Educating The Public For The Sake of The Future
By David H. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Cancer InCytes Magazine - Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2015
Published June 30, 2015
Cancer InCytes Magazine (CIM) is in its third year of publication. Though we are still in our infancy, we have come a long way; making inroads and partnerships within academia and independent research institutions. Every year, new research papers are published. They add more detail to our understanding of how childhood trauma has devastating biological effects that last a lifetime. These effects can be measured down to the molecular level. CIM is committed to becoming the source of information where the public can find digestible, life-changing knowledge about childhood trauma, its debilitating effects, its link to cancer, and its treatments.
How does one measure the impact of a niche magazine? How do we know that we are influencing change? Well, one way is to see our influence on how biomedical research is done, and another is to hear about CIM through the lyrics of some popular hip-hip or pop music album. In ten years, we hope to see that every cancer research conference has a section devoted to the effects of childhood trauma and cancer. When this happens, we will have a strong indication that our efforts are paying off. But, being mentioned in a popular song would be great, too – yes, I’m talking to you, my friends who know famous music artists.
The gargantuan problem of child sex trafficking and child labor trafficking is daunting. CIM seeks to partner with organizations that battle these problems on the legal and policy fronts. But the problem is deeper than inadequate laws and cultural addictions. The problem is deep within the human heart. Why must the nation of Germany, which decriminalized prostitution and unfortunately experienced a subsequent (though not surprising) exponential spike in sex trafficking, need to ban bestiality? Why does the state of New Jersey, which also has a child trafficking problem, also feel the need to ban bestiality? An estimated 500,000 animals die each year in Germany due to extreme sexual practices. Should advocates, social workers, psychologists, and clinicians against childhood trauma be relieved or concerned that animals are dying due to extreme sexual practices?
At CIM, we seek to educate the public about the devastating effects of childhood trauma on society. We provide the knowledge that gives the public the confidence to demand change, and the courage to be the change. Let us partner together, for the sake of our future and our children’s future.
David H. Nguyen, Ph.D.
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