Pronounced dead, but still alive

A woman waking up at the morgue, Pronounced dead but still alive

A woman waking up at the morgue, Pronounced dead but still alive

For many, this would be a total nightmare: waking up at the morgue. For some people, this or being pronounced dead although they’re still alive is a frightening reality…

  • June Burchell from Sussex has a medical condition called “Cataplexy”. Because of her cataplexy, she was pronounced dead 3 times and ended up at the morgue 2 of those, although she was still alive.
  • On the occasions June was pronounced dead, her blood pressure was very low and her breathing slower than usual, making it harder to tell if she was alive.
  • Cataplexy is a condition where the person who has it is paralyzed and can’t move and show small or none vital signs for a period of time. The person is still however fully aware and can see and hear everything around them, but they can’t respond to the activities.
The human brain's hypothalamus

The human brain's hypothalamus

  • A person with cataplexy can be in the paralysis for minutes to even days.
  • Cataplexy is found to often be triggered by spontaneous, strong emotions such as fear and laughter.
  • Cataplexy often affects people who have narcolepsy, a disorder where the person fall in and out of sleep when not stimulated.
  • Scientists found in the brains of dogs with cataplexy that they had a missing chemical called Hypocretin which they suspected was the cause of the condition.
  • Scientists then performed research on donated human brains from people with our without narcolepsy and found that the Hypocretin was destroyed in the brains from people with narcolepsy.
  • Hypocretin is normally produced in the brain’s Hypothalamus: the brain’s control center. Hypocretin controls our transition from being asleep to being awake. It also is believed to maintain motor-activity during certain emotions.
  • A cure for cataplexy may be found in 5 years

Energy drinks named after cocaine

Blow energy drink powder

Blow energy drink powder

This year, it appears to be a trend to name energydrinks after the nearly world-wide illegal drug cocaine. The strategy seems to be working as for marketing-purposing goes, but what about the product’s moral and health-risks?

  • Blow is a energy drink named after the drug cocaine’s slangword. Blow is distributed in pulver-form (looking like cocaine) in packages resembling of cocaine-packages and then mixed with water.
  • When Blow sent press-kits, the kit contained of a big box containing tongue-in-cheek pictures of the ”production” of Blow, looking like something from a druglord’s camera. The kit also included cocaine-looking packages (vials) of the product, a fake-credic card and a mirror.
  • Since Blow is making use of the drug culture in their marketing as well as in their product, parents and agencies is outraged, saying that Blow glamorizes drug-use.
  • A vial of blow (5.75 grams) contains 240mg of caffeine. Each vial of Blow also has 2000 mg of Taurine.
Cocaine energy drink

Cocaine energy drink

  • Cocaine is an energy drink distributed by Redux Beverages.
  • Cocaine comes in three different sorts: ”Original”, ”Cut” (without caffeine, is now under another name) and ”Free” (without sugar).
  • The US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was very sceptical about the energy drink because it was marketed as a substitute for illegal drugs, which slogans such as ”The Legal alternative” and ”Speed in a can”.
  • Under a brief period of time in 2007, the energy drink was distributed under the new name ”No name” and ”Censored” as a respond to the FDA’s complaints.
  • Cocaine was banned in Australia and is in Norway
  • A can of Cocaine contains 280 mg of caffeine. Each can of Cocaine also contains 750 mg of taurine.

Sources and further reading: about Blow

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