When more doctors hear about IPT,
become interested in IPT, learn to practice IPT, and succeed with IPT, then IPT
will become universally available to patients who need it.
The first IPT training seminar in the US was held February
21-22, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in conjunction with a conference
of the International Oxidative Medicine Association. Another
seminar is tentatively planned for the American College for the Advancement of
Medicine, in May. At the February seminar, 17 doctors and 1 veterinary
doctor learned to practice IPT.
An IPT training program is now offered by Donato
Perez Garcia MD 3.
Doctors become doctors so they can
help patients. They get social prestige, intellectual satisfaction,
and a good income, too. But there are other ways to get those. Today, as HMOs negotiate hard for lower reimbursements, and medical
offices are buried under a flurry of insurance forms, a doctor really has to be
dedicated to patient care and service.
What could make a doctor happier
than to have a simple procedure he can do in the hospital or in his own clinic
that will turn a patient's disease around, take the patient from suffering to
health, perhaps bring the patient back from the door of death, and make him
smile? Especially if that procedure uses the tools and skills that he
already has at hand: observation, testing, diagnosis, injections, approved
Doctors rejoiced when antibiotics
became available. They get excited when new and better treatments are
publicized. They even perform therapies that have horrendous side effects,
in the hope that the benefits will outweigh the harm. When IPT gets verified,
and the word gets out, doctors will rejoice to have a better treatment with more
benefits and few if any side effects.
At the same time, doctors learn
from and try to please other doctors. There is a lot of peer review, both
informally and officially through state, national, and international medical
societies. There is a lot of communication between doctors, about new
treatments, about politics, about finances. And there can be a lot of
inertia and resistance to change. Often medical innovations
take a long time to become popular.
Many doctors are very
conservative, not adopting a new therapy until most other doctors are doing it
on a routine basis. They hold "consensus conferences" where they
decide as a group what the medical reality is for that year, and what treatments
are generally recognized as the best. Sometimes it can take a long time
for a promising therapy to attain consensus approval. In the mean time,
patients who could benefit from the therapy must wait, and some do not have
Other doctors, a few of them, are
early adopters. They scan the world for new treatments that might get
better results for their patients, and they are willing to try these treatments
long before they are generally accepted. This takes a thick skin, an
independent streak, and a lot of dedication and courage. It can be lonely
to be such a doctor. In some cases it can threaten one's career.
IPT pioneer doctors have seen what this is like. Persisting for
years, doing what seems to be best for their patients, while trying to tell
other doctors, often blocked by deaf ears. The Drs.
Perez Garcia have been keeping the IPT flame alive for three
generations. Dr. SGA has been telling other
doctors about IPT for 25 years, the bulk of his career. And Dr. Paquette, who wanted
only the best for his patients, had his medical license ripped from him by
an unhearing medical society in the 1990s.
As Dr. Paquette wrote in his book, Medicine of
Hope, "If no one tries this treatment, when will we know whether or
not it is good?"
It is time for more doctors to hear
about IPT, to learn how to practice IPT, to try IPT. Enough time has gone by. Four human generations have
lived since IPT was discovered. Four generations have missed out on the
potential benefits of IPT. Isn't that long enough?
A good sign: Dr.
Perez Garcia and Dr. SGA have found interested doctors, and have trained them. The
process is beginning.
The goal of IPTQ.org is to speed up this
process. Its aim is to provide an information and networking resource that can help attract
and support more
early adopters -- patients, doctors, and researchers. Its aim is to help
these people build a foundation of IPT knowledge and clinical experience, so that IPT can
move towards the mainstream of medicine.
If you are a doctor, and want
training in IPT procedures and philosophy, it is available now. An
IPT training program is offered by Donato Perez Garcia MD 3.
If you are a patient or a doctor, you can
an email about IPTQ.org to a doctor (or anyone else) you know.