Jose Canseco in Albany to push for dietary supplement ban

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Jose Canseco, the former All-Star outfielder and admitted steroid user, will be at the state Capitol today to push for a ban on a specific type of dietary supplement that lead to the death of two U.S. soldiers.

Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, head of the Independent Democratic Conference is pushing for a statewide ban of the controversial and unregulated dietary supplement called dimethylamylamine, or DMAA.

Klein said the drug is an active ingredient used in many over-the-counter muscle building products at vitamin and nutrition stores. Klein, who represents parts of lower Westchester County, is holding a roundtable discussion about the use of the drug with Canseco and medical experts.

The Federal Drug Administration has warned about the side effects of the drug, and it has been banned around the world. The Pentagon banned the drug after the sudden deaths of Marines who had been using the product, Klein said.

Leanne and Michael Sparling, the parents of Pvt. Michael Sparling, a Marine from California who died in a DMAA-related death in 2011, will attend the roundtable discussion, Klein said.

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