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Old 01-06-2004, 04:43 PM   #1
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A friend of mine mentioned that she goes to a pulmonologist at a Johns Hopkins University to me. He said that every time he goes, they have cups of Mountain Dew lined up, and the doctor encourages the asthmatics there to drink the Mountain Dew. There is some research being done about Mountain Dew possibly relieving some asthma symptoms...it has something to do with the caffeine I think. I just thought I'd share that with you all. Sounds interesting.

Edit: I looked this up on the internet and it did say that in the old days, when you had an asthma attack, they'd brew you a strong cup of coffee. (Actually, this kind of works for me if I inhale the steam from it) Caffeine has been proven to help bronchoconstriction. However, Mountain Dew contains tartrazine, and it's been estimated that 50,000-100,000 Americans are sensitive to it. So I'd think that Mountain Dew would cause asthma attacks, not relieve them.

I don't know.
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Old 01-06-2004, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Asthma research -- Mountain Dew

Caffiene is a mild bronchodilator. That's why theophylline is still around because it is chemically related to caffiene, though I don't know how well it would work. An insanely large amount of caffiene would probably dispel a small inkling of tightness.

I find this interesting because I was once seen for a second opinion and the doctor required you drink Mountain Dew before spirometry to clear secretions. Funny, huh?

 
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Old 01-08-2004, 05:30 PM   #3
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Re: Asthma research -- Mountain Dew

Yes, I've also heard that when you're in a pinch and don't have your medicine to drink caffeine. Its funny though, because my pulminologist always tells me to stop drinking caffeine. But when I'm sick, I drink extra caffeine. Anything to help make breathing easier!

 
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Your doc tells you probably not to drink caffeine, because if you are going to use it in a pinch (hopefully you don't have to!) or when you're sick then if you drink it every day you'll become less sensative to it.

 
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Have a look on [url removed] the bit on asthma past and present, that says about the caffine, there are also some other pretty weird ways thay used to treat asthma. purging, vomiting and blood letting was one of them, uurrgghhh!!
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Old 01-11-2004, 03:36 AM   #6
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Re: Asthma research -- Mountain Dew

i only know about this because when i went for my methacholine challenge i was told not to have any caffeinated beverages for about eight hours before i went in.
if i'm having a mild attack, having a caffeinated soda helps a little.

i've also heard that caffeine can help with headaches because headaches are often caused by constriction of blood vessels, and the caffeine opens them up.

 
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A friend of mine mentioned that she goes to a pulmonologist at a Johns Hopkins University to me. He said that every time he goes, they have cups of Mountain Dew lined up, and the doctor encourages the asthmatics there to drink the Mountain Dew. There is some research being done about Mountain Dew possibly relieving some asthma symptoms...it has something to do with the caffeine I think. I just thought I'd share that with you all. Sounds interesting.

Edit: I looked this up on the internet and it did say that in the old days, when you had an asthma attack, they'd brew you a strong cup of coffee. (Actually, this kind of works for me if I inhale the steam from it) Caffeine has been proven to help bronchoconstriction. However, Mountain Dew contains tartrazine, and it's been estimated that 50,000-100,000 Americans are sensitive to it. So I'd think that Mountain Dew would cause asthma attacks, not relieve them.

I don't know.
How much do you have to drink to feel relief?

 
Old 01-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #8
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Re: Asthma research -- Mountain Dew

Caffeine in these percentages are hard to get a handle on. Depends on how sensitive the person is to caffeine. Someone who drinks caffiene everyday will have to drink a lot more than someone who abstains from it.

Still, if you drank enough to notice the difference, you'd be running to the bathroom a lot too.

 
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Caffeine in these percentages are hard to get a handle on. Depends on how sensitive the person is to caffeine. Someone who drinks caffiene everyday will have to drink a lot more than someone who abstains from it.

Still, if you drank enough to notice the difference, you'd be running to the bathroom a lot too.

ohhh! I hate running to the bathroom all the time!

 
Old 01-13-2004, 12:56 PM   #10
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Best bet is to have your rescue inhaler hanging around, then.

 
Old 01-14-2004, 08:27 PM   #11
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Mountain Dew has the highest amount of caffiene of any soda, well except for maybe Jolt which is pretty difficult to find in stores. I've read to drink a cup of coffee to stop asthma attack. Though if I went to a dr that insisted I drink Mountain Dew first I would refuse. I noticed long ago that whenever I drink Mountain Dew, particularly the fountain variety from restaurants, that I get terribly congested. I always assumed it was the corn syrup in it as I am allergic to corn and it makes me congested. My drs told me to stop consuming caffiene because of having fibrocystis.

 
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Well, it could be the tartrazine in the Mountain Dew. A lot of people are allergic to that...
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Re: Asthma research -- Mountain Dew

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Well, it could be the tartrazine in the Mountain Dew. A lot of people are allergic to that...

What are the symptoms of tartrazine allergy? Do you know if there are differing amounts of it in regular vs. diet Mountain Dew and bottled vs. fountain drinks? Is there a blood or skin test my allergist can do?

 
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