March 27, 2012

The Placebo Effects of Caffeine

Filed under: health — @ 6:45 pm

myths of caffeineMany people feel they cannot do without their morning cup of java — that without it, they won’t be able to get into the groove of their day — but they couldn’t be more mistaken.

Studies have demonstrated that long-term caffeine use versus placebo have no discernible differences. Due to this lack of significant difference, scientists were able to conclude that there are no benefits to drinking having caffeine as opposed to being caffeine free.

That “Instant Kick?”

Like most drugs, caffeine takes approximately 15-30 minutes to enter the bloodstream, yet some people report that their first sip of their preferred caffeinated beverage gives them an instant start. This is a demonstration of the placebo effect. The mind believes that relief from a caffeine headache is coming, or that they are going to “wake-up” and be more alert with that first sip, and so it happens.

The truth is, there is no “instant kick” from taking caffeine into the body. It takes a certain amount of time to get into the bloodstream, and will last in a person’s system for a long period of time, depending upon the individual’s metabolism. For example, if a person enjoys an espresso with 100mg of caffeine, approximately six hours later, this person will still have about 50mg of caffeine in his or her system.

The effects of drinking a morning cup of Joe are pure placebo — at least for the first 15-30 minutes, and it stays in a person’s system much longer than they think.

The Real Effects vs. Placebo Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain, the receptors that are responsible for keeping a person awake. Once these receptors are blocked, dopamine and glutamate become active, which gives the person an energy boost.

However, this energy boost is simply that — a person is able to stay awake longer and perform tasks that require concentration.

The placebo effect comes in when a person believes that they are more mentally clear, have better memory, and are able to learn more quickly. Again, this is a result of a placebo effect that caffeine provides. If the person believes that he or she is going to be able to learn more or memorize more, then they will likely prefer their caffeine kick over nothing at all.

Over the long term, there are no clear advantages to drinking caffeinated beverages — just a placebo.

March 20, 2012

Be Smart: Avoid Cancer

Filed under: health — @ 6:57 pm

woman less at risk because of her education level

In a study performed in 2010 in the Fall issue of Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, David Gross found that lung cancer of Appalachian area respondents was higher than that of non-Appalachian respondents.  The Appalachian area is known for its lower levels of education and socioeconomic status. In another study, “US Mortality Rates for Oral Cavity and Pharyngeal Cancer by Educational Attainment,” conducted in 2011, the researchers said that “Mortality rates for patients with oral cavity and pharynx cancers decreased significantly among men and women with more than 12 years of education, whereas rates increased among white men with less than 12 years of education.”

“Our study shows socioeconomic factors, as measured by years of education, play an important role in the risk of dying of cancer,” said Elizabeth Ward, PhD, director of surveillance research at the Cancer Society.  “Just because we’re measuring education doesn’t mean we think education is the direct reason,” for differences between educated and non educated groups.

Education is a gateway to overall well-being, but it is not the sole determining factor in cancer mortality rates.  With an increased level of educational attainment, it is also expected that a patient will have access to better health care coverage and insurance, as well as an interest in research studies to prevent certain cancers from occurring.

Individuals with a higher level of educational attainment are more likely to have access to better medical facilities, have higher paying jobs, and access to more cancer prevention resources.  While these are all facets involved in a cancer diagnosis, there are mitigating factors such as genetics and lifestyle which must be taken into account.

People who have 12 years of education or less are also more likely to engage in riskier behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and improper diet.  They will eat high sodium fried foods and otherwise have a cancer-promoting diet.   Being more educated does not necessarily mean that the risks of cancer are completely eliminated, as diagnoses of cancer can be witnessed across gender, race, and socioeconomic thresholds.

While there is a correlation between educational attainment and the likelihood of getting cancer, educational levels are not the sole factor in receiving a cancer diagnosis.  Those who do have more than 16 years of education are more likely to have better jobs, better access to health care, and other advantages than a person with a high school education receives.

March 9, 2012

New Video from Quality Prescription Drugs Helps Patients Buy Affordable Prescriptions Online

Filed under: health — @ 10:20 pm

New Video to Help Order Online Some online retailers leave you hanging in the sense that they offer product, but they don’t necessarily offer the directions on how to go from seeing it on the computer screen to holding it in your hands. The internet is a vast place, comprised of many unknowns, but this website is eliminating some of those rightful questions.

Quality Prescription Drugs has recently launched a new ‘how-to-order’ tutorial video that details everything that you need to know about the process. When watching the video customers will learn, step-by-step, what is required for the completion of an online transaction.

The marketing coordinator at Quality Prescription Drugs explains the decision to create the video: “We recognize that not everyone is comfortable dealing in the online format, and wanted to offer an educational means to demonstrate just how easy it is to acquire quality prescription medication from our website, because it really is quite easy.”

“The video is an extension of our commitment to upholding superior customer service in all facets of our business. We never stop thinking about how to improve.”

The marketing coordinator continues, “We institute projects like this because we know that, properly educated, most Americans will be able to take advantage of the considerable savings available through online (Canadian) pharmacies such as our own.”

The Youtube video is viewable here (or by clicking the picture above). Also, if you wish to learn more, check out the press release for the full story.

As always, be sure to check out their constantly updated listing of affordable medication at great prices.