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        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 medications.

        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 enough time.

        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.    

        The 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 send an email about IPTQ.org to a doctor (or anyone else) you know.

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