EL PASO — The FDA issued a warning this week saying a popular fitness stimulant called DMAA is harmful, dangerous and even deadly.
This couldn't be truer for Fort Bliss after two soldiers' deaths were thought to be linked to the supplement jacked which contains DMAA.
Both soldiers collapsed during a physical training test.
The FDA said the stimulant does not qualify as a legal dietary supplement ingredient and it could raise blood pressure, could cause a heart attack or other health problems.
Major General Pittard believes the supplement was implicit in the deaths of those soldiers and he banned them from post in 2011.
"He felt that it was part of his No Preventable Death Campaign. He felt it was part of taking care of soldiers and it was very unpopular on Fort Bliss, it was also unpopular at the highest levels of department of defense. It really doesn't make a whole lot of sense to see a soldier die from something they’re buying at general nutrition center," said Fort Bliss Spokesperson Major Joe Buccino.
Major General Pittard was instrumental in banning the substance from the entire Department of Defense.