False Moods

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If you’ve spent your life complacently accepting your mood problems as part of who you are, get ready for a revelation. Think about it. Ladies, when you are angry and snap at your partner for some annoying habit, like when he chews his food too loudly, it’s highly probable that you just explain your moods away as “PMS”, or “I’m just irritable most of the time.” Do you cry too easily, for unknown reasons? And men, if you are harsh with your children for forgetting to take out the garbage? If you burst into a rage for a seemingly trivial thing, you may explain your anger away by saying “That’s just who I am,” and cautioning your children “Don’t make me angry.” Do you find fault with yourself every day and beat yourself up for trivial mistakes?

As psychotherapist Julia Ross has explained in her book The Mood Cure, the above situations are symptoms of false moods caused by nutrient deficiencies and chemical imbalances in the brain. These false moods can be treated with nutrient therapy, thereby making talk therapy easier and more productive. A false mood can be identified by its constant presence despite your attempts to heal or “get over it.” Ms. Ross calls it an “emotional impostor” and “meaningless biochemical error,” and she insists “you shouldn’t have to live with these kinds of distorted moods on a regular basis.”

Mixed therapies work better!

The scientists who explore the role of dietary antioxidants in preventing diseases have found through trial and error that mixed sources of antioxidants work better to prevent disease than any single antioxidant alone. For instance, it’s better to have vitamin E, vitamin C, blueberries, and grape seed extract all in the diet together to more effectively combat against the progression of Alzheimer’s disease or coronary heart disease. In the same light, mixed therapies work better to resolve emotional issues. When “nutritherapy” is mentioned, it refers to a proper diet with specific supplementation designed just for your body’s needs. Combining nutritherapy with psychotherapy heals people faster than either one alone. Ms. Ross found that patients who were making no progress using psychotherapy alone responded extremely well after adding supplements to their diets.