22 Nov 2012 - Article No: 1640

Red Bull Causes Slow Death and is Fatal - Internet/Facebook Rumour

Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: Glucuronolactone

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France & Denmark have banned it from the country...

RED BULL - slow death ...

Do NOT drink this drink anymore!

Pay attention...read everything...

As a public health safety, please pass on this email to all the contacts in your address book especially those with teenage children.

This drink is SOLD in all the supermarkets IN OUR country and our children ARE CONSUMING IT ON A TRIAL BASIS. IT can be FATAL.

RED BULL was created to stimulate the brains in people who are subjected to great physical force and in stress coma and never to be consumed like an innocent drink or soda pop.

RED BULL IS the energizer DRINK that is commercialized world-wide with its slogan: "It increases endurance, awakens the concentration capacity and the speed of reaction, offers more energy and improves the mood. All this can be found in a can of RED BULL, the power drink of the millennium."

RED BULL has managed to arrive in almost 100 countries worldwide. The RED BULL logo is targeted at young people and sportsmen, two attractive segments that have been captivated by the stimulus that the drink provides.

It was created by Dietrich Mateschitz, an industrialist of Austrian origin who discovered the drink by chance. It happened during a business trip to Hong Kong , when he was working at a factory that manufactured toothbrushes.

The liquid, based on a formula that contained caffeine and taurine, caused a rage in that country. Imagine the grand success of this drink in Europe where the product still did not exist, besides it was a superb opportunity to become an entrepreneur.

BUT THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS DRINK IS ANOTHER THING

FRANCE and DENMARK have just prohibited it as a cocktail of death, due to its vitamin components mixed with GLUCURONOLACTONE ` - a highly-dangerous chemical, which was developed by the United States Department of Defense during the sixties to stimulate the moral of the troops based in VIETNAM, which acted like a hallucinogenic drug that calmed the stress of the war.

But their effects in the organism were so devastating, that it was discontinued, because of the high index of cases of migraines, cerebral tumors and diseases of the liver that was evident in the soldiers who consumed it.

And in spite of it, in the can of RED BULL you can still find as one of its components: GLUCURONOLACTONE, categorized medically as a stimulant. But what it does not say on the can of RED BULL are the consequences of its consumption, and that has forced a series of WARNINGS...

1. It is dangerous to take it if you do not engage in physical exercise afterwards, since its energizing function accelerates the heart rate and can cause a sudden attack.

2. You run the risk of undergoing a cerebral hemorrhage, because RED BULL contains components that dilute the blood so that the heart utilizes less energy to pump the blood, and thus be able to deliver physical force with less effort being exerted.

3. It is prohibited to mix RED BULL with alcohol, because the mixture turns the drink into a " Deadly Bomb " that attacks the liver directly, causing the affected area never to regenerate anymore.

4. One of the main components of RED BULL is the B12 vitamin, used in medicine to recover patients who are in a coma ; from here the hypertension and the state of excitement which is experienced after taking it, as if you were in a drunken state.

5. The regular consumption of RED BULL triggers off symptoms in the form of a series of irreversible nervous and neuronal diseases.

CONCLUSION: It is a drink that should be prohibited in the entire world as when it is mixed with alcohol it creates a TIME BOMB for the human body, mainly between innocent adolescents and adults with little experience. Forward this mail to Everyone and Let them know about this..




This message is circulating the Interent and social networking sites. It claims that the popular energy drink Red Bull contains dangerous ingredients and should not be consumed. The long winded message also contains many other assertions as well which we look into more details below.

However most of the claims made in the message are totally false. Providing Red Bull is consumed within reasonable quanities and common sense is applied towards its consumption Red Bull is harmless to the average person.

Below we examine the claims made in the message.

Claim 1: Red Bull was created by Dietrich Mateschitz who discovered the drink by chance.

False. Dietrich Mateschitz founded the company Red Bull but the drink already exisited in the form of Krating Daeng, which is almost the same drink and was invented in Thailand by Chaleo Yoovidhya. We were unable to find any evidence that the drink was created out of chance.
Chaleo Yoovidhya Ref.


Claim: France and Denmark have banned Red Bull.

False. Until 2008 the drink was indeed banned from these countries due to concerns with taurine, a chemical used in the drink. However after being unable to find any evidence of the chemical exposing any health risks the ban was lifted.
France lift ban ref.

Claim: Red Bull contains Glucuronolactone which is highly dangerous and was developed by the US Dept. of Defense during the 60s and given to Vietnam troops.

False. Glucuronolactone is a naturally occuring chemical and thus was not developed by any person or organisation. Variants of the rumour state Glucuronolactone is linked to brain tumours. This is false. These rumours state that the FDA and British Medical Journal state that Glucuronolactone is dangerous, but again this is not true. Red Bull does contain the ingredient but it has not been proven to be harmful.
The Glucuronolactone rumour has existed for years and often circulates independently of the Red Bull rumour. More recently however it is included in this Red Bull "warning".
Glucuronolactone ref.

Claim: The regular consumption of RED BULL triggers off symptoms in the form of a series of irreversible nervous and neuronal diseases.

There is no evidence or medicinal literature to show this statement to be true. Plenty of people regularly consume the drink and have had no dire consequences because of it.

There have been a handful of deaths related to Red Bull, most notoriously a basketball player who died on the court having downed a can of Red Bull. However none of these deaths have been attributed directly to the consumption of the energy drink.

Readers are advised that Red Bull is a stimulant that contains a relatively large amount of caffiene and thus should be consumed within reasonable amounts. Also Red Bull has the potential to be dangerous when mixed with alcoholic drinks such as vodka as the effects of the stimulant negate the effect of the alcohol leading to drinkers not being aware of how drunk they really are.

It is also recommended to consult your physician before drinking Red Bull if you are pregnant or suffer from heart conditions.

However the above message is totally false and should not be circulated.







The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.

For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

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