Book Review: The Female Brain Gone Insane

by Holly Osterman

Female Brain Gone InsaneEver felt like everyone around you has all the answers and you’re left in the dark? Are you exhausted, sleepless, or overwhelmed? Menopause can impact our lives and bodies on so many levels. But according to Mia Lundin, author of the book The Female Brain Gone Insane, the key to a womans well being is balanced brain chemistry. She helps women make the connection between their hormonal imbalance and what sometimes feels like an emotional meltdown.

Lundin has plenty of practical experience to back up her research. A Nurse Practioner and recognized speaker, she founded the California-based Center for Hormonal and Nutritional Balance and has treated thousands of women over the past two decades. Her approach, though, is unique. Instead of focusing on physical symptoms, such as weight gain, Lundin addresses the emotional changes women experience as they transition through this new stage in their lives.

The book, published in 2009, has quickly become a must-read for women in all stages of menopause and is divided into two parts. The first helps explain the science behind why the “female brain goes insane.” Granted, when that hot flash strikes, the last thing you really care about is how your brain works, but Lundin explains it perfectly.  “It’s important to recognize that a huge part of getting well is to understand what is going on beyond your unpleasant symptoms. Education is a powerful tool when it comes to healing.”

Think about it. So many of us just want to skip forward to the feeling better part, but in order to do that you need to understand why you feel so awful in the first place. Your brain and hormones need to be in sync in order for you to feel in control. Once you understand the root of it all, the real work can begin. Thats where the second part of the book comes in.

The four step emotional rescue plan is a great tool for helping women take control of their situations and feel like they are in the drivers seat. Have you ever been dismissed by your doctor or family and told that its all in your head?  Well, it’s not. And The Female Brain Gone Insane will show you how to identify your hormonal phase, discover your emotional type, and map out a specific strategy to feel sane again.  Also included are two additional bonus steps for adrenal health and thyroid support, worksheets, and loads of advice that Lundin gives to her own private practice patients.

Bottom line, if youre looking for a quick fix or magical prescription for your menopause symptoms, then you might want to take a pass. But if youre serious about understanding your changing hormones and want a customized, step-by-step plan for feeling better, The Female Brain Gone Insane may be for you.

You can find out more about Mia Lundin and The Center for Hormonal and Nutritional Balance at her website. Or pick up a copy of The Female Brain Gone Insane at or your favorite bookstore.

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