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Are energy drinks safe?

We all have pet peeves.

One of my pet peeves are those TV commercials for 5-hour Energy Drinks telling brainwashing women that buying those drinks is the way to help “fight” breast cancer. The Avon Foundation for Women even has the unmitigated gall to call it a “crusade.”

5-hour energy drink

Every time I see the commercial, I think to myself:

Just wait till some scientist tells us that imbibing those 5-hour Energy Drinks actually causes breast cancer.

That really isn’t so far-fetched a notion.

Researchers already have discovered that energy drinks, which are loaded with caffeine, actually change the way the heart beats and, thus, can increase the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythm problems.

Anna Hodgekiss reports for Daily Mail that research found that even healthy adults who consumed the drinks had significantly increased heart contraction rates one hour later. This means that the chamber of the heart that pumps blood around the body – the left ventricle – is contracting harder even an hour after the energy drink.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

The German researchers examined the effect of drinks high in caffeine and taurine – such as Red Bull and other energy drinks – on 18 healthy adults with an average age of 27.5 years. Each of the volunteers underwent MRI scan of the heart before and one hour after consuming an energy drink containing taurine (400 mg/100 ml) and caffeine (32 mg/100 ml).

After the drink, these people had “significantly increased peak strain” and contractility in the left ventricle of the heart that receives oxygenated blood from the lungs and pumps it to the aorta, which distributes it throughout the rest of the body.

Dr. Jonas Dörner of the cardiovascular imaging section at the University of Bonn, Germany said, “Until now, we haven’t known exactly what effect these energy drinks have on the function of the heart. Usually they contain taurine and caffeine as their main pharmacological ingredients and the amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages like coffee or cola. There are many side effects known to be associated with a high intake of caffeine, including rapid heart rate, palpitations, rise in blood pressure and, in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death. We don’t know exactly how or if this greater contractility of the heart impacts daily activities or athletic performance. We need additional studies to understand this mechanism and to determine how long the effect of the energy drink lasts.”

Dr. Dörner said that while long-term risks to the heart from drinking energy drinks remain unknown, children, as well as people with known heart rhythm problems (cardiac arrhythmia), should avoid energy drinks, because changes in contractility could trigger arrhythmias.

He added that alcohol can increase heart rate, mixing energy drinks with it could compound the problem. “There are concerns about the products’ potential adverse side effects on heart function, especially in adolescents and young adults, but there is little or no regulation of energy drink sales.”

In the case of 5-Hour Energy Drinks, Forbes reports they are so ubiquitous in the United States that they account for a whopping 90% of the national energy drink market.

According to an article by Barry Meier in The New York Times, 5-hour Energy has been cited in reports of 11 deaths; that is, 11 people who died had ingested 5-hour Energy drink at some time prior to their passing. The first death was reported on December 17, 2009. Non-fatal reports of 5-hour Energy Drink go back to 2005 and include typical symptoms such as dizziness, anxiety, and nausea all the way to seizures, brain hemorrhages, and heart attacks.

Two other brands of energy drinks are also reported to be dangerous:

  • Monster drinks were listed in five deaths and about 35 other non-fatal adverse reactions.
  • Rockstar was listed in 13 cases, none of which were deaths.

So what exactly are the ingredients of these “energy” drinks?

1. High levels of caffeine: Caffeine is a drug, capable of providing us with mental alertness but at higher doses can make us anxious, shaky, and have gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea. Monster and Rockstar contain 160 to 175 milligrams of caffeine in drink sizes ranging from 5 to 16 fluid ounces. That’s about 3-to-5 times the amount of caffeine in 12-ounce serving of a typical mass-marketed soda. The more concentrated 5-hour Energy doesn’t list its caffeine content but Consumer Reports determined that it contains 215 milligrams of caffeine per 2 fl. oz. bottle.

Another consideration relates to what else is being taken by people drinking any high-caffeine product. An increasing concern among neuroscientists is that caffeine seems to increase the lethality of drugs like ecstasy (X, MDMA), amphetamine, and methamphetamine in rats given caffeine doses in the range of human consumption (reviewed here). This is a concern because energy drinks are primarily targeted toward teens and young adults who are more likely than older adults to use illicit drug.

2. Vitamins: with some vitamins far exceeding recommended daily values.

3. Amino acids: Most troubling is phenylalanine, an amino acid that cannot be adequately broken down by people with a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria. This is why you’ll see diet sodas containing the artificial sweetener aspartame listed with a warning for phenylketonurics: aspartame contains phenylalanine. In such individuals, the amino acid gets converted instead to a chemical that can cause seizures, and even mental retardation in developing infants and children. Phenylketonuria is rather common in the US, occurring in 1 out of 15,000 people but is 3-to-5 times more common in Turkey and Scotland.

The bottom line:

Ask yourself why you’d want to drink these so-called “energy” drinks. Are you trying to stay awake while working or studying late or driving long hours? Take some time to get some sleep instead of exposing yourself to high caffeine levels and God knows what else.

If you absolutely must have “energy” drinks, be sure you talk with your doctor or pharmacist to learn if your health status and/or medications might interact negatively with very high doses of caffeine.


Unborn baby saves mother’s life by dissolving her cancer tumor

A baby at 4 months. Does this look like a tumor to you?

Pro-aborts refer to the baby growing inside a woman’s womb as a “parasite” and “tumor.”

In the case of a woman in England named Nicola Weller, the baby “tumor” in her womb actually dissolved her real cancerous tumor.

Steven Ertelt reports for LifeNews, Dec. 4, 2013, that Nicola Weller went to the hospital for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her womb.

There, a scan showed she was pregnant even though she had been fitted with the IUD contraceptive coil. But the scan also showed her pregnancy hormones had caused the tumor to disintegrate. 

In other words, Weller’s unborn baby saved her life.

Weller decided to carry the baby to full term and gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Brandon (see pic below) in September 2010.

Her cancer has not returned.

Brandon and Nicola Weller

The UK’s Daily Mail has more:

This is the miracle baby who saved his mother’s life – by destroying a cancerous tumour that was growing in her womb.

Doctors feared for Nicola Weller’s life when they discovered a tumour in her womb after she had complained about a swelling under her ribs.

Mrs Weller first discovered the swelling under her rib in September 2009. She went to see her GP who referred her to Bridport Community Hospital in Dorset for a scan.

Doctors told her there was a tumour growing around her womb and she needed an operation to remove it.

She was referred for a hospital scan 12 weeks later prior to an operation to remove it, but when they carried out the scan, doctors made the most startling discovery.

Weller, 29, was unknowingly seven weeks pregnant – despite using the contraceptive coil – and the pregnancy hormones had caused the tumour to disintegrate.

Mrs Weller, a recruitment specialist, said: ‘It was absolutely unbelievable. I hadn’t planned to get pregnant and I’d had the contraceptive coil fitted.

‘So getting pregnant was a miracle in itself – but to find that my unborn baby had caused this tumour to disappear was a further miracle. All that was left on the scan was a few blobs of blood floating around. There was no other sign of it. My baby ended up saving my life. Without him I may not have been here today.’

Nicola Weller’s experience is not so unusual.

In fact, there is stunning new scientific evidence that, far from being a  “tumor,” the human “fetus” actually is a symbiote — the exact opposite of a parasite.

The baby growing inside a woman’s womb passes his/her fetal cells — embryonic stem cells! — to the mother, and those cells protect the mother from breast cancer and other diseases.

More than that, the protective effect endures for the rest of the woman’s life — even if the woman had aborted killed her baby. [Sob…]

Read more about this in my post, “Baby in womb protects mom from disease,” Jan. 15, 2012.


Miss May needs your prayers

Update (July 16):

Just got an email from Miss May. The surgery yesterday took longer than expected because of repeated problems with a “nuclear medicine” that must be “massaged” into her body. She is in good spirits: “I feel great.  Went across to the water, watched a turtle swim by, saw clouds building in the west, and the resident ducks.  I hadn’t seen them in a while and I was worried. Didn’t take pain pills this morning and made my scrambled eggs and jalapenos with toast. I am determined that I will survive.”

She thanks all of you for your prayers and positive thoughts, and sends you her love.


prayer warrior

9 days ago, I did a post asking that you pray for a good friend of FOTM, Miss May, who had just been given a diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer.

I’m now asking that you pray even more fervently for her.

Since the initial diagnosis, May had had a biopsy. The news is not so good: Her cancer is Stage 2, and of the aggressive variety.

Tomorrow, she will undergo a lumpectomy. If all goes well, she will be released from the hospital the same day.

Please, please, say a prayer for May — a bold blogger who is “in the trenches” every day, fearlessly exposing the lies and machinations of the Obama regime and the powerful. We need this fierce political warrior healthy and vital!

Please, God, make her whole.

Thank you,


Calling on FOTM’s Prayer Warriors!

prayer warrior

A good friend of FOTM needs your prayers.

She is Miss May, whom you have seen countless times being h/t (hat-tipped) at the end of many of our posts, for being the source of that news tip. She occasionally comments on FOTM as maziel.

Miss May is also a very talented writer of children’s books, photographer, and blogger. (Check out her blog Life On Sleepy Creek Today.)

Two days ago, May was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer in one of her breasts. While that is bad news, it is manageable. Stage 1 means the tumor is smaller than ¾” in diameter and, since her lymph nodes are clear, doesn’t appear to have metastasized — that is, spread beyond the breast.

The good news is that she is in the hands of a very capable doctor, whom she respects and trusts. She must now decide whether she’ll have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.

With recent advances in medical science and treatment, breast cancer is no longer a death knell, but very survivable, especially at Stage One.

Please say a prayer for our beloved Miss May — that our merciful and all-loving Lord, Jesus the Christ, sends His angelic hosts to assist her surgeon to remove the cancer — expeditiously and thoroughly — and help her on the road to full recovery.

Thank you.


10 signs of cancer women shouldn’t ignore

From WebMD:

Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Women’s Cancer Research Program at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, says warning signs do not mean cancer, even if you have all of them. But if your symptoms are “persistent and progressive, meaning you wake up every morning and feel something and it has you worried — even for two weeks in a row — it really is worth calling your physician and having it checked out.”

Regular checkups and screenings such as Pap smears and mammograms, as well as knowing your own body, are all crucial for good health.

Which changes are worth bringing to your doctor’s attention? Here are ten signs experts think you should keep on your radar screen.

1. Breast Changes

If you feel a lump, you shouldn’t ignore it, even if your mammogram is normal. If your nipple develops scaliness or flaking, that could indicate Paget’s disease of the nipple, which is associated with an underlying cancer in about 95% of cases. Any milky or bloody nipple discharge should also be checked out. Dimpling of the skin over the breast, particularly if it looks like the skin on an orange, is something to be worried about. Such dimpling is most often associated with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare, usually aggressive cancer characterized also by swollen, hot, red breasts.

2. Irregular Bleeding 

Once you hit menopause (defined as 12 months without a period), any postmenopausal bleeding is a warning sign. Any bleeding, staining, little drops on your underwear, or big clots are abnormal and should be immediately investigated. Such bleeding could indicate something as benign as an endometrial polyp or something more serious like endometrial or cervical cancer.

Bleeding that is uncharacteristic for you — spotting outside of your normal menstrual cycle or heavier periods. Around menopause, abnormal bleeding is often attributed to hormonal shifts, though more serious problems could be the cause, which is why all abnormal vaginal bleeding should be evaluated. Expect to receive a transvaginal sonogram and perhaps a biopsy.

3. Rectal Bleeding 

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in women. One of the hallmarks is rectal bleeding, which many people attribute to hemorrhoids, the most common cause. But it’s not always that. Red or dark blood in your stool warrants a visit to your doctor. Your doctor will likely do a rectal exam and order a colonoscopy if you’re 50 or older and perhaps even if you’re younger.

4. Discharge 

A foul or smelly vaginal discharge could be a sign of cervical cancer. The discharge may contain blood and may occur between periods or after menopause. It’s best not to self-treat a discharge with over-the-counter medications. An exam is necessary to determine if the discharge is due to an infection or something more serious.

5. Bloating 

Ovarian cancer is the No. 1 killer of all the reproductive-organ cancers.  The four most frequent symptoms are bloating; feeling that you’re getting full earlier than you typically would when eating; changing bowel or bladder habits, such as urinating more frequently; and low back or pelvic pain. Pay attention if you have two or more symptoms occurring daily for more than two weeks. If they’re persistent and progressive, call your physician. Expect a pelvic exam, transvaginal sonogram, and perhaps a CA-125 blood test to check for cancerous cells.

6. Unexplained Weight Gain or Loss 

Gaining excess weight month to month — especially if you usually maintain a normal weight and watch what you eat — can be due to an accumulation of fluid in the belly related to ovarian cancer and warrants seeing your doctor. Unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more may be the first sign of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and is most often associated with pancreatic, stomach, esophagus, or lung cancer. But weight loss in women is often caused by a hyperactive thyroid. Expect your doctor to order a thyroid test first to check for this common disease.


7. Persistent Cough 

Any persistent cough — one that lasts more than two or three weeks and is not due to an allergy or upper respiratory infection or one that produces blood in the sputum— needs to be checked by your doctor. If your cough may be caused by smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke, get it checked out. Smoking is the number one cancer killer of women, but you don’t have to be a smoker to be at risk. Expect your doctor to order a chest X-ray and perhaps a CT scan.

8. Change in Lymph Nodes 

If you feel hard lymph nodes in your neck or under your arm, you should be seen by a doctor. Swollen, firm lymph nodes are often the result of an infection. However, lymphoma or lung, breast, head, or neck cancer that has spread can also show up as an enlarged lymph node. Expect a physical exam and possibly a biopsy.

9. Fatigue 

Although fatigue can be hard to quantify, the American Cancer Society defines it as “extreme tiredness that does not get better with rest.” If you’re persistently fatigued, see your doctor. Leukemia, colon, or stomach cancer — which can cause blood loss — can result in fatigue. Fatigue can be a serious problem and it’s easy to ignore. Your doctor will most likely do a physical exam and order blood tests to evaluate your thyroid and rule out a thyroid condition.

10. Skin Changes

Keep an eye on any changes you notice on your skin all over your body, and call your doctor right away if anything concerns you. Sores in the mouth that don’t heal — especially if you smoke or drink alcohol — may be a sign of oral cancer and should be examined by your physician. In particular, note any sores or irritated skin in the vaginal area. A nonhealing vulvar lesion could be a sign of vulvar cancer. Changes in moles or pigmented lesions on the vulva can also signify cancer. Vulvar melanoma can frequently be overlooked and can have a very aggressive course. A simple biopsy can be done in your doctor’s office if necessary.


5 surprising signs of cancer

Charlotte Libov reports for NewsMax Health, Dec. 18, 2012, that a top cancer surgeon says we mistakenly focus on pain as a sign of cancer. Instead, tip-offs to common types of cancer are generally not pain, but other signs, such as a new cough or a new lump on the body. Sometimes, pain occurs only after the cancer has spread.

Vadim Gushchin, M.D., a cancer surgeon at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center’s Institute for Cancer Care, says to watch out for symptoms like the five listed below. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, but you’ve never experienced them before, although the likelihood is that you don’t cancer, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.

1. Sudden Shortness of Breath

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, responsible for nearly 158,700 deaths a year. Sudden shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue, and trouble swallowing are sometimes signs of early lung cancer. Coughing up blood-tinged phlegm is a symptom that should get immediate attention. While coughing is the number one symptom of lung cancer, the problem is that nearly all smokers cough. And, although they are in the minority, people who have never smoked, especially those exposed to second-hand smoke or radon, can get lung cancer as well.  Smokers should undergo regular low-dose lung CT screening to catch any possible cancers as early as possible.

2. Unexplained Tiredness

Colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths, kills 50,000 people a year, or one person every 9.3 minutes, and it kills men and women equally. Symptoms include changes in the stool and bathroom habits, and fatigue. Because tumors bleed, the loss of blood can cause weakness and tiredness. People who smoke, drink alcohol excessively, and those who eat a diet high in red meat and low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain are at a higher risk.

3. Sudden Waist Size Gain

Difficulty fastening clothing over a waistline that’s suddenly expanded may not be a sign of overindulgence, but bloating, which can be an early symptom of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer kills more women each year than any other reproductive cancer, in part because early symptoms tend to be vague. However, bloating of a swollen belly, along with difficulty eating, feeling full quickly, abnormal menstrual cycles, gas, or pelvic or lower abdominal pain can be signals of the disease.

4. Yellowing of the Skin

Pancreatic cancer, a particularly deadly cancer, typically spreads with few symptoms. This is why, although fewer than 44,000 develop it each year, pancreatic cancer ranks as the nation’s fourth leading cancer killer. One signal is a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. As pancreatic cancer grows, it may block the bile duct that carries bile from the liver to the duodenum. This causes jaundice, which in turn leads to skin yellowing. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, and abdominal pain.

5. Itchy Breasts

Most women dread finding a lump in their breast because it is the classic sign of breast cancer. But the first symptom of inflammatory breast cancer, a less common form of the disease, is an irritated, itchy breast.


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