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Private Michael Lee Sparling was born in Sacramento, CA in 1989. In June 2011, while training as an Infantry Scout at Fort Bliss, TX, Michael passed away unexpectedly. He was only 22 years old. The autopsy report revealed that Michael had a dangerous dietary ingredient—commonly known as DMAA—in his system at the time of his death.  Dr. Joette Giovinco from Tampa Bay’s Fox 13 reported on the tragic loss of Michael Sparling and the illegal drug linked to his death.


The FDA has issued multiple safety alerts over the last few years regarding dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is also known as methylhexanamine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine, and geranium extract and is the main active ingredient in products such as Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, Hemo Rage Black, Creafuse, and many other dietary supplements. In April 2013, the FDA warned consumers not to use products containing DMAA due to the risk of serious cardiovascular injuries and death. To date, the FDA has received over 100 adverse event reports involving DMAA.

DMAA constricts arteries and blood vessels, increases heart rate, and can elevate blood pressure. Using DMAA can lead to cardiovascular problems (arrhythmias, chest pain, heart attack, cardiac arrest), seizures, heat stroke, kidney failure, liver failure, rhabdomyolysis, loss of consciousness, tremors, headaches, anxiety, and other neurological and psychological conditions. These serious—and sometimes fatal—safety risks prompted Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical manufacturer that first developed the drug, to remove DMAA from the market in the 1980s. Health authorities in at least seven countries have banned dietary supplements containing DMAA.

Leanne and Michael Sparling are suing USPlabs LLC, the maker of Jack3d, on behalf of their son. The Sparlings hope that no other family suffers a loss from a dietary supplement containing DMAA: “Ultimately, our mission here is to bring about education and awareness. People need to know.”

Consumers should look for DMAA on the product label of supplements. DMAA may also be listed as:

  • Dimethylamylamine
  • Geranamine
  • Methylhexanamine
  • Methylhexanenamine
  • 1,3-DMAA
  • 1,3-Dimethylamylamine
  • 1,3-Dimethylpentylamine
  • 2-Amino-4-Methylhexane
  • 2-Hexanamine
  • 4-Methyl-2-Hexanamine
  • 4-Methyl-2-Hexylamine
  • 4-Methyl-9Cl
  • Geranium Extract (Pelargonium Graveolens Extract)

Click HERE to view the video from FOX13.

We encourage patients and loved ones who have been affected by dietary supplements containing DMAA (Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, Nutrex Lipo-6 Black products, Nutrex Hemo-Rage Black, iSatori PWR, Muscletech NeuroCore, Muscletech HydroxyStim, Farenheit Nutrition Lean EFX, Muscle Warfare Napalm, SNI Nitric Blast, BIORhythm SSIN Juice, MuscleMeds Code Red, SEI MethylHex 4,2, and Gaspari Nurtrition Spirodex) to contact us for a free case evaluation at or toll free at 1-800-644-1734.