Doug Robinson: No (red) bull, energy drinks a problem

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  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    Moderation in all things.

    Easy on the Coke, Mt. Dew, sugar, chocolate.

    Lay off hot drinks; coffee, tea, (cocoa?)

    Cold drinks are not mentioned; Lattes? Iced tea? Chocolate milk?

    Whew! This Word of Wisdom thing is confusing.

  • OC Surfer Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:34 p.m.


    Occasionally or moderately consuming caffeine and "abusing caffeine" are completely two separate things. It takes wisdom to understand the difference.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    EPJ and Patriot,

    "For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward."

    If you can't figure out on your own that abusing caffeine is bad for you without someone telling you over the pulpit you are missing out on the "wisdom" part of the Word of Wisdom

  • OC Surfer Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    I'm bored reading this article, perhaps it's time for another RockStar... :)

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 21, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    Huh? Slow day around the office?

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    The caffeine content in chocolate is relatively miniscule compared to everything else mentioned here and is essentially a non issue. The sugar and fat content in chocolate cake is a far bigger health concern. Just saying...

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 4:39 p.m.


    You are 100% correct. There are too many in the Church who condemn anything with caffeine yet polish off a couple of pounds of chocolate cake at the ward party with no trouble at all. Go figure - which one is worse for your health? I will say one thing for caffeine - it sure knocks a head ache fast!! I climb mountains - 14000 feet ++ and at high altitude you tend to get some pretty nasty head aches. Thank goodness for caffeine!! Let's see chocolate cake do that !!

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    I am tired of hearing that "those hypocrite Mormons will drink caffeine in soda pop, but will refuse coffee and tea". The "Word of Wisdom", found in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89 says nothing about prohibiting the consumption of caffeine. It prohibits "hot drinks" which we are taught is coffee and black or green tea. (My own opinion is that coffee and black or green teas contain tannic acid. . . you know, the stuff used to tan leather). If the Word of Wisdom really was prohibiting the consumption of caffeine, then surely chocolate would also have been included in the list of prohibited substances. Hot herbal teas and barley or other grain drinks are not prohibited in The Word of Wisdom.

    With that said, I do not condone excessive use or abuse of any substance, . . . moderation in all things.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    All these energy drinks claim they are dietary supplements, so they fall under DSHEA.

    The average American is not deficient in B-vitamins (they fortify our breads and cereal), so all those extra B-vitamins end up in the toilet. Huge amounts of B-vitamins influencing your energy is a lie created by clever marketers. Don't believe them for a second.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    I drink one 16 oz bottle of Dr. Pepper a day. I drink it over a long period of time, usually 3 to 4 hours. I have headaches and it helps me with those so I don't have to use those nasty pills Doctors give you. I also drink a lot of water throughout the day.

    I have seen a lot of abuse of energy drinks. I was refereeing a football game last fall and a kid collapsed. It was a warm day. The paramedics told me that it was likely due to energy drinks. I saw several cans of a popular energy drink on the sideline. Not too smart.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2012 4:46 a.m.

    And here I've been thinking no one was paying attention to these problem promises these hyper caffeine highs was creating. And in a state where the Mormon religion is so staunchly against caffeine drinks including coffee, coke and its derivatives. But its one of those sins they turn their heads to ignore it.

    Nothing worse in the work place than a non productive co-worker running around like a chicken with its head cut off. The ignorant boss thinks he's busy and gets the promotions.

    I've wonder too about the harm this caffeine infusion is doing to childrens minds and physical health. From experience it has been known the hazards of caffeine but it doesn't excuse the state from not regulating it to keep it out of the hands and bodies of children.

    It's time for the state to step up with some truth in advertising and health hazards and conditions with the use of this product.