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Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'
Yahoo! News ^ | 11/14/12 | Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire

Posted on 11/15/2012 9:23:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge

You know those little vials of who-knows-what that TV bills as a healthier alternative to energy drinks. Turns out they might make you die. Or to be more specific, the flavored energy shot "has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion," according to a New York Times investigation.

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Don't worry, 5-Hour Energy fans, Monster Energy drink is a culprit, too. Following a review of FDA records, The Times found that 5-Hour Energy was implicated in at least 13 deaths over the last four years, while Monster was cited in five deaths in a review last month. Both the paper and the FDA are careful to point out that correlation does not equal causation in these horrifying examples of pick-me-ups gone wrong. Nevertheless, we're pretty sure coffee will remain our stimulant of choice for the foreseeable future.

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The scariest thing about the Times report isn't necessarily the threat of heart attack or spontaneous abortion. It's the fact that nobody really knows what's going on with energy drinks -- or in 5-Hour Energy's case "dietary supplements" -- that become implicated in fatalities. Even scarier, is that the companies making these potions know that it's happening. They're required by federal law to report cases that link their products to fatalities to the FDA. They don't want to talk about it either. "I am not interested in making any comment," Manoj Bhargava, the chief executive of Living Essentials, the company that makes 5-Hour Energy. (Go ahead and let the irony of that company name sink in.)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: abortions; diet; fda; fivehourenergy; heartattacks; linked; nutrition; stimulants
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1 posted on 11/15/2012 9:23:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll stick to coffee, I think it’s good for you this week. Next week, who knows?


2 posted on 11/15/2012 9:25:13 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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I wonder how Clint Bowyer feeels driving the 5-hour energy race car in nascar. a ride is a ride I reckun. He sure got spontaneously aborted by Jeff Gordon last week-end at Phoenix.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 9:27:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

First they came for the ephedrine...


4 posted on 11/15/2012 9:29:03 AM PST by Mr. Blond
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To: NormsRevenge

Most dietary supplements are full of crap. Stick to good food and you don’t need to supp.


5 posted on 11/15/2012 9:29:18 AM PST by ari-freedom (It's the bennies, stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re sold all over military bases.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 9:29:26 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: NormsRevenge

What’s even worse is that “nobody really knows what’s going on...” about a whole lot more then 5-hr energy nowadys.

Putting a “This S-— can kill you, Yo!” on the bottle would probably boost sales.


7 posted on 11/15/2012 9:30:56 AM PST by Justa
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To: NormsRevenge

What about Brawndo?


8 posted on 11/15/2012 9:31:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: NormsRevenge

Spontaneous abortions? Oh great. Just one more thing single females are going to want for free.


9 posted on 11/15/2012 9:32:10 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I stopped drinking any of that stuff a couple of years ago when I had an energy drink and my heart went into overdrive. Nope, not gonna do it again, never never never.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 9:33:30 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: NormsRevenge

Things aren’t always as they’re reported to be. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the reason these products “cause” heart attacks and spontaneous abortions is that the people using them aren’t getting enough rest and/or sleep.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 9:33:46 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: Enterprise

Look for their new ad spokesperson to be Sandra Fluke.


12 posted on 11/15/2012 9:33:51 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: NormsRevenge

Take a high dose B-Complex capsule and wash it down with a double espresso plus 5 sugars for a similar (and cheaper) effect


13 posted on 11/15/2012 9:36:23 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: Jeff Chandler

My personal feeling about a lot of stimulants has been, use them for the effect, because they’re a treat for that occasion. I for one have a cup of coffee, and keep it limited to that, then, I also limit nighttime caffeine unless I am driving home or doing something where falling asleep would kill me. I try to use things in moderation if you will. Now, I don’t agree with the idea of not having any caffeine at all, but at the same time, I probably would just say that anything taken to excess can be dangerous, even distilled water.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 9:37:52 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: NormsRevenge

Honestly..those numbers aren’t that high. If 5 hour energy commercials are accurate and there are five million users per week, those numbers of deaths don’t really make statistical significance except to trial lawyers looking for another corporation to steal from.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 9:39:28 AM PST by aft_lizard
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To: TurboZamboni

Looking at Fluke DRAINS me of energy.


16 posted on 11/15/2012 9:40:09 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let the lawsuits begin! There’s a ton of corrupt lawyers out there drooling over the money they will make from suing a company when people abuse their product.


17 posted on 11/15/2012 9:40:53 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: NormsRevenge

“Spontaneous abortions”...or, as Democrats call it, “clearing up an infection.”


18 posted on 11/15/2012 9:41:21 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: dfwgator

19 posted on 11/15/2012 9:44:25 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Enterprise

The strongest one I ever had is called Redline. I drank it and went to the gym. I was lifting, my face got hot, my heart pounded, and I felt dizzy. I was only bench pressing. I can only imagine if I was running. Needless to say, I left the gym...never again is right.


20 posted on 11/15/2012 9:47:13 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Jeff Chandler

Travis York on “The Doctors” said that he attended to a trucker in the ER room who was claiming his heart was racing. When Travis questioned him, it turns out the trucker had drank in the neighborhood of 15 bottles of that stuff in an effort to keep awake while on a nighttime delivery..........15 bottles!!!


21 posted on 11/15/2012 9:47:46 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: dfwgator

“...it’s what your body craves...”

Seriously, 13 deaths, over 4 years. Millions of these have been sold and presumably consumed. Having said that, a steady diet, over use, unknown sensitivity or combination with other products might be possible contributing factors.

Moderation and perspicacity in all things.


22 posted on 11/15/2012 9:48:32 AM PST by petro45acp ( God save the republic, for surely the majority electorate is not up to the task)
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To: petro45acp

Someone who feels like they have to use that stuff, probably isn’t very healthy to begin with.


23 posted on 11/15/2012 9:49:35 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: EEGator

I was drinking it for a while and I liked it. It wasn’t the one which got my heart to race like a rabbit, but I stopped ALL energy drinks after that.


24 posted on 11/15/2012 9:50:00 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

It’s a good idea no matter what. Save your money, and if you can’t get psyched to hit the gym without it, don’t go that day.

Were you using it for the gym?


25 posted on 11/15/2012 9:52:49 AM PST by EEGator
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To: NormsRevenge

Strenuous exercise also gives you energy, but can result in death also. Let’s ban SOMETHING already!


26 posted on 11/15/2012 9:55:06 AM PST by AbeKrieger (If you believe in manmade global warming, you likely lack the gift of reason.)
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To: EEGator

No, I was just drinking it like I might drink a diet Pepsi. I cringe when I see my son drinking some of those energy drinks. Crossing my fingers for him.


27 posted on 11/15/2012 9:56:37 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Enterprise

Luckily the young are less susceptible to health issues from those drinks. I know lots of boys use them when playing video games. At college, lots of students use Adderall for studying...not smart.


28 posted on 11/15/2012 10:03:07 AM PST by EEGator
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To: NormsRevenge

Can’t imagine why anyone would use that crap anyway.


29 posted on 11/15/2012 10:03:23 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d better stock up on the 5-hour before someone saves me from myself!


30 posted on 11/15/2012 10:04:10 AM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: NormsRevenge
I drank a Monster once, it made me throw up. But I like Rockstar. Red Bull tastes like cough medicine.

Can't afford any of them now.

31 posted on 11/15/2012 10:04:26 AM PST by real saxophonist (Stay In The Fight)
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To: dfwgator

Possibly. Sales on Military bases is steady. The formula for ripped fuel was changed because or over use and the effects of ephedrine (think that was the issue).

Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer choice.

.02


32 posted on 11/15/2012 10:04:42 AM PST by petro45acp ( God save the republic, for surely the majority electorate is not up to the task)
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To: AbeKrieger

>> “Strenuous exercise also gives you energy, but can result in death also.” <<

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Tell a lie like that often enough and God knows who’ll believe it.

Strenuous exercise actually depletes your energy, Whodda thunk it!


33 posted on 11/15/2012 10:07:11 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: NormsRevenge

never touch the stuff.


34 posted on 11/15/2012 10:10:16 AM PST by celtic gal
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To: NormsRevenge

A lot of variables left uncovered here, such as how many shots were consumed daily (the drink recommends no more than one), the health of the consumers, what was consumed along with it, the diet of the consumer. Vitamin B overdose, for example, can lead to serious consequences. But the key is overdose.

This seems, so far, alarmism similar to alar, caffeine, eggs, oat bran, meat, and all the rest. Why do I get the impression that huge lawyer paydays are an issue here, and someone is helping them along?

The manufacturers look like awfully deep pockets, and the caution about overconsumption will probably work against them in the hands of greedy ATLA members, sorry for the redundancy.


35 posted on 11/15/2012 10:12:48 AM PST by DPMD
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I used to take the tablet form of 4 Hour Energy when I was driving for a living. Half a tablet was a godsend for a groggy driver two hundred miles from home. I still take the liquid form, a half a bottle every four hours, starting after four hours of driving. Never had a problem but I like the advice to take B complex and a double espresso although I don’t think that would be cheaper.


36 posted on 11/15/2012 10:17:55 AM PST by pokerone (Live Free or Die is more than a catchy slogan.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ve never used any of the energy drinks and don’t plan to, but thirteen deaths over four years is not much evidence from the many millions of doses of these prodcts that have been used.


37 posted on 11/15/2012 10:17:55 AM PST by Will88
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To: NormsRevenge

People want it all.

Long hours multitasking at multiple jobs to stay ahead of debt incurred for relaxation and/or stimulation with toys and trips and multiple hobbies and interests and activities, and a need for stimulants to keep up and give it all a slightly tweaked edge, and then some downers of some sort for sleep and winding down. Easily bored, trying to fill or dance above a painfully empty core that used to be naturally filled with solid values and human connections and God.


38 posted on 11/15/2012 10:20:17 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dfwgator

Go to a military base and see how much and who are buying these. Marines and soldiers are usually pretty healthy.


39 posted on 11/15/2012 10:40:02 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: stuartcr

I suspect they aren’t the ones dropping dead from heart attacks.


40 posted on 11/15/2012 10:43:44 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: NormsRevenge

This talk about abortion is just a thinly disguised marketing ploy to sell more product to Democrats.


41 posted on 11/15/2012 10:44:47 AM PST by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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To: Enterprise

I tried a bottle on someone’s advise to get through a day after insomnia. Never again! Felt like I was going through a stress test while already exhausted.


42 posted on 11/15/2012 10:46:18 AM PST by Ladysmith (Every time another lib loses its job, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: dfwgator

Probably not


43 posted on 11/15/2012 10:55:58 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Tijeras_Slim

>>I’ll stick to coffee, I think it’s good for you this week.

ROFL! I love that.


44 posted on 11/15/2012 11:03:49 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: NormsRevenge

You will find a higher correlation with people on the john and heart attacks.


45 posted on 11/15/2012 11:08:36 AM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ve never had one and don’t care to start now. The idea never made any sense and sounded dangerous from the beginning. I’m surprised it hasn’t caused more health problems years ago.


46 posted on 11/15/2012 11:12:45 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: ari-freedom

I agree. I wouldn’t touch those ‘pep’ drinks.

I knew they were bad news from the start.

Some of the ways they advertised them made me cringe.


47 posted on 11/15/2012 11:13:00 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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Some of the ways they advertised them made me cringe

Look what happened to "Old Reliable" Jim Furyk. He blew three final rounds this year (one the US Open). Jim also went bald.


48 posted on 11/15/2012 11:33:08 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: NormsRevenge

Vitamin B-12 does all that?


49 posted on 11/15/2012 11:33:41 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: Enterprise
Spontaneous abortions?

So.....Obamacare requires the Catholic Church to pay for Five Hour Energy now?


50 posted on 11/15/2012 11:34:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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