Real Stories
February 13, 2020
Mothers know best. So why don’t we always listen to our moms when they advise us on certain things? When Shani Clarke saw her 35-year-old son, Michael Clarke, cleaning out his truck she mentioned his large collection of energy drinks, but he shrugged her off and that was the end of their conversation. Weeks later, […]
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January 20, 2020
Reporter JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN lost her brother to suicide after he went ‘cold turkey’ off anabolic steroids. She revisits his story 20 years after his death. A baggy-jeaned skateboarder hikes up his pants before pushing off a ramp. It’s night and an orange glow from the streetlights illuminates the dark Invercargill skate park where he attempts […]
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August 6, 2019
Rhonda Balsamello
                My wife had bulked up for a Shidokan fight bccause she thought she was going to be matched with a girl that was 6” taller and about 40lbs heavier than her. After the fight, she began to cut weight for her next match. We didn’t lift weights […]
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July 11, 2019
Lachlan Foote, 21, dies after drinking protein shake containing enough ’caffeine for FIFTY coffees'
Lachlan Foote, 21, was set to celebrate his 22nd birthday the following day but instead his family were grieving their son’s death. His body was found on the bathroom floor of the family’s home in Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia after he downed the muscle building drink. But they have only just discovered the cause […]
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June 4, 2019
Energy Drinks: Another Tragedy
I wanted to share my husband’s story, Darryl Lefler. He would drink 2-3 energy drinks daily. One day he began seeing double vision and his eyes were not tracking correctly. Then he started having small seizures every 3-4 minutes to where he could not talk and would lose movement in his right side. He had an […]
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May 21, 2019
Another Energy Drink Death: Travis Jones
On Friday may 11th 2018 I got a phone call at about 7:45am that changed my life forever. My 21 year old son had died. No health conditions… never sick with more than a cold…official cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia due to monster energy drinks…he didn’t drink that many..maybe one or two a day.. […]
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May 13, 2019
Mom fitted with pacemaker at age 32 says she used to drink 6 energy drinks per day
A mother of three is speaking out about the potential dangers of consuming energy drinksafter she began suffering from blackouts and was fitted with a pacemaker at age 32. Samantha Sharpe, of Leicester, U.K., said at her worst she was consuming up to six cans a day of the sugary caffeinated beverages. “In 2014 I was drinking five […]
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May 8, 2019
Another Tragedy Resulting from Energy Drinks
Dakota is OK now, but I just wanted to warn parents about energy drinks. Dakota (age 15) had a Bang today for the first time. His dad and I were in St. Joe, and Dakota called us saying that he didn’t feel right. He was dizzy, shaky, sweaty, had trouble walking, and felt like his […]
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April 10, 2019
Joshua and Kratom
My name is Heidy and this is my son Joshua.  He was 21 years old. Josh was a wonderful, loving and kind human being.  Joshua had so many hopes and dreams for his future. He wanted to see the world and experience so many things in life. After high school Joshua went on to become […]
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March 14, 2019
Energy Drinks Claim Another Life
“A normal Sunday turned out to be the worst day of our lives. My healthy 31-year-old son Bruce (Buddy) Lowe was enjoying his first weekend off work in 7 weeks with his family. He worked at a local Nuclear plant as an electrical apprentice with IBEW Local 175 Union. He was also a full-time student […]
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