The so-called “International Academy for Detoxification Specialists” looks like another way for Scientology to market its “technology” and recruit adherents.

The organization says it wants “to address the human consequences of environmental contamination.”


Why through “a detoxification program developed by L. Ron Hubbard” the founder of Scientology, of course.

A brief summary of that program includes “daily doses of immediate-release niacin,” “intermittent sauna to force sweating” and “ingestion of cold-pressed oils.”

Where did they come up with this strange solution for environmental contamination?

Well, they say that “the protocol is fully described in L. Ron Hubbard’s book Clear Body Clear Mind.”

This is the same protocol most often referred to as the “purification rundown,” commonly proscribed through Scientology’s supposed cure for drug abuse, called Narconon.

Apparently, Scientology has simply found yet another way to market its same old tired “technology,” but this time as a solution for environmental hazards and pollutants.

However, when questioned about Narconon a doctor at the National Institute on Drug Abuse said, “We know of no peer-reviewed scientific literature to support this program.”

A Swedish expert summarized it succinctly; “There is no documentation to show that the Hubbard method of detoxification… conforms to scientific standards and medical experience.” And he added, “The risks and side effects of the treatment method have also not been evaluated in a serious way.”

Buyer beware.

Maybe a better and probably cheaper solution to suspected contamination is a visit to your regular doctor and/or HMO.


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