Mental Wellness: A Choice You Can Make
May 1, 2014
Hosted by Leslie Carol Botha
Mental illness’ has been embedded in our culture since the beginning of time. Some religions believed that mental disorders were caused by one of the gods, others believed that disturbances were caused by problems in the relationship between the individual and God or that abnormal behavior represented the wrath and punishment from God. The punishment was seen as a withdrawal of God's protection and the abandonment of the individual to evil forces, and the mentally ill considered incapable of deserving humane treatment and protection. Although the definitions of mental illness changed through the centuries, the social stigma remained the same. The techniques used to ‘cure’ have ranged from leeching to hysterectomies, electroshock therapy and psychotropic drugging and yet the rates of mood disorders keep escalating and the stigma still remains unchanged. Until now. Is it really possible that mental wellness is our choice?
Holy Hormones Honey!
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Holy Hormones Honey! The Greatest Story Never Told is dedicated to every woman who has ever experienced a hormone fluctuation, from menarche to menopause! Sponsored by Truehope Inc, the leaders in brain health, the show will address core biological issues that cause mood disorders and/or mental illness from a micronutrient support perspective. Because no one can make a sound decision unless their brain functioning is intact.
For decades, the power of women’s hormone shifts has been unrecognized and underestimated. In fact, women make up the majority of mental health diagnoses’ due, in part, to a lack of education about the endocrine system and how and why our hormones affect our minds, moods, and behaviors. For too many years women have been labeled as ‘mentally disordered’ if they struggle with their menstrual cycle. Women will be the portal to sharing this information with the men and children in their lives. Because when women thrive, everyone thrives. Now that is true hope.
Leslie Carol Botha
Leslie Carol Botha is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s 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 women’s 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 “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”
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.