How the Moon rules your life

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by myself, May 31, 2007.

  1. myself

    myself just me

    At last, scientists claim to have found a link between our satellite
    and
    human behaviour - like how it governs the size of your dinner

    Roger Dobson
    Published: 21 January 2007
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2171687
    .ece


    For eons, folklore has blamed the Moon for everything from lunacy to
    bad
    luck. And, for the last few centuries, scientists have scoffed. Now,
    according to new research they're not so sure. The Moon may not be
    made of
    cheese, but it seems to influence a lot more down on Earth than we
    previously thought.

    According to new research, the Moon affects not only the tides of the
    oceans but also people, producing a range of symptoms from flare-ups
    of
    gout to bladder problems. It may even lie behind the causes of car
    crashes
    and affect people's hormonal balances.

    Having carried out new research and reviewed 50 other studies,
    scientists
    suggest that doctors and the police even need to prepare for how
    their
    work rate will increase at different points in the lunar cycle.
    Among the
    findings examined by the researchers were studies that showed GP
    consultations go up during a full moon, according to Leeds
    University.
    Appointments rise by 3.6 per cent, which works out at around three
    extra
    patients for each surgery. The researchers did not speculate on the
    nature
    of the moon-related problems or why they happened, but said that "it
    does
    not seem to be related to anxiety and depression".

    Gout and asthma attacks peak during new and full moons, according to
    work
    carried out at the Slovak Institute of Preventive and Clinical
    Medicine in
    Bratislava, where attacks over a 22-year period were monitored.

    Data from 140,000 births in New York City showed small but systematic
    variations in births over a period of 29.53 days - the length of the
    lunar
    cycle - with peak fertility in the last quarter. "The timing of the
    fertility peak in the third quarter suggests that the period of
    decreasing
    illumination immediately after the full moon may precipitate
    ovulation.''

    A study in Florida of murders and aggravated assaults showed
    clusters of
    attacks around the full moon. A second study of three police areas
    found
    the incidence of crimes committed on full-moon days was much higher
    than
    on all other days. And a four-year study into car accidents found
    that the
    lowest number happened during the full-moon day, while the highest
    number
    was two days before the full moon. Accidents were more frequent
    during the
    waxing than the waning phase.

    Another study of some 800 patients with urinary retention admitted to
    hospital over a period of three years found higher retention during
    the
    new moon compared with other phases of the cycle. Interestingly,
    patients
    didn't show any other daily, monthly or seasonal rhythms in their
    retention problems.

    Even what we eat and drink is affected by the lunar cycle, according
    to a
    study at Georgia State University. Researchers looked at lunar
    variations
    in nutrient intakes and the meal patterns of 694 adults. They
    concluded:
    "A small but significant lunar rhythm of nutrient intake was
    observed with
    an 8 per cent increase in meal size and a 26 per cent decrease in
    alcohol
    intake at the time of the full moon relative to the new moon.''

    While scientists have been trying to prove for some time that the
    Moon
    does exert an effect, what has not been established is why.
    Scientists
    have until now examined the theory that the Moon triggers changes
    through
    its gravitational pull. But the latest research points to an effect
    on
    people's hormones. "The lunar cycle has an impact on human
    reproduction,
    in particular fertility, menstruation and birth rate. Other events
    associated with human behaviour, such as traffic accidents, crimes,
    and
    suicides, appeared to be influenced by the lunar cycle,'' said Dr
    Michael
    Zimecki of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

    "Although the exact mechanism of the Moon's influence on humans and
    animals awaits further exploration, knowledge of this kind of
    biorhythm
    may be helpful in police surveillance and medical practice,'' he
    said.

    The researchers also found links between the lunar cycle and the
    likelihood of people being admitted to hospital with heart or bladder
    problems and with diarrhoea. The menstrual cycle, fertility,
    spontaneous
    abortions and thyroid disease were also affected. Just how the Moon
    could
    have an effect needs further research. Dr Zimecki suggests that it
    may be
    the effect of the Moon's gravity on immune systems, hormones and
    steroids.

    He said: "At this stage of investigation, the exact mechanism of the
    lunar
    effect on the immune response is hard to explain. The prime
    candidates to
    exert regulatory function on the immune response are melatonin and
    steroids, whose levels are affected by the Moon cycle.

    "It is suggested that melatonin and endogenous steroids [which are
    naturally occurring in humans] may mediate the described cyclic
    alterations of physiological processes. Electromagnetic radiation
    and/or
    the gravitational pull of the Moon may trigger the release of
    hormones.''
     
  2. stinkfoot

    stinkfoot truth

    Pure lunacy... please research the word "lunacy".

    I guess we're all existing within the confines of a lunarchy.
     
  3. DancerAnnie

    DancerAnnie Resident Beach Bum

    I can tell you exactly why the moon affects our lives...are these people stupid?

    We're made up of over 70% water...of course the gravitational pulls are going to affect our bodies.

    I know the kids at my dance studio get CRAZY during the full moon. I mean, they'll just be so out of control...and I can't blame them, I feel out of control during the full moon too.
     
  4. Weaveworld

    Weaveworld wayward

    I don't know, but isn't the moon full this week?
    Either somebody tried to blow up our neighbors truck last night, or something else started the fire... It was really loud when the front tires exploded.

    We both noticed the moon....Ahh, it was almost full.
    http://www.calculatorcat.com/moon_phases/phasenow.php
     
  5. Merry Mab

    Merry Mab Member

    I heard on the news that tonight, we'll have a Blue Moon, which is the second full moon in one month.
     
  6. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    I love the moon. It shines.
     
  7. Carlfloydfan

    Carlfloydfan Travel lover

    haha, full moons affect people for sure!

    You realize this especially when you work with 3-5 year olds for 8 months of the year.

    astrology wise, my aries moon is a pretty spot on description of me in fact (other aspects weaken the moon). I hate the tabloid astrology, but like the more in depth stuff and natal charts.
     
  8. mamaKCita

    mamaKCita fucking stupid.

    ah. i'm starting my ovulation cycle soon. that explains a lot.
     
  9. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    I feel great today and today is a full moon. I always feel great during the full moon. :D
     
  10. fitzy21

    fitzy21 Worst RT Mod EVAH!!!!

    i am not ruled by anything
     
  11. rebelfight420

    rebelfight420 Banned

    the moon is made of cheese and if you dont believe me your a conspiracy nut.
     
  12. My aquarian moon thinks youre definitely onto something.
    Oh, and i work with 3 year olds too, theyre such sweeties

    Also, as someone else said the moons "effect" (more of a connection to us?) is obvious...why people have denied it before i dont know...our bodies are full of water, womens menstrual cycles, and full moons making people more suseptable to stuffs...obvious
     
  13. mamaKCita

    mamaKCita fucking stupid.

    i think we all came to the agreement that the moon is paper mache...therefore YOU'RE the conspiracy nut.
     

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