'Meth-Like' Sports Powder The Latest From Crooked Company Founder

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Nothing says "fun!" like the great, cool-down flavor of N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, an ingredient in the popular Craze sports supplement. But in a letter from the FDA disclosed this past week, the agency said that the additive may be too "meth-like" for public consumption. This, however, should come as little surprise to those familiar with the product's creator, who has pretty much made a living putting shady dietary products on the market.

According to USA Today, the FDA's been eyeing Craze and its maker, Driven Sports, for more than a year. The letter states that the supplement includes several ingredients that are adulterated under federal law. Translation? Some of the compounds contained in Craze have never been consumed by humans as food.

The outlaw ingredients include the aforementioned, delightfully meth-like N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, as well as Dendrobex, an apparently sketchy synthesis of something called the dendrobium orchid--which is desirable, apparently.

As USA Today's investigation notes, Driven Sports' founder, Matt Cahill, is a former felon with a history of introducing unsafe products: Superdrol, a designer steroid called that caused liver damage, as well as an anti-estrogen drug that compelled the state of California to file a Federal felony charge against him.

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While Cahill stopped selling Craze last year, it's still caused at least one athlete, a Polish bobsledder, to be disqualified from this past year's Olympic games after the supplement caused him to fail a drug test. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. explained why the FDA is often slow to get potentially dangerous products--like the ones Cahill has repeatedly introduced--off the market.

"This isn't the first time we've seen problems with dietary supplements marketed for performance enhancement, and it won't be the last time," he told USA Today. "The law puts FDA in a position of always being several steps behind those who want to market dietary supplements, including supplements that pose real risks."

While Craze may be gone, Driven Sports has already debuted Frenzy, a similar pre-workout powder acclaimed for its allegedly "rage"-inducing qualities. On the off chance that the company needs a slogan for the product, we've come up with a few suggestions. "Mm...methy," maybe? Or how about: "Bring on the N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine!"

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