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Calif. board suggests study of caffeine
San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Dec. 10, 2007 | SAMANTHA YOUNG

Posted on 12/10/2007 10:32:06 PM PST by neverdem

Associated Press

A state advisory board on Monday called for a study to determine if sodas and energy drinks containing caffeine pose a risk to pregnant women.

The review could lead to warning labels on the drinks under Proposition 65, a 1986 ballot measure that requires the state to identify chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects.

"If I were a pregnant woman or a woman thinking about being pregnant, I would want to know, should I be avoiding caffeine?" said Renee Sharp, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research organization that's based in Washington D.C. "It's a really important question, and I think people are looking for answers."

The advisory panel, the Science Advisory Board Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, also requested an immediate review of Bisphenol-A, which could lead to warning labels on plastic baby bottles, water bottles and reusable food containers. The chemical Bisphenol-A has been shown to affect hormonal levels.

It was unclear Monday whether the state would follow the board's advice.

"This is a nonbinding recommendation; however, we will give it heavy weight because this is a panel of scientific experts," said Sam Delson, spokesman at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

If the office agrees to conduct the reviews, it would hold public hearings and do a more extensive review of existing research over the next year, Delson said. The board would then decide whether to require warning labels on caffeine and Bisphenol-A products similar to labels now used on potato chips and alcohol.

The board's 4-3 vote calling for the caffeine study was part of a two-year review of 286 chemicals that state officials said might warrant speedy review under proposition 65. Caffeine and Bisphenol-A were among eight chemicals selected for the board's consideration.

In arguing for the caffeine review, board member Hillary Klonoff-Cohen said dozens of scientific studies have linked the stimulant to miscarriages, premature births and low birth weight. The evidence is more prevalent in animal studies.

The label requirement would not cover coffee and tea, which have much higher caffeine levels, because the stimulant occurs naturally in those beverages. Proposition 65 only applies to chemicals that are added to foods or products.

The distinction drew criticism from the American Beverage Association, which said the coffee exemption would confuse consumers and unfairly penalize the soft drink industry.

"To provide a Proposition 65 warning on soft drinks would communicate to women that moderate amounts of caffeine is not safe," said Gary Roberts, a Los Angeles attorney representing the beverage association.

A University of Southern California study that was commissioned by the American Beverage Association concluded that warning labels on soft drinks led women to falsely believe there is more caffeine in soda than coffee.

The College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes, the Mayo Clinic and other health organizations have said that moderate amounts of caffeine - about two cups of coffee a day or seven soft drinks a day - are safe for pregnant women.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bisphenola; caffeine; health; medicine
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment



1 posted on 12/10/2007 10:32:08 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Liberals will soon propose a ban on coffee and your favorite cola. They will pry my Pepsi from my cold dead hands!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 12/10/2007 10:33:12 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
They will pry my Pepsi from my cold dead hands!

And my coffee from my cold shakey hands.

3 posted on 12/10/2007 10:36:07 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: neverdem

Yet another reason why CA is in such a deficit hole.


4 posted on 12/10/2007 10:38:02 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
With all the things that are dangerous to us, California bureaucrats obsess over caffeine!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 12/10/2007 10:39:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem

Why don’t they just label whatever is safe. Wouldn’t that be a lot cheaper to implement?


6 posted on 12/10/2007 10:40:18 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle
The Food Police don't want to leave judgment about what ingredients are safe to consume up to us. They want to make that decision for us.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 12/10/2007 10:41:32 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Graybeard58
And my coffee from my cold shakey hands.

Spewing coffee from nose.

8 posted on 12/10/2007 11:05:31 PM PST by liege
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To: goldstategop
"It's a really important question, and I think people are looking for answers."

And, like, you know, it would be great if you would just shut up and get a real job and stop leeching off of the rest of us.
9 posted on 12/11/2007 12:17:15 AM PST by ruination
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To: neverdem

I have been a hard coffee drinker since I was a kid, (coffeemilk). I get a serious headache in the morning without my coffee. However, both times when I was pregnant, the smell and taste of coffee made me throw up. I could not even take a sip without getting nauseated and not just in the early months. What’s even weirder, though, is I never got my usual caffiene headache when pregnant. As soon as the babies were born though, I had my coffee and they had coffeemilk.


10 posted on 12/11/2007 4:04:10 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: neverdem

Seriously, has anyone ever seen “Demolition Man”? (”Coming up, the People’s Republic of Kali-forn-eya wants to tell YOU how to tie your shoes properly.”)


11 posted on 12/11/2007 4:13:00 AM PST by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: neverdem
The label requirement would not cover coffee and tea, which have much higher caffeine levels, because the stimulant occurs naturally in those beverages. Proposition 65 only applies to chemicals that are added to foods or products.

Obviously kowtowing to the worshippers of Gaia, whose sacrament is "Natural good, manmade bad."

I could not drink caffeinated beverages when I was pregnant. It had nothing to do with bizarre food tastes that some pregnant women endure, but with the activation of the fetus within my womb. One little sip of Coke, and he would be turning somersaults in there (at 3 1/2 months, even!).

12 posted on 12/11/2007 4:48:03 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: neverdem
A cardiologist will tell you to avoid caffeine.

I have defaulted to the old school Postum. Sigh . . .

But hey - if it eliminates the demoralizing achey chest, as seems to be the case, it's worth it. Without question.


13 posted on 12/11/2007 7:20:40 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: neverdem
The review could lead to warning labels on the drinks under Proposition 65,

Prop 65 is such a waste, EVERYTHING has a sign to the extent that you just ignore them after a while. Someone here said it would be cheaper to label what is safe. Well to the wack jobs here in Kalifornia, nothing is safe.

14 posted on 12/11/2007 7:28:19 AM PST by Godzilla (Jesus - the REASON for the SEASON)
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To: neverdem
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

The Condition
"The adrenal glands, located above the kidney, often become 'exhausted' as a result of the constant demands placed upon them..."

Our Question about level of coffee consumption
"Caffeine raises adrenaline levels and heavy coffee consumption can lead to a state of adrenal gland exhaustion, where the adrenal glands are no longer able to adequately respond to stress by releasing enough adrenaline..."
 
http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:5_wTp_xa8R4J:www.diagnose-me.com/glossary/G1474.html+Caffeine+Adrenal+Failure&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us
15 posted on 12/11/2007 8:05:45 AM PST by VxH (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Wire Transfer)
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To: goldstategop
Coffee is like eggs:

Monday - bad for you.
Tuesday - good for you.
Wednesday - bad for you.
Thursday - good for you.

on and on and on....

16 posted on 12/11/2007 8:08:50 AM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: neverdem
Renee Sharp, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group

Another air waster struggling to justify their existance as a tapeworm in the gut of society...

17 posted on 12/11/2007 8:22:11 AM PST by Axenolith (Subduction leads to Orogeny...)
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To: neverdem


 
 
"Bisphenol A, used to make polycarbonate plastic and also to make resins that are used to line metal food cans and coat children's teeth, is strongly linked by laboratory studies to a wide range of adverse effects. These effects occur at levels to which most Americans are exposed. The effects include impaired reproductive function, altered reproductive tract development, altered behaviors, including elimination of male-female differences in some behaviors and reductions in maternal care, and causation of insulin resistance."
 
I wonder what the reaction of homosexuals will be once they discover the posibility of their dysfunction being deliberately manufactured?
 
Tyranny of the appetite.

18 posted on 12/11/2007 11:37:35 AM PST by VxH (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Wire Transfer)
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To: goldstategop

And of course the “loving libs” will keep on telling their sheeple followers that they’ll decriminalize pot and cocaine (of course they’ll stiffen the penalties.....after all, libs are experts at lying).

Liberals are terrorists, plain and simple. The “food police” are terrorists (they helped poison the people in the first place, and then they turn around and punish YOU for their crimes against humanity). The animal rights activists are terrorists. Ship em all to Gitmo.


19 posted on 12/31/2007 8:34:24 PM PST by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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