The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions--Today
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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 other surprisingly potent nutrient supplements, plus a diet rich in good-mood foods such as protein, healthy fat, and certain key vegetables. Including an individualized mood-type questionnaire, The Mood Cure has all the tools to help you get started today and feel better tomorrow.
Buy Something Else. ANYTHING Else! I'm a self-help junkie and at age fifty-eight, have read just about everything out there. So I'm going to keep this short and sweet. This book is useless. I read through it, shook my head and handed it to my husband. He skimmed it and gave it to our daughter, a PhD candidate in Psychology. She said it was . . . I can't print what she said.
Please don't bother. The book is just plain bad. It's now in our recycling bin. It's not even worth trying to re-sell, and I don't want to waste anyone else's energy by giving my copy to them....more info
a "must-read" I learned so much reading this book and have adjusted my nutrition accordingly to excellent results....more info
Prozac, alcohol, coffee,cigarettes ? Ever wonder why we're drawn to these things? This book is packed with current information about mind nutrition. Included: amino acids, vitamins/minerals, herbs, diet. Most of the emphasis is on amino acids and how they affect our predominant brain nuerotransmitters. If you are taking or considering taking an antidepressant, hooked on coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, chocolate, this book is a must. It tries to explain the biological "why" we are drawn to these things. This is not one of those fuzzy, "Talk to a therapist, or take vitamin C" books. There are 17 pages of notes referencing studies,articles and scientific journals. This book is a good starting point. One of the previous reviewers brought up a good point: the book could have used some better editing. The author repeats herself. But dont stop reading it - there's fascinating information throughout. From the inside cover: "the author holds a master's degree in clinical psycology and has been directing counseling programs since 1980."...more info
It Worked for Me Too I have taken almost every antidepressant on the market over the past 15 years. I have often felt I was "born depressed". While I could make a case that these meds have saved my life, the side effects of these drugs were very unpleasant and I have sought (unsuccessfully) to stop taking them numerous times. It is only with the wisdom of this book and the addition of the recommended supplements that I can say that I am doing AS WELL OR BETTER than I ever did on medication.
I highly recomnmend this book. Try it yourself and see if it works for you....more info
A great book I thought this book was very well done, and too the point. You know how when you read something, you just know that it's right, well that's the way I felt about this book. I thought it showed great ability to relate and provided a very valuable way of forming a balanced approach to treatment. I highly recommend this book. I look at it as one that I would like to keep as a reference....more info
The Mood Cure This therapy is amazing!! I've struggled with depression all my life and tried almost every antidepressant available. This regimen is as good as any prescription drug....more info
This method works, but have patience when reading the book. I just tried out the cures in this book and they seem to be working. I want to thank the author for researching this method. I found myself using the supplements that she suggested but passing on her food cure method. The selection of food was just too limited for me. I read over the " bad foods" and was trying to figure out what exactly I could eat. I think if you're looking to lose weight in addition to improving your mood, than you should follow her food suggestions. It seems like there's nothing left to eat after she goes through food options. But I guess its worked for her patients on the mood cure since they haven't starved to death. I'm only giving the book 4 stars out of 5 because the writing isn't clear at times, it's poorly organized, and the author is annoyingly repetitive. For instance, the author mentions that if you fall into more than one of the categories than the methods can address all of them at once. So then I went on a search through the book for some explanation on this and I couldn't find one. I wish the author had found an organized editor to help her format the book, and clarify her writing before it was published. This would have made the book much more enjoyable and accessible to the reader. In addition the author is extremely repetative in her points. In many sections, the author rambled on and on about the same point for pages on end. I don't know what the purpose of this was unless she thinks the readers are all idiots who can't grasp a point and move on. Or maybe she just can't move on! But overall I appreciate her research. This is a valuable book. Just have some patience when reading it....more info
cure or curse? On the surface, The Mood Cure looks pretty impressive, but a closer examination reveals many problems.
The mood questionaire at the beginning of the book is too broad and vague, and since a person's general mood can change from day to day depending on external circumstances, this can be difficult to assess. Testing for allergies is also very difficult, as symptoms can vary greatly in variety and degree. People can even have a positive reaction to a benign substance if they believe it is an allergen. In any case, self-testing is not recommended.
Ross is also too critical of carbohydrates and vegetarian diets, and doesn't often make a distinction between whole grains and refined flour. Conversely, she downplays the dangers of a high-fat high-protein diet. Not only that, her comparison of diets today with diets 100 years ago is too broad and scientifically shaky.
Cautions about supplements are mainly relegated to the back of the book, and she advocates taking SAM-e and melatonin, both of which are largely untested regarding long-term effects (melatonin can have many short-term side effects, and sales are banned in Canada, France, and Britain).
Undocumented/unsubstantiated statements include: 28- the study in which a serotonin deficiency is created. 112- "Take a look at the following sample menu. The word that comes to mind is *satisfying!*" 130- Hydrogenated fats are "one step away from a plastic." 134- "Fat really is jolly." 138- "Casein can be as addictive as gluten." 154- "I defy you to find more beautiful and cheery people than the Thai." On page 45, she actually cites a study in which tryptophan cured depression in birds.
As if that wasn't enough, she even advocates pseudoscientific remedies such as homeopathy and blood type diets. Lack of replication by others, and recent criticism of high-fat and high-protein diets in general does not bode well for this diet. Proceed with caution....more info
Help with depression and other "stuff" This book, and the other book this author had written, The Diet Cure, have helped me considerably. The information in these two books has helped me to find something that works for me, to help with the roller coaster that is peri menopause and all of it's lovely mercurical mood swings and insane feelings that accompanied it for me.
I have used perscription anti depressants in the past, but the side effects were more than I wanted to deal with. This book offered me an alternative to those that actually worked well for me. I'm not a medical professional, and would never ever tell anyone else that they should do what I did. But the information in this book really helped me to find a workable alternative to RX meds that did NOT work for me....more info
This saved my life I've suffered from chronic, low-level depression with periodic major depressive episodes all my life. I was in the throes of another major episode when someone suggested this book to me. I followed her recommendations for immediate relief (the use of amino acid supplements) and in less than 24 hours I was out of my deep, dark well. I still don't believe it. It is a miracle for me.
I went through 15 years on Effexor - talk about a nasty drug! If I missed a day of that drug I became very ill. I decided to get off of it totally when I began daily exercise and it became clear that the exercise was reducing the need for the drug. Exercise is an important part of my solution, but it isn't the whole solution. I had been using 5-HTP and St. John's Wort but it wasn't working well. Based on this book, my solution set ended up being L-tryptophan, L-tyrosine, and DLPA.
The diet is challenging in today's environment. Basically, get rid of the sugar and flour. Eat protein every meal and 4-5 cups of vegetables a day. No coffee, no aspartame. It's really just good, sensible eating with a couple of surprises - soy products and vegetable oils (excluding olive oil) are bad. It's still hard to follow with society constantly shoving tasty, addictive garbage at you. For my health and longevity, I've decided that it is a challenge worth taking on....more info
Some Practical Considerations While reading this book, examining my own program (I have 3 of the 4 most common mood imbalances), and shopping for the supplements, I've become aware of a few practical matters that I think people should be aware of.
First, this method can take some time. For example, if 5-HTP doesn't work, you should try typtophan. If that doesn't work, you should move on to St John's Wort. If THAT doesn't work, try SAM-e - at least one bottle's worth. Dealing with 3 of the 4 imbalances, I won't know what works and what doesn't if I start taking all of the recomended supplements at the same time. That means going through one by one, which I realize will take a while. Don't get discouraged if you aren't cured on the first day.
Second, this method can be costly. A month's supply of 5-HTP runs $36 here. A month's supply of SAM-e is $158. Compare that to my $3 co-pay for a month's supply of my antidepressant.
Let me state that I'm not advising against this program. I generally believe that being drug-free is better than taking drugs, if you can get the same or better results another way. Just realize going in that this program will require time, energy, money, and commitment....more info
science made simple This is one of the best book on the mechanics of the body. It is totally different from everthing we have been taught, but it is all backed up by science. I am recommending it to all my family members and friends....more info
Treat depression and anxiety. Treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety with scientifically proven vitamins and dietary supplements....more info
A -MUST- read My dietician recommended this book to me. Interestingly enough the "American diet" is making many people very unhealthy. In the "Mood Cure," Julia Ross goes in to explain what is causing so many ailments and how to "cure" them.
I personally do not think that this book is properly titled. In fact, I was tempted to think that this was some fad book. I also did not like the personal quiz at the beginning. I almost missed out on the vital information in this book because of these two things. The information in this book truely is essential for living a happy and healthy life. ...more info
Hard to believe, but it works! The Mood Cure works! I've been on and off antidepressants for 5 or more years now. Most recently, I was taking Wellbutrin (300mg/day) and klonopin as needed to sleep. My husband and I were watching a spiritual infomerical about amino acid therapy one morning and he (the skeptic) made it his mission to "cure" me. He searched the internet and decided on "The Mood Cure," had to go out and buy it and the amino's that day! I went off of the pharmaceuticals cold turkey and after about a week and half of withdrawal and/or adaptation to amino therapy, my constant state of depression and anxiety miraculously dissipated. It's been two months now and the first month was filled with ENORMOUS turmoil and stress due to our life circumstances, not drug withdrawal or starting a new regime, and I have to say my overall state of calm and contentment have prevailed 99% of the time. Okay, things still get edgy around PMS time, but not nearly as depilitating!
If you are depressed, anxiety ridden, addiction ruled, even just not yourself, I highly recommend trying amino acid therapy. It's natural and given the american diet of today, you probably are deficient and the amino's can't hurt. And...if you've tried the full spectrum of popular antidepressants commonly prescribed, and don't like the endless and life interfering side effects, amino acid therapy may be your 'prescription' of choice. The only draw back to it is that amino acids aren't covered by your prescription drug plan so you may be shelling out more cash each month to maintain your mental health. However, according to 'The Mood Cure' after several months, maybe a year, of amino acid therapy your body will be back in balance and you'll be able to stop taking them!
Overall, my state of being is 100% improved over what it even was on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. This isn't to say I am 100% cured,but I am 100% improved....more info
The Mood Cure "The Mood Cure" by Julia Ross is an informative and useful follow up Julia's first book, "The Diet Cure." This book provides clear guidelines for the reader to determine her "mood type" then provides detailed physical and nutrition-related description of how and why these moods develop and progress. Finally, an easy to follow supplement and nutritional profile is provided for the reader to begin transforming the Dark Clouds, Blahs, Stress and Sensitivity into a Healthy, good mood. Thanks Julia for another excellent book!...more info
Saved me from bad moods I have read many books regarding health and nutrition, and only took bits and pieces from those books. This is the first one I heeded the information on. I was sad and depressed occasionally (more often than not), and ate according to my moods. I discovered that my moods were primarily caused by the food I choose to eat. I changed my diet and most of my lifestyle was starting to change before reading it. I can say that when my moods were bad, I would be angry, shy or quite. I can be a better person to others and myself and no longer feel like being killed on the freeway from accidents caused by others. LOL. But really, I'm sure some people understand that, I have had many other people relate to that idea and am not afraid to admit how I felt. I have learned so much from reading this book, which I have helped others understand and try things suggested from the book. I went out and bought a friend a bottle of 5HTP and the book as a gift, because I wanted to share this good feeling. The book is easy to understand, as Julia Ross explains it all. The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Rebalance Your Emotional Chemistry and Rediscover Your Natural Sense of Well-Being ...more info
Eye Opening I was skeptical when I read the introduction and the quiz at the beginning of the book. It sounded like she was saying we all have mood disorders and I started to wonder if it was a ploy to sell supplements.
However, once I started reading through the chapters talking about the specific symptoms of amino acid deficiency I felt as if it were speaking directly to my heart. It accurately described my defense mechanisms and other coping techniques for dealing with my emotional reactions to the world around me.
Before reading this book it was not unusual for me to eat very little during the day and drink 24-32 oz of coffee, then to come home and indulge in a rich dinner and dessert. Four weeks ago, I started experimenting with the amino acid and basic nutritional recommendations she makes, and have been rigidly following it for the past two weeks.
What's changed: I'm not drinking coffee (and I don't want to); I wake up more easily, happier, and more alert; I'm more cheerful and talkative throughout the day; my mood swings have virtually disappeared; I stop eating when I'm full; I don't crave empty calories.
Though I am not struggling with obesity or suicidal depression, I am overweight and moody, and so far this book has made a huge difference for me. Also Recommended: "5-HTP" by Michael Murray.
I remember one morning shortly after I started reading the book I woke up feeling angry and sad. I ate a handful of dark green lettuce and immediately felt completely better. In the past I would have had a mocha (chocolate and caffeine which are both drugs) and experienced a temporary satisfaction (along with 400 added calories to my diet) followed by a moody slump in the afternoon.
A new awareness of how what you eat shapes how you interact with the world has been the real eye-opening experience that this book has given me....more info
I loved this book Not only did I love this book, but it really has changed my life. I ended up going to a doctor because I was on anti-depressants and I didn't feel comfortable treating myself. I have been on amino acids and am changing the way I eat and I have not felt this great in years. I am very grateful for this book. I finally have an optimistic outlook on life. I am happy to get up in the mornings and I look forward to each day. I have not felt this way since before I had kids 10 years ago....more info
CHANGED MY LIFE I always had problems controlling my moods. I quit several jobs on pure impulse, had a hellish life full of anger, lack of focus, lack of energy and a sense of emptiness. I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder but medication did not help with my lack of enthusiasm and focus and made me fat and bald. With the supplements recommended in this book I felt normal for the first time in my life. If what you are after in life is a feeling of happiness then this book is for you. It sure changed my life....more info
Interesting but did not work for me This book proposes that changes in diet and nutritional supplements can eliminate four types of "false moods": a dark cloud, blahs, stress, or too much sensitivity. Admittedly, the author provides a fairly convincing argument to support her diet deficiency theory. It's not even that difficult to apply the dietary suggestions to yourself. However, I tried the suggestions for two months and didn't notice any improvement in my blah moods. So to me, this book is blah! Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind"....more info
Holy smokes, it works! A friend suggested this book for my husband. While reading the wonderful reviews, I also looked at the "Diet Cure" book for myself. I bought both books and we have been reading them in tandem. Last week, we bought the supplements and have been following Julia's instructions as closely as possible. We are experiencing amazing results! My husband is a natural skeptic and pessimist, and even he is singing the praises of this program. I witnessed immediate improvement in his general moods as well as greatly improved stress coping. Though I would not say that I had a "mood problem", I have noticed that the program I am follwing from "The Diet Cure" has not only cut way back on my carb cravings, it has generally improved my spirits as well. Honestly, these two books can save marriages and I am not one to give high praise lightly. It is worth mentioning that you need to do the program as completely as possible as the various suppliments are truly complimentary. You start with the lowest dosage of the suppliments and work up until you achieve the desired result. The lower doses were not enough for us, so we kept increasing (within the parameters in the books) until we got results. We are so happy we found this information. God bless you Julia Ross!...more info
Excellent solution If you are tired of antidepressants and drugs in general to help you feel good about yourself this is the book to read. The director of a very prestigious rehab center refereed this to me when I confessed I could not afford the $20k for their program....more info
Mood Cure Easy reading. Packed with up-to-date information, and loads of reference material to guide you. ...more info
Nutrition advice that seems to really work! I read this book and started using the 5HTP supplements that the author recommended for those who are depressed and anxious. I also changed my diet as suggested in the book, eating more proteins, cutting down on carbs and eating more greens. I've been using the supplements for two weeks and haven't noticed anything drastic changing regarding my mood. However, I definitely noticed I crave carbs much less than I used to before taking the supplements. According to the book, the reason is now that my serotonin is raised with 5HTP, my body isn't craving carbs to give my serotonin a quick lift. I didn't start this program to lose weight at all. My focus was on changing my mood. However, the difference in my appetite is definitely noticeable to me -- more than the changes in my mood thus far. One word of warning: she recommended 50-150 mg of 5htp per day. I took 150 for two days and it triggered a panic attack. I also had major constipation. After that I lessed the dosage to 50 mg per day. Some other articles I read on 5htp recommend 25 mg per day. *Sigh* It's so hard to know who to really trust on these with such varying advice. Anyway, start low and work your way up, not the other way around. Overall, it was very readable and had tons of good advice....more info
Helpful book Overall this book is a good compilation of some of the nutrition/mood research available. Most of what I read, I've read elsewhere, but it was nice to have it summarized in one source. I don't agree with some of her opinions (she's an advocate of the Atkins diet and is adverse to vegetarian diets), but most of her advice is good.
As other reviewers mentioned, she definitely needs a good editor. Her self-promotional, dogmatic, repetitive writing style detracts from the book's content.
This book can be very helpful, but I'd encourage people to read other research to derive a more balanced perspective....more info
After 20 years on meds, I finally got cured... naturally The Mood Cure book worked for me. It has more successfully treated my symptoms of depression, anxiety, and apathy than 20+ years of prescription drugs and therapy.
Will the amino acid & vitamin supplements in this book work for you? I'm sure that "your results may vary"... but I can only hope that if you have been searching for an end to your inner pain... I hope that The Mood Cure will help you as much as it has helped me.
All I can say is that I had been on medications for depression for a couple of decades (lithium & Wellbutrin for at least the last decade or so), and while I was basically "stable"... I was generally not a happy person. From the outside, my life has always "looked" good... on the inside it has nearly always been a life of quiet pain.
Last year (2006), I decided to quit my meds and slowly took myself off them. I found that I was no worse without them... but still the baisc feeling upon waking up every day was that I was disappointed- disappointed to wake up again for yet another day. This was not good... especially since I have a wonderful wife, a great son, and in general had many, many reasons to feel grateful for my life rather than disappointed to be living it.
In December 2006 my wife came upon the Mood Cure in "alternative" pharmacy and she suggested that it couldn't hurt to try amino acid supplements. I'm not really into "alternative" healing (understatement), but I thought "What the heck... wouldn't it be nice to actually NOT be depressed as a general rule? What do I have to lose?".
I took the 4-part mood questionnaire in the very beginning of the book, drew up a list of supplements recommended in the book based on my "mood type(s)", and immediately started on a program. I felt better already within the first day and significantly better within the first few days.
It has now been two months of taking these recommended supplements on a daily basis and - as my wife can definitely attest to - my "dark cloud" has lifter, my "blahs" have receded, I no longer feel overwhelmed by stress, and I no longer feel that constant underlying pain in my life.
Am I grinning like a Chesire cat every day? Of course not, life has ups and downs... but The Mood Cure has been the best thing that I have found yet to help me feel better naturally, every day!...more info
Enlightening This book gave me an insight into my bouts of depression and the pms problems of my daughter. We were able to come up with helpful solutions to these problems....more info
The Mood Cure This is a wonderful book! I highly recommend it along with "The Omega-3 Connection" by Dr. Andrew Stoll. I have been through 3 severe clinical depressions in my life.I did the round of doctors, counselors and psychiatrists. I've been put on different types of medications until the doctors figured out which ones would help me. This, in my opinion, is sort of being like a guinea pig. They truly don't know you and your chemistry. I've been fortunate enough to have never been hospitalized, but believe me, there were times I wish they would just lock me away or that God would end my suffering. This book has a wealth of information on how our brain and body chemistry works. I've been on this program for three weeks now and I'm off my antidepresant and anti-anxiety medication and feel great! I know I've finally found the right road to recovery!...more info