What price is worth paying for energy?
April 23, 2008 4:16am CST
With the growing concerns of people and the energy-draining daily grind in which we exist, what price are you really willing to pay? People have found that there are new drinks on the market that are effective in giving them the energy they seek. Many of these drinks are sold on a daily basis and the creators have landed on a huge money pile in what they hold in these little cans. Research on a larger scale than before is showing that these drinks are dangerous and potentially deadly. There are even countries that have banned the sale of these energy drinks. As far back as 2004, these drinks have been discussed. There are no warning labels to allow drinkers to know of the damages that could possibly happen when mixed with medications or alcohol. Usually this information is not well advertised; often it has to be sought out or heard second hand. The largest market that is shown to be buying this product are younger people anywhere from 9 years old to college age. What makes it worse is that there is no FDA regulation upon these drinks, thus they are sold legally to anyone who can pay the price. There is even proof that these drinks can intermix negatively with acne medications. There have been numerous reports of warnings against mixing the drinks with alcohol. There are, however, many other worries as well, such as the fact that the drinks are stimulants, and anyone with heart troubles may simply be playing Russian roulette, without realizing that they are doing so. Also, lack of sleep, withdrawal symptoms, and dehydration are concerns with these drinking. After the discovery of how toxic Ephedra is, it was banned from the U.S. market. New energy drinks include Ma huang, Glucuronolactone, and guarana. These substances are known to be detrimental to athletes, yet they are still the drink of choice for many. The FDA is not required to regulate these drinks or label them, even though the side effects range from severe migraines, to brain tumors, even death. To top it off, major beer companies are now selling this liquid speed in a can pre-mixed with the alcohol. No one knows how it will affect them, or if that will be the last drink they ever have. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4694227.stm, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1437154.stm, http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/puma/nov04/energy.html, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/1460995.stm,http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p2376.htm, http://www.brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/atod/energy drinks.htm http://health.limboland.net/html/energy_drink.html, http://www.wral.com/health/1591403/detail.html, hhttp://www.realitycheck.org.au/webboard/messages/2935.htm http://www.new-nutrition.com/newspage/130701b.htm
23 Apr 08
This is evil stuff indeed Ainge. I have often see people, mostly young, drinking this stuff. It gives you wings apparently. It certainly will if you walk under a bus whilst drinking it. The manufacturers claim that you should drink it in moderation. But few seem to.