Michael Mooney's Story (Updated November, 2012)


Because his early childhood was plagued with numerous health problems Michael Mooney began looking into natural health care, "health foods" and orthomolecular nutrition at the age of 14, in 1967.

His health improved rapidly and Michael's growing passion for nutrition attracted the attention of his biochemist father.

Under his father's mentorship Michael began to investigate progressive nutrition and in 1977 they co-founded SuperNutrition Life Extension Research, to research nutrition and dietary supplements, lifestyle, and exercise as tools to improve health, intelligence and extend human "healthspan" and perhaps, lifespan.

Today Michael is the Director of Research and Education at SuperNutrition and works with his father to create the SuperNutrition multivitamin and mineral formulas that are best-sellers in stores like Whole Foods Market as well as continually researching the ever-evolving science surrounding nutrients as dietary supplements.

Because he was brought up to give back to the community, although he is HIV-negative, Michael responded to the AIDS crisis when it first appeared in the early 1980's by helping HIV-positive friends research information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and nutrition for better long-term survival.

Michael lost his best friend to AIDS-related wasting disease early in the AIDS crisis (he died in a hospital at 80 pounds). This was the prime motivation that sparked Michael's HIV/AIDS work.

In the 1980's Michael also provided nutritional consultation, lectured and worked in the field helping bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts improve their performance, lose bodyfat and stay healthy.

During this time Michael wrote a column for Hardgainer, a consummate natural bodybuilding magazine. What he learned working in the fitness community set the stage for his research related to the medical use of nutrition, exercise and hormonal intervention as wellness tools to improve health for people with HIV/AIDS and other pathologies.

In 1993, in an effort to help the HIV public gain more understanding of CAM HIV/AIDS therapies, Michael produced a free public forum at the West Hollywood, California Community Auditorium.

When the forum drew an audience of over 200 people because of a two-page story Michael placed in Los Angeles' New Times newspaper, Michael realized his calling as an AIDS treatment advocate. 

After being asked about testosterone use for HIV therapy by HIV-positive friends, and seeing his friends get healthier when they were put on testosterone therapy, Michael began investigating potential medical applications for testosterone and other anabolic hormones in 1994.

In 1995, Michael met Nelson Vergel by introduction of internationally recognized hormone therapy expert Mauro DiPasquale, M.D. 

Vergel, a resident of Houston, was HIV-positive himself and was already using doctor-prescribed testosterone and other anabolic hormones along with progressive nutrition and exercise as parts of his personal wellness program. Nelson was practicing what Michael had been studying far away in Los Angeles.

Their commonality as treatment enthusiasts yielded Michael a role as voluntary Director of Research and Education for Nelson's new non-profit organization, Program For Wellness Restoration (PoWeR). PoWeR is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS wasting and body composition problems utilizing nutrition, exercise, and hormonal intervention.

During the time that Michael and Nelson became friends and co-workers Michael began writing regularly for Muscle Media magazine. Michael's two years of exposure to Muscle Media's 300,000+ readers helped PoWeR spread the word around the United States and the world that the medical use of testosterone and other anabolic hormones, along with the progressive use of high-potency vitamins and other dietary supplements and eating a natural, whole-foods diet while getting regular exercise could help improve HIV health and longevity.

Consulting And Lecturing
Because of Michael's love for science and the medical literature and his progressive approach he has been a consultant to medical doctors, dietitians and the HIV public regarding hormonal and nutritional therapies and exercise for HIV/AIDS.

Michael has given over 150 lectures to the general public and the HIV community and their doctors, dietitians and caseworkers. Topics have included progressive nutritional topics, The PoWeR Guidelines for HIV, anabolic hormone therapy, exercise, and politics related to natural health care.

During the five years Michael lectured on HIV topics, because of Michael's attention to detail, his knowledge of published medical journal studies, his animated speaking style and his willingness to talk about critical issues doctors don't cover, Michael broke all world attendance records on multiple occasions, including filling West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center's largest room with 395 people.

Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California


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 There have been three updated editions of Built To Survive.

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.

Policital Volunteerism
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 Activist of the Year 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. 

Current Writing
Michael's currently spends some 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,, 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 new book about a progressive nutritional topic, to be published in 2013.

His Personal Progessive Health And Recreation Program
Michael continues his own personal progressive health program, which includes anti-aging-potency nutrient supplementation, a high protein-low carbohydrate-moderate healthy fat natural foods diet, exercising for optimal body composition and longevity, employing weight-training, boxing, running, yoga and trying new sports, including 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.



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