Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Harmful Effects of Caffeine

While attending Fort Valley State University, I signed up for a class that was held at 8:00am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The problem with this situation was that I started my party frenzy on Thursday night and ended it on Monday morning (3:00am). Now of course I didn’t do this every week but I did it enough to regret signing up for that class. Getting up on Wednesday morning was not a problem since I had adequate sleep the night before, however, when Monday and Friday morning came around it was virtually impossible for me to get up. When I would finally drag myself out of bed and prepare for my 8:00 o’clock class (late as usual) I would still have a hard time staying awake during class. My roommate suggested that I drink pepsi or coke before class and the caffeine will keep me awake. Come Friday morning I did just that. I went to the soda machine conveniently located across from my class and bought a can of pepsi. While still standing there I notice the candy machine to my left filled with all kinds of sweet goodies. “Hmmmm wouldn’t a nice snickers bar go well with this pepsi?” I asked myself. Without hesitation, I purchase a snickers bar and headed towards my class.

To my surprise it worked. I was up and alert during class. However, I was on a caffeine high at 800am and would crash at 10:00am. I didn’t mind taking an hour nap at 10:00am in exchange for my power surge during my 8:00 o’clock class. It wasn’t long until I started experiencing some side effects from the caffeine I was consuming. My first side effect was nervousness. I couldn’t keep still. When I would sit down I would constantly shake my leg. I also noticed that it would take more cans of soda to keep me awake. The second side effect was headaches followed by diarrhea. In order to get rid of my headache I would drink a cup of coffee. Finally I was suffering from insomnia. I was a caffeine addict. This is one of the reasons why I developed uterine fibroids a year later. Fortunately, during the “detox” program that I was on to help cure myself of cancer, I slowly weaned myself off sodas and chocolate. My side effects are gone and I don’t have to worry about developing uterine fibroids again.

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Read through the Bible in 2009, starting today!
Posted in reading plans by Andy on January 1st, 2009

The new Bible Gateway Bible reading plans start today! If you’ve ever wanted to read through the entire Bible but weren’t sure where to begin, now is the perfect time to start. You can head over right now to read today’s reading. That page updates each day with the new day’s reading, so bookmark it and come back each day!

There are several different reading plans available in many Bible versions, all of which you can choose from the Bible reading page. You can also subscribe to your reading plan via RSS or iCal. Read more about how to use the Bible reading plans.

Spending about 15 minutes a day with each reading will take you through the entire Bible by the end of the year. So if you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution to read through the entire Bible in 2009, consider doing so—it’s never been easier!
Read through the Bible in a year with new Bible Gateway reading plans!
Posted in News by Andy on December 30th, 2008

Have you ever wanted to read through the entire Bible? If you’ve ever decided—perhaps as a New Year’s resolution—that you’re going to read all the way through the Bible, you’ve probably learned two things the hard way: 1) the Bible is very long, and 2) parts of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, can be a real challenge to read straight through.

All the same, there are few things more spiritually rewarding than reading through Scripture in its entirety. And we at the Bible Gateway want to help. So we’ve added new tools to help you read through the entire Bible in a year: our new Bible reading plans. Starting on January 1, 2009, you can start reading through the Bible, one short daily reading at a time. You can read your daily reading online here at the Bible Gateway, or receive the daily readings via RSS or iCal.