Video with Dr John Bergman – How to Have True Heart Health

Publicerades den 6 feb. 2015

How to Have True Heart Health Cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. There is no such thing as good or bad cholesterol. If an artery is “blocked” then why is there blood flow on the other side of the blockage?
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En till artikel om Gardasilvaccinet (HPV)

Det är verkligen helt förfärligt med alla biverkningar med det här vaccinet – hur många flickor (och pojkar, också) ska behöva dö innan det händer något? Och om dom inte dör, så är det väldigt många som får permanenta kroppsskador. Och vaccinet hjälper ju inte mot cancer, vissa som har fått vaccinet har fått cancer – det som vaccinet var tänkt att förhindra…
Här är Majas historia

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/602573?programid=909

Vem ska bota Maja?
Sön 23 aug 2015 kl 15:03

2013 blev Maja sjuk. Hon var 13 och helt orkeslös. Sakta har hon blivit allt sämre: värk, känselbortfall, och plågsamma utslag. Nu sitter hon i rullstol och ingen läkare kan säga vad hon lider av.
Maja skickas vidare från den ena specialisten till den andra; de tar samma plågsamma prover och hon får berätta samma historia om och om igen. Men de kan inte bota henne och en efter en ger de upp om hennes fall.  Och hela tiden blir hon sämre.Det började med att hon kände sig lite hängig, att hon inte orkade lika mycket när hon spelade innebandy. Sedan kom värk,  känselbortfall och muskelsvaghet, benen blev som spagetti. I dag kan hon inte sitta upp själv och hon har inte kunnat gå i skolan på två år.

Maja och hennes föräldrar  upplever att de inte blir tagna på allvar av sjukvården. Själva är familjen övertygad om att hon skadats av Gardasil, ett vaccin mot livmoderhalscancer som erbjuds alla grundskoletjejer i Sverige. Det var  nämligen efter att hon fått  tre vaccinsprutor som hennes symtom dök upp.

Och ingen läkare har kunnat ge någon alternativ förklaring.

I Danmark har det uppstått en debatt om biverkningar av Gardasil efter en uppmärksammad TV-dokumentär om ett 100-tal unga tjejer som anser sig handikappade av vaccinet. Men i Sverige är det alltjämt en ickefråga och en ickediagnos.

Dokumentären är gjord av Per Shapiro, frilansreporter med inriktning på undersökande journalistik och dokumentärt berättande. Han arbetar  bland annat för Ekot, Kaliber, och Uppdrag granskning.

“Vem ska bota Maja” är hans andra P1 Dokumentär. Han har tidigare gjort “Lettland – drömmen som gick i kras”

Producent: Håkan Engström

Och här är en artikel om en pojke som dog av Gardasilvaccinet

https://www.healthnutnews.com/healthy-boy-dies-gardasil-injection/

Healthy Boy Dies After Gardasil Injection

Joel Gomez was just 14 years old. Medical records show he was a healthy boy who made all his check-ups at his pediatrician’s office.He had no pre-existing health issues.

He had no cardiac abnormalities, psychological disorders, substance abuse, or any other issues.

But, he had a vaccine the day before he died.

From the article:

“An expert hired by the family of a boy who died after his second Gardasil injection has testified that Gardasil likely caused the boy’s death. The case – Gomez versus USDOH: Petition No. 15-0160V1 – was filed by a California law firm for petitioners Adan Gomez and Raquel Ayon, on behalf of their deceased son Joel Gomez.  The petition states, in part:

“Joel Gomez received a Merck Gardasil vaccine on June 19, 2013 and again on August 19, 2013, and died in his sleep the following day on August 20, 2013. The death was caused in fact by receiving the Gardasil Vaccine.

Gardasil did cause or contributed to a myocardial infarction in the decedent, and that the second dose of Gardasil finally caused a fatal hypotension in this case on the day of vaccination. There was no other plausible cause for the death of Joel Gomez. . .”

Sadly, Joel was another casualty of the Gardasil vaccine.

Joel was injected, in his left arm, on June 19, 2013 with his first dose of Gardasil (with no adverse reactions reported by the family or physician) and again on August 19, 2013, with a second dose of Gardasil. Then he went home, fell asleep, and died. He was found unresponsive in bed the following day, taken to the hospital, and pronounced dead.

How many more kids have to suffer, or even die before the United States says “enough”?

An autopsy done on August 23, by a medical examiner (ME) of Los Angeles, California revealed significant abnormal findings:

“…a long narrow band of dark reddish discoloration which is somewhat darker than the rest of the myocardium, extends over a length of 6 cm and has a width of 0.4 cm extending from the anterior base of the heart almost to the apex. ..this lesion is limited to the anterior free wall. Both lungs are extremely heavy. The lung parenchyma is dark-purple-red and completely soaked with edema fluid and blood. Microscopically, a localized lesion was found in the left ventricle of the heart.”

When Dr. Sin Hang Lee, MD (who the family hired) reviewed the autopsy findings, it was his opinion that the lesion of the heart was a healing myocardial infarct – a few weeks old- and was the result of the first Gardasil vaccination. He stated, “The HPV L1 gene DNA fragments bound to the aluminum adjuvant in Gardasil can cause sudden and unexpected surge of tumor necrosis factor-α and other cytokines. Some of these cytokines released from macrophages are potent myocardial depressants, capable of causing hypotension with low cardiac perfusions in certain genetically or physically predisposed individuals.” And this type of damage, according to Dr. Lee is practically unheard of. In fact, poor Joel’s heart actually presents as a textbook description of myocardial infarction- commonly observed in much older patients with a history of heart attack(s).

More from the article:

“A CDC study shows that among 12,424 reported adverse events following Gardasil® vaccination from June 1, 2006 through December 3 1, 2008, there were 32 deaths with a mean age of 18 years old, who died 2 to 405 days after the last Gardasil® injection. Medical records and autopsy reports on 20 of the 32 deaths were available for review and confirmed there were 4 unexplained deaths and 6 cardiac-related deaths.”

Again, how many more kids need to die? And how many Gardasil-vaccinated girls (or boys) have developed permanent myocardial damage, whether it’s called myocarditis or infarct?

Our hearts go out to all the parents and families who have had loved ones die or who have been seriously harmed by this vaccine, or any other. We look ahead with hope, to a day when this won’t happen anymore. And we can make it happen. All it takes is just one voice. Don’t be afraid to use yours.

XO- Erin

Dr Mercola: How to avoid a heart attack

http://theheartysoul.com/how-to-avoid-a-heart-attack/?t=HNN

Heart disease claims the lives of about 1 million Americans every year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack.

This year alone, 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack, and close to half of them will occur suddenly without any prior warning signs.1

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of your heart becomes blocked. This is often the result of plaque build-up inside your arteries (atherosclerosis), which may rupture and form a blood clot that blocks blood flow.

If the blockage isn’t cleared quickly, a portion of your heart muscle will begin to die and be replaced with scar tissue, which can cause severe problems in the future.

For instance, a previous heart attack (especially if a large area of your heart was damaged) is a risk factor for sudden cardiac arrest,2 which is caused by abnormal heart rhythms and can be fatal.

5 Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks

It’s remarkable that heart attacks are so common and cause so much pain (emotional and physical) and disability when they are nearly always preventable. You’re probably already aware that your lifestyle plays a role in your risk of heart disease (and heart attacks), but perhaps you’ve not yet taken it to heart…

If you need some motivation, consider a new study conducted at the Karolinska Institute. It found that engaging in five healthy lifestyle habits could prevent nearly 80 percent of first-time heart attacks in men. Even the researchers were surprised at how powerful a healthy lifestyle could be, noting:3

“It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in heart attacks… What is surprising is how drastically the risk dropped due to these factors.”

Still, this isn’t the first time such a drastic risk reduction has been uncovered. The 2004 INTERHEART study, which looked at heart disease risk factors in over 50 countries around the world, found that 90 percent of heart disease cases are completely preventable by modifying diet and lifestyle factors.4

Unfortunately, most people are not using lifestyle habits to their advantage. The featured study involved men aged 45 to 79… and only 1 percent of them engaged in all five of the “low-risk” behaviors that could prevent a heart attack. So what are the five healthy lifestyle habits?

  1. A healthy diet
  2. Being physically active (walking/bicycling ≥40 min/day and exercising ≥1 h/week)
  3. Healthy waist circumference (waist circumference <95 cm or 37.4 inches)
  4. Moderate alcohol consumption (10 to 30 g/day)
  5. No smoking

What Is a Healthy Diet for Your Heart?

Most of the heart-healthy lifestyle habits are self-explanatory, but the term “healthy diet” is ambiguous… and when it comes to heart health, it is probably not what you think. Contrary to popular belief, refined carbs, sugar, and processed foods are the real enemy—not the saturated fats found in foods such as butter, lard, or eggs.

Part of the confusion on fats revolves around its impact on LDL cholesterol, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. According to the conventional view, high LDL is correlated with heart disease, and saturated fat does tend to raise LDL. However, we now understand that there are TWO kinds of LDL cholesterol particles:

  • Small, dense LDL cholesterol
  • Large, “fluffy” LDL cholesterol

The latter is not “bad” at all. Research has confirmed that large LDL particles do not contribute to heart disease. The small, dense LDL particles, however, do contribute to the build-up of plaque in your arteries, and trans fat increases small, dense LDL. Saturated fat, on the other hand, increases large, fluffy—and benign—LDL.

More importantly, research has also shown that small, dense LDL particles are increased by eating refined sugar and carbohydrates, such as bread, bagels, and soda. Together, trans fats and refined carbs do far more harm than saturated fat ever possibly could.

Unfortunately, when the cholesterol hypothesis took hold, the food industry switched over to low-fat foods, replacing healthy saturated fats like butter and lard with harmful trans fats (vegetables oils, margarine, etc.), and lots of refined sugar and processed fructose.

Ever-rising obesity and heart disease rates clearly illustrate the ramifications of this flawed approach. I recently interviewed Dr. Fred Kummerow on this topic. If you missed it, I highly recommend taking a moment to listen to it now.

A True Heart-Healthy Diet Plan

If you want to protect your heart, you need to avoid trans fats by eliminating all processed foods (which would also include most restaurant food). You also need to address your insulin and leptin resistance, which is the result of eating a diet too high in sugars and grains. To lower your heart disease risk, you need to adhere to the following suggestions, which are explained in detail in my nutrition plan.

  1. Avoid sugar, processed fructose, and grains. This effectively means you must avoid most processed foods
  2. Eat a healthy diet of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
    • Large amounts of vegetables
    • Low-to-moderate amount of high-quality protein (think organically raised, -pastured animals)
    • High-quality healthy fat (saturated and monounsaturated from animal and tropical oil sources). Most people actually need upward of 50-85 percent fats in their diet for optimal health—a far cry from the 10 percent currently recommended. Sources of healthy fats to add to your diet include:
Avocados Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk Raw dairy Organic pastured egg yolks
Coconuts and coconut oil Unheated organic nut oils Raw nuts, such as almonds, pecans, macadamia, and seeds Grass-fed meats

 

Balancing your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is also key for heart health, as these fatty acids help build the cells in your arteries that make the prostacyclin that keeps your blood flowing smoothly. Omega-3 deficiency can cause or contribute to very serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor in up to 96,000 premature deaths each year. You can do this by avoiding most vegetable oils and increasing your intake of small wild-caught oily fish (sardines and anchovies) or taking a high-quality krill oil supplement.

Should You Eat More Fruit for Your Heart?

A study presented this year at the ESC Congress in Barcelona, Spain found that people who ate fruit daily had a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease, and a 32 percent lower risk of death from any cause, than those who did not. Further, the more fruit they ate, the lower their risk of heart disease became.5 Fruit can be an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other phytochemicals, many of which have heart-healthy anti-inflammatory effects. For instance, research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)6 found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent cardiovascular-related deaths in those over 50 to a similar degree as using a daily statin.7

I would caution against eating too much fruit, however, especially the sweeter fruits that are commonplace today. Many of the most beneficial phytonutrients found in fruits actually have bitter, sour, or astringent taste, and are found in the skin and seeds. To satisfy the modern palate, farmers have, throughout time, opted to selectively breed the sweetest varieties, which makes fruit far less nutritious than it once was. Still, carefully chosen fruit – such as organic apples, blueberries, or cherries – can certainly be beneficial when eaten in moderation. Fruit contains varying levels of fructose, and you will want to avoid over-consuming fructose to protect your heart. My recommendations on fruit (and fructose consumption) are as follows:

  1. If you’re insulin or leptin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, hypertensive, or have high cholesterol), which includes about 80 percent of Americans, then it would be advisable for you to limit your fruit intake. As a general rule, I recommend limiting your fructose intake to a maximum of 15 grams of fructose per day from ALL sources, including whole fruit. You can find a chart of fructose levels in common fruits here.
  2. If you are not insulin/leptin resistant, (are normal weight without diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol)andregularly engage in strenuous physical activity or manual labor, then higher fructose intake is unlikely to cause any health problems. In this case, you can probably eat more fruit without giving it much thought.
  3. However, if you are in category two above, you might benefit from a further refinement. Fruit will still increase your blood sugar and many experts believe this will increase your protein glycosylation. So my approach is to consume the fruit typically after a workout, as your body will use the sugar as fuel rather than raise your blood sugar.
  4. Additionally, if you’re an endurance athlete, you can probably get away with eating fairly large amounts of fruits since your body will use most of the glucose during exercise, and it won’t be stored as fat. (That said, I still believe athletes would be well-advised to consider becoming fat adapted rather than relying on quick sugars).
  5. If you’re still unsure of just how stringent you need to be, get your uric acid levels checked and use that as a guide.

Diabetes Drug Increases Heart Disease Risk

Metformin, a drug that makes your body’s tissues more sensitive to insulin, is one of the most common diabetes drugs on the market. However, new research shows that among people with hypothyroidism, the use of metformin was associated with an increased risk of low thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels.8 If your TSH levels become too low, it may lead to serious damage, including heart problems such as atrial fibrillation, which in turn could lead to congestive heart failure.9 Separate research has also shown that treating type 2 diabetes with glucose-lowering drugs actually showed the potential to increase your risk of death from heart-related and all other causes. Researchers noted:10

“The overall results of this meta-analysis do not show a benefit of intensive glucose lowering treatment on all cause mortality or cardiovascular death. A 19% increase in all cause mortality and a 43% increase in cardiovascular mortality cannot be excluded.”

These risks are typically unnecessary, as type 2 diabetes is easy to reverse without drugs. If you want the short version… simply swapping processed foods for whole organic foods lower in sugar and sugar-forming carbohydrates — combined with a few minutes of regular high-intensity exercises — will quickly put you on the road to reversing diabetes. See my nutrition plan for a healthy eating guide and, for more specifics, read my diabetes prevention (and treatment) plan here.

A Warning About Beta-Blockers and Scientific Misconduct

Beta-blockers are drugs commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. They work primarily by blocking the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors, thereby dilating blood vessels, which reduces your heart rate and blood pressure. Until recently, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommended using beta-blockers in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Earlier this year, however, researchers calculated that this guideline, which they found was based on “questionable and probably fraudulent research,” may have caused up to 800,000 deaths over five years in Europe alone.11

The beta-blocker guidelines were based largely on research done by a scientist who was fired for scientific misconduct in 2011, and who was also the chairman of the committee that drafted the European treatment guideline. You would think that once this was known, immediate action would result. However, it took two years before the ESC withdrew the beta-blocker recommendation once the scandal had unraveled. This is absolutely scandalous as nearly a half of a million people died unnecessarily due to the delay.

In that two-year span, many European clinicians may have felt that their hands were tied, as failing to follow guidelines can lead to being penalized—even if the doctor knows the guidelines are likely to do more harm than good. Last month, a revised version of the article was published,12 which went into even more detail of the harms that occur when fraudulent research is published and put into clinical practice… even years after the fraud is uncovered. As Forbes reported:13

They write about a culture of neglect in which few if any participants have anything to gain by finding or reporting scientific misconduct. They cite numerous examples in which misconduct has been alleged but the responsible actors– authors, home institutions, journals, and medical societies– have responded in only the most minimal and nonaggressive fashion. The portrait they paint is of a scientific and medical establishment devoted to not rocking the boat.”

Avoid Becoming Another Heart Attack Statistic

There are many strategies that can protect your heart and virtually eliminate your risk of heart disease. Please don’t wait until you experience heart attack symptoms to take action because the most common symptom of heart disease is sudden death, so you will be dead before you even know you have a problem. Do so now in order to prevent any long-lasting damage:

  • Eat unprocessed saturated animal fats, and ignore the media, as you will benefit from these fats. Many may also benefit from increasing the healthy fat in their diet to 50-85 percent of daily calories
  • Avoid all sugars, including processed fructose and grains if you are insulin and leptin resistant. It doesn’t matter if they are conventional or organic, as a high-sugar diet promotes insulin and leptin resistance, which is a primary driver of heart disease
  • Exercise regularly, as physical activity along with a healthy diet of whole, preferably organic, foods may be just as potent—if not more potent—than cholesterol-lowering drugs. Use a combination of high-intensity interval training, strength training, stretching, and core work.
  • Avoid excess sitting; aim for three hours a day or less of sitting and try to take 10,000 steps a day (exclusive of your exercise).
  • Avoid statins, as the side effects of these drugs are numerous, while the benefits are debatable. In my view, typically, the only group of people who may benefit from a cholesterol-lowering medication are those with genetic familial hypercholesterolemia. This is a condition characterized by abnormally high cholesterol, which tend to be resistant to lifestyle strategies like diet and exercise
  • Optimize your vitamin D levels, either through appropriate sun exposure, a tanning bed, or as last resort an oral vitamin D3 supplement
  • Regularly walk barefoot to ground with the earth. When you do, free electrons are transferred from the earth into your body, and this grounding effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of, and helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body
  • Manage your stress daily. My favorite tool for stress management is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

This article was republished from Mercola.com

Article about diet soda – study reveals ink to heart attack and stroke

It was a long time ago since I drank these kind of things, most of the time I only drink water and tea, very seldom juice, because of the amount of sugar in juice…

http://wisemindhealthybody.com/collective-evolution/diet-soda-aspartame-health-problems/

The End of Diet Soda? Huge Study Reveals Link to Heart Attack and Stroke

One of the largest studies of its kind recently examined the link between diet drinks and cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke in healthy, postmenopausal women.

The research took place at the University of Iowa, and the findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.

What they found out was shocking…

60,000 women participated in the study, and it found that women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day are 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, and 50 percent more likely to die from a related disease. (source)

These are huge numbers, even if you are thinking correlation does not mean causation. When using the Bradford Hill criteria to evaluate the relationship between diet drinks and human health, it becomes quite clear that the danger is at least worth considering. It’s a great example of how potentially deadly, unhealthy products are marketed to us as a “better alternative” and completely safe.

“This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome.” – Dr. Ankur Vyas, a Fellow in cardiovascular disease at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the lead investigator of the study. (source)

Again, as mentioned earlier, only an association was found, therefore the researchers cannot state with certainty that diet drinks cause these problems. It’s similar to watching a person eat junk food for one straight year, and another person eating completely healthfully for one year. If the person who ate junk food becomes ill, while the person who ate fruits and vegetables remains (or becomes) healthy, we still cannot say for certain that the junk food caused that person to become ill, from a modern day scientific perspective. This is exactly why I mention the Bradford Hill criteria, because when you look at published research and a wealth of other sources, the picture becomes a little more clear. For example, we can look at studies linking the ingredients within junk food and their potential hazards to human health alongside observational studies like this one.

For this study, researchers divided the 60,000 study participants into four consumption groups: two or more diet drinks a day, five to seven diet drinks per week, one to four diet drinks per week, and zero to three diet drinks per month.

After a follow up of 9 years, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack, coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and cardiovascular death occurred in 8.5% of the women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day.

THOSE WHO CONSUMED FIVE-TO-SEVEN DIET DRINKS PER WEEK WERE AT 6.9% AND ONE-TO-FOUR WERE AT 7.2%. THOSE WHO CONSUMED ONE-TO-FOUR DRINKS PER WEEK WERE AT 6.8% AND ZERO-TO-THREE DRINKS A MONTH WERE AT 7.2%.

The study was also adjusted to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors (genetics, smoking, sugar sweetened beverage intake, and more).

Further research necessary

The researchers emphasized how the association between diet drinks and cardiovascular problems raises more questions that it answers, and “should stimulate further research.”

“It’s too soon to tell people to change their behaviour based on this study; however, based on these and other findings we have a responsibility to do more research to see what is going on and further define the relationship, if one truly exists,” says Dr. Ankur Vyas, because “This could have major public health implications.”  (source)

It’s time to conduct clinical studies or molecular/pharmacologic analyses to see if there is a direct link between heart health and diet drinks.

A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology determined that consumption of sugar sweetened soda increases the odds for kidney function decline. You can read the entire study here

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that aspartame is linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukaemia in men. You can read the full study here, and we also wrote an article on it that you can read here.

A study out of Arizona State University that was published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition determined that Aspartame causes brain damage by leaving traces of Methanol in the blood (source). Another study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine determined that long term consumption of Aspartame leads to an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain (source). A study published by Washington University Medical School outlines a possible connection between aspartame and brain tumors(source)

 

A warning for energy drinks (Red bull, and similar)!

Link to the article

Teenager, 18, who downed ten Jagerbombs at nightclub two-for-one offer had three heart attacks and DIED before being brought back to life with defibrillator

  • Jayde Dinsdale, 18, was drinking shots on a two-for-one drinks promotion
  • But as alcohol wore off, the high levels of caffeine in her system took control
  • Suffered cardiac arrest and was put in coma as medics battled to save her
  • She is now campaigning to warn of dangers of high caffeine drinks
  • By AMANDA WILLIAMS

    PUBLISHED: 10:36 GMT, 6 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 GMT, 6 March 2014

  • A teenager suffered three heart attacks and temporarily ‘died’ on her bathroom floor after she downed ten high-caffeine Jagerbombs on a ‘two-for-one’ promotion night.Jayde Dinsdale, 18, was drinking the Jagermeister spirit and energy drink shooter, which cost £2.20 for two, on a night out with friends, in Yeovil, Somerset.But as the alcohol wore off, the high levels of caffeine in her system took control of her heart rate – causing it to accelerate dangerously out of control, medics have since said.
    Her parents desperately performed CPR on their daughter as she suffered two cardiac arrests at home in their bathroom.

    Miss Dinsdale – who had another heart attack in the following hours – was put into an induced coma and spent three weeks in hospital before medics fitted an internal defibrillator.

    She is now warning other young people to avoid the drinks which combine a shot of spirit Jagermeister and half a can of energy drink.

    One can of energy drink typically contains 80mg of caffeine, around the same as two cans of cola and slightly less than a mug of instant coffee.

    Miss Dinsdale said: ‘I think it is pretty bad that people sell these drinks.

    You’ve no idea how much caffeine is in them and how dangerous they can be.

    ‘I hope people will think twice about drinking energy drinks – they could be deadly.’

    The teenager arrived at the nightclub sober just before midnight on January 31, having just finished work as a party rep.

    She said she thinks she had around ten drinks – each containing half a can of energy drink – before heading home at 2am.

    Eight hours later, Jayde was washing her face while talking to mother Natalie, 38, when she suddenly started shaking and collapsed.

    Mrs Dinsdale said: ‘She was her normal bubbly self and was telling me about the night while in the bathroom.

    ‘Then all of a sudden her chest jolted and she fell to the floor and hit her head on the bath and radiator.

    ‘I put her in the recovery position and stabilised her, but she started having another fit. I screamed for my husband.

    Her pulse was very faint and she started to go purple.

    ‘She was dead on the bathroom floor – it’s a miracle that Jayde is still with us.’

    Father Darryl, 38, performed CPR he learned from the Vinnie Jones British Heart Foundation advert, while Eliesha, 12, held her sister’s head.

    Miss Dinsdale was taken to the intensive care unit at Yeovil District Hospital where she was put in a 52-hour coma to protect her brain and heart after she suffered a third arrest.

    Her body was cooled to just 32 degrees to protect her brain and her family faced an agonising wait to see if she would recover.

    Mrs Dinsdale said: ‘She was covered in tubes. Nothing can prepare you for seeing your child like that.’

    When she came to she was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) which will shock her heart if it stops again.

    After coming out of intensive care, the relieved teenager gave her dad a medal inscribed with ‘Dad of the year 2014 – for saving my life’.

    Now her family are pleading with others to avoid high-caffeine energy drinks.

    College student Miss Dinsdale, who can’t remember anything of the night or following day, said: ‘The doctors have said it was all to do with the energy drinks.

    ‘Alcohol slows your heart rate but the energy drinks speed it up.

    ‘That’s why I was able to come home and sleep ok, but when the alcohol totally left my system at 10am, my heart stopped.

    ‘I’m quite glad I don’t really remember it all. But now I am looking at how much caffeine is in energy drinks, I just can’t believe they are on sale.’

    Mr Dinsdale, added: ‘This could have happened to anyone. It wasn’t caused by alcohol, it was the amount of caffeine in her body. It’s shocking the amount of caffeine in those drinks.’

    Medics said that while most people can tolerate caffeine in moderation, ‘excessive consumption’ can lead to seizures, strokes or sudden death.

    Consultant emergency physician at Yeovil District Hospital, Dr David Maritz, said: ‘Given the potential for harm as seen from reviews and reports of toxicity in medical literature, it suggests children and young adults, especially those with predisposing medical conditions, are potentially at risk from some serious adverse effects from excessive consumption of energy drinks.’

    THE WORRYING FACTS BEHIND THE ENERGY DRINK CRAZE

    High in sugar, cleverly marketed and sold in supermarkets and shops alongside regular soft drinks, it’s easy to see why young people in their masses have taken to energy drinks.

    Last year, a major study found our children have one of the highest consumption rates in Europe.

    One in ten British teenagers consumes four to five energy drinks a week.

    Worryingly, younger children are following suit: one in four under-tens – 24 per cent – has had at least one energy drink in the past year, compared with the European average of 18 per cent. Now, experts are calling for them to be banned from sale to youngsters.

    In a paper last year, Dr Jack James, editor of the Journal of Caffeine Research, says caffeine should be regulated just like cigarettes and alcohol.

    ‘Although caffeine has been widely considered to be benign, awareness is increasing that its consumption is associated with substantial harm, including fatalities and near-fatalities,’ he wrote.

    ‘How many caffeine-related fatalities and near-misses must there be before we regulate?’

    In January month, a government adviser compared energy drinks with drugs, and urged schools to ban them.

    Some schools have done so, with many teachers complaining the drinks affect behaviour and concentration.

    And a 2011 study in America reported on a number of cases where excessive caffeine consumption in energy drinks had been associated with effects such as ‘seizures, mania, stroke and sudden death’.

    The researchers warned that high caffeine drinks were particularly risky for children with existing conditions such as heart arrhythmias, diabetes or mood and behavioural disorders, which may be undiagnosed.

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