Study Exposes The Effect of Energy Drinks On The Heart

Energy Drinks have been found to cause irreversible damage to tooth enamel and detrimentally affect the contraction of the heart. According to an ongoing study reported at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the popular drinks consumed by millions not only increase contractility of the heart, but they may cause long-term health risks.

At the annual Chicago meeting Jonas Dorner MD from the University of Bonn’s cardiovascular imaging section, who is working on the study, said that until now, no-one had worked out the exact effects of energy drinks on heart functioning.

Citing concerns over possible adverse side effects of energy drinks on heart function, especially in adolescents and young adults, Dorner said there was “little or no regulation” of the US market.

recent study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth–specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth.

3 TIMES HIGHER CAFFEINE

Noting that caffeine levels in energy drinks are up to three times higher than in other caffeinated drinks including coffee or cola, Dorner said known side-effects included a rapid heart rate, palpitations, a rise in blood pressure “and in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death”.

Manufactured by the chemical industry, synthetic caffeine is big business in many drinks that contain the drug.

NATURAL CAFFEINE: Natural, real caffeine comes from various plant species. Caffeine content within these plants will vary throughout the year depending on weather, soil conditions, time of year harvested, etc. So caffeine content is impossible and impractical to determine for labeling on products like coffee or tea. They have constantly changing amounts. Naturally caffeinated products will not have caffeine as an ingredient or measurement on the label.

SYNTHETIC CAFFEINE: The first sign the caffeine in your drink is synthetic is it is listed on the label & has an exact measurement. This is the cheapest & most common added caffeine source. The processes & compounds may vary between chemical companies, but they are all disturbing.

FORTIFIED CAFFEINE: Still usually synthetic, caffeine can be obtained from the coffee decaffeination industry, although it is substantially pricier & rarely used. This will also note caffeine on the label with a measurement. Caffeine supplies from this industry use methylene chloride, formaldehyde or ethyl acetone for it’s removal. There is no such thing as removing the caffeine with just water.

SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER PEAK STRAIN

Dorner and colleagues used cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of energy drink consumption on heart function in 18 healthy volunteers — 15 men and three women with an average age of 27.5 years.

Each subject was given one cardiac MRI before consuming an energy drink containing taurine (400mg/100ml) and caffeine (32mg/100ml), and another one hour after consumption.

The second MRI scan showed significantly higher peak strain and peak systolic strain rates (measures of ‘contractility’ or level of heart contraction) in the heart’s left ventricle.

This receives oxygenated blood from the lungs and pumps it to the aorta, which then distributes it throughout the rest of the body.

TOXIC PRESERVATIVES AND SWEETENERS

All energy drinks including Nos, Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster, Full Throttle and several others all contain many of the following toxic ingredients.

SUCRALOSE
Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature’s Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 11 to 27 percent of ingested sucralose is absorbed by the human body (FDA 1998). Research published by the manufacturer of sucralose (Roberts 2000) shows that when 8 healthy male adults where given sucralose (in 1 mg/kg amounts), between 10.4% and 30.6% of the sucralose was absorbed. In addition, 1.6% to 12.2% of the sucralose accumulates in the body.

ASPARTAME
Aspartame is a multi-potential carcinogen, even consumed daily at 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. That is a lower quantity than the maximum recommended by the FDA (50 mg/kg of body weight) and the European Union (40 mg/kg).

It increases the incidence of malignant tumours in rats. In the females it increases leukaemia and lymphomas, as well as cancerous cells in the pelvis and urethra. In the males, it especially increases the incidence of malignant tumours in peripheral nerves. How Deadly is Aspartame?

ACE-K
Acesulfame-K(Potassium) represents one of the food additives used for sweetening aliments and drinks. It is approved by the FDA, but there are several potential problems correlated with consumption of this food additive. Even though there are many studies that attest its safety, acesulfame potassium is still suspected of causing benign thyroid tumors. In rats, the development of such tumors took only 3 months, a period in which the concentration of this additive in the consumed food was between 1 and 5 percent. This is a very short period of time, so the substance is believed to have significant carcinogenic properties. Methylene chloride, a solvent used in the manufacture of acesulfame potassium, is the substance that may give the food additive its potential carcinogenic characteristics.

POTASSIUM BENZOATE
Benzoate damages an important area of DNA in the “power station” of cells known as the mitochondria. This chemical has the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether. It is an artificial color and considered a carcinogenic poison used to make foods and other products more visually appealing or appetizing.

POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE
There are dozens of different phosphate-containing food additives used in hundreds of processed foods.Studies show that even among healthy adults, people with higher phosphate levels have higher mortality rates. Phosphates cause a more rapid progression of the specific ailments such as chronic kidney disease. Phosphate additives have also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and they’re linked to accelerated aging and interfering with the way your body activates vitamin D.

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
High fructose corn syrup causes insulin resistancediabetes,hypertension, increased weight gain, and not to mention is manufactured from genetically modified corn.

Results recently presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting showed that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) also cause behavioural reactions similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine.

Increased consumption of HFCS also results in depletion of chromium in the body, which is important is helping glucose pass from the bloodstream into the cells.

According to two recent U.S. studies, almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient.

POTASSIUM SORBATE
Food and chemical toxicology reports have labeled potassium sorbate as a carcinogen, showing postive mutation results in the cells of mammals. Other studies have shown broad systemic and toxic effects on non-reproductive organs in animals. No long term studies have ever been initiated on either animals or humans, so there is simply not enough evidence to theorize what could happen after years of ingesting this preservative. However, based on short-term carcinogenic and toxic effects, is it worth the risk to find out?

LONG-TERM HEALTH RISKS ‘UNKNOWN’

Dorner said further studies are needed to understand how higher heart contractility affects daily activities or athletic performance, and to discover how long the effect of the drink lasts.

Dorner said that the long-term heart health risks linked to energy drinks are unknown, but advises that children and people with known cardiac arrhythmias, and says new studies are needed to assess the risk posed by energy drinks in tandem with alcohol.

Heart Foundations are refusing to comment on the unpublished research or whether greater heart contractility is necessarily a bad thing.

The RSNA represents 53,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists and publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Radiology and RadioGraphics.

Cars on blocks at car dealership

Many cars are on blocks at Wagner Cadillac in Tyler, after wheels and tires were stolen off of twenty Cadillacs Saturday night.

According to a Wagner Cadillac employee, many of the wheels had wheel locks, so the thieves had to have the correct tool to unlock them.

Lights were also found cut in parts of the lot Sunday morning, believed to have been done by the thieves.

Workers at Wagner Cadillac say that the missing wheels and tires could total around $100,000 in parts.

Nike hit by large-scale theft scheme

In a federal investigation, authorities have busted a black market sneaker scheme out of Nike’s Oregon headquarters. Nike employees stole and sold sample shoes around the country for as much as $20,000 a pair, according to reports.

Nike Basketball’s “promo product manager” Tung Ho, 35, worked with his alleged middle man and Florida-based reseller, Jason Keating, 35, raking in tens of thousands of dollars, according to New York Daily News. Ho secretly ordered pre-production Nike sneakers, known as “Look See” models, directly from Nike’s factory in China.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Smoking Gun, federal investigators raided Ho’s home on March 14, where they seized 1941 pairs of Nike shoes and “a large sum of United States currency.” After being read the Miranda warning, Ho allegedly admitted to stealing and selling the shoes on eBay and to his middle man, former Nike employee Kyle Yamaguchi. Investigators report that these pairs are “highly sought after by sneaker collectors.” The limited designs, which often never hit stores, were sold from $1,000 to more than $20,000.

The federal court affidavit was filed in connection with the felony charge of receiving stolen property against Keating. Nike security officials alerted police to the thefts in mid-February, identifying Ho and Yamaguchi, 33, as suspects in the “Look See” operation.

Citing bank records in the affidavit, New York Daily News reported that in just four months, Yamaguchi sent 13 checks to Ho, totaling $104,000.

So far, authorities arrested and charged Keating Wednesday, but have yet to arrest Ho and Yamaguchi, pending the investigation’s outcome, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Yamaguchi allegedly has also admitted to his part in the scheme.

Lindsay Lohan Reveals Miscarriage

The finale of actress Lindsay Lohan’s eight-part documentary concluded with a very personal revelation that she suffered a miscarriage while filming the series. “I couldn’t move, I was sick,” she admitted. “Mentally, that messes with you”

Actress Lindsay Lohan has revealed she suffered a miscarriage while filming her recent documentary series.

Lohan, 27, broke the news during the finale of her eight-part series, which aired Sunday night on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

“No one knows this—and we can finish after this—I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off,” Lohan tearfully said while reflecting on the documentary, which chronicled her life and career after rehab. “It’s a very long story, but that’s why on the show, when it says she doesn’t want to come down, I couldn’t move, I was sick. Mentally, that messes with you.”

She did not reveal the identity of the father.

“Watching this series, I just know how I felt at that moment, and I can relate to that girl, which sounds kind of crazy,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is really sad, who’s helping her?’”

Police: Man pelted woman at egg decorating party

Pittsburgh police say a man threw hardboiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported (http://bit.ly/1msAtfQ ) Sunday that 27-year-old Aaron Goempel was arrested on simple and aggravated assault charges.

Police say they responded to a fight call to find a woman with a red and swollen right eye. She told police Goempel threw the eggs after she accused him of cheating on her.

Authorities say that after police made their way past a makeshift barricade into a bedroom, Goempel reached for a row of knives and swords before he was subdued. They say he yelled racist obscenities at one officer and kicked another in the groin.

Court records don’t indicate whether he has a defense attorney.

Utah boy, 2, shot and killed by 3-year-old sister

A 2-year-old Utah boy has died after being accidentally shot by his 3-year-old sister with a rifle.

Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson says the boy was shot in the stomach with a .22-caliber rifle Friday evening in the family’s home in College Ward.

“The gun had been used earlier in the day by the victim’s father and was set down after returning home,” said Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson, according to CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City. “The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine. We believe the three-year-old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round prior to the incident occurring.”

All family members were home and the boy’s mother immediately called for assistance.

First-responders – some just a few houses away – rushed to the home and transported the boy in critical condition to Logan Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery, KUTV reports. An air ambulance then flew him from Logan to Primary Children’s Hospital, where he died.

Peterson says while investigators believe the shooting was accidental, they’ll submit a report to the county Attorney’s Office for review. The office will determine whether any charges are filed.

The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Peterson said the incident is an unfortunate reminder of an important message for families.

“It really does just reiterate that weapons are dangerous and you just need to take extra precautions with them,” Peterson said. “You just can’t be safe enough.”

Study: Half Of Jailed NYC Teens Have Brain Injuries

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma, which include problems with impulse control and decision-making.

“You need to train the correction officers to understand brain injuries so that when somebody may be acting rude or answering back or forgetting what they’re supposed to do, it’s not a sign of maladaptive misbehavior or disrespect, it’s a sign of a brain injury,” said Wayne Gordon, a brain injury expert at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
The peer-reviewed study was based on medical brain injury questionnaires given to 300 boys and 84 girls inside the nation’s second-largest jail system in 2012.

The study found nearly 50 percent of both boys and girls reported traumatic brain injuries that resulted in a loss of consciousness, amnesia or both. And they said 55 percent of those injuries were caused by assaults.

Previous studies show the rate of traumatic brain injury among adolescents who aren’t incarcerated is about 15 to 30 percent, said Dr. Homer Venters, an assistant health commissioner in New York City and one of the study’s authors.

Brain injuries are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because people with them don’t necessarily show obvious, immediate signs of injury. But research about them has increased in recent years, as combat veterans and children who play contact sports have displayed symptoms, experts said.

A growing body of research shows that inmates whose brains have been jolted by trauma are linked to higher rates of breaking jailhouse rules, substance abuse and greater difficulty re-entering society after detention, said John D. Corrigan, a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and a national expert on head injuries.

“What’s happening with many of these kids, these young adults in the criminal population, is they’re having them early in life,” and their consequences aren’t noticed until later, he said.
An estimated 60 percent of adult prisoners have a brain injury, according to a study of prisoners in South Carolina. Not all correction departments screen inmates for the injury – a practice public health officials say should change.

Juvenile justice centers in Texas and Virginia have started to study rates of traumatic brain injury and its impact on young offenders, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

And in the United Kingdom, a national campaign on the issue has resulted in a commission that found almost two-thirds of young inmates suffered from head trauma, which University of Exeter researchers found in 2010 is associated with earlier, repeated and more time spent in custody.

Nearly 4,000 adolescent inmates were admitted into custody on Rikers Island in 2013 and about half return within a year of being discharged, the city Department of Correction said.

“This study provides valuable insight about adolescent behavior,” a DOC spokesman said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our partners to develop new tools to meet the needs of adolescents who we know are more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.

Gucci Mane Slapped Lil Scrappy Over Some Weed

A fews days ago, Diamond EXCLUSIVELY informed AllHipHop that she will reveal more details of her failed relationship with Lil Scrappy on her upcoming album. However, she decided to air out a bit more of their dirty laundry during her appearance on Power 105?s The Breakfast Club this past Friday (April 18th).

During her interview, she revealed that her ex Lil Scrappy “has some issues” and stated he was physically abusive:

He was mentally abusive, physically abusive. We fought. You ain’t beating my ass. We gon fight! So if that’s what you wanna call it, but if you fighting a n-gga, there ain’t but so much you can win. He got some issues and need some help.

After saying Scrappy and “his aura” messed up a few opportunities for her, Diamond confirms a longstanding rumor about an altercation between Gucci Mane and Lil Scrappy. It was rumored that Lil Scrappy was slapped by Gucci Mane at The Velvet Room in Atlanta. According to Diamond, it all started after Gucci Mane requested Scrappy not smoke around him, because he was currently on probation:

That small little thing just stroked his ego and [Scrappy] felt like Gucci was sonning him ’cause he kept telling him ‘Bruh, chill on the weed. If you going to smoke, go over there.’ Still rolling up weed. Still blowing it. [Gucci] like ‘Bruh, chill.’ Next thing you know they getting into it. Gucci slapped him. [Scrappy] got kicked out the club.

Forbes Names Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists For 2014

It’s that time of the year for Forbes to name Hip Hop’s wealthiest artists and once again Diddy is leading the pack with an estimated net worth of $700 million, which is an increase of $120 million over his net worth last year.

View the Forbes Five for 2014 below.

1. Diddy – $700 million

Diddy leads the pack with an estimated fortune of $700 million, an increase of $120 million over his net worth last year. The change comes largely from the addition of Revolt TV—the new, music-focused, multi-platform channel of which he’s the majority owner—to his already-hefty portfolio.

2. Dr. Dre – $550 million

[Dr. Dre leapfrogged Jay-Z] on this year’s Forbes Five thanks to a large stake in Beats By Dr. Dre, which he cofounded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2008. The company controls an astounding two-thirds of the premium headphone market, with annual sales reportedly in excess of $1 billion and growing. Private equity firm Carlyle invested $500 million for a minority stake last year, pushing Beats’ value past $1 billion and likely closer to $2 billion.

3. Jay-Z – $520 million

Jay Z’s fortune continues to grow at a healthy clip, too. He’s made multiple nine-figure deals in the past, including his $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007 and his $150 million pact with Live Nation in 2008. But much of his recent growth comes from Roc Nation, his record label and management firm that recently added a sports agency. The outfit gets a single-digit cut of pacts like Robinson Cano’s $240 million monster agreement.

4. Birdman – $160 million

Bryan “Birdman” Williams, whose net worth would be over $300 million if he didn’t share his fortune with brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. The duo cofounded Cash Money Records two decades ago; Cash Money continues to grow with a roster that includes Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Birdman has also diversified with Cash Money Content, GT Vodka and the YMCMB clothing line.

5. 50 Cent – $140 million

Rounding out the list is 50 Cent, who owes most of his fortune to his $100 million haul from the sale of Vitaminwater in 2007. Now he’s trying to repeat the feat with companies like SMS Audio and SK Energy beverages. In the meantime, he’ll reboot his music career by taking his G-Unit Records independent and releasing new album Animal Ambition in June.

DJ Shoestring “Crows and Wolves”

DJ Shoestring is back with part III of his Iron Throne mix tape series, Crows and Wolves. Stand out tracks from Matty Moe, Ab-Soul, Cassidy, and Caskey.

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