David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Biology from Long Beach State University (1981). His experience in the field includes the following:
Twenty years as a nutrition science advisor for the National Council Against Health Fraud as well as with Quackwatch.org. His role with both organizations was to respond to health misinformation in the media and act as an objective source of sound human performance and nutrition science information to inquiries from the media, athletic organizations, educators, universities, etc.
Seven-years directing a full Exercise Physiology Lab (metabolic lab) for a large medical practice.
Fourteen-years as an adjunct college nutrition instructor.
Twenty-years in the physical rehabilitation / sports medicine field.
Since August of 2017, he has been providing commentaries related to counterfeit and junk-science health and nutrition issues for WND.com.
Voting member with the Creation Research Society since 2000.
Two nationally recognized consumer advocates, Stephen Barrett MD of Quackwatch, and Victor Herbert MD, JD of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have described his consumer education work in sports nutrition quackery as “the most thorough investigation” identifying the deceptive marketing methods used by the sport supplement industry to exploit and fleece consumers, in their book The Vitamin Pushers.
In 2006 he published, "Muscles Speed and Lies - What the Sport Supplement Industry Does Not Want Athletes' or Consumers to Know." The International Olympic Committee chose this book to be included in "the most important bibliography of the holdings of the IOC Medical Commission Collection of Sports Medicine for reference texts and scientific journals published until 2010."
The American College of Sports Medicine review of his book stated the following:
Reviewer: Mark E. Lavallee, MD, CSCS, FACSM (Memorial Sports Medicine Institute). Description: This book will enlighten readers about the often-murky world of the sports supplement industry.
Purpose: The author's purpose is three-fold: first, to expose the sport supplement industry's history of lies, deceit, and greed, similar to Ralph Nader's campaign that exposed the safety concerns of the Corvair; second, to educate athlete-consumers on the real science behind vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and other supplements; and, finally, to give athlete-consumers some practical applications and ways to apply the information to their lives.
Assessment: This well written book keeps readers' attention while discussing very eloquently the science of nutrition and the myths revolving around the supplement industry. The author accomplishes the difficult task of addressing two different groups with this book: the athlete and the more educated sports science/sports medicine student. This book parallels Faust's Gold: Inside the East German Doping Machine by Steven Ungerleider (St. Martin's Press, 2001) which exposed the doping issues associated with East German athletes in the 1970s and 1980s.
Media and consultation work examples
Media appearances or nutrition resource to:
NBC Dateline (Hype In A Bottle – 1996)
CBS Evening News (steroid issue and Major League Baseball)
Dole Nutrition Institute
Sports on Earth / USA Today
Boston’s Channel 7
CBS This Morning
Peer Review Journal Publications:
British Journal of Cancer
National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal
American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Physician and Sports Medicine Journal
New York State Medical Journal
Nutrition Science News
Newspapers and Magazines:
San Francisco Examiner
The Washington Post
Boulder Daily News
New York Daily News
Runner’s World Magazine
San Diego Tribune
Nutrition Quackery Prevention Task Force’s 14th Anniversary, Loma Linda University
PAC-10 Team Physician and Head Athletic Trainers Conference
National Athletic Trainers Association Meeting
2000 Physical Education, Athletic Coaching, and Health Workshop, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo State University
University of Northridge Sports Medicine Night
58th Annual, Postgraduate Convention, of the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Private Organization Assistance:
San Francisco Forty-Niners (1998-2005)
Declaration to the Superior Court of California (1998)
Law Firm of Leopold, Petrich & Smith of Los Angeles, CA.
United States Swimming
New York Yankees
United States Cycling Federation
New York Department of Consumer Affairs