Cancer quack Brian Clement: canceled in Ireland, protested in the UK

Cancer quack Brian Clement: canceled in Ireland, protested in the UK

American cancer quack Brian Clement apparently thought he could chum up more business in Europe, so he headed across the pond. Unfortunately for him, the skeptics were waiting in ambush.  

Clement's events were cancelled in Ireland when his venues discovered his sordid history, thanks to protests by the Cork Skeptics, who were warned of his coming by the UK's Good Thinking Society. The Society is also protesting upcoming appearances in London and Birmingham. Tickets for the UK events are over $100 (US). True to form, according to the Daily Mail,

ticket buyers are promised that diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, MS and diabetes can be 'altered, prevented and at times conquered'.

 

If you are not familiar with Clement, he and his wife, Anna Maria Gahns-Clement, run the Hippocrates Health Clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida, a spa-like facility licensed as a massage establishment by the state. Both Clement and his wife are state-licensed nutrition counselors, but have falsely used the honorific "Dr.," claimed to have PhDs, and used the initials "NMD" (for naturopathic medical doctor) after their names.  Anna Maria Gahns-Clement has also claimed she has a degree from "Denmark University," which does not exist. There is no evidence that they actually have any of these degrees or doctorates in any subject. The university they did attend is widely regarded as a diploma mill.  

Hippocrates offers a wide range of treatments with no evidence of safety or efficacy (an understatement) such as wheat grass enemas, ionic foot baths and "detoxifying" saunas. Clement came to the attention of the Canadian media when the parents of two Canadian girls abandoned chemotherapy for their daughters' cancers and headed to Hippocrates after being impressed by a talk Clement gave there. One of the girls later died. The other returned to conventional cancer treatment although she is still following a Clement's prescribed raw foods diet. 

His false claims of success have included such ludicrous statements as 

We've seen thousands and thousand of people reverse stage-four catastrophic cancer.

Dates for Clement's presentations in Ireland simply vanished from the Hippocrates website. The UK events are still listed, as well as those in Germany, France and other European countries. 

The UK has a sensible law, which we could sorely use in the US, prohibiting the type of reckless claims Clement makes. According to the Daily Mail article, 

If such claims are repeated in the UK then the businessman [Clement] could be liable to prosecution under the 1939 Cancer Act, which bans advertisements claiming products can cure or treat cancer.

My complaints against Clement and Hippocrates, filed with the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration, have gone nowhere. (You can read all about this over on SBM, where you'll find a list of blog posts describing Clements and his despicable activities in detail, including other victims of his sales pitch.) Even if the state doesn't care about vulnerable people being subjected to quackery, perhaps the bad publicity will cause it to take notice. Tourism is Florida's number one industry, and many tourists come here from Canada and Europe. The "Sunshine State" is getting a well-deserved reputation as the "Snake Oil State." 

 

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