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Oh, come on: Scientology ‘detox’ quackery now being touted for miraculous cures

Rod Keller brings us more nuttiness from Scientology’s rank and file…

Last week we reported on a new Scientology front group that is offering military veterans, as an alternative to mental health care, Scientology’s unscientific “Purification Rundown,” a regimen of sauna use and extreme vitamin intake.

Two new claims for the effectiveness of the Purif other than for detoxification came to us this week. The first is a promotion from the Auckland, New Zealand ideal org that the Purif helped cure a woman of bipolar disorder, and that she no longer needs or takes her medicine.



Former members we spoke to expressed shock that somebody who had been under psychiatric care would be allowed on the program at all. Encouraging members to stop taking prescription medicine is one of the most dangerous aspects of Scientology, both for the patient and in some cases, for the staff and publics at the org.


The second claim comes from the St. Petersburg, Florida Life Improvement Center, which primarily serves the Nation of Islam members of Scientology. The Scientologist in this photo is wearing a hat with the insignia of the FOI, or Fruit of Islam. FOI is a paramilitary group within the Nation of Islam that provide security for the group. The group was re-established by NOI leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan after being disbanded in 1975. In the 1990s the FOI attracted attention for patrolling public housing complexes in U.S. cities.


The success story written by this member claims that the Purif improved his vision, and healed an old inner ear injury. L. Ron Hubbard often claimed to have cured himself using Dianetics, but we have never heard such claims for the Purif until now.



[Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta]

According to an eyewitness, David Miscavige played this year’s Super Bowl ad during Scientology’s New Year’s Event in Los Angeles (which was actually taped December 22), but we’re still waiting to see the ad for ourselves. In the meantime, we’ve heard that Scientology has a goal to distribute 500,000 booklets for the Foundation for a Drug Free World front group outside Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, from January 26 until the big game on February 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.


Scientology is calling for volunteers by the hundreds, but as usual we expect to see them in the dozens. Even 100 volunteers would be hard pressed to distribute 500,000 booklets. Each one would have to give out more than a booklet per minute for eight hours a day for each of the nine days to reach the goal. The booklets are important as part of the “fourth dynamic” campaigns of Scientology, but there’s another motivation — money. Scientology doesn’t print them for free even though they own two large printing plants. Somebody has to donate to make it happen, and the cost to print is a small fraction of the size of the donations requested from members.

— Rod Keller


Start making your plans!


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[FIVE years ago] More fallout in France: Scientologist who asked for damages ends up paying instead
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,342 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,473 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,975 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,455 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 518 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 406 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,713 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,581 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,355 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,129 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,475 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,041 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,961 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,128 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,709 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,969 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,009 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,721 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,247 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,336 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,476 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,796 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,652 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,771 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,127 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,429 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,535 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,938 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,809 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,392 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,887 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,141 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,250 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on January 27, 2019 at 07:00

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