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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 MRI, and they found a lesion on his brain. We found Dr. Okuda in Dallas by the grace of God! He is studying the brain and what energy drinks do to your brain. Most energy drinks have taurine and high caffeine. When these two are mixed it causes quick shifts in blood pressure and damages the brain. Thank God we caught it when we did.  My husband had to take seizure meds at first, but over time his brain healed. He still has the lesion but the seizures have almost stopped. His vision has not improved though. I have attached the study that our doctor is doing regarding energy drinks causing brain lesions.  –Joyce Lefler, Wife   Resources: Pontine myelinolysis following excessive consumption of commercial energy drinks https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4360794/#!po=3.12500 New-onset seizures in adults: possible association with consumption of popular energy drinks. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17349826