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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Pert's book is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'Until recently, Emotion was virtually impossible to define. The kinds of questions that needed to be answered include: how emotion is manifest, how memory and emotion interact, whether emotion is concrete (real) or conceptual (a construct), if concrete, how emotion acts in the body, and how unexpressed emotion is stored. How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from each other or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist whose extraordinary career provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. Her groundbreaking book is Molecules of Emotion, the science behind mind and body medicine, published by Simon and Schuster. For Dr. Pert, the mind is not just in the brain -- it is also in the body. The vehicle that the mind and body use to communicate with each other is the chemistry of emotion. The chemicals in question are molecules, short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors, that she believes to be the 'biochemical correlate of emotion.' The peptides can be found in your brain, but also in your stomach, your muscles, your glands and all your major organs, sending messages back and forth. After decades of research, Dr. Pert is finally able to make clear how emotion creates the bridge between mind and body. Her pioneering research on how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body, is not only provocative, it is revolutionary. By establishing the biomolecular basis for our emotions and explaining these new scientific developments in a clear and accessible way, Dr. Pert empowers us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and the connection between our minds and our bodies -- or bodyminds -- in ways we could never have imagined before. From explaining how there is a scientific basis to popular wisdom about phenomena such as 'gut feelings,' to making recent breakthroughs in cancer and AIDS research, Dr. Pert provides us with an intellectual adventure of the highest order. Molecules of Emotion is a landmark work, full of insight and wisdom and possessing that rare power to change the way we see the world and ourselves. Dr. Pert's striking conclusion that it is our emotions and their biological components that establish the crucial link between mind and body does not, however, serve to repudiate modern medicine's gains; rather, her findings complement existing techniques by offering a new scientific understanding of the power of our minds and our feelings to affect our health and well-being. As a research professor at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, Dr. Pert is one of the scientists on Bill Moyers' PBS series 'Healing and the Mind.' The journey Dr. Pert takes us on in Molecules of Emotion is one of personal as well as scientific discovery. Woven into her lucid explanations of the science underlying her work is the remarkable story of how, faced with personal and professional obstacles, she has grown as a woman and a mother and how her personal and spiritual development has made possible her remarkable scientific career. She offers a rare glimpse of the ruthless competition for prizes and money that sometimes obscures the pursuit of truth. Because of her protests over her exclusion from the prestigious Lasker Award, her reputation among scientists was more that of feminist troublemaker than pathfinder. Certainly the picture she draws here of the science establishment would seem to suggest a world of aggressive, even ruthless, alpha males fighting for the top prize. She also traces her own evolution from competitive bench scientist to explorer of personal healing modalities. The death of her father, the end of her marriage, her resignation from the NIH, her embracing of the Christian faith, and her discovery of the healing power of dreams¿all were, she s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    One of the best health titles I've read this year

    Part memoir of her scientific career, part detective story as Pert searches for a potential AIDS drug and the 'molecules of emotion', and part guide for healthful living, this book captivated me. This book is a must read for anyone interested in improving their health. Pert is able to explain how her research bridges the mind and body gap that is sadly prevelant in modern traditional medicine. For all of those who have sought out complementary medicine, this book will confirm what you have long suspected: that alternative approaches to health do work. Pert explains why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Waste of time

    I expected to read a great book. Instead, I got a lifestory. Most of the book is about how she got to where she is with a little science thrown in. Complete waste of time and money. I should have bought Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Izzy Janey

    *Looks at everyone in the house*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    I gave up!

    The title of this book is most tantalizing, but terribly misleading. After 7 chapters of self-aggrandizing narrative whereby the author attempts to convince the reader that research science is as sexy as The Twilight Saga or as politically intricate as the War on Terror, I gave up trying to read the book. If she has something pertinent to say, I couldn't get to it. I did, however, learn practically every detail of her personal and professional life presented in the context of her meteoric rise in her field. Okay, she's a wunderkind. Great. So where's the molecule? Really disappointed.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Highly recommended

    An excellent book that everyone should read.

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