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Drug Aid Available At Low Or No Cost

By Sue Rusche

Chicago Tribune
March 1, 1985

Q - I read in your column about a woman who is desperate to get off smoking pot. She says it is costing her and her family a fortune in money and in ravaged relationships, and she is hoping for a better life.

In 1978 I did a Purification Rundown to get the drugs out of my body. This rundown is available in Los Angeles, although I did it in Australia and had excellent results there. I believe the principles of the rundown would be uniform in this country. It is delivered by an organization called Narconon, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I hadn't taken much in the way of street drugs but had been on medical drugs for several years. After the rundown my perceptions were so much better I had a hard time believing that I was that fogged in before I had done it.

Narconon handles the residual drugs in the body with exercise, sweating (in a sauna) and carefully balanced vitamins and minerals and oil. They have a tremendous success rate, and I would like this woman to have an opportunity to try this program. It also is available through an organization called DETOX in Beverly Hills, Calif. I believe that health insurance programs refund all the costs involved (or at least the major portion).

Would you let me know if you have heard of either of these organizations and whether I can be of help in introducing you to them?

A - Although I have never heard of DETOX in Beverly Hills, I need no introduction to Narconon about which, in an article, "Scientology: The Sickness Spreads," the September, 1981, Reader's Digest had this to say: "But Scientology's biggest social-reform gimmick to date has been the 'Narconons,' fronts that allegedly rehabilitate drug addicts." The Digest says legal experts working for Scientology "designed a whole package of 'correspondence' and phony minutes of directors' meetings to make the Narconons appear independent and justify government cash payments for 'consultation' fees. . . . Narconon charges $530 for its basic two-week detoxification program, and more for advanced courses. And they claim an 86-percent 'cure' rate."

In 1983, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published an article about a Church of Scientology that opened in that city that offered, among others, "one $1,000 service, called 'Purification Rundown,' (that) promises to rid your body of harmful drug traces, cure ailments and make you smarter in two weeks." This article notes that the United States Food and Drug Administration "has received consumer complaints about the Purification Rundown course and the medical benefits claimed for it."

Although I am glad that it worked for you, under the circumstances I would be reluctant to recommend this program to anyone. I would like to hear from other readers about this subject.