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Pink Teddy Bear
Where's My Eye?
12:17 PM on 11/15/2012
A co-worker of mine drinks this stuff. He's also, in my opinion, crazy. Didn't occur to me that the two could be related until now.
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JohnnyKong
Loyalty only to reason and logic.
12:17 PM on 11/15/2012
Stick to tea and coffee, or yerba mate. Natural boosts without the funk.
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waujvari1274
I am not Red or Blue, I am Red White and Blue.
12:28 PM on 11/15/2012
Yes indeed! And I love your micro bio! (I wish everyone would!!)
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Ryan Megan
12:52 PM on 11/15/2012
The boost is caffeine, to cups of coffee worth. It doesn't matter how "natural" a stimulant is, if you heave a heart condition and take too much, you will have problems.
01:16 PM on 11/15/2012
Stop speaking common sense to people Ryan! They want to believe everything they read and/heard. Nobody wants to do any research which would take all of 5 seconds on google to see what is in the product.
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12:15 PM on 11/15/2012
A spokesman for Living Essentials say the product, "is not an energy drink."

Huh!

The name is, "5 Hour Energy," and you drink it. What else could it be; a soothing balm, a minty suppository?
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taylor316
Attitude is Everything.
12:15 PM on 11/15/2012
I'd be willing to be that most people who "need" these horrible energy drinks do so because they eat junk food regularly and skip sleep to watch late night reality tv shows. Energy is the effect, and the cause is your lifestyle. If you think a $2 bottle of caffeine is going to solve your energy crisis, get help. Now.
06:39 PM on 11/15/2012
Oh, you. I wish you didn't sound like so much fun.
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jwmeritt
12:15 PM on 11/15/2012
*sigh* Though this may be beyond many "correlation is not causation". There is a 100% correlation between birth and death, but I have not met many who will claim that the major cause of death is birth.
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agent7x6
12:15 PM on 11/15/2012
There seems to be a lot of hair on fire in the comments. 13 deaths over 4 years doesn't seem particularly troubling to me, especially when it is considered that other factors (including overuse/abuse) likely contributed to some of these deaths.
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wrabbitt
Soylent Green IS People.
12:37 PM on 11/15/2012
Cocaine doesn't kill everyone who uses it. Guess that justify it.
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FTracy3
My micro-bio is as empty as the rest of my life.
12:07 PM on 11/15/2012
Well at least those last five hours you'll be wide awake.
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OnandUpwards2011
12:07 PM on 11/15/2012
I took it. I'm sure if taken in moderation this caffeine shot is okay but let's wait and find out.
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ibivi
12:05 PM on 11/15/2012
The supplement industry is fighting attempts to regulate them tooth and nail. Highly caffeinated anything is not good for you, period. Do not have 5 espressos in a row. Do not use Red Bull or Mountain Dew or any of those boost products. They are bad for you! Shame on the FDA for disclosing this information earlier.
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ibivi
12:21 PM on 11/15/2012
Correction: ...Shame on the FDA for not disclosing...
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paganmist
Girl gamer geek armchair activist
12:04 PM on 11/15/2012
I tried this drink, twice. The first time, I was in the passenger seat of the car after my family and I had just finished grocery shopping and were on the way home. I took a sip, swallowed, and immediately was so nauseated that we had to pull into the emergency lane so I could throw up.

At the time, I assumed it was for other reasons, so I tried it again, different time of the day, and I immediately threw up again.

Now, my fiance, daughter and I call it "5 Hour Vomit Drink." I've had many different types of energy drinks, but never one where a sip made me violently ill.
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JohnnyKong
Loyalty only to reason and logic.
12:17 PM on 11/15/2012
You're just weak.
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paganmist
Girl gamer geek armchair activist
02:05 PM on 11/15/2012
:(
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squatmunkie
12:01 PM on 11/15/2012
Just take the caffeine pills. The boost happens in about 15-20 min and you don't have all the calories of a those large energy drinks. I take caffeine pills almost everyday, it makes me better able to function at work, increases my desire to work and makes me better able to focus. The only side effects are palpitations sometimes...
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ibivi
12:12 PM on 11/15/2012
If you are having palpitations you should stop taking them. Caffeine pills are dangerous. Have a cup of coffee in the morning to wake up but that should be it. Look up the hazards online. They are bad for you and can result in death.
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zackd
11:56 AM on 11/15/2012
2009 adderall sent 8000 people to emergency room.
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jwmeritt
12:16 PM on 11/15/2012
And how many died from water? (primarily exposure - see also "drowning)
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stresscrete
11:47 AM on 11/15/2012
As a spokesperson for this drink, I can tell you it certainly didn't help Jim Furyk's golf game.
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Scott Goold
Why do you choose to suffer? There is a better way
11:46 AM on 11/15/2012
Caffeine at such high levels is similar to cocaine ... are American consumers really that stupid?

Hummm ... yes, the are!

Will companies market anything? Yes, they will. Wonder why we need a "nanny government"? We really don't act like adults very often.
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Pink Teddy Bear
Where's My Eye?
12:16 PM on 11/15/2012
You could outlaw caffeine, but that wouldn't stop anybody from using it.
Just makes it more expensive, is all.
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Scott Goold
Why do you choose to suffer? There is a better way
02:10 PM on 11/15/2012
@Pink -- I wouldn't recommend outlawing anything. I would suggest the FDA put some limits. Yet nothing stops a person from drinking 20 cups of coffee; or 5-6 of these drinks.

At some point people simply need to use some common sense, right? I do believe better education about these products is warranted. Many people believe FALSELY that they are safe.
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brokenleoheart
11:45 AM on 11/15/2012
*roll eyes* they don't even taste good