WTAE Investigative Reports
In 2016, we were contacted by an ABC news affiliate, Paul Van Osdol, with WTAE Pittsburg. Dr. Smith communicated with Mr. Van Osdol and agreed to contribute to the story he was working on regarding the BX Protocol™. We cooperated with the reporter by providing contact information for university researchers and facilitating communication with members. We had every reason to believe he was a fair reporter and that all sides of the story would be shared with the public he serves. Unfortunately, we were shown that he had little interest in presenting a fair and balanced review.
After the story aired, we received digital assets that affirmed for nearly six months, Paul Van Osdol had been in contact with the Netherlands group responsible for many of the disinformation campaigns launched against us. We further discovered that Mr. Van Osdol, who is also Dutch, is a long-time cohort of the disinformation team, outside of the capacity with ABC News. Much of the information used in this news report was obtained illegally through the hacking of Delta’s proprietary online systems. Other records confirm that Mr. Van Osdol also subscribes to the same ideology of the group of hackers responsible for the disinformation campaign against us.
Detailed responses to many of the claims in the WTAE Investigative report can be found in this report under the section titled, “General Legal Response to Claims.” However, it is important to highlight the following:
The main story highlights a member named Terry, who allegedly died while doing our program. Mr. Van Osdol failed to present the full story, including the following facts:
- No funds were collected from Terry. She was a case study and her program costs were funded through Delta’s foundation.
- Terry was a cancer researcher with a background in science.
- Terry was never able to start the BX Protocol™ as her primary form of treatment.
- Terry advised us that she chose chemotherapy to appease her family. In one correspondence she wrote, “I fear chemotherapy is killing me.” She died two weeks later.
The investigative report claims that shortly after Ron completed his video testimonial for the BX Protocol™, he died. The following facts were omitted and/or misrepresented:
- Ron began the BX Protocol™ on hospice with only two weeks to live.
- The video cited was a video of Ron, just 30 days after he started treatment.
- Ron went on to be discharged from hospice.
- Ron’s oncologist encouraged him to continue the BX Protocol™ based on the results he was receiving.
- Ron resumed a normal lifestyle. He ran half marathons, went skydiving, vacationed in Costa Rica, and more.
- Ron did a follow-up video one year after the cited video. Mr. Van Osdol was provided this video but chose not to use it. He also chose to claim that Ron died directly after doing the initial video, which is false.
Valerie Donaldson was kind enough to initiate contact with the reporter to offer valuable insight into the effectiveness of the BX Protocol™. The following facts were omitted and/or misrepresented by Mr. Van Osdol:
- In past interviews, Dr. Donaldson had expressed that 100% of her patients got better. She did not indicate that they were cured. In a private interview with Mr. Van Osdol, Dr. Donaldson clarified that she could not think of a single patient that the BX Protocol™ did not benefit in some way. This information was not presented to viewers.
- Van Osdol agreed to do an off-camera interview at her office. After the interview, he surrounded her in a private parking lot just to obtain the “footage effect” seen in the report to promote the idea that she was unwilling to do the interview, which was false.
During an interview with a member who had success with our program, she was told that her outcome was nothing more than a placebo.
While Mr. Van Osdol was in possession of multiple success stories from members, he failed to present the details and implied it was only helpful for members with Lyme Disease.
Van Osdol interviewed the deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute who claimed that BX Protocol™is not valid because it is not peer reviewed. Mr. Van Osdol did not present the whole story. Please note the following:
- Delta Institute contracted and paid the university directly to conduct the study. Delta Institute was invoiced by the university, and the university was paid directly. No payments were ever sent to the researcher (see Exhibit B & Exhibit C).
- The university researcher notified Delta Institute that Dutch and German university groups “intervened” to stop future studies at Utah State University.
- Van Osdol was offered access to over 150 pages of research conducted over a 2-year period at Utah State University. He quoted the head of the department of Utah State University as saying, “We do not endorse the BX Protocol.” Yet, he refused to interview the researcher involved. The researcher is a 25-year veteran in cancer researcher who had nothing but good things to say about the research conducted. More information on that study can be found in the section titled “General Legal Response to Claims”.
Van Osdol claimed that Dr. Smith’s credentials were not valid in the United States. This is completely untrue. Please see the section titled “General Legal Response to Claims” for additional information.
Van Osdol made claims that Delta Institute’s CEO was involved in a scam. He used a court case to support this claim and identified the CEO as a “defendant” when he was actually the “plaintiff” in the matter. The goal was to try to discredit the leadership within the company, so the case was misrepresented.
As previously mentioned, additional information regarding claims made in the WTAE Investigative Report can be found in the section titled, “General Legal Response to Claims”. Like claims made from other sources, some statements are not deserving of a response and no time will be wasted on such claims. As you conduct research, you may determine you have questions that have not been answered or that you would like more information. We highly encourage you to contact us for further information. We also encourage you to conduct independent research regarding claims made.