Hello. I'm Michael Mooney. This website is an outlet for free information that I want to share with others which does not fit into the missions of the two primary organizations I've worked with.
These organizations are SuperNutrition, my father’s nutritional
supplement company, where I am Director of Research and Education, and Medibolics, an information outlet
for PoWeR (Program For Wellness Restoration), where I donated five years as Director of Research and Education. PoWeR is
a non-profit research and educational
organization that provides details
about hormonal, nutritional,
and exercise therapies to improve
well-being for people with HIV. Click here to read about my co-authored book about complementary medical and nutritional approaches to HIV well-being, called "Built To Survive."
The information and opinions
I present on this site are my
own and are entirely independent
of these other two organizations. They do not necessarily represent
the opinions of the people I
work with in these other two
entities or any others that I work with.
If there is a misunderstanding about a subject, and the truth will help you be healthier, I will provide details that I hope can help clear up the misunderstanding. I will name the names of products and people when I review an issue and sources of information about it.
For instance, articles in the newspapers and incorrect statements by well-known people who are supposed to be nutrition experts like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mercola raised unjustified concerns about vitamin A supplements being "toxic."
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient, which means you must have it for normal health and well-being and even to stay alive. Vitamin A is critical for the health of the eyes, lungs, bones, skin and immune system.
However,a critical look at the science confirms that beta carotene does not absorb or convert into vitamin A in the body adequately for most people, therefore beta carotene cannot be relied on to substitute for vitamin A. If you are concerned about the health of your eyes, lungs, bones, skin, immune system or you are pregnant and want to deliver a full-term baby you should consider taking vitamin A as retinol and not rely on beta carotene for your vitamin A needs or you risk a vitamin A deficiency, which can cause serious health problems.
Another big misunderstanding generated by negative sales tactics from "whole-food-grown-type" vitamin marketers is to say that isolated vitamins are toxic or that the body doesn't recognize them. This is silly. Click here to read why.
There has been another misunderstanding about iron, with some well-known nutrition gurus, like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Andrew Weil, telling people that we shouldn't take iron, saying it is "toxic."
This is also true, for instance, of claims about high-priced "whole-food-grown" dietary supplements, which are seen by many as having magical properties, when published data confirm that they actually do not have any special qualities because the potencies are too low.. Yet because brilliant marketing people use the hot buttons of people wanting natural, organic products, many people automatically believe in them and pay exhorbitant prices for potencies too low to provide optimal effects.
If it is real, and it is good
for you and it is something
you should consider using for
your better living, I want you
to know about it. If it is a sham, or if its main purpose is to gain profit, with little regard for the integrity of the product or information delivered to you, I want you to know that, too. From time to time, I will also discuss popular issues like global warming as they can be viewed from a scientific perspective.
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educational purposes only,
and is in no way a substitute
for the advice of a qualified
medical doctor, registered
dietitian, certified nutritionist,
or exercise physiologist.
When you ask any professional
to help you make your
decisions about your personal
healthcare, I recommend
that you show them the
information you find here
because they may not be
aware of it and the scientific
studies that support it.
Appropriate medical therapy
and the use of pharmaceutical or nutritional
compounds should be tailored
for the individual as
no two individuals are
alike. I do not recommend
self-medicating with any
compound as you should
consult with a qualified
medical doctor, preferably
one who is knowledgeable
about nutrition and complementary
medicine who can determine
your individual situation.
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for personal medical therapy
is done strictly at your
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