Hippocrates Health Institute

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Hippocrates Health Institute
Alternative medicine
Claims"Helping people, help themselves"

The Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) is a nonprofit organization in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, originally co-founded in 1956 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, by Lithuanian-born Viktoras Kulvinskas and Ann Wigmore.[1]

The Hippocrates Health Institute is controversial for giving patients false hope about treating cancer with "natural" methods that are unproven and implausible despite claims otherwise.[2][3]

In February and March 2015, cease-and-desist orders were issued against co-directors Brian and Anna-Maria Clement, both of whom represented themselves as doctors, requiring them to immediately cease the unlicensed practice of medicine.[4][5] The Florida Department of Health formally informed Hippocrates Health Institute that it has subsequently withdrawn and dismissed the cease and desist orders due to lack of sufficient evidence.[6][7][8]

Brian Clement and his institute have been directly criticized for promoting a number of ineffective treatments, including ones claimed to "reverse" cancer and multiple sclerosis. He is not a medical doctor. His treatments have been widely criticized as ineffective and possibly dangerous.[9][10][11] Former staff members of the institute have filed suit against Brian Clement for being fired after raising concerns about ethical wrongdoing in treating patients at the center.[12]

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  1. ^ "Life in the Raw - Staying at the Hippocrates Health Institute (Part 1 of 2)". August 25, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach: Raw Vegan Eats". Broward Palm Beach New Times. February 6, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  3. ^ LaGrone, Katie (9 February 2015). "Contradicting cancer claims from Hippocrates Health Institute director". WPTV. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Second cease-and-desist order issued against Florida health spa". The Star. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Walker, Connie; Luke, Marnie (24 February 2015). "Florida 'doctor' who treated aboriginal girls with leukemia ordered to 'cease and desist'". CBC. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Hippocrates Health Institute "cease and desist" is withdrawn". doubtfulnews. March 18, 2015. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "State Drops Investigation Into Hippocrates Health Institute". Broward New Times. March 19, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Blackwell, Tom (17 March 2015). "Florida 'doctor' who treated aboriginal girls with leukemia ordered to 'cease and desist'". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ Bellamy JJ (26 November 2015). "Brian Clement claims Hippocrates treatments 'reverse' multiple sclerosis". Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ Gorski, David (17 February 2015). "The Hippocrates Health Institute: Cancer quackery finally under the spotlight, but will it matter? « Science-Based Medicine". www.sciencebasedmedicine.org.
  11. ^ Novella, Steven (14 November 2015). "The Seduction of Cancer Quackery". theness.com. Neurologica Blog. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  12. ^ Alamenciak, Tim (11 December 2014). "Four employees and a doctor are suing Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida over their dismissal, alleging they were fired after raising concerns about "ethical transgressions."". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 31 December 2015.

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