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Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Ever wonder if spicy food is good for you?

    Millions of people from many cultures from around the world enjoy the flavor and fire of hot foods. After all, chiles are the second most common spices in the world, following salt. Few people, however, realize the many health benefits that chile peppers offer. A substance called capsaicin causes the heat of chiles and peppers.

    Capsaicin has been associated with many cures that include lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and warding off strokes and heart attacks, speeding up metabolism, treating colds and fevers, preventing cancer and pain control. Capsaicin is a flavorless, odorless chemical concentrated in the veins of chiles and peppers.

    The seeds grow next to the veins and absorb the chemical. Contrary to popular belief, the seeds are not the hottest part of a chile. Rather, the greatest heat is found in the capsaicin oil, which is found in the membranes and near the stems of chiles plants. Removing the seeds and especially the veins can reduce the heat by up to fifty percent. Otherwise, capsaicin is virtually indestructible and can withstand freezing, cooking and time.

    Experts believe that capsaicin acts on and desensitizes nerve fibers that carry pain signals throughout the nervous system. Repeated and high doses of capsaicin prevent sensory nerves from replenishing their chemical stores and they basically run out of neurotransmitters (the chemical agents that transmit the message of pain to a nerve or muscle).

    When taken internally, capsaicin stimulates circulation sequentially, from the internal organs to skin surface and subsequently throughout the entire body. When applied externally and once it penetrates the skin, capsaicin increases circulation to the site where it has been applied. Capsaicin has been used medicinally for centuries. Hot peppers were one of the first plants domesticated in the Americas. Archaeologists believe people in Mexico were eating chiles and peppers as early as 7000 BC. Ancient pain-relievers and other medications used capsaicin as a major ingredient.

    Capsaicin has been proven to be highly successful in relieving symptoms of arthritis, sports injuries, other kinds of chronic joint and muscle pain, and certain kinds of itching. Capsaicin cream was originally used to treat the intense pain of herpes zoster (shingles), which is a nerve infection caused by chicken pox and usually afflicts adults. Medical studies have shown that capsaicin significantly lowers cholesterol and is a factor in warding off strokes and heart attacks.

    Capsaicin has also been medicinally proven to aid in the human body's process of digestion and protect against stomach ulcers and the ravages of alcohol. Contrary to popular belief that ulcer sufferers should avoid spicy foods, a report published in "Digestive Diseases and Sciences" concluded that capsaicin increased blood flow in the stomach's mucous lining, which may help in healing of the stomach tissue.

    Chile also protects against the side effects of aspirin and chile eaters develop fewer peptic ulcers than those who eat plain foods. Also, rates of stomach cancer are unusually low in countries where chile peppers are part of a regular diet, as capsaicin appears to neutralize some carcinogens. Research has proven that adding chile peppers to your foods can help your body burn calories faster (up to 45 calories more per meal than if you eat bland dishes) and speed up your metabolism. Chile peppers are an incredible replacement for the fat and salt in your diet as the flavors of the foods are enhanced sufficiently with the ingredients themselves.

    When people eat hotter chiles, they experience pain in their mouths and throats. The nervous system reacts to the pain by releasing morphine-like endorphins. Endorphins create a sense of euphoria similar to the "runner's high" that some people get from exercise. People who regularly eat chiles will find that they develop a tolerance to the heat and will have to eat increasingly hotter foods to get the high. Fresh chiles offer the highest source of vitamin C available from any vegetable.

    Surprisingly, fresh, uncooked green chiles provide at least twice and up to eight times the amount that is available from citrus fruits. Chiles are also a good source of vitamin A. As chiles turn from green to red, they lose much of their vitamin C but gain vitamin A through increased amounts of carotene. When fresh chiles are dried they lose most of their vitamin C content, but their vitamin A content increases 100 times. In addition to adding great flavor to food that thrills the palate, chiles offer the world some amazing health benefits.

    Medical research continues into the medicinal powers of peppers through scientific studies and clinical trials. In the years to come, perhaps society can blend the knowledge of the ancient cultures with modern medicine and arrive at a balance that ensures the prevention of disease and the promotion of good health, using every means at our disposal. Chiles are not only "hot" in popularity and flavor, but have proven to be very "healthy" as well.
    http://www.screamindemon.net/Basics.html
    Rankings of the hottest sauces in the world:
    http://www.chez-williams.com/Hot%20Sauce/hothome.htm

    The heat of a Chile Pepper is measured in Scoville Units. The following chart goes from mildest to hottest:

    0-100 Scoville Units includes Bell & Sweet peppers.
    500-1000 Scoville Units includes New Mexican peppers.
    1,000-1,500 Scoville Units includes Espanola peppers.
    1,000-2,000 Scoville Units includes Ancho & Pasilla peppers.
    1,000-2,500 Scoville Units includes Cascabel peppers.
    2,500-5,000 Scoville Units includes Jalapeno peppers.
    5,000-15,000 Scoville Units includes Serrano peppers.
    15,000-30,000 Scoville Units includes Chile de Arbol peppers.
    30,000-50,000 Scoville Units includes Cayenne & Tabasco peppers.
    50,000-100,000 Scoville Units includes Chiltepin peppers
    100,000-350,000 Scoville Units includes Scotch Bonnet & Thai peppers.
    200,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units includes Habanero peppers.
    300,000 to 577,000 Scoville Units includes Red Savina Habaneros
    500,000 to 16,000,000 Scoville Units includes Cooking Additives/Chile Extracts
    Around 16,000,000 Scoville Units is Pure Capsaicin
    http://www.screamindemon.net/Basics.html
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    yeah.. i didnt feel like reading that. But I hear Spicy foods are great for acne and such

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    From that list I never tried any of those but I have had Dave's Insanity Sauce. They have Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce listed. Dave's Insanity Sauce if ****ING HOT! I can't even imagine something at the top of that list. Food has to be really spicy for me to notice it, I have a taste for spicy foods.

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    umm spicy stuff can cause stomach ulcers and deteriorate your GI tract..maybe you should get some research from a real source like WebMD instead of the company thats promoting the product..

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    Capsaicin is actually commonly used as an analgesic. It causes an open release of substance P (which is responsible for the sensation of pain) and pretty much wear this substance out...hence it burns then numbs. It's pretty much what your quoted article said. There are some articles that indicate it may also help prevent cancer...but yeah...eat enough and they can cause intestinal discomfort....capsaicin basically stimulates gastric acid production....oh yeah...I don't do webMD, but I do use pubmed...and pretty much alot of what's in that article is in somewhere or other in these articles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxiw
    umm spicy stuff can cause stomach ulcers and deteriorate your GI tract.
    I've looked and can't find any....can you post some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffgarcia
    I've looked and can't find any....can you post some?
    the series of articles I provided from PubMed at the end of my last post includes articles on how capsaicin stimulates stomach acid production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ectx
    the series of articles I provided from PubMed at the end of my last post includes articles on how capsaicin stimulates stomach acid production.
    nothing was returned when I went to that link...

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    link must have expired....try this one. That one suggests that even if you inject it in the brain, you get gastric acid secretions.

    there's also this one. It tries to correlate stomach disomfort with dosage of capsaicin.


    And yet another one on pretty much the same thing.
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    maybe I'm an idiot, but I dont read those 3 studies as being anything to negative...

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    LOL, nope, you're not an idiot. It's hard to get what they're trying to say from just the abstract. What they are saying is that a) taking capsaicin will increase stomach acid production, b) taking capsaicin may cause some stomach discomfort. Is this terribly bad...nope...but if you have ulcers it could be...or if you have a very sensitive stomach..yes. Most of the literature on capsaicin though is focused on how it affects pain perception and it's therapeutic benefits. There are even some articles on it's anticancer benefits.

    btw...when I provided the original link it was to show that what you posted originally does have the science to back it up, and isn't just advertising from a website as dxiw posted.
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    lol advertising? what the hell interest do I have in advertising?

    1) everyone in my family is a doctor and they have told me about this
    2) i take some anatomy and physiology classes and i've learned about it over the years

    so instead of calling me names why don't you stop advertising for that PubMed site

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    I've personally always enjoyed spicy food, I do not believe it to be a problem causing part of my diet because nothing has ever happened for me to think that. Years down the road sure, maybe I will find out its bad for me, but as of now I believe I am going to be sticking with geoffgarcia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxiw
    lol advertising? what the hell interest do I have in advertising?
    your words...not mine...

    Quote Originally Posted by dxiw
    umm spicy stuff can cause stomach ulcers and deteriorate your GI tract..maybe you should get some research from a real source like WebMD instead of the company thats promoting the product..
    Quote Originally Posted by dxiw
    1) everyone in my family is a doctor and they have told me about this
    Good for you.

    2) i take some anatomy and physiology classes and i've learned about it over the years
    So have I...and I won't go into my qualifications. Lets just say I could teach you courses a bit more advanced than that at the college level.

    so instead of calling me names why don't you stop advertising for that PubMed site
    I never called you names. My reply was to geofgarcia...and I didn't call him names either. And that pubmed site....LOL...it's the NIH's site for biomedical peer reviewed literature. It's put out by the US government for free. WebMD, on the otherhand, is not a nonprofit site.
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