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The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions--Today

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  761 ratings  ·  99 reviews
We're in a bad mood epidemic, but Julia Ross's plan provides a natural cure. Drawing on thirty years of experience, she presents breakthrough solutions to overcoming depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and other negative emotional states that are diminishing the quality of our lives. Her comprehensive program is based on the use of four mood-building amino acids and ...more
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Published December 1st 2003 by Penguin Books (first published October 28th 2002)
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My naturopath recommended this book to me. There's some good info in here about supplements and exercise. But I REALLY hated the way she kept dissing vegetarians/vegans. Apparently, you just can't be healthy nor happy being veg. I'm living proof that's not true!
I would recommend this book not only for people struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, that type of thing, but also for overstressed, overwhelmed people, and for people with mild depression- sort of low-energy/apathetic type of feeling. I think everyone should read it because the chances are extremely high that you will need the things you learn for yourself at some point in your life or for someone you love. You might even be suffering needlessly, telling yourself it's "normal" and that you ...more
Dez Hanna
The Mood Cure was just what I was looking for. At 53 I started experiencing insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, high blood pressure spikes, food cravings, etc. I thought I was losing my mind and not really sure where to turn,after going to my doctor who put me on ativan, which is a benzodiazepine, and has a really bad history of addiction, this book literally put me back on the right track & saved my life. I was looking for a natural approach to my health crisis, and I found It with this book. I ...more
My mom sent me this book and two supplements (5-HTP and L-Tyrosine) after I had admitted to her that I was using alcohol to self-medicate my depression and anxiety. She told me to start taking the 5-HTP immediately, even before I read the book.

I've read the book and it really does make a lot of sense. I've stopped drinking for a week. The cravings are still there, but right now I only have the two supplements my mom sent, the others are in the mail.

The 5-HTP makes me feel better within about 15
This looks like a self-help style quick fix book, but its actually realy good if you are interested in natural remedies for any kind of emotional stress, instability, lack of motivation, anxiety etc etc. I have been looking for a good book on the subject of dealing with depression and anxiety through diet and natural means FOR YEARS. Many other books were either too vaque or so complicated that I had to just put it dowm. This is easy to read but detailed enough to take seriously. I learned a lot ...more
This book filled in a lot of knowledge gaps for me between nutrition facts that I sort of knew before, such as that people need plenty of serotonin and other neurotransmitters to maintain a good mood and that low-calorie diets usually backfire. I've tried some of the recommended eating patterns (less sugar, less refined flour, more protein, not worrying about fat) and I do seem to be feeling better. Hubby made me steak with vegetables and potatoes last night and I woke up this morning feeling mo ...more
I got a LOT of excellent information from this book, but I held off any review until I put the regimen into actual practice for at least a few weeks.

My friend Natalie also recommended this book, and noted that she regularly saw improvements to her energy/focus level within MINUTES, which was very intriguing to me.

I found that assessment to be true as well - attention, energy, SOUND sleep, alertness on waking all have marked improvement in a very short time span after taking the amino acid supp
I've read most of the book. I'm so so soooo happy I got it. I have suffered from depression for about 2 years and it never really made sense why I was feeling this way. I have a wonderful group of friends, family, I go to a great school. I was going to therapy and although I made progress I still felt like there was something wrong. I actually found this book because it was recommended to me by one of my favorite authors Marci Shimoff who wrote Happy for no reason and Love for no reason. After g ...more
Jennifer Jaynes
Dec 21, 2011 Jennifer Jaynes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone struggling with depression and/or anxiety
Shelves: nutrition
I read this after reading "The Diet Cure," and I'm SO glad I did. Julia Ross knows her aminos and how powerful they can be when it comes to mood. This is information that few, if any, conventional doctors will mention... which is too bad.

I'm now on a regimen of l-tryptophan, l-tyrosine, GABA, DLPA, B-Complex vitamins, calcium/magnesium and quality proteins--and I feel better than ever.

I noticed improvements almost immediately and HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with depr
I read this and, along with her other book, The Diet Cure, she basically puts you on a regimen of herbal supplements. I spent about $200 on various herbs (GABA, St. John's and some others I can't remember now) that I had to remember to take at various times of the day (and which to take when). It didn't work for me, I was out the cost of the books, all the money I spent for the pills and my urine smelled like it was a biohazard. TMI. And I sort of lost my pride (see: $200). Some people may prefe ...more
This book is AMAZING. As a psychotherapist working amongst statutory settings, I must say I can really see the limitation of 'standard treatments' or CBT, and conversely the power of nutritional therapies. Julia Ross's dietary guidelines are in line with the currently popular Paleo/ Low Carb Diet, which I personally see as legitimate. For those who feel like they are in a deep dark tunnel have exhausted every way out, I strongly recommend this book.
Read a borrowed copy from the public library and decided to go ahead and buy my own copy so I can follow it to hopefully kill the depression I've struggled with since 4th grade.
Feb 18, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to improve their physical & mental health
Recommended to Carrie by: Kirsten Swanson
This is one of those books that made me say "ah-ha" a dozen times. It will have a steady place on my bookshelf as a reference that I will religiously re-read.

After close to 10 years of average health, and consistent battles with insomnia, poor nutrition, caffeine addiction, and the "blahs" this book is reads like a journal of my symptoms...and gives all natural remedies.

It is VERY easy to read and follow. All of the recommended supplements can be found at your local Health or Whole Foods Grocery
Hallie Brown
I chose to read this book because I want to be a nutritionist. I knew somewhat about the effects of our diets on our moods, but discovered they were more important than I anticipated. The Mood Cure clearly addresses every part of the average person's dietary intake explaining what the good mood foods are, what the bad mood foods are, and when you need to eat them. Today, many people are not getting the necessary nutrients and therefore have created a vicious cycle for themselves. Ross addresses ...more
I found this book to be lifechanging. Unfortunately, I also find myself wanting to give it to other people who I know have trouble with depression and tell them, "This really works! Try it!" with the sort of wide-eyed fanaticism that I know will make them back away slowly.

It intuitively makes sense, though, that instead of tinkering with the reuptake processes of the brain in order to get there to be more free serotonin, you just take the precursors to seratonin.

My only caveat to the "This is fa
Don't let the title and subtitle put you off - this book is based on solid science and clinical experience. If you've always had serious "mood" problems and found that intensive efforts to think positively, meditate, rest and go through therapy only helped marginally, this is probably what you need to confirm which biochemical balances you suffer from and find out how to fix them. The reason why I'm not giving it five stars is my hypersensitivity to lectins, which has caused various health probl ...more
Le Chuck
We're in a bad mood epidemic alright, but I don't think it has as much to do with diet than, say, the economy, overcrowding, our deteriorating environment, etc. This book is an interesting take on our current epidemic from the dietary perspective, regardless of how off base it may be at times. The impact of low protein, low fat diet on mental health, in mind, is the most believable. Also- the use of amino acid supplementation to increase endogenous neurotransmitter levels in lieu of SSRIs is gre ...more
Andrea James
I picked up this book for three reasons: 1) I've been feeling extremely tired and run down and hence I'm broadening my scope in looking for ways to fix my body 2) I'm interested in learning about factors that can affect our brain's function, our moods etc. because these in turn often have an effect on our decision-making, which is what I work on 3) the book had great reviews

The first couple of chapters seemed alright - the author lamented about the decline of good nutrition and she highlighted t
Amanda Satchwell
Talk about comprehensive. If this book didn't help cure my moods, it certainly changed my supplement habits--in that I now take about 7 different types a day, mostly amino acids, minerals, proteins, and a select grouping of vitamins. But only after exhausting this and about 4 other books on supplements during my summer family vacation this year. Of the books I read, I felt like I learned the most practical lessons and the most complete understanding of what happens/causes "bad moods" from this r ...more
Gina Briganti
Don’t you just love reading a stellar book? Julia Ross’s research for The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of your Emotions - Today is inspiring. As a Holistic Health Consultant, I’ve learned more from her about amino acid therapy than I did when I earned my degree in applied nutrition. The Mood Cure is filled with recipes, resources, and practical information. Is it a substitute for qualified care? Not in my opinion. Still, learning what this book has to offer will empower readers t ...more
Kalin Rheanne
This book is a must read for every person.

Everyone experiences fluctuations in moods and at one point or another may experience difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability, etc. without it being to the point where they see a psychiatrist. This book will be very useful to the general population, but especially to those who have "diagnosable" "mood disorders." (I use quotes for my own purposes, but you can feel free to ignore that.)

Through proper diet and supplement programs, as well as lifestyle c
Nov 17, 2011 Sharon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sharon by: my nutritionist
Shelves: abandoned
Stopped reading this when the author started advocating homeopathy.

Then, found a review on Amazon that goes into detail about the problems with this book, including blood type diets and a claim that "casein can be as addictive as gluten." What? There's also no citation for the slams against vegetarianism and veganism.
"We're in a bad mood epidemic." -- Julia Ross

A practical, simple, and healthy approach on using natural remedies to improve your emotional well-being. Even if you have no "need" for this book, READ it. The information is overwhelming, fascinating, and surprising!
Tanya Hakala
Interesting read. Covered a lot of information I've read in other places. I didn't care for how much she dissed the vegetarian diet. Also, the style of writing was kind of annoying to me, but it was a quick enough read that it wasn't bad to get through.
Lisa C
Interesting read on the connection between nutrition and mood health. A must-read for anyone suffering from various types of mood disorders. It recommends dietary changes, but also amino acid supplements to help you "catch up." Once you are caught up with those deficiencies, you can just continue on the new diet without the supplements.

I would love if general practitioners and mental health practitioners would read this book because the information has the potential to help far more people than
Laura Manderino
As a practicing therapist I am always interested in different methods to help my clients. Many people do not feel comfortable treating their symptoms with psychiatric medicine right away (though sometimes that is absolutely necessary and that is okay) and this book offers a great, detailed way people can try to lift their mood and alleviate their symptoms. The book includes quizzes individuals can take themselves to assist them to figure out what brain chemical or hormone may need adjusting, and ...more
I started implementing the recommendations in this book, and I'm feeling better in less than a week! I only started with one supplement so if I improve, then I'd know exactly what was working. There's one more I want to try now.

This is the first time, since starting my antidepressants in 2001, that I have hope of getting off or at least significantly reducing those meds.

Her simple explanations of the science behind amino acids are extremely helpful. Our brains create serotonin from 5-HTP which i
I skimmed this book. It had very interesting facts about the influences our diet has on our moods. I can attest to the positive effects of eliminating gluten, processed foods and sugar/high fructose syrup. I don't think I'll be running to my pharmacy or health foods store to grab all the supplements considered in this book (I've heard from medical professionals that some of the side-effects of i.e. 5-HTP are awful). But I have found pro-biotics, and fish oils to be helpful. Eating more fish and ...more
This is one of those books that I want to have on my shelf as a health reference book. It is full of useful information, and she included entire nutritional plans. The heart of the book revolves around how to treat depression and other mood issues with supplements and nutritional therapy, namely through the use of amino acids. I found it extremely helpful. I was able to better understand what exactly has been going on with my thyroid, hormones, mood, and so on.

Ross has a "mood-type quiz" that y
I found this book to be amazing! I read it in one sitting. I really resonated with a lot of what she shared in the book. A lot of their insight comes from clinical work with years of working with their process with their clients. Hence, it's full of case studies from clients. There are 4 different types of "Moods" she tries to cure...including seratonin depletion, dopamine, depletion, GABA depletion, etc.. Also she discusses what foods we eat on how they affect the brain.
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