Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bruce W. Halstead and World Life Research Institute - Official Site

Welcome to the Only Official Site

for

Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.
And
World Life Research Institute

© 2007 by Larry D. Halstead
All rights reserved.



About this Site

This site has been established as the Official location for information on Bruce W. Halstead and the World Life Research Institute (WLRI). This site is still under construction and is meant to be the repository of information that will document his life and times.

It is our goal to allow people interested in Dr. Halstead to learn about his research work the many publications he authored. For his friends, supporters, and colleges, this site is meant allow you the appropriate contact information for you to support his legacy and the future of World Life in what ever manner you are able to contribute. That list would include photos, stories, documents, memories, testimonials, any corrections, input, or criticism's, and even any funding, is all solicited and appreciated.

For a List of Projects and How YOU can help - Click Here


World Life Research Institute - Current Status

Currently, there is no funding available to support this project or the World Life Research Institute which is the embodiment of his life long work. The physical facilities for World Life is still located in Grand Terrace, California where he relocated it in 1961 after it was initially established in nearby Reche Canyon, a rural part of Colton, CA.

The Institute looks much like it did when Doctor Halstead passed away in 2002. It is suffering from neglect due to lack of funding for much needed repairs and improvements. The Institute does not own the property it sits on and the future of WLRI is uncertain at this time.

The Board of Directors is exploring all possibilities including purchasing the property and moving forward with a preservation and expansion effort at that historical location. However, the board is remaining open to all possibilities which would include relocating WLRI to a site closer to the ocean. Ideally, it would be great to retain the historical and museum value of the 45 year location AND locate a new headquarters for WLRI next to the ocean and include a marine station. But no decision can be made until funding for this vital effort can be obtained.

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Bruce W. Halstead - Early Research Years

Botanical Research
The first half of his career was primarily focused on his search for new drugs from the sea and from the jungles of the Amazon. As a Bio-toxicologist, Ethno Botanist, Herbologist, and Botanical Medicine Researcher, Dr. Halstead led expeditions into the jungles of the Amazon and other regions throughout South America. He would make contact with witch doctors, sorcerers, and other indigenous tribal 'medicine men' and learn the secrets of how they used natural products to treat and cure a wide range of illness, infections, and diseases.

He would then collect samples for further research at World Life and often in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute. The movie "Medicine Man" with Sean Connery was loosely based on this aspect of his life. His early research on Siberian Ginseng gave way to a close research relationship with Russian Scientist, Professor Brekham, considered the father of the highly acclaimed herbal product. Dr. Halstead was the first person to introduce Siberian Ginseng to the United States and later wrote a book on the subject.
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Ocean Research - Drugs from the Sea
As a Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Ichthyologist, and avid scuba diver, Dr. Halstead led countless expeditions into the South Pacific and other oceans of the world to collect marine specimens. Samples of poisonous and venomous marine animals were collected for the purpose of conducting research into possible use as medicines primarily focused on potential cancer cures. It was during this earlier portion of his life that he spent 22 years writing his monumental three volume work entitled: Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals. This definitive work on the subject was the largest publication ever undertaken by the US Government Printing Office and established him as the world's leading authority on the subject. Later in his life he utilized this background and experience toward his research into AIDS and Imune Enhancement.
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Bruce W. Halstead - The Later Research

During the latter portion of his life, Dr. Halstead became focused as a leading pioneer and authority on Alternative Medicine. He used to say that Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Natural Medicine, Wholistic (holistic) Medicine, and Alternative Medicine were all different labels for the same thing. In the early 70's he was introduced to Chelation Therapy and submerged himself into study and research on the subject. In 1979, his book entitled, The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation Therapy, was published by Golden Quill Publishers and established him as the world's expert on the subject. It also launched his reputation as a pioneer in alternative health modalities including: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, DMSO, Gerovital, Laetrile, Siberian Ginseng, Coral Calcium, Immune Enhancement, Metabolic Cancer Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and AIDS Support Therapy.
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World Life Research Institute
a 501c3 nonprofit organization


While he got his start in these areas of research as the Co-founder and Research Director of the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University, it was his own World Life Research Institute that became the embodiment of his life long work. The vast holdings of WLRI include all of his research, the myriads of artifacts collected around the world, and a unique one of a kind reference center. The extensive reference holdings include rare books, documents, research studies, photos, slides, and film that are as diverse in the subject matter as was his numerous fields of studies and expertise.
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Bruce W. Halstead - Research and Writings

All of Doctor Halstead's research and writings are contained at World Life Research Institute, including some yet unpublished work. Many of his books are in need of updating in order to remain relative in the future of health modality development. His massive comprehensive work on Chinese Herbal Medicine has yet to be published because of lack of funding. Some of his work was funded through outside companies and organizations and need to be revised and published under the umbrella of World LIfe Research Institute. The technical resources are available on these projects but funding is needed to keep these publications alive and current.

For a Complete List of Halstead's Publications - CLICK HERE
Learn About Golden Quill Publishers - CLICK HERE

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of this site, the desire of Dr. Halstead's family, and the goal of the Board of Directors for WLRI to are focused on both the preservation and continuation of the life work of Bruce W. Halstead. The Purpose and Goals of this site is a three fold approach and is identified as follows:

1. Preserve the legacy of Bruce W. Halstead by documenting his life and times and establishing a museum dedicated to his life long work in pioneering health modalities and research into cancer and AIDS.

2. Continue his work and goals through the World LIfe Research Institute by obtaining funding for the Institute for that vital work he established and promoted in his non-profit organization.

3. Expand and refocus his work on the environment through addressing the issues of global warming, ocean pollution, and alternative energy sources like solar and wind power.

For a List of Projects and How YOU can help - Click Here

For more information on how you can help preserve Dr. Halstead's legacy, support World Life Research Institute, and/or make a tax deductible contribution, please contact:

WorldLifeResearch@gmail.com

or


Larry D. Halstead
larrydhalstead@gmail.com
(760) 443-7849







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How You Can Help Bruce and World Life Research Institute

How YOU Can Help


Dear Friends, Fans, Supporters, Colleagues, Associates, Students, and Apprentices, of Bruce W. Halstead, M.D. and World Life Research Institute:

This site is meant to allow you the appropriate contact information for you to support his legacy and the future of World Life in what ever form or manner you are able to contribute.

Since his passing on December 5, 2002, many people have been wondering about his work and the future of World Life Research Institute. There is much that can be done and much that needs to be done. Plans have been drawn up on how we can continue his work, build on his legacy, preserve the priceless holdings of WLRI, and/or expand the goals of World Life.

Right now the future of World Life is uncertain. Almost everything that needs to be done, requires some kind of funding that as of yet is unavailable. This post is designed to outline the various needs and projects as they are identified. If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact us and we will be anxious for that assistance.

Meanwhile, thank you for your interest in Doctor Halstead and the World Life Research Institute. The list of projects posted below are in somewhat random order. This post will be updated as more information becomes available or more projects are identified.

Thank You!

In Loving Memory
Bruce Walter Halstead
(Newton Bruce Mellars)


World Life Research Institute
Current Status Update

Currently, there is no funding available to support this project or the World Life Research Institute which is the embodiment of his life long work. The physical facilities for World Life is still located in Grand Terrace, California where it was relocated to in 1961.

The Institute looks much like it did when he passed away in 2002 but it is suffering from neglect due to lack of funding for much needed repairs and improvements. The Institute does not own the property and the future of WLRI at that location, is uncertain at this time.

The Board of Directors is exploring all possibilities including purchasing the property and moving forward with a preservation and expansion effort at that historical location. However, the board is also remaining open to the possibility of relocating WLRI to a site closer to the ocean.

But no decision can be made until funding for this vital effort can be obtained. All contributions to WLRI are fully tax deductible as a 501c3 tax deductible organization. We are currently working on establishing a PayPal account to handle contributions online. In the meantime you can make checks payable to World Life Research Institute and we will issue you a tax deductible receipt.



Funding Goals

1. Preserve the legacy of Bruce W. Halstead by documenting his life and times and establishing a museum dedicated to his life long work in pioneering health modalities and research into cancer and AIDS.


2. Continue his work and goals through the World LIfe Research Institute by obtaining funding for the Institute for that vital work he established and promoted in his non-profit organization.


3. Expand and refocus his work on the environment through addressing the issues of global warming, ocean pollution, and alternative energy sources like solar and wind power.


For more information on how you can help preserve Dr. Halstead's legacy, support World Life Research Institute, and/or make a tax deductible contribution, please contact:


WorldLifeResearch@gmail.com

Larry D. Halstead
larrydhalstead@gmail.com
(760) 443-7849



Projects Needing Funding

1. THIS PROJECT HERE - GETTING STARTED
This Project, now underway, is about reaching out on the internet to make the legacy of Doctor Halstead and World Life Research Institute to those anxious to learn more. It is also meant to attract those individuals who would like to contribute to World Life and support the various projects involved in moving forward.

The idea is to keep expanding this project with more information, short videos and an expanded format. But so far, this project is being done on a zero budget, an old inadequate computer, and without the benefit of a good video camera to help document the past, present, and future efforts, by conducting interviews and other archival videos for use in future documentary film projects.
Approximate budget needed: $5,000.
Learn More - Click Here


2.
Send in YOUR Stories and Testimonials
As part of documenting the legacy of Doctor Halstead, we need your story of how you know about him. Were you his friend? Associate? Admirer? Patient? Student? Classmate? Family? However you knew him, whether it was first hand knowledge or otherwise, we really want to hear from you!

Please write down your stories, opinions, testimonials, or any kind of experiences you can share and send them to us. We will (with your permission) publish your comments here on this site for others to read under a new section entitled: Friends of Bruce W. Halstead. This site in new and already we are getting traffic from people around the world and we would all love for you to share your knowledge about Doctor Halstead, his life and times. Please be a part of the process. Email all info to:

WorldLifeResearch@gmail.com



3. PHYSICAL FACILITIES

Plan A. Purchase and Preserve Current Facilities
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And/Or

Plan B. Relocate WLRI

Plan A above or this Plan B are either a choice of one, or the other, or both, depending on the funding that becomes available.
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4. WLRI PHOTOS, SLIDES, and FILM PRESERVATION
Countless photos, slides, and video footage are stored at WLRI and are in desperate need of preservation and conversion to digital format. Other lost or stolen films are in need of replacement while the possibility still exist.
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5. BRUCE W. HALSTEAD PUBLICATIONS and BIOGRAPHY PROJECT
Many of Doctor Halstead's books need to be update and reprinted. Some of his manuscripts still need to be published. His last book is on Chinese Adaptogenic Herbal Medicine is still unpublished and yet it has already been hailed as quite possibly his most profound and outstanding work ever. There are other books that are being planned that are based on his work or about his work.

This site is an initial effort to document Doctor Halstead's life for a biography now underway. Funding is need now, to get this important work into production. There is at least two other books about his life in the planning.

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Below This Point is Still Under Construction

6. BWH/WLRI VIDEO AND FILM PRODUCTION

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7. WLRI MARINE STATION - SEA OF CORTEZ


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8. BWH HERBAL FORMULAS

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9. BWH HERBAL GARDEN IN CHINA - A DOCUMENTARY

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10. THE FUTURE OF WLRI

-GLOBAL WARMING AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

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11. THE FUTURE OF WLRI
-ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

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World Life Research Institute Overview


In 1958, Doctor Halstead left Loma Linda University and the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine(STPM) that he founded, in order to start his own research facility, World Life Research Institute (WLRI), a nonprofit 501c3 organization. WLRI was his own personal research facility where he could unleash his passion without the restrictions of the bureaucracy and other limitations that frustrated him at Loma Linda.

But the nature of his work and travels meant that WLRI quickly developed into a phenomenal museum, as well as a world class documentation and reference center. WLRI has countless, books and other documentation on as many subjects as Dr. Halstead was an expert on, and had conducted research into, over the course of his lifetime. Due to this unique documentation and reference qualities of WLRI, it served as an international reference center for the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.
Founder and Director of World Life Research Institute
Pictured with beloved dog Toto in front of WLRI

Halstead’s scientific investigations took him around the world in search of the world of natural-based medicine, including the fields of Marine Bio-Toxicology, Toxic Plants and animals of the world, tropical medicine, global pollution, Chelation Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, DMSO, Laetrile, Coral Calcium, Medicinal Plants, Radiation sickness, AIDS, cancer, Adaptogenic Immune Enhancement, Nutrition, and Molecular Bio-Chemistry.

The physical facilities for WLRI have been located in Grand Terrace for over 45 years now. It was there that Doctor Halstead conducted his research and wrote the vast bulk of his writings. During periods when the Institute enjoyed stable funding, there were twelve or more employees working there including several other research scientists. During the leanest of times, it would be the lone Research Scientist working on his various projects, sometimes with the help of a volunteer assistant.

But the discipline and dedication to his work meant that Doctor Halstead was always making progress with the enthusiasm of someone on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough. Continuous progress into his research was always a constant. So too was progress on his writing and turning out new publications. He lived each day with a schedule that reflected military precision. Every moment of every day was a part of his routine that rarely varied. His days would start early and would continue well into the evening. During the normal working hours of 8 to 5, he would be mixing business, meetings, and research, with time spent writing. But come evening time, his attention would be dedicated purely to his writing.

Often his research projects and writings would be in unrelated fields at the same time and yet his focus to each was intensely comprehensive. Had he lived a thousand years, his work would have never been complete. And so it was no surprise that when he made his transition in 2002, he left a multitude of projects and publications yet to be finished.

A Now Empty Chair sits at the Desk
of the Founder and Director of WLRI

The Roll-Top Desk where Doctor Halstead
Researched and Wrote most of his publications


The Manual Royal Typewritter used by Doctor Halstead
to write most of his manuscripts until he finally
converted to a computer in the early 90's

Research and Writing Station where Doctor Halstead
spent the bulk of his time and wrote most of his publications



WLRI as Library
WLRI was not only the venue for all of Doctor Halstead's research and writing efforts. But in the course of the sixty years that followed its incorporation, WLRI developed into a one of a kind unique library covering the same fields of study reflected in his research: bio-toxicology, ichthyology, marine biology, oceanography, environmental sciences, zoology, botany, ethno botany, herbal medicine, Chinese traditional medicine, alternative medicine, wholistic (holistic) medicine, anthropology, bio-chemistry, and even a small library of law books as related to freedom of health care by physicians.

Part of the Library holdings at WLRI
Book Shelves above file cabinets filled with documentation

Ancient hand-bound Chinese Herbal books

The Pen Ts'ao Kang Mu
Great Ancient Chinese Herbal
Encyclopedia

Ancient Chinese Herbal book
Each page featuring a hand painted drawing

The 16th Century Honzo Pen Ts'ao on rice paper

WLRI as Museum
Halstead’s scientific investigations took him around the world in search of natural-based medicine. From working with the Jivaro 'head-shrinking' Indians of Ecuador; to working with Russian Professor Brekhman, the father of Siberian Ginseng; working with Jacques Cousteau and the Cousteau; studying Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, in China; to leading expeditions to the South Pacific, Doctor Halstead would always return from his travels with relevant artifacts from around the world.

Many of these relics and artifacts are now priceless and irreplaceable. The totality of all of his collections are too extensive for more than a small percentage to be on display at WLRI. Many of the items are in storage and everything is in need of professional museum preservation efforts.

Hand Carved Wooden Story Boards from Palau

Artifacts, Photos, and other Museum Pieces at WLRI

Some of the Many Artifacts that are on Display at WLRI


WLRI Collections
WLRI is also home to a multitude of natural collections including: marine specimens, sea shells, shark jaws, herbal samples collected through out the Amazon, botanical specimen collections, botanical artwork (including a large collection of Japanese water-color illustrations of medicinal plants), scientific illustrations commissioned by BWH, and a wide range of scientific documentation of botanical and marine-derived medicines.
Siberian Ginseng illustration
hand painted by Japanese artist


Botanical Illustration part of WLRI collection

WLRI Original Animal Illustration
by Robert H. Knabenbauer


WLRI Marine Specimens Collected by Doctor Halstead


The History of
World Life Research Institute


WLRI First Established at Reche Canyon
Doctor Halstead founded the nonprofit World Life Research Institute in 1958. A close friend of his, Frank Cox had invested in a large portion of a rural unincorporated area of San Bernardino County known as Reche Canyon. With the exception of a few sprawling ranches, the region was mostly wilderness area and lack of demand had kept real estate prices cheap. Cox gave his friend an entire bluff located half way up Reche Canyon that amounted to over 645 acres on which to build his new facility. There was no access roads, utilities, or running water available.

But Halstead was full of determination, will power, and a drive to make his newly founded facility survive. Before long he had cut a road into the hillside (now Center Street) and had broken ground on a new administrative building along with a research wing with a dozen lab rooms that were built in a Japanese architecture. Using his military connections, he obtained an old army barracks and had the building relocated to Reche Canyon thus completing his new facility.
Doctor Halstead conducting field research
Utilizing his grant getting talents from Loma Linda, he soon had a full administrative staff and a dozen or more scientist working on as many projects. Much of this early research was funded by government grants, primarily through the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The research was focused on the search for new medicines from natural sources. The source for these natural compound was focused on two categories: drugs from the sea and drugs from the jungles of the Amazon.

Drugs from the sea was a natural outgrowth of Doctor Halstead's life long love of the ocean and his twenty-two year academic work that resulted in his monumental three volume work: Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals. This phenomenal publication was not only the largest publication effort ever undertaken by the Government Printing Office, it stands as THE definitive work on the subject. Experts in the various fields of oceanography concur that this outstanding work will never be out done.
Doctor Halstead on an expedition to the South Pacific

Drugs from the jungles of the Amazon was an outgrowth of Doctor Halstead's interest in herbal medicine. His approach was to work closely with the tribal witchdoctors, sorcerers, and other 'medicine men' of the jungles. The basic premises of his investigations was to examine the botanical compounds being used by the indigenous natives for the range of diseases and ailments for which they were being used for thousands of years. He would then apply modern scientific methodology to sort out the effectiveness of those compounds from those that were surrounded with mythology but had no efficacy or basis in science. The movie 'Medicine Man' with Sean Connery (1992) was loosely based on Doctor Halstead's work.
Dr. Wiburn H Ferguson holding a shrunken head
standing next to an Jivaro Indian and his son

Doctor Halstead's research into drugs from the jungles of the Amazon started when he was still at the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (STPM), Loma Linda University in the early 50's. He made contact with Dr. Wilburn H. Ferguson who spent twenty years working with the Jivaro Indians of Ecquador and the botanical compounds they used for shrinking heads, including the human heads of their enemies. Halstead spent time with Ferguson and the Jivaro Indians collecting samples that he studied for their potential cancer fighting and tumor shrinking qualities, while still at STPM. Halstead also had several of the shrunken human heads and a couple of shrunken monkey heads on display at STPM before they were stolen.
Shrunken Human Head from the Jivaro Indians

The Zoo Days of Early WLRI
It was about this time that he was contacted by the owner of a small zoo who was being evicted from his previous location. Being the zoologist and animal lover that he was, Halstead offered his land and before long he a small collection of tigers, lions, and bears, Oh MY! The mini zoo didn't last long with complaints from neighbors and local government officials and the zoo was forced to close. Still it offered a colorful chapter in what would become a relatively short lived dream for World Life at the Reche Canyon location.

The End of the Reche Canyon Era
Halstead was much too trusting and way to focused on his research to ever pay the proper attention to day to day business operations. There came a time when the entire operation hinged on a single critical grant that was well into fruition. Confident that all was well, Halstead left for a conference in Hawaii. In his absence, one of his trusted research scientist turned out to be unscrupulous in his dealings and convinced the grant giver that he could do the work for less. He told the other employees that Halstead had left town for good and that they should grab what they could as Halstead would never be back to pay them their due.

Dr. Halstead returned from the conference to find his facility in shambles. Research and office equipment was gone and research experiments were destroyed midstream. The employees were gone as was the con artist that caused the disaster. He had taken the grant money and left the country. The combination of this disaster and the overwhelming challenge of pioneering his research institute in a remote wilderness area cause him to realize that he had to down size and relocate to his own back yard.

WLRI Moves to Grand Terrace
In 1958, Bruce and Joy discovered a wonderful 10 acres parcel in the then unincorporated community of Grand Terrace. The property was covered with citrus groves, and there was an old dilapidated barn they tore down to build their new home. They subdivided the property and sold off the extra lots in order to pay off the three acres that they retained. When the challenges and difficulties of Reche Canyon proved to formidable for progress on his research, he moved the Institute into a small building in the backyard of that property.

The initial building consisted of three small rooms, an outer reception office, his main library and personal office room, and a small lab room in the rear of the building. This building was done under an emergency basis as he desperately needed shelf space for his books that he was able to salvage from the Reche Canyon location and work space to continue his research. Lack of funding kept the project small and much of the labor was performed by Dr. Halstead and donated by friends.

He was hanging metal lathe for the interior plastering while working on this building that his hammer chipped off a small piece of metal that flew into his eye. It was late on a Friday and he felt that he had gotten the foreign item out of his eye and so chose to ignore the problem. But by Monday, the eye had become infected and by the time he had proper treatment and eye surgery, he had permanently lost over ninety percent of the vision in that eye. However, he learned methods to compensate for the disability and many people close to Dr. Halstead never knew the problem ever existed.

Some of the little design and planning that went into the creation of this 'mini-institute' was to accommodate what had become a trademark of his office at the Reche Canyon facility. This was a large world map that covered the entire wall behind his desk. With the map measurements in mind, the building had to be tall enough for it and the wall had to be wide enough to include the full width of the map and a door way into the next room. This one important design element was something that Doctor Halstead was quite proud of and would mention on almost every tour he gave of the facility.
World Map covering the entire wall behind his desk at WLRI (West Wall)

With the exception of the 'Map Wall', the remaining walls of the larger main room were built with shelf space covering them to accommodate the thousands of books that he had already acquired at the time the building was finished. Doctor Halstead's love of books is legendary and rivaled his love for science, research, writing, travel, and animals.

During the good years when funding was flowing, he had a full time bibliographer, Pat Lehner, who would travel the world in search of old rare books on subjects relative to his work. But even during the lean years, when phones and utilities were subject to being turned off, the mail order books would continue to arrive in the mail. It was indicators like this that revealed his priorities. Whether writing or collecting them, books were at the top of his priority list. His family understood that it was always difficult to find a good present to give him unless it was in the form of a book. Whether it was his birthday or Christmas, you could always score a winner with a good coffee table book on any aspect of the natural world.
Reference Books in the Main Room at WLRI (South Side)

Reference Books in the Main Room at WLRI (South Side)

Reference Books in the Main Room at WLRI (North Side)

Reference Books in the Main Room at WLRI (North Side)

Book shelves and Artifacts sit above a row
of filing cabinets in Main Room (East end)


With the Advent of the Vietnam War and the Nixon Administration, the federal government started curtailing the funding of grants not directly benefiting the war effort. New grant funding became more and more difficult to obtain and Doctor Halstead was growing weary of the tenuous process that was constantly becoming more bureaucratic. Part of that bureaucracy was to have a committee composed of your 'peers' come to your facility and review your research.

Doctor Halstead came to feel that those so called 'peers' were clueless about his field of study and he grew tired of trying to educated them about the science that he felt they had no ability to comprehend. He soon developed a high level of contempt for both the peer review process and the entire bureaucratic grant getting process in general. Meanwhile he was being approached by various business interest that wanted to fund his research for their own commercial benefit.

Unfortunately for Doctor Halstead and WLRI, this left him vulnerable to a lot of unscrupulous con artist that were set on exploiting his work and coning him out of his resources. The combined problems with funding continued on a downward spiral leading into the early 70's. At that point, WLRI was without any funding, employees, phones, and other utilities. This was not only a dark point for WLRI but it soon proved to be a turning point and a new beginning for the distinguished career of Doctor Halstead.

It was then that one of his medical school classmates stepped in to remind him that he was still a Medical Doctor and that most doctors were doing quite well in the traditional practice of medicine. His doctor friend was the head of the Emergency Room for Loma Linda Community Hospital. He offered his classmate an opportunity that he could not refuse. He told him that he could work the graveyard shift in ER. He told him that he would be sleeping most of the time and therefore he could continue running WLRI during the day.
Doctor Halstead practicing ER medicine
at Loma Linda Community Hospital

After an almost 25 year absence from the daily practice of medicine, it was an enormous challenge to 'bone' up on current techniques and submerge himself back into the practice of medicine. But he met the challenge with open arms and rose to the moment. Soon he was back in the circle of the current practices of modern emergency medicine and before long the hospital extended 'hospital privileges' to him. This meant that he could start seeing non-emergency patients and could admit them if necessary to be hospitalized.

Soon the rapport he developed with his ER patients transfered over to seeing those patients for non-emergency conditions. Before long he had a patient complaining of painful arthritis and so he checked with some of his colleagues at the hospital to see what the current treatment entailed. When those doctors told him what they were prescribing for arthritis he immediately turned to the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) on drugs to see what was in them. Then relying on his background as a bio-toxicologist, he soon discovered that these meds were often toxic and in some cases were known carcinogens. This left him in a moral dilemma of how to treat those patients.

It was then that he was introduced to the new emerging therapy known as Chelation Therapy. At that time there was only a small handful of doctors practicing this innovative therapy which utilizes EDTA, a synthetic amino acid, to bond with heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and calcium and remove them from the body through the urine. Halstead's initial investigations into this therapy showed promised for treating a range of problems including arthritis, hardening of the arteries, stroke, heart attacks, and diabetes. Within a year, Halstead started a health clinic practicing Chelation and other alternative health modalities.

He also submerged himself into research on Chelation Therapy and soon became the world's leading expert on the subject with the publication of his definitive text; The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation Therapy (1979). That research and that book, became a turning point for the focus of Doctor Halstead's work at WLRI for the remainder of his life.

What followed in the next twenty-five years was the establishment of Doctor Halstead as a leading expert in alternative medicine and a pioneer of numerous health modalities. He was soon in constant demand as an expert witness in legal cases surrounding this emerging field of medicine. He was also in constant demand as the key note speaker for conventions for professional academies and the lay public alike.

At WLRI, Halstead's research was focused on these new therapies and integrating his earlier background of research on bio-toxicology, drugs from the sea, and from botanical compounds. More and more, that research started focusing on the issue of immune enhancement. In part the explanation for this was the obsession that conventional medicine was having with drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy, in the treatment of cancer. All three of these approaches constitutes a direct assault on the human immune system and Halstead's focus on immune enhancement held promise as either an alternative treatment or as compensation for a patient who had already had their immune system compromised by conventional therapy.

With the discovery of the first AIDS case, Doctor Halstead became obsessed with unlocking the secrets of the human immune system. His strongest belief was that a cure for AIDS could be discovered through the modulation and enhancement of the immune system.

The last two decades of his work were focused on integrating various natural compounds from his life-long work with drugs from the oceans, jungles, and herbal medicine into the quest for a cure for chronic and degenerative diseases, primarily cancer and AIDS. Few that knew Doctor Halstead well, would ever doubt that given a few more years, he would have accomplished his goals.

When Doctor Bruce W. Halstead passed away on December 5, 2002, he left behind a mountain of incredible legacy, an ocean of research and publications, and his first love which incorporates both his legacy and his work: the World Life Research Institute. The future of World Life and it's extensive holdings is uncertain at this time.

It is the goal of this site to bring together those that consider themselves supporters of this maverick doctor and the vast body of work he contributed. His work needs to be continued! The holdings of World Life Research Institute need to be preserved. And the issues relating to the environment and health need to be expanded and moved into the next evolution.

Those of us who are left behind to look after WLRI and Doctor Halstead's legacy are going to need a lot of help, both professionally and financially. If you are inclined to help, please read the post on "How you can help Bruce and World Life Research Institute" or CLICK HERE.


For more information, to find out how you can help with Doctor Halstead's vital life work, continue his legacy, or support the preservation of WLRI, please contact:

WorldLifeResearch@gmail.com

or Contact

Larry D. Halstead
(760) 255-2012




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Life and Times of BWH - His Research

Life and Times of Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.
Research Scientist
The Research Scientist
BWH - The Research Scientist at STPM


Outline for this Post

Introduction to Doctor Halstead’s Research

Overview and Summary of Research

-Bio-toxicology

-Botanical Research

-Ocean Research

-Pioneering New Health Breakthroughs

Specific Research Projects
-Botanical Research
-Ocean Research
-Pioneering New Health Breakthroughs


Introduction to Doctor Halstead’s Research

When you consider the early influences on his life growing up in San Francisco, it is fair to say that he was always a research scientist and the first fifteen years were all just the earlier training for that profession. In 1935, at age fifteen, he began his formal training as a research scientist when he met his mentor and the greatest influence on his professional life, Howard Clark, Curator of Fishes, Department of Ichthyology at the Golden Gate Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Clark introduced him to the study and research on fish (Ichthyology) for which he became the world’s most authoritative expert on. Clark also taught him about research technique, specimen collection and preservation, species identification, scientific names, and research ethics. And he showed him how to apply those skills in all of the natural sciences as they studied: birds, fish, mammals, insects, marine invertebrates, and microbiology. Most importantly, Clark filled him with the inspiration and motivation that drove him into a life-long obsession of research and discovery.

Halstead’s informal training and formal education was concluded with his graduation from medical school in 1948. That was also the year that he became the Co-founder and Director of the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (STPM). Thus began a stellar career as a world class distinguished research scientist.

The idea for the STPM was at best a vague notion (if that) when in his junior year, Halstead was being offered a position on the teaching staff. He replied that he would enjoy a teaching position but that he would greatly prefer to start up a school of tropical medicine. At that point, he learned that Dr. Harold N. Mozar, another graduate of Loma Linda, had also expressed interest in the idea. The two were introduced and the STPM was approved and initiated in 1948.

To say that the STPM was started on a shoestring budget is an enormous exaggeration. Bruce’s salary was established at $52. Per week and their was no money for any research equipment, research assistants, or expeditions. The division of labor between Drs Mozar and Halstead was such that Mozar was totally focused on the administration and teaching, whereas Halstead was totally focused (some would say obsessed) on research.

Up until then, Loma Linda had never conducted any research nor had they ever had a single grant in their history. Worse yet, they had never cultivated any contacts with the military of any other branch of the government in Washington D.C., from which grants could be secured. It was up to Doctor Halstead to start from scratch and learn the grant process from the ground up. This was something that his involvement with the military would pay big dividends.

There were many lessons for Halstead to learn in the process of getting his grants funded. The first lesson was something for which he was totally na├»ve and what he later referred to as “biopolitics”, which meant that just having a great idea did not grant money create. The next lesson was one of mixing creativity and persistence to find money in both the government and private sectors. Finally, the lesson that led to his fateful independence was that being the maverick that pioneered both research and grant acquisition in a small institution strictly devoted to physical healing, spiritual healing, and teaching, which was run by small minded bureaucrats lacking in vision, was a recipe for disaster that could only end in his resignation.

However, in the decade that he took learning all of these priceless lessons, Halstead developed all of the skills that he would use in starting his own research organization from the ground up into an internationally recognized research facility and reference center. In addition, as soon as the starting line was crossed, he instantly set sail on the course of direction that would define his research and evolve into his life’s work.

At STPM his initial search for grant funding took him to Washington D.C. with his first application for a grant, which was fittingly enough, dedicated to the “Investigation of Poisonous and Venomous Fishes of the Central and Central and South Pacific Oceans,” and submitted to the National Institute of Health. While his grant application was rejected, his fate was seal and his direction set for everything that was to follow.

That rejection was also the beginning of the 22 year effort that would culminate in the definitive work that would establish him as a world wide authority and his work as the most extensive and comprehensive publication of its kind. That work was his enormous three volume work entitled: Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals. Each of the three volumes measures X and combined they weigh ___ and consume a total of _____ inches of shelf space. At the time that they were published, they were the largest and most challenging publication ever undertaken by the Government Printing Office.

In 1958, Doctor Halstead left Loma Linda University and the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine that he founded, in order to start his own research facility, World Life Research Institute (WLRI), a nonprofit 501c3 organization. WLRI was his own personal research facility where he could unleash his passion without the restrictions of the bureaucracy and other limitations that frustrated him at Loma Linda.

Halstead’s scientific investigations took him around the world in search of the world of natural-based medicine, including the fields of Marine Bio-Toxicology, Toxic Plants and animals of the world, tropical medicine, global pollution, Chelation Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, DMSO, Laetrile, Coral Calcium, Medicinal Plants, Radiation sickness, AIDS, cancer, Adaptogenic Immune Enhancement, Nutrition, and Molecular Bio-Chemistry.

The physical facilities for WLRI have been located in Grand Terrace for over 45 years now. It was there that Doctor Halstead conducted his research and wrote the vast bulk of his writings. During periods when the Institute enjoyed stable funding, there were twelve or more employees working there including several other research scientists. During the leanest of times, it would be the lone Research Scientist working on his various projects, sometimes with the help of a volunteer assistant.

But the discipline and dedication to his work meant that Doctor Halstead was always making progress with the enthusiasm of someone on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough. Continuous progress into his research was always a constant. So too was progress on his writing and turning out new publications. He lived each day with a schedule that reflected military precision. Every moment of every day was a part of his routine that rarely varied. His days would start early and would continue well into the evening. During the normal working hours of 8 to 5, he would be mixing business, meetings, and research, with time spent writing. But come evening time, his attention would be dedicated purely to his writing.

Often his research projects and writings would be in unrelated fields at the same time and yet his focus to each was intensely comprehensive. Had he lived a thousand years, his work would have never been complete. And so it was no surprise that when he made his transition in 2002, he left a multitude of projects and publications yet to be finished.

Dr. Halstead authored more than 17 books and more than 300 scientific publications. His many scientific expeditions took him to more than 150 countries



Overview and Summary of Research
Bio-toxicology
The subject of bio-toxicology is the foundation for understanding medicine. It is the key that opens the secrets of poisons and venoms. For better or worse, it is also the foundation for the development of bio warfare and the war on terrorism. It is also the thread that starts with the earliest of Doctor Halstead’s research and travels through his work on poisonous and venomous marine animals, medicinal botanicals, traditional Chinese herbs, and into the essence of the various health modalities he helped to pioneer.

During the decade of research at the STPM, he authored ninety articles, abstracts, and reports leading up to his first book in 1958 and entitled: Dangerous Marine Animals. Virtually all of those ninety publications contain either the word poison, venom, toxin, sting, or some version of those root words. And almost all of those publications deal with the ocean and marine life.

Understanding the principals and mechanisms of bio-toxicology was the key to establishing his research efforts and his reputation as a leading world expert in the field. It also allowed him the opportunity to fulfill his childhood fantasy of traveling the world as he became increasingly in demand as the key note speakers for international professional academies, associations, and universities. Being the leading authority on bio-toxicology unlocked opportunities for travel, funding, and joint ventures into research on the subjects for which he loved and was highly respected.

Botanical Research
The first half of his career was primarily focused on his search for new drugs from the sea and from the jungles of the Amazon. As a Bio-toxicologist, Ethno Botanist, Herbologist, and Botanical Medicine Researcher, Dr. Halstead led expeditions into the jungles of the Amazon and other regions throughout South America. He would make contact with witch doctors, sorcerers, and other indigenous tribal 'medicine men' and learn the secrets of how they used natural products to treat and cure a wide range of illness, infections, and diseases.

He would then collect samples for further research at World Life and often in conjunction with the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. The movie "Medicine Man" with Sean Connery was loosely based on this aspect of his life. His early research on Siberian Ginseng gave way to a close research relationship with Russian Scientist, Professor Brekhmam, considered the father of the highly acclaimed herbal product. Dr. Halstead was the first person to introduce Siberian Ginseng to the United States and later wrote a book on the subject: Eleutherococcus Senticosus - An Introduction to the Concept of Adaptogenic Medicine.

Drugs from the jungles of the Amazon was an outgrowth of Doctor Halstead's interest in herbal medicine. His approach was to work closely with the tribal witchdoctors, sorcerers, and other 'medicine men' of the jungles. The basic premises of his investigations was to examine the botanical compounds being used by the indigenous natives for the range of diseases and ailments for which they were being used for thousands of years. He would then apply modern scientific methodology to sort out the effectiveness of those compounds from those that were surrounded with mythology but had no efficacy or basis in science. The movie 'Medicine Man' with Sean Connery (1992) was loosely based on Doctor Halstead's work.

Doctor Halstead's research into drugs from the jungles of the Amazon started when he was still at the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (STPM), Loma Linda University in the early 50's. He made contact with Dr. Wilburn H. Ferguson who spent twenty years working with the Jivaro Indians of Ecuador and the botanical compounds they used for shrinking heads, including the human heads of their enemies. Halstead spent time with Ferguson and the Jivaro Indians collecting samples that he studied for their potential cancer fighting and tumor shrinking qualities, while still at STPM. Halstead also had several of the shrunken human heads and a couple of shrunken monkey heads on display at STPM before they were stolen.


Ocean Research
As a Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Ichthyologist, and avid scuba diver, Dr. Halstead led countless expeditions into the South Pacific and other oceans of the world to collect marine specimens. Samples of poisonous and venomous marine animals were collected for the purpose of conducting research into possible use as medicines primarily focused on potential cancer cures.

It was during this earlier portion of his life that he spent 22 years writing his monumental three volume work entitled: Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals. This definitive work on the subject was the largest publication ever undertaken by the US Government Printing Office and established him as the world's leading authority on the subject. Later in his life he utilized this background and experience toward his research into AIDS and Imune Enhancement.

His earliest professional work gained world recognition as the first to establish the scientific field known as "Marine Bio-Toxicology," due largely to his three-volume opus (with third and fourth editions), Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals of the World. The first edition was over 3,000 pages (United States Government Printing Office 1970), which is still the most definitive work on this subject.

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Doctor Halstead started working with Jacques Cousteau back when their were no dive tables and few people knew who either of the two men were. Doctor Halstead appeared in several of the episodes of The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau.




Jacques Cousteau



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He often served as the medical and bio-toxicological adviser on the Cousteau expeditions with Jacques Cousteau and later with his son Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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Jean-Michel Cousteau



Pioneering New Health Breakthroughs
During the latter portion of his life, Dr. Halstead became focused as a leading pioneer and authority on Alternative Medicine. He used to say that Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Natural Medicine, Wholistic (holistic) Medicine, and Alternative Medicine were all different labels for the same thing. In the early 70's he was introduced to Chelation Therapy and submerged himself into study and research on the subject. In 1979, his book entitled, The Scientific Basis of EDTA Chelation Therapy, was published by Golden Quill Publishers and established him as the world's expert on the subject. It also launched his reputation as a pioneer in alternative health modalities including: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, DMSO, Gerovital, Laetrile, Siberian Ginseng, Coral Calcium, Immune Enhancement, Metabolic Cancer Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and AIDS Support Therapy.

What followed in the next twenty-five years was the establishment of Doctor Halstead as a leading expert in alternative medicine and a pioneer of numerous health modalities. He was soon in constant demand as an expert witness in legal cases surrounding this emerging field of medicine. He was also in constant demand as the key note speaker for conventions for professional academies and the lay public alike.

At WLRI, Halstead's research was focused on these new therapies and integrating his earlier background of research on bio-toxicology, drugs from the sea, and from botanical compounds. More and more, that research started focusing on the issue of immune enhancement. In part the explanation for this was the obsession that conventional medicine was having with drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy, in the treatment of cancer. All three of these approaches constitutes a direct assault on the human immune system and Halstead's focus on immune enhancement held promise as either an alternative treatment or as compensation for a patient who had already had their immune system compromised by conventional therapy.

With the discovery of the first AIDS case, Doctor Halstead became obsessed with unlocking the secrets of the human immune system. His strongest belief was that a cure for AIDS could be discovered through the modulation and enhancement of the immune system.

The last two decades of his work were focused on integrating various natural compounds from his life-long work with drugs from the oceans, jungles, and herbal medicine into the quest for a cure for chronic and degenerative diseases, primarily cancer and AIDS. Few that knew Doctor Halstead well, would ever doubt that given a few more years, he would have accomplished his goals.







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