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nightsurfer on 2009-12-29"In recent years, melatonin has been heralded as everything from snake-oil to miracle cure-all. As is often the case, the truth seems to lie somewhere in between. But make no mistake about it, melatonin is not a vitamin or supplement; despite it's over-the-counter accessibility, it is a hormone in the same category as estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormone. Hormones, as a whole, are some of the most powerful regulatory chemicals functioning within the body. Therefore, hormone-containing supplements and medications should always be used judiciously, never indiscriminately or haphazardly. "