Candace Pert, my favorite scientist, died recently from a heart attack…read the New York Times article.
Her book, Molecules of Emotion, had such an impact on me in terms of my work as a painter, and understanding the scientific basis of emotions on health and well-being. In fact, this blog, Creativity in Healthcare, was created based on the interconnectedness of emotions on health and disease states. You may be interested in seeing a few paintings titled “Molecules of Emotion“, which focuses on the scientific work of Candace Pert. This series remains a work in perpetual progress.
A bit of background on Candace Pert, PhD:
As a graduate student at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Candace discovered the receptor for opiates like endorphins (natural opiate), morphine, opium, codeine and other pharmaceutical narcotics. Her discovery eventually won the coveted Lasker Award, a precursor to the Nobel Price, but was awarded to the chief laboratory scientist, i.e., her boss. Who knows what the real reasons were for Dr. Pert not being awarded the Lasker Award, but she certainly didn’t get the recognition she so deserved!
Recommended Reading and Listening by Candace Pert, PhD.
I strongly recommend Dr. Pert’s book and audio lecture for those interested in learning more about the biochemistry of how emotions affect states of health.
- Molecules of Emotion:The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine
- Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind (audio lecture)
Both are available through candacepert.com and many online book stores.