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Chemical Contamination & Human Detoxification

By Julie Klotter

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
January 1, 2001

At the International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification, (December 1-2, 1995, Los Angeles, California), many presenters reported benefits from using L. Ron Hubbard's detoxification procedure to eliminate chemicals and drugs from body tissues. The procedure outlined in Hubbard's book, Clear Body, Clear Mind (Bridge Publications, 1990) has been used throughout the world to treat drug addiction in Narconon programs. According to conference presenters, it has also been successfully used to treat people who were exposed to toxic chemicals and to radiation.

Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), one of the conference sponsors, published edited transcripts of keynote addresses. In one of these, Russian medical doctor Vladimir Ivanov reported his frustration in treating drug addiction with psychoactive drugs. In April 1986, he was exposed to high levels of radiation while treating people a day-and-a-half after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Due to radiation poisoning, Ivanov developed heart trouble requiring medication, along with other physical and mental difficulties. In 1990, friends arranged for him to have a heart operation in Boston. Before he had the operation, however, Ivanov learned about Hubbard's detoxification program. He underwent treatment in Los Angeles for 32 days. His health returned; he no longer needs medication (or an operation) for his heart. His experience led him to open a Narconon Center in Russia.

In the US, Hubbard's detoxification program has also been used effectively to treat chemically exposed workers. One presentation referred to 14 firefighters who were exposed to "some of the highest levels of dioxins and dibenzofurans ever recorded in America" during a fire and explosion. The 14 firefighters were given neuropsychometric tests (measuring factors such as reaction-time, memory, body balance, dexterity, etc.) before and after detoxification. After detoxification, the 14 firefighters showed "...significant improvements in nerve function.... Symptoms in the exposed group were also greatly reduced and 13 of the 14 firefighters were able to return to work. (The 14th was unable to return due to hearing loss caused by the transformer explosion.)" This study was published as "Neurobehavioral Dysfunction in Firemen Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Possible Improvement after Detoxification" (Archives of Environmental Health, Vol. 44, No. 6, 1989.)

David Root, MD, Mph, a Board-Certified Occupational Medicine specialist, has supervised the detoxification of over 2,000 people who were exposed to toxic chemicals. According to the FASE publication, Root has been a co-investigator in several published studies on the use of Hubbard's detoxification program in treating workplace chemical exposure. The program's effectiveness has led to court rulings, including a review by California's Supreme Court, that "established it as a compensable form of treatment under Worker's Compensation law."

Hubbard's program includes niacin to stimulate lipid mobilization; moderate aerobic exercise to increase circulation; intermittent sauna (140 to 180 degrees) with frequent showers to remove toxins; ingestion of cold-pressed oils to provide a clean replacement for the toxic lipids being excreted; vitamin and mineral supplementation to correct deficiencies and to replace those lost due to increased sweating; adequate liquids to aid elimination and compensate for fluid lost in sweating; a diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables; and plenty of rest. FASE's appendix to the edited conference transcripts counsels: "This program is designed to mobilize and eliminate fat-stored chemicals. During any such program in which xenobiotics are deliberately mobilized from fat stores, it is important that elimination keep pace with this mobilization process."

"FASE Research Report - The International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification" Copyright 1996 by Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, (