • Acute pulmonary edema.
  • Brachialgia and other neuralgias characterized by nocturnal exacerbations.
  • Jousset uses equal parts of caffeine and sachar lac. 3 grains taken in divided doses every other day. Hypodermically, 1/4 grain.
  • Excruciating facial neuralgia from decayed teeth; Acon; Cham; Nux; Cyp;
  • Caffeine and plants containing it, as Kola, Thea, etc.
  • Strong black coffee, drunk as hot as possible, is indispensable as an antidote in a large number of poisons, especially narcotics.
  • Hot coffee by rectum in cases of extreme collapse. Antidotes: Nux; Tabac.


 Last updated on July 2, 2012

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taaduh 3 years ago from San Diego, Ca

I found your article very interesting. I've had hypertension since I was a child. It is controlled by medication now, I stay fit and eat a healthy diet. I have always been very sensitive to caffeine, I allow myself 1 cup in the morning, but it has to be pretty weak by most people's standards, otherwise I feel sick all day.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Hub Author

Hello Taaduh! What a great name! You feel sick if you don't have your coffee in the morning? Or you feel sick if you have strong coffee?


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taaduh 3 years ago from San Diego, Ca

Hi Debby, I feel sick if I have strong, or more than 1 cup of coffee. I also can't take any over the counter medication that has caffeine, and I certainly never drink sodas or energy drinks, which is healthier anyway!


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Hub Author

Sounds like you are quite sensitive to the effects of coffee/caffeine. It's smart to listen to your body and take the safest path to wellness. Thank you for visiting. Debby


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mdlawyer 3 years ago

Debby, excellent health talk. Very informative and useful. VOTED UP! Rated USEFUL!!


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Hub Author

Glad you enjoyed. Aw shucks! Just coffee-talk [say that with an accent]


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Fluffy77 3 years ago from Enterprise, OR

This is similar to quite a few talks I'v had with coffee drinkers lately. I'v decided it is best to use one's own judgments very wisely here. Only drink what you personally can handle and not before bed time of course. I still find coffee much safer and more natural than all of these terrible energy drinks out there.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Hub Author

Hello Fluffy77 ~ People who drink coffee love it and use it for many personal reasons. Habits can be easily rationalized. It would be interesting to compare the amount of caffeine intake to the energy drinks, which I don't take at all. Thanks for your comments. Be well, Debby


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Sun-Girl 3 years ago from Nigeria

Nice work.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Hub Author

Dear Sun-Girl. Thanks again. Have a lovely weekend. Debby


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Coolmon2009 2 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting article on coffee and hypertension. I drink one cup a day maybe..Thanks for the information, good article.


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago Hub Author

Hi Cool ~ Lots of new information on the benefits of coffee all the time. Blessings, Debby


Derdriu 2 years ago

Debby, What an educational, informative, revelatory summary of the evil which coffee-drinking may or may not do! In particular, I like how you bring the homeopathic look into the picture for complete emotional, mental and physical well-being. Additionally, you do a great job of watering down medical jargon and statistical information into a user-friendly format whose implications are easily understood and assimilated. What a continuing tempest in a tea pot and a timely controversy in a coffee cup!

Thank you for the quality investigative journalism, voted up + all,

Derdriu


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago Hub Author

Hello Dear Derdriu ~ Have you been reading the coffee hubs because you drink coffee and interested in checking out its effects? Coffee drinking has become a national past time in so many countries. We actually have some kind of communal effect with this drink, don't you think? Love, Debby


Derdriu 2 years ago

Debby, It's because you're the writer that I'm reading your series on coffee as I work my slow but steady way through your hubs. Additionally, I do take coffee and tea when offered although I'm a fruit juice and water drinks girl myself.

Derdriu


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago Hub Author

Hello Derdriu - I feel like I've spent the day sitting and chatting with you all about coffee. You know, I had to go back and reread each of these hubs. Okay. Now there's a homeopathic remedy for lovers of juice! And, there's a homeopathic remedy for lovers of coffee, naturally, you knew that, too. But, all patterns must match to make a good fit.

((HUGS)) Debby


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molometer 2 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England Level 1 Commenter

Really useful and detailed information on coffee and associated risks. I just love real coffee but only drink it very rarely.


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago Hub Author

Dear Michael ~ Don't you just love the aroma of fresh coffee? But, as of this year, I am no longer drinking it, either. An experiment to see what happens. Blessings, Debby


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vespawoolf 20 months ago from Peru, South America Level 5 Commenter

Wow, the caffeine studies aren't very conclusive! Your guidelines are helpful. We really need to pay attention to our own body's reaction to what we take in. The homeopathic perspective is interesting, too. Thank you!


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Debby Bruck 20 months ago Hub Author

Dear Vespa - Many thanks for visiting the coffee talk, which was a couple of years ago and probably needs updating. Nevertheless, as I reread the page, I found so much to learn and be reminded to check the action of food and drink on our body. The problem with 'addictive' drinks that contain caffeine comes from our intense desire to imbibe, no matter our self talk and intelligent desire to withdraw, the body CRAVES the substance. That is where homeopathy can lend a hand and help counter-act the physical, emotional and mental symptoms.

Researching TOXICITY: COFFEE in Murphy's repertory we find 64 potential homeopathic remedies. Another set of 9 remedies specifically for over indulgence and toxicity of the component "Caffeine."

The CDC reports 13 deaths over the last four years from possible involvement of 5-Hour Energy, a highly caffeinated energy shot.

Take that to the store and drink it! Watch out, but love your morning coffee.

Happy New Year, Debby


andrew 18 months ago

I just found out I have high blood pressure, and am doing a lot of investigating. Personally, I have decided that as the doctor finds the right medication and dosage for me, I have decided to continue one cup of coffee in the morning, so the medications and amounts include that daily amount of caffeine. I have made food and drink adjustments, but not my one cup.


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Debby Bruck 18 months ago Hub Author

Dear Andrew. I'm sure with monitoring of your progress for a healthy lifestyle and physician supervision one cup of coffee will most likely not have any detrimental effect. I suppose a person may experiment by removing the caffeine drinks for a few months to see if a change occurs. Blessings, Debby

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