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    I mentioned this briefly on the leptin thread, so for those interested here are the details:

    Benefits: Getting your monthly cycle in sync with the moon can dramatically reduce or eliminate pms, cramping, breast tenderness, quantity of blood loss and length of cycle.

    The ideal is to begin your menstration on or very near to New Moon and ovulate at Full Moon.

    Protocol: Go to bed at a decent our and sleep in complete darkness. No little led lights, street lights etc. Block the windows if you need and try putting electrical tape over little electronic lights. On the day before, of, and after full moon sleep with a nightlight on. If you live in the country without any light pollution you can just sleep with the curtains open freely all month, but keep out all artificial light.

    Seeds and Oils: from New Moon to Full Moon take 1 T. of sunflower seeds daily and 1 T. of cod-liver oil daily. From Full Moon to New Moon take 1 T. pumpkin seeds and 2 caps Borage Oil daily. If you normally take cod-liver oil daily, continue it during the full to new moon stage as well. Optional, but helpful if it agrees with you, is to also take 1 T. of freshly ground flax seeds all month long.

    Results: This protocol has taken me from having an irregular cycle with 8 day periods of very heavy flow and strong cramps, breast tenderness, irritable to regular, 24-30 hour period with blood loss of only about 2 T. total, no pms symptoms, no cramps, no change in mood, no breast tenderness. The light protocol is the most important aspect I think. If I get off by staying up too late for a week or DH is up with the tv on or reading with the light on, it will get me off cycle again. It can take several months to get back. I find that if you're doing things right then my cycle seems to jump forward each month trying to get back onto new moon (like it will start about a week late every month until back at new moon again).

    The light portion of this program I got from Lunaception (google it) and the seed and oil cycling was something I learned from my naturopath.
    Last edited by PaleoMom; 07-05-2011, 01:02 PM.
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    I did pretty much none of that and my last cycle just happened on the first night of the full moon. It was still long, but I had less bleeding and still slightly painful. See if it happens this month.
    Georgette

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    • #3
      That is the opposite of what you want. Get it on new moon and it will shorten and probably be without pain.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by PaleoMom View Post
        That is the opposite of what you want. Get it on new moon and it will shorten and probably be without pain.
        How would you protocol differ?

        I would be interested about hearing about people's experiences of this. I've never heard anything like it before (new or full moon)
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        • #5
          my cycle is on the down side of a waning moon (3-4 days after a full moon). Though I doubt I'm going to be regular until ds weans 100% at night... Next cycle I think I'll try this....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by PaleoMom View Post
            That is the opposite of what you want. Get it on new moon and it will shorten and probably be without pain.
            I doubt that'll ever happen for me. I always thought you wanted it with the full moon. Between being PCOS and possibly having endo, I may just never have this happen.
            Georgette

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            • #7
              Glad you posted the details--I was totally interested when you mentioned this in the other thread. THANKS!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by geostump View Post
                I doubt that'll ever happen for me. I always thought you wanted it with the full moon. Between being PCOS and possibly having endo, I may just never have this happen.
                I have the most trouble when I menstrate on full moon. Think of ovulating and howling at the full moon like the wolves

                Originally posted by Silky View Post
                How would you protocol differ?

                I would be interested about hearing about people's experiences of this. I've never heard anything like it before (new or full moon)
                My protocol isn't different, she was sharing her full moon experience vs. my new moon one. Georgette said that her last time had been timed to full moon and it was better than in the past, and I just added that I thought the experience would be improved even more if it was timed with new moon instead.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by geostump View Post
                  I doubt that'll ever happen for me. I always thought you wanted it with the full moon. Between being PCOS and possibly having endo, I may just never have this happen.
                  I'm sure it will. After reading the Mastering Leptin book I was just floored at how much leptin is controlling in our bodies. I wouldn't be surprised at all if you do what I suggested above in combination with primal eating and the leptin protocol and 6 months from now all your endocrine imbalances are over.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PaleoMom View Post
                    I have the most trouble when I menstrate on full moon. Think of ovulating and howling at the full moon like the wolves



                    My protocol isn't different, she was sharing her full moon experience vs. my new moon one. Georgette said that her last time had been timed to full moon and it was better than in the past, and I just added that I thought the experience would be improved even more if it was timed with new moon instead.
                    I don't get how you can make this happen unless you are on the PILL; don't you worry about a pad/tampon shortage if all you wind up on the same cycle. In fact, I see a Seth Rogen-Janene Garafaol movie about the PMS disaster that is the a consequence!
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                    • #11
                      From a spiritual/Pagan perspective: Women Who bleed with the moon

                      I have been planning to align myself with the moon when I finally go off birth control.

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                      • #12
                        What the hell does the moon have to do with anything? This just sounds like a bunch of faerytale bullshit to me. Unless the timing of the moon cycle just happens to be the optimal timing for menstruation by coincidence, I'm not convinced. Or maybe it has something to do with the gravitational pull? idk
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by joelwlcx View Post
                          What the hell does the moon have to do with anything? This just sounds like a bunch of faerytale bullshit to me. Unless the timing of the moon cycle just happens to be the optimal timing for menstruation by coincidence, I'm not convinced. Or maybe it has something to do with the gravitational pull? idk
                          I agree with this--just in a nicer way. What's the scientific basis for better periods on the full moon? I'm definitely going to try this "moon cycling" and if it works, it works. But I'll still be curious as to why it works.

                          Also, what does "T." stand for? Teaspoon? Tablespoon? Some metric unit that we Americans don't use?

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                          • #14
                            I am on new birth control, (too fertile for my own good, not sure if my marriage can take another), the Nuva ring, Had a Merina for 6 yrs, the Pill for 12 yrs prior, barring pregnancy and nursing of course. I have bled heavily for the last few cycles (bright red, new for me) but looking back, they fell around the full moon days.. I am hopeful that I will soon be able to ditch the BC and let my body regulate the way it should.
                            I have a history of being very crampy, with moderate bleeding, and ovarian cysts....years of the Pill took care of most of it, but made me a crazy bitch, and I lost my first pregnancy , to boot.
                            I went Paleo (Primal) a few years ago, and one of the first things I noticed was the lack of "fibrocystic" symptoms. My boobs didn't swell, hurt, or feel like they had marbles in them. After ultrasounds, mammograms and biopsies, ( I am only 38) for "suspicious" tissue that never turned out to be anything to worry over, this was quite a relief! I can't prove that it was ditching the grains that did it, but I am sure of it.
                            For those of you that may not know, the Lunar cycle regulates the tides, water levels in the soil, our bodies, and many other every day things, such as planting/harvest times and such. If you pay attention, you will notice you are not as hungry during a new moon, etc. The wise ones of our past used this timeless information everyday. Someday, hopefully, we will again get back to some of this useful information, as it is clearly not horseshit or witchcraft, but common sense, that has been used for years.
                            A little off topic, but...
                            My Granny was asked recently if the kids (8) drank Cow's or Goat's milk. (they had both, in the city!) "Whatever we had at the time!" was her answer...the cows and goats produced offspring at different times, therefore, they produced milk at different times. Duh!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by joelwlcx View Post
                              What the hell does the moon have to do with anything? This just sounds like a bunch of faerytale bullshit to me. Unless the timing of the moon cycle just happens to be the optimal timing for menstruation by coincidence, I'm not convinced. Or maybe it has something to do with the gravitational pull? idk
                              The moon affects the tides, and has a similar draw on all things liquid- including our bodies. Similarly animals slaughtered nearer the full moon bleed more, shellfish are juicier, and while some will deny it, there is a definite effect on people's brains. I can always tell when the full moon is near because my coworkers personalities are more exaggerated than usual. Unfortunately I find myself more sensitive and more easily irritated by said coworkers.

                              Don't believe it if you want to. To some it is just fairytale bullshit, but some of us feel and experience the Lunar draw.

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