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The BX Protocol is yet another cure-all. It's also referred to as BX Energy Catalyst, (e2 Energy Catalyst), BX Antitoxin, and BX Miracle, and is created by Delta Institute International Limited. It's unclear if these are separate products or the same thing, as all terms seem to be used interchangeably on their website and videos; sometimes it's simply referred to as "The BX". The term "BX" originates from "Bacillus-X", a phrase used by discredited-scientist and conspiracy theoristRoyal Rife in the 1930s, to describe unknown bacteria he suggested were the cause of cancer.
The BX Protocol is advertised to help with "most diseases", and specifically mentions Alzheimer's, autism, asthma, autoimmune diseases, blood disorders, cancer, COPD, diabetes (type I and II), epilepsy, heart disease, lupus, Lyme disease, malaria, neurodegenerative disorders, Parkinson's, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, and "most bacterial and viral conditions". The only claims missing here are bigger penis and more kilometres to the litre.
The "inventor" of BX protocol is "Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith. He says he has a Ph.D. in “biological sciences” from "University of Canterbury" (January 7, 2016), or "Canterbury University" (January 18, 2016), he's apparently not sure which one. The University of Canterbury is a real university in New Zealand, but "Canterbury University" is a degree-mill in the Seychelles.
"Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith has been arrested by police in Utah, coincidentally where Delta Institute have a clinic, which they try to keep quiet for some reason. However Delta Institute gave away the location of their US clinic by advertising staff-vacancies in the local classifieds. [Doh!]
Previous versions of the Delta website claimed a success-rate for treating cancer of "between 75-90%". Some of their customers with cancer would disagree, but you'll need a medium to interview them. Before you start treatment you've got to sign a release-form which has about a dozen Quack Miranda Warning warnings, such as "not intended for use in […] the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease". This of course doesn't stop their testimonials from advertising it as a cure for damn near everything. In the small-print you can also read that none of the Delta Institute employees are "licensed physicians".
They do not offer any evidence or research for any claim; their clinical-trials page has said "stay tuned for updates" since the first version in 2012. They're not "staying tuned" for their payment; the entire treatment costs $16,995, paid up-front, no refunds. Delta agents ("affiliates") selling BX Protocol receive at least 10% commission.
So what is it?
It's a "new paradigm in medicine", obviously!Do You Believe That?
Delta Institute's "explanation" makes no sense what-so-ever; it's chiefly in the form of videos and the claims are contradictory and full of non sequiturs, but here's the gist of it (we think):
Western medicine is flawed as it's based on "treatment of symptoms, and not causation". For example, "western medicine" does not treat dehydration with giving water to the patient, but by giving lip balsam [sic] for chapped lips. Is that really the best example they could come up with?. Anyway, to "fix" this they've developed a "theory of unified disease causation" claiming "mitochondrial dysfunction" is the root cause of many illnesses. Mitochondrial disease is indeed a real affliction, and may cause a wide variety of symptoms, but to claim that it's the root cause of most disease is completely unproven and simply ludicrous. Somehow the concept of undetectable "stealth pathogens" fit into this.
Okay, you're still with us? Now comes the real technobabble, (if you're inexperienced with advanced woo you might want to sit down and get a calming cup of tea for this).
For treatment they've got an "energized non-toxic biomolecule created from pure crystalline fructose", (a.k.a. sugar-water), which is exposed to "a series of frequencies" (we assume light?) which "electrically charge the fructose structure", and will "seek out and bond with toxic structures" and "dismantles" the toxins with an "electric field" which creates a "peroxide burst". These molecules are called "super peroxides", and the strength of The BX is that it can "catalyse peroxide formations [..] using the toxic structures as fuel for the fire".
We're not quite sure what to say to this… It just doesn't make any sense; it's not even wrong.
One Delta Institute webpage states that BX is homoeopathic, and in one of their videos ozone therapy is mentioned, neither of which has any relation to the "explanation" above.
Inventor of the BX Protocol, "Dr" Smith, also has a sideline in allegedly therapeutic electronic-devices, which he claims he has developed with assistance from Ex-NASA scientists. In reality the cure-all contraptions he sells, (at inflated prices), are manufactured in China. These devices emit the same Ka-band radio-frequency as a police radar speed gun, which unfortunately does not cure any cancer, or other serious illness, in the passing motorists, (although the sight of a police-officer wielding a radar gun could cure constipation in those who are speeding).
Gallery of guys involved with BX Protocol
Utah police mugshot of the purported creator of BX Protocol, "Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith
Utah police mugshot of a Delta Institute director "Todd DuMaurier", (actually convicted thief Todd David Mauer).
- Their main website: bxprotocol.com, also disease-specific repeaters : bxforcancer.com, bx4lyme.com, bxforparkinsons.com
- The BX Protocol YouTube channel
- BX-Protocol has 3 Facebook accounts: "Cancer Research Awareness" , "Lyme Research Awareness", & "Say No To Cancer".
- A review of a BX-Protocol YouTube video by Professor of biologyPZ Myers.
- A revealing behind-the-scenes video of "Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith at the Delta Institute.
- The father of BX-Protocol's "Todd David Mauer": "Dr William J. Mauer, Jr., D.O.", had his medical-license revoked for selling "glorified tap water" as medicine.
- An archive copy of "www.bxmiracle.com" webpage where it is stated BX Protocol treatment is "supportive" rather than curative.
- In March 2016 "Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith was also rehashing another concept invented in the 1930s.
- May 2016 : BX Protocol have a new website "cancernow.net" where they suggest their product is comparable to surgery, chemotherapy & radiotherapy.
- November 2016, two more BX Protocol websites: "www.cancerbreakthrough.info" & "www.lymebreakthrough.com"
- The 2016 BX Protocol brochures entitled "The Delta Institute Journal of Science, Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" & "Issue 6".
- The long list of 'Primary Diagnosis' options offered on the BX-Protocol enquiry-form, (evidence it is allegedly a panacea).
- Archived copies of some pages from the BX Protocol website
- Police mugshots of two of the Delta Institute directors
- An unboxing video made by a BX-Protocol customer, showing the product being delivered & unpacked.
- Some advice on how to fund BX treatment from "Cancer Tutor"Webster Kehr
- An advertisement for BX from 2014 claiming it has "saved the lives of thousands of cancer patients".
- An invitation to invest in the "Renowned Delta Institute International", ( article alleges over 5,000 BX-patient case-files existed in 2013 )
- A moderator post from the "bxprotocolforum" which claims this rationalwiki article is part of a conspiracy organised by Big Pharma.
- If you Google-search "is BX protocol a scam" you can see an attempt to obfuscate criticism..
- A video posted on Youtube in July 2016 in which "Dr" Dewayne Lee Smith describes his critics as "luciferian narcissist ... bastards"
- BX Protocol's 2017 attempt to rebut the criticism here, entitled "BX Legal Report".
- Learn how to become a BX Protocol affiliate, (a/k/a agent), training-course only costs $499.00.
- The CEO of "Delta Institute International Ltd" is a man called Christian Oesch in Utah : specifically this one.