Narconon exposed by ex-staffers
June 18 2011
The Edge |
'Making false promises to obtain money, or substituting one addiction for another constitutes fraud' states announcer Tom Smith.
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida USA, hosts an interview with Australian Paul Schofield and Canadian David Love. Both are very familiar with the practices of Narconon from their own personal experience over many years. Narconon is a Scientology-related organisation selling drug rehabilitation programs, promoted as highly successful.
high doses of niacin, reported to be often above 2600mg per day
After analysing internal Narconon statistics, Schofield and Love found the true success rate of Narconon fell woefully short of the 75% - 90% success rate advertisesd by the Narconon.
Scientific validity of Narconon rehabilitation methods are also brought into question. They report that these methods have been promoted as a purely religious (not scientifically tested) therapy when used as a Scientology practice.
However the exact same methods are used in this drug rehabilitation program. Complete scientific clinical evaluations have never been conducted, Love reports that one study was abandoned because it was too dangerous to the health of participants.
Love witnessed at Narconon, the use of the sauna program with high doses of niacin, reported to be often above 2600mg per day, which led to many hospitalisations that went unreported and were therefore unlinked to the program. Other adverse reactions were allegedly never treated by medically trained professionals.
David Love raises the point that people with compromised health and liver damage from years of drug abuse are at much greater risk if exposed to prolonged sauna and mega-doses of this vitamin.
He explains that Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder, has prescribed niacin therapy to rid the body of toxins even radiation poisoning. If adverse symptoms occur, continuation of the therapy is used to treat them and detoxify the system further. No scientific validation or medical proof have been presented although this drug detoxification program is presented as a scientifically validated program.
The interview covers further alleged deceptions including drug use in the Narconon centres leading to deaths. Other ongoing complaints against the Church of Scientology are discussed.
David Love states that because of its past activities, 'Scientology is a convicted criminal organisation in Canada and has been denied charitable status in Canada and is not recognised as a religion.'
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