(Health Secrets) The latest death from consuming energy drinks is a clear call for the truth. Energy drinks are harming our youth and setting them up for chronic health problems up to and including death.
The mother of a 14 year old who experienced death from consuming energy drinks, specifically two (2) Mega Monsters, just wants its makers to know that its products can kill. She filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California for Riverside County for its failure to warn and negligence in the design, sale and manufacturing of the product.
Last December her daughter, Anais Fournier, suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia after consuming 480mg of caffeine over a two day time period. Two Monster energy drinks provide the caffeine equivalent of 13 cans of Coke. Just a couple of hours after consuming the second Monster Energy drink, Anais went into cardiac arrest. She was unconscious when the EMTs arrived at her house and transported her to John Hopkins Hospital where she remained on life support until her death six days later. According to both her autopsy report and death certificate, the cause of death was due to caffeine toxicity.
There are no warnings on the bottle and therefore no concern from parents when their children are consuming energy drinks such as those made by Monster Energy. We hope this changes with more media coverage about the dangers of high caffeine energy drinks. Monster Energy’s sales totaled $1.3 billion last year, allowing its parent company, Hansen Natural, to easily manage lawsuits from the six deaths they have caused since 2009. These shocking statistics of six deaths and 15 hospitalization associated from Monster Energy was disclosed during the lawsuit from the FDA’s Center for Food Safety Adverse Event Reporting System.
Energy drinks are grabbing a loophole in the FDAs current policy which requires soft drinks to contain no more than 0.02% caffeine per 12 oz. Energy drinks don’t have to abide by the regulation in regards to caffeine due to their status as a dietary supplement rather than a food. To make matters worse, the can of the energy drink does even not have to disclose its caffeine content.
Companies are jumping on the bandwagon to create high-caffeine energy drinks, and deceiving the American public into believing these drinks safe. In fact, they even pass them off as healthy. Another such company is AdvoCare who makes an energy drink called Spark. It is marketed to those “who have trouble waking up, feel ‘energy slumps’ throughout the day, or can’t work up enough energy to live life the way you want.”
Although caffeine will provide short term synthetic energy, the long term effects worsen the symptoms mentioned above. Consuming high doses of caffeine causes adrenal gland burnout, a condition with symptoms of fatigue, mild to moderate depression, sugar cravings, decreased drive, trouble waking up, trouble getting to sleep at night and reduced immune function.
The biggest concern involving energy drinks is the marketing to children which gives the assumption that these product are safe. Kids from twenty years ago have the memory of their father drinking his coffee before work. These days we have memories of kids drinking 3 times the caffeine dad used to drink (Mega Monster Energy Drink) while at the mall with friends, or 2 cups of coffee (5 Hour Energy Drink) before their soccer game.
A comparison with the caffeine content of popular drinks from yesteryear reveals the degree of caffeine abuse energy drinks are causing:
Coca Cola 34 mg
Instant Coffee 57 mg
Starbucks Tall Cafe Latte 75 mg
AdvoCare Spark 120 mg
5 Hour Energy 138 mg
Mega Monster 240 mg
We need to wake up and smell the coffee…or should I say the Energy Drink!
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