An article in this month’s Ensign has spurred some discussion on LDS Web sites, and this time, that’s a good thing. “The Energy Drink Epidemic,” by Dr. Thomas J. Boud, discusses the negative health effects of excessive caffeine use and has many charts and sidebars that make for a very interesting read (as seen in the PDF version). The article was recently praised by Julie M. Smith at Times and Seasons as “a very well-balanced article,” and the comments on her post have been quite positive about the article, as well. I can only say that I hope that there is more commentary of this sort about the Church magazines in the future. (Not that it always has to be positive, just that more of it should take place and that it should be fair.)
In addition, Meridian Magazine was prompted by Dr. Boud’s article to post a poll about caffeine on its Web site (those brave souls). You can go there to read comments generated by the poll.
By the way, don’t miss Brad Wilcox’s article in this month’s New Era, in which he tackles the same issue. His article is called “Energy Drinks: The Lift That Lets You Down,” and it contains a sidebar by Dr. Boud.