Florida Spa Facing Lawsuit

This should look a little familiar:

A Florida health spa, popular with many Canadians battling cancer and other serious illnesses, is being sued by former staff who allege the company’s president is operating “a scam under Florida law” and practising medicine without a licence.

Brian Clement runs the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach where the families of two young First Nations girls from Ontario recently spent tens of thousands of dollars on treatments for their daughters’ leukemia.

He and his wife, Anna Maria, a co-director of the institute, are named in at least three separate lawsuits filed recently in Palm Beach County.

Two are by ex-employees who claim HHI violated Florida’s whistleblower act when it fired them, and another is by a physician alleging breach of contract after he documented concerns that what he was being asked to do at HHI could be illegal.

The allegations in the lawsuits predate the times the two First Nations girls were at the facility.

Makayla Sault was there in July, and has since suffered a relapse.

The other girl, who cannot be named because of a court-ordered publication ban, stopped chemotherapy treatment at Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital, where she was given a 90-95 per cent chance of survival, to go to the Florida spa in September.

At Hippocrates, her mother told CBC News, her daughter received treatments including cold laser therapy, IV supplements, massages and raw food consisting largely of sprouts and wheatgrass.

Both First Nations girls made headlines recently for halting chemotherapy in favour of traditional indigenous medicine.


  • Exile1981

    If those families had been Johova witnesses the courts would have taken them from the families and forced them to be treated.

    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      I cannot believe the courts are so frightened about being called racist, etc. (that’s the only reasoning I can come up) that they won’t do the right thing.
      If that’s the case it is a pretty sad state of affairs as I and probably many others are losing faith in our court system, presumably one of the best in the world.

    • They should be consistent. If Jehovah’s Witnesses can or cannot refuse treatment, apply the same principle to others. As it stands, this grass witch doctor nonsense will kill a child.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Wheatgrass juice, by all means, Coral Calcium too…but why not Chemo in addition?

  • LauraS

    I’m sorry…how is “cold laser therapy” a “traditional indigenous medicine?” Or “IV supplements” for that matter. Everyone who enabled this decision, which will cut short the life of this little girl, should face criminal charges.

  • Iamnotweetoddit

    As I have stated before, this clinic uses the time old trusted and tested aboriginal blender with broccoli and some wheat grass. I know this technology has been available to the Indians for 3 thousand years. This child has just been sentenced to death by a judge who filled his white guilt diaper, and I dont care if he has any indian blood in him, he folded and has killed this child.

  • ontario john

    People are just afraid of traditional indian culture like torture, slavery and murder in the past, and smoke shops, booze, and living off the government in the present. Did I miss anything?

  • Just a thought

    “practicing medicine without a license”

    Like all the insurance companies that tell doctors what they must and can’t do, even when the Dr. knows it won’t help, or even be harmful?

    (I recently met a doc who told me that when an insurance co., tells him he can’t do something, he tells them he’s going to write in his notes that they won’t let him. That way he’s not at fault when it doesn’t work. He said you would be surprised at how often that gets his patient the better treatment. Now if only more docs did that.)

  • Just a thought

    OK, I finished my rant, and now for some news. The founder’s wife died of cancer. Sometimes the wheat-grass magic works, and sometimes it doesn’t, I guess.