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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:00 PM

Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'

Source: The Atlantic

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.

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.

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.)

We're immediately reminded of the Four Loko debacle from a couple of years back. In case you forgot, some brilliant product team decided that it would be a good idea to take all of the ingredients in your standard energy drink -- caffeine, taurine, B vitamins -- and mix it with high proof malt liquor and sell it for about two bucks a can. Fast forward a few months later, and people were dead after drinking the stuff, a horrible turn of events that eventually caused the government to ban the formula. It was eventually re-released without all of the energy additives. Fast forward a few more months later, and America figured out a way to bring back to old upper-downer specialty cocktail. Just drop a 5-Hour Energy into a can of Four Loko and BOOM! You've got yourself an evening of fun. Or heart attacks.

Read more: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2012/11/five-hour-energy-linked-heart-attacks-spontaneous-abortion/59025/

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Reply Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion' (Original post)
onehandle Nov 2012 OP
Jackpine Radical Nov 2012 #1
madrchsod Nov 2012 #2
SoapBox Nov 2012 #3
Fuddnik Nov 2012 #4
Socal31 Nov 2012 #5
Ash_F Nov 2012 #6
TlalocW Nov 2012 #7
defacto7 Nov 2012 #9
TlalocW Nov 2012 #13
defacto7 Nov 2012 #16
Ashgrey77 Nov 2012 #33
meow2u3 Nov 2012 #37
defacto7 Nov 2012 #44
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #8
RebelOne Nov 2012 #28
MADem Nov 2012 #10
Daemonaquila Nov 2012 #11
kentauros Nov 2012 #29
Deep13 Nov 2012 #12
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #18
sakabatou Nov 2012 #30
olddad56 Nov 2012 #14
Sundome Nov 2012 #15
alp227 Nov 2012 #17
harmonicon Nov 2012 #19
Kolesar Nov 2012 #20
onehandle Nov 2012 #21
Ashgrey77 Nov 2012 #34
onehandle Nov 2012 #39
harmonicon Nov 2012 #45
dkhbrit Nov 2012 #22
Coyotl Nov 2012 #23
Daemonaquila Nov 2012 #24
MyTwoSense Nov 2012 #25
FrodosPet Nov 2012 #26
Evasporque Nov 2012 #27
dlwickham Nov 2012 #31
gkhouston Nov 2012 #40
dlwickham Nov 2012 #42
gkhouston Nov 2012 #43
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2012 #32
sekha68 Nov 2012 #35
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #36
sekha68 Nov 2012 #38
jmowreader Nov 2012 #41
Myrina Nov 2012 #46

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:02 PM

1. If pot killed that many people in the same time periods…

Last edited Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:14 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:15 PM

2. well duh...that shit would blow up my heart

course i`m an old guy.



that shit is bad for anyone young or old.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:17 PM

3. You took the word right out of my mouth...

Duh!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:51 PM

4. It makes you clumsy too.

Look at all the passes Braylon Edwards dropped after he started endorsing it.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 PM

5. I have friends that have worked in the Monster factory in Corona, CA.....

Apparently they had free access to a fridge with as many Monster drinks as they could take. He said anybody who worked on the floor where they could see/smell the ingredients never touched them.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:01 AM

6. A mountain dew makes my heart flutter.

Would not dare drink one of those things. Why would a pregnant woman do it either?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:13 AM

7. I had one once

I fell asleep after drinking it.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:24 AM

9. Are you ADHD?

Just wondering. If things that make most people wake up or feel buzzed make you feel relaxed or sleepy, that's one of the signs of ADHD in adults. That's why they treat ADHD with uppers like Dextroamphetamine.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:54 AM

13. I'm not sure

It was actually at a job. I'm a computer programmer, and I had started this new job where they promised me plenty of work, and after finishing one project really quickly, things just kind of dried up, and I'm the type of person who if I'm not mentally stimulated can fall asleep pretty easily so I thought I would try one of them. Apparently my ability to sleep anywhere was too powerful.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:03 AM

16. No, you're probably not...

If you were, you would probably work fast then instead of drying up you'd bash into the next project and get frustrated that you were making mistakes and start acting like a real ass... then you'd drink a venti quint latte w/o the latte which would clam you down, you'd go back to work till your next venti quint 15 minutes later. Then you'd go home and take an amphetamine before bed or you'd be up all night.

A little exaggerated but it's close.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:03 PM

33. I have ADHD and stimulants relax me and help me focus.

They do not make me tired and they still give me a "buzz".

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Response to Ashgrey77 (Reply #33)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:49 PM

37. I also have ADHD and am on stimulants

I don't get a buzz from stimulants. BTA, I've been on them for a number of years without any signs of addiction.

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #37)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:48 PM

44. Well I didn't say it before

But me too. I've been on Dexedrine for about 5 years. No addiction, no side effects, it just smooths out the rough edges and makes me more calm. I drink a hell of a lot of coffee too without any buzz at all. It's kind of weird.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:16 AM

8. I tried that stuff once. Made me feel very uncomfortable.

Kinda wiggy.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:07 PM

28. I tried it once also.

I did not buy it. I got it as a free sample from the Internet. It sat on my bathroom shelf for a few months. One morning, I was feeling sort of sluggish. Boy, that stuff was great and got me moving. I was thinking about buying some, but now after hearing the bad reports, I am hesitant. I have high blood pressure, so I guess I won't take any chances.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:27 AM

10. I tried one of those a year or two ago.

It tasted like crap.

I didn't notice any energy boost. I didn't notice anything.

It was expensive, I thought.

I also thought "rip off" and that was the last time I ever used the stuff.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:34 AM

11. No matter what people say, it's fabulous stuff.

It's not something that you can use all the time like their commercials say - it won't have much effect if used more than about once a week - and it does smell and taste like horse urine mixed with horrifying artificial fruit flavor, but there's nothing like it for 3 AM hell rides.

Spontaneous abortions? Bonus.

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Response to Daemonaquila (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:33 PM

29. My sister says she's used it.

She's a school teacher, so I guess she needs it every now and then. The biggest problem with it (other than the taste) according to her, is that it's not also called "5-Hour Motivation"

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:35 AM

12. Whatever happened to Jolt Cola?

"All the Sugar and Twice the Caffeine"

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:29 AM

18. call me a traditionalist, but i'd take jolt cola over any of those crappy energy swills any day.

 

i don't do coffee either. EVER.

or tea. SOMETIMES.

and i haven't seen any quality illicit amphetamines since college.

unless you count adderall(most people do).

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:18 PM

30. They have it in gum

Which... doesn't work.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:13 AM

14. what a shock. I thought that was health food.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:30 AM

15. I think the point is, it will be another failure of our FDA. I remember when our products were aweso

before the RW started gutting the whole processes of testing and trials, and made it far easier for products to be approved in the US.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:17 AM

17. The 5-hour energy company was giving away free samples at my college.

Glad I came upon this article now. Thanks for posting.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:22 AM

19. What a bunch of fucking sensationalist bullshit.

"Both the paper and the FDA are careful to point out that correlation does not equal causation" Not shit? Who fucking knew? What? Anyone with an elementary school education? No shit.

IT'S FUCKING CAFFEINE AND VITAMINS. That's all. Chill the fuck out.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:33 AM

20. I will only drink half of a Full Throttle, because it has 200mg of caffeine

200mg is like "three cups of coffee". That stimulant causes an adrenaline release and could be stressful on the heart.

You have a point about the hype, though. I love Full Throttle; I think it's the D-ribose that does it for me.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:06 AM

21. I think you need to cut back on the Five-Hour Energys. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:07 PM

34. I think you need to quit telling people how to live.

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Response to Ashgrey77 (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:24 PM

39. I think you need to look up the definition of 'joke.'

And cut back on the Five-Hour Energys.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #21)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:00 PM

45. I drink the "six hour energy" - it's cheaper from the gas station. (nt)

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:25 AM

22. Just for reference

Go and look at Starbucks nutrition. One of their large coffees contains more caffeine than an energy drink. if folks who make coffee were required to report the same information, you'd see exactly the same I'm sure. All this report does is say that some people who drink energy drinks die. Just the same as some people who drink coffee, or do laundry, or eat vegetables die. Until causation can be proved, this is sensationalist bullshit. Please be educated and seek out the facts.

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Response to dkhbrit (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:43 AM

23. And understand the implications of drinking coffee on cardiac health

especially if you are elderly, have high blood pressure, want higher blood pressure, etc.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #23)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:03 AM

24. Oh good lordy.

Yeah, yeah, and eggs, bacon, red meat, soda, alcohol, whatever. Sex and car wrecks sell newspapers, and so does sensationalist concern trolling. Unless a person has very specific health problems, consuming all things in moderation is FINE. Many of us are sick of the hysteria.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:07 AM

25. Where did we used to get energy?

 

What did we ever do for energy before these things came out? What happened to a restful sleep, good food, and a little exercise? Energy in a can for people who seldom exert themselves.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:36 AM

26. Manoj Bhargava: The 'billionaire monk'?

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/the-buck-stops-here/manoj-bhargava-the-billionaire-monk/228920?hp

"By some accounts, he might be the richest Indian in the US today but very few people have heard about entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava. Today, we give you the man behind 5-Hour Energy, a heady concoction of caffeine, vitamins and nutrients."

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:52 AM

27. Free Market No-Reg, No Tax, No Healthcare Republicans are okay with poisoning your for money....nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:39 PM

31. heart attack I understand

but the miscarriage I don't

I think the use of the word abortion is incorrect in this case

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #31)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:50 PM

40. No, "spontaneous abortion" is a valid medical term for miscarriage.

"Threatened abortion" is when they think you might lose the pregnancy, but haven't so far.

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Response to gkhouston (Reply #40)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:03 PM

42. okay

I didn't know that

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #42)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:09 PM

43. It's not something you hear every day. n/t

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:12 PM

32. I tried it once and it didn't really do anything for me.

So I went back to coffee.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:40 PM

35. I've had a problem with insomnia for years,

so I have tried a couple of these energy pills/drinks over the years, including 5-Hour. I finally stopped messing with them, because along with the short-lived energy boost, I have found that (for me, at least) they induce palpitations, nervousness, and in the worst case, some pretty severe anxiety. I guess I'd rather be a little tired during the day than stuck in a cubicle with a full-blown anxiety attack.

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Response to sekha68 (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:41 PM

36. Welcome to DU!

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #36)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:57 PM

38. Thank you!

I'm not actually "new"...I was a DU'er for several years, starting somewhere around 2001-2002, I believe, under the name "Suspicious." I was offline for a bit and had to re-request my password. Somewhere along the line, something must have changed, because the Admins sent me entirely new logon info back in 2010. Regardless, I am happy to be back!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:57 PM

41. You mean niacin ODs aren't good for you? Who knew?

Those things work by dumping a ton of niacin into your system.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:19 PM

46. Jebus, St Johns Wort makes me feel like i'm going to explode ...

... I can't imagine mainlining as much of that energy-drink crap as some people I work with, do.


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