Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TICKING TIME BOMBS: ENERGY DRINKS AND TEENS

Caffeine in large quantities is dangerous, deadly dangerous!

I have written about my concerns with the potential danger of energy drinks and the need for warnings on cans/bottles.

Today, while driving along MacDonald Drive I witnessed a small group of junior high students sucking back on Monster Energy Drinks. Just a few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on CNN that focused on the danger these drinks presented to so children.

Dr. Sanjay said a 24-ounce can of Monster is equivalent to seven cans of soda! SEVEN CASES! That is enough caffeine to really cause health problems in particular for those with undiagnosed medical issues.

A 2008 study by Johns Hopkins  called fort warning labels on all energy drinks.  Monster Energy Drinks have been Linked To 5 Deaths!

Anais Fournier of Hagerstown, Md., went into cardiac arrest and died in December of 2011 after drinking two Monster drinks within a 24-hour period. On Friday, her parents filed a lawsuit in a Riverside, Calif., Superior Court, blaming the company that markets the Monster energy drinks for the death of their daughter. The suit claims the excessive doses of caffeine directly caused their child’s death.

In December of 2011, Fournier went into cardiac arrest and died  after drinking two Monster drinks within a 24-hour period.  Her parents filed a lawsuit in a blaming the company that markets the Monster energy drinks claiming  the excessive doses of caffeine caused their child’s death.

Her family's  lawyer, Alexander R. Wheeler, says Forunier was watching a movie at a mall when she suffered a fatal heart attack in December. A coma was induced but she was taken off of life support after six days, the statement says: According to the autopsy, the cause of death was caffeine toxicity from an "energy drink."

A  ticking time bomb? Indeed.

In Canada, these drinks have been classified as "natural health products". The federal government is moving to change the classification of energy drinks  to "foods"  but they refused  a recommendation to  introduce a ban on people under 18 years old purchasing the drinks.

The Health Canada Panel also wanted energy drinks to carry a label stating  "stimulant drug containing drinks" and list adverse reactions to caffeine including insomnia, anxiety, allergic reactions, palpitations and withdrawal.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq cowed to pressure from the industry.

I think that these drinks should be sold under tighter regulations and include danger warnings.

What do you think?

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