The Benefits of Melatonin for Cancer Patients

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Following my naturopathic doctor’s recommendations, melatonin is part of my daily supplement regimen.  In an article on Natural News. com,  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 cell growth. Despite its success in clinical trials and in doctors’ experiences with their patients, it has not been widely prescribed in conventional medicine, though its effects have proven to be superior to those of many chemotherapeutic drugs.

Melatonin functions to destroy cancer multiple ways. First, because it is toxic to cancer cells, it induces apoptosis, or cancer cell auto-destruction, as well as directly kills cancer cells. It also slows tumor growth through a variety of mechanisms, such as by inhibiting epidermal growth factor receptors on cancer cells. Epidermal growth factors play an important role in cancer cell growth and proliferation, so blocking their receptors on cancer cells prevents them from carrying out these roles.
Melatonin also stimulates the immune system and increases the cancer-killing activity of macrophages, monocytes, natural killer cells, T-helper cells and eosinophils, all of which are involved in cancer cell destruction.

Keep in mind…..Despite these favorable statistics, melatonin is seldom recommended to patients in conventional medicine because the laws which govern the practice of medicine are drastically influenced by pharmaceutical interests, which prevent doctors from recommending it to their patients in lieu of expensive, damaging chemotherapy drugs. It is, however, an effective natural treatment that not only helps to prevent cancer, but which also plays an integral role in healing the body from it.

We must be our own advocates when it comes to our long-term health.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician prior to taking any new drug or supplement.

Courtesy of www.NaturalNews.com  written by Connie Strasheim.

To read the complete article go to : http://www.naturalnews.com/033511_melatonin_cancer.html#ixzz24aKVuj1M
http://www.alternative-cancer-care.com/Melatonin_Cancer.html

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