Q – News: Studies confirm caffeine toxicity may be mistaken for Bipolar Disorder, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia
There is no doubt mental health issues have sky rocketed over the past couple of decades. Doctors, bless their hearts are often baffled by the sudden and extreme onset of “episodes” their patients come to see them about. So, they kindly refer them on to a Psychiatrist.
This is where things start to unravel. With little or no medical history taken, and certainly no medical tests given, most psychiatrist will prescribe mood stabilizing drugs. The problem with this approach, of course is that the meds do not address the underlying cause, or rather misdiagnosis many people fall under. One of those misdiagnoses is often bipolar disorder.
Research dating back to 1902 shows us that some people can have an allergic reaction to caffeine, even in the minutest amounts. The problem is the allergic symptoms are often masked by the effects of the drug.
Symptoms of cerebral allergy can range from minimal reactions, such as lack of comprehension and inability to focus, to severe psychotic states, such as delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations (6). It’s known that amphetamine psychosis can’t be distinguished from schizophrenia (7,8). With a caffeine allergic person’s inability to eliminate, continually ingesting caffeine, neurotransmitter levels, including dopamine and adrenaline, quickly increase. Cells rapidly absorb the drug.
Dopamine increases proportionately to the amount of stress (9). The higher the adrenaline level, the greater the increase in dopamine. Serotonin also increases. Dopamine and serotonin decrease during partial, toxic withdrawal states. But as long as caffeine remains in the toxic body, neurotransmitters never adjust to the victim’s natural state.
Toxicity is known to cause excitement, agitation, restlessness, shifting states of consciousness, and toxic psychosis (10), mimicking amphetamine psychosis. Allergic individuals may be erroneously diagnosed, medicated, and lost in a dark disturbed world, until death.
Adenosine receptors are blocked by caffeine (11,16), maintaining neuronal firing. Persons remain excited and often euphoric.
Caffeine toxicity may be mistaken for bipolar disorder (1,12). Symptoms include: chattiness, repetitive thought and action (resembling obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD), restlessness, psychomotor agitation, alternating moods, anger, impulsiveness, aggression, omnipotence, delirium, buying sprees, lack of sexual inhibition, and loss of values.
Allergy can mimic Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (13). As far back as 1902, T. D. Crothers noted that many caffeine consuming children “exhibit precocity” and “functional exaltation” (14).
Caffeine poisoning may also resemble schizophrenia. One woman’s conversational topics wandered from subject to subject. She screamed, and believed that she was in prison. Natural judgement was impaired (1). In 1931, a truck driver brought to the hospital in a confused and irritable condition, complained of being attacked by flies. Flies were never present. Examination revealed that he’d consumed large amounts of cola (15). One gentleman ended his political speech with predictions and threats, out of the ordinary for his personality, stunning the audience (14). Another case describes a man, who imagined himself very wealthy, and assumed that his mental state was normal (14).
Caffeine toxicity may also masquerade as depression, and anxiety. In 1925, Powers described nervousness, visual problems, and dizziness, in patients he discovered suffered from caffeine toxicity (16). In 1974, caffeine toxic patients, experiencing the same symptoms, were erroneously admitted to a psychiatric hospital, for treatment of anxiety (16,17). In other studies, depression and anxiety are also correlated with caffeine intake (18,19,20,21).
In several reports, patients diagnosed with anxiety disorder experienced panic attacks with ingestion of caffeine (18,19,20). One study reveals that six persons improved with caffeine cessation and remained improved for at least six months (21). Other reports reveal that some persons not afflicted with panic disorder, experienced panic attacks with intravenously administered caffeine (22, 23).
Written materials on panic disorder symptoms and anaphylactic symptoms do not clearly differentiate between the two. Parasthesia (pins and needle sensations), a feeling of choking, hyperactive symptoms, chest pains, and hyperventilation, amongst other symptoms, are common in both conditions. They’re also common in many caffeine consuming persons.
This suggests that caffeine allergy may be responsible for many cases of panic disorder. In which case, panic attacks in allergic individuals are suppressed anaphylactic reactions – mimicking ADHD, and panic disorder. They’re “have to get up and run” and “I think I’m losing my mind” feelings, brought about by increased neurotransmitter levels, associated with the “fight or flight” syndrome.
Dr. William Walsh connected anxiety and severe allergic reactions. Dr.Walsh maintains that allergic anxiety stems from a choking sense, and loss of air; not a psychological deficit (24).
Caffeine converts into many byproducts, including theophylline. Theophylline keeps the bronchial tubes open. Allergic individuals are less likely to suffer respiratory collapse, during an anaphylactic reaction.
t’s highly probable, that millions of consumers developed an allergy to caffeine, especially since availability and production increased rapidly mid- twentieth century. In which case, natural insights, and physical and mental health, have been sacrificed to chronic toxicity, resulting in organic brain, silently posing as ADD, ADHD, anxiety, BPD, depression, OCD, panic, and schizophrenia. Physical ailments resemble amphetamine poisoning, and include drug eruptions, masquerading as “rosacea.”
Back in 1936, McManamy and Schube maintained that in all probability, many people of that era might have already been erroneously diagnosed with some form of mental illness. The doctors further predicted, that in the future, with lack of time, and proper medical insight, many doctors would not be able to diagnose simple disorders such as caffeine allergy, and would label many patients as psychotic (1).
Well, here we are. Welcome to the future.
Here is a link to the entire article by Dr. Andrew Saul > Caffeine Allergy Symptoms
The moral of the story is…. out of HOW MANY people who consume copious amounts of caffeine, are also diagnosed with a mental illness? Probably ALOT!!!! Just as we have seen in other instances this is a GROSS misdiagnosis! How many people do you know who consume caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, chocolate, colas etc? You just might recommend that they have themselves checked for sensitivity and allergy.
The other problem with caffeine, is that it robs the body of vital nutrients the body and especially the brain needs for optimal functions. So there’s a DOUBLE WHAMMY for you.
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Reprinted with permission from the http://www.doctoryourself.com website. Copyright 2010 and previous years Andrew W. Saul. All rights reserved. Andrew Saul is Editor of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml and is the author of the books DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html and FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html .