Updated: Aug 2
Today The Awareness Project remembers Micheal Sparling.
Michael was a proud member of the U.S. Army who lost his life at 22 years of age. A legal preworkout supplement killed Private Sparling. That same preworkout was a top selling product found in many national retailers. Michael’s parents fought tirelessly to have the product banned. After numerous injuries and continued deaths, the FDA eventually banned DMAA years later.
Although DMAA which is molecularly identical to methamphetamine was banned, the same company that killed Michael continued to adulterate their products with the illegal ingredient that killed Micheal and countless others. Two companies and 5 corporate executives have been found guilt and are currently awaiting federal sentencing. Please read the below statement from the United States Department of Justice.
DMAA continues to be illegally placed in preworkout supplements by bad actors in the supplement industry. There is NO WAY TO KNOW IF the product you’ve purchased has been illegally adulterated unless you pay to have it independently lab tested.
We thank Michael’s parents, Michael and Leanne Sparling for sharing Michael's story and for their continued fight to raise awareness. Michael’s service and protection of others continues on. The lives saved by sharing his story have reached far beyond just the country he loved.
For more information about the dangers of energy drinks and preworkout supplements please visit our Facebook group Energy Drink & Preworkout Awareness and our
Below is a lengthy but very informative roundtable discussion on DMAA. Participating are:
Senator Jeff Klein, Senator Kenneth LaValle, Senator David Valesky, Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Dr. Pieter Cohen (Harvard Medical School & Cambridge Health Alliance), Dr. Amy Eichner (United States Anti-Doping Agency), Ed Wyszumiala (General Manager of NSF International), Pat Dixon (St. John's University Strength and Conditioning Coach), Leanna and Michael Sparling (Parents of Pvt. Michael Sparling), Anne Andrews (Partner at Andrews and Thornton, Attorneys for the Sparling Family), Gregory Mahler (President of Cornell University Student-run Health and Nutrition Society), Jose Canseco (Former Major League Baseball player and All-Star Outfielder).