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Book Review: Female Brain Gone Insane: An Emergency Guide for Women Who Feel like they are Falling Apart ~Mia Lundin, R.N.C., N.P.

Female Brain Gone Insane

Female Brain Gone Insane

I would love to see this book available to every woman I know.  Just like the Gideon’s Bible is in the drawer of every motel room in the USA; this book needs to be that available to every woman.

Yes, I do feel very strongly about this book, because I am the woman that survived the worst nightmare of  hormones for 16 years and it is only because of a miracle and my own abilities I was not declared Insane.

I started to cry – in a prayer of relief about page 91-this lasted for about 3 hours.  A huge rage filled me by the start of Step 3 that I could barely contain.  I did not want to give my Doctors and Naturopath a copy of this book; I wanted to hit them over the head and demand to know why they were so deaf and cruel.

Mia Lundin is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner who experienced a postpartum hormonal imbalance at age 34.  She was working in a Doctor’s office and persuaded her physician to use a new treatment option, which worked for her and developed a keen interest in understanding hormones and how they work or do not work well for women.

Lundin is an astute listener and can translate what she learns into study and results that actually assist in finding relief for women – creating balance.   The examples and stories she uses in her book suggest an excellent ability to integrate what she is hearing into useable categories which produce very individuated and successful results.

I was referred to www.femalebraingoneinsance.com and downloaded the monthly chart to figure out what emotional/hormonal category I was.  I so wish I had had this chart when I turned 16 and developed debilitating migraine headaches.  I had to keep figuring it out alone.  I did not even have a computer then or Search Engines to assist me.  I was self diagnosing and exploring where I could find relief.  A doctor tried me on early birth control pills and I ended up in the emergency room close to death.  Filling in a chart for a month and finding the right food and supplements would have been so much easier than the lifetime of trial and error and just feeling “crazy”.

We have come a long way baby!  And I do not mean because we can smoke!  Ms Lundin has done all the research and integration here that any woman would need in order to get started on finding relief for the hormonal ups and downs.   She has provided a start place and information that is helpful.

I would like to make an appointment with Mia Lundin.  I want to be heard and to feel good and I think this might just be a possibility and an opportunity for me to accomplish this goal.

I got to the section of the book about Adrenal Burn Out.   I read this section 4 times in disbelief – there was an accurate description of me and the last 16 years of my life.  After 16 years of being told I was unique and if this “magic solution” was not the cure, then they did not know what to do for me, this book was HOPE.

I have 3 prescriptions for anti-depressants on my bulletin board which I never filled.   I tested Diabetes medication and nearly died.  I have been doled out supplements at a one at a time process and been given huge lab tests and never hormone tests.  I have had x-rays and MRIs and colonoscopies and no one ever heard what I was describing or thought that 15 years of post ovarian cancer hysterectomy hell might be caused by a hormonal imbalance.
My life was just too stressful….I needed to calm down and lose weight.  2 hours of exercise a day was not enough.  Feeling like someone pulled the plug and all of my energy was suddenly removed from my body was just being tired.  That sleeping 36 hours straight was just something I needed.
I was just not thinking positively enough or visualizing the correct results.  If that was all I needed to do then it is the Law of Attraction that brought me this book,   although the student has been ready for this information for years and years.
The book is clear and any woman can understand and use this book.  This is knowledge every woman needs to have.

I watched my youngest child literally “damage her brain” with once a month Birth Control Shots and develop Oppositional Defiant Disorder at age 15, because “all her friends were doing it.”   Ignorance is not bliss – and this kind of knowledge just might save your life.

I would like to be able to put this book in every high school library and physician’s office in town.  I am definitely purchasing 2 more copies for the 2 high school gym/ health/ coaches I know in my town.
I am going to share this book with my book group and other friends.   Even if this is not happening to you, I am sure that every person knows a person that hormones have been a challenge to learn how to make them work in balance.

This was a very personal read for me – I wasn’t prepared for that.
Here are the other folks in the blog world who are reviewing this book, they have had very interesting things to share also:

January 11: It’s All a Matter of Perspective

January 12: Hope Springs Eternal

January 13: Quest for Balance

January 14: Family in Shape

January 19: Truth 2 Being Fit

January 20: Luxury Reading
January 21: Silver and Grace

January 26: Patricia’s Wisdom

January 28: Happy Lotus

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24 Responses to “Book Review: Female Brain Gone Insane: An Emergency Guide for Women Who Feel like they are Falling Apart ~Mia Lundin, R.N.C., N.P.”

  1. Dot Says:

    Although I certainly didn’t go through what you did, I had my own struggles with what is now called PMDD, at a time when PMS was unheard of. I, too, wish I had been given more than sympathy to treat this.

    It’s sad that the world of alternative medicine is not much more helpful than traditional medicine in having us do trial and error to attempt to find something that works.

    I do wish the author had chosen a less inflammatory title. Men already think hormones make us crazy.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on On Becoming a Mother Too Young by Dot =-.

  2. Adrenalynn Says:

    The title was kind of inflammatory, but it does stand out – and I’m sure a lot of women will feel that they aren’t alone in feeling like that. It seems like a great book, based on your review!
    .-= Adrenalynn´s last blog ..Confessions =-.

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I’m so pleased you’ve found an explanation as to your troubles .. I’m blessed with good health and sincerley count my blessings.

    These kind of books will find their ways to new homes and people who need them through your blog and all the others ..

    Blessings to you – Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Haggis, Whisky and Poetry .. means only one thing "Robbie Burns" =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    This book has all the lab tests that one needs to find answers and solutions and how to order them yourself if you Dr will not work with you. Then the correct dosages of supplements can be prepared just for you. I have not done what is suggested in the book, other than start a chart, but there was lots of things to do after the hysterectomy and I would not have had to suffer if I had known this material 15-16 years ago. I would not have had to suffer through cramps and migraine headaches either. The book helps to prepare someone for going to the Dr. A powerful, powerful resource for woman – hormonal balance and brain chemistry.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Powerful resource is this book – Lundin now lives and runs her clinic in CA. but is from another country where women are treated better than in the US. I am giving this book to all of my daughters and to my friends going through perimenopause. This book allows women to take back their own lives and live them without such being called crazy or feeling crazy. I will suggest when one feels hormonally awful – the title is not inflammatory at all.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Idea to Ponder =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    You are very lucky – in the USA when it comes to health care one must be as knowledgeable about their own health as possible because no one is truly looking out for you….and the insurance companies are just garnering up all one’s money for no care at all. As a mum I have about 15 resource books on the shelf because I must be a Dr. MOM and let the Dr. know what is wrong and how to treat it….most folks have to learn this the hard way.

    Woman also need to talk to each other and not be embarrassed by funky things….Insurance Companies promote silence because that assists them in making more money. Silence is Golden for Ins. Co.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..An Idea to Ponder =-.

  7. Talon Says:

    I haven’t heard of this book. It sounds like it’s been a life-saver, Patricia and it must have been magnificent to get some answers to the questions you were asking and no one was answering.

    I sort of wish the title had been a bit different. Like Dot, I hate a reinforcement of the image of women at the mercy of their hormones.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Repository… =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    I too had some problems with the title of the book – but if you have ever been in that position or come into that position at perimenopause or menopause…you will be searching and hunting for these words…and not wanting to be thought of as insane or crazy.
    I have still not worked with a physician since I read this book, but I am sure that my Naturopath believes I am an alcoholic and am lying to her….I have worked through many of my problems all by myself and now with internet assistance….I am just like you I do not want to be thought of as crazy….
    it was reassuring to find a person to want to understand these issues and learn how to treat them….all be it…the book is still not on top of the “cold turkey” hysterectomy situation.

    I had to give up my public work 14 years ago…so that I could hide the problems….how many of your friends are hiding their problems – would this title and book help someone you know and love?
    My daughter’s problems had to be hidden too…so she would be able to go to college – though the schools gave up on her- most mother’s fight and I did….every step of the way…

    Woman need to share information and care…
    My roommate in grad. school had a stroke on BC pills 2 weeks before her wedding…..she still hasn’t told anyone…36 years later….

    My IT had 100s of kidney stones, she took all the lab tests and found an expert on KS and now has a couple of things she can not eat and for a tiny pill each day – years without passing another stone? Do we judge her?

    Sometimes women’s hormones get out of balance and with some lab work and knowledge they can get back in balance…let’s celebrate that and change the world :)

  9. Jannie Funster Says:

    I am not sure if I have any hormone imbalance but I want to read this too.

    I am so so glad you found elusive answers for yourself in it. It is high time, you have been through so much.
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..(And I Thought “Leaven” Was Just A Bread-Baking Thing!!) =-.

  10. J.D. Meier Says:

    I like that you took your care into your own hands and test what works for you. Your stories of getting your health in shape are great.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Career Growth and Finding Your Way Forward =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    I think all women would benefit from reading this book. This seems to be good knowledge to pass on as everyone knows someone who has hormone problems. I think this book could have saved my sister her last divorce….another good reference. It is another piece of information in my arsenal to feel great and whole.

    I think we all need to learn to advocate for ourselves we can no longer leave it up to others whether it is our education, our finances, our work, or our health.

  12. Barb Hartsook Says:

    Hi Patricia.

    I picked up a book called The Female Brain, in Borders last year, written by Louann Brizendine, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist. I stood there and read about the phases of women’s brains and the role of hormones, as we go through life. I bought copies for me, and also for my girls who have girls.

    My challenge with hormones was caught by an alternative woman M.D. whom I traveled almost two hours one way to see — for about four years.

    She tested me for everything and prescribed compounded pharmaceuticals and minerals and amino acids and hormones — including a teensy bit of testosterone for one year! — things my body showed no sign of having or being able to use. She got me balanced, thank God.

    I’m good now. She’s moved another two hours beyond me, or I’d still go to her every so often. As it is, I don’t need an M.D. unless my asthma flairs. I don’t do drugs — they make me crazy. (I used to think it was just me. I see now it wasn’t.)

    I’m ordering this book you recommended. Thank you.


  13. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your good comment – it was reassuring. Lundin talks about compounding supplements which just meet your need to find balance. I too can not take pharmaceuticals as I feel crazy and so ill from them.
    I am searching for a great Physician or Naturopath as I feel the ND that I had was cruel and that the MD is trying but does not understand what I am describing and my needs. The medical Intuitive has been much more helpful…This book has so many descriptions that are helpful for women at all ages and stages and it is so easy to read that it would make a great reference on the shelf…
    The author even tells you about tests you can mail away for…and places that do competent freelance lab work.

    Her offices would be about 3 days drive from my house, maybe by taking the book into my Dr. office I too can find relief. We have 4 excellent compounding pharmacies here in town.

    It is so nice not to feel alone.

  14. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    This is an excellent book review and I’m glad you have found your way and answers that work for you. It’s amazing what is available now that wasn’t even 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing this with so many others that may need some answers as well. Us women need to stick together!
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..Green Living – Made Simple =-.

  15. Mark Says:

    Sounds like an important book for all women and men to read! Thanks for the review.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Cleansing Ouselves Of The Muck of Our Past =-.

  16. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. Thanks for your reply to me – yes I guess we are luckier here in the UK as we have the NHS – equally natural practitioners are frowned on – but more and more people are seeking natural remedies.

    I just thought I’d put another book into the mix .. about 10 years ago I started having pelvic organ prolapse .. fortunately it’s static .. but I looked at the alternatives without worrying to much – as I (fortunately) don’t fall into that category. I came across an American book “Saving the whole Woman” by Christine Ann Kent, published by BridgeWorks. Here she gives the essential reasons why women should never have hysterectomy .. I have to say half the book I could have done without .. but I read what I needed & was suitably impressed to take cognizance of that above fact. She gives exercises et al .. – another book for us women to know about.

    I will almost certain get the ‘Insane’ book as it will make interesting reading .. – useful knowledge to have ..

    I’m copying some of this across to Nadia, who’s also reviewing the book ..

    Thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to our attention ..
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Haggis, Whisky and Poetry .. means only one thing "Robbie Burns" =-.

  17. Patricia Says:

    I truly believe that if I had been treated as a whole person and the women in my life had truly shared about health with me….I would not have had ovarian cancer. My body was teaching me every moment – I spent so many years at the library….I think the Internet will help with communication and knowledge sharing – but understanding will change the concept of being perfect for each other – which I believe is the worst lesson of centuries….

    Sometimes I think we need to make ourselves ill in order to understand….or feel pain so greatly we are willing to change

    Dr. Christiane Northrup is writing to these things now too – as her book about Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom…integration is starting to happen….knowledge is starting to be a shared commodity – not private stock.

    Yes, I think men can learn understanding too…and we are now starting to learn about men’s hormonal changes and gaining knowledge there to change cancer rates…and promote health

  18. Patricia Says:

    The women’s movement has truly made changes in health care for women in the USA. I remember when Our Bodies Our Selves came out into the 1960’s unrest…
    The problem now is that folks just want bling and someone to do the work for them….pundits and lazy….makes for a shallow society

    I find most of the young girls I work with would just as soon take a pill and feel better for 30 minutes rather than drop a food that is causing the problem. The hardest part of the book is the month chart…most of the kids I work with will not write down or remember what they ate for the past 3 days….too boring.

    And remember we have Sarah Palin in the popular slot making tons of money for not having any knowledge about a subject and for denial – just make up the truth for the moment…They are more worried about breast implants than cancer, they are more concerned about high heels than health, and about what is the tiniest amount I can eat and still wear a size 6 – who cares about health?

    Thanks for adding another book to the list.

  19. Patricia Says:

    I did not mean to miss you….sorry, I greatly appreciate your comments…”It’s amazing what is available now that wasn’t even 10 years ago.” I think this is so true, true…

    I am quite worried that younger women do not realize or understand that all this new medical information – health information has come at a hard cost to women…and only since Clinton was President….Women’s hormones were studied in MEN as was breast cancer and Women’s health was left to the Psychiatrist because it was truly just hysterical and mental illness.

    I am hoping we do not keep going backward in these areas….

  20. Mama Zen Says:

    This sounds all too familiar to me. I’m definitely getting this book!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Sky In Bloom =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I think you will be glad you did get this book – a good resource too for your daughter coming of age…


  22. Lisa Munley Says:

    Patricia, your personal story is absolutely gut wrenching. Health professionals everywhere should read this book!

    Thank you so much for all the time you put into reading and reviewing FBGI. It is very much appreciated. I’m glad you found such a powerful connection to it.

    By the way, I just sent you an email..

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  24. Patricia Says:

    I got the email and I was glad to have read this book and made so many discoveries. Thank you for your comments and for dropping by and checking on my review.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Vitamins =-.