To the Editor:

The moon cycles affect many things we know. There is no doubt that the moon’s gravitational pull is strong enough to control the tides. Tides are at their highest during the full moon. Farmers, from the beginning of time, follow the moon phases for planting as well as harvesting crops. Plants, animals and insects are affected by the moon cycles. The moon is essential to birds for navigation and migration.

The moon phases can affect one’s health and this has been seen concerning mental health as well as hormone cycles and more. I feel the moon has an effect on almost everything here on planet Earth.

Bacteria are affected by the moon cycles and this includes Borrelia, i.e. Lyme, as well as bartonella. Lyme disease patients have reported that the moon has an effect on symptoms. How the moon (full or new) affects each individual is hard to say as we are all unique individuals and the experience for each individual can be different. Not all Lyme disease patients will feel the same way or have the same symptoms. Some may experience widespread pain, body buzzing, tearfulness, insomnia, shortness of breath, while others will suffer from joint pain or headaches.

Those infected with Babesia, a protozoan infection, tend to have a longer flare-up. Usually symptoms increase somewhere 8-10 days before the full moon.

Why are we surprised to find out that the moon cycles can affect our bodies, which are just sacks of tissue and at least 60 per cent water? Everything under the sun is affected by the lunar cycles. Why should humans be different?

It has been observed by some patients and their health-care professionals treating chronic Lyme have noted that their symptoms would flare every four weeks while being treated. The Lyme bacteria’s reproduction cycle is at play here since antibiotics will only kill bacteria during their growth phase. Lyme bacteria has a life cycle/reproduction cycle of 28 days. It is suggested that a person has an active infection if they feel worse every four weeks and should continue treatment. This is an article speaking of full moon and Lyme disease: https://www.tiredoflyme.com/full-moons-and-lyme-disease.html.

Vector transmitted infections are complex and more research is needed in this area. It has been noted by One Health that 70 per cent of all emerging or re-emerging infections are either zoonotic or vector borne. It is time for change and looking deeper into the cause of many health concerns.

Education is key.

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin

New Glasgow