Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you knew that today was the total solar eclipse (or for us the 92% eclipse). This made plenty of people completely lose their minds. Some people drove hundreds of miles and paid thousands of dollars for a spot to sit and watch the 5 minute eclipse in the path of totality. Some people paid insane amounts of money for eclipse glasses.
A few notes about this:
- Every day leading up to the eclipse the news networks have made sure to interview someone who had irrepairable damage to their eyes from looking at the sun in a previous eclipse.
This mostly just reminded me of this Brian Regan clip.
The amount of safety tips and cautions I heard leading up to this made me just a tiny bit embarrassed to be a human. As my husband pointed out, “if we have to put a warning on the lawn mower to tell people not to cut their hair with it, we obviously need to warn people not to stare at the sun.”
It’s a crazy and entertaining world we live in.
Does the Solar Eclipse Effect Symptoms?
On another note though, I did hear some medical information hype about the eclipse too. Now, here’s what I know: in the last 3 or 4 days I have had very, very high levels of pain. Originally I just assumed it was an upswing of pain, which happens sometimes for no reason. That is what I thought until I saw a fellow chronic illness friend post something about increased pain levels as the eclipse approaches.
I would normally just immediately say that is clearly hokum or malarkey, but I had noticed several chronic illness friends posting about increased pain– these were friends like me who had not heard or said anything about the eclipse possibly being related. I saw one friend who is generally very positive say that in the last 24 hours she had asked God nine times to take her home if her pain was going to continue to be that high. She was one of many who happened to post that same day as I was thinking my pain was out of control, too.
I’m most certainly interested in the thought behind this, as well as the research, however I can’t find enough articles that I would consider to be a scientific or medical credible source. Either way, it’s an interesting thought to me.
The article that I read on mindbodyjournal.com mentioned three physical changes that have been noted related to the eclipse:
- The first is that humans have been known to have elevated levels of prolactin following an eclipse. Prolactin is a hormone that regulates metabolism, immune system, and production of the pancreas. Prolactin is normally elevated during REM sleep and dawn hours.
- Another physical change that occurs during an eclipse is a subtle but measureable change in the gravitational force exerted on the earth. The gravitational force of the moon is strong enough to pull the oceans back and forth across the face of the earth, causing the tides to rise and fall, and is a force that regulates the hormones of many animals. Studies show that as with the tides, the feeding and reproductive hormones of animals are directly influenced by shifts in the gravitational force of the moon. During a solar eclipse the gravitational pull of the moon and sun line up so that the Earth feels a combined force of both at the same time. The exact hormonal and behavioral effects of this unusual gravitational force are unknown and may or may not be noticeable to the observer.
- During a solar eclipse there is a shift in the earth’s electromagnetic field of the ionosphere. The global electromagnetic resonance is typically measured at 7.83 Hz, ranging from roughly 3-60 Hz, and is referred to as the Schumann resonance after Winfried Schumann who discovered it. Previous experiments show that during an eclipse, there is an increase in the electrical tension in our atmosphere. The shadow of the eclipse can cause changes to the ionosphere significant enough to affect radio wave propagation, and possibly human physiology as well.
Do I believe that something like a solar eclipse could really affect health? I don’t know. It seems a bit more hippy dippy than I normally agree with. Who knows?
I want to say that I don’t believe a full moon does anything, but I worked in law enforcement and for whatever reason, a full moon definitely does something. I can’t explain it scientifically, but I know a shift with a full moon was always an event and you better bring coffee.
What do y’all think? Did you travel hundreds of miles and pay thousands of dollars to watch it? We made breakfast and mimosas and just doing that wore me out.