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Craze Pre-Workout Powder Contains Meth-Like Compound

Oct 15, 2013

Craze, a pre-workout powder manufactured by Driven Sports, contains a methamphetamine-like product, according to recent testing here and in South Korea.

The chemical, according to USA Today, might have originated as an illicit designer recreational drug, new tests conducted on Craze samples by United States and South Korean scientists indicate. Craze is marketed as only containing natural ingredients. According to the U.S. researchers, the same methamphetamine-like chemical was also found in Detonate, a supplement sold as an all-natural weight loss pill by Gaspari Nutrition.

"These are basically brand-new drugs that are being designed in clandestine laboratories where there's absolutely no guarantee of quality control," said Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the analysis of Craze samples published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Drug Testing and Analysis. "It has never been studied in the human body," Cohen warned. "Yes, it might make you feel better or have you more pumped up in your workout, but the risks you might be putting your body under of heart attack and stroke are completely unknown,” he added, according to USA Today.

Craze marketing states the supplement supplies "unrelenting energy and focus" in workouts and was also named 2012's "New Supplement of the Year" by A USA Today probe published in July, involved a report of other tests that found amphetamine-like compounds in Craze.

Although Driven Sports maintains that Craze is free of amphetamine-like compounds, a USA Today investigation this July revealed that Matt Cahill, a key Driven Sports official, is, in fact, a convicted felon known to have sold dangerous dietary supplements. Cahill is facing federal charges in California over Rebound XT, another supplement that contained an estrogen-reducing drug. A grand jury, noted USA Today, was investigating the matter this spring.

This July, Cahill was heading to prison and was starting another company. He had also put a strong, illegal designer steroid on the market; has faced federal charges for selling a weight loss aid manufactured with a toxic pesticide; has already served prison time; and was the focus of a Postal Service investigation. According to a previous USA Today report. Cahill has continually put new, dangerous products on the market over the past 12 years, while avoiding federal regulators with his continually changing companies.

Cahill’s products have also been linked to liver damage; one of his weight loss pills was made with a chemical banned from human use since the 1930s after it was tied to cases of blindness, USA Today reported previously.

Experts say Cahill is an example of an industry nightmare who is involved in putting supplements that consumers ingest on the market with no testing and no government approval and which are sold by people with problematic pasts that may include criminal convictions, according to USA Today. "These are not fringe players; these are mainstream dietary supplement companies and products that are in your mainstream health and nutrition stores," Amy Eichner of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told USA Today. "It's not that there are a few bad actors," Eichner said. "There are a lot of bad actors."

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