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On making the Purification Rundown safe and acceptable

lrhaprofilecoverThe “church” of Scientology Inc’s Purification Rundown has been getting a lot of discussion lately.

Some places are Mike Rinder’s Blog and Tony Ortega’s Blog  (1).

I myself have written about the Purification Rundown here and here.

As a case supervisor for over fifteen years, I supervised Purifs for hundreds of preclears and staff. So I have some experience to base my comments on.

But I want to jump into the deep end of the pool with this: a page taken out of the 1995 church-issued publication called L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile. The page shows what the “church” claims are cocaine washout curves exhibited by two (only two) cocaine addicts on the a sauna-and-niacin detox treatment. It includes the “church’s” usual single-quote-taken-out-of-context to “prove” that the claims they’re about to make about the Purification are cast-in-stone uncontestable truth.





As you can see, the page purports to demonstrate that two patients on the Purification Rundown, both former heavy cocaine users, “washed out” cocaine residues from their bodies in urine and sweat while on the rundown.

The problem is that The Research Center for Dependency Disorders and Chronic Pain has not published their findings, other than these few graphs, and without the raw data from the Center, even the accuracy of the graphs can be questioned.

The apparency is that the Center did some kind of study that included a niacin/sauna regimen, but there appears that the Center performed no study that tried to establish the scientific and medical safety and efficacy of the rundown as written in HCOBs.

Another problem is that on its face, the Center is a psychiatric research facility looking to treat “disorders” rather than improve the overall well-being of people. That explains the Center’s focus on cocaine, rather than all types of toxins, drugs, and chemicals.

Those who have tried to duplicate the Purification Rundown program using children outside the church have modified it slightly, because 100mg niacin starting dosages have proved too strenuous for some children. By my observation, 100mg niacin very often is too strenuous for some adults.

So if, as reported on Mike Rinder’s Blog, the US Army is going to do a medical pilot of the Purification Rundown…the actual Purification Rundown…they need to document the drug/toxin histories of the participants, and the washout of toxins in sweat, urine, and feces, as well as the final results. They also need to tell us who C/Sed it with their certification level.

And they need to research more than just the results of two people.

This is important because:

• If the US Army is serious about adopting the Purification Rundown as a method of freeing veterans’ bodies from the long-term debilitating effects of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins, such as jet fuel residue and exposure to depleted-uranium munitions, the US Army should have a vested interest in proving it’s not wasting the US taxpayers’ money.

• If the US Army is serious about adopting the Purification Rundown as a method of freeing veterans’ bodies from the long-term debilitating effects of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins, it should be provably free from the inevitable criticism that “the US Army is just acting as a gateway to Scientology”; that’s a charge that’s leveled regularly at Narconon.

• If the US Army is serious about adopting the Purification Rundown as a method of freeing veterans’ bodies from the long-term debilitating effects of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins, it should be able to demonstrate the efficacy of the program scientifically…Tom Cruise’s funding of Purifs for FDNY after 9/11 didn’t do that, even though it would have been an ideal research project for the “church”.

• If the “church” fully documented the medical protocols for monitoring the rundown, including blood, urine,  sweat, and fecal tests, preclears could have the medical tests done, at their own expense, while doing the Purif to assure themselves that the promised “washout” effects were occurring.

• And if a preclear chose to do the additional medical tests during the rundown, the accusations about “not doing it under medical supervision” could be handled as well. If the medical tests included drug screens, the glaring loophole in Narconon could be plugged as well…that loophole being that many Narconon facilities have had inpatients and staff covertly supplying illegal drugs to people while on the program.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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Anita Warren  on March 24th, 2014

David, I deliver the Purification Program on a regular basis. I was trained in the Co$ as a supervisor and as a Purif C/S. I love delivering the program and I get great results. I also C/S the program for other Purif Supervisors at a distance. I do it “by the book” except for obvious things that don’t seem appropriate anymore. I consult with the client so he/she helps with the decision making process of what we are doing and why. I always get a “doctor’s approval” before starting anyone on the program. I want you to know that the program is still alive and well. We don’t run it robotically. We use good judgement and understand the clients are unique individuals. Anita Warren LifeIntegrityCenter.com

PlainOldThetan  on March 25th, 2014

Anita: I don’t have any doubts of the efficacy and safety of the Purification Rundown if delivered by the book by properly trained personnel.

The problem that I see is that uninformed and untrained personnel can deliver it improperly, introducing doubts about the program as a whole. Other uninformed people look in Wikipedia and comment on the Purif based on Wikipedia’s statements about niacin’s toxicity without realizing that a person on the Purif is drinking gallons of water every day, washing any excess of the water-soluble vitamin (niacin) overboard.

If “liver toxicity” could be a problem, the “church” could put to rest any concerns about it by conducting a properly run scientific/medical study and broadly publishing the results. Such a study would include liver function tests before, during, afer, and two weeks after the sauna/niacin exposure for every person on the study.

irser  on March 25th, 2014

I tried to copy and paste the name of that so-called research institute on their webpage, but Scientology somehow crippled my right mouse button. Whoever they are they don’t have a website or notable non-Scientology web presence.

PlainOldThetan  on March 25th, 2014

You can’t cut-and-paste the name of the Research Center out of the graphic. There’s a link in the blog post as well as text in the blog post that can be cut-and-pasted. I don’t think the omnipotent mysterious Scientology Inc has hijacked your mouse button.

Rine  on March 25th, 2014

I’m convinced the Purif is not for everyone because each body responds differently to the standard program.

From personal experience I think some people need another version of it or another type of detox program. Some bodies do not like vitamins taken in pure form, I don’t know why.

Very important the point made about adequate testing, vital I’d say.

RedShfift  on May 27th, 2015

l havn’t seen any evidence beyond the flushing to remotely suggest that niacin is toxic. The reliance on what Wiki says about implied toxicity in order to form an opinion for an article like this is telling. l have taken upwards of 3000mg of niacin at a dose and only felt a mild tingling having ramped up from 100mg on my first day in that program..That infact bares out what Hubbard cliams in that the tingling is not a sign of toxicity..l never felt better after the program was over l experienced a rebirth of well being

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