Energy Drinks


Should you use them?  I want to say no but I needed some on a long trip recently so that would make me a hypocrite.  Here is an article which does a decent job showing why they are dangerous.  I don’t disagree but I am more intrigued with the fact that we  continue to look for the Holy Grail to treat our fatigue.  It is the most common complaint I see in the office.  It is the most common complaint I hear at home.  It is the most common complaint I make to myself.   The money spent trying to find the answer or fix the issue (i.e. energy drinks) is amazing.  The answer for our fatigue epidemic, unfortunately, is elusive because it is so multifactorial.   I don’t know for sure but I bet my money that the answer includes such things as poor diet, poor sleep, too much electronics, too little exercise, too much stress and not enough rest.  No pill or drink can fix all that.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Energy Drinks

  1. John
    January 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Forget the standard recommendations. How about doing what you really enjoy doing and doing it as well as you can? Life’s too short to do otherwise.

  2. Pat
    January 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I wouldn’t discount sex, the greatest purpose of which is to provide excellent naps.

  3. Sir-Lance-a-Lot
    January 7, 2014 at 6:31 am

    There is a simple treatment for fatigue.

    It is called “sleep.”

    I’ve been using it for years with great success, and very few ill effects (among them: arriving at work late and inability to get as many things “done” as some other people I know).

    I don’t always get enough sleep (I’m an “evening shift” person working in a “morning shift” world), but I am very aware that that is what I need, I make sure to sleep whenever my schedule allows it, and – wouldn’t ya know? – when I do it, I don’t feel tired.

    One thing to point out: If you’re really sleeping enough, you should be going to sleep not long after dark, and waking up around sunrise. If you do this in the winter, you will experience a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night, and then a “second sleep” period afterward. This is the physiologic norm which we have gotten away from, and if you actually experience it (as I did in, of all places, medical school, where the winter nights were long and boring, and I loathed studying), you will understand that you have probably not been sleeping enough for most of your life.

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