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A groundbreaking health guide for women of all ages that shows women's inherent moodiness is a strength, not a weakness, and medication is not always the answer

Women are leaders, breadwinners, and caregivers. We're leaning in so much we're about to fall over. To take the edge off, many women pop a pill, eat something sugary, have a drink, or spend mindless time online. These activities quickly become patterns that take an enormous toll on women's bodies and natural hormonal balance.

Women are made to be moody and, according to Dr. Holland, that's a strength - not a weakness. Our culture tells us otherwise, but when used properly, moodiness is power.

By design, our hormones ebb and flow over a 28-day cycle and wax and wane over decades of fertility. Women are naturally emotional and empathetic because of these fluctuations and our evolutionary role as caretakers. Our moods govern our reproductive cycle, but they are also a smart feedback system. They let us know when our bodies are primed to tackle different challenges and when we should be alert to developing problems.

But millions of American women are medicating away their hormones because the culture says that moodiness is a problem to be fixed. One in four American women takes a psychiatric drug, be it an antidepressant, antipsychotic, or antianxiety medication. If you add sleeping pills to the mix, the statistics become considerably higher. In major metropolitan areas, the number of medicated women doubles.

Medicating away our natural moods can have devastating consequences for women in many areas of their lives: sex, relationships, sleep, eating, focus, balance, and aging. Unnecessary prescription drug use introduces a host of problems into these basic activities.

Dr. Julie Holland knows there is a better way. She's been sharing her frank and funny wisdom with her patients for years, and in Moody Bitches Dr. Holland offers readers insider information about the pros and cons of the drugs they're being offered, as well as some surprising and highly effective, individual, natural therapies that can help them press the reset button in their own bodies and minds.

In the tradition of Our Bodies, Our Selves, this groundbreaking guide for all ages will forge a much needed new path in women's health - and offer women invaluable information on how to be better, more balanced bitches at every stage of life.

©2015 Julie Holland (P)2015 Penguin

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The title attracted me to this book but...

when I got into it I was excited because it was more than I expected. I learned a lot of different things about my body, brain, sex, exercise, nature, medications, eating and the list goes on. She hit on it all. Easy to listen to. I depart from Moody Bitches a happier and smarter Bitch. Thanks!

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Psuedoscientific and useless.

Couldn't finish. The content was aimed at the gullible and vulnerable. It didn't contain substantive answers for medical issues women face today, it felt like watching the women's health report on morning talk shows.

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Great

Everything makes since now. I'm not crazy just moody. So many questions answered and I feel much better about dealing with my moods.

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  • Lisa
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  • 08-11-15

Awesome

This book answered so many questions I had about why I feel the way I do. Thank you Julie Holland you changed my life.

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Interesting & educational

I never knew how much I didn't know about drugs until I read this book. This is on my gifts to give list now.

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Amazing

Every woman should read this book to know who she really is and not who we've been told to be.

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Listening to this made me moodier.

What did you love best about Moody Bitches?

The first hour.

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The narrator seems to have vocal fry that is distracting and makes the text sound less intelligent. It's really disappointing (and ironic given the topic of the book). So definitely listen to the audio sample before purchase.

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Awesome read for women

I loved how she explained our moodiness in such a vivid way that I could understands even though I haven’t gone to medical school and also gave naturals remedies to those who are in need but don’t want to take drugs.
Very real written book

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I'm a moody bitch and you are too

this book taught me so much about life...my life, the lives of others, and why it's ok to be a moody bitch. I found my self constantly sharing things I had learned from this book with others. my girlfriends and I reference sections of this book all the time, because this shit is real and true! come on a journey, listen to this book, find out why your a moody bitch too...ps it's a wonderful thing to be!

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A must-read for all women (and a should-read for men!)

If only everyone could read this and get a deeper understanding of the biological basis of female behaviour! This book gives scientific validation to what indigenous cultures have known since the dawn of man; women, like the Earth, are cyclical and built to bear the burden of the lives we bring into being. Dr. Holland gives an accurate perspective on the patriarchal influence in the pharmaceutical industry in a straight-forward and fact-based argument. She is blunt, honest, and hilarious. I enjoyed every chapter and implemented simple changes in my life that help me synchronize my life with the natural flux of my body, lifestyle, and environment.