I’m providing this link only for the sake of credibility. I have no intention of driving more traffic to this guy’s site:
In brief: Melatonin was shown to be effective in multiple studies, very effective, but at the dose of 300mcg, which is much, much lower than the doses you see in drugstores. Overdosing on Melatonin will likely not harm you, but too much will be overkill and at that point, the hormone loses its effectiveness.
MIT tried to patent the stuff but the FDA said no. The blogger (or commenter) states that the FDA had bigger fish to fry. However, maybe the reasoning was that the choice should be up to the people taking the stuff!
Had the FDA granted the patent, what would this mean? This would mean our access to Melatonin would be limited. To get Melatonin you’d have to see a doctor, and that means going back to that office just to get your fix.
Agreeably, Melatonin is a hormone. It’s not a vitamin. There are other hormone products you can buy at a health food store as well. Many hormones can be found in nature, outside of the body, and can be harvested and used as supplements. (I have heard that Melatonin is an animal product and not Kosher, but I haven’t actually looked on a bottle. Have you?)
The blogger himself states that Melatonin at any dose never did anything to him. If you read the original post he states he didn’t have trouble sleeping anyway. Would you take a sleeping pill if you slept fine to begin with? Would you take psych drugs….under any circumstances?
Health freedom, if it were to exist in our society, would mean you could say no to unnecessary drugs and supplements you see no need for. (A drug for shyness? Really? Why fix what ain’t broken!)
Either way, do you really want a doctor to control what you do and do not put into your body? Or do you want to have that control yourself? Do you want free choice, or do you want your body controlled by doctors, hospitals, and insurance decisions?
What if the FDA made all dietary supplements prescribed only? Think of all the people who voluntarily choose to use supplements? Most can be obtained cheaply if you shop around, depending on how savvy you are and where you are located.
Making supplements available by prescription only would bring in big business to the MD, no? Imagine that. They wouldn’t “recommend” and then, allow the patient to choose. They’d prescribe. You’d have to go to the doctor for refills on your B complex or whatever.
Goodbye, choice. Goodbye freedom to experiment and discover for yourself. Goodbye decision-making rights and autonomy. The doctor owns you now.
What do you think? Do you think certain supplements should be regulated? Or do you think drugs should be unregulated? Let me know.