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Publisher's Summary

How do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? Are our bodies and minds distinct from one another or do they function together as parts of an interconnected system? Candace Pert - a neuroscientist whose extraordinary career began with her 1972 discovery of the opiate receptor - provides startling and decisive answers to these and other challenging questions that scientists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. From explaining the scientific basis of popular wisdom and phenomena like "gut feelings" to making comprehensible recent discoveries in cancer and AIDS research, Molecules of Emotion is an intellectual adventure of the highest order.
©1997 Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved
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"Finally, here is a Western scientist who has done the work to explain the unity of mind and matter, body and soul." (Deepak Chopra)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pauline on 10-31-05

Unbelievable Discoveries

I was amazed to find out how much autonomy the body and it's various systems have and how they are affected by our very thoughts...much like our appetites. This could be ground-breaking self-healing or self-improving information for people who carry a lot of stress in their lives. It certainly leaves you with a different perspective about who you and your body are and how you both function together.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Yuliya on 05-29-07

Very disappointing

The book, unfortunately, talks more about the author's odyssey in science than it does about the topic of the book. The author's personality looms large, while peptides only get short shrift. The narration is good and easy to listen to.

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By Quantum Phase on 04-21-10

Molecules of Emotion

This book describes the Ligand/receptor communication system within the body and some of the authors work on the opiate receptors. Her work on a new approach to understanding cancer and the development of peptide-T as a possible cure is also described.

Much recent work on consciousness has emphasized the electrical properties of neurons in the brain but Pert points to the importance of an integrated view in which the electrical neural pulses are coupled to the ligand-receptor system and the latter is closely linked to mind through the emotions.

The author also describes the difficulties faced by women scientists in a predominantly male world and the problems involved in bringing a new drug to market. Towards the end of the book she touches on her interests in alternative medicine and a more holistic approach to healing.

A fascinating book, readily accessible to the general reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By HJ Atum on 02-22-18

Powerful, both intellectually stimulated and heartwarming

Very interesting book.

As an Engineer it was scientific enough to keep me engaged, but high-level enough for someone that has not been through a medical degree.

Well written and spoken throughout. The story and messaged was clear, weaved through the scientific journey that led to her groundbreaking work.

It had led me to think more about the mind-body connection, and in particular the role of movement and meditation.

Highly recommended!

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By Anonymous User on 09-11-17

understanding your body

If is a book book of you're wanting to better understand how our bodies work emotionally through the physical.

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