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

Jennifer Jaynes

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 depression and/or anxiety.I would also recommend for anyone suffering from low energy or apathy.

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.


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.


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.


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 more alert (after the first few minutes in the dark) and with a better appetite than I have in a while. Normally I would eat more wheat noodles or bread and less meat. In addition, after eating spinach and cheese omelets for breakfast for a few days, we went to a church potluck on Sunday and I was not tempted AT ALL to eat any of the desserts. I felt totally satisfied and my body hasn't been craving sugar like it sometimes would, although I haven't really been a sugar junkie for a long time--more of a wheat flour junkie.That said, I do want to investigate the claim that eating tons of saturated fat is good for you. It sounds awesome, but it's difficult for me to shed the idea that saturated fat is evil. I also have not tried any of Ross' advice on supplements, which is mostly what this book is about (her food advice is apparently more fleshed out (haha) in The Diet Cure). I frequently feel like I have low energy, am unmotivated, lack enthusiasm, and sometimes can't stay focused. Vitamin D has helped me in the past and I'm still taking it, but I may try some of Ross' suggestions for low-serotonin-sufferers such as taking a 5-HTP supplement. I've also never taken Omega-3 fish oil supplements and I don't eat much seafood, so that's another consideration.Overall, I found the structure of the book kind of confusing and overwhelming. When I'm reading this kind of thing, I really prefer more of a list-type format for things to try. Granted, I read the whole book through, and it seems like instead it's more meant for the reader to jump around in. There were some lists like the Master Supplement Plan that the reader could use to figure out what they would try and in what order, but I would have liked to have seen a master list of the bare bones content of everything she talked about in the book--more like an outline of what to try if you have which symptoms, in what dosage and how many times per day and WHAT time, in what order, and what to be cautious about right there on the chart. So, I may try some of the simpler, more harmless solutions and see what happens to me, but if I decide to go any further with it (which I probably won't because I don't have tons of time and money to devote to it), I would want to see a naturopath or a nutritionist.Update 2/12/2014: I thought I'd update with a note that I did indeed try a 5-HTP supplement, but it was not a good solution for me. It caused me to snap awake in the middle of the night. The author did mention in the book that it does that to some people, though--I guess I'm in that minority.


Great book about the connections of nutrition supplements and lifestyle to emotional health. This book changed my diet and my vitamin regiment and fixed so many symptoms that were fall out from Graves disease.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. It reads like choose-your-own adventure, allowing the reader to focus on individual concerns and jump around a bit. The author also breaks down the depression epidemic as it relates to modern food science (which fit well with the Pollan and Kingsolver I have been reading lately!!) The focus ("cure" if you will) deals with a combination of amino acid supplements with a diet void of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and starchy foods. Seems obvious to cut out these things, but to read the explanations make it a more attainable and worthwhile goal. I was sold, for sure.


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.

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