For today’s post, I am indebted to an supporter of osteopathy, who has provided some interesting information about the activities of Narconon, which recently opened a small facility in the UK
Narconon is a Scientology front group, which claims to provide paid drug rehabilitation treatment, but actually delivers Scientology indoctrination.
The website Osteobiz, aims to coach osteopaths on the business side of their occupation. In one entry, the author warns about a range of cons and swindles which osteopaths are liable to be exposed to.
One of these is headlined “The Drug Rehab Centre Scam”… and that’s where Narconon comes in. Continue reading
It’s said that venture capitalists are unwilling to finance entrepreneurs who do not have a failed business or two under their belts. These clients will already have made the obvious mistakes, and will not fall into those traps again.
The same can be true for would-be gurus, and L Ron Hubbard’s career is a good example of this.
I have followed the early development of dianetics in a series of posts which examine the first articles written on the subject by Hubbard. These appeared in the popular pulp magazine “Astounding Science Fiction, where they were strongly promoted by “Astounding’s” legendary editor John W Campbell.
After the publication of Hubbard’s book, “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in May 1950”, there was a brief (and lucrative) fad for dianetic therapy. This resulted in the creation of an substantial organisation, the “Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation”.
The narrative the Church of Scientology would like you to believe is that Dianetics was an immediate and enduring success and, as Hubbard refined his ideas, it gradually gave way to a more advanced version – Scientology.
In fact, the “Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation” collapsed into bankruptcy after only a few years trading and Hubbard temporarily lost the copyright to his creation. Scientology only emerged because he used his contacts to ‘acquire’ the valuable mailing lists of the “Hubbard Dianetics Foundation” and started over.
In this post, I will describe some of the mistakes Hubbard made when he created dianetics, and how he corrected these with Scientology, giving rise to an organisation that was completely different in number of crucial aspects. Continue reading
In the last post in this series we started to examine the second book given to clients of Narconon, and saw that it is based on a Scientology practice (the “Purification Rundown” or “Purif”).
It is a picture-book version of L Ron Hubbard’s book, “Clear Body Clear Mind” (1990) which owes a lot to ideas introduced in his self-published 1957 text “All About Radiation“.
So far, Hubbard has asserted that he has proved that drugs (including medicinal drugs) can be stored in fat cells, along with environmental pollutants and “radiation”. We have seen that this flies in the face of scientific knowledge and is not supported by published research. In the case of the claim about ‘radiation’ Hubbard does not even seen to understand the difference between a radioactive substance and radiation itself.
We take up the story at page 28.
In this post we will continue to examine the the second Narconon workbook (download as .pdf) which is essentially identical to the Scientology practice know as “The Purification Rundown”.
In the previous post in this series, Hubbard claimed that the drug LSD could be stored in human fat cells and that, as a result, even people who had only taken the drug once would suffer recurring hallucinogenic experiences. We saw that is simply not the case because:
- It files in the face of scientific medicine – LSD is completely metabolised in 2-3 hours.
- Hubbard published no evidence whatsoever to support his claim
- The ‘proof’ which his supporters point to was manufactured by them and published in a highly suspect journal which presented hypotheses, not evidence, in any case.
As we read further into the Narconon workbook, we see Hubbard’s false claims about LSD being arbitrarily expanded to include, “medicinal drugs, food preservatives, tranquillizers, pesticides, chemical wastes, radiation and other toxic substances”. There is no evidence to support these claims either – especially the idea that ‘radiation’ can be ‘stored’, which is scientifically illiterate (see below).
Note: page numbers are those given by the .pdf reader software, not those of the books, to make it easier for readers to search for references. Continue reading
In the previous post in this series we started to examine the second Narconon workbook (download as .pdf).
This presents a central Scientology practice (the ‘Purification Rundown‘) as a drug rehabilitation technique.
We also covered the disclaimers that attempt to avoid any responsibility for the consequences of this ‘treatment’ and the worthless scientific paper that was presented as evidence that it works.
In this post we will move on to assess the ‘research findings’ claimed by L Ron Hubbard which form the basis for both Narconon’s ‘detoxification program’ and Scientology’s practice of ‘purification’ – the claim that drugs can somehow be ‘stored’ in fatty tissues and ‘reactivated’ years later to produce the same effect they had when first taken.
Note: page numbers are taken for the PDF software, not the document’s page numbering, so that the search facilities can be used
Download as .pdf
In the previous post in this series we completed our discussion of the first workbook given to clients of Narconon (a Scientology front group which offers paid drug rehabilitation services, and delivers Scientology training instead).
This workbook taught clients how to perform a series of ‘training routines’ with a partner. The content was, for all practical practices, identical to the first two Scientology courses – the “Success through Communications Course” and the “Hubbard Qualified Scientologist Course.” Neither have any relevance to drug rehabilitation.
Narconon clients will now be subjected to another Scientology practice – the “Purification Rundown”. This is described on the ‘picture book’ version of “Clear Body Clear Mind” which seems to be effectively the same as the second workbook.
Before we examine the content of this book, we have to get past an enhanced disclaimer, more ‘Study Tech’ and an introduction by Gene Denk MD. There is a lot more this than meets the eye.
In the previous post in this series we examined the first workbook given to clients of Narconon ‘drug rehabilitation’ facilities. It became obvious that the ‘Training Routines’ it describes are, for all practical purposes, identical to the TRs taught to beginning Scientologists in the “Success through Communications Course” and the “Hubbard Qualified Scientologist” course.
Before we move on to book 2, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the way the Narconon ‘course’ is presented in this first book, and the general advice it gives to clients. Both are clearly based on Scientology procedures, and teach Scientology concepts.
Examples include the use of ‘checklists’, the absence of formal assessment (students ‘attest’ to having understood the materials and completed the exercises) the use of unqualified ‘supervisors’ (who are forbidden to offer advice) and a heavy reliance on Scientology ‘study tech’.
All of these features are shared by other Scientology front groups, including Criminon (which purports to rehabilitate offenders) and Applied Scholastics (which claims to teach students how to learn effectively). In fact, like Narconon, these organisations are not fit for purpose, and present Scientology in disguise. Continue reading