You’ve likely heard me talk about melatonin before and how I’ve been wary of regular use. My talk with Dr. John has challenged my thoughts on this as he covers some really important nuances around the topic. John Lieurance is an author, naturopathic physician, lecturer, and scientific advisor. After dealing with chronic illness (from birth), he started digging deep into improving health at the cellular level.
His search brought him to melatonin, a core antioxidant that supports all of our body’s systems. Glutathione is often referred to as the master antioxidant, but melatonin may be more deserving of the title. Melatonin is in every mitochondria, which are responsible for powering our cells and especially for energy production. John goes into detail on why we need melatonin, the safety of supplementing high doses, and how to boost natural production.
We also cover methylene blue, which is something I’ve personally been able to experiment with. The original “magic bullet” of medicine. Methylene blue gets into the mitochondria and acts as a pro-oxidant and an antioxidant that allows the cells to make energy. John also gets into some of the cutting-edge therapies he uses in his Florida clinic to help with Lyme disease, mold exposure, autoimmune disease, and more.
I learned a lot in today’s episode and I’m sure you will too!
Episode Highlights With John
- How his own health struggles led to his research on some very specific topics
- His health problems that happened before he was even born
- Why he recommends high-dose melatonin at times
- Melatonin… a master antioxidant? And why he says melatonin is more important than glutathione
- How melatonin affects the mitochondria and is present in every cell in the body
- His take: Disease is where the body has a stressor and doesn’t have the resources to adapt
- What he says the research actually shows on melatonin and why he recommends really big doses
- Is there a concern about a negative feedback loop with melatonin where the body down-regulates natural production?
- Natural melatonin production: regulated by sunlight exposure
- The reason oral melatonin isn’t as effective and what he recommends instead
- Sunlight is 54% near-infrared and how light sources can be beneficial
- What methylene blue is and how to use it to your advantage: it’s antimicrobial and energizes mitochondria by working as a pro-oxidant and antioxidant
- Can methylene blue be helpful for improving mood?
- Methylene blue is photodynamic and what this means
- Why sun exposure is important and how melatonin seems to be protective against burning
- Another reason to avoid sunglasses and how they can lead to more skin damage
Resources We Mention
- Melatonin: Miracle Molecule by Dr John Andrew Lieurance ND, DC
- Advanced Rejuvenation Clinic
- It’s All In Your Head: Endonasal Cranial Therapy by Dr John A Lieurance
- Mitozen – Use code wellnessmama for a discount
- 621: The One About Morning Sunlight – Short Episode
- Boncharge Red Light Bulbs
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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