A friend of mine recently wrote me the following letter asking for more information on melatonin. I dedicate this article to her: M.H. wrote: "My husband had trouble sleeping the last few months of his life, and the doc prescribed 1mg of melatonin . He didn't want to put Jim on any more drugs. He was already taking insulin for diabetes , and something for blood pressure, and others I've forgotten for now. After taking the melatonin he was asleep and comfortable for the night. After he died I was having trouble sleeping (something I'd never experienced before). I decided to try the melatonin I had left. It worked very well, and now I take it only once in a while when I can't sleep." MELATONIN Melatonin - the wonder drug of the decade. Or is it? In the first place, melatonin isn't a drug. It's a hormone produced by a pea-sized gland nestled between the two hemispheres of the brain. This gland is called the pineal gland. The scientifi...
Recently I returned home after travelling for three months in Southeast Asia. As is common with International travel, I had a fairly difficult time trying to readjust my sleep patterns to the time change. However, melatonin supplements were very helpful for me and contributed to the inspiration to do a bit more research on this essential hormone. What I found was that melatonin is not only critical for falling asleep, it also plays a key role in digestive health and is a powerful antioxidant for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, high cholesterol, obesity and fertility issues.
You body produces melatonin in the pineal gland, located near the middle of the brain. Melatonin levels begin to rise around 9pm, inducing the desire to sleep, and stay elevated until about 9am.  Whether your body produces melatonin is completely dependent on light. Even having a TV or computer on in the bedroom will decrease melatonin production and affect the circadian ...
Treatment for breast cancer is a long-term commitment. Initial treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can require trips to the hospital or doctor’s office for several months. You also may need to take medications for up to 5 or even 10 additional years to lower the risk that the cancer will come back.
You’ll get the best results from treatment when you follow your plan completely and on schedule. Doctors often call this "full compliance" or "full adherence." Staying on track can be challenging, though, especially after the first few months.
There are many different reasons why people may not follow their treatment plan as well as they should. Remember that these are common problems: If you're having them, you're not alone! But the more you stay on track, the more the treatment is likely to benefit you.
In this section, you can read more about these common problems and how to overcome them:
Forgetting to Take Medication
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