Is Melatonin Safe?

Are melatonin supplements a safe & natural treatment for insomnia?

A burgeoning supplement industry certainly wants you to think so.

It promotes exogenous (supplemental) melatonin as a natural, safe way to improve sleep.

Further, megadoses of exogenous melatonin are lauded in the natural health care community.

As safe & effective.

For everything from cancer to autism.

Melatonin’s unique antioxidant properties are used to justify such megadoses.

Leading it to be trumpeted as a safe wonder drug without side effects.

But other exogenous hormones - such as testosterone, estrogen, & thyroid hormone – are all recognized as potentially dangerous & highly-regulated.

Not melatonin.

Indeed, melatonin is widely considered safe.

And available over-the-counter.

As a “dietary supplement”.

Melatonin is marketed as a “natural”, benign alternative to pharmaceutical sleeping medication, such as benzodiazepines.

But, as Dr. Oz writes, exogenous melatonin is not natural.

Megadoses of anything – even water - are definitely not natural or safe.

So megadoses of a hormone ...

... you see where I’m going with this.

For starters, every hormone in the body operates on a feedback loop.

Including melatonin.

Ever heard of the dangers of anabolic steroids, such as testosterone?

These dangers revolve around such feedback loops.

The testes sense elevated levels of free testosterone in the bloodstream.

Quite rightly, they decide they don’t need to work to produce any more male hormone.

And that’s OK.

In the short term, that is.

Like taking a vacation.

Nothing wrong with kicking up your feet for a couple of weeks.

But imagine you won the lottery & decided to never work again.

Preferring to lie around on the couch all day.

Over time, what would happen to your muscles?

They would start to atrophy.

Similarly, what do exogenous anabolic steroids cause in the long term?

Testicular atrophy.

Glandular atrophy in response to exogenous hormones is not limited to testosterone.

It is widely observed for all hormones.

In fact, Dr. David Clark argues that the pineal gland – which produces melatonin – acts in precisely the same manner.

This is why melatonin supplements contain safety warnings.

Like, "do not exceed two or three weeks of continuous use."

Hormonal feedback systems are not limited to each individual hormone.

No hormone is an island.

There is a complex interplay between different hormones in the body.

Consequently, exogenous melatonin has side effects involving other hormonal systems

Such side effects of melatonin include:

So, melatonin is unsafe, right?

Hardly.

Once again, it comes down to individuality.

For one patient's unique constitution, melatonin may be completely effective, tolerated & safe.

For another, it might be useless or actually harmful.

Indeed, I have prescribed melatonin to several patients over the years.

And each has experienced great benefits from it.

However, the prescription & precise form of melatonin for each of these patients was made on a highly-personalized basis.

One that took into account all aspects of each patient’s unique state.

Such individualization & personalization underlie all modalities used in my treatment.

Modalities incorporating the best of conventional western medicine, such as:

  • Scientific Workup, Analysis & Treatment
  • Computer-Aided Diagnosis & Treatment Tools
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Naturopathic Manual Manipulation
  • Therapeutic Nutrition, including
    • Raw Food Therapy
    • Fasting Therapy
  • Weight Loss Therapy
  • Prescriptions
    • Nutraceuticals
    • Natural Supplements
    • even Pharmaceuticals
  • Naturopathic Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Addiction Therapy
  • Cancer Therapy, including
    • Gerson Therapy

As well as esoteric, unconventional approaches to health, such as:

  • Homeopathy
    • Constitutional
    • Combination
    • Drainage
    • Injectable
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Neuroemotional Technique (NET)
  • Neuromodulation Technique (NMT)
  • Neural Organizational Technique (NOT)
  • Autonomic Response Testing (ART)
  • Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Light & Laser Therapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Anti-Aging & CRAN Therapy
  • Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET)
  • Total Body Modification (TBM)
  • MORA Bioresonance Therapy
  • VEGA Electrodermal Therapy
  • SCIO Quantum Energy Therapy
  • Binaural Beats
  • Music Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Energy Medicine

Regardless of modality used, my focus is the same.

Your uniqueness & individuality.

Ensuring that you are fully, appropriately & safely treated.

Naturopathic Medicine & Homeopathy Testimonials

According to my most recent lab tests, my MD said my diabetes is so well controlled it's like I don't even have diabetes anymore! I definitely feel much better, and am able to eat all my favorite foods again without my blood sugar spiking like it did before your naturopathic and homeopathic treatment. Even my daughter is doing much better, gaining weight and hitting her development milestones, since I've finally been able to breastfeed her without pain. Thank you for everything!

V. Chu, Richmond, B.C.

I have had chronic neck pain for over twenty years which improved significantly as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

Similarly, my daughter has had lower back pain for many years, which had dramatic improvement as a result of Dr. Somody's treatment.

She had low back soreness often, especially at night or when she was resting.

That disappeared very quickly as a result of the first Bowen therapy session.

This shift seemed to stick, too - she hasn't needed any more treatment in almost a year, and now barely even mentions her back.

Her stomach pain - it seemed that she had a low-level of parasites that were really good at hiding from her immune system.

Something about the treatment - the mind-body connection, perhaps, or the homeopathics, Bowen [therapy] sessions, dietary counselling, or something else - all I know is that she doesn't even mention her stomach now, and hasn't since the first session.

It's more difficult to judge the effect of the treatment on her anaphylactic allergies, as we've been trying to avoid her biggest anaphylactic triggers.

However, whatever the reason, she hasn't any anaphylatic attacks in the year since she began Dr. Somody's treatment.

Her dyslexia's also dramatically improved to where it could be considered cured, or at least so small that it barely interferes with her life.

Dr. Somody has been both professional and respectful in his care of both my daughter and myself.

I have great regard for Dr. Somody, and for the health results he has achieved in attending to both myself and my daughter.

Catherine Matthews, West Vancouver, BC

My jaw had been frozen shut by a bony fusion, and nerve damage from many destructive surgeries.

I had such severe and destructive scar tissue in my mouth.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, neuro-emotional work, and especially the Bowen therapy helped to unlock my jaw and break up this scar tissue.

My nerve pain is also less intense than it's been in years, and is still getting better with every treatment.

Brent G, Burnaby (Whalley, North Surrey), BC

Dr. Andy's homeopathic remedy really helped to eliminate the lichen planus I had been dealing with. My sex drive and ability to have sex without pain have also gotten much better with the homeopathy and naturopathic counselling.

T.L., Langley, BC

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