DMAA Press Conference with Jose Canseco
What: Following the sudden deaths of two U.S. soldiers during routine fitness exercises, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will call for a statewide ban of the controversial and unregulated dietary supplement linked to each soldier's death. The drug, known as dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, is currently banned by half a dozen countries, as well as by the U.S. military and nearly every major league sports organization. However, due to flaws in the FDA's current regulatory authority, DMAA, as well as other similar drugs, have evaded federal oversight. As a result, DMAA is currently the active ingredient in several top-selling products (Jack3d and OxyElite Pro) at GNC and Vitamin Shoppe stores. Both retailers have pledged last year to gradually remove the products from their shelves: however, an investigation by Senator Klein's office has revealed that neither retailer has, in fact, done so. In order to more fully investigate the matter—and to discuss several legislative proposals aimed at protecting New York consumers—Senator Klein will chair a roundtable discussion on the issue at the Capitol on Monday. At the round table, medical experts, victims, and athletes will address how the unregulated—but highly profitable—industry of nutritional and dietary supplements is putting millions of consumers at risk every day. Former Major League Baseball player and All-Star Outfielder Jose Canseco, author of "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big," will address how the business of professional and amateur sports often motivates young athletes to take unnecessary drug-related risks. Leanne and Michael Sparling, the parents of Pvt. Michael Sparling, a Marine who died in a DMAA-related death on June 1st 2011, will attend the round table to speak about their experience. Harvard Medical School Professor and Cambridge Health Alliance Physician Dr. Pieter Cohen, the country's leading expert on DMAA, will lead the medical discussion.Who: 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).