[lit-ideas] Re: Bizarre Side Effect of Drinking Coffee

Calcium antagonists, also known as calcium channel blockers (CCBs). These 
medications help relax the muscles of blood vessels. Some slow your heart rate. 
A word of caution, though: If you take certain calcium antagonists, don't eat 
grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice interacts with some 
calcium antagonists, causing blood levels of the medication to rise and putting 
you at a higher risk of side effects from the drug. This action of the juice 
may persist for 24 hours. If you're concerned about interactions, talk to your 
doctor or pharmacist. 

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00100.html

I never heard anything about psychotropics.  (IMO psychotropics are a waste of 
time anyway.)  For the record, I don't have high blood pressure (quite low 
actually) and don't take any drugs.  Calcium channel blockers (described in the 
above paragraph) are thought to be no better than diuretics, with more side 
effects and they're significantly more expensive.  When I did my nutrition 
coursework I realized how complicated blood pressure is.  It's regulated by 
several hormones, starts in the brain and goes to the kidneys (a testimonial to 
the mind/body connection).  That's why I think lifestyle is the answer (fruits, 
vegetables, vegetable protein, as little salt as possible and exercise) and let 
the body stabilize itself; it almost always will if given the chance, with 
drugs are a last resort.  But, lower blood pressure with drugs is better than 
higher blood pressure without drugs.  There's also a link in the above site 
that talks about caffeine and high blood pressure:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-pressure/AN00792


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Carol Kirschenbaum 
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Sent: 6/16/2006 1:55:36 AM 
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Bizarre Side Effect of Drinking Coffee


Julie,
Uh oh. Grapefruit juice: If you're taking any meds, especially any 
psychotropics, check about possible interactions. 

I'll say no more. It's time for another quart of iced decaf French roast with 
three jiggers of orange liqueur, half a cup of cream, and a chaser of Kahlua, 
in my dreams.

carol

----- Original Message ----- 
From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx 
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Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:03 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Bizarre Side Effect of Drinking Coffee


Not that anyone cares, but I've adoptde the habit of drinking roughly a half 
gallon of unsweetened grapefruit juice and a half gallon of ice green tea a day.

I do nt want to see any studies on what that does to one.

Julie Krueger

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Date:6/13/06 12:06:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time
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Kidney stones aren't bizarre, they're bloody painful. Mind you I was 
drinking up to ten extremely strong mugs of Nescafe every day.

I now content myself with a single medium latte once or twice a week when I 
have lunch in Tavistock. Much more refined and I get served in the process.

Other than that, I drink tea and lots of it.

Simon


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