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Feds Raise Hackles Over 5-Hour Energy Drink( Say it ain't so!! )
Weekly Standard ^ | 12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 | ALEXANDER KAZAM

Posted on 12/13/2012 10:35:24 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie

The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade. 5 hour

The hubbub over 5-Hour Energy, which has some fans stockpiling 12-packs of the bottles in anticipation of a possible ban, was sparked by an article in the New York Times claiming that 5-Hour Energy has been “linked” to 13 deaths reported to the FDA in the past four years.

In truth, millions of bottles of 5-Hour Energy are consumed every week, and there is no evidence whatsoever of a causal connection. But anything printed in the Times is considered news, no matter how absurd the premise, and numerous major news outlet have run with their own version of the story. Even the Onion got in on the action, with a story titled, “5-Hour Energy CEO: Deaths Just Collateral Damage In War On That 2:30 Feeling.”

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Why don't the Feds just take our guns?

Oh wait a minute, they are doing that too.

Cheers to all...I'll down a 5hr to all of you.

1 posted on 12/13/2012 10:35:31 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I used to drink that stuff like pop.
Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I’m still here.

It’s not the stuff that gets you, it’s when you down 5 of them at a time, then chase it with vodka, that it gets you.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 10:37:22 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I will make a blanket statement that I do not like living in a safe society. I really don't.

Stupid people now live about as long as smart people. Most of the fun toys are illegal. A lot of good medicine cannot be sold. Everything is more expensive than it should be.

We are trying desperately to create a society in which bad things do not happen, and no one ever dies.

13 deaths from 5 hour energy? Who the heck cares?? I'm totally serious: government regulation for health and safety is just a bad idea. And, No, I'm not a Libertarian.

3 posted on 12/13/2012 10:41:38 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“... linked to 13 deaths in the last four years”.

You know, water is linked to close to 100% of all deaths. Seriously... look at the stats. How many people have consumed water in some form or fashion and die within 24 hours. My point is stats can be manipulated in any fashion or form to show a correlation.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 10:42:33 AM PST by momtothree
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

control your guns, control your food, control your popcorn, control your drinks, control your insurance, control your car and then it’s electronics, control your bank, control your school....

control, control, control.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 10:43:05 AM PST by gaijin
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

They ban everything from weightlifting supplements and health supplements to perhaps energy drinks.......but the ultimate goal of the liberal feds is to legalize (un-ban) elicit reality-altering drugs.

Makes total sense to me.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 10:43:05 AM PST by brent13a
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To: ClearCase_guy

5-hour energy drinks . . . now how much will it cost taxpayors for federal investigators to get to the bottom of this purported issue?


7 posted on 12/13/2012 10:44:03 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: brent13a
If they're going to control you they want you lethargic, ignorant, and stoned.
8 posted on 12/13/2012 10:45:10 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: brent13a

Actually it does make sense. If they can get you dependent upon your drug of choice, you’re easy to lead and please.

Druggies, when high, don’t make fusses.


9 posted on 12/13/2012 10:51:29 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Some people need a buzz to get them through until the arrival of their next government check.

Others need an extra energy shot so they can put in the 16 hour days necessary to pay the taxes to support the former.

10 posted on 12/13/2012 10:51:59 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vision

You’re right.

Give Colorado and Washington state about a 6 months and then go there. I bet parts of the states the people will resemble the zombies from The Walking Dead tv show.

Such a huge part of this country’s population are zombies-in-waiting or soylent-green-in-waiting.......ready and willing to be ruled and slaughtered by their own government.


11 posted on 12/13/2012 10:51:59 AM PST by brent13a
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I said this would happen back in 2005 when the idiot Republicans did the andro ban because of the utterly moronic baseball dust up.

I have no sympathy left...

12 posted on 12/13/2012 10:52:55 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I see these commercials all the time. Guess it will be replaced now.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 10:53:39 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Jonty30

Drink like pop with teeny weeny straws?


14 posted on 12/13/2012 10:53:53 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; Lazamataz
I plead "Lazamataz" on their spokeswoman:


15 posted on 12/13/2012 10:54:09 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Look for the UNION label.....then buy something else!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
And, No, I'm not a Libertarian.

Not yet. But you are getting closer every day. This isn't a bad thing.

Just keep a close on eye on those Paulite/Troofer nuts over there. We aren't sure they are actually "libertarians". They may just be crazy.

16 posted on 12/13/2012 10:54:57 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Jonty30

I assume you mean druggies are easier to lead via an overall slow political boil.

Because druggies sure do fuss when they get caught by police after they’ve committed crimes.


17 posted on 12/13/2012 10:55:12 AM PST by brent13a
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To: DCBryan1
I plead "Lazamataz" on their spokeswoman

The plea of "Not Guilty" and "I'd Hit It" are duly entered, counselor.

18 posted on 12/13/2012 10:57:08 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

The stuff tasted horrible, but it worked.

I would pour about three of them in a glass and down it as quickly as I could. I could often actually feel my heart trying to pound itself out of my chest.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 10:58:14 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
I used to drink that stuff like pop. Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I’m still here.

I used to work a second job as a waiter. To stay sharp, keep up with the young'uns and drive home without a nap on the thruway, I had an occasional Red Bull.

One-a-night led to two and three.

I stopped when one morning I found myself holding onto the shopping cart at the wholesale club to keep from passing out.

20 posted on 12/13/2012 10:58:47 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Mitt has dogs for pets - Obama had them for lunch)
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To: brent13a

Yes, exactly. Druggies have few concerns, once they are in their own little world, experience, the uniqueness of the drugs they are taking.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 11:00:03 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
It’s not the stuff that gets you, it’s when you down 5 of them at a time, then chase it with vodka, that it gets you.

Bingo!! Nothing says DEATH like telling the body to rev up and slow down at the exact same time.
22 posted on 12/13/2012 11:01:56 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: gaijin

“new design”. credit Neil Young “Sample and Hold”.


23 posted on 12/13/2012 11:04:59 AM PST by brivette
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To: Eagle of Liberty

Bingo!! Nothing says DEATH like telling the body to rev up and slow down at the exact same time.


Or you could do what this guy did. He downed a couple of teaspoons of basically pure caffeine. About 70 cups of coffee at once.

Yeah, he’s dead.

http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2010/10/30/15889811.html


24 posted on 12/13/2012 11:08:29 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: brivette

I caught you knockin’
at my cellar door
I love you, baby,
can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the red bull
take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.


25 posted on 12/13/2012 11:10:04 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“......13 deaths reported to the FDA in the past four years.”

OMG.... If this trend continues, it won’t be long before this horrible 5hr death rate catches up to all of the baby killing that’s done in this country.

I wonder how such this striking 5hr death toll compares to deaths resulting from constipation.

Recommendation: For you guys that have low energy, get your testosterone level checked... you might be surprised.


26 posted on 12/13/2012 11:10:29 AM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I guess it never crossed their minds how many more than 3.25 deaths/year are going to be caused by people falling asleep doing whatever it is that they do.

Coming soon: MANDATORY 8 hours sleep per 24 hour period.

It’s a little unnerving thinking about how that will be verified.


27 posted on 12/13/2012 11:11:05 AM PST by bassyak (Yakkin' all the way to the fish.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

We like that the government has this power. Hell, we APPLAUD it. Just ask your average pro-drug war idiot.


28 posted on 12/13/2012 11:11:22 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: brent13a
but the ultimate goal of the liberal feds is to legalize (un-ban) elicit reality-altering drugs.

Yep! How many deaths can be traced to FDA APPROVED and Prescription Administered Ambiem (and now "GENERIC" Ambien) and Oxycontin?
29 posted on 12/13/2012 11:18:59 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Gator113

If you are prone to prostate cancer raising your testosterone is not advisable.


30 posted on 12/13/2012 11:19:50 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ClearCase_guy

thank you, another Neil Young classic.


31 posted on 12/13/2012 11:20:58 AM PST by brivette
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To: Lazamataz

...and she has plenty of 5 hour energy left in her to make you a sammich afterwards. Bonus!


32 posted on 12/13/2012 11:26:00 AM PST by TADSLOS (No need to watch the movie "Idiocracy". We're living it.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

The problem is that this product is something people want. Therefore it must be banned.
It is just one more step toward a reality that whatever is not banned is mandatory.


33 posted on 12/13/2012 11:28:17 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I call BULLSHIT without asterisks. 5 Hour is nothing but 500 units of vitamin B-12. There is a small shot of caffeine in it to give one the perception that it is doing something right now. B-12 does not work suddenly, I don't use 5-Hour but have in the past. It does not justify the expense when one can go to WalMart and buy a bottle of 200 B-12 sublingual mini tabs with the same amount of B-12 for less than the price of a single 5-Hour. Put one mini tab under your tongue and let it dissolve (less than a minute). It does not jerk up your eyelids but a couple of hours later you are not sleepy, not nodding as you had expected you would be. I started a night job 7 years ago and for months I had a hard time staying awake and a hard time sleeping in the daytime(I suspect the two phenomena are related).

I had seen the 5-Hour on store shelves and had tried the cans of wake up juice-"energy drinks"- before. The wake up cans were just caffeine and much more expensive than a more pleasant cup of coffee. Coffee wakes me up but the effect lasts for 30 minutes or so. The 5-hour was expensive but I gave it a shot. It woke me up and I stayed alert way beyond the 30 minutes of a caffeine jolt. I repeated a couple of times then finally looked at the little label on the back of the bottle and saw that it was just B-12 and caffeine. AHA! epiphany- I had seen the B-12 "microdots" on the shelf at WM and really could not justify the high expense of the 5-Hour every night. Upshot is that my sleep-wake cycle got successfully turned around in less than a week after I started taking the microdots every night when I went to work. I am back on dayshift, sort of, but take the B-12 every day. I am generally more alert all the time now.

With the amount of 5-Hour that is sold, it is very possible that the relatively miniscule number of deaths is actual. If consumption of milk or other normal foods or vitamins were studied the result would be warnings or bans on everything. I am sure deaths can be attributed to ingestion of cucumbers.

34 posted on 12/13/2012 11:31:11 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: TADSLOS

MAKE ME A SAMMICH, DAMMIT!


35 posted on 12/13/2012 11:32:48 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: arthurus

I would imagine more people per year die from choking on grapes.


36 posted on 12/13/2012 11:33:39 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: arthurus

Heck, one can die from drinking too much water. Ban H2O! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication


37 posted on 12/13/2012 11:41:48 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
Yep! How many deaths can be traced to FDA APPROVED and Prescription Administered Ambiem (and now "GENERIC" Ambien) and Oxycontin?

Well, considering that those are 2 of the most common 5 prescription pills (I see on the job) that get sold (by the people they're prescribed too) for illegal usage (crushing and snorting)....the deaths can be pretty high.
Ultimately why have any oversight at all? Why not just get rid of the prescription system altogether and let the chips fall where they may?
38 posted on 12/13/2012 12:01:03 PM PST by brent13a
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Thanks, I didn’t know that.


39 posted on 12/13/2012 12:11:28 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I’ll stick to my coffee, thank you. I think it’s good for you this week.


40 posted on 12/13/2012 12:11:53 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Jonty30
The stuff tasted horrible, but it worked.

This stuff is great for hangovers. My personal sure fire cure for a nasty hangover is:

1: 5-hour energy (just one)

2: One pint of chocolate milk, and

3: One motrin.

In half an hour you feel right as rain.

41 posted on 12/13/2012 12:58:13 PM PST by lafroste
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To: momtothree
How many people have consumed water in some form or fashion and die within 24 hours.

No, no, not the dreaded dihydrogen monoxide!! ;-)

42 posted on 12/13/2012 1:49:25 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Standard Book of Federal Power-Grabs

Page 725

1) Identify or invent a "crisis", big or small

2) Bravely offer to "solve" this "crisis" with a small, necessary increase of government power and oversight, along with the requisite increase in budget and employees

3) Pat yourself on the back and declare the "crisis" to be "solved", because the goverment "did something"

4) Rinse

5) Repeat

...

Fast-forward decades into the future and revel in your limitless power:

o Government control of shower head flow and toilet flush quantity

o Government control of every single "inalienable" right, abridging what "shall not be abridged" and infringing on that which "shall not be infringed"

o Government control over nearly every aspect of automobile manufacturing and operation

o Government control of your use of your private property

o Government control of not only what you are allowed to do to your neighbor, but just how much you are allowed to risk possible harm to YOURSELF

43 posted on 12/13/2012 2:05:07 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: arthurus
had seen the B-12 "microdots" on the shelf at WM

Waste Management, Inc?

44 posted on 12/13/2012 2:25:26 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

45 posted on 12/13/2012 2:37:20 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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