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Lots of information, needs updating though!,
This review is from: Melatonin: Nature's Sleeping Pill (Mass Market Paperback)
Too bad that there aren't recent books on melatonin because I am sure that research has advanced quite a bit since 1999. Also a pity that melatonin doesn't seem to be sold over the counter in Europe. Here in France you can maybe get it from your doctor but only in case he thinks that you need it or that he believes in it! I feel that this book introduces a lot of possibilities but then the author keeps pointing out that more research is needed so I finished the book without really knowing what to think about melatonin. Is it really a solution for many problems, isn't it? Does it have side effects, doesn't it? No idea!
I found it interesting that the author seems to find vivid dreams so important... I say this because normally speaking I dream quite a lot and I find it tiring. It is as if I spend my nights living a second life, one where I have no say in the matter! I would prefer not to dream but I can't stop my dreams.
Interesting that Melatonin was first researched in Switzerland, next door to us but one can't buy it over the counter there either! Also interesting to see that the author still speaks quite a bit about low fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese.... I think that nowadays we have greatly lost the fear of fats, or are in the process of losing it! We also know that blood cholesterol is not affected by what we eat. Anyway, old people need the cholesterol because if it is too low in the brain they have more chances of suffering from dementia.
Much of the research was done on animals and people using melatonin seem have to find out for themselves what works and what doesn't, how much to take, when.... I think that we need a book with more certainties and if it is indeed as good as this book makes us believe and harmless too, then it should maybe be sold over the counter! Anyway.... As it is not easy to get any here I don't think that I will be trying it soon although it could maybe help with my insomnia. And I have recently heard that mixing melatonin with coconut oil might help against basil cell carcinoma!