World Health Education Initiative



First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

Health-Care Reform In Medical Research
Although we are all
different and learn in different ways, I believe that the best way to learn about medical research is to actually conduct such research.

There are many people
who, from a very early age, pursue science as a hobby.  They love it until it is stuffed down their throats. Granted, there is a basic fund of knowledge that all scientists must know, but this can be learned without 'stuffing'.  Even so, the essence of science remains exploration, rather than consumption of facts.  An ideal situation would be the creation of community research laboratories.

The most logical place for such laboratories would be in the schools.  It has been my experience that canned textbook experiments are unproductive as teaching tools.  They are often both tedious and quickly forgotten.  If an experience is not remembered, then real learning has not occurred.  Audiovisual tools are an excellent way of teaching science fundamentals.  They would make learning more enjoyable for students and less burdensome for the already overworked teachers.

Research within the schools should be facilitated by networked communication with other schools and research facilities.  Many researchers would gladly donate their time to explain their research processes to students. Current research would be augmented by the combined efforts of millions of students worldwide; this could prove to be quite a powerful tool.  These students would be thrilled to know that they were actively involved in contributing to both medical and scientific discoveries.  

Children instinctively know what they need.  As adults, our job is to listen, observe, and make ourselves available. Our job is not, however, to control.  Those who are controlling are often mindless and damaging to other people.

Children do not require our control, but rather, our encouragement to explore

the universe and express their uniqueness.  Once we understand the needs of the individual student, we can provide the kind of environment and the amount of structure that is most appropriate.  Our current system of educating young people is a dehumanizing rat-race of mindless over-activity.  Furthermore, it is a waste of human potential.

One day, we will truly listen to and understand the needs of others.  We will begin striving to attain mindfulness, much as we presently strive to attain athletic fitness.  One day, mindfulness will be a household word.

John Martin, M.D. Ph.D. operates his own community laboratory in Rosemead, California.  Volunteers are frequently invited to visit and participate in conducting research.  Although his equipment is mostly a surplus collection of remnants from someone else's government grant, it is very sophisticated.  Various people donate time, money, and equipment to make it a success.  A great many small research companies are being created across the globe; many of which welcome volunteers, much like the aforementioned laboratory.

Communication tools have become affordable, and widely available. There is an incredible network of people who, driven either by a love of their subject or by the necessity of their illness, join together in an information exchange forum to discuss a countless array of subjects.  This is real education.  It is free.  It is from the heart.

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