By Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, et. al.
Robert Gorter, MD, PhD, is emeritus professor of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Melatonin is a substance found in animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria. In animals, it is a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness; however in other organisms, it may have different functions. Likewise, the synthesis of melatonin in animals and humans differs from that in other organisms.
Dr. Gorter summarizes:
- The pineal gland is controlling all other circadian rhythms in humans. Its melatonin production increases at sun set / at night, and decreases early in the morning / at sun rise. The pineal gland responds to photoreceptors in the eye but also to those photoreceptors in the skin;
- Melatonin is a very strong antioxidant;
- Melatonin is a strong immunomodulator and enhances especially the immune functions of the cellular immune system (Th1 response): thus a very important characteristic in patients living with e. cancer and chronic viral infections. Several clinical trials now report on the increased improved outcome and prolonged survival of cancer patients when melatonin is added;
- Melatonin has significant anti-aging activities and combined with Viscum album, early degenerative tissue damage of chronic disease and aging can be completely reversed or, significantly improved;
- Melatonin can effectively exhibit DNA repair: especially in combination with Viscum album;
- Melatonin initiates the onset of puberty and orchestrates gender maturation. Body hair and hair on the scalp now darken as part of these pineal gland effects. The Ego now incarnates deeper into the rhythmic- and metabolic systems;
- Melatonin has strong anabolic effects and is an ideal supplement for those involved in (extreme) sports where muscle strength, endurance and condition play an important role.
NB: Blue light from television, PC and laptop screens are of the sources of the worst blue lights one can be exposed to and by leaving a television set or laptop screen on during the night will suppress melatonin production significantly.
To read more, please visit: http://www.gorter-model.org/melatonin-health-and-repair-mechanisms/