Dr Susan Jamieson interviews Candace Pert, an internationally recognized pharmacologist with considerable expertise in peptides and their receptors, the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system and on emotions and mind-body communication.
Sitting having breakfast midmorning in the coffee shop of the Albuquerque Hilton, I felt increasingly excited at the prospect of interviewing Candace Pert. She’d been a personal heroine ever since I’d read her wonderful book “The Molecules Of Emotion”, based on her research as a physiologist working at the National Institute of Health in Washington.
Her work had proven, in no uncertain terms, how every thought and emotion we have affects our physical bodies. To me this was the most significant work in the past century, on a par with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity! She had described vividly how exciting it had been to work as a research scientist with her (now) husband, Michael Ruff, discovering more and more about ‘peptides’ and their workings all around the body. Amidst the tense, backbiting environment of competing scientist all jostling for position to be first in line for major prizes, such as the Nobel, her team discovered that these peptides were informational substances constantly flowing through our brains and bodies, causing our feelings and emotions.