Full moon madness — is it real? A lot of scientists debunk the association of “luna” meaning moon and the word crazy as in lunacy, but I personally see weird behavior in the days preceding a full moon. Case in point: The full moon started overnight at 3:16 am. Yesterday, in Baltimore, a man — allegedly carrying a golf club and claiming to be God — drove a stolen dump truck right into a TV station lobby. Read the story here. Here are a few things I found about full moon research: Some studies associate an increase in positive ions in the air that occur around the full moon. Positive ion increases can result in physical and mental ailments. That’s why people buy negative ionizers for homes and offices. Several studies reported that during a full moon, sleep cycles are affected — even if folks didn’t know it was a full moon. Researchers could not attribute the results to added light. Some of those studies report that test subjects had lower levels of melatonin during a full moon — it’s the hormone that regulates sleep. So researchers can agree that our sleep cycles are affected.
And if you ask paramedics, doctors or nurses if they see cases of weirditis during or near a full moon, many will respond with at least one example of odd behavior.
The full moon does control ocean tides. Oceans — miles of water – that’s some pretty powerful gravitational pull. No matter what the studies say, I have to believe that Mother Nature’s pull on the universe can easily have some type of power over mere humans who are made of 70 percent water.
Other than today, from the Farmer’s Almanac, here’s the listing for remaining full moons for 2014: June 13, July 12, Aug. 10, Sept. 8, Oct. 8, Nov. 6 and Dec. 6.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to two.