©1997 Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Finally, here is a Western scientist who has done the work to explain the unity of mind and matter, body and soul." (Deepak Chopra)
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.
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.
Interesting to find out we are most of neural activity is chemical and non-synaptic. A scientific research of how our thoughts affects our health.
This book is 90% dead dull blather about the politics of lab people and 10% science that relates somewhat to the title.
Audio books are by far my favourite format for digesting books and so I was surprised to conclude that this book may be a better read rather than listen. The reason for this is that the early part of the book presents a lot of scientific jargon, a preponderance of biochemical names for example, such that it's easy for the layman to get lost in the explanations. Having said that, I think there was some undoubtedly fascinating parts to this book - treasures of information in fact that I haven't found elsewhere. The book is a great source for someone who is searching for scientifically grounded explanation for emotions, for healing, for mediation - and other such topics that are often dismissed, even ridiculed, by scientific establishments. Have you ever found your credibility questioned if you mention the word healing in a spiritual sense? Then this book could help you stand your ground. I'm pleased to have come across this book that is a fortunate bridge between science and healing from a mind-body approach. I'm grateful to have listened to it and I expect to follow up by reading it in print too.
I was expecting more scientific account of how Neuropeptides actually play a role in forming human emotions! There was some but lot of it was the author's personal story. I liked her story and commend her for her journey against all odds. I want to learn about the mind-body science especially from someone like Dr. Pert who has a solid background in neuroscience, biology and eastern contemplative science.
I had read the book about the time it may have appeared at Audible,(2003?) though my download of the Audible version is just last month.
From the title, one would expect it, the book or audiobook, to be more biochemically oriented and less about the various politics associated with biomedical discovery and how discoveries come into the public's knowledge. However, I already knew about this. maybe it could have been called "The Politics of Emotion" maybe an allusion to RD Laing's famous book.
On a positive note, I think it is very valuable to have a document with the actual author doing the narration as in this case. Whatever limitation may appear in the diction etc. is more than compensated by delivering the listener (and in my case) or former reader to very much the "soul" of the matter, because the voice nuances maybe most definitely represent the author's soul!
Candace Pert seems eternally angry - her own admission. Rather than talking about her discoveries in more depth she tells her life story which is not too interesting, overly dramatic and without the detail to fully back her theories. What ever happened to finding the cure for Aids? Is she still waiting to get a break?
"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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