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Disordered caffeination: a biocultural analysis of adverse reactions to caffeine

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2014
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While coffee culture has long since been positively associated with intellectual and working life, the health and safety of its primary stimulant, caffeine, has recently fallen under scrutiny by the FDA. This medical anthropology thesis provides a biocultural synthesis of caffeine culture, health effects, and biological variation in adverse effects related to pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Supporting evidence for variation in responses to caffeine was found through surveying 100 participants, investigating caffeine consumption levels, perceptions and health beliefs, adverse effects experienced, and medical encounters. Increased rates of adverse effects were found for students, pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drug users, and for participants reporting negative or ambivalent perceptions of caffeine, intolerance, or sensitivity to caffeine. Variation in rates of adverse effects suggests biocultural interactions account not only for patterns in pharmacological data, but are also clinically significant in constructing risk of caffeine intoxication.
Title: Disordered caffeination: a biocultural analysis of adverse reactions to caffeine.
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Name(s): Porter, Carlyn M., author
Cameron, Mary, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Department of Anthropology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2014
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 112 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: While coffee culture has long since been positively associated with intellectual and working life, the health and safety of its primary stimulant, caffeine, has recently fallen under scrutiny by the FDA. This medical anthropology thesis provides a biocultural synthesis of caffeine culture, health effects, and biological variation in adverse effects related to pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Supporting evidence for variation in responses to caffeine was found through surveying 100 participants, investigating caffeine consumption levels, perceptions and health beliefs, adverse effects experienced, and medical encounters. Increased rates of adverse effects were found for students, pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drug users, and for participants reporting negative or ambivalent perceptions of caffeine, intolerance, or sensitivity to caffeine. Variation in rates of adverse effects suggests biocultural interactions account not only for patterns in pharmacological data, but are also clinically significant in constructing risk of caffeine intoxication.
Identifier: FA00004319 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Adenosine triphosphate -- Physiological effect
Caffeine -- Health aspects
Caffeine -- Physiological effect
Medical anthropology
Physiology, Pathological
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