I'm not sure if everyone here follows the Ning group I moderate, so thought I'd post this info :)
I've been in touch with a scientist who successfully treated one man last summer with low doses of melatonin! For more information and links to the PDFs that work go to: http://summersad.ning.com/forum/topics/new-treatment-protocol
I sent the following as a broadcast message today:
Dr. Lewy emailed me two PDFs from the public domain which include more detail about the research.
For those of us interested in getting treatment based on this experiment: we are not going to receive specific recommendations directly from him--due to liability he is unable to do this--so we'll need to work with what is published here and with our own doctors. Luckily, I'm consulting with my doctor and am willing to email everyone with the process I go through and how my treatment plan is going to be determined--I strongly encourage everyone interested in trying this out do so with the aid of a physician.
Additionally, Dr. Lewy is willing to consult with any of your doctors who may have questions!! You will need to have your doctor email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put them in touch with him.
To give you an idea of treatment (aka our "self-experiment") will involve:
The basics involve taking a very low dose melatonin pill. Dr. Lewy mentioned the brand used in the experiment was Sundown and is found on Amazon. He did not specifically say this is what he used, but it's what I found on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Sundown-MELATONIN-Sleep-Aid-300/dp/B000GG2I9O/ref=pd_bxgy_hpc_img_a
You might want to wait until you have heard back from me or determined a protocol with your doctor before actually ordering anything. I'm just giving you an example.
The most important step is that you'll need to determine the correct time of day to take your pill and TAKE IT RELIGIOUSLY. He said this is of the utmost importance. You will need to start several months BEFORE your depressive symptoms generally occur. If you read through the experiment he did, you'll notice the subject, located in Oregon, started about three months before summertime and that he took his pill at 4pm and then after mid-summer at 7pm.
Fine tuning when you take your pill will be very important, and it's something I'm going to discuss with my doctor before starting. I am currently monitoring my sleep patterns, and I'll email everyone more about this soon.
For anyone interested in partaking in this self-experimentation, it would be useful for me to receive some feedback as to if you felt the treatment worked for you or not. I'll have to think of some way to record this--ideas? I suppose I could also set up a separate forum for people to discuss this--and an anonymous poll at the end of the year for feedback perhaps.
I'll get back to everyone once I have more information about how I determine my own protocol, which may in turn help give your doctor some tips in advising you.
This is all very exciting and I look forward to seeing if this helps people!