Study Says Full Moon Brings Out Our Inner Beast
A recent study done this past year at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in Sydney, Australia says that 91 of the emergency patients admitted with very violent and dangerous disturbances were similar to werewolf behavior. And a quarter of these happened on the night of a full moon, which is double the number for the other lunar phases, according to Leonie Calver, a clinical research nurse in toxicology.
“Some of these patients attacked the staff like animals, biting, spitting and scratching,” she said. The patients had to be sedated and physically restrained to protect themselves and others from injury.
Miss Calver’s study, which was reported in the Medical Journal of Australia, said: “One might compare them with the werewolves of the past, who are said to have also appeared during the full moon.”
She also pointed out that in werewolf mythology and old reports it is said that people would rub “magic ointment” on to their skin or inhale vapors to induce the transformation from man to beast.
The main ingredients of the (not so magical) ointment, said Miss Calver, were belladonna and nightshade – substances that could produce delirium, hallucinations and delusions of metamorphosis.
However the “modern day werewolf” used a different ‘potion’ – more than 60 per cent of the patients reviewed in her study were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“Our findings support the premise that individuals with violent and acute behavioral disturbances are more likely to present to the emergency department during full moon,” she said.
So it looks like we could have an inner beast in us that tries to escape every full moon… with the help of drugs and booze.
Warning: Please readers don’t be morons and go messing around with belladonna or nightshade in attempt to get some wolf filled hallucinations. Not only is this stuff INCREDIBLY deadly, the hallucinations it causes are almost always described as unbearably unpleasant! It for sure isn’t a party drug, so be smart and safe please.
One of the writers for werewolves.com, as well as vampires.com.