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.