Do Full Moons Cause Crazy Behavior? (Special Halloween Episode)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FRIENDS! This week Your Doctor Friends are doling out TWO episodes of spoooooky stories and hair-raising health headlines! Each episode contains a “sharing size” story with a little “fun-sized” article at the end!
Today we start with the (maybe not-so-scientific) connection between the full moon and erratic behavior (if there really is one…). We dive into the origins of this widely-held belief that the full moon triggers weird demeanor, and what the studies suggest may be closer to the truth.
At the end Jeremy explains the health benefits of eating actual pumpkin!
Stay tuned for another eerie episode this Thursday, November 2nd (the end of the Dia de los Muertos!) for another bag of treats!
Happy Healthy Haunting, y’all!
Resources for this episode include:
A Canadian Medical Association Journal article titled “Bad Moon Rising: the persistent belief in lunar connections to madness.“
A 1985 Psychological Bulletin journal article by Rotton and Kelly titled “Much ado about the full moon: a meta-analysis of lunar-lunacy research.“
A study published in the World Journal of Surgery investigating full moons, zodiac signs, and Fridays the 13th and their relationships (or lack thereof) to emergency operations and intraoperative blood loss.
A Scientific American article titled “Lunacy and the Full Moon. Does a full moon really trigger strange behavior?“
A New York Times article on the health benefits of eating pumpkin!
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