Most helpful critical review
Wisdom combined with wackiness
on October 11, 2013
I am happy that I have this book in my library as it is helpful to be able to consult an expert medical opinion when my perimenopausal symptoms start to get me down. A reminder that there are all types of "normal" at this stage of life, and of the importance of good self-care, diet, exercise, is reassuring, and the author comes across as warm and compassionate. I also found the sections on the mental and emotional changes women go through at this time of life to be interesting and thought-provoking. There were a lot of "aha" moments for me when reading this book.
However, I find the combination of science and pseudoscience presented to be off-putting, to say the least. The author states that astrology and metaphysics play a major role in her thought processes, and these themes are repeated over and over. She is particularly enamored with the idea of intuitive healing and "the body's wisdom" (endless references to her friend/colleague Mona Lisa Schulz) and consults tarot cards as part of her self-diagnosis. When a person of science makes use of completely unproven quack techniques, there is a disconnect that I have trouble getting past. There are also endless suggestions of herbal supplements to combat physical or mental difficulties, and if a person were to follow this advice she would be downing handfuls of pills a day and could probably just flush her money down the toilet and save her body the trouble of processing it all. Many (most?) of the herbal remedies she promotes have no proven value, or have been thoroughly dis-proven by now (glucosamine for joint problems, gingko biloba for memory, etc. etc.)
The book is worth a read, for sure, but do it with a skeptical mind or risk being hood-winked. When you are in physical or emotional pain it is possible to be easily sucked into believing the implausible.