Research shows that melatonin plays an important part in fighting breast cancer.
If you’re fighting Breast Cancer, you need to know that there is a link between a good outcome and melatonin. According to the American Cancer Society, research suggests that melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal glad, may play a key role in helping the body fight cancer.
In fact, many oncologists are now routinely prescribing melatonin supplements as an adjunct to chemotherapy. But research also suggests that melatonin that is made by the body naturally may be more effective.
Melatonin is produced in response to darkness. When we sleep, our body naturally produces this important hormone that regulates our rhythms of sleep and wakefulness. Before Thomas Edison came along and invented the light bulb, humans slept at night, in the dark, and rose with the sun to begin their day. Melatonin production was a natural response to this schedule. But the advent of artificial lighting has changed our culture and our bodies. We no longer follow our natural circadian rhythm. We can stay up all night with plenty of distractions, sleeping little and using stimulants like caffeine to keep us awake during the day.
And the problem didn’t stop there. With the recent introduction of CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) into almost every home, we have added an insidious melatonin depleting entity to our lives. CFLs suppress melatonin production. So if you’re fighting breast cancer, you need to be aware of the danger of using CFLs in your home.
CFLs and other electronic devices like tablets and TVs produce Blue Light, a type of UV light that is harmful to our natural circadian rhythm. A Harvard Study concluded that, “Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs may be especially so.”
So how do you eliminate harmful Blue Light and help your body produce melatonin and fight cancer more effectively?
First, try turning off any CFLs at least 2 hours before bedtime. Limit time on your iPad or Kindle, and sit as far away as possible from your TV. (Blue Light from TVs drops off after a few feet.)
Second, you should definitely rejplace CFLs with other types of lights that eliminate blue light, such as orange-colored bulbs, which do not produce Blue Light, or The Good Night Light by LSG.
Third, sleep without any lights on at all at night. Ditch the night light, close doors to shut off ambient light from other rooms and use black out curtains. Throw a blanket over any electronic devices in your room such as DVD players or computers to eliminate any “green glow”.
Breast cancer is tough enough to fight without having to worry about your CFLs working against you. If extra melatonin can make the difference between a good outcome or not, it seems like a no brainer to turn them off and get a good night’s rest, knowing that your body is working hard to fight off your disease.