Moods, Meds, and the Moon

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by Connie Hernandez, ND

In the centuries before artificial lighting and electromagnetic pollution made their appearance on the planet, animals and humans synchronized their lives with the rising and setting sun, and with the lunar and planetary cycles and Earth’s electromagnetic sphere.

Our neuro-endocrine system is particularly sensitive to the cycles of the sun and the waxing and waning moon – not to mention the artificial electromagnetic fields with which we are surrounded today.

Who can deny that these powerful EMF fields influence our nervous systems and hormonal systems, and thereby also our moods?


Many people find themselves more excitable and unable to sleep on the night of the full moon. Although research hasn’t verified the popular belief that emergency rooms and police stations are busier at the full moon, certainly, the evidence of our ears tells us that hounds are more likely to howl at the full moon.

Dr. Connie Hernandez, ND
Dr. Connie Hernandez, ND

The release of our bodies’ neuronal and other hormones is thought to be influenced by electromagnetism and by the moon’s gravitational pull.

Any woman (and, most likely, her family) can testify that the electromagnetic fields and the moon’s pull do affect our hormonal cycles and moods.

From PMS (premenstrual syndrome), to PMDD (premenstrual dysmorphic disorder), to menopause, women’s emotions are powerfully impacted by their bodies’ levels of estrogen and progesterone, and by the interplay of these formidable chemical substances. Post-partum depression is a fine example, even if not so enjoyable, since it’s known to be caused, at least in part, by the sudden reduction of the high levels of sex hormones present during pregnancy.


We have, then, not only the lunar hormonal cycles to blame for our moods but also the circadian cycles of the sun.

The adrenal glands produce cortisol in a daily rhythm where high cortisol promotes excitability and low cortisol promotes physical and mental depression. And while we’re talking about “female hormones” and adrenal hormones, we must mention thyroid hormones, since all three are interconnected. A hallmark of thyroid hormone deficiency is depression, while excess thyroid hormone leads to agitation and insomnia.

Regarding the sun, most people are aware of S.A.D. –  seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that plagues certain people in the winter months, including those who live in far northern climes where sunlight is limited.

Sunlight is responsible for activating vitamin D in the skin, and vitamin D is one of the effective remedies available for people with S.A.D., along with “sun-bathing” sessions under full-spectrum lights.


A growing body of scientific research, amplified by common sense, tells us that electromagnetic fields influence not only our bodies but our mood.

Most research has focused on the relationship between EMF and various forms of cancer and insomnia. But I often wonder about the possible effects of radiofrequency emissions on our state of consciousness. (And, because EMF is so invasive and unavoidable at this time, on the  mental state of the whole planet.) What effects can we look forward to, with the introduction of 5G networks?

The news isn’t all bad, of course – electromagnetic frequencies have their positive applications. For example, there’s burgeoning research on the balancing effects of the Schumann Frequency – the fundamental vibratory electromagnetic frequency of Earth in which all life on the planet evolved. Nowadays, a growing number of sleep and meditation promoting devices are being marketed to help us resonate with the Schumann Frequency.

Alternatively and much more easily and inexpensively, we can achieve the same resonance through the time-honored naturopathic practice of walking barefoot on the Earth. You’ll feel better for it!

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