The following was an article that was published in October, 1974. Not only are the specific examples interesting, but the source of the material seemed to lend it creditability. It was listed on page 48 of ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE and was titled, "Does the Moon Influence Your Moods?"
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"For centuries man has pondered the moon's effect on his fate. Even the quality of wine or buttermilk, and the right time for possum and coon hunting have been linked to our "lamp of the night".
"Today the romantic, mystifying moon, so often woven into ancient folklore, has been given a more authentic aura. Yet continuing research seems to confirm- rather than refute- our satellite's influence on living matter.
"Neurophychiatrist Leonard J. Ravitz of Duke University's School of Medicine has argued that man is an electrical system like all living beings. "It is difficult to imagine him not being affected in measurable ways" by the changing phases and positions of the moon, which influence the electrical properties of the atmosphere.
"Just as the moon raises tides in the ocean, so it produces "tides" in the atmosphere three or four days after the moon is new or full, the band of frequencies that can be used to get radio broadcasts through to distant stations is slightly narrower in some parts of the world than in others. An official of the national Bureau of Standards at Washington, D.C. suggested to ASTRONOMY that these variations are due to electromagnetic fields which are set up in the atmosphere by lunar variations.
"Ravit's findings add weight to earlier experiments by Harold S. Burr of the Yale School of Medicine which suggested that living things have electrical rhythms approximating the near-monthly cycle.
"Burr inserted a set of electrical contacts into the trunks of living trees about five feet apart and at a depth next to the cambium, the growing layer of trees. A delicate recording apparatus revealed that once a month there was a very sharp rise in the electrical voltage or pressure. Records of temperature, humidity, and barometer were maintained. None of these were fond in step with the changes in the trees' electrical state. Yet a change in voltage was conclusively recorded at the time of a new or full moon!
"The gravitational attraction of the moon actual distorts solid ground, raising a bulge several inches high. This bulge is not stationary but travels around the globe so as to be always under the moon. This Earth tide actually changes the longitudes of Washington and Greenwich enough so that as times they are close together by several feet. In addition, Professor Harlan T. Stetson of the Cosmic Terrestrial Research Laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has demonstrated that some earthquakes may be triggered by the moon's pull on Earth's crust.
"In folklore there are hundreds of theories and fantastic superstitions about the moon's effect on crops, but there actually is a flower- a South African member of the iris family known as Morea irdoides- that blooms only in accordance with lunar phases. University of California scientist Knight Dunlap noticed that the Moreas bloom normally within two periods in each lunar month. "One period commences on the date of the first quarter and ends the day before the full moon. The other period runs from the date of the last quarter up to the new moon. During full and no moon there are no blossoms," he said.
"The seaworm Eunice viridis, found in the South Pacific, spawns only during (the) full moon. As the rays penetrate the water, the worms emerge from their burrows and lay their eggs, responding as if their bodies were photo-electric cells and the moon some eerie goddess calling them forth and giving life. "And so, if these external forces can influence Earth's physical, vegetable and animal forms, they might also influence the electrical fields in man," said Ravitz.
"Yet Ravitz is the first to point out that the nature of the moon's electrical influence is still unproven. "In fact, "he cautiously stated, "evidence suggests that the amount of moonlight (only 1/300,000 as intense as sunlight) is definitely not a factor in these studies." However, he admitted that "inherent protoplasmic rhythms may have lunar periodicity". In other words- protoplasm, the very substance of life, has electrical rhythms which may show changes that keep step with the phases of the moon."
"In his experiments at Yale and later at Duke University, Ravitz used a microvoltmeter which measures the delicate electrical properties of living systems. His original studies, however, were concerned only with the changes in direct current as related to changes in human emotions. Unexpectedly he came upon the moon cycle and the apparent harmony with the electrical rhythm of man.
"Seventeen subjects (11 men and 6 women) were measured electrically every day for from one to eight months. Careful notation was made of mood fluctuations and emotional disturbances. The first results were vague. Minor mood swings could not be correlated with direct current alterations. However, despite complex individual variations, there appeared in the subjects considerable increases in electrical potential which astonishingly occurred approximately at the time of the full and new moons!
"During the full moon the Duke University scientist found that moderately maladjusted students showed increases in sullenness, general irritability, hypersensitivity, preoccupation, and to some extent withdrawal from people and all social activities.. They felt best shortly following the new moon. The severely maladjusted showed a similar cyclic rhythm with a higher voltage reading than the others and with sharper up and down swings.
"Eventually we may be able to predict our own mood cycles from such microvoltmeter readings, for we did find in our experiments periods in which the students were going to feel best and others in which they will be less emotionally stable." Ravitz said.
"A definite basis for the moon's effect upon the mental unbalanced has been found in the psychiatric wards of the Roanoke Veterans' Hospital in Virginia. Once again the severely maladjusted were the most sensitive to lunar phases.
"Thus, it was not only superstition when Paracelsus, as early as the 16th century, claimed that the insane grew worse at the dark of the moon when its attraction upon the brain was believed to the strongest (hence, the term lunatic).
"Further research into this specific area was recently conducted by Arnold Leiber of the University of Miami. He investigated the murder rate in Miami over the past 15 years and found definite peaks at the new and full moon. To make sure his conclusions were not due to random factors, he examined the Cleveland, Ohio homicide files and found the same relationship. Leiber noted that homicides occurring when new or full moon coincided with lunar perigee (moon nearest Earth) "were often of a particularly bizarre or ruthless nature"."
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