Book Review: "The Female Brain Gone Insane" by Mia Lundin
Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy
How many women have felt like her world was falling apart at some stage in her life? Assailed by symptoms such as anxiety,
depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, weeping, brain fog and loss of focus and concentration, she seeks help from her trusted medical practitioner. Traditional medicine offers her symptomatic relief with pharmaceutical chemicals such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents and sleep aids. Side effects from these medications sometimes lead to the addition of more medications. When this option fails, the medical practitioner, at a loss, may tell her, "It's all in your head." This roller coaster of symptoms can make any woman think she is going insane.
This happened to Mia Lundin, nurse practitioner, author of "The Female Brain Gone Insane," after she gave birth to her second child. Although resistant, she did turn to antidepressants for a time. Prior to using antidepressants, she noticed an injection of progesterone dramatically relieved her symptoms for a few days. Ultimately, her curiosity about hormones, sparked by the benefit she experienced with progesterone, led her to a 20 year clinical practice using bioidentical sex, adrenal and thyroid hormones along with amino acids to help with neurotransmitter production in the brain.
Neurotransmitters are made in the body from amino acids obtained by digesting proteins in the diet. Neurotransmitter balance is a key component of brain function. There are over 50 known neurotransmitters, but those we understand the best are serotonin, GABA, norepinephrine (or noradrenaline) and dopamine. The first two have calming effects and the second two are excitatory. Neurotransmitters do not operate alone. They are greatly influenced by sex, thyroid and adrenal hormones.