U.S. probes deaths for links to Monster energy drink

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Revenimus wrote:

SMH – What is a 14yr old doing drinking Energy drinks on a daily basis? There is something else that is not being disclosed here …

Oct 22, 2012 3:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

It’s not just Monster. All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people. Another dirty little secret in America, held back because of all those profits.
From the UK: “May 31, 2011 – Energy drinks have up to 14 times more caffeine than other soft drinks and can lead to diabetes, heart problems, behaviour problems, and even early death”

Oct 22, 2012 3:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

“It’s not just Monster All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people.” Prove it. How many proven deaths???

Bet you would like to see them all out of business and in jail. Their product makes too much money and hurts people right. Problem is no one MAKES anyone spend their money on or injest these crappy products.

Oct 22, 2012 3:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chizzlinsam wrote:

monsters do like to KILL, don’t they…they never seem to owm up to it though…

Oct 22, 2012 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WallaBingBang wrote:

A grande coffee at Starbucks has more caffeine than two regular monster drinks: ~330mg for the coffee, 320 for two 16 ounce Monster drinks. The additional ingredients in the energy drink are mostly vitamins, sugar, ginseng, and taurine, none of which show toxicity at anything near the levels in the drink. It is unlikely the drink caused a death, except in that that the girl may have had a undiagnosed heart condition that was exacerbated by the somewhat high caffeine levels (high in an individual with no tolerance to caffeine).

Oct 22, 2012 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fill wrote:

“All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people.”

She had a preexisting heart problem. While, true, it perhaps exacerbated the problem, it could also be said that lack of sleep or stress could do the same.

While I feel for the parents, they probably are projecting their guilt a bit by blaming a drink maker for perhaps not taking better care of their daughter?

Oct 22, 2012 6:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fill wrote:

“All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people.”

She wasn’t healthy. She had a preexisting heart problem.

Oct 22, 2012 6:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KJ314 wrote:

There is absolutely no way that consuming energy drinks would be lethal to a normal healthy person. The lethal dose of caffeine is 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass, or roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee for an average adult. If you drank that much, you would die from water poisoning long before regardless. Caffeine can of course precipitate any other underlying medical condition, but in such cases it is your personal responsibility not to consume what you cannot tolerate (much like a diabetic cannot over-indulge on sweets, etc.). It becomes rather far fetched to blame a company providing a legal product that is consumed (safely) by millions of people every day.

Oct 22, 2012 6:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

“It’s not just Monster. All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people. Another dirty little secret in America, held back because of all those profits.
From the UK: “May 31, 2011 – Energy drinks have up to 14 times more caffeine than other soft drinks and can lead to diabetes, heart problems, behaviour problems, and even early death””

Info held back because of profits… Go fly back to your OWS friends.
You and the like make me sick

Oct 22, 2012 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DyeDiet wrote:

Ignorance is what KILLS. Parents and their children should know that ENERGY comes from proper FOOD and not from caffeine and that all this “energy drinks propaganda” is misleading and dangerous especially for the young people. And yes 14 to 34 year old are the main consumers of the energy drinks and… hence sleep aid pills. This is all WRONG and it is shame. We do not need energy squeeze: Go DyeDiet dot com and search for energy drinks to see why I don’t need them in my 56…

Oct 22, 2012 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tatrover wrote:

americanguy wrote:
It’s not just Monster. All of those energy and sports drinks can kill healthy people. Another dirty little secret in America, held back because of all those profits.
From the UK: “May 31, 2011 – Energy drinks have up to 14 times more caffeine than other soft drinks and can lead to diabetes, heart problems, behaviour problems, and even early death”

Why is a 14 year old who has a known heart condition consuming energy drinks? Should the parents not be ensuring the child eats a healthy diet which will give the child all the energy the child requirs, most especially with the ‘known’ health condition? The parents failed in their duty to care for their ailing child in this case and are seking blame on someone else. This is just the typical US libel culture of a ‘get fame & rich’ scheme by any means necessary. Monster should & will be absolved from any responsility of this childs death. Its such a shame someone so young lost their life in this way when the parents whom are meant to care for her could hav been more responsible

Oct 23, 2012 4:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
OuranosSkia wrote:

This is quite a silly lawsuit when you think about it. Monster energy drinks have less caffeine per fluid ounce than regular coffee! Monster energy drinks have about 10mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. Basic brewed coffee has around 13mg / fluid ounce and drip coffee has 18mg / fluid once! Then there are the non-standard coffees. Starbucks coffees have more than 20mg / fluid ounce!

If your kid has a heart condition, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure they don’t drink caffeine (I bet the doctor told you not to let them have ANY caffeine at all!). It should not be the responsibility of society to know about your childs condition.

Oct 23, 2012 7:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Conner wrote:

So because someone cant figure out that they shouldnt let their kid drink a case of monster a day means we need to regulate it, make it more expensive, or tell me that I cant have one a couple times a week when I feel like I need it?


Oct 23, 2012 8:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ecurbyy wrote:

Someone posted that “It’s ignorance that kills”. I agree with that to a point, but if ignorance really killed, there would be no Liberals left.

Oct 23, 2012 8:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
eyeofstrm wrote:

This is very sad, but what the hell is a 14 year old girl doing drinking energy drinks in the first place !?!? Especially one with a heart condition. The parents need to be held accountable.

Oct 23, 2012 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MerlinMedic wrote:

Please list something that someone wont die from? Water? Nope. Air. Nope? Nothing is 100% safe. With that said if this kid’s knew she had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 4 they knew she stood a 25% chance of something bad happening by the time she was 20; probably higher odds since a heart valve was involved. To blame it on a canine drink is reach; but sadly some jury will look at that pretty face and will give them $’just ’cause its such an awful thing that happened and the company has lots of money.’

Oct 23, 2012 8:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NealTex wrote:

“a 14-year-old Maryland girl with a heart condition ” – What was she doing drinking an energy drink if she knew she had a heart condition? Once again, sue someone else for your own mistake.

Oct 23, 2012 8:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DetroitNative wrote:

You can’t fix stupid, and that is what a lot of kids are. You can regulate, pad, and bubble wrap them all you want, but eventually darwin will have his way, and that idiot will end up 6 feet under with a helium balloon topside to mark the anniversary of their stupidity. Like most products, kids will abuse anything to get high or tweaked. If it’s not Monster or Red Bull, it will be Mt. Dew or even coffee. Caffeine is the new drug of choice for those unwilling to do anything harder. They learn this from watching adults brew coffee every morning, from watching Tv, and their friends. Many will get through it, others will die from their mistakes. The only question that remains is how much will you regulate away before you realize that you can’t fix stupidity.

Oct 23, 2012 8:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ross97338 wrote:

perhaps just a good nights sleep and proper eating will suffice in acheiving enough energy to be a kid, its worked for thousands of years

Oct 23, 2012 8:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Blam684 wrote:

Yes, the all knowing government is here to save us from ourselves. God forbid we take responsibility for ourselves and our children.

Oct 23, 2012 8:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nippletweaker wrote:

she knew she had a heart condition and yet drank caffeine? Who’s at fault again?

Oct 23, 2012 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SmokeFreeTree wrote:

“The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of 14 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola …. ”

Which is about 2 16 oz cups of brewed coffee.

This is known as a frivolous lawsuit.

Oct 23, 2012 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
andyk187 wrote:

Why did her parents who knew she had a heart condition allow her to drink something that they know makes your heart work harder? Typical with situations like this, parents are nowhere to be found until the child is dead and now they want somebody else to pay for their lack of parenting.

14 cokes = 2 starbucks coffees.

Kids are drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk now as well and some have died from it, does that mean we’re going to sue all the makers of hand sanitizer and ban it?

Parents BE PARENTS, if more parents did their job there would be far less of this in the news.

Oct 23, 2012 8:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
alskdgsdagjn wrote:

Ha morningstar analyst’s name is Thomas Mullarkey. God bless him! I found that to be the most important event in the news so far today.

Oct 23, 2012 8:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
remle wrote:

So 2 24 ounce Monsters have the same caffeine as 14 cans of Coke.

That’s also about the same amount of caffeine as you’d find in four 6 ounce cups of coffee, but who uses 6 ounce cups? Most people I know drink their coffee from mugs that hold 10 or more ounces.

That’s not that much caffeine over a two day period.

If she’d had two cups of coffee one day and two the next, she’d have likely consumed more caffeine. I’m guessing half the people here do that every day.

Oct 23, 2012 9:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hwobstj wrote:

Common sense is dead and so are people, or their charges, who lack it.

Oct 23, 2012 9:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse

A fourteen year old consuming energy drinks?
Stupid. Foolish. Unhealthy. Don’t sue the company
chastise the parents for not overseeing their teen’s
habits. I cut no slack for parental irresponsibility
with minor CHILDREN.

Oct 23, 2012 9:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Kids today are having to abuse energy drinks because of the diet that the 1st mooch put them on is starving them – a reason why a racist idiot who wasn’t proud of her country until her husband ran for the democrat ticket shouldn’t be parenting and shouldn’t allowed such access as an Orwellian tyrant over anybody else’s kids.

Oct 23, 2012 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Parallax3d wrote:

What is a 14 year old with a heart condition doing drinking something with seven times the caffine of a normal soda? Don’t blame the manufacturer if you’re too stupid to realize that allowing someone with a heart condition to drink massive ammounts of a stimulant is probably a BAD idea!

Oct 23, 2012 9:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jabusse wrote:

29- mg of caffine? BFD one cup of coffee (7oz) has 200 MG. So when one goes to 7/11 and gets a big coffee they consume 400mg of caffine. How many truckers have dropped dead from coffee? none. The FDA owes this company something. Zelots in the FDA have killed companies by using their illogic and stupidity then hiding behind their position with the government. They need to get out of the business of propogating bad info.

Oct 23, 2012 10:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigBattery wrote:

These parents should be suing themselves…

Oct 23, 2012 10:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Well – smoking’s banned almost. Now you all can ban these, but don’t forget coffee!!

Then you can ban loud music
Then you can ban grilling out
Then you can ban sports
Then you can ban sugar
Then you can ban sugar-substitutes
Then you can ban salt
Then you can ban meat
Then you can ban alcohol
Then you can ban living over 55

After all; all these things “can hurt people” and/or cost the health care industry more – you know?

That’s the reason for the bans – corporate profits… so many people fall for the spin though, because someone says something about it ‘being bad for you’.

See – we have National/Corporate Healthcare now – and corporations DEPEND on those profits – smoking hurts their bottom line as do energy drinks – so they must put forth ‘spin’ to boost their bottom lines.

Have to just ban everything, including stupid people – only problem is there, the people supporting the bans would then be banned!!

Oct 23, 2012 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CoffeeKills wrote:

Every can of 16 oz Monster has a warning that reads “Limit (3) cans per day. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN, pregnant women or PEOPLE SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE.”

Clearly a 14 y/o girl with a known heart condition should not be be drinking Monster. The parents should be prosecuted for child neglect and endangerment. I think the coffee I just drank has more caffeine per ounce than Monster.

Oct 23, 2012 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
watchmenLewis wrote:

iv seen this stuff eat concrete we left it on the floor at my job for a week to see what it would do and in make a small indent in the floor

Oct 23, 2012 11:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
phebious wrote:

Firstly, if you have a preexisting heart condition you should not be raising your heart rate via caffeine and damaging your adrenals at such a young age! And who the hell drinks 2 in a small period of time? ALL energy drinks are dangerous to the extent of “how” and when you drink them. I try to avoid them like the plague but if I’m falling asleep on a long road trip I will sip back “half” a can or drink green tea preferably. Energy drinks are dangerous and if used should be used with extreme caution…but so is McDonalds greasy food, and so is processed food with msg, gmo and so on. All things are to be used with caution and it is up to the consumer to do his/her own damn research on what is safe! Wake up People! I’m sorry this little girl died, what a tragedy and I hope her family receives the comfort they need at this time.

Oct 23, 2012 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Amazing… there are literally Millions of deaths of innocent babies each year directly caused by Liberalism and its callous disregard for the lives and safety of their own children. As long as abortion is legal, it is hypocritical and bizarre to hear any liberal pretending to be concerned about the health and safety of any young children.

Oct 23, 2012 11:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
EllenSmithee wrote:

Pretty amazing. 5 kids die from an energy drink and the FDA awakens.

Silicone breast implants are killing hundreds of thousands of women, and nothing is done. It pays to be politically connected and get the protection of the FDA. Take note, poison pedalers. You really need to throw the FDA several millions if you wish to kill people in peace. Lots of the FDA managers used to be with Pharma companies. Time for you to start spreading around the pay-offs. It works for all the medication and device companies. Those executives are sending their kids to Ivy League colleges after all, and they need your bribes. Sign up now.

Oct 23, 2012 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Quite possibly this is a case of a late term abortion by parents who somehow missed the legally allowed time to kill their child years earlier and simply found a legal loophole to accomplish the same thing under the guise of blaming a corporation.

Oct 23, 2012 11:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ScienceWiz wrote:

Venti Starbucks brewed coffee 415mg she drank 2 drinks that had 240mg each. She had a heart condition stop trying to blame a product for her death to try to cash in on it.

Oct 23, 2012 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
algfuel wrote:

1 cup of starbucks coffee has 415 mg of caffiene. That is over 90% of the caffiene intake by this child. SO this child essentially drank 1.084 cups of starbucks coffee!!!

Oct 23, 2012 12:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
rcampain wrote:

How horrible it is that a young person should lose her life. That being said, if she had a heart condition, why was she drinking that much Monster? Why were not her parents monitoring her activites to the point where this intake was controlled?

Since she was a minor, she can not be considered to be responsible. This falls on her parents, much more than it falls on Monster. (I know, I know, Monster is where the money is, so they must be sued to get the payday.) The question remains: where is the parent’s responsibility in ths?

Oct 23, 2012 12:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
labmike wrote:

5 deaths/ 100 million estimated consumers of energy drinks = Less than 1 in ten million chance of death; far lower than deaths from car accidents.

Does anyone know of hard data that demonstrates healthy individuals who consume energy drinks once per week or once per day (i.e. below amount stated in warnings on the can) experiencing unexpected health problems? Based on the article, it sounds like the only real danger is for people who already have heart conditions, as the caffeine may push them over the edge.

Oct 23, 2012 1:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
HeddBanger wrote:

If you drink too much water? It will kill you, too.

Oct 23, 2012 1:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fahrvergnugen wrote:

Just another case of – you can’t fix stupid. As society accelerates towards its inevitable decline and humanity approaches extinction, the one true statement that can be made is – a relatively small group of idiots ruined it for the rest of us.

Oct 23, 2012 1:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wizardling wrote:

What on Earth are parents doing allowing children access to energy drinks?

Oct 23, 2012 1:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
terpsez11 wrote:

of course with parasites like Durbin on board —and the lawsuit coming from parasite paradise in Maryland—energy drinks are going to get the tobacco company treatment—if they have any threshold testing data regarding caffeine’s effects they better lose it quickly—then again you would think the same would apply to most of Starbuck’s products

Oct 23, 2012 1:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hughrhodes wrote:

So if I have a heart condition and die from snorting cocaine my family can sue the government of Columbia? If my kid is allergic to peanut butter and dies eating a spoonful of JIF, I can sue the company? This is nonsense. Just as bad as the kid playing X-Box for 12 straight hours and dying for a blood clot.

Oct 23, 2012 2:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jeff1979 wrote:

It says right on the can how many to drink… further the parents are trying to blame the company for their lack of parenting and not telling the 14 year old no. Typical white trash.

Oct 23, 2012 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Purp wrote:

I’ve pounded a 10 pack of Zeros in the course of a day…I’m still alive.

Oct 23, 2012 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Draskinn wrote:

So replace the words “heart condition” with “diabetic” and “energy drink” with “bag of candy” and tell me if we’d still be talking about this?

The child had a medical condition and it was the parents responsibility to teach them how to manage it. They failed.

If a blind person tries to drive a car and kills someone you don’t sue Honda.

Oct 23, 2012 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kerosene wrote:

The state should be charging the parents with neglect, endangerment and wrongful death. They failed to do their job not Monster. Unless she was forced or coercised into drinking that garbage the faults rests with her parents.

Oct 23, 2012 2:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dhbarr wrote:

What we are talking about here is a 14-Yr old girl with Type 4 (vascular) EDS. If her parents knew she had this condition, they had no business letting her drink ANYTHING with caffeine in it.

Oct 23, 2012 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlGrim wrote:

They’re suing? Why aren’t they behind bars for letting their little girl with a heart condition swill caffeine, in any form?

Oct 23, 2012 4:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
iMark wrote:

Plus, no one has indicated how long caffeine stays in the system. The article leads the reader on by stating that two Monster drinks contain “480 milligrams of caffeine” as if she drank it all in one sitting.

Oct 23, 2012 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PhilipK02 wrote:

It’s not only the Caffine. its also other elements that combine. People that die from these drinks often have cardiomyopathy.

Oct 23, 2012 5:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
batmanRox wrote:

You don’t suppose the heart condition had anything to do with it…

Oct 23, 2012 6:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ooks wrote:

“The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of 14 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola, according to the lawsuit.”

Or the equivalent of one, 24 oz. coffee.
It’s despicable for these parents to try to make a buck off of their daughter’s death from heart disease by shifting the blame onto a common beverage. Monster’s beverages have half the caffeine of coffee!

Google Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It’s not pretty.

Oct 23, 2012 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ooks wrote:

Five people drank energy drinks before they died over the course of three years? Meanwhile, over the same three years, millions of people drank water shortly before they died. In how many cases was the water the proximate cause of death? The conclusion might well be that a nice, reliably clean energy drink is safer than water.

Oct 23, 2012 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Monster sells an energy drink. So where do you think all this energy comes from folks? Magic beans genetically modified by Monsanto ? If that where true it would be FDA approved. It makes no sense to pick on 1 company and act like your asleep on other issues. How overwieght is this poor kid ? How many big macs has he wolfed down in his life. Who’s fault is it he has a condition in the first place Mom ? What have you been eating while pregnant ? Lets have ALLL the facts here. Impossible so ,case closed.

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Oct 23, 2012 8:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

1 thanks for confessing what an idiot you are
2 do you have heart condition

Oct 23, 2012 8:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

You make me sick

Oct 23, 2012 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randolph2010 wrote:

I love me some Monster energy drink! Instead of outlawing them, or alcohol, or tobacco, or farm equipment, doesn’t it make better sense for an educated public to make informed choices on matters which affect our lives?

If someone has a heart condition that makes consumption of caffeine a dangerous proposition, the best solution is surely for that person not to consume large amounts of caffeine.

Next we outlaw coffee, to be consistent…

Oct 23, 2012 9:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

As we don’t know if the drinks were somehow responsible in deaths of these people, why don’t we reserve judgement until the investigation is over? I recall laughing at the case where the women sued McDonalds when their coffee burned her. Coffee is HOT right so how could McDonald’s be liable? A frivilous suit if ever I’d heard one….until the facts came out that the coffee had been superheated to the point that it exploded when the women added her sugar, and that McDonalds had already quietly paid off other victims, and yet they still didn’t fix the faulty machines. I’m not passing judgement on these energy drinks, or the claims of its alleged victims until more information is provided.

Oct 23, 2012 12:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

These aren’t ENERGY drinks. They’re STIMULANT drinks. And they’re dishonestly marketed, as you can see in the photograph. Look around the rim of the can — the manufacturer is attempting to make people think the stimulant effect they feel results from some “superfood” magic from harmless exotic herbs… Only the conscientious will realise that this is a lie. The same can be said for products like “Vitamin Water”, which you would never guess from its packaging is a Coca Cola product jam-packed with caffeine.

Oct 24, 2012 2:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

There are a lot of sensible comments here. It’s possible to support both sides of the argument at the same time:
• To legally defend “Monster” drinks from the lawsuit mentioned, on the basis that it was not the real and direct cause of the girl’s death;
• To defend the creation of new legislation forcing the makers of these energy drinks to more prominently label their products with caffeine content (this should basically be treated in the same way as allergy advice — because that’s what it is for people with heart conditions like this — not deliberately hidden in the middle of a long list of ingredients, printed as small as the law allows, in some inconspicuous & print-busy part of the can.)

Oct 24, 2012 2:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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