ABC News is putting the spotlight on the Wiley Protocol this Friday, February 16, in a 20/20 story titled, "Promises Promises – From losing weight to staying young, how NOT to believe the hype." Among those interviewed for the program was Madeleen Herreshoff, a breast cancer survivor who sought relief from menopause in the Wiley Protocol, only to find herself suffering unbearable side-effects and with no solutions from Wiley. (She also found herself the target of Neil Raden's harassment when she spoke openly about her experiences. We at Wiley Watch applaud her courage in continuing to do so.)
Suzanne Somers and T.S. Wiley were also interviewed and presumably will be defending themselves and their actions. I anticipate more of what we've learned to expect: avoiding pointed questions by changing the subject and attacking the victims, topped with a big dollop of self-enshrinement.
Update: I'm told the Madeleen Herreshoff interview has been cut from the piece. It appears that Wiley managed to muddy the waters with the ABC News producers by alleging that Ms. Herreshoff wasn't following the protocol - that she was using an olive oil base instead of the official, licensed Wiley Protocol cream. Wiley claims that this was the source of her difficulties. Yet Ms. Herreshoff says she followed the protocol and used Wiley-branded product for about three months, and switched to olive oil only when the side-effects became intolerable.
It should be noted that the use of olive oil cuts Wiley out of the revenue stream. Wiley stridently warned those who were considering olive oil that they were not following the protocol and would be denied consultation. She also insisted that olive oil was ineffective, despite its well-established utility as a base for transdermal steroid delivery and despite the empirical results of the women who switched away from the Wiley cream.