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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About this book

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


I'd originally picked this up to see if it had ideas for SAD for a member of my family. As it turns out, there are lots of ideas for anyone who might be dealing with thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, or even the various hormonal imbalances that come with menopause or under times of great stress. It's definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who's feeling a bit out of kilter.

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.


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!


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.


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 had a LOT of information that I have been looking for. By the time I got to page 18 I could guess that my problem is related to serotonin and also that I need to get my thyroid checked. Which is already more info than I got at the doctor's office. I also got information about some supplements to try but I can't give a report yet about if the treatment works. I recommend this book to anybody who has a mood problem or a mental illness and would like an alternative to anti-depressants.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Aaron Gray

Useful content. Would be much better as an app in this day and age. There's a lot of calculating dosages, remembering schedules, and needing to look up signs that you you're getting enough (or too much) of a particular supplement. All things that would be made much easier with an app.


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 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.

Amanda Miranda-flores

Life changing. Need I say 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 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.

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