For almost 15 years, the Drake Biomedical Institute, founded by Walter P. Drake, followed the rise and development of adult stem cell therapy both internationally and in the United States. What began as “unproven therapies”, as adult stem cell therapy has always been referred to by the rabid Embryonic Stem Cell crowd (ESC’s are better than ASC’s), adult stem cell treatments are now standard and routine in many countries. Even in the United States, with the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act authorizing and fast tracking adult stem cell therapy, and the rise in the use of the SVF and PRP stem cell fractions, adult stem cell therapy, more properly called Mixed Cell Regenerative Medicine, is now firmly established.
Walter has now decided to turn his scientific inquiries to plant medicinals for pain and other conditions. He has established a new company, Bengal Bioscience Inc. to research, develop, and bring totally new herbal and plant products to market. He believes it is time to move beyond the tired few herbal extracts still being marketed which do largely nothing, and to energize this alternative medicine market with products that actually work, using new modern technologies for extraction, purification, and testing. He and colleague Laurence V. Hicks Sr. have just teamed up on their first paper, destroying the myth that the widely popular herbal extract, Icariin, has any effect on the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: FINALIcariinasnoclinicalefficacyIJSR
Walter P. Drake, Laurence V. Hicks Sr., “A Transdermal Formulation of Icariin for Use as a Substitute for Sildenafil and a Showing of No Clinical Efficacy”, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), Volume 8 Issue 9, September 2019, 939 – 943.
Founded in 2005, the goals of the Drake Biomedical Institute were to promote and advance stem cell treatments andstem cell education.
The Founder was Dr. Walter P. Drake, who, in 2005 while in Thailand on a sabbatical of uncertain duration, came across reports of the curing of blindness in a Thai patient through the use of stem cell injections. There came further reports of Thailand establishing a “National Stem Cell Mega Project” to fund and coordinate stem cell therapies. It became clear that a lot of avant-garde research and treatment was going on around the world that was not happening in the USA.
At that time “Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC’S)” were “the thing” and anyone advancing adult stem (ASC) cell research or therapy was branded a religious zealot and ostracized by the bigoted ESC scientists in control of research funding in the US. Of course, the world passed by the US on the way to establishing adult stem cell therapies for our most debilitating diseases.
Now, at the end of 2019, “Embryonic Stem Cells” , having shown not a single therapeutic usefulness or benefit, are no longer “the thing” and you will find few if any research papers mentioning “embryonic stem cells”. Having drained the government research funds for 15 years to build their shiny new institutes and research complexes on the promise of delivering cures with ESC’s, the American embryonic stem cell scientists now avoid mentioning ESC’s at all; instead they refer to their studies as general stem cell research.
Because of continued interference by the FDA (that a patient’s own stem cells are a drug) as well as the Big Pharma lobby which can only benefit from patentable yet still non-existent embryonic stem cell therapies, what we said in 2005 is still largely true:
“Americans must get used to the fact that stem cell treatments are only available overseas. You will NOT FIND, [now as of December 2019], any stem cell therapies being offered in the USA. It is hoped that as more and more people become educated as to what is available overseas, then the US public will be better equipped to demand similar therapy in the US. You do not need Embryonic Stem Cells. The public does not need to fund embryonic stem cell research except as a basic science along with other inquiries into biology in general. Adult Stem Cells from your own bodies are all that you need. Hopefully, an informed public will be able to bring these miracle treatments to the USA.
There are many treatments of diseases using stem cells that are available to patients now. Unfortunately, at this time, except for bone marrow transplants, the new stuff is ONLY available internationally. Many severe disabling diseases and conditions are being successfully treated overseas in excellent, top-ranked hospitals with world-class facilities, and in many cases, by physicians that trained in the USA.”
Some orthopedic physicians in the US have begun treating their patients with the patient’s own stem cells as a supplement to their surgeries. But even they recognize the limitations of being forced by the FDA to avoid multiplying the patient’s cells to improve dose related therapeutic results. A few offer the more advanced adult stem cell therapy in their clinics in Mexico. But these little incremental therapies are dinky compared to the treatment advances being offered today at the world-class stem cell therapy centers in Mexico, Thailand, Panama, and Ukraine.
With the creation of our Panama College of Cell Science, offering a 3-year online PhD in stem cell science, we succeeded in our mission to promote education in the “new medicine”…patient specific therapy with adult stem cells. And we now have many graduates able to contribute to the advancement of the field of adult stem cell therapy.
And with our research and essays concerning treatment protocols, we have successfully added to the body of knowledge demonstrating beyond a doubt that adult stem cells (from a patient, or from umbilical cord blood), rather than “embryonic stem cells” created in a lab are the way forward for treating debilitating disease.
With the publication of Walter’s paper led by Kristin Comella, America’s leading adult stem cell scientist, the safety of adult stem cell therapies has been clearly established. So the next time you read about the continuing propaganda from the ESC bigots or uninformed regulators that adult stem cell therapies are “unproven”, you can direct them to this peer reviewed clinical paper: (Click on Picture to Read Paper)
With the publication of this paper, and as of December 2019, the Drake Biomedical Institute is closing its activities concerning advancing treatments with Adult Stem Cells. The beneficial treatments and availability of stem cell treatments are now well established, if only mostly overseas. Walter is now turning his activities toward advancing Alternative Medicine through Bengal Bioscience Inc., a development stage North Carolina corporation .