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

I had lots of problems all over my body when I first was referred to you.

I peed myself when I laughed or jumped up and down, and felt like I constantly had to go to the bathroom, but nothing would come out.

My heart also felt like it was jumping out of my chest sometimes.

Homeopathy never had worked for me in the past, but your remedy really did the trick.

And the neuroemotional work helped me to recognize and let go of a bunch of old traumas I had been holding on to.

The exercises you gave me for the pelvic floor strengthening also seemed to help me get control of my bladder.

Lisa A., Langley (Aldergrove), BC

My daughter was horribly itchy before your homeopathic and neural-emotional treatments.

Anyway, now she's doing great.

The rashs on her thighs, genitals, and around her mouth are gone.

It doesn't seem to hurt her to pee now.

She also doesn't as irritable, even though she recently started teething.

O.W., Pitt Meadows, 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

Hannah is doing REALLY well - straighter then I have seen her in a while - NO spasms - and even her arm is better!!

She has been using ONLY homeopathy and Bowen to battle a crippling disease, Torsion Dystonia.

Her response has been baffling to neurologists and traditional doctors who are amazed and astounded at her ability to walk, run and carry on normally in life.

Andy's assessment and ability to relate to my teenage daughter were wonderful and her reaction to the remedies and treatment has been so positive.

Hannah Schell, Ottawa, Ontario

My only reason for trying Dr. Andy's treatment was to help me quit smoking.

If that had been all that he did, I would have already been satisfied.

Needless to say, I was pretty blown away when the homeopathic remedy and neuroemotional releases not only helped me quit smoking (going on 1 year now) but also made my stools better (less painful, blood and frequent).

The Bowen therapy also seemed to make made me less depressed in winter, and helped straighten the curvature in my spine.

I also get hardly any pain during my flow now, and the flow isn't as crazy heavy as it was.

A.P., Victoria (Saanich), BC

Thanks Andy!

I'm more energized and alive than I was even before the beginning of the Addisons.

Aside from the minor, pretty-much negligible flare-up now and again, my eyes, hands and joints aren't inflammed and swollen anymore either.

I don't know how, since I didn't even tell you about it , but I can't remember when I last noticed the warts on the bottom of my feet.

They've become that much less painful and inflammed.

Carlos D., Las Vegas, Nevada

Before your homeopathic remedy, neuroemotional releases, and Bowen technique, my heart, eyes, legs and emotions were all twitchy and anxious.

Now I'm calmer and healthier physically and emotionally.

Not to mention that I understand the real reason that I was getting all of these twitchy nervous symptoms in the first place.

Some things that I barely even mentioned in our first session, like the pain in my big toe and the numbness and pain on the bottom of my foot, have improved since your naturopathic treatment.

Adam S., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I have been so fortunate to be one of Dr. Somody's patients and have to say that he is one of the most competent people I know.

I had painful stiffness, swelling, and arthritic pain in my hand joints.

And then it changed, and went to my tendons.

I would get throbbing pain in my fingers at night, I couldn't bend my fingers or work properly.

I also would get these little knobs or growths on the joints.

The joints would get really inflammed and red.

Some doctors once told me it was gout or a type of arthritis related to psoriasis.

I also had psoriasis that caused painful cracking and flaking skin on my hands.

Dr. Somody's homeopathic remedy and other naturopathic approaches made all these much better.

For instance after the first few days I could already notice the joints were less swollen and painful.

After a couple of months the joints, skin and tendons were at least 50% better.

They just kept getting better over the next few months and other than a rare flare-up I don't have these things any more.

I haven't had to see Dr. Somody or any other doctor again in years and I consider myself cured.

If it wasn't for him I would probably still be suffering from these problems or even unable to work.

 

Alex, North Vancouver, BC

 

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I had a constrictive sensation in throat – like someone was pushing on it with a nail – and stabbing pain where the jaw meets the ear.

The left side of my head went numb and I had a really really loud & tinny sound in my ear.

Then I started having bursts of vertigo. Andy's homeopathic and naturopathic treatments, and all the neuro-emotional work we did, made my throat pain,  much less, and after a couple of months, they went away totally.

A.P., Richmond, BC

I feel blessed to work with such a gifted doctor, whose treatments have been effective in supporting my optimal health.

In my opinion, Dr. Somody's integrity, character and professionalism are beyond reproach and I recommend him wholeheartedly to others.

I first saw Dr. Somody several years ago for physical medical health issues, including frozen shoulder, hip bursa inflammation, stiffness, and pain, TMJ, back pain, and warts.

All of those complaints were cured largely or entirely thanks to Dr. Somody's treatment.

Everything else that has come up since that time - cough, pneumonia, allergies, sinusitis, not to mention emotional concerns - Dr. Somody has treated and healed, naturally and successfully.

Through the treatments, he identified and cured the causes behind each of these issues, allowing them to be healed deeply with his bowen therapy, homeopathic remedies, neuroemotional technique, and other techniques.

I hold Dr. Somody in the highest regard, and had to put in my opinion about his genius and compassion for the human condition.

Anyone who is half conscious could realize in seconds what a remarkable doctor he is.

 

Judith Leroux, North Vancouver (Edgemont Village), BC

 

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