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rantinan
Aug. 16th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
OH COME ON. We've both seen SIM do much more extreme (and health effecting) caffene overdosing than this in her red eye knight phase.
ozisim
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
yep. that pretty much describes the state I get in...
Except that I dont' go to hospital, because I know it's too much caffeine, and it will pass in a few hours.
darcrider
Aug. 16th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I can't say I'm surprised. My great-grandfather actually died of caffeine withdrawal, but that was an extreme case.
aphephobia
Aug. 16th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
*jawdrops*

I didn't know that could actually happen. Geez: I used to be a ten-cups-a-day addict... and when I got into V, it wasn't uncommon for me to have two four-packs of that stuff in a day. Sheesh. I never had any of that stuff happen...
ingysledge
Aug. 16th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
It really does depend on how used to it you are. I drink coffee maybe once a week, so just one coffee and I can feel my heart rate increase.
arienmir
Aug. 16th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
Excess consumption of caffeine can be deadly just like an overdose of any drug. Caffeine is a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant, and in most people the more you take the larger a resistance you build up to it's effects. The rate of absorption of caffeine is also strongly influenced by several factors including your age. (It has a much longer and pronounced effect on children and pregnant women than it does on the average adult.)

Caffeine is often found in may over the counter and perscription analgesics and antihistemines as it increases the uptake of the drugs and the speed at which they bring relief.

It is also highly addictive. Caffeine withdrawl takes at least 5 days to overcome the purely physical aspects of the addiction; the psychosomatic effects just like with quitting smoking can take much longer to get over. The symptoms of caffeine withdrawl include but are not limited to: headache, nausea, irritablity, fatigue, drowsiness, depression, inability to concentrate and diminished motivation.

Overuse of caffeine has been connected to four "official" mental disorders as well as a range of other physical side effects including: nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching (hyperreflexia), insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis and heart palpitations.

The median lethal dose of caffeine in humans is approximatly 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass, (meaning that amount of caffeine would kill 50% of the adult population if administered to them). This equates to about roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee for an average adult taken within a limited timeframe. Having said that some people have an increased sensitivity to caffeine and hospitalisation has been necessary for dosages as small as 2 grams of caffeine.

To sum up it is very hard to overdose on caffeine from drinking coffee, though the younger you are the easier it is to do especially if you are not exposed to ceffeine regularly; but if you do manage to do it, caffeine can really mess you up!
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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
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I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

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