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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tampa, Seattle, Chicago “most wired” cities

One Good Cup Deserves Another!A study commissioned by HealthSaver, a health care discount service, determined that Tampa is the most caffeinated city in the United States, followed by Seattle, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Chicago ranked number one on last year’s list, and New York jumped to fourth place from being ranked the third least-caffeinated city in the 2007 study. The survey considered numerous caffeine sources, including coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, pain relievers and caffeine pills.

HealthSaver uses the study as a way to promote the health benefits of caffeine. Coffee and tea in particular have emerged as good health food sources that can lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, colon cancer, and cirrhosis of the liver, the company reports.

“Even though at one time coffee was considered harmful to your health, at this point there is no compelling research to indicate that, in fact, is true,” Dr. Peter R. Martin, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and the Director of the Institute of Coffee Studies at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine is quoted as saying in a press release promoting the survey. “Newer studies actually prove coffee in moderation is good for one’s health.”

Meanwhile, research conducted at Durham University in Durham, England concluded that heavy caffeine users have a greater tendency to hallucinate. That study found that those who consumed a daily equivalent of seven cups of instant coffee or more were three times more likely to have extrasensory experiences than subject who had less than one cup daily. People taking part in the study reported “seeing things that were not there, hearing voices, and sensing the presence of dead people.”

The Durham study also considered all caffeine consumption, including coffee, tea, caffeinated energy drinks, chocolate bars and caffeine pills. An alternative explanation offered for the study results posits that those students who were more prone to hallucinations used caffeine to help cope with their experiences, study coauthor Dr. Charles Fernyhough said.
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:23 AM


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