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"Dr." Anthony G. Payne, a.k.a. "The Wizard Who Came from the Sky"

David Steenblock, D.O. and Anthony G. Payne, Ph.D, Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Therapy: The Gift of Healing from Healthy Newborns (Laguna Beach, California: Basic Health Publications, 2006)

"This book presents case studies of umbilical cord stem cells being used to treat patients with cancer, cerebral palsy, stroke, ALS, MS and other challenging medical conditions."

 "An autographed copy will be sent to those who would like to support our work with a donation of $50 or more."

Featured on Stem Cell

General Background Information

"Doctor Scrutinized for Stem Cell Treatments,"  Orange County Register, 4/12/2007

"Regulatory Action against David Steenblock, D.O. (1993-1994),"

"David Steenblock Facing More Charges,"

"Many Skeptical of Stem Cell Therapy," Palm Beach Post, 6/19/2005

Susan E. Gallagher, "Snake Oil Salesmen Hit Jackpot in Nevada" (academic blog)

Anthony G. Payne

Along with Dr. David Steenblock, who runs the Brain Therapeutics Medical Clinic in Mission Viejo, CA, Payne is currently collecting anecdotal information on seemingly  miraculous results achieved via stem cell treatments administered by colleagues (business partners?) in Mexico.  Payne and Steenblock encourage patients to travel south of the border because the stem cell therapy they recommend is illegal in the United States.   Payne also wrote The Steenblock Institute's Guide to Dr. Fernado Ramirez's Umbilical Cord Stem Therapy Program, which includes "ball-park" estimates of the cost of treatments, which must be paid in advance.

Click here to see an infomercial on Ramirez and Steenblock's  Stem-Cell Program.

The Stroke Doctor

David Steenblock

Suspicious terms are highlighted; dubious and/or inappropriate affiliations are hyperlinked to selections from source materials available elsewhere on the web.

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Anthony Payne, N.M.D., Ph.D., M.D. (honorary)

Original Source: Faculty information page at Akamai University, which is, according to its web site, "not accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."

Dr. Payne holds earned degrees in physical anthropology (B.S., M.A. with honors, [1] Columbia Pacific University), and [unearned?] doctorates in nutritional medicine (N.M.D., [2] Aksem Oriental Medical School) and pastoral psychology (Ph.D., [3] Romano Byzantine Catholic College). He served as editor-publisher of [4] Biological Medicine Newsletter and co-hosted two [unidentified] radio talk shows during the 1980s. Dr. Payne was on staff at one of the largest integrative medical diagnostic and treatment clinics on the west coast, [5] Steenblock Medical Center now dba as Brain Therapeutics Clinic ( During the 1990s, he wrote two books [titles, publishers?], plus numerous popular and technical articles [such as?]. Dr. Payne also served as an [6] AOL Community Leader and was appointed [7] Texas state chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace (United Nations NGO). He carried out laboratory research for Inter-Cal, Inc. and BioProducts, Inc., pursued product development work for the PCT Company, Inc. and Pacific BioLogic, and served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Earthrise Corporation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Barotech, Inc. and spent 5 years as [8] Superintendent of Academic Affairs of the Orthodox Catholic Education System.

Dr. Payne made pioneering inroads in the metabolic pathway treatment and eradication of solid tumors, a body of work published in the [9] Townsend Letter for Doctors (1995) and the [10] British Naturopathic Journal (2000). These endeavors culminated in the award of an honorary MD degree and two international medals in science and medicine by the [11] Faculty Senate of Open International University during the mid-1990s. In addition, Dr. Payne has done commercially subsidized product development research (R & D) aimed at producing a viable skin rejuvenation treatment system. Dr. Payne has published many scholarly papers, some of which have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal [12] Medical Hypotheses and the [13] Mensa Bulletin (2002). In 1997, the National Institutes of Health brought Dr. Payne to Washington to participate in a major conference [title?] covering parameters for testing of nonstandard novel, but promising cancer treatment regimens and therapeutic agents [paid participant? attendee? paper presentation?].

From 1999-2003 Dr. Payne taught [unspecified] courses at Asia University (Tokyo), Teikyo University of Science & Technology (Uenohara, Japan), numerous major Tokyo-area corporations, as well as the Toshiba College Institute of Education and Culture (Shin-Yokohama, Japan). During March 2003, Payne and his Japanese wife, Sachi, relocated to the USA where he took a staff research position with the [5] Steenblock Research Institute located in San Clemente, California USA. Dr. Payne is a member of the international high IQ society, MENSA, and is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He is a member of numerous professional societies, and is listed in Who's Who in American Universities & Colleges (1987), Marquis' Who's Who in Science & Engineering, Who's Who in American Healthcare, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who in the World.

"Dr." Payne provides further insight into his background, credentials, and outlook on life on what seems to be his own web page: The Wizard Who Came From The Sky (

Payne has also apparently portrayed himself off as "an adjunct professor of nutritional science" at the now defunct Greenwich University, which seems to have evolved into Akamai University.

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