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Can you do a survey with your followers asking how often one drinks coffee and/or take stimulants to help with studying? I'm a coffee addict and I don't know how I feel about students taking prescription drugs. I feel like we should all be driven by our own internal motivations to study. Yes, I know, caffeine itself is a drug and has a tendency of addiction and abuse but substances such as adderall and ritalin to me gives fellow students an unfair advantage. What are your thoughts? Thanks! — Asked by Anonymous

I think that taking a stimulant without a medical purpose or a real problem is not a good idea. For those who have real challenges, real difficulties, and real reasons for taking stimulants I have no issue with the necessity. It is a matter of requirement, need, and moderation.

Stimulants may have varying effects on the host as seen in this preliminary research published in Nature; caffeine likewise may not work for everyone. 

As you say, caffeine and stimulants are chemical compounds. Drugs. And as such, they have the capacity of abuse, but in this case, the abuse potential and the repercussions of one are greater than the other. That in my opinion makes caffeine a lesser of two evils.

In an ideal world, I would give up coffee, and people would not feel pressured to try stimulants. But this is not the case, so all we can do is resist the temptation. I would also suggest reading the submissions to the New York Times, titled "In Their Own Words: ‘Study Drugs.’"

To my knowledge, the use of stimulants without medical cause is frowned upon by the faculty and it is ill-advised and I would say the same. 

What are your thoughts on the subject of stimulants? What food or drink do you have to help you study? Discuss or leave your comments below.

A Fast Food Burger Is 3 Times Larger Now Than in The 1950s from the Atlantic.
Echoing my sentiments in this post, it is nauseating to see just how much our foods have grown. Even worse, there shows no signs of stopping. With trend lines this steep, are we too late to reverse the change?
Of course, change is always hard to enact, especially one that forces us to deconstruct what we have grown accustomed to. However, we as a society have shown that when push comes to shove, we are capable of rallying to a great and worthy cause. With the mounting issue of obesity, I am hopeful that we will once again rise up to that challenge.

A Fast Food Burger Is 3 Times Larger Now Than in The 1950s from the Atlantic.

Echoing my sentiments in this post, it is nauseating to see just how much our foods have grown. Even worse, there shows no signs of stopping. With trend lines this steep, are we too late to reverse the change?

Of course, change is always hard to enact, especially one that forces us to deconstruct what we have grown accustomed to. However, we as a society have shown that when push comes to shove, we are capable of rallying to a great and worthy cause. With the mounting issue of obesity, I am hopeful that we will once again rise up to that challenge.

Welcome to the ward. The most important thing you need to remember…is that the coffee brewer is down the hall and to the right. Now you are ready to get through any day.
The attending physician gives me directions to his secret weapon.

Daily Fuel

I have one cup of steeped tea half way through the morning every day to keep me going. Two milks and one sugar is my usual order.

What is your drink of choice and how often do you drink it? Share your daily fuel.

Super-sizing Portions.
You go to the market place, to the restaurant, to the coffee shop, and place your order. Over the years as you became older, bigger, and stronger, so too did the portion sizes of what you ate and drank. We hardly think of it as we transition from youth to adulthood, given how natural it seems and how logical it feels. Yet, as we slowly plateau at our peak years and as our body’s requirements level off, our meals and drinks have continued to grow up with or without us.
In today’s Starbucks generation, a small size drink suitable for a child is 8 fluid ounces; the largest drink sizes available are upwards of 30. Sixty years ago, a regular cup of coffee for an adult would have been 6.5 fluid ounces, with the largest cups of that period, the “king-size,” irking out only 12, what we would consider to be a small-sized drink by today’s standards. 
Of course, market growth has never been a homogenous distribution; some grew by even more extremes. Take for example the Original Hershey chocolate bar. When it was first introduced, it weighed only 0.6 ounce; now the range stretches from 1.6 to 8 ounces - over ten times larger than the original. Fast food and baked goods, including cookies and muffins have also grown up to 8 times larger.
It is a scary trend when put into perspective of the growing obesity epidemic. Already, 26 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 2-17 years old are overweight or obese. Projecting this trend forward should it continue, we can expect 70% of 35-44 year olds in Canada to be overweight or obese in 20 years.
So next time when you order something, ask yourself if it is the right portion size for you.

Super-sizing Portions.

You go to the market place, to the restaurant, to the coffee shop, and place your order. Over the years as you became older, bigger, and stronger, so too did the portion sizes of what you ate and drank. We hardly think of it as we transition from youth to adulthood, given how natural it seems and how logical it feels. Yet, as we slowly plateau at our peak years and as our body’s requirements level off, our meals and drinks have continued to grow up with or without us.

In today’s Starbucks generation, a small size drink suitable for a child is 8 fluid ounces; the largest drink sizes available are upwards of 30. Sixty years ago, a regular cup of coffee for an adult would have been 6.5 fluid ounces, with the largest cups of that period, the “king-size,” irking out only 12, what we would consider to be a small-sized drink by today’s standards. 

Of course, market growth has never been a homogenous distribution; some grew by even more extremes. Take for example the Original Hershey chocolate bar. When it was first introduced, it weighed only 0.6 ounce; now the range stretches from 1.6 to 8 ounces - over ten times larger than the original. Fast food and baked goods, including cookies and muffins have also grown up to 8 times larger.

It is a scary trend when put into perspective of the growing obesity epidemic. Already, 26 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 2-17 years old are overweight or obese. Projecting this trend forward should it continue, we can expect 70% of 35-44 year olds in Canada to be overweight or obese in 20 years.

So next time when you order something, ask yourself if it is the right portion size for you.

Morning Mug by Damian O’Sullivan.

I could really use this cute mug. We all take our time to really wake up in the morning, so does this mug. When it’s cold, it displays a sleepy face. And as you pour in your favorite hot beverage, it will start waking up and will greet you with a smile.

Find it here at Generate.

Shaking a Habit

It was futile to resist. It was in every hand of every lecturer, of every doctor we saw. It was the subject of conversation in the early hours and late into the sleepless nights. Through a new language learned, we vented, we craved, we ordered: Tall, Grande, Venti; Latte, Mocha, Americano. How could we resist this product placement? How could we resist this culture?

It was futile to resist. Ensnared through repeat exposure, we grew to enjoy the bitter intoxication of the bean, the sweet taste of sugar, and the foamy delight of cream. Short lived are these, the high seems to last less each time. More cups, more shots; bigger cups, bigger shots. And so we go, spiralling into that coffee fuelled dream that takes its hold on our lives. How could we resist the escalation? How could we resist this culture?

Most shrug it off: “Welcome to a medical life.” “It comes with the territory.” “You will get there.” Such a terrible fate! Have we no choice in this matter? Must this culture stay static? I wonder how often medical students try to quit, try and fail as the drowsiness and irritability kick in. But did they try cold turkey or tapered? 

But I do not want to shrug it off. I will try to stop, to shake this habit. A challenge yes, surrounded by that which I try to escape. Perhaps tea. Yes. Tea could do. I will try tea. Anything but to feed this monster, this guilty pleasure, this subtle addiction.