Hello. I'm Michael Mooney. This website is an outlet for free information that I want to share with you which does not fit into the missions of the two primary organizations I have worked with.
These organizations are SuperNutrition, my family's nutritional
supplement company, where I am Director of Science and Education, and Medibolics, an information outlet
for PoWeR (Program For Wellness Restoration), where I donated five years time as Director of Research and Education.
a non-profit research and educational
organization that provides information
about hormonal, nutritional,
and exercise therapies to improve
well-being for people with HIV. Click here to learn about Built To Survive, my co-authored book about complementary medical and nutritional approaches to HIV well-being. It is now free to download.
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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 people and products when I review an issue.
Beta Carotene Is Not Vitamin A (Retinol) And Cannot Substitute For It
For instance, articles in biased newspapers, such as the New York Times, and well-meaning, but incorrect statements by well-known people who are supposed to be nutritional experts like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mercola have raised unjustified concerns about vitamin A (retinol) supplements being "toxic."
Vitamin A (retinol, not beta carotene) is an essential nutrient, which means that 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.
Further, because of their dominant position in natural food stores, dozens of multivitamin manufacturers followed their lead and removed true retinol vitamin A, leaving only beta carotene.
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 healthy full-term baby you should take true 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 long-term degeneration of vision, bone health, immune strength and numerous other problems or, for pregnant women, a preterm delivery.
USP Nutrient Villification: The Kettle Calling The Pot Black
Another big misunderstanding generated by negative sales tactics from "whole-food-type" vitamin marketers is to say that isolated USP (United States Pharmacopeia)-type vitamins are toxic or that the body doesn't recognize them, because they are "synthetic." This is silly nonsense (non-science). Click here to read why.
Interestingly, the main proponent of this negative sales technique, New Chapter®, prides itself in supplying super-critical herbal extracts, which are basically herbal isolates.
It is also clearly an illusion that generates great profits, because these companies sell "whole-food" multivitamin products that deliver small doses of vitamins and minerals that all available published studies show to be too low to provide optimal health benefits. While they are using the same naturally-sourced vitamins and minerals as other companies, the products are disguised as being derived from organic whole foods. This is nonsense. Analysis shows that people are paying over $200 a pound for what are purported to be "organic whole foods" in tablets when they buy these low-potency products.
Even More Nonsense In 2014
And now, in 2014, as an advance on this nonsense a new "KIND-type" multivitamin is delivering mostly very low doses of nutrients that are promoted as truly being derived from organic foods. Consumers that buy these products are basically buying low potencies of nutrients from organic foods put in tablets for approximately $218 a pound.
Since nutrient potency determines effectiveness, doesn't it seem more prudent to buy organic produce and supplement potential nutrient deficiences with optimal potencies of USP nutrients that are proven to deliver optimal effects?
There has been another misunderstanding about iron, with some well-known nutritional "gurus," like Dr. Mercola and Dr. Andrew Weil, telling people that we shouldn't take iron, saying it is "toxic."
A significant number of men and post-menopausal women should consider taking supplements that contain iron, as low iron status has been shown in post-menopausal women to reduce immune strength by half. In fact, iron deficiency is associated with more deaths from heart attack and hair loss for males and females.
For best long-term health, one should ask their doctor for a "ferritin" blood test to find out if you do or don't need to take supplemental iron.
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