Is Caffeine Dangerous

Grind for September 2nd, 2018
“It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Are You Sure?

The Headline

Jeff Sessions is safe – at least for now

The Grind

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on President Trump’s bad list since March of last year, when he recused himself from the Russia collusion investigation.

The decision led to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was hired to lead the investigation less than two weeks after Trump fired James Comey.

Comey and Mueller have a long history working together, most notably during a confrontation with the Bush Administration involving John Ashcroft.

The Details

Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions in what many believe is an attempt to force his resignation. A departure by Sessions would pave the way to hiring a successor who could oust Mueller or rein in his investigation.

Last week, Trump told reporters that Sessions’s inability to “control” the Justice Department was “a regrettable thing.”

But this Thursday, he suggested Sessions was safe at least until the midterm elections in November. “I just would love to have him do a great job,” he said.

Trump declined to comment when asked if he would keep Sessions past November.

In Case You Were Wondering

The Headline

Is it possible to overdose on caffeine?

The Grind

Americans drink a lot of caffeine.

Whether its coffee or Coke, 90% of Americans drink some form of caffeine every day. Roughly half of American adults consume more than 300mg of caffeine per day.

Caffeine overdose is possible, but rare. Most cases occur when kids or teens combine caffeine supplements with energy drinks. Purified caffeine powder is especially dangerous. According to the FDA, just one teaspoon is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee.

The symptoms of caffeine overdose include: shakiness, nausea/vomiting, confusion, very fast/irregular heartbeat, and panic attack.

The Details

According to government dietary guidelines, adults may consume up to 400mg of caffeine per day as part of a healthy diet (that’s about five cups of coffee).

Your average soda (per 100mL) contains about 9.7mg of caffeine. Green tea contains 12mg, black coffee contains 75mg, and espresso contains 87mg.

Kids and adolescents are advised to stay away from caffeine completely, and pregnant women are advised to keep intake below 200mg per day (that’s about 2 cups of coffee).

Regular consumption of high amounts of caffeine has been associated with long-term problems such as anxiety, depressions, stomach ulcers, and difficulty sleeping.

When considering caffeine intake, keep in mind unexpected sources like painkillers, milk chocolate, workout supplements, and flu tablets.

Did you know… In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, marketed the drug heroin.