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Anabolics, Exercise, Nutrition, Supplements: New Book Available

By John S. James

March 17, 2000

Built to Survive, by AIDS treatment advocates Michael Mooney and Nelson Vergel, covering anabolic steroids, exercise, nutrition, and popular supplements (especially for preventing or treating HIV-related wasting), was published February 2000. Mooney and Vergel are also editors of the Medibolics newsletter,

The book includes sections on AIDS wasting, BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis), testosterone replacement therapy, different kinds of anabolic steroids, legality of anabolic steroids in medicine, lipodystrophy and potential approaches for management, side effects and guidelines for anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, orthomolecular nutrition, popular food supplements, various diet plans, food safety, diarrhea, blood tests to use before starting a nutritional program, exercise programs, recommended reading, references, and testimonials.

Built to Survive is published by PoWeR (Program for Wellness Restoration), a nonprofit organization founded by Nelson Vergel. The cover price is $24.95, but copies can be ordered from the Houston Buyers' Club, 1-800-350-2392, for $18.95 +3.95 shipping; the book is also available through, which can ship internationally.


Built to Survive provides an accessible overview of certain important therapies, by advocates who have made themselves experts in this area. Some of the recommendations may be controversial, and we are not qualified to judge their medical appropriateness. We suggest this book as a source of ideas that you may later want to discuss with your physician -- a discussion which the authors repeatedly urge their readers to have.

ISSN # 1052-4207

Copyright 2000 by John S. James. Permission granted for noncommercial reproduction, provided that our address and phone number are included if more than short quotations are used.

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