Many are the cancer quacks—and just plain quacks—whom I have discussed over the years. Some of them, like Robert O. Young, have been truly horrendous, so bad that I’m left shaking my head and wondering how anyone can fall for their obvious misinformation and outright lies. For instance, Robert O Young claims that all cancer—not to mention all disease—is basically due to “excess acid.” You’d think that people would immediately become suspicious when a quack proclaims there to be only One True Cause of All Disease and offers the One True Treatment for All Disease, but, sadly, they don’t, even when they are intelligent and drive. Just ask Kim Tinkham.
Of all the quacks I’ve encountered over the last 11 years, easily among the worst is a man named Brian Clement, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI). There’s a reason why I’ve called what Clement does at the HHI cancer quackery on steroids, because that’s what it is. I first learned of Clement through the sad story of an unfortunate young Irish woman named Stephanie O’Halloran, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2013 and seduced by Clement’s lies.
Then, a little more than a year later I learned of how Clement had been preying on First Nations children with cancer, to the point where his methods were at the center of a court case that led to a decision that valued Aboriginal rights over the rights of aboriginal children to receive effective treatment. Clement treated two First Nations girls with lymphoblastic leukemia with his quackery. One was the aforementioned girl (referred to in court documents as JJ) whose case led to a profoundly irresponsible decision granting her parents the right to choose Clement’s quackery based on aboriginal rights. The other was a girl named Makayla Sault, who ultimately relapsed and died of her disease. JJ also recurred, but at the time of her recurrence her parents agreed to let her undergo chemotherapy, thus at least giving her a chance.
I don’t want to dwell on these cases. I’ve made my opinion clear about the court decision, and I realize that the decision was a complicated one, given the background and conflict between First Nations and the Canadian government. Nor is it to go over how the State of Florida investigated the HHI and ultimately left Clement with a slap on the wrist. What inspired me to write about Clement again is not a desire to go into detail about these cases that I discussed before in detail while they were in full swing, but rather to take note that the Great White Quack is returning to Six Nations in Canada to sell his quackery. That’s right, Brian Clement is trying to do again what he did in 2014: Victimize First Nations people with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Hamilton Spectator tells the tale:
The head of a controversial Florida clinic two aboriginal girls visited after abandoning chemotherapy is coming to Six Nations to talk about how a raw organic plant-based diet prevents and treats diseases like cancer.
Nutritionist Brian Clement is touring Ontario May 6 to 10 stopping in Ohsweken, Georgetown, Milton, London and Toronto to promote the philosophy of the Hippocrates Health Institute.
“He doesn’t play around with acne or the common cold,” says Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society which investigates potentially fraudulent therapies. “He targets people who have cancer. The things that are offered at the Hippocrates clinic have no scientific basis. Not only is there no evidence, but they are not scientifically plausible.”
The logo of the Six Nations Parks and Recreation Department is prominently displayed on Hippocrates promotional material for the talk and book signing at the community hall Saturday. Calls and emails to Six Nations council were not returned Wednesday.
Recall that it was exactly this sort of promotional tour that led to JJ and Makayla Sault being taken in by Clement. Clearly he’s looking for new marks. Interestingly, the link in the story above no longer shows the Six Nations stops. However, Google Cache still shows stops in Georgetown today, Ohsweken and Milton on May 7, London on May 8, and Toronto on May 9 and 10. Again, all the links to these events are no longer on the HHI website, but the almight Google cache shows us that, yes indeed, Clement did include the logo of Six Nations Parks & Recreation on his promotional materials for the event, which will be held at the Six Nations Community Hall:
Given how Clement tried (and failed, at least for now) to throw the evidence of his plan to take advantage of Six Nations people down the old memory hole, one wonders if the event is still on. The first event that shows up on Clement’s page is now his Cincinatti event on May 11. One hopes that lifting up the rock and shining a light on all the creepy crawly things that live underneath, the creepiest crawliest of them all being Clement, makes him think twice about traveling to Six Nations, but I doubt that’s what happened. After all, there’s money to be made.
How is that money to be made. Let’s review the kind of “treatments” that Clement is known for selling. The first thing I noticed is that Clement has revamped the HHI website. Like his Canadian schedule, it’s been scrubbed. The worst quackery, which I’ve discussed more than once over the last two or three years, has been thrown down the old memory hole as well. You might remember that the old HHI proudly touted:
- Superior nutrition through a diet of organically-grown, enzyme-rich, raw, life-giving foods
- Wheatgrass therapies, green juice, juice fasting
- Colonics, enemas, implants
- Exercise, including cardio, strength training and stretching
- Far infrared saunas, steam room
- Ozone pools, including: dead sea salt, swimming, jacuzzi and cold plunge
- Weekly massages
- Bio-energy treatments
- Med-spa & therapy services
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) there’s still plenty of wheatgrass quackery there, but it’s been rewritten. Gone are the enthusiastic references to using wheatgrass as a “rectal implant” (i.e., an enema using wheatgrass juice). Now we have this:
In addition to flooding the body with therapeutic dosages of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients, wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood.
It helps neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants in the body. This is because Wheatgrass contains beneficial enzymes that help protect us from carcinogens, including Superoxide Disumates (SOD), that lessens the effects of radiation and digest toxins in the body. It cleanses the body from head to toe of any heavy metals, pollutants and other toxins that may be stored in the body’s tissues and organs.
green_juiceGuests in the Life Transformation Program drink two ounces of wheatgrass juice twice a day. We also use wheatgrass in other therapeutic applications as well.
I’m guessing that those “other therapeutic applications” are the “rectal implants,” sticking wheatgrass juice where the sun don’t shine. However you consume it though, Clement makes these claims for it:
When it is consumed fresh it is a living food and has bio-electricity. This high vibration energy is literally the life force within the living juice. This resource of life-force energy can potentially unleash powerful renewing vibrations and greater connectivity to one’s inner being. These powerful nutrients can also prevent DNA destruction and help protect us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown. Recent research shows that only living foods and juices can restore the electrical charge between the capillaries and the cell walls which boosts the immune system. When it is fresh, wheatgrass juice is the king of living juices.
I so so love woo-speak that is so intense. It’s all there: vibrations, “bio-electricity,” DNA repair, and restoring electrical charges. All that’s missing is something that’s—how do the quacks like to say it?—oh, yes…quantum.
Crap. Quantum. It always has to be…quantum.
I admit that, even now, I haven’t been able to watch the whole thing, even a year and a half after I first discovered this video. It’s just too painful, given how much pseudoscience is packed into nearly two hours. Nor do I expect you to watch the whole thing; that is, unless you’re a total glutton for punishment. (Seriously, as I’ve mentioned before when I’ve shown this video, any physicists and chemists reading this will feel a near-irresistible urge to claw their eyes out.) One brief example occurs at 1:11:30 or so, when Clement shows a highly simplified version of the cell followed by pure vitalism, where he talks about the “life force” gathered through nutrients. The cell is surrounded by words representing vitamins, protein, water, minerals, essential fatty acids, and oxygen (to which he verbally adds “electromagnetic frequencies.” After this, there is this text:
These elements with their varied frequencies are attracted to the magnetic energy of the cell. This allows building and life maintaining processes. It also expels exhausted and used matter from the cell.
Clement “translates” this to mean that if you have the life force in the cell and the life force in the nutrients, they’re attracted to each other. Of course, Clement couldn’t purge his entire website of the most abject quackery—not totally, anyway. It’s still there, at least for “quantum biology.”
After what happened to Makayla Sault and JJ, I must admit that I was depressed to learn that Clement’s HHI is still a fully operational quack battle station and that Clement can still ply his trade among the Six Nations. Apparently no matter how much light is shined on his operations, he still manages to slither away and continue to lure unsuspecting people with serious illnesses to him, the better to extract large amounts of cash.