Narconon, a Scientology-linked drug rehab program, is causing controversy in Israel. The Tel Aviv municipality will soon be running its drug rehab treatments, which were developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

But the Health Ministry and the Israel Antidrug Authority seem a bit uneasy reported Haaretz.

Did Scientology's biggest giver kick in?Antidrug Authority General Director Haim Messing doesn’t appear too thrilled.

“In my opinion, the Tel Aviv municipality cannot start such a process without the approval of the Health Ministry and the Antidrug Authority,” he said. Messing explained, “The patients will receive large doses of vitamins and food supplements while in the sauna to increase the excretion of toxins by the body.” “We are in favor of effective methods for drug rehabilitation, on the condition that programs be adopted only after being properly researched,” he concluded.

Medical experts have repeatedly questioned the validity of Hubbard’s teachings regarding toxins and drugs held within the body. Nearly 500 California doctors backed school authorities when they dropped a Narconon program presented to students.

Here are some of the claims made by Narconon that medical experts called inaccurate:

  • Drugs accumulate indefinitely in body fat, where they cause recurring drug cravings and flashbacks for years, even after the user quits.
  • The vitamin niacin pulls drugs from fat, and saunas sweat them from the body.
  • Colored ooze is produced when drugs exit the body.

Shouldn’t Israeli medical experts be researching these points specifically before going ahead as Messing concluded?

Narconon seems increasingly desperate to garner official recognition. And now after being repeatedly rebuffed due to a lack of credible scientific evidence the Scientologists that support the program apparently are willing to put up rather than shut up.

Scientology booster Jenna Elfman“We received a donation of $1.5 million in the U.S. to run the program,” Dr. Benny Avrahami, director of the Tel Aviv Municipal Anti-Drug Authority told the press. “The only condition set by the American donors was that we run this specific program,” he said.

So who do you think that donation come from?

Tom Cruise has given millions to Scientology and has targeted substantial sums to implement similar programs featuring Hubbard’s niacin and sauna treatments for fireman and rescue workers in New York.

Kirstie Alley has been a spokesperson for Narconon, while Jenna Elfman has been a booster for the closely related Criminon program.

Maybe these Hollywood Hubbard fans each kicked in $500,000 to get things going in Israel?

Well, one thing is for sure, some Scientologists did.


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