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Melatonin Paperback – 1 Jul 1996

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  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Bantam Mass Market Ed edition (1 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574845
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the exact center of your brain resides a tiny organ called the pineal (pronounced "pie-NEEL") gland, which is about the size and shape of a kernel of corn. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Park on 16 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This book set me on the course of managing, more effectively, my health, and should be read by all beyond the age of 50 or who are otherwise suffering from ill-health. There's lots to be gained healthwise from reading it, but, be aware, you may become more knowledgeable on this particular topic than your GP!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J 30 on 3 Aug 2013
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So much information about melatonin; various studies and honest opinions. The writer has humour which makes the book more enjoyable to read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Excellent scientific explanations 25 May 2005
By Net Information - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not an "easy" read, but lots of substance and scientific support for all the information. Dr. Reiter is a lead researcher at University of Texas San Antonio and has impeccable credentials for writing on this subject. Valuable information on a valuable topic. Even if you don't read every page, you'll probably find parts related to whatever aspect is of particular interest to you well worth reading. Excellent reference material.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, but an second edition would be desirable 4 Dec 2009
By Irfan A. Alvi - Published on Amazon.com
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The author, Russel Reiter, PhD, was a pioneer in melatonin research in the 1960s and is still one of the leaders in this field. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the findings from melatonin research up to 1995 and reveals the many potential benefits and uses of melatonin (it seems to be a must for adult cancer patients). Reiter's writing is understandable by the general reader, yet he still maintains scientific depth and precision. This balance is an impressive achievement and, as a fringe benefit, it provides the reader with a good feel for how biomedical research is actually done, what conclusions reasonably can and can't be drawn, etc.

The only downside is that melatonin research has continued since 1995, so Reiter's book may be somewhat out of date, though I haven't yet made a comparison between this book and more recent literature to judge that. The only other recent and reasonably comprehensive book on melatonin I've found is Melatonin: From Molecules to Therapy (2007), but this book is quite large, expensive, and technical, and therefore probably not suitable for most readers.

So, for most readers, I do recommend Reiter's book, but with the caveat that readers interested in particular uses of melatonin should ideally also review relevant and recent papers and consult with their physicians. Also, the abridged audio version of this book is narrated very well, so I recommend it as a good preview and/or review of the print book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A quick read 14 Jan 2008
By W. Carriere - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I met the author and wanted a refresher on what I heard him say. His book is right to the point with lots of references if you want to further research in detail. He has written this book in easy layman's terms with practical applications backed by the references in the back of the book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
blue horse 17 Dec 2007
By Blue Horse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I did find the book very helpful in understanding the various aspects of melatonin. Its action in he body and how it can be applied for better sleep.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A useful book, provides a good overview and practical advice 26 Nov 2012
By Nils - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a few years ago and have read it several times. It presents a good overview about supplementing with melatonin, the state of the research, what's known and what isn't, and contains practical helpful information, without getting into the hype and exaggerated claims so common in books of this sort.

The part I found most helpful, and useful on a personal level, was a section about things people can do to naturally increase the pineal gland's production of melatonin (other than simply taking it). Taking the nutritional supplements on his list, and following Russell's other recommendations, has helped me to sleep better without needing to take melatonin as a supplemental hormone (which I'd be cautious about doing for an extended period, as, taking a hormone regularly can sometimes throw off the body's natural production of it).
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