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Posted By iamincontrol | December 16, 2014
Red Bull-gives you wings®? Monster-Unleash the Beast®? These are some of the slogans that the energy of the energy drinks use to their drinkers. Energy drink consumption has increased over the years especially among teens. But more and more information is coming out about its effects. These “uplifting” drinks are actually linked to depression. So, when they say it is bringing you up, FALSE ADVERTISING. According to Poison Control, in three months June-August 2014, over 700 cases of energy overdose occurred in teens—that’s a whole lot.
Here’s what one person had to say about their need for caffeine:
“What I soon began to notice is that when I actually ate my fruits and vegetables, I had a lot more energy than when I grabbed chips and dip with pop. Looking back I never figured out why the vegetables worked better than the pop; we all know that pop contains caffeine and that should give us energy, right? Wrong! The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are so important for endurance, performance, and stamina. Turns out everything I thought Gatorade was doing for my recovery, fruits and vegetables actually do. Too bad no one tells us this in commercials or something we see every day, otherwise I probably would have paid attention more to what I was eating.” -Danielle
Five servings of fruits and vegetables is the recommendation. That may seem like a lot, but there are so many ways to sneak in all kinds without even noticing. Homemade fruit smoothies jam-packed with as many fruits and vegetables you can fit could satisfy the guideline in just one meal. When mixed with everything else, you might not even notice you are eating them. So next time you go for that Red Bull®, think twice about what it is actually doing, it’s not giving you wings.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 6, 2014
On my morning homage to the local coffee house, I noticed a man standing outside on the street with a strange looking mythical pencil. At first glance, I thought this man was carrying a wand from Diagon Alley ready to cast a spell on anyone who mis-stepped. But rather than raising his wand as I neared, he put the thing to his mouth, inhaled, and let out a puff of fog. What the what?! I realized that this man was actually smoking with what I now know as an e-cigarette. I had to find out more about these half-wand/half-electronic cigarettes!
So, there is a cartridge that contains nicotine and long chemical names like, glycerin or polyethylene glycol. Both these chemicals can be found in anti-freeze, which belong in cars– not human bodies. Basically, something heats the liquid in the cartridge (often called “e-juice”) to its boiling point and that becomes vapor you can inhale. That is why smoking e-cigarettes is often called “vaping.” Remember the cheesy fog machine you had at your homecoming dance this fall? It’s the same principle.
Still, what are the effects of such wands on Muggles like us? After a deeper look, the companies that put these e-cigs out do not even tell people what’s in the e-juice. So basically that gives us about the same knowledge as ripping off the label of your mother’s favorite bathroom cleaner and saying it’s e-juice. In addition, in the first big study of e-cigs, researchers found out that e-cigs do not help people quit smoking and that the vapor has harmful effects on your lungs. So after a deeper look, e-cigs are indeed magical wands made to cast a spell on people to ensure addiction to their harmful effects.
Posted By iamincontrol | September 4, 2014
Today we’re sharing a great resource called Just Think Twice. This site is dedicated to giving you the facts on drugs and what their consequences could be.
Some of the cool features of the site include:
- Facts & Fiction – Some of the things you may think are “facts” about drugs are actually myths, and they get busted here.
- Consequences – Learn about what some of the consequences of using drugs could be, and read some true, tragic stories about their effects.
- Teens to Teens – Members of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education’s (D.A.R.E.’s) Youth Advisory Board blog each month about a new topic.
Visit the site to find more resources and features. Also, check out the IAMincontrol blog posts below to read about more real-life experiences with drugs and alcohol.
Posted By iamincontrol | January 7, 2014
Are e-cigarettes safe to use?
- Yes, definitely. (25%)
- No, they are addictive. (50%)
- Not sure. (25%)
Answers are pretty across the board, so let’s get the facts. Turns out e-cigarettes are not safe to use. Despite that, did you know that in one year, the use of e-cigarettes (aka electronic cigarettes) has doubled in teens? In 2012, 10% of high school students surveyed said they used e-cigarettes, compared to 4.7% in 2011. Seriously, 1 in every 10 students is using e-cigarettes? What gives?
Maybe it seems like they’re a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to your system in vapor form instead of inhaling the smoke from tobacco.
So why aren’t e-cigarettes safe?
- Even though e-cigarettes are said to generally contain fewer toxins than traditional cigarettes, they are still delivering toxins into your system. The amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes can be as much or higher than the amount of nicotine in regular cigarettes. They are still addictive.
- Since they don’t contain tobacco, e-cigarettes are not regulated by the government. That means that manufacturers can put whatever they want into the e-cigarettes – more or less nicotine, along with other chemicals.
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