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Are energy drinks worth it? The death of an angel - Anais's story

Are energy drinks worth it?
The death of an angel - Anais's story
By Jennifer LB Leese
j.leese@picketnews.com
Staff Writer

A group of teenagers gossiping on the library steps, talking trash at the skate rink, or walking around the mall carrying on while drinking an energy drink is a widespread normal scene these days. But have we really ever given them much more thought than that? Did we think about how dangerous they are? Or what they can do to our children?
These drinks are most commonly used in the preteen and teen crowd. "Many consumers have these energy drinks thinking they're harmless pick-me ups," said Denise Vander Koy, R.D., clinical dietitian, at the Clinic's Wausau and Weston centers. "But the drinks are high in sugar and caffeine, which comes from several sources", she said. "Many teenagers consume these drinks on a regular basis, and I don't think parents realize how much caffeine and calories are in these drinks."2
One search on the Internet will tell you just how dangerous these energy drinks are to our kids. As parents, it's our job to help put an end to them being sold to children (please see petition below). If we don't, then who will?
"Recent research has shown that these drinks may be harmful to our teens and young adults. They have been associated with seizures, heart rhythm irregularities and when mixed with other medications or stimulants, they can even be associated with death.
"Kids think they need the energy or the boost that these drinks offer, but in fact, the energy high may be short lived, and the risks are serious."3
"A recent seven-year study shows that recreational use of energy drinks can cause caffeine toxicity in teens that can manifest with serious symptoms of cardiac and neurological toxicity," Timothy Boyer writes in his article "Recreational Use of Energy Drinks Causes Caffeine Toxicity in Teens1". The study showed that "epidemiology and toxicity of caffeinated energy drink exposure tells us that energy drink abuse among teens is a serious and growing problem". (EmaxHealth.com)
Anais Delilah Fournier, 14, of Hagerstown was a wonderfully unique and beautiful person.
This young girl went into sudden cardiac arrest, brought on by caffeine toxicity, on Saturday, December 17, 2011 and was rushed to the Meritus Medical Center, then flown to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore where her family spent the longest 6 days of their lives waiting for Anais to regain consciousness. But unfortunately, she never did and was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support on December 23, 2011.
Born February 28, 1997, in Frederick, Md., Anais was the daughter of Wendy (Kline) Crossland of Hagerstown and Richard Fournier, formerly of San Antonio, Texas.
Anais will always live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who loved and cared for her. She was an avid honor student at South Hagerstown High School. Anais was a loving, understanding friend, who always put others first - even if she didn't know you, she was always there to lend an ear. She was your typical teenage girl in that she enjoyed reading vampire novels, watching chick flicks with her mom, and hanging out with her numerous friends. Her passion for drawing and writing was something everyone in her life was able to enjoy.
Anais was a special girl.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her twin brother, Dorian Fournier; little sister, Jade Smith; stepbrother, Sheldon Crossland; stepfather, Shawn Crossland, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Anais was a caring and giving person who donated her organs to help others avoid a similar tragedy and recently two people, both blind, have their sight back, thanks to Anais's donation.
Anais's death was sudden and unexpected. She was, and still is, an important part in so many lives, including mine, and the lives of my children and my husband. Wendy, Anais's mother, would like our readers to know that she is heading to Washington with the intention of starting Anais's Bill, which she hopes will "regulate energy drinks just as they do for alcohol and cigarettes".
Please consider helping the family of Anais with their medical and funeral expenses by participating in the below fundraisers and events.
Online Store Orders:
* Scentsy: Online orders are being taken at https://gkaiser.scentsy.us/Buy?partyId=69396871 until January 28, 2012. 25% of Sabrina Stottlemyer's commission will be donated to the family.
* Thirty-One, also by Ms. Stottlemyer, will again donate 25% of her commission on all orders taken through www.mythirtyone.com/80465. Click on "My events" and select "Shop now" beside Anais Fournier Family Fundraiser.
Events:
* Rock in Remembrance, put together by Anais's boyfriend, Ethan Frusher, will take place on March 3 from 3-10PM at Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown. This event costs only $5 and will include food and merchandise vendors, as well as 5 local bands.
Donation Spots:
* The Anais Fournier Memorial Fund in care of Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union, 823 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740
* Donations are also accepted for the family through the family's memorial website Remember Anais at www.rememberanais.com.
Lastly, Anais's family would like you to help them in bringing attention to putting an age limit and restrictions on energy drinks by signing their petition at: www.change.org/petitions/fda-and-congress-we-want-energy-drinks-regulated-by-the-fda-and-a-ban-on-sales-to-minors

1 EmaxHealth. "Recreational Use of Energy Drinks Causes Caffeine Toxicity in Teens". By Timothy Boyer. January 20, 2012. http://www.emaxhealth.com/8782/recreational-use-energy-drinks-causes-caffeine-toxicity-teens.
2 Marshfield Clinic. "Energy drinks are high sugar, caffeine, unknowns". Patient Health Newsletter. 2007. http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/patients/?page=cattails_2007_marapr_energydrink.
3 babycenter.com. MominformationBlog's Mom Stories. "Energy drinks and teens don't mix". By Dr. Lisa Dana. February 14, 2011. http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/energy-drinks-and-teens-dont-mix/.

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