Three years ago, a man in his late 30s started buying energy drinks online.
He bought four energy drinks and two energy bars.
He was so excited by the results that he went on a monthlong energy drinking binge.
But then, in December 2015, he stopped drinking.
After three months, he began having heart palpitations.
In January 2016, he called his doctor and asked to go to the emergency room.
They had no way to treat him, but they did take a blood sample to test for the heart-attack virus.
The doctor prescribed a beta blocker, which had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The beta blocker works by inhibiting the production of a chemical that blocks the immune system’s response to the virus.
When he took it, the beta blocker didn’t affect his heart rhythm or cause any symptoms.
But that doesn’t mean it didn’t make a difference.
That’s what happened to another man.
He also took the beta-blocker, but his doctor prescribed another beta blocker for his heart condition.
But the beta blockers didn’t cause any adverse effects.
“I could just as easily have gone on an energy drink and not had any symptoms at all,” says Josh Smith, who also goes by the handle Ghost.
Smith started taking Ghost in late 2017, when he was still trying to save up for his future in the military.
But as the beta blockers became available, Smith had no idea they would affect him in such a way.
He found himself struggling with the idea of a beta-blocking medication for his anxiety.
“When I was first getting the medication, I was so nervous because I didn’t know if it would work,” he says.
“But it worked for me.
It’s not just about the beta blocks.”
So he started using Ghost.
“You have to start small,” he said.
“It takes a while to see the results.
You need to get in the habit of doing it.”
Smith’s new addiction is called “Xoom Energy Drink.”
It’s a drink that uses ghost energy to boost energy.
You take in 3 to 4 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces of your favorite beverage, then add a ghost to the mix.
The caffeine in Ghost boosts the heart rate, blood pressure, and energy levels of your body.
It also lowers blood sugar levels, making you feel sleepy.
The drink doesn’t take a lot of energy, but it does get you through the day.
But Smith says that once you get into the habit, it’s a lot harder to quit.
“At first, it can be overwhelming,” he admits.
“A lot of people can’t get through a day without hitting the caffeine pill or going to the gym.
It can be very challenging, but if you stay in the spirit of the medicine, it becomes easier.”
So, Smith switched to Ghost for his own energy.
“One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t need to do it every day,” he tells FourFourtwo.
“The spirit of it is something that’s going to help you through that day, regardless of what’s going on in your life.”
Smith also decided to take his own beta blockers.
“For a lot in life, you’ve got to keep a tight lid on the adrenaline that’s running through your veins,” he explains.
“That adrenaline, the adrenaline rush, is what triggers a heart attack.”
So while Ghost is not an energy booster, it is one of the best beta blockers out there.
The good news is that it’s free, and you can take it in the morning if you want to get the energy boost.
The bad news is, you’re going to be on the beta blocking medication for a long time.
“There’s a limit to how much you can handle,” Smith says.
He recommends keeping it on for at least 30 minutes a day.
“Just keep it on a little longer and you’ll be able to do that.”
When you’re on the medication for more than 30 minutes, you can start drinking Ghost again.
But you may need to cut back to the amount you drink every day.
For Smith, he says he’s on the pill for six months now, and his energy is up.
He thinks the beta blockade has helped him cope better with his heart issues, and he’s going back to his usual routine.
But he has a warning for anyone trying to get into this new addiction.
“Don’t drink too much Ghost,” he warns.
“If you have a lot going on, it may not be worth it.”