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Why do people associate a full moon with epileptic seizures?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Epileptic seizures were once associated with demonic possession and black magic, rather than legitimate medical conditions. Because of those black magic associations, it may seem natural that people would associate the full moon and its "power" to epileptic seizures.

Given society's tendency to fear the unknown, epileptic seizures were once associated with demonic possession and black magic, rather than legitimate medical conditions. Because of those black magic associations, it may seem natural that people would associate the full moon and its "power" to epileptic seizures.

The connection to the full moon's supposed strength, however, was popularize in 1978 through a book published by psychiatric Arnold Lieber, called "Lunar Effects: Biological Tides and Human Emotions."

The book explored the potential effects on humans that could result from the moon's ability to utilize gravitational pull.

A handful of studies have claimed to show a connection between a full moon and various consequences, however, they are usually discredited because of problems with how the studies were conducted.

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