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Brian Clement: CBC Fabricated The Whole Thing


The story of Brian Clement continues with a daring lie on his part.

But first, for those who came in late.

Brian Clement runs a spa resort in Florida called the Hippocrates Health Institute where he claims to give clients the power to heal themselves from any disease using a raw vegan diet. The CBC shone a light on his practices when two Canadian First Nations girls with leukemia decided to stop chemotherapy to go to Hippocrates for treatment instead. One of them subsequently died, while the other returned to proper medical care.

Clement then found himself at the centre of multiple legal actions. The State of Florida had issued a cease and desist notice to him and to his wife and Hippocrates co-director, Anna Maria Clement, for practicing medicine without a license. The order and its accompanying fine were later dropped in light of "insufficient evidence". Former employees of the institute are also pursuing legal action against Clement. Finally, the academic credentials Clement has been touting were also shown to be either false or worthless.

Last September, Clement was at Dawson College in Montreal, a guest speaker of the Wholistic Fair, to talk about the healing powers of food. I was there. During the Q&A, a francophone man asked Clement about a friend of his who has multiple sclerosis. Clement said, "Last week, we had somebody at the Institute that reversed multiple sclerosis". He said this to a room full of people and to the video camera that was being run by the event organizers.

I was interviewed by the CBC for their follow-up piece on this most recent claim. The CBC ran an audio recording from that night during which he can be heard claiming that multiple people who have come to Hippocrates over the years have cured themselves of multiple sclerosis.

When the piece aired, Clement was in British Columbia and found his upcoming talk cancelled at the Qualicum Beach Elementary School. A local publication, the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, managed to interview Clement about the CBC piece and about the cancellation.

Keep in mind: the CBC aired an audio clip of him clearly saying his clients have cured themselves of multiple sclerosis.

His response? "They fabricated the whole thing."

When it came to the fact that he was no longer welcomed to speak at the elementary school, Clement decided to play the emotional manipulation card : "[I'm] sad for the children."

With snake oil salesmen, it is always difficult to figure out if they believe their fantasy, know they are swindling people out of their money, or are somewhere in between. I will let you be the judge of where Brian Clement falls on the spectrum.

You can read the full coverage by the Parksville Qualicum Beach News by clicking here.