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Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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“In a frank style—think good friend who’s a doctor—Holland examines how prescription drugs work in relation to the stages of women’s lives. This guidance is aligned with recommendations for healthy diet and exercise practices that naturally equalize the body’s systems.”
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom:
"Feeling moody or bitchy doesn't mean you have a substandard brain or a psychiatric-medication-du-jour deficiency. In her groundbreaking new book, psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland tells you exactly how to work with your unique brain and body chemistry and embrace and upgrade all of your feelings."
Laura Corio, M.D., author of The Change Before the Change:
"Not just informative, Moody Bitches is funny and provocative. An important guide to health and well being for women of all ages."
Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock:
"This is the most important book on being a woman since Our Bodies, Our Selves. Scientific yet compassionate, Dr. Julie Holland provides actionable, state-of-the-art advice on how women can navigate through an ever-changing hormonal landscape. She not only gives women new command over their bodies, but also shows how extreme moods and emotions might better be listened to than chemically suppressed."
Gabor Maté, M.D., author of When the Body Says No:
"Dr. Julie Holland gives us a deftly written, deeply insightful exploration of women's hormonal fluctuations, sensitivities, and mind states not as pathology to be medicated but as an expression of their true selves. Moody Bitches is both engrossing theory and a practical guide enabling women to remain natural in an unnatural world."
Cacilda Jetha, M.D., and Christopher Ryan, Ph.D., coauthors of Sex at Dawn:
"This book should be read by moody bitches everywhere and the befuddled bastards who love them. Dr. Julie Holland has distilled decade of clinical and personal experience into a radically commonsense approach to the fluctuations of femininity."
Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Power of Two:
"Myself, I'm a moody bastard, but I've learned a ton from this brisk, provocative, and instructive book. Dr. Julie Holland writes with the authority of a clinician, the warmth of a good friend, and the urgency of someone who really cares."
Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness:
"Finally, an evidence-based guide to health for women, by a woman, that speaks to the mind, body, and spirit of womanhood. An invaluable manual for moody bitches and essential reading for anyone who knows one."
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The second half offers a tremendous, possibly overwhelming amount of health advice, some of which is useful and/or familiar (being in nature can teach us stillness and peace; kids with ADHD need to get outside and move; gluten and dairy and sugar are bad for us, but eating a little bit mindfully is good; exercise is as effective as antidepressants in some situations; we need real human contact, as opposed to the relationships we maintain through technology; sleep is crucial for many reasons, and melatonin helps; etc.) and some a bit startling and expressed in words that could be offputting to some: "exercise grows your brain..." (all good!) "and obesity can cause the kind of inflammation that interferes with learning, making you stupid." She lists fibromyalgia among psychiatric diagnoses, repeatedly tells us to indulge in cannabis for its anti-inflammatory effects, and tells stories of the improved cognitive functioning on a cardio regimen vs. rats after liposuction (rats on liposuction?) referring to rats with the liposuctioned fat reinjected as "fatheads." I learned about "Cooper's droopers," the estrogenlike aspects of BHA in plastics and lots more.Read more ›
The first two sections of MOODY BITCHES discuss moods, love, marriage, sex, motherhood and perimenopause. The substantial third section, "The Moody Bitches' Survival Guide" provides medical information and guidance pertaining to inflammation, food, sleep, sex, embodiment, downtime, and "Staying Sane in an Insane World." For me, the most valuable facet of the book was the 42 page appendix - a guide to selected drugs. Here, Dr. Holland provides an informative discussion of specific antidepressants, stimulants, anti-anxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, prosexual medications, appetite suppressants, and both prescription and nonprescription sleep aids.
Although I am in my 60s and entered menopause early due to a hysterectomy, I found much of the information and guidance in this highly readable book to be helpful and many of the facts presented to be quite interesting. A lot of it I knew already, but the new pointers I gained were particularly valuable.
Did you know, for example that when under the influence of ambien, you do not create new memories, and may be inclined to wake after only about 3 hours sleep? That both human and bonobo females have pelvises tilted forward to facilitate face-to-face sex? That the SSRI zoloft is known for significantly lowering libido?Read more ›
The author describes her book as integrating timeless wisdom with today's science. Discussing the normal hormonal fluctuations of women that occur monthly as well as over a lifetime. It also discusses what can interfere with our normal hormonal fluctuations and what women can do to prevent, decrease or resolve these interferences.Read more ›
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It was really informative and detailed. I enjoyed the parts outlining body chemistry. The second part with advice seemed long though.Published 21 hours ago by Klein
I am a yoga teacher and I read this book from the library, liked it so much that I bought a copy. I keep it in my gym bag and usually wind up loaning it to a student. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the WRONG title! It should be owners handbook.Every woman and man should be reading this excellent book. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Robert P.
This book has been very enlightening for me. Learning exactly how my body as a woman works and all the different things that affect my mood and how sertain foods and supplements... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is awesome! The scientific content is very similar to The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, but Dr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Ray
I loved the breezy style in which this is written. I think every woman should have this book in her arsenal.Published 1 month ago by jster82