The Mood Cure

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross really saved my bacon after I ran a marathon in 2004. I thought I just had the after-a-big-event-blues, but it turns out that it is not uncom­mon for peo­ple to feel down after a marathon because peo­ple use up their mood pro­duc­ing amino acids. (It’s an even worse scene for ultra-marathoners.) That’s right, some­times you don’t have to dig deep into your psy­che to find out what is wrong with you, you just need to pop a sup­ple­ment, and that’s ok.

The Mood Cure explains how you can spot a “false mood” and what nutri­tional defi­ciency that might be caused by. There are peo­ple who have struc­tural dam­age to their brains which can cause per­son­al­ity changes, but for most peo­ple false moods or moods of any kind are caused by chem­i­cals in the brain. You can also affect your mood with your thoughts, and with your envi­ron­ment (like get­ting enough sun,) and your behav­ior (like get­ting enough sleep,) but they affect your mood via chem­i­cal changes in your brain and “sur­pris­ingly brain­like areas of your heart and gut.” The idea in the Mood Cure is that if you are severely defi­cient in a nutri­ent, you can­not pro­duce the nec­es­sary chem­i­cals to keep your mood steady even if you are think­ing good thoughts etc. Julia Ross rec­om­mends sup­ple­ments. For peo­ple who are defi­cient in cer­tain nutri­ents because of diet, they will only need to take sup­ple­ments for awhile while they are get­ting their diet back on track. For some peo­ple who have trou­ble cre­at­ing cer­tain chem­i­cals, they may need to keep tak­ing cer­tain supplements.

This is one of my top 5 rec­om­mended books because it can take your expe­ri­ence of life from very mis­er­able to just fine in as short a time as a week with some very sim­ple changes in your diet and some fairly cheap sup­ple­ments that you can find at any health store.


1 comment to The Mood Cure

  • Catana

    Thanks for com­ment­ing on the Bois sum­mary. It looks as if I’ll have to add some explana­tory mate­r­ial one of these days. His basic idea is that you can tell how far peo­ple have devel­oped towards being fully human by the way they use lan­guage. I don’t really care for the word “breeds,” myself. His Breed 5 is as far as you can get from fun­da­men­tal­ism, so I need to clar­ify that.


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