Friday, February 16, 2007

Energy drinks - introduction to drugs?

Are the so called energy drinks an entry point into other 'high inducing' methods of synthetically elevating your physiology? Aside from the fact that they are giving you a potent spike of vigorous activity they might be an introduction into artificially enhanced sports performance. Do young people need that in this era of Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds and Ben Johnson?
During a recent boys soccer game in Langley, one 8 year old collapsed on the field after complaining about sharp chest pains, numbness in his arms and shortness of breath. He was rushed to hospital with a dangerous heart rate and elevated blood pressure. After an ECG the doctors said it was the Full Throttle energy drink he had consumed prior to his game. One can't imagine the parents actually allowing the boy to have this drink, we assume he did it on it's own.
But the fact that an 8 year old thought he needed such a boost is disturbing.
A Brown University study concluded that energy drinks should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic quality of the caffeine can leave the user severely dehydrated. There are many websites with information on these drinks.

And check out a few of their products, especially Full Throttle from Coca Cola - The heading is "Let your man out" with an explosive can and a huge black ominous looking truck, with a black dressed trucker or biker dude looking as tough as he can. One thinks the demographic they are trying to reach are the same WWW Raw rasslin' fanatics mentality. They even have a page called 'badass downloads' with pictures of that drug dealer looking guy you see on the worst news at 11:00. That guy pictured here is actually on Coca Cola's website!
Some other drinks, many with subliminal sexual suggestions, are Red Bull, Monster, Boost, Rockstar, Hype, Rush, Atomic X, Socko, Fuze and the best of all, Pimp Juice! You can even download a song from their website called 'Doin' what a pimp do.'
Do children need performance in sports? Aren't they supposed to be having fun? Aren't these drinks selling something scary? Are they on the verge of promoting drug use as a way of life? Do we want children to emulate the kind of person who needs these drinks? Is the next step a little pill delivered to the 8 year old to make him run faster and kick harder?
I'm not saying they are marketting to children, but beware parents, a new threat is emerging.
As if you needed another.

Wikipedia info -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_drink

Health warning -
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/prod/energy-energie_e.html

8 comments:

  1. Great message to get out to parents, alot are probably unaware of what is in these drinks. READ THE LABEL !

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  2. Anonymous2:04 pm

    Great information Cater, Parents today need eyes in front and back of their heads. Just hope this message gets out to all parents. good comment Tracy, READ THE LABELS..

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  3. I wonder if teachers ever discuss this kind of thing with grade school classes? Anybody know?

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  4. les miserable8:58 am

    The family structure is being attacked from all sides. Drugs threaten our grade school children, food has tons of chemical additives, smoking ads are aimed at young girls, clothing designed to make your 11 year old look like a 'ho', and now there are even "poker camps' for young people so they'll become addicted to gambling!
    Parents, get organized against these threats before it's too late!

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  5. Check out their macho website for Full Throttle. Total "man" site, full of tough guy looking criminal types. "Let your man out" they said, full of macho sexual innuendo ... not a woman to be seen. Who would want to be near those sweaty drug addicts anyway?
    What the hell, women should be in the kitchen anyway. Take the bitch's shoes away ... bullshit!

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  6. forgot, this is the macho Coke crap ...
    http://www.fullthrottleenergy.com/fullthrottle/main.jsp

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  7. Excellent post! Will is right, do teachers discuss this with their kids? In my restaurant, I refuse to sell energy drinks to children under 14. The blank looks of despair are reason enough. *grin*

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  8. Anonymous10:37 am

    You forgot the one called "cocain" can you imagine a more insidious name for a consumer product? Where the hell is the US Drug Czar when we really need him?
    We might as well ask the Columbian drug lords to set up shops in our sports arenas!

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