QUESTION FOR DR. BERG:
WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY’S DETOX PROGRAM AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT?
I’ve been studying Scientology for the last 30 years and it’s been super helpful in my life. My spiritual beliefs are personal, whereas my work in health and wellness is professional. Still, many people have expressed interest and asked questions about Scientology’s detoxification program. It’s a fascinating subject, so I decided to talk about it.
We live in a biochemical society. Drugs, street drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, chemical additives in foods, processed foods, pesticides, environmental pollutants in the air we breathe and the water we drink, even cheap perfumes and fragrances added to everything from cosmetics to children’s toys – all these add up to an assault on our bodies. Going as far back as the 1950’s, L. Ron Hubbard was researching the effects of drugs on mental and spiritual well-being. This included the invisible toxic force of radiation.
Mr. Hubbard was researching and lecturing at the Scientology organization in Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950’s. Following World War 2, the US military began an intense period of nuclear weapons testing. At the Nevada Test Site (NTS), in southern Nevada, 100 atmospheric tests were conducted in the 1950’s. Over 800 more nuclear bombs were tested at the site until 1992, detonated underground. The nuclear fallout in the 50’s affected human beings and animals in Nevada and neighboring states like Utah and Arizona. The harmful effects included radiation sickness, cancer and tumors. Reports of sickness and odd sunburn patterns reached Mr. Hubbard in Phoenix. This was of concern since these conditions impeded people’s mental and spiritual progress. Mr. Hubbard then began research that would carry on for several decades.
One early discovery was the beneficial results of Niacin (vitamin B3). Niacin can turn on a red flush that can last 30-60 minutes (more or less). For example, if one had a sunburn with lines from a bathing suit or T-shirt, taking a small dose of niacin later on could potentially “turn on” the exact same sunburn pattern on the skin, which would then go away. The solar radiation was being turned back on and “run out” by the niacin. Niacin was found to have a beneficial effect in treating the harmful effects of radiation.
In the 1970’s, after the heavy influx of drugs into American society, Mr. Hubbard found that people were struggling due to the lasting effects of past drug use, particularly the psychedelic drug, LSD. Even if someone hadn’t used LSD in a decade, certain physical and environmental triggers could activate an LSD “trip” or hallucination. Even if someone wasn’t using drugs currently, they would appear to be in a drugged state much of the time – dulled perceptions, slowed reaction time, prone to outbursts, etc.
Through research, Mr. Hubbard made the vital discovery that LSD could become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body and could be “reactivated” years later, seemingly out of the blue.
And it wasn’t just LSD. The residuals of other drugs, toxins, chemicals, and even radiation could be lodged in the fatty tissues and affect the person in the present day. This research resulted in what was originally called the “Sweat Program,” later refined as the Purification Program (or Purification Rundown).
The program consists of exercise (running), sauna sweat-out, vitamins, minerals (including niacin), a small amount of oil (lost through sweating), and a closely monitored schedule that includes proper nutrition and sleep.
One great thing about the program is that you don’t have to be a Scientologist to sign up for it. In fact, it has been done by thousands of recovering drug addicts – all over the world – as a drug detoxification program. Following drug withdrawal, an addict can do the program, giving them a brand-new outlook on life, free from the crippling effects of drugs – and their subsequent rehab steps are made far more effective.
The program itself is not a “medical” procedure. Why is this? In short, because it was developed to remove barriers to mental and spiritual progress. However, before anyone can start the program, they must get a physical examination and be approved by a qualified medical doctor who is familiar with the details of the program.
The program done properly can safely dislodge drugs and toxins from the body’s tissues, which are then passed out of the body through sweat (thus the running and sauna). The program is closely supervised and should never be attempted independently. Only trained personnel are authorized to administer it.
For a recovering drug user, the program can be the missing step that frees them from the heavy cravings that accompany drug and alcohol addiction.
The program has been used to the help the first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Firefighters, paramedics, police, and volunteers reported all kinds of adverse health conditions due to the toxic mix of chemicals at Ground Zero (Twin Towers site). The success stories from graduates of the program speak for themselves. Similarly, servicemen and women fallen victim to Gulf War Syndrome have done the program and spoken highly of the results.
My experience with the Purification Program, having done it myself, and speaking with countless people who have done it, has been nothing short of 100% positive.
Drugs and toxins are everywhere on our planet. Contact with harmful chemicals, even in small quantities over decades, is unavoidable. Synthetic chemicals are found in our oceans and the soil itself. In our technological age, radiation could be emitted from the countless electronic devices we use daily or wear on our bodies, television, phones, tablets, smart watches, etc. The jury’s still out on the long-term effects of these devices.
For a much more detailed account of the research and steps of the Purification Program, I highly recommend the book Clear Body Clear Mind by L. Ron Hubbard. The book also contains success stories from graduates, former addicts, the FDNY, veterans, and even a marine who had witnessed the largest ever atmospheric nuclear detonation within the continental US.
A workable program that rids our bodies of the harmful effects of drugs and toxins would be critical in this day and age – and in my experience over several decades, we have this available in the Purification Program.