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March 22, 2022
Episode 68: High Risk Supplements: The Death of Soldier – Leanne Sparling

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High Risk Supplements: The Death of a Soldier  – Leanne Sparling

Most of us have walked into a vitamin store, health food store or even the local grocery and have walked the isle where Dietary Supplements are on the shelfs.   What most people don’t realize is that the Dietary Supplement industry as a whole does have a lack of regulation.  As a result of this lack of regulation many people have gotten sick or have even died as a result of illegal drugs and banned substances found in these products.

In this interview we talk with Leanne Sparling who like most Mom’s out there didn’t think that it was a big deal that her son had been using a product that he had purchased at a national dietary supplement chain.  In fact, she thought to herself, of course is has to be okay if my kid could walk into the store and purchase it over the counter.

Leanne has a heartbreaking story that she is going to share in this podcast and it’s a story about how her son Michael, who was just graduated from boot camp, had a heart attack as a result of a product he was taking.  She will share with us that her son was using a product manufactured by USP Labs, in Dallas, TX.  At the time this product was one of the hottest products on the market.

Pronounced “Jacked” or “Jack 3D”

Jacked had an ingredient in the product called DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) which according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an amphetamine derivative that has been marketed in sports performance and weight loss products, many of which are sold as dietary supplements. DMAA is not a dietary ingredient, and DMAA-containing products marketed as dietary supplements are illegal and their marketing violates the law.

For more information on DMAA please visit: https://www.fda.gov/food/dietary-supplement-products-ingredients/dmaa-products-marketed-dietary-supplements

Today, Leanne and her family continue to share Michael’s tragic stories in hopes that no other family will have to go through what they went through.  Her advice to parents when it comes to dietary supplements is to do your research and take products that are 3rd Party Certified by NSF Certified for Sport.  You can find more information about them by visiting their website: https://www.nsfsport.com/

Thank you for tuning in and using some of the resources below to help keep you and your family safe.


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