Monday, February 25, 2013


Treat energy drinks like drugs

Treat energy drinks like drugs

The energy drink business is booming. Sales in the U.S. have hit more than $10 billion, eclipsing categories such as iced tea or sports drinks. About 6 billion energy drinks were consumed nationwide in 2010, and it's estimated that 31% of teenagers drink them regularly.

But the popularity of energy drinks is leading to serious health consequences. A recent government survey estimated that the number of emergency room visits related to consuming energy drinks doubled nationally in the past four years.

It's no secret how energy drinks work: caffeine. Consider that just 2 ounces of a popular brand contains 207 mg of caffeine, which is almost as much as six cans of Coca-Cola. It is more than double the recommended amount of daily caffeine intake for teenagers, who are often targeted in advertising campaigns. Roland Griffiths, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, rightly calls them "caffeine delivery systems."

Dietary supplements?
Most energy drinks also contain herbal ingredients such as ginkgo, taurine or milk thistle. Although scientific studies show that these additives have little value, their presence allows energy drinks to be sold as dietary supplements rather than drugs.

It's an important distinction. Supplements don't have to disclose the amounts of caffeine they contain, while over-the-counter drugs that contain similar doses of caffeine do. So in the majority of cases, those who consume energy drinks don't know how much caffeine they're ingesting.

Energy drinks can lead to serious health problems, including palpitations, rapid heart rates, dehydration, elevated blood pressures, or even heart attacks. Their high caffeine content, along with "natural" additives, can interact with prescription drugs. Worse, 56% of college students report mixing energy drinks with alcohol, which studies show increase the risk of committing or experiencing a sexual assault, riding with a drunk driver, or becoming involved in an alcohol-related car accident.

Deaths also reported
According to the recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were more than 20,000 emergency room visits involving energy drinks in 2011, double the number from 2007. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration received reports of 18 deaths and over 150 injuries that might have been associated with the drinks.

These safety concerns require energy drinks to be more closely scrutinized. Beverage manufacturers should clearly label the caffeine content. Adults should limit their caffeine intake to about 500 mg per day (or about two tall cups of Starbucks brewed coffee), less for teens and older patients and those with heart or liver problems. Doctors need to do a better job screening for and counseling those who consume high amounts of energy drinks. Finally, we should consider the approach taken by our neighboring countries.

Canada will soon cap energy drink caffeine content to 180 mg per can or bottle, which, if instituted in the U.S., would require reformulation of a substantial number of drinks. Mexico is seeking to ban the sales of energy drinks to those younger than 18.

Perhaps most effective would be to stop seeing energy drinks as beverages, and instead view them as liquid stimulant drugs. Because that's what they really are.

Culled (Kevin Pho)

Friday, February 15, 2013



Greetings to all of you who are in touch with us here on this blog

It's a Friday, the 3rd Friday in this month of February 2013. It sure has come loaded with its own opportunities and pains; its own likes and dislikes, its own challenges and gifts.

What shall it be for you?
What shall you take out of it?
The opportunities or the pains?
the likes or the dislikes?
the challenges or the gifts?


Life would give you that which you ask from her
you don't get what you want because you confuse yourself, your mouth is saying something while your mind is opposing it and vice versa.

The day you are able to align your thoughts and your talks, YOUR DESTINY WOULD CHANGE FOR REAL

Start doing that TODAY'

Bless and be blessed

Dr. Jerry - the First

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


It has taken some time that we have not posted here.

This is due to circumstances beyond our control but we are back now and promise to keep you posted with health tips that would help you conserve your money

Remember that health is wealth

Keep being healthy

Dr. Jerry - the First