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Energy Drinks: Good, Bad or Dangerous?


Danger! Energy Drink HazardIt used to be that a convenience store had a small refrigerated section for dairy products, soda and sandwiches. Now the typical convenience store has a full wall (if not two) of just refrigerated items, the vast majority of which are drinks. Take out the water and soda and you have a dizzying selection of “energy” drinks (not to be confused with sport drinks used to rehydrate the body).

As I have gotten older and my job continually has me sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours each day, my energy level has definitely seemed to dip compared to how I felt in my 20s. I’ve always been a moderate coffee drinker and that has certainly helped, but I have often been drawn toward the colorful and flashy cans of the energy drinks that have flooded the market in the past 10 years in particular. The manufacturers ...

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Meet the Author - Leanne Bateman

Leanne BatemanLeanne Bateman is the Founder and Director of Running For Our Lives, an organization of men and women who participate in athletic events that raise awareness for life-threatening illnesses. After many years of experiencing firsthand the link between what you do, what you eat, and how you feel as a result, Leanne maintains an active and healthy lifestyle while encouraging others to do the same. She completes various events each year, including 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, century bike rides and triathlons.

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Protect yourself from summer's backyard pests

(BPT) - Warm weather is here for the next few months, and that means you'll be spending more time outdoors with family and friends - and more time with summer pests. Mosquitoes, fire ants, bees, wasps and yellow jackets are some of summer's worst bugs. And those pests can be more than a mere nuisance. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 5,300 cases of West Nile Virus throughout the ...

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