Did you know that the cost of treating cancer has more than doubled in the last two decades? In 1987, the U.S. spent $24.7 billion on cancer treatments. Compare that to $48.1 billion per year in 2005. And the price has gone up even more since then. The main cost, of course, is drugs. But more and more people are getting the disease, so that’s driving up the cost too. Wouldn’t it be great if all these people could treat this disease for just pennies a day?
Well, it might be possible. More and more research is showing that the inexpensive hormone melatonin is extremely effective at treating cancer. According to these studies, melatonin’s cancer-fighting ability comes from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Armed with these abilities, it not only inhibits the growth of cancer cells, but can actually kill many different types of tumor cells.
One such study looked at melatonin’s ability to treat brain cancer. The researchers combined melatonin with radiation for half of the participants. They gave the other half of the group radiation alone. After one year, all of the patients who used only radiation had died. But among those who took melatonin with the radiation, 23% were still alive.
In a similar study in Italy, researchers looked at melatonin’s ability to treat lung cancer all by itself. The researchers in this study followed patients who did not respond to chemotherapy treatment. They gave half of the patients melatonin and the other half a placebo. One year later, none of those taking the placebo were still alive. But 26% of those taking melatonin were still alive.
Both of these studies suggest that melatonin raises your chances of surviving with cancer for one year by nearly 25%. Considering a high-dose melatonin treatment costs about $15 per month, there’s little reason not to take the hormone if you have cancer.
You can buy melatonin at any health food store, grocery store, drugstore, or online. Most studies use 10-40 mg daily to treat cancer. It’s important you work with an integrative physician to know just how much you need to take to treat cancer.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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