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How sleep and hormones affect cancer risk

4/21/2014 - Sleep is vital to one's health and well being. It has been implicated that loss of sleep can directly affect the immune system and increase the risk of various cancers. The immune and hormonal systems communication seems to be a key factor in preventing cancer cells from dividing beyond the immune system's...

Melatonin could help prevent growth of breast cancer tumors

2/25/2014 - New research from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit suggests that breast cancer rates may be increasing due to lack of melatonin production in today's sleep deprived, light stimulated generation. Melatonin, produced in the brain's pineal gland, is a hormone that plays a harmonic role in the body, modulating...

Melatonin could inhibit breast cancer growth: study

2/6/2014 - A recent study carried out by researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Foundation for Research Support of the State of Sao Paulo has revealed that melatonin, a hormone which regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle, could help slow the growth of certain types of breast cancer tumors. Published...

Melatonin can help lower your risk of prostate cancer

1/23/2014 - Recent research has pointed to a link between prostate cancer and the sleep hormone melatonin. The study, which included 928 Icelandic men, indicated that individuals who have a higher level of melatonin are less likely to develop prostate cancer. The research was presented at the American Association...

Five things you need to do to sleep like a baby

8/27/2013 - We all crave that special place where we could sleep through almost anything and wake up feeling happy and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, those days for some of us are long gone and we haven't had a good night's rest for what seems like forever. Incorporate these five things and you may very well see that...

Melatonin treats migraine headaches

4/1/2013 - A recent study showed that melatonin is an effective treatment for migraine headaches. The study Study participants had a history of 2 to 8 migraines per month. They were divided into three groups, those taking 3 mg of melatonin, 25 mg of amityptyline (an antidepressant drug commonly used to prevent...

Amazing antioxidant and disease fighting properties of melatonin

2/4/2013 - This article contains information provided by Randy Ice, PT, CCS and David Mitzner, DO. Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound found in mammals, plants and microbes that in animals fluctuates on a daily cycle. In mammals melatonin is secreted into the blood stream by the pineal gland in the...

Melatonin and moderate exercise team together to help prevent Alzheimer's disease

10/4/2012 - Alzheimer's dementia is a devastating disease characterized by loss of normal thought parameters and memory that will strike one in ten over the age of 65 and nearly half by the time they reach 85. These scary statistics mean that virtually everyone will be touched in some way by this insidious illness...

Melatonin may prevent Alzheimer's disease - sleep your way to brain health

1/16/2012 2:09:45 PM - Ongoing research is being performed to investigate the cause of Alzheimer's disease. A form of dementia, Alzheimer's robs its victims slowly of their cognitive powers, intelligence, memories and eventually, their lives. Scientists don't know for sure how Alzheimer's develops; however, emerging evidence...

Melatonin plays an important role in healthy digestive and immune function

9/12/2011 - Melatonin is known as the regulator of the sleep wake cycle in the body. It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and monitors sleep cycles while playing an important role in healing and anti-oxidant protection. New indicators are showing that it may play an even more important regulatory role...

How and why melatonin is an effective cancer treatment

9/7/2011 - Numerous studies have established melatonin as one of the most effective anti-cancer treatments in existence. It inhibits cancer cell growth and proliferation; it destroys cancer cells, stops angiogenesis (new tumor blood vessel growth), and prevents harmful forms of estrogen from stimulating cancer...

Melatonin is the super sleep hormone

8/3/2011 - Healthy sleep cycles are one of the greatest practices to maximize health and optimize daily performance. Melatonin is a super hormone that is produced in the body and helps initiate the sleep cycle. This hormone is also known to enhance healing and regenerative processes within the body. Maximize melatonin...

Melatonin effectively controls weight gain, obesity and associated heart disease

5/5/2011 - Melatonin is a powerful natural hormone that is well known for its association with circadian rhythms that promote a healthful sleep cycle. Researchers from the University of Granada reporting in the Journal of Pineal Research have found that melatonin helps to control unnatural weight gain without...

Melatonin is a powerful agent in the fight against cancer, dementia and premature aging

2/1/2011 - Free radical production plays a pivotal role in the development of systemic inflammation that fuels the aging process. Free radicals are formed as a result of essential metabolic processes such as breathing, walking and eating. Over the course of decades, these molecules damage sensitive cellular structures...

Doctors could Save More Sick Babies by Giving Melatonin

10/12/2010 - Most of us think of melatonin supplements as simply a sleep aid, but what is not talked about much is the fact that melatonin is actually a quite powerful antioxidant. It is SO powerful and so safe that several studies have been done giving melatonin to extremely ill newborn babies, arguably the most...

Meditation may be the Future of Anti-Aging, Part II

2/14/2010 - Scientific experts now believe we have in-built mechanisms that can fight and reverse the aging process. Innovative research into the reversal of aging is well underway and, while scientists debate the many different theories, research has revealed that meditation dramatically affects the production...

SAD: A Daily Dose of Yoga could Help

7/20/2009 - Seasonal changes affect your mood. This is a simple fact. What goes on in our brains to create this seasonal change of mood and how it can be treated is a matter of science. Yoga can offer palliative therapy for this little understood but well-known affliction. Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise...

Study Finds Melatonin Reduces Delirium after Operations in Children

7/18/2009 - Having an operation under general anesthesia is a scary and worrisome prospect for a child and his or her parents, too. But even a successful surgery can end with another, terrifying problem. Called emergence delirium, it is marked by acute behavioral changes experienced when a child wakes up from anesthesia....

A Good Night Sleep may be the Best Protection against a Pandemic

5/4/2009 - Going to bed may be one of the best ways of protecting yourself from viruses and other diseases. Although the traditional recommendation for sleep is 8 hours a night, the average American sleeps only about 6 1/2 hours. The highly motivated have figured out ways to get by on 4 hours of sleep, and they...

Artificial Night Lights Increase Cancer Risk

3/4/2009 - As you are sitting in a plane which is taking off or touching down late at night, or simply looking down at the world from a skyscraper, city lights are quite a sight to behold. You could almost say it's a modern day paradise. But little do you know that these lights could well be damaging your health...

Hormones Part II: Four Minor Hormones have Major Consequences in the Body

1/30/2009 - When hormones are in optimal amounts and balanced, the body is ready to play the music of life. Like an orchestra when some of the players have taken the day off, the body can't make beautiful music without all of its hormones being present and working together. Achieving hormonal balance takes some...

Four Minor Hormones have Major Consequences in the Body

1/7/2009 - When hormones are in optimal amounts and balanced, the body is ready to play the music of life. Like an orchestra when some of the players have taken the day off, the body can't make beautiful music without all of its hormones being present and working together. Achieving hormonal balance takes some...

Cherries Found to Be a Natural Sleep Aid

1/1/2009 - There is a tart cherry called Montmorency that contains a significant level of melatonin and hence is helpful as a natural sleep aid. The University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio recently discovered these properties in the tart cherry. Melatonin was discovered in 1958 by a dermatologist...

Melatonin: A Hormone That Protects Against Breast Cancer and Aging

4/10/2008 - Melatonin is nature's sleeping pill. It is secreted by the light sensitive pineal gland which regulates our biological clock and synchronizes our hormonal-immune network. Our level of melatonin rises with darkness and falls with light. According to Dr. Uzzi Reiss, in his book Natural Hormone Balance,...

Antioxidants Important for Optimizing Health and Preventing Parkinson's

2/7/2008 - Research scientists at the Buck Institute have discovered that mice with less of the natural antioxidant glutathione, particularly in their dopamine-producing neurons, become crippled by nerve damage. In fact, the mice developed symptoms that match up very well with Parkinson's disease in human beings....

The Wonders Of Our Biological Rhythms

11/8/2007 - Although it may not be apparent to a layperson, the human body is largely run by “biological rhythms.” All organs, systems and cells are controlled by exact, cyclic patterns of rest and activity, which we can aptly call the “universal laws of life.” The following are a few examples...

Melatonin found to slow neurodegenerative aging effects

10/22/2007 - The naturally produced chemical melatonin may slow the effects of aging, according to an animal study conducted by Spanish scientists associated with the Spanish Aging Research Network (RNIE). Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the human body, particularly during darkness, and its production...

Melatonin Associated with Alleviating Tinnitus Symptoms, Better Sleep (press release)

8/22/2006 - Approximately 15 million Americans have a severe form of tinnitus, the perceived sensation of a ringing, roaring, or humming sound without actual acoustic stimulation. Although several theories have been proposed to explain the mechanism of tinnitus, the exact cause for this condition remains unknown;...

Special Eyeglasses Help Increase Fertility (press release)

7/27/2006 - Melatonin is a master control hormone that sends information to the whole body about the time of the day and also the time of year. In dim light or in darkness the melatonin flows for about nine hours during the night reaching a maximum concentration in the blood about 3 A.M. Exposing the eyes to light...

Sleep therapist Dr. Rubin Naiman explains the true causes of sleep disorders, caffeine cravings and sleep hormone imbalances

1/16/2006 - Seventy-six percent of Americans are lacking something right now. No, it's not the latest fad fashion, electronic device or even money in the bank. It's sleep. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb so that people could work at night, and there are now 25 million night shift workers in U.S.-occupied...

Mental health, Seasonal Affective Disorder, osteoporosis greatly improved by exposure to natural sunlight, vitamin D supplements

1/1/2005 - The following is part five of an eight-part interview with Dr. Michael Holick, author of "The UV advantage" and one of the world's most respected authorities on vitamin D and the health benefits of natural sunlight. His work can be found at www.UVadvantage.com. Be sure to print out the vitamin D myths,...

I have sleeping problems, are there any herbs or foods that help with insomnia?

10/19/2004 - A reader asks, "Are there any foods, vitamins, herbs, etc, that can help with insomnia? I've had sleeping problems for years, and I would really appreciate any kind of useful information." With insomnia, it all basically boils down to endocrine system imbalances. Sleep is a physiological function...

Treating insomnia / sleep disorders with herbs and nutrition

10/19/2004 - ... continuing from part 1 ... A reader asks, "Are there any foods, vitamins, herbs, etc, that can help with insomnia? I've had sleeping problems for years, and I would really appreciate any kind of useful information." In part one of this Q&A, we talked about how lack of exposure to natural sunlight...

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