Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

You can probably imagine that someone who would make such a claim would be a target for skeptical activism. You’d be right.

Recall back in January, the story of two Canadian girls with leukemia that were treated not with chemotherapy, which has an extremely high cure rate, but at a Florida clinic that serves up unproven alternatives to treatment. One of these girls died.

The head of the Hippocrates Health Institute, a spa, Brian Clement, calls himself “Dr.” Sorry, cancer isn’t cured at a health spa with vitamin injections. After what appears to be a brief investigation of the clinic by the Florida Department of Health, Clement is once again kicking up his heels and the ire of those who know what nonsense he peddles by visiting Ireland.

Man who claims to have cured cancer is causing controversy in Dublin and Galway

Clement is co-director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, a spa which offers treatments like cold laser therapy and vitamin C injections and encourages patients to adopt a raw food diet. In the past, when asked what ailments the spa had cured with this diet, Clement responded: “Every known disease.”

“Of course, we are most notable for all of the people that have healed cancer.”

That’s from a previous video and it’s complete bullshit. The Cork Skeptics have called for the hotels hosting the talks to cancel the Clement gatherings as they consider him a danger to public health. One event has been moved to a different venue. It’s clear some people are influenced by his pitch to spend thousands to visit the clinic and undertake the procedures.

Outrageous claims – such as diet, vitamins and enemas cure cancer – should be met with serious skepticism, but the audience may not have the background knowledge to judge such information critically. People who are desperate and fearful will hear only the promises of a miracle cure and not hear WHY the whole business stinks.

Is it right to ask for a venue boycott of Clement? By informing the hotel that this speaker is pushing nonsense on sick people for profit, yes, it’s right to ask that. The debate over medical treatments should be in the professional sphere and to make a claim that a treatment works MUST be subject to review and critique.There is zero evidence that his diet and energy treatments work. Clement skirts that issue by going directly to the people and advertising his goods. He was cited for practicing medicine without a license before. What is he promising to the audience and why should they listen?

Let’s keep this foremost in mind — Makayla Sault DIED.  Have others? Important work lies in keeping the heat on Clement by using facts and the law but remaining on the ethical side of this discussion.

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  7 comments for “Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

  1. Adam
    June 16, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Ireland should exercise its powers and deny this person entry on the grounds of public health & safety.

  2. Frank
    June 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Update 4: 16/6/15: The Carlton Airport Hotel have cancelled the event. Thank you Carlton! All advertised hotel venues have now withdrawn their bookings.

    Update 3: 16/6/15: The Connacht Hotel have rung to tell us the meeting has been cancelled. Thank you Connacht Hotel!

    Update 2: 15/6/15 The Galway meeting has now been moved to the Connacht Hotel.

    Update: 15/6/15 The Galway Clayton Hotel have let us know that they will no longer be hosting the meeting in Galway.

    http://corkskeptics.org/2015/06/11/brian-clement-alternative-cancer-practitioner-you-are-not-welcome/

  3. Kurt
    June 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Scamming someone out of a few bucks is bad enough, but scamming people into believing you can save their life when they are dying is morally reprehensible.

  4. Fredthechemist
    June 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    I would prefer the descriptor “CONTEMPTIBLE”

  5. Richard
    June 16, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I would prefer “criminal” ….

  6. Grackle
    June 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Excellent news!

  7. Frank
    June 23, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    Cancelled: Man who claims to have cured cancer will not be speaking in Ireland

    http://www.thejournal.ie/cancer-cure-talk-cancelled-2165099-Jun2015/

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