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Dr. Michael Dickinson

The question: My teenage son says all his friends are drinking “energy drinks” and he wants to try them too. Are there any risks with these products?

The answer: I find the term “energy drink” to be confusing as it means different things to different people. Not long ago, energy drinks were electrolyte containing sports beverages such as Gatorade or Powerade. Although these drinks are of questionable benefit and may contribute to weight gain and obesity, they are generally regarded to be safe for children when used in moderation.

Dr. John LeBlanc, President, Atlantic Pediatric Society

July 25, 2013

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.

Health Canada

Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture

Postal Locator: 0906C

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

Dear Minister,

I am writing on behalf of the Atlantic Pediatric Society. As an organization, we are extremely concerned about the risks of opening paid donor plasma clinics in Canada, and urge you not to approve them. After the tainted blood scandals of the 1980s, our system has been committed to voluntary donations, and we should keep it that way.

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