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Female and Forgetful    by Elisa Lottor & Nancy P. Bruning order for
Female and Forgetful
by Elisa Lottor
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Warner, 2002 (2002)

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* *   Reviewed by Wesley Williamson

The title is expanded to 'A Six-Step Program to Help Restore Your Memory and Sharpen Your Mind', which just about says it all. The book is divided into two parts. Part One details the various aspects of memory loss in women, and explains why females have a higher incidence of memory loss than males. Part Two describes the six-part program, which is individualized by the provision of a number of questionnaires leading the reader to the particular sections of the program likely to be of most benefit to her.

In Part One, the author describes the mental and physiological differences between the sexes, and how they influence health. She deals with them under six main headings: anatomy; estrogen; stress; nutrition; and other factors, such as biochemical illnesses like depression, chronic fatigue, low blood sugar, and thyroid imbalances. They are covered in a great deal of detail, and made lively and memorable by a wealth of individual anecdotes, as patients and friends describe how they were affected personally. The last chapter in this part contains questionnaires designed to enable the reader to identify the kind of memory loss suffered (short-term or long-term), and its severity. Additional questionnaires are intended to provide information on hormonal, nutritional, lifestyle, and medical factors which will assist you and possibly your doctor to find problem areas and make changes, and to continually monitor yourself if you follow the program in the book.

Part Two covers in great detail the six steps of the program which include an emphasis on nourishing foods and the reduction of anti-nutrients; nutritional supplements; herbs and other botanicals; hormone balancing; the exercise of body and brain; and the reducton of stress. It includes a food plan, with ten recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also included are ten recipes for meals to boost brain power. Naturally, there is major emphasis on nutritional supplements and herbal remedies, since the author is a naturopath, and if you accept this as a valid and healthy approach you will find the relevant chapters extremely useful and have no problem following the program. Others may still find the book most useful as a comprehensive overall review of the variety of reasons for memory loss in women and possible approaches to a solution for each individual case.

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