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The Food and Mood Book

The Food and Mood Book

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The Food and Mood Book

70 pages
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Dec 6, 2013


This book explores the link between food and mood due to food intolerance. Natural and man-made food chemicals are linked to causing depression, anxiety, anger, brain fog, ADHD and other similar moods in many people. The book includes many personal stories, links to research, the best elimination diet to determine triggers, and some existing treatments.

Dec 6, 2013

About the author

I experienced bouts of crippling depression and anxiety as a child and teenager until my 20s. It disappeared once I started an elimination diet and was able to identify my triggers. I know there are many people who are similarly afflicted, and my goal is to make this knowledge mainstream - and help others check this for themselves. The broken link in the "Introduction" is available on my book's website.

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The Food and Mood Book - Jude Burger

Food and Mood Book

Jude Burger

Copyright © 2013 by Jude Burger

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My story: ‘Too ugly to contemplate’

Other people’s stories

Why is this happening?

Food intolerance versus food allergy

Food is not what it used to be

Where’s the proof?

Scientific evidence


Gluten and wheat sensitivity or intolerance

Fructose malabsorption

Lactose or carbohydrate malabsorption

Could this be my story?

Should I go to my GP?


Food Intolerance Network and the FAILSAFE diet

Microbiome and faecal matter transplant

Other links

Start now!

Problematic additives

The importance of ongoing research

Role of mental health organisations

Efforts to change things

Citizen science

Want to learn more?

Further reading


I give thanks to Sue and Howard Dengate from the Food Intolerance Network, whose work has greatly benefitted me and many people in my life.

I give thanks to friends, family, members of the FAILSAFE community, and contributors for their personal stories.


In modern medicine, mental health disorders are said to reflect ‘biochemical imbalances’. When mental health or behavioural problems are diagnosed, drugs are often prescribed to rectify such imbalances. Unfortunately, it is not yet widely recognised that the foods we eat and our environmental exposures can affect our moods, drastically in certain individuals, and contribute to biochemical imbalances.

In this detailed work, Jude has gathered both scientific and anecdotal evidence on the relationship between food and mood. In particular, she focuses on the effects of naturally occurring and man-made chemicals in our diets and their role in triggering anxiety and depression. The moving personal stories highlight an urgent need for more research in this area. Jude is to be commended for her efforts to raise awareness of these issues.

If you take nothing else from this book, please consider the possibility that there is a relationship between what you eat and how you feel. Pursuing an elimination diet with the help of a dietician is a low-risk way of determining whether your problems, or those of your loved ones, are in fact related to food.

Victoria Taylor

Fellow ‘failsafer’


Do you feel awful a lot of the time and not know why?

When I removed

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