Michael's publications, presentations and assistance include PoWeR's nutritional, hormonal and exercise research data, which he co-authored, at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver in July, 1996 (Mooney, et al. Abstract We.B.3271); a co-authored paper on the combined therapeutic application of nutrition, anabolic steroids and exercise for HIV that was presented at the XII International AIDS Conference in Geneva (Vergel, et al) and a co-authored paper on anabolic steroid therapy for HIV (Pharo, et al, Second International Conference on Nutrition and HIV Infection, Cannes, France - 1997).
He is the Editor and Publisher of Medibolics, as a web site and in its former printed form, and during this time had over 100 articles published in magazines, newspapers, and newsletters, including Muscle Media, POZ, Positively Aware, European AIDS Treatment News, Ironman, and Current Medical News.
Michael was a consultant to National Institutes of Health researcher Fred Sattler, M.D. of USC-LA, for Dr. Sattler's study, "Effects of Pharmacoligical Doses of Nandrolone Decanoate and Progressive Resistance Training in Immunodeficient Patients Infected with Human Immunodeficient Virus. Journal of Clinical Endocrinological and Metabolism, 84(4):1268-1276, 1999." (See study acknowledgements.)
Michael continued to break new ground when he published the first hypothesis that insulin resistance was involved in lipodystrophy, one of the most problematic side effects of HIV anti-viral medications, like protease inhibitors.
His article, with suggestions to reduce lipodystrophy, first appeared in Medibolics (November, 1997) and then European AIDS Treatment News (Summer, 1998).
In December, 1999, Michael Mooney and Nelson Vergel released their book Built To Survive: A Comprehensive Guide To The Medical Use of Anabolic Hormones, Nutrition and Exercise For HIV(+) Men and Women.
At 184 pages, Built To Survive provided details that serve the needs of the patient and doctor alike, as it is written in easily understandable language, while it contains 407 medical journal references.
Built To Survive has over a dozen 5-star consumer's reviews and three medical doctor's reviews on Amazon.com. There have been three updated editions of Built To Survive and it is been released as a free download.
The University of Illinois AIDS Book Review Journal said, "It is a book for the individual, but also a highly recommended book for all medical, academic and public libraries."
Michael and Nelson donate all book profits to help fund non-profit HIV research and educational organizations.
Michael's volunteerism extended into politics. He served eight terms as the Political Committee Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of the Northern California (NORCAL) chapter of the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), and served on the national legislative committee of the NNFA (now called the Natural Products Association).
Michael co-founded the San Francisco branch of Citizens For Health, a national grass-roots lobbying organization in 1993, to help pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), opposing the Food and Drug Administration's unsuccessful attempt to regulate dietary supplements as prescription items.
Successful political work, including his involvement in the largest letter-writing campaign to Congress in history, which generated over one million letters, yielded four awards for Michael's work towards the passage of DSHEA, including the Outstanding Health Freedom Activist Award from Citizens For Health. (Citizen's For Health was the second largest lobbying organization in the USA in 1994, second only to the National Rifle Association.)
Michael's media exposure includes over 100 television and radio interviews, including ABC-TV and NBC-TV (Los Angeles), FOX-TV (Los Angeles) and KPFA Radio (Berkeley), covering nutrition, politics or hormonal therapies; an interview in Sports Illustrated, where he was described as an "authority on anabolic hormones" an interview for a Discovery Channel look at anabolic hormones and Olympic athletes, and being referenced on this subject on ABC-TV's Good Morning America.
Avocation: Michael's Life Work
At the age of 21, in 1973 Michael suggested to his biochemist father, Patrick, that they start a vitamin company, because nutrient formulas they wanted to take themselves did not exist, including such things as vitamins with no fillers or artificial ingredients, that were gluten-free, hypoallergenic and delivering science-based optimal higher potencies. And so that year they co-founded SuperNutrition Life Extension Research as a not-for-profit vitamin research co-op in San Francisco.
After four years of researching multivitamin potencies, forms and balances with the 300+ co-op members, SuperNutrition incorporated and began selling Patrick's research-based gluten-free "anti-aging potency" multivitamins in health food stores in 1977, some 30+ years before the mainstream public became aware of the problems with gluten.
SuperNutrition formulas are delivered to consumers at the lowest costs for the highest potencies, making each formula the "world's best buy" in its category, thus continuing the world-changing altruism that SuperNutrition, as a not-for-profit vitamin research co-op, was founded on.
Today SuperNutrition anti-aging potency multivitamins are featured in over 9,000 stores around the USA, including Whole Foods Market and Walgreen's.
In 2014, Michael continued SuperNutrition's long history of innovation, as SuperNutrition's Product Formulator and Director of Science, with his invention of a unique patent-pending nutrient formula that quality published studies confirm supports cardiovascular health in an innovative manner.
Michael is the senior author of SuperNutrition's fully-referenced white papers, brochures and other written materials
Michael's currently spends much of his spare time reading scientific reports and producing documents that demystify natural health care and the progressive use of nutritional supplements for longevity and optimum health. He also works on his free information website, www.michaelmooney.net, his favorite focus being debunking the negative vitamin studies that are promoted in the media in a web page section called "Nutrition in the Press: Corrections."
Michael is in the process of writing a book about a progressive nutritional topic, to be announced.
Natural Products Hall of Legends
On March 6, 2015 Michael was inducted into the Natural Products Hall of Legends, largely because of his work in helping to pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, that protected dietary supplements from being made into prescription items by the US Food and Drug Administration, while it improved the regulatory framework for dietary supplements to protect and benefit consumers.
His Personal Progessive Health And Recreation Program
Michael continues his own personal progressive health program, which includes anti-aging-potency nutritional and botanical supplementation, a moderate protein, low carbohydrate, moderate healthy fat organic foods diet, exercising for optimal body composition and longevity, including hiking, yoga and trying new sports, such as taking up scuba and skydiving at the age of 51.
Michael travels throughout the United States and the world for work and for fun, playing with dogs whenever he has the chance.