Crackdown on Energy Drinks

Personally, I adamantly avoid energy drinks. In fact, I just gave my brother a tongue lashing about them yesterday. Dr. Fuhrman makes it very clear caffeine doesn’t do our bodies any favors. He talks about it in his book Eat to Live:
Halting stimulating behavior such as overeating unmasks the fatigue that was always there. The power reserve in a battery is proportional to its use. The less we use it, the more life it has and the stronger it remains. Likewise, when there is continual stress on your body from stimulating foods and caffeine, it gives the false sensation that we have energy, when actually we are using up our nerve energy faster. This ages us. The fatigue is hidden by the stimulating (aging-inducing) effects of sugar, caffeine, and toxic protein load. Now that you are eating in a health-supporting manner, you may be in better touch with the sleep your body needs, and sleep better as a result.
Looks like Dr. Fuhrman isn’t the only one bashing caffeine. According to this Reuters report states want the federal government to crack down on energy drinks. Take a look:
The attorneys general of 28 states, Washington D.C., and Guam asked the federal government on Tuesday to crack down on the makers of energy drinks with alcohol and caffeine, arguing their advertisements don't warn of health and safety risks.

"Combining alcohol with caffeine hardly seems healthy - and that false claim is what we seek to halt," said Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

The group targeted Miller Brewing Co, Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc and Charge Beverages, saying each runs ad campaigns that might include potentially misleading health-related claims.

In a letter to John Manfreda, the administrator of the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the state officials said the beverage makers are wooing young people with "outlandish" and "outrageous" health-related claims.

Anheuser-Busch says its Bud Extra allows drinkers to "Say hello to an endless night of fun" and "Stay around for every twist of the ride."
Alcohol and caffeine? Another stroke of marketing genius—unreal. Oh, in case you learn better with pictures, here’s a video report on this story from ABC News. Enjoy:

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Keefe Gonzalez - January 22, 2009 11:09 AM

I've been drinking energy drinks just cause I like the taste..

Never been addicted and never will. I only get em whenever I hit up the local gas station for quick food. Even then.. I usually opt-out for a Dr.Pepper.

I do agree that teenagers drinking energy drinks can be dangerous. I was in a class with a student that had 6 energy drinks in a row just to study for a test. He became pale and his heart started to race, then he passed out in his desk. I helped him to the floor and immediately did everything I was taught in emergency services courses. He was going into shock, so I did my best to calm him because he was honestly consciously and sub-consciously freaking out. He started to pass in and out of consciousness and I tried my best to keep him awake and calm, with that much sugar and caffeine in his system, it would take just one startle to send him into cardiac arrest or even worse. Long story short he recovered from his startling encounter within an hour. His metabolism actually sped up and he managed to urinate the stimulants from his system within a 1 hour period.

I did some calculations and turns out he consumed the following:

-660 Calories
-156g Sugar
-162g Carbs
-12mg Vitamin B6
-780mcg Vitamin B12
-6,000mg Taurine
-1,200mg L-Carnitine
-780mg Caffeine
-600mg Inositol
-300mg Panax Ginsing Extract

The recommended Maximum for his approximate weight of caffeine was 202.5mg. He od'd by 577mg.

In my opinion. There should be a minimum buy age of no less than 18. not only that, but all cans should warn to not drink more than 4 -12 fl.oz cans per day(equivalent to 2 of their "double" sized cans)In addition to the (usual) warning to pregnant and caffeine sensitive persons.

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