Tune in to Holy Hormones Honey! with Leslie Botha for her New Episode “Dr. David Healy: Pharmageddon – A Story of a Tragedy of Epic Proportions” on the Voiceamerica Health and Wellness Channel airs Thursday January 9th 9am Pacific Time.
In 1962 a sleeping pill called thalidomide caused a drug disaster whose emblematic images of limbless and handicapped babies born to distraught mothers linger to this day. Congress swung into action wanting to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.Â They were also determined to rein in the marketing excesses of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Healyâs latest book Pharmageddon, documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America and the life-threatening results that have since transpired.
The horrors are best depicted by increasing numbers of pregnant women who steer clear of anything that might harm their unborn child, but who are urged by their doctors to take antidepressants â now the most commonly prescribed drugs in pregnancy â even as evidence accumulates that these drugs cause birth defects, double the rate of miscarriages, and cause mental handicap in children born to mothers who have been taking them.
Dr. David Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3 and Let Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press, and Mania from Johns Hopkins University Press.
Davidâs main areas of research are the history and clinical trials in psychopharmacology, and the impact of both trials and psychotropic drugs on our culture.
David is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates through its website RxISK.org, dedicated to making medicines safer through online direct patient reporting of drug effects.
About Leslie Carol Botha
Leslie Carol Botha is host ofÂ Holy Hormones Honey!Â on theÂ VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.Â Â Botha is also a Womenâs Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Womenâs Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.
Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how womenâs hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.
Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is âone of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.â
Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.