Cancer quack Brian Clement's Scandinavian tour goes south

Cancer quack Brian Clement's Scandinavian tour goes south

Brian Clement is off on one of his international self-promotional speaking tours again. Fortunately, his reputation as a liar and cancer quack preceded him, leading to his event being cancelled in Sweden.  Clement had presented talks in Sweden before, although not without protest from a scientific organization.  This is not the first time Clement's lectures have been cancelled in Europe. After protests from the Cork Skeptics last year, his Irish venues cancelled his talks. 

Clement is a notorious charlatan whose promotion of fraudulent treatments for cancer and other diseases and braggadocio about his prowess as a researcher and scientific expert have been repeatedly exposed in a number of posts on SfSBM, SBM and elsewhere. (You can find a list of posts, all with links to media coverage, here.) The Canadian media extensively covered his appalling lies to the mothers of two Canadian girls suffering from cancer, which lured them to useless treatments at Clement's Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. One of them has since died. Hippocrates is licensed as a massage facility by the State of Florida, which has consistently failed to take action against either Clement or Hippocrates, leaving him free to roam the world, chumming for the sick and vulnerable, who are desperate enough to believe his despicable misrepresentations. He leaves behind a trail of victims.

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's largest newspaper, reported that Clement's lecture was to be held at ABF Stockholm, an educational association, although sponsored by another organization. However, when the newspaper contacted ABF, the lease was terminated because ABF did not want to be associated with such an event.

The paper noted that Clement is a "heavily criticized lecturer" who claims it is possible to cure oneself from serious illnesses like cancer and MS with wheat grass juice and raw food. The news report recounted the tragic incident of the two ill Canadian girls and described Hippocrates as (translated from the Swedish)  "a luxurious massage parlor in Florida," which is about as good a descriptor as I've seen.

A Board member of a Swedish skeptical organization was quoted as saying that it is

"worrying when someone exploits vulnerable people. He has previously stated that he can cure cancer, MS and illnesses that conventional medical care cannot. But he has no medical license or any credibility as a medical researcher. It is unfortunate when such a person is unchallenged and promotes ideas that run counter to science and proven experience."

The paper also quoted SfSBM's own Board chairman, Dr. David Gorski, who added:

"Do not walk, run, as fast as you can from him."

A Swedish physician and cancer expert from the Karolinska Institute was critical of Clement's claims as well.

Clement's appearance in Norway was sponsored by a hair stylist and held at a private club. While it was not cancelled, Norwegian media coverage of this self-described "lifestyle physician" did note his unsavory history, including Canadian media reports that he told the mother of the deceased Canadian girl that "cancer is easy to treat."

In Denmark, Clement's lecture was held, unsurprisingly, at a school for naturopaths in Copenhagen. True to form, his Danish advertisement made outrageous claims (translated from the Danish):

"The results speak for themselves. Cardiovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, borreliosis, chronic pain, high cholesterol, cancer, skin diseases, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, overweight, diabetes, ulcerative colitis are all disorders, they have good experience in treating at Hippocrates Health Institute. Among others, the world famous tennis player Venus Williams has been in treatment at the institute for autoimmune disease."

Although not connected with his current tour, Clement was again in hot water in Canada recently. Undaunted by his reputation as a sham there, due to the Canadian media's excellent coverage of his previous scams, Clement returned to Canada for more lectures this past Spring. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation covered Clement again, this time finding his own proprietary brand of dietary supplements being sold in Canada illegally.

According to the CBC,

"One supplement, called Conscious-Brain, sells for $77 a bottle. HHI's [Hippocrates Health Institute] website claims it contains nutrients 'that have been empirically linked to the reduction of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's' . . .

"Another LifeGive supplement, Chemozin, is targeted specifically at cancer patients, and purportedly 'supports the cellular system during and after the use of chemotherapy,' HHI says.

This discovery led to a warning from the Canadian government:

"Health Canada is warning Canadians not to purchase or use 'LifeGive' health products to treat diseases such as cancer and dementia. These products are not authorized for sale in Canada. Health Canada believes 'LifeGive' health products have been or will be promoted by Hippocrates Health Institute at several events held at locations in Ontario this month."

It is good to know that the Canadian government cares enough about the health of its citizens to stop Clements from at least one illegal activity. Unfortunately, the State of Florida does not. Clement and Hippocrates Health Institute continue to operate freely in West Palm Beach, having been given what amounts to a "get out of jail free" card by the Florida Department of Health.

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