Psychosomatic Wellness with Candace Pert & Michael Ruff

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What if you could start the day by directing your body to heal itself, just as easily as you brush your teeth? It sounds like an idea gleaned from the outer reaches of alternative medicine, but leading biochemists have found evidence that it may in fact be possible. Candace Pert and Mike Ruff are researchers at the forefront of immunology, and their work has led them to explore the measurable relationship between our emotions and the way our bodies heal. They've even discovered a link between the chakras and the presence of chemicals vital to the functioning of the immune system. The implications are exciting. Dr. Ruff speculates that "At some future state of supreme enlightenment we're not going to reach for the pharmaceutical cabinet on the shelf in the bathroom. We're just going to induce the proper emotional meditative state of consciousness, and we will bring forth these chemicals in our bodies in the right amounts, at the right time." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Candace Pert, Ph.D. (1946-2013) is an internationally recognized pharmacologist who has published over 250 scientific articles on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system. She received her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, served as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), held a Research Professorship in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and is currently the Scientific Director of RAPID Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Pert is best known for her discovery of the opiate receptor, a mechanism of cellular communication in the brain, which launched a revolution in medical science.

She is the author of :

  • Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Scribner 1999)
  • Everything You Need to Know To Feel Go(o)d (Hay House 2007)
  • To Feel Go(o)d: The Science & Spirit of Bliss ( audio CD) (Sounds True 2007)

Michael Ruff, Ph.D. is Dr. Pert's long-term collaborator, colleague, and husband. Together they have written scientific articles on the mind-body connection, lectured on these topics to professional and lay audiences and conducted workshops. Dr. Ruff's specific expertise lies in the area of pathogenesis (the causes of disease), immunology, virology and the cellular receptors which govern the body's response to injury.

To learn more about the work of Candace Pert and Michael Ruff go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why good health may be "all in your mind"
  • How your chakras are related to the chemicals that drive your immune system
  • How information is processed throughout your body-not just your brain
  • Why the scar on your knee may remember how it got there
  • What emotion you can cultivate to help your body heal
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 7/18/2004      Program Number: 3055