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

Before coming to see you, if I ate anything but raw food, I'd feel like my abdomen was so bloated, painful and swollen.

I would get tired and fuzzy in the head from eating almost anything!

Another naturopath diagnosed me with leaky gut, but the supplements she prescribed didn't really help that much.

Your homeopathic remedy and Bowen therapy made a huge difference though.

And I was happy to not have to take so many vitamins!

The mental-emotional technique also made me aware of the past events that had probably contributed to my health problems.

I also appreciated that you could tell me what foods were good for my body, and which foods I was allergic to.

Although, as you told me would happen, it seems these allergies have become less with time, I can now eat almost anything without having any gas, pain, confusion or tiredness.

Bernadette, Vancouver (West Point Grey), BC

Years ago, I slipped in my bathroom, fell and fractured my tailbone.

I think it got worse after childbirth too.

Then I injured my shoulder and got whiplash from a car accident, and hurt my hip running.

The combination of Andy's homeopathic remedy, neuroemotional releases, and Bowen therapy helped my whole body feel better.

Now I don't get pain any more when I walk, run, or drive.

And I don't seem to get so easily injured either.

Diane B, Richmond (Steveston), 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

Andy responded so compassionately to my nephew's diagnosis of this life threatening and shocking skin disease, and quickly found the remedy that miraculously turned the disease around.

You could actually see the lesions disappearing and within hours he was on the road to full recovery.

Thomas Schell, Nova Scotia / New Brunswick

Andy used homeopathy and bowen technique to treat the itching, burning pimples I used to have around my mouth.

My skin was already feeling better after the treatment, and my face cleared up after a couple of weeks.

I've had the occasional pimple since then, but the homeopathy treatment always seems to make my skin clear up really quickly.

Adam B, Surrey (White Rock / South Surrey), BC

I can sleep so much better with the homeopathic remedy!

Andy's neuroemotional therapy helped my headaches and blood pressure to decrease in intensity.

And the neck pain is gradually getting better with his Bowen technique.

Jenny W, Mission (Hatzic), BC

I used to have an constantly inflamed sore throat, as well as itchy, irritating skin problems.

These all got better after your homeopathic remedy and Bowen therapy.

It took a little longer for the vitiligo to respond, but it's no more than half as noticeable now than it was before.

Your neuroemotional technique and biofeedback seemed to particularly help it.

C.R., Sunshine Coast (Sechelt / Gibsons), BC

I'd had ingrown toenails and fingernails for my whole life, but they were getting worse, and it was getting to be a major problem.

They'd get infected, and I'd need to keep getting antibiotics to clear them up.

It was painful and was kind of disgusting and pissed me off.

Your homeopathic therapy and the bowen releases made my nails seem less fragile and breakable.

Over the next couple of weeks, I noticed that the infections hadn't happened so much and weren't so bad.

I appreciated that I didn't have to stop running or playing tennis.

When you asked me about my jaw after the 2nd or 3rd treatment, I realized that I hadn't been grinding or having any jaw pain for weeks.

D.S., Port Coquitlam, BC

The standard doctors just kept giving me more antibiotics that did nothing.

But after the homeopathy and Bowen therapy, my fever started to go down, and so did the cellulitis.

Then my skin boils and impetigo slowly began to improve over the next few weeks.

My back also feels better and stronger now than it had before the Bowen and neuroemotional releases.

Clint M., Victoria, BC

Physically, I wasn’t sick in the sense of major disease or sickness. But if I was to keep going the way I was. I would have been for sure soon!

Being troubled with stomach issues for sometime, and having emotion issues I wasn’t even aware of.  

Before I met Dr. Andy Somody, my journey first started at a walk in clinic, where I was put through some blood and stool test after a quick intake. 

My test came back and I was told I have a parasite. I was put on antibiotics and it completely wiped me out. It wasn’t a pleasant experiences at all! 

After all that, I still had painfully stomach issues. I guess it wasn’t the parasite. That upset me a lot to think I poisoned my body for no reason with drugs. I was then told that I had IBS.

After doing some research about IBS I thought it was time to get a second opinion. Why do western doctors just treat the “what” and not want to figure out the “why” so it wont happen again? The reason I went to the walk in clinic in the first place was because my family doctor was a drug pusher who really didn’t listen to me and made me stupid for not wanting to put drugs into my system. 

I chose then to see Dr. Andy Somody.

I called him up made an appointment for the next Saturday. 

I was very pleased that I didn’t need to take anymore time off work and that he was available on Saturday.

My first appointment reassured me that this was the right choice for me.

Andy listened to everything I said.

He asked me question, that I never I been asked before.

He provoked thoughts in me that I never even new existed in me.

My cure was a simple but profound one.

I was stressed out from work and I was going down the wrong path in life. The balance in my life was way off.

I am pleased to say that the pieces of my life are coming together and I’ve never been happier!

(which I never thought could happen, because I thought I was already happy.)

The pieces were always there in front of me - I just didn’t know what to do with them.

I owe Andy for helping me figuring it out, by opening my mind and spirit.

By listening and showing me love and compassion.

Andy has a true calling for naturopathic medicine.

Which has inspired me do what I love.

I am free of all pains and have learnt the ability to listen to my body for what needs it has at the time.

Thank you, Dr. Andy!

Jennie Robinson, Richmond, BC

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