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 found that the remedies prescribed by Dr. Somody had a huge impact on previous debilitating female health problems that I had struggled with for years.

I feel that I can live my life the way I want to without having to worry about menstrual pain or bladder issues.

Dr. Somody has a caring and sensitive nature when he deals with his patients.

He makes a patient feel empowered by validating her own insights with regards to health matters.

When Dr. Somody uses emotional healing methods, a patient feels as if a weight has been lifted almost instantly.

I recommend him to my friends and family very often.

J. Sall, Port Coquitlam, BC

The shoulder is a lot better! Before I couldn’t even lift things with it - now I’m back gardening and skating regularly. 

My cold actually went away very quickly with the treatment, too – I felt better almost immediately.

My sinuses don’t hurt like they used to, and I don’t get the headaches any more either. Where I injured my head with the concussion doesn’t hurt anymore, and I don’t think I’m as accident prone as I was before either.

I’ve even lost weight over the last few months. 

I originally had a tendency to run around and try to do way too many things at once, and then only do things half or three quarters of the way. The remedy has helped me learn to gather myself a bit, to get an overview of what’s going on, so that I feel more structured to plan my food and my work.

With my work, I’ve been able to work long hours and then relax after since we began the treament.

Also, when I am at home and with the kids, I am capable of talking to them and doing other things at the same time.

Finally, the anxiety, high blood pressure and palpitations are also much better. I don’t even pay attention to the numbers anymore. I know what I feel, and since your treatment, I feel much better with all of this!

S.A., Richmond, BC

I can see much better than I have in years thanks to Dr. Andy's homeopathic treatment.

Anna, Vancouver (Dunbar-Southlands), BC

My husband and I both had fertility difficulties for years before meeting Dr. Somody. The few times we managed to conceive, we'd lose the pregnancy. But then three weeks after Dr. Somody's homeopathic treatment, I became pregnant again, and we now have a beautiful baby boy!

G.A., Coquitlam, BC

A root canal I had done a long time ago was done improperly.

My cheek was swollen on one side from a painful abscess in my gum and tooth.

Andy's homeopathic remedy, neuroemotional clearings, and Bowen therapy helped this drain within hours.

I couldn't believe how much better it looked the next day!

I barely ever feel the pain anymore; and if I do, Andy's remedy seems to have made it go away everytime.

A.F., Maple Ridge, BC

Thank you so much for everything!

All my eye pain and headache is gone. The most I feel is just a little tingling now and then.

Otherwise everything else is going phenomenally well in life! It just couldn’t be any better.

I also got a new job. I sent out my resume, and it was the one type of job I wanted, and it was just a good fit.

I just had a look on job searching and I just let it happen.

I’m so happy right now!

I also got accepted to a new school and I’ve already started reading the textbooks.

I’m surprised how much I’m actually absorbing. I’ve never been good at that but now I’m actually absorbing it.

And I don’t seem to have so much a problem with nuts these days.

Since the last time I've seen you, I didn't notice my stomach at all. 

Even with other people in my life I’m just been letting them know how I feel about things, instead of letting that hold me back.

It’s just phenomenal.

I look forward to my appointments with you every month!

Jenny C., Vancouver, BC

Thank goodness for the bowen therapy!

I was worried I'd lose my leg because it was swollen and numb and sometimes painful to the touch.

All that changed after the bowen therapy.

The homeopathic remedy, and maybe the mental-emotional work, seemed to help too.

Actually, they must've helped, since I had a lot of other things get better too.

Like, I was concerned about my weight before, but I've lost 12 pounds in the past 4 months.

Even though that's not that much, I think I must've more muscle mass now, since people often comment on how much different I look.

Jen L., Burnaby (South Burnaby), BC

I had given up on the conventional medical doctors, and was going crazy trying to find something to cure this debilitating bladder pain.

I was pretty resistant to Dr. Andy's homeopathic treatment and all neuroemotional techniques - it's pretty strange.

But I do feel much better now, so I know that it did something good.

And not just with my cystitis ... my sleep and energy have improved too.

Diane W, Surrey (North Surrey / Bolivar Heights), BC

Penetrative sex had always been painful and almost impossible for me, and I had started to think I just wasn't meant to have a pleasurable sex life! The homeopathic remedy and naturopathic recommendations have allowed me to enjoy sex with my current partner for the first time ever, and we are both very happy!

Stephanie, 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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