Ex-Scientologist story #101, Bogus “purification rundown.”

True stories about a false religion

Hannah and Jerry Whitfield, both former Scientologists have been active for many years against the human rights abuses and fraudulent medical practices of the cult.  This includes exposing the front groups like Narconon and the Citizens commission on Human Rights for what they are, recruiting agents for Scientology.  The following is from a story by Lori Bishop & Sarah Hughes in I.F. Magazine, Jan-Feb 1998.  This particular article contains one of Scientology’s bogus medical practices.

Jerry Whitfield sat in his doctor’s waiting room with his head in his hands. The news wasn’t good. The medical tests showed that Whitfield’s liver was damaged. It would never by fully functional again. What was less clear was why.

Twenty-five years ago, Whitfield had suffered from Hepatitis B, a possible cause of his liver ailment. But he also had been a member of the “Church” of Scientology for 10 years. During that time, he had undergone what is called the “purification rundown,” a regimen that the “Church” claims will “assist in releasing and flushing out of the body the accumulated toxic residue which may be lodged in the tissues.”

The controversial program puts a member through two or more weeks of running, lengthy sauna treatments, a special diet, and high doses of vitamins and minerals, including niacin. Participants are advised to consult a physician before starting, but often the advice comes from an in-house doctor who is a member of the “Church” of Scientology. Whitfield was not disqualified despite a liver that already might have been weakened by his bout with hepatitis.

The purification rundown is based on medical ignorance, the story continues, Hubbard himself was no scientist, just a science fiction author. In his public writings, Hubbard never explained how he conducted his studies: how many subjects he used or whether he had a control group — data a trained scientist would be expected to provide.

Nonetheless, Hubbard’s authoritative writing style, which made his 1950 book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a long-running best-seller, added seeming legitimacy to the program. After his death, Hubbard’s theories gained an aura of dogma within Scientology as the “Church” simultaneously grew richer and more combative against critics. Aggressive use of libel law silenced questions about the safety of the “rundown” and other practices.

To read the rest of this article go here, http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/purif.htm

To see and hear Jerry talk about his experience on YouTube go here,

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