(NaturalHealth365) Melatonin has been touted as a great supplement for those that may have insomnia or need help going to sleep. However, recent studies have shown that it has many benefits:
*Protects the nerve system and acts as a tumor suppressant
*Boosts the immune system and prevents migraine headaches
*Acts as a powerful antioxidant
Melatonin is secreted by a little gland deep in the brain, (the Pineal Gland), and in the gastro-intestinal system. Higher concentrations of melatonin are secreted at night and when there is total darkness.
Unfortunately, the exposure of EMF’s from cell phones and other wireless and electronic devices tends to suppress the production of melatonin from the Pineal Gland. How does the suppression of melatonin production impact the body?
Melatonin acts like a tumor suppressor
Chemotherapy agents are an extreme example of cytotoxins. In laboratory studies, melatonin has been shown to slow down the growth and spread of cancer cells. In fact, it actually causes cancer cells to die off, a process called cell apoptosis.
Here are a few ways that melatonin may prove to be a powerful ally for you in protecting your health:
1. Melatonin puts Breast Cancer cells to sleep.
In 2003, David E. Blask, MD, PhD, of Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, N.Y., reported his findings, about melatonin, at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
He found that melatonin put breast cancer cells to sleep and slowed breast cancer growth by 70%!
According to Dr. Blask, “Nighttime melatonin is a relevant anticancer signal to human Breast Cancers. Ninety percent of human breast cancers have specific receptors for this signal.”
Blask’s team exposed lab mice with human Breast Cancers to constant light and the breast tumor growth dramatically increased.
2. Melatonin protects us from Estrogen overdose.
There is a new buzz word in the environment called “Xeno-estrogens”. Although this sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, it is a clear and present danger.
Xeno-estrogens are chemicals that actually mimic estrogen in the body.
Examples of Xeno-estrogens are insecticides, pesticides, food preservatives such as BHA, hormones injected into meats and dairy cows, plastics, parabens in skin care products, 4 MBC in sunscreens, and the list goes on…
What are the consequences of this estrogen overload? Persistently high levels of estrogen have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
This is where melatonin comes to the rescue.
Melatonin counteracts the estrogen effect of stimulating Breast Cancer cell growth and tumor invasion.
Melatonin decreases the levels of estrogen circulating in the body and reaching the breast.
Melatonin destroys free radicals that cause DNA damage.
Melatonin increases the effect of the immune system’s killer lymphocytes.
The threat to melatonin is in the air
Since melatonin is such a mighty hormone, you want to ensure its full production and protect it from any possible disruptions. Established research has demonstrated that EMF’s from electronic appliances and cell phones inhibit the production of Melatonin.
In 1993, a study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, found that melatonin reduced the growth rate of human Breast Cancer cells. However, they also discovered that a mere12mG 60 Hz magnetic field can block the ability of melatonin to inhibit Breast Cancer cell growth.
Computers, electric clocks, halogen lamps, televisions, blow dryers and most home appliances have much higher levels than 12mG 60 Hz cycle. In 2001, Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies concluded that breast cancer cells treated with melatonin continued to grow when exposed to EMF’s.
Take a moment to think about your environment in your bedroom.
1. Is your night stand a holding station for multiple electric appliances such as an alarm clock, radio clock, cordless phone, cell phone, lap top, etc?
2. Do you sleep with your cell phone by your pillow?
3. Do you have a television with a cable box?
4. Do you have an electric blanket on your bed?
Since melatonin production peaks in the darkness, do whatever it takes to keep the melatonin flowing. Clear out the electronic gadgets from your bedroom and enjoy some restful sleep, knowing that melatonin is hard at work for you.
About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as “Dr. V” maintained a successful practice – specializing in Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy, Digital Thermography and Chiropractic. After personally overcoming Breast Cancer without the use of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery – Dr. V currently helps to empower women about healing and preventing breast cancer….naturally. For more information about Dr. V’s personal Cancer Coaching – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com