Unlike many research scientists who toil in relative obscurity, Candace Pert has already earned full-fledged icon status. In medical circles, Pert is perhaps best known for her opiate receptor, endorphin and peptide research—detailed in Pert’s bestselling 1997 book, Molecules of Emotion—along with her current role as Scientific Director of RAPID (Receptor Active Peptides Into Drugs) Pharmaceuticals in Washington, DC, which is centered around AIDS research.
"This is an incredibly exciting time in human’s health history...there’s a real shift to appreciating the truth that when it comes to health—your mind really matters."-- Candace Pert
But it was Pert’s cameo in the hit indy movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? in 2004 that brought her worldwide fame and turned her into an cult figure for the New Age and Hollywood sets; her lectures throughout the country are wildly popular among those seeking a scientifically sound yet spiritual path to optimum health and wellbeing. Pert’s latest book, Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, adds to her already impressive career, and her global status often finds her mentioned in the same breath with self-help gurus such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer. Pert's most important work, however, might just be just getting started.
At her core, Pert remains a scientist, and she is doggedly determined to finally bring to market a non-toxic, highly potent HIV drug (called Peptide T) that she helped discover more than twenty years ago. Pert believes Peptide T* has the potential to effective treat, and possibly even cure, HIV.