Freshman discovers energy drinks can be a real downer
February 10, 2012
Freshman Brigham Murfee, like many teens his age, loved energy drinks like Monster; so much so, he drank one almost every day for the better part of three months. However, he soon found that his long term energized diet was wreaking havoc on his body, and he became chronically ill.
“Well…why?” Brigham stopped for a short moment to think, “I knew at the time that they weren’t the best thing to be drinking, but the taste was just as good, if not better than, any soda. I didn’t really need the energy on a daily basis either, but it was nice for a quick boost in the mornings since most days we’re in class learning before the sun even comes all the way up. Sooner or later, I guess it got to me. I could only take so much of the stuff before it began to build up without me noticing.”
Not long after the chronic headaches and intense nausea became almost too severe to even stand, Brigham decided, as a last resort, to go to the doctor’s office to find out what was causing such extreme and erratic symptoms.
“I didn’t ever have any type of virus so there was nothing in the way of special medicine or stuff like that that I could just take to get better, you know? We just had to conclude that it was the crazy amount of energy drinks I drank, mixed with the stress of starting a new year in a new school that finally just pushed me down and let me get so messed up…physically and mentally,” he said.
Decisively, Brigham’s father banned Monster and other similar energy drings from Brigham’s diet so he could recover. Not a week later, he was functioning to near perfection and the illness seemed like it had never even occurred.
“Of course, I still drink them once in a while. Who can resist, but it’s definitely a lot less; maybe only once a month, even. We all need a treat now and then, right?”
Registered nurse Christine Climer, however, doubts whether this should be considered a treat, or a harmful chemical cocktail.
“Teens shouldn’t necessarily even be drinking them. Their stimulant effect can have negative outcomes on a child’s cardiovascular system and inhibit abnormal brain function,” Nurse Climer said. “The benefits simply don’t outweigh the risks, as is obvious here.”