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Energy drinks linked to increase in emergency room visits since 2007

Energy drinks linked to increased visit to emergency rooms.
Energy drinks linked to increased visit to emergency rooms.
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Government survey shows how visits to the emergency room linked to energy drinks have increased from 10,000 to more than 20,000. The survey was done by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. News reports have announced this discovery on local Chicago news stations and across the internet recently. Emergency physicans see an increase in irregular heartbeats, anxiety and heart attacks with patients who had recently drinked an energy drink.

The popularity of the energy drinks have increased in the past four years in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses. Some combine the energy drinks with alcohol, drugs and stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin.

‘A lot of people don't realize the strength of these things. I had someone come in recently who had drunk three energy drinks in an hour, which is the equivalent of 15 cups of coffee,' said Howard Mell, an emergency physician in the suburbs of Cleveland, who serves as a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was quoted on a article. Dr. Sun sees the comsumption of energy drinks as a ‘rising public health problem’ that causes insomnia, nervousness, headache, fast heartbeat and seizures severe enough to require emergency care.

The FDA has an ongoing investigation on the potential safety issues. The energy drink industry says their drinks are safe and there’s no proof of the link of the products to the serious reactions and side effects.

If you want to find a healthier way to boost your energy read previous articles by Chicago Holistic Health Examiner, Marguerite Wright and email her if you want a personalized natural health program at:



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