Caffeine and Your Children

Most parents wouldn’t dream of giving their kids a mug of coffee, but might routinely serve soft drinks containing caffeine. Foods and drinks with caffeine are everywhere, but it’s wise to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially in younger kids.

The United States hasn’t developed guidelines for caffeine intake and kids, but Canadian guidelines recommend that preschoolers get no more than 45 milligrams of caffeine a day. That’s equivalent to the average amount of caffeine found in a 12-ounce (355-milliliter) can of soda or four 1.5-ounce (43-gram) milk chocolate bars.

How Caffeine Affects Kids

A stimulant that affects kids and adults similarly, caffeine is a drug that’s naturally produced in the leaves and seeds of many plants. Caffeine is also made artificially and added to certain foods. Caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. At lower levels, it can make people feel more alert and energetic.

In both kids and adults, too much caffeine can cause:

:jitteriness and nervousness
:upset stomach
:headaches
:difficulty concentrating
:difficulty sleeping
:increased heart rate
:increased blood pressure

Especially in young kids, it doesn’t take a lot of caffeine to produce these effects.

Other reasons to limit kids’ caffeine consumption include:

:Kids who consume one or more 12-ounce (355-milliliter) sweetened soft drink per day are 60% more likely to be obese.

:Not only do caffeinated beverages contain empty calories (calories that don’t provide any nutrients), but kids who fill up on them don’t get the vitamins and minerals they need from healthy sources, putting them at risk for nutritional deficiencies. In particular, kids who drink too much soda (which usually starts between the third and eighth grades) may miss getting the calcium they need from milk to build strong bones andteeth.

:Drinking too many sweetened caffeinated drinks could lead to dental cavities (or caries) from the high sugar content and the erosion of tooth enamel from acidity. Not convinced that sodas can wreak that much havoc on kids’ teeth? Consider this: One 12-ounce (355-milliliter) nondiet, carbonated soft drink contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar (49 milliliters) and 150 calories

:Caffeine is a diuretic that causes the body to eliminate water (through urinating), which may contribute todehydration. Whether the amount of caffeine in beverages is enough to actually cause dehydration is not clear, however. It may depend on whether the person drinking the beverage is used to caffeine and how much caffeine was consumed that day. To be on the safe side, it’s wise to avoid excessive caffeine consumption in hot weather, when kids need to replace water lost through perspiration.

:Abruptly stopping caffeine may cause withdrawal symptoms (headaches, muscle aches, temporary depression, and irritability), especially for those who are used to consuming a lot.

:Caffeine can aggravate heart problems or nervous disorders, and some kids may not be aware that they’re at risk.

One thing that caffeine doesn’t do is stunt growth. Although scientists once worried that caffeine could hinder growth, this isn’t supported by research

Foods and Beverages With Caffeine

Although kids get most of their caffeine from sodas, it’s also found in coffee, tea, chocolate, coffee ice cream or frozen yogurt, as well as pain relievers and other over-the-counter medicines. Some parents may give their kids iced tea in place of soda, thinking that it’s a better alternative. But iced tea can contain as much sugar and caffeine as soda.

Item   Amount of Item
Amount of Caffeine

Jolt soft drink12 ounces71.2 mg

Mountain Dew12 ounces55.0 mg

Coca-Cola12 ounces34.0 mg

Diet Coke12 ounces45.0 mg

Pepsi12 ounces38.0 mg

7-Up12 ounces0 mg

brewed coffee (drip method)5 ounces115 mg

*iced tea12 ounces70 mg

*dark chocolate1 ounce20 mg

*milk chocolate1 ounce6 mg

*cocoa beverage5 ounces4 mg

*chocolate milk beverage8 ounces5 mg

*cold relief medication1 tablet30 mg*

*denotes average amount of caffeine

Sources: U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Soft Drink Association

What’s Caffeine Sensitivity?

Caffeine sensitivity refers to the amount of caffeine that will produce an effect in someone, which varies from person to person. On average, the smaller the person, the less caffeine necessary to produce side effects. However, caffeine sensitivity is most affected by daily caffeine intake.

People who regularly drink beverages containing caffeine soon develop a reduced sensitivity to caffeine. This means they require higher doses of caffeine to achieve the same effects as someone who doesn’t drink caffeinated drinks often. So, the more caffeine kids take in, the more caffeine they’ll need to feel the same effects

In addition to being more susceptible to the effects of caffeine based on size, younger kids are more sensitive because they haven’t been exposed to it as much as older kids or adults.

Caffeine moves through the body within a few hours and is then passed through the urine. It’s not stored in the body, but kids may feel its effects for up to 6 hours if they’re sensitive to it.

Cutting Caffeine

Can you keep kids caffeine-free? Absolutely! The best way to cut caffeine (and added sugar) is to eliminate soda. Instead, offer water, milk, flavored seltzer, and 100% fruit juice. For added convenience, serve water in squeeze bottles that kids can carry around. You can still serve the occasional soda or tea — just make it noncaffeinated. And watch for hidden caffeine by checking the ingredient list on foods and beverages.

If your teen has taken up coffee drinking, one cup a day can easily turn into several (as most adults know), especially if your teen drinks it to stay awake during late-night study sessions.

The best way to reduce coffee caffeine intake is to cut back slowly. Otherwise, kids (and adults) could get headaches and feel achy, depressed, or just downright lousy.

Try substituting noncaffeinated drinks for caffeinated sodas and coffee (water, caffeine-free sodas, and caffeine-free teas). Keep track of how many caffeinated drinks your child has each day, and substitute one drink per week with a caffeine-free alternative until he or she has gotten below the 100-milligram mark.

Someone cutting back on caffeine may feel tired. The best bet is to hit the sack, not the sodas: It’s just a body’s way of saying that more rest is necessary. Don’t worry — energy levels will return to normal in a few days.

Feel free to let kids indulge in a sliver of chocolate cake at birthday parties or a cup of tasty hot cocoa on a cold day — these choices don’t pack enough caffeine punch to be harmful. As with everything, moderation is the key to keeping your kids’ caffeine consumption under control.

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Diabetes Tattoos

With My Father being A Tattoo Collector and being A Diabetic I thought I would share these Inspiring Diabetic Tattoos. It breaks my heart that I can no longer Tattoo my father nor can he get Tattoos in general due to risk of infection. My father has lost his left leg all the way up to just below the knee and has lost his big and second toe on his right foot all due to diabetes. I hope they can find A Cure one day but untill then take A look at the amazing inspirational Diabetic themed Tattoos and please help in anyway possible to support anyone you may know with Diabetes
I love you Pop’s!!

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The Comeback of the Century: Please Help Donate

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One nearly died, the other is fighting Lupus. Timothy Rhyme and Nay The Producer (First Dirt) are trying to make the Comeback Of The Century, literally.

Timothy Rhyme nearly lost his life on July 18, 2011.  He bled out internally and almost met the man upstairs.  Since that traumatic day, he has bounced back like James Blake.  Shortly after his recovery, he moved to LA to be closer to his daughter, got into CSUN, has made some significant strides in his music career, and kept his focus on helping people.

Nay The Producer was diagnosed with Lupus August 2012.  She spent the entire month  of October 2012 in the hospital. This flare up was so severe it caused fluid in her lungs, fluid around her heart and two blood transfusions. To go from a self reliant, hard working woman, to needing the assistance of a walker and cane to do menial things has put her in a hard spot.  Regardless, she keeps fighting and hasn’t let this unrelenting disease stop her from moving forward.

  Both have seen their lives be flipped upside down and completely altered forever.  This campaign is an attempt to raise funds to put together an amazing album but it subconsciously is touching the warrior spirit that we all have.  Some people would have let their circumstances get the best of them but Timothy Rhyme and Nay The Producer would not let defeat be a word that described them in this story. 

 This campaign is important for several reasons.  Not only will it allow Tim and Nay to tell their story.  But it will allow them to inspire others and show other people in similar predicaments that there is some hope and that they aren’t alone.  Music is one of the most powerful tools in lifting a persons spirit and this is one of the main objectives of this album.  In a world where most of the messages in music are about “cool” stuff and a glamorous life, Tim and Nay attempt to show that you can still make good music with a good message.  

If you have ever faced a challenging time in your life and just wished you had that little nudge to get you to the next step, this is your chance to be that to someone else.  This is your chance to be apart of the Comeback Of The Century!

What Your Generosity Will Fund

Through experience, Tim and Nay have figured out how to release a successful album.  They each have years and years of experience in this industry and have seen the formula first hand.  The main components are:

1.Mixing / Mastering

2.Album Cover Design 

3.Music Video

4.Distribution

5.Promotion

6.Merchandise

We budgeted every penny and used fair estimates of making sure we didn’t sacrifice quality.  If we are going to ask people to invest in us we want to make sure that their money is used to create the best product possible.

If for some reason we are unable to reach our goal.  Your investment will still be used for this album.  We might have to cut some corners and go the cheap route on some of the extra costs but either way it will go into the final album.

The Impact

Tim and Nay are really hoping to set a tone in the hip hop world.  They are consistently breaking down barriers when it comes to music arrangement and content within the hip hop community.  To be able to release this album in the manner they would like to would mean that the younger generations will have a new message to relate to.  In a world where negativity and self destructive tendencies reign supreme, this is a breath of fresh air to those that are looking for more honest depictions of the world they live in.

In the end, Tim and Nay hope to inspire future artists, students, and people in general to not be afraid to be themselves. They want to show that you can be yourself and still be successful. That you don’t always have to conform to what you see on TV to gain some notoriety.  

The impact will hopefully be felt for generations to come.  And when the next generation feels like they’re down and out they can be reminded that Tim and Nay made the Comeback Of The Century and so can they.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that times are hard and that you might not feel comfortable giving some strangers your hard earned money.  Rest assured that you even reading this has helped our cause and for that we are grateful. If you believe in this campaign and want to help in some other ways you can:

Get the word out to your friends and family and make some noise about our campaign.

Show someone that you might think would be inspired by this story.

Help us go viral.

Tell people in power.

Tell school officials about our empowering goals.

Go to www.firstdirt.com and purchase other music.

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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/comeback-of-the-century

TATS CRU: Breast Cancer Awareness Graffiti

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Tats Cru Breast Cancer Awareness A bit early. Piece done by Bio Tats Cru Bronx, NY 2013

TATS CRU, Inc. is a group of Bronx-based graffiti artists turned professional muralists.
The current members of TATS CRU are Bio, BG183, Nicer, HOW, and NOSM. TATS CRU were founded by Brim , Bio, BG183 and Nicer. Over the last two decades, TATS CRU has produced various advertisements for clients ranging from neighborhood businesses and institutions to large corporations like Coca Cola and Sony. TATS CRU are also a major producer ofNew York style memorial murals, and have created artwork for many musicians including Nikki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Metallica,Big Pun, Jennifer Lopez, Rick Ross, DJ Kool Herc, Nas and many more.TATS CRU have a strong bond with rapperFat Joe and created many of his advertisement billboard for album releases in the 1990’s.Tats Cru heavily paint murals of friend and deceased rapper Big Pun and are solely responsible for the Big Pun memorial wall in the Bronx, New York City.

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