A popular Web site,, contains the following statements by Mr. Webster Kehr about the “BX Protocol”:

“Researched and studied for about eighteen years, BX Energy Catalyst has been found to resolve any type of cancer at any stage….The percentage rate of resolve is very favorable, far more than any chemotherapy/radiation treatment plan could give; in fact, hospice patients are resolved with a 40 percent cure rate, whereas mainstream gives them 0 percent. Because of the BX Energy Catalyst mode of spreading throughout the body, it will easily find cancer cells anywhere they are, and will reach the brain where many tumors are not able to be treated with conventional therapies….BX Energy Catalyst is non-toxic, with no side effects.”(Read More

As the same “Cancer Tutor” site explains:

“The up-front cost of this protocol is $16,995 (this may change from time to time), but by selling life insurance policies this amount is easy to obtain.”

I had to read this over a few times to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me. That’s right—a popular Web site promoting the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments for cancer suggests that you sell the life insurance policy that you probably have been paying off for decades, and that your family might need to survive after you are gone. They also have very specific ideas about how you should liquidate that policy. They write (the exclamation marks are in the original):

“DO NOT CASH IN YOUR LIFE INSURANCE POLICY!!!!, work with experts who can sell your policy and they can frequently obtain 50 percent of the face value of the policy to pay for cancer treatments, travel with the family, go to natural medicine cancer clinics anywhere in the world, etc.”(

“Experts” who themselves take up to 50 percent of the face value of your life insurance policy!
And where is the documentation for the claim that “BX Energy Catalyst” can “resolve” any type of cancer at any stage, including brain cancers, or that it can cure 40 percent of people who are already in hospice? After all, if you will pay them $16,995 for this alleged “cure,” you certainly deserve some proof beyond a few testimonial videos.
The Web site of the “BX Protocol” company is permeated with what we might call “secret science.” The authors of the site flatly reject the scientific method. Far from collaborating with the rest of the research community, as the best CAM clinics eagerly do, they have hidden themselves away from it. Their Web site states:

“Much of Dr. Smith’s scientific work has been conducted at the Delta Research Labs, whose location remains undisclosed to the public for security reasons” (emphasis added).

That’s a first for me. A secret laboratory hidden away “for security reasons.” Sounds like something out of a super-hero comic book, not a serious discussion of life-and-death issues.
Let me therefore state the obvious: experimental science is based on transparency, reproducibility and a full disclosure of data. It includes such qualities as openness, communication and accountability. As a 2014 Nature Geoscience editorial stated:

“Two ingredients are essential for reproducibility in any field in science: full disclosure of the methods used to obtain and analyze data, and availability of the data that went into and came out of the analysis.”
(Anon. Towards transparency. Nature Geoscience 7, 777 (2014) doi:10.1038/ngeo2294. Published online 30 October 2014; Aleksic, Jelena, Adrian Alexa, Teresa K. Attwood, Neil Chue Hong, Martin Dahlö, Robert Davey, Holger Dinkel, et al. “An Open Science Peer Review Oath.” F1000Research 3 (2014): 271. doi:10.12688/f1000research.5686.2)

But the “Dr. Smith” who is behind the BX Protocol, if he is a scientist, is alone in thinking that peer review, the methodology that led to the publication of 26 million journal articles in the PubMed database, are part of a scheme to defraud the public. The BX Protocol site reads:

“[Dr. Smith] is adamantly opposed to the peer review process, which he describes as a flawed process at the heart of journalistic pseudoscience.” (, emphasis added)

I agree with the Open Science Peer Review Oath (2014):

“Peer review is the lynchpin of the [scientific] publishing system.”

Scientific articles are generally not published without other scientists in the same or related fields have a chance to offer input, criticism or suggestions. Of course it is “flawed”–almost everything worthwhile in life is flawed to some degree. But it is also indispensable.

To be clear, there are zero references to the “BX Protocol” or “BX Energy Catalyst” among the 26 million articles in PubMed. When the BX authors cite a laboratory study in China, they do not state where in that giant country the alleged work took place. How then is one supposed to question the researchers about their results or see if the BX Web site’s interpretation of their findings is correct. Without transparency, we cannot be sure that this “study” ever really took place. When there is so much money at stake, people have been known to do worse things than fabricate false studies.


In addition, the BX Protocol authors urge patients to eat a so-called “Delta Diet,” which from their description is composed almost entirely of grains and vegetables.

“It is expected that 50-60 percent of your daily food consumption be derived from whole grains and 25-30 percent from fresh vegetables. Of the 25 to 30 precent required for vegetables, you can achieve this through a mix of cooked, raw and juiced vegetables daily.”

Are they unaware that over 50 percent of the US population is now either diabetic or pre-diabetic? Related to this is the fact that two-thirds of the US population is also overweight or obese. Together these add up to the “diabesity” epidemic.

(Menke A, Casagrande S, Geiss L, and Cowie CC. “PRevalence of and Trends in Diabetes among Adults in the United States, 1988-2012.” JAMA 314, no. 10 (September 8, 2015): 1021 29.doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10029; (

Grains, even so-called ‘healthy’ whole grains, are a major dietary source of carbohydrates, and thus will lead to elevated blood sugars in people who are susceptible. Fruit and vegetable juices are also particularly high in carbohydrates (sugars). The same is true of root vegetables, like carrots and beets. This also impacts the growth of cancer, since most cancers are fueled by a process called “aerobic glycolysis,” which requires an abundance of glucose in the blood. So diets for cancer patients that are high in carbs are defying the most basic fact about cancer metabolism–it’s avidity for glucose. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for this work in 1931, but apparently the word has not reached some people who write about cancer.

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