Lunacy, says it all.
We all know that the time of the full moon feels strange. Legend
has it that the full moon brings out the worst in people: more
violence, suicides, accidents, and aggression. The influence
of the moon and behavior has been called "The Lunar Effect"
or "The Transylvania Effect." The belief that the
full moon causes mental disorders and strange behavior was widespread
throughout Europe in the middle ages.
Studies show that more
assaults occur around the full moon. More crimes, self and unintentional
poisonings and animal bites occur during the full moon cycle
as well. There are many problems encountered when trying to
study the lunar effect. For example, some studies include "full
moon" behaviors that occur a few days before and after
the full moon, while other studies include only those behaviors
on a single day.
The full moon appears
once every 29.53 days. Sometimes there are two full moons in
one month. It is possible to have a month without a full moon,
but this is rare and can only occur in February. You have to
wait until February 2066 for the next month without a full moon.
(I guess we are all going to miss that one!)
People remain convinced
that the moon must do something. After all, the earth's surface
is 80 percent water; the human body is 80 percent water, so
a human tidal effect makes sense. Tidal variation in most coastal
areas seldom exceeds ten feet. In smaller bodies of water, such
as lakes and probably the human body, tides are negligible.
Another point is that the tides don't occur just once or twice
a month; they occur once or twice a day. What happens at full
and new moon is that the earth, moon, and sun are lined up,
resulting in higher tides than usual.
A new idea arrives in
this theorizing from the discovery that positive and negative
ions in the atmosphere have an effect on behavior (negative
ions usually favourable, positive the opposite). Positive ions
are more abundant when the moon is full. However, the effect
is slight compared to major sources of positive ions like air
conditioning and air pollution.
The full moon affects
many people worldwide causing emotional instability and insecurity.
Since the gravitational force of the moon is strong enough to
cause the tides, therefore it is possibly changing the gravitational
effect on our glands and organs which can affect our moods.
Other effects include
the different wavelengths of light coming from the moon, and
the full moon's affect on our inner pathogens. The light from
the moon is of a different combination of wavelengths and strength
of light than what the sun gives us.
It is known that different colors of light cause different emotional
It could be that the
moon's silvery colour is at least partially responsible for
some people's reactions. Also, we have inner pathogens including
yeast, worms, parasites, virus, and bacteria. Perhaps the day
to night gravitational change causes a change in the activity
of these pathogens, maybe increasing their activity which in
turn increases their drain on our nutrients and increases the
number of byproducts they excrete into our bloodstream.
Why the full moon affects
some people more than others is another question. It may be
because some people have borderline glandular functions or some
have more pathogens. The most likely pathogen that contributes
to the full moon effect is yeast. Too much yeast causes a reaction
in people by causing them to feel 'stressed out' because of
the loss of normal digestion and increased level of toxicity
in the blood.
Even Ann Landers says
there is a cycle to her letters. She gets more letters whenever
there's a full moon. I know better than to argue with Anne!
Article by Atham Z