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 or researched with or any others.
These organizations are SuperNutrition, my family's nutritional
supplement company, where I am the Senior Science Advisor, 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.
The information and opinions
I present on this site are my
own and are entirely independent
of these other organizations.
On this site you will find
ideas and information that I
hope will spark you to think
more about things that are sometimes
assumed to be true. I will be
digging away at some commonly assumed notions and assumptions to get
to the truth. This is what I
have a passion for. I put this page up mostly because there are so many confusing "myths" propogating the "health" news that it boggles my mind. I know how difficult this makes basically understanding and doing the best things for one's own health. Issues like if I eat fat will my cholesterol go up? Is fat "bad?"
A big problem is that while American medical doctors are thought of as the go-to know source for health information, respectfully, my doctor friends tell me that they receive so little education in medical school they, themselves are confused about basic health issues and yet people are supposed to "ask their doctor" when they have a health question about nutrition.
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 misunderstandings. 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 newspapers, such as the New York Times, and incorrect statements made by well-meaning people who are expected to be nutritional experts, like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Joseph Mercola, have raised unjustified concerns about the fat-soluble vitamin A (retinol) in supplements being "toxic."
Additionally, highly accomplished "experts. such as "Health Ranger" Mike Adams, has supported sales of "whole-food" vitamins, which only contain beta carotene, with no true retinol vitamin A. Several large vendors of "whole-foods" vitamins promote this concept, too.
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, cardiovascular and immune systems and healthy pregnancy.
Some other well-known sources of information began to say that people should not take vitamin A because vitamin A can be toxic. One of the largest and most influential vitamin manufacturers sold in health food stores, New Chapter® put "Retinol-Free," as if retinol was unhealthy, on the front panels of their multivitamins for several years, further promoting this incorrect information.
Because of this controversy numerous multivitamin manufacturers removed true retinol vitamin A from their multivitamins in about 2008, leaving only beta carotene.
They, therefore began recommending that people take beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A instead, which could cause serious vitamin A deficiencies for a significant number of people.
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.
In fact, a gene study, published in 2009, found that a significant number of people are genetically incapable of metabolizing beta carotene and turning it into vitamin A in their bodies adequately.
If you are concerned about the health of your eyes, lungs, bones, skin, cardiovascular and immune systems 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 serious vitamin A deficiency, which can result in long-term degeneration of vision, skin, bone, cardiovascular health, immune strength and numerous other health problems.
This is an especially serious problem for pregnant women.
USP Nutrient Misunderstandings
A 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," a word that is generally misunderstood by the public. Click here to read my Whole Foods Magazine article that clarifies this.
The body naturally synthesizes molecules, energy and even some nutrients billions of times a second, about 10 trillion times a day.
There is nothing wrong with synthesis. It is what you synthesize that can either be a perfect replica of a nutrient found in food that duplicates the activity of the same health-supporting nutrient in food or it can be something that never occurred in nature, like most drugs, which inherently cause side-effects, because they are not natural to the human body.
Synthesis, of itself, is just a process and the synthesis of vitamins often mimics the processes that plants and animals perform to biosynthesize their own nutrients.
Buying "whole-food" vitamins is equivalent to paying over $200 a pound for "organic whole foods" in tablets with potencies of vitamins that are too low to be optimally effective.
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 in over 30,000 published studies to deliver optimal effects?
Iron: The Number One Nutrient Deficiency in Older Age
There has been another misunderstanding about iron with Dr. Mercola and Dr. Andrew Weil telling people that we shouldn't take iron, saying that it is "toxic."
The very conservative National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine says that iron has a No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) of 65 mg a day. This means that their analysis of all published data for the last 60+ years shows that normally healthy adults can take 65 mg of iron a day without toxic effects.
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 about 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, rather than going by a blanket "don't take iron" recommendation that may well not apply to you.
If it is real, and it is good
for you and it is something
you should consider using for
your better health, I want you
to know about it. 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.
Disclaimer:The information contained in this web site is for 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 functional medicine who can determine your individual situation. Any use of the information presented in this publication for personal medical therapy is done strictly at your own risk and no responsibility is implied or intended on the part of the contributing writers, or the publisher.
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