Written over 35 years ago, this month’s cellulite BOTM is no longer in print. I first heard of this intriguing book two years ago in Katie Singer’s, The Garden of Fertility. I wanted to read it right away but it was difficult to find at the time. It addresses the subject of menstrual regularity, which to me translates as hormonal balance –an important component in our investigation into cellulite.
The book is called Lunaception: A Feminine Odyssey into Fertility and Contraception by Louise Lacey. Louise recently made the book available by download on her website, Lunaception.net. I’m excited to discuss her ideas with you this month. Even if you’re not concerned with matters of conception, Louise’s theory is thought-provoking. Can’t wait to hear what you think about this one!
If you take a few moments to read over Louise’s website, you’ll find a brief explanation of the Lunaception theory.
The basic theory of Lunaception is that our bodies evolved to respond to the light and dark of the moon’s rhythms, menstruating at the new moon and ovulating at the full. To reproduce that rhythm in western civilization, we must shut out all light while sleeping except in mid-month, when we add a small night light to reproduce the effects of the full moon. What often happens is that your body will get in tune with the actual moon’s cycles, and at that point you can simply throw open your drape.
I told you this was an intriguing one!
After opening with a personal account, Louise explains the common forms of birth control available at the time. In the introduction to the e-book, she admits this chapter is woefully out-of-date and suggests skipping over it unless you’re interested in a historical account. She also explains that much of the information contained in her book has since been validated by scientific research.
In my correspondence with the author, Louise told me she is hoping to find a woman who wants to put together a complete bibliography and get a master’s thesis out of it in a good university. She will use the new research to update Lunaception. If you’re a medical student and you find Louise’s theory as intriguing as I do, please drop me an email or leave a comment below. This is a rare opportunity to work with a real trailblazer in the field of women’s health!
Next week, we’ll discuss Lunaception in more deatil. But for now, what are your initial thoughts on the Lunaception theory? Do you think it is possible to regulate menstrual rhythms by the light of the moon?
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