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Local Doctor On Dangers Of Energy Drinks

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Energy drinks have become the source of controversy. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating allegations regarding the Monster Energy drink being cited in five deaths.

A majority of the energy drinks have a warning label that is below the nutrition facts. For this one in particular (holding an energy drink), it says limit three cans per day. But according to a local doctor, he suggests it's all about moderation and the individual's health.

Dr. Lanny Campbell adds, "everybody is a little bit different in regards to their medical history."

Campbell is an emergency room physician at Cassia Regional Medical Center. In his experience, he says often times, children will mix energy drinks with other substances.

"So they'll slug down a couple of drinks and become extremely anxious and come in and then we'll have to evaluate them on that part...and then we notice they have a rapid rate and so we have to evaluate them on that in that regard to see what's going on there."

Dr. Campbell has seen children as young as nine consuming these drinks.

"People who are less than 12 years old shouldn't be drinking these kind of drinks and parents, it's important for them to kind of keep up on this as well."

According to the Mayo Clinic, Monster and Rockstar have 80 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces...compared to Mountain Dew which has 38.
But even if you work odd hours and find energy drinks to be helpful...

"You have to be careful because it can throw you over to make you feel very anxious."

The Food and Drug Administration sets the cap on caffeine in soda at .02% But the FDA doesn't control how much is in energy drinks.

Two U.S. Senators have actually called for the FDA to regulate the sale of energy drinks. According to a Consumer Reports study, many of these drinks don't even list caffeine levels.


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