"Change only takes place through
-- the Dalai Lama December 8, 1999
"What we do in life echoes
-- Gladiator, the film
Some people have
suggested that IPTQ.org should merely present facts about IPT. But when we
face the facts about IPT as we know them, it is only natural for us to
feel that we need to
know more, that we need to do more. It is only natural for us to take a position of advocacy
---- for clinical and laboratory research on IPT, and for IPT to be made
available as a safe and more effective treatment for
So, in this
section of IPTQ.org website, we look at channels for action that people
can take to help IPT make the transition from unknown to world standard.
"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you.
Then you win."
So far, IPT has been
at the ignore and laugh stage. If IPT is real, then when it wins, we will
all win. Let us hope that a fight will not be necessary. The
main fight is within each individual when they first encounter IPT: to set
down the fears and misery of the past, and to become open to this new
This is a Call for Action
There are mental and emotional hurdles to
overcome. Here are some of them, and how to leap over them.
IPT will be tested, used, and funded if more
patients know about it and demand it.
IPT will be universally available and part of the
mainstream when more doctors
To get IPT tested and into the medical mainstream, we need an
innovative and adequate research program.
Let's invite Dr. Donato Perez
Garcia to the US, where his unique value can be realized.
The Drs. Perez Garcia have for a long time deserved
consideration for the Nobel Prize.
IPT could help the developing world in
a big way. NGOs take note.
IPT promises many new business
Governments can help IPT
testing and proliferation. Grassroots politics
could get things going.
IPT could be one of the greatest opportunities ever for philanthropy.
Our goal with IPTQ.org
is to help facilitate progress in all these
A proposal for an IPT
research initiative at Stanford University.
IPT is basically unknown today, but has the potential to
become the norm. This transition
could happen in four stages.
IPT: Call for Action
"Change only takes place through
-- the Dalai Lama 8 Dec 1999
We can summarize this website in four words:
IPT could be big. And it calls for big
action by a lot of people.
you can take
Email a friend
and tell them
It is such a paradox. Here is a
potentially huge multifaceted medical and humanitarian opportunity. And many of its
individual facets are also potentially huge. Each disease treated with IPT would be cause for
global headlines and celebration if verified and implemented. Billions of human
beings could benefit. Millions are desperate today for what IPT could
offer. Trillions of dollars of value could be realized through all the
lives saved and improved. And yet the manifestation of IPT to date is so
small --- just a handful
of doctors, a few thousand patients, a few scientific papers, a few people who
even know about it.
Hence the mission for
IPTQ.org: to take the IPT story to the world stage, and to call for action on the only scale
that makes sense --- big, universal, worldwide. Thanks to the Internet, such a
thing may be possible for one person to do. But the next stage requires the interest and
efforts of many people. People like you.
There is opportunity for participation here
for everyone, from a billionaire philanthropist who wants to start an IPT research
institution, to a doctor who wants to try IPT for his or her patients, to someone who
wants to write a letter or e-mail to their government representative. Just telling a
few people about IPTQ.org is a big action in itself, when those few people tell a few
more. In fact, getting the IPT story out into the world in the biggest possible
fashion is the most important step. If enough people get interested in
IPT, things will happen, and things will move. So if you just tell
your friends about IPTQ.org, that will be a big step.
When I tell people about IPT, some
"get it" and some don't. And the ones who really get it ask
"Why hasn't anything been done with this yet?" Indeed, why
Through our individual contacts
and many small efforts, IPT can become known, verified, and implemented around
My favorite model for what can
happen for IPT is Open Source software. The best example is the
Linux operating system for personal computers. Created, released, and
initially maintained free by one individual, Linus Thorvaalds, this software
system started small, among a few friends, and has spread exponentially across the world. Through their own inspiration, people have
added to it, modified it, distributed it, written new application software that
uses it, had big meetings where they helped new users install it on their
machines. Now the software is still free, although numerous
companies add their own brands and marketing and charge for distribution,
support, and services. As more people adopt Linux, public
awareness of it is growing. Now, with a large user base and a number of
public companies, it has become a credible competitor to Microsoft's
juggernaut Windows operating system.
IPT could fuel an even bigger storm of benefits and enterprises.
Another model for how to handle this
project is the case of Michael Rothschild and Bionomics. In the 1970s and 1980s, a
number of people like me became aware of the wonderful similarities between
human-controlled industrial systems and biological systems and ecosystems.
( Read about my work on Technoecology in the
1970s. ) But Michael Rothschild is the one who did it
right. He started seeing the bio-techno analogy in the 1980s, and decided to take
this awareness to the world, to make it part of the consciousness of economists and
governments. He wrote and published a brilliant 1990 book: Bionomics, Economy as
Ecosystem. He made connections with people in government and academia and
business. With some friends he started The
Bionomics Institute, complete with a website and a journal. They put on five
conferences, the last one in November, 1997. And once their goal was achieved, and
the bio-techno analogy was cropping up in the news and all over Washington, D.C., they
quietly shut the project down... Mission accomplished.
If IPTQ.org does nothing more than help trigger a worldwide wave of interest in
IPT, it should be considered to be a big success.