Arguing Cause Ali Morrow

(Think about starting with something other than a direct quote) “The FDA has posted adverse-event reports for two more energy drinks: 40 illnesses and five deaths linked to Monster Energy, and 13 illnesses and two lasting disabilities linked to Rockstar Energy” (DeNoon). While some think that energy drinks are just another way to make you more fun and lively, it can actually lead to very major problems. Energy drinks have started getting very popular during the last few years. Now that they’ve been out longer scientists and doctors have been able to study them more in depth they have found that they can lead to serious heart issues.
Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain a large amount of caffeine and also contain Guarana and Ginseng, which are stimulants. Rock Star and Monster are examples of energy drinks; some contain as much as 200 milligrams per serving. Energy drinks are marketed saying they provide simulation, which can be both mental and physical. Energy drinks has been an alternative for energy bars. Some energy drinks are said to be dietary supplements which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Caffeine is found in energy drinks as well as tea, coffee, soft drinks, and chocolate. We consume caffeine everyday and many of us don’t see it as drug, however it is. Caffeine is known to be addictive, toxic and can alter performance in some people. Energy drinks can have almost three times as much caffeine as a regular soft drink (Micromedex). Caffeine is okay if consumers watch how much they consume on a daily basis. when you start consume more than you are suppose to that’s when you run into problems.
Energy drinks can have a long or short-term effect of someone, or even both. Energy drinks can cause an increased blood pressure and heart rate. Some consumers of energy drinks have even reached the point of heart palpitations. Another short team effect of energy drinks is dehydration and loss of sleep. A long-term effect of energy drinks is withdrawals since caffeine is an addictive simulant.
Effects of energy drinks as not as well known as they can be (maybe 'not very well known') because they have not been around long enough to know everything about them (Medical News Today). Heart palpitations are a symptom of too much caffeine. One study shows that 19 percent of college students have had heart palpitations from energy drinks. Also a high heart rate and blood pressure has been linked to energy drinks and the caffeine in them. Not only does the caffeine cause the heart problems it is also other ingredients in energy drinks such as taurine, which is an amino acid (cite this).

German researchers have found that energy drinks may give hearts too much of a boost and causing strain on the important organ which then causes it to pump faster then usual. Even healthy people who consumed energy drinks found that within the hour their heart rate increased rapidly. However scientists are more worried about the people who already have an underlying heart condition. Professor Williams a professor at Wayne State University of Medicine said, "We know there are drugs that can improve the function of the heart, but in the long term they have a detrimental effect on the heart. " He also said “For example, adrenaline can make the heart race, but such overexertion can wear the heart muscle down.” The number of emergency room visited that had ties to energy drinks nearly doubled from 2007 to 2011 in the United State (Thompson.) Scientists conducted a study of 18 healthy people who were tested by an MRI before and after consuming an energy drink. Results found that participates had a 6 percent increase in their heart rate.

"Usually energy drinks contain taurine and caffeine as their main pharmacological ingredients. The amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages like coffee or cola." stated Dr. Dorner who is part of the Radiological Society of North America. Consumers have a hard time of knowing how much caffeine is actually in what they consume. Which makes it harder to watch and regulate how much someone consumes (Chan, Amanda L.) People who have underlining medical conditions should watch what they consume more than ever before. People who have cardiac arrhythmia should not consume any energy drinks because they have been known to cause changes in the hearts rate. Energy drinks have been linked to recent deaths in the past years. Anais Fournier had died after consuming two Monster energy drinks within a day. The young girl had mitral valve prolapse, which is a serious heart condition. She consumed 480 milligrams of caffeine, which lead to cardiac arrest and her death. She died from cardiac arrhythmia, which was due to caffeine toxicity(Chan, Amanda L.)

“Manufacturers can add it to products if they decide it meets the relevant safety standards, and if they include it on the ingredient list. While various uses may meet federal food safety standards, the only time FDA explicitly approved adding caffeine was for colas in the 1950s. Existing rules never anticipated the current proliferation of caffeinated products.” According to the FDA. However the FDA has said that they have not set of a safe amount of Caffeine for children. Children should not consume energy drinks or more then the doctor’s recommendation for caffeine. While adults and children may experience the same effects of energy drinks in the long run it could hurt children more. Children are much less developed then adults and consuming energy drinks could stunt the growth of the mind and body. Caffeine can cause the heart to become aggravated causing more heart problems and can cause nervous disorders with some children. Children should stay away from energy drinks and really watch the amount of consumed caffeine ("Caffeine and Your Child." ).

Energy drinks can have advantages along with the disadvantages. The Mayo Clinic stated “caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system, relieving fatigue, improving concentration and increasing alertness. Caffeine also can boost energy levels and enhance mood.” That is the main reason that people consume energy drinks and it has been show to help. Energy drinks usually contain ginkgo extracts, which have been known to improve a person’s memory, and also simulate the thinking process. Finally energy drinks can contain healthy fruits and healthy herbs ("The Advantages of Drinking Energy Drinks."). While energy drinks have their advantages how much are people willing to risk in order feeling the advantages? (think about rephrasing as a statement)

Energy drinks have ups and downs but the downs outweigh the advantages. Energy drinks that have more then the recommend dose of caffeine can cause dire issues. Energy drinks can cause extreme heart problems and even death. Before people go out and consume energy drinks, they should stop and think what is it worth to them.

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I found this part of my paper to be particularly interesting: effects on the kids
This part was surprisingly difficult:conteragruement
Next time I would do this differently:spend more time looking for infomation

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