Projects Sponsored by TINM
TINM sponsored the conference Science and Spirituality on September 14, 2014 in Bethesda, MD, with renowned scientist, author and spiritual teacher, Dr. Joan Borysenko. This wonderful program was a memorial tribute to Dr. Candace Pert – a visionary whose scientific discoveries and theories shaped Mind Body medicine.
Our work is inspired by Dr Candace B Pert (1946-2013), an internationally known American neuroscientist and discoverer of the opiate receptor. Dr Pert was a luminous pioneer in the area of Mind-Body medicine (see Smithsonian Magazine, 1989) and the field now known as Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), or more recently Complementary and Integrative Health Medicine. Her ideas probe beyond the traditional broken clock conception of human disease and sought underlying causes of illness that involve the emotions, human behavior, beliefs, expectations, and spirituality, indeed the essential elements that provide meaning in our lives, as contributors to health, wellness and healing. Candace's contributions to medicine include the notion that the neuropeptides and cytokines are "informational molecules" which represent the biochemicals of emotion that transduce information throughout the brain and body to integrate and prioritize the body's repair and regenerative processes. Candace famously claimed that "Our body is our subconscious mind". She believed that stored memories, encoded at the level of the receptors, are present not just in brain but exist throughout the body-mind, and held keys to healing. Stored physical trauma's, are emotionally encoded, and could be accessed by somatic, psychologic, and energetic therapies to be brought back into consciousness where they could be processed and integrated into a coherent biome so that the body's natural healing physiology can be enabled and supported. She was the first to show that acupuncture alleviated pain by releasing endorphins.
Candace believed that affirmations and imagery were powerful tools of mindfullness and she produced CD's to guide listeners to healing states of mind and body. Candace's scientific research, from her position as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemisty at the NIH gave great credibility, inspiration, and leadership to a new field of Medicine that drove the explosion of further research in Integrative and Complimentary Medicine that began in the mid-1980's. Her scientific paper "Neuropeptides and their Receptors: A Psychosomatic Network" and her book "Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind MindBody Medicine" were early contributions to these disciplines and set forth her ideas that emotions were central biological mediators. She felt that humans were hard-wired to experience bliss, based on her research studying the distribution of brain opiate receptors, which she discovered were most densely populated in the frontal (decision-making) cortex. Her work led her to believe that spiritual practice was a modality of consciousness expansion that promoted bliss and integration in the BodyMind. Her ideas are profoundly relevant today, have penetrated deeply into our culture, and continue to be studied, discussed, practiced and researched. Dr. Pert also developed effective non-toxic treatments for HIV which were also under investigation for neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimers, brain injury, and austism. TINM has sponsored clinical studies of her drug Peptide T which has been reported in the scientific literature.