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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Dr X,

I agree with your "bet". For Christ's sake evil "soda" is just sugar, water and a few flavorings.

I'd love to hear the researchers attempt to attribute a causal agent.

Maybe it's the other ingredient in soda pop, that nefarious compound so demonized that a massive group of international bureaucrats are meeting this week in Warsaw to pressure the developed world into eliminating its production...


I'm surprised caffeine wasn't mentioned as a culprit with the misbehavior, because there's a lot of it in most sodas. In my experience, it's effects last longer than sugar, and the combination does a real whammy on kids.

They wrote about caffeine as a possibility:

Caffeine has been linked to insufficient sleep, nervousness and jitters, impulsivity, and risk-taking in children and adolescents, and a study of 9- to 12-year-old children in Brazil found that those with depression were more likely to consume caffeine.”

They don't mention it, but caffeine may cause some kids to be more aggressive and suffer decrements in attention, but kids with ADD AD/HD may actually do better with caffeine. One of my thoughts was that kids within this group might be drawn to caffeinated beverages to self-medicate, just as depressed kids might use it to self-medicate.

Most "sodas" do not contain caffeine. Especially the flavors most favored by children.

Self-medication -- just how wide-spread might that be? And is it bad? If it's bad, why?


"Self-medication -- just how wide-spread might that be? And is it bad? If it's bad, why? "

The stimulant beverage market is booming for teens. I'm pretty sure a substantial number of kids are self-medicating with these beverages, some for ADD and some for depression.

How bad is that? It's a double-edge sword, which is also the case with prescribed stimulants for ADD. The drinks can provide some ADD symptom relief, but there may be rebound effects and adverse effects on sleep.

Soda? Depends on what kind the kids are drinking. As Lance points out, many sodas don't contain caffeine, so we'd have to begin by looking at the prevalence of caffeinated soda consumption.

Just to clarify, when I use the term self-medicate, I don't assume self-medication is a bad thing. It depends on the "medication." A glass of wine can be self-medication, but that isn't a bad thing for most adults.

As I partake of my first glass of self-medication this evening, I assert that it is a GOOD thing.

I'll drink to that!

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