One ... just when we find something to help our kids or ourselves, an expert comes along and tells us how terrible and risky it is to ingest. Dr. Oz's guest today (a clinical psychologist and sleep expert) let the audience, full of women who regularly take Melatonin, believe that what they were doing was DANGEROUS! And the actual dosage of Melatonin is .5 - 1 mg. I would suggest that 1 cup of orange juice before bed would have the same affect on your ability to fall and stay asleep. The audience reacted on cue with gasps and mouths hanging open far enough to catch a gaggle of flies. Realizing they were living life on the edge they all agreed that this is a travesty. Disgusting.
Lets discuss things we ingest and our kids ingest that truly are disgusting. Shall I go down the list of foods that are dangerous and make our kids act crazy? How bout you spend a little time on THAT one? Red dye, Yellow dye, all dyes made from patrolium. Last I checked patrolium was not something already produced by our bodies yet there is no show demonizing Trix cereal. (which also has BHT and DHT - preservatives found in nearly everything processed. They are used for "freshness") Every pediatrition I have asked has given us permission to use Melatonin. And never given any warnings or been the least bit reluctant for us to use it. When you have a child on the Spectrum that often cannot get to sleep before 1AM, you will happily give them Melatonin.
Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Melatonin.
Feel free to do your own checking. Ask your Dr. The one who isn't trying to get viewers to tune in.
At the tail end of the "50 ways Melatonin sucks" segment the guest Dr. (Phd sleep expert) admitted he was unaware of anything bad that could happen to you if you take Melatonin. It was hard to hear that part as the audience was still gasping, taking their pulse and looking around at other audience members wondering who was going to drop first.
2. Why do we, women let Dr's or any other "expert" on TV, in person or in print make us feel like we are "less than" for using or doing what we can to help ourselves and our kids. They try to get us so confused we don't know whether to scratch our watch or wind our butts! (Don't tell my Mom I said, butt. Thanks.)