Narconon's Supporters:
Scientific & Medical

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23 October 2002
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Narconon is very much a fringe therapy as far as mainstream medicine is concerned, so it is not surprising that it does not have a very long list of scientific or medical supporters and that many of those supporters happen to be either Scientologists or employees of Narconon. There are two distinct groups of supporters in this category; individual medical and scientific professionals, and medical/scientific organisations.

Individual Professionals

A small number of scientific and medical professionals have endorsed Narconon:

Medical/Scientific Organisations

Very few medical or scientific organisations support Narconon, and those that do, like the individuals cited above, often have ties to Scientology that go unmentioned by the organisation. The general scantiness of broad support for the Hubbard detoxification programme is well demonstrated by the 1995 "First International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification" held under the auspices of the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education. [Archives, International Academy of Detoxification Specialists - <>] Despite the seemingly generic title of the event, there can be little doubt that it was sponsored, organised and run by and for supporters of Hubbard's methods. The report of the proceedings indicates that it consisted primarily of lectures on the effectiveness of the Hubbard method - literally every speech published in the proceedings is in that vein [ FASE, "Proceedings of the First International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification" - <>]. If it was intended to be a exercise in mutual backslapping, it undoubtedly succeeded splendidly.

The conference was sponsored by four organisations:

ABLE is actually part of the Scientology management chain - it comprises one of the so-called "sectors" of Scientology - and is Narconon's direct superior in a somewhat murky management chain. Its role is discussed in more detail in the "Narconon and Scientology" section.

FASE was established in 1981 with the explicit purpose to "research the efficacy of and promote the works of L. Ron Hubbard in the solving of social problems; and to scientifically research and provide public information and education concerning the efficacy of other programs", according to incorporation papers filed with the Attorney General of California, in Sacramento. The papers were later amended to remove Hubbard's name. Many of FASE's staff appear to be Scientologists; according to its video producer, Carl Smith, all of its senior employees are Scientologists; its founder and his wife, Steven R. Heard and Kathleen Heard, were both members of the Guardian's Office, which effectively ran Narconon throughout the 1970s; its medical researcher, Dr. Megan G. Shields, is a Narconon employee and Scientologist who wrote the introduction to Hubbard's book Clear Body Clear Mind and is one of the most active boosters of Hubbard's detoxification methods. In keeping with its original purpose, FASE promotes Hubbard's detoxification regimen, sponsoring "International Conferences on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification" and claiming that Hubbard's methods "have been established to be both safe and effective". It is not entirely clear how FASE manages to reconcile a mission statement of promoting Hubbard's works with objective scientific assesments of said works.

Government Technology magazine was founded and is run by Scientologists, and is reportedly a member of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. As its regular business is IT in the public sector, the reason for its involvement with Hubbard's detoxification methods is not clear, but presumably it came about through a desire to support an "ideologically correct" social reform group. At any rate, its involvement is clearly a minor one.

The Association of Human Detoxification Specialists, which now calls itself the International Academy of Detoxification Specialists, is a familiar group of names: a mixture of Scientologist and non-Scientologist supporters of Hubbard's detoxification therapies. The list of panelists is also very familiar; again, Scientologists, non-Scientologists and Narconon staff and supporters. It appears to be a FASE offshoot and was almost certainly established for similar reasons.

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