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

ISBN: 0142003646
ISBN 13: 9780142003640
By: Julia Ross

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Are you a part of the bad mood epidemic? Here are the answers you've been looking for! Julia Ross’s plan provides a natural cure for your mood. 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.

Reader's Thoughts


This book is a miracle. Can't say enough. Who knew that a fifteen-year anxiety problem could be caused by a dietary problem. I made a few changes to my diet and took some amino acid supplements, and the problem went away. It's a quick read, and the explanations make so much sense. This is one of those books that you wish you could share with everyone.


I read this book in pieces, skipping around, and I'm sure that I didn't read the whole thing, but I'm returning this one to the library and am done with it. It is from 2002 so there has been a decade of research since then, and some of the supplements she suggests really aren't useful, especially to folks who might be on medication at the same time (highly likely for readers of such a book). The long and short of it is that I learned some things but I came not to entirely trust what it was telling me. Thus, decided to move onto other sources, e.g. some of the Paleo Diet research.


This definitely gave me the jump start I needed. Followed up with The Happiness Project and I'd say I'm a different person today. Ross's 4-step program helped me get some specific health counsel from my doctor that I never would have asked about and she never would have thought to address. As a result, I'm sleeping better, eating better, and feeling great.

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 changes, it is possible to cure mood disorders without drugs. Obviously, you want to take the drugs if necessary and wean off only when ready. This book does an outstanding job of giving you all of the information you need. It discusses your brain chemistry and how it is affected by foods you eat as well as what supplements you can take to balance it.This is a well researched book backed by countless scientific references and is a legitimate resource. I 1000% recommend this book.

Chris Rioux

I can't say enough good things about this book: It is chock-full of health, nutritional, and biochemical information on how we can alter the chemical imbalances in our body and brain by simply changing the foods that we eat and taking a few supplements where necessary. I thought I knew a lot about health and nutrition before I read this book, but the information on these pages is blowing me away.


So far I'm finding this to be a fascinating read. I'm finally starting to get how important nutrition is to our overall physical and emotional well-being, and how the chemical reactions in our brains are affected by what we're eating, good and bad, as well as what we're lacking in our diets. We don't need medications to solve our problems; feeding our bodies the natural foods and supplements they need will do the trick, much more effectively. I am loving this revelation!

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 to seek out someone who can work with them on this level. Chapter 13 alone should be required reading for anyone working in mental or holistic health, in my opinion. When I think of all of the suffering that could be prevented…I highlighted pages and pages of notes on the Kindle version of the book to add to my client’s knowledge base. There is one recommendation that Julia Ross makes that I had trouble with. She advocates a lot of animal protein in the diet. I know a lot of emotionally adjusted vegetarians and vegans. I don’t feel that the amount of animal protein she’s suggesting is right for everyone, or that it’s the only way to go. It is a large disagreement, but if you keep it in mind as you use the book, you'll be exposed to amazing amounts of useful information that can really make a difference.


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.


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 going through the questionnaire I realized I was deprived of serotonin; A neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy. As soon as I could I got the amnio acid that turns right into serotonin 5-HTP. It's 100% natural and has no side effects (unless you take too much of it). I felt better right away and I've only been taking the pills for a few days now. I feel good that I'm repairing my life back slowly. Through therapy and biology I know I'll get through this.


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 just need to "buck up."This is definitely the best book I have ever read on depression. Partly because the nutrition and supplement recommendations in it are RIGHT ON. I have been like the human experiment and can testify that it works, and it works FAST, like in 5 or 10 minutes.Her writing is down-to-earth and readable, very persuasive, and the research seems to be impeccable. And again, I think EVERYONE in the entire world should read this book. Taking some of the supplements she recommends for depression should be as much common knowledge as taking a Tylenol for a headache!!!I am completely on board with the author's philosophy that food in this country isn't what it used to be. This is a very common conclusion in the alternative/holistic health world. But the research is there. Our protein doesn't have as much tryptophan in it so our brains can have seratonin, and our produce just doesn't have the vitamins & minerals in it that it used to. Like I said, this needs to be common knowledge.

Smita Krishnaswamy

Very interesting perspective on the nutritional deficiencies that can cause imbalances in neurotransmitters and in turn mood disorders. Not entirely sure about the backing behind the research.


To me, this was a very interesting approach to eating. In the last few months, I was trying to eat less meat and because of the book I've increased my protein intake substantially (supplementing with protein powder as well). While I can't say I'm skipping through life I do feel a bit better. There is a detailed vitamin supplement protocol that I haven't tried but I'm going to implement. If that goes well, be sure, I'll tell everyone.


I read this book on the recommendation of my friend and nutritionist. I found it well written and easy to understand. There was some repetition of things and some parts that really didn't pertain to me. However, the sections that did address some of my issues, I found quite interesting.

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 great. The role of gluten however is much less proven or believable. This book further supports the cottage industry that is gluten enteropathy.

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. It is a starting point for a problem with anxiety & depression, for you it may not be a cure all, but it does give you allot of options. I have learned that great health is a constant journey of trial and error and figuring out what works for your body.

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