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Traces of Cocaine Found in Red Bull Cola Energy Drink

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Red Bull Cocaine

According to Forbes.com the FDA of Jordan and German courts banned the sale of Red Bull Cola energy drink after a study showed minute traces of cocaine in the beverage. The Study was released by the German based, Nordrhein-Westfalen Institute of Health and Work, last month.

The Examiner.com also reported that Austrian authorities confirmed the allegation when they too found traces of cocaine in Red Bull Cola. The exact amount found was 0.4 micrograms of cocaine per liter. The Examiner article paraphrased Austrian health ministry spokeswoman, Sigrid Rosenberger, and noted the amount of cocaine is around the “lowest detectable levels” and “poses no real health risk.”

Nonetheless, Red Bull of Santa Monica California is defending their cola energy drink. Red Bull cited that cocoa leaf extract is used for flavoring but the alkaloid is removed during the process; it is the active chemical in the drug, cocaine.

The legal standard calls for de-alkalization before cocoa leaf products can be shipped from the Andean region where they’re manufactured. Red Bull also cited that their own tests have never shown traces of cocaine in the Cola energy drink line.

LA Times Reports No HCG in Manny Ramirez Drug Test

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Manny Ramirez DHEA

The LA Times is reporting today that MLB has bungled the suspension of Manny Ramirez because no HCG was found in Manny’s system; HCG was the illegal substance that MLB had originally claimed Ramirez tested positive for, which warranted Manny’s suspensionMLB’s logic for the suspension was that Manny Ramirez had a prescription for HGC and suspended him on this basis without yet having received the drug test results.

Nonetheless, Manny is not out of the clear.  The LA Times is also reporting that Manny Ramirez had between 4 to 10 times the normal amounts of testosterone in his system.  The source that gave the LA Times all the info is also claiming that the testosterone is not natural, but rather, synthetic.  If this is in fact the case, the only possibility of synthetic testosterone at that level in Manny Ramirez system would undoubtedly point to steroids use.

However, the LA Times is also reporting that Manny will argue that the elevated levels of testosterone were due to DHEADHEA is considered an illegal substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency; however, DHEA is not considered an illegal substance by MLB, which theoretically would put Manny Ramirez in the clear.  Manny Ramirez is to meet with the Dodgersmanger Joe Torre in Miami this weekend.

Marshal University Football Players Plead Guilty to Possession of Marijuana

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Huntingtonnews.net recently reported that two starters of the Marshall University football team entered guilty pleas to possession of Marijuana charges this last Monday May 11th.  The two Marshall University football players implicated are Darius Marshall and DeQuan Starling.  The judge that oversaw the cases, Magistrate Darrell Black, sentenced both players to six months of unsupervised probation.  Under current state law, both players will be able to remove any record of the cases upon completion of probation.

Originally, the two players were busted by police while smoking marijuana in a curbside parked car.  The nature of the crime would have warranted that the incident be treated as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, but as admitted by both players, they “dodged a bullet.” However, the Marshall University football players weren’t as lucky on the filed as both were suspended indefinitely from playing.  Before the incident, tailback Darius Marshall was considered an NFL prospect, leading the team last year in rushing with 1,117 yards and five touchdowns, but it will be unclear as tohow severely the situation will affect him until he comes up for the draft.  Here at DanJ09, we wish the two football players the best and hope they are able to get help and return to the game soon.

Swimmer Michael Phelps’ Suspension Lifted

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Michael Phelps Suspension Lifted

After a three-month suspension for a photo that showed Olympian Michael Phelps smoking marijuana, the suspension has finally been lifted by USA Swimming.  The lift of the suspension and the reinstatement of Phelps to international swimming competitions was made official as of Tuesday (May 5).

Phelps set several world records and won eight Olympic gold medals in the 2008 games in Beijing, China.  However, throughout his suspension, Phelps wasn’t always sure that he would return to swimming.  In an article recently published in the Seattle Times (online), Michael Phelps admitted: “There were days I would just come and warm up and say, ‘I’m not feeling it.’ I would just go home.  If I woke up and didn’t feel like going in and working out, I would stay in bed and watch TV.”

Nonetheless, Phelps acknowledges that his entertainment of the thought was due to his stagnation and that he was never really considering quitting: “What am I doing even thinking about quitting? I’m 23 years old. I’m not retiring at 23.”

DMX to Appear on New Season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew? Maybe Not…

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DMX Celebrity Rehab

Over the weekend, rumors began to sprout wildly about the internet that rapper DMX had been the first celebrity to voluntarily sign up for the upcoming, third season of VH1’s hit addiction recovery series, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. However, those claims have since been denied by DMX’s publicist, Pam Pinnock, who responded to any such allegations of appearances on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s show by saying: “Several media outlets have reported that my client Earl Simmons, aka DMX has signed on to appear in VH1’s Celebrity Rehab reality show. These reports are false and Mr. Simmons has not agreed to appear in any reality show. Mr. Simmons is currently serving a 90 day jail sentence at Tent City Jail in Arizona.”

So, despite the hundreds of internet news sources that leaped blindly to conclusions, let’s recap the valuable lesson learned with some DMX lyrics, “Stop drop shut ’em down open up shop.” Enough Said. No, seriously, we all hope that while DMX completes his 90-day jail sentence for drug possession, amongst other things, he is able to get real help. We’d much rather see him being successful as a rapper, than doing time in the Arizona State Prison System. Besides, maybe he’ll be able to reach out to youths through his lyrics and convey the gravity and consequences of drug addiction. Still, it seems that DMX has a long way to go, as reports trickle in of his refusal to cooperate on work duties and medical treatment, as well as a charge (while doing time) of aggravated assault for throwing a lunch tray at a C.O. All recovering addicts know the course is a long fought process, and we wish DMX the best.

Site Review: AA Blog (theaablog.com)

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The AA Blog is a comprehensive site that provides the latest and most relevant addiction recovery information, which caters specifically to those who are actively in recovery or seeking to enter into recovery. Additionally, the AA Blog (theaablog.com) features in depth reviews of treatment centers across the country like Cliffside Malibu, as well as international recovery news and AA fellowship events and meeting information.

After having clicked through several articles and pages, it seemed that the AA blog does a really good job of providing thought provoking news while maintaining loyalty to the traditions of the AA 12 Steps Program. It was also clear to see that the AA Blog acts in serving the recovery community by providing scientific statistical information gathered from government websites and compiled in an easily accessible and simple-to-understand format. I was very surprised to see how active regular readers of the AA Blog were in consistently leaving their thoughts about the articles in the provided comment boxes.

I would recommend to anyone that is seeking helpful information on alcoholism and alcohol recovery to go check out the AA Blog on a regular basis. Nowadays it can be difficult to find reliable sources of information on the internet, but it seems to me that the AA Blog is dedicated to delivering such information on a daily basis to anyone in the recovery community.

Written by Daniel

April 28, 2009 at 5:00 am