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HSE warns that elements of Scientology detox have ‘no basis’ in scientific fact –

A HSE expert has criticised elements of a Church of Scientology detox programme as ‘having no standing’ within the medical community.

While the Scientology movement runs a number of detox programmes, one particular “purification rundown” service is being offered to a number of people at the centre in Firhouse with a price tag of €1,500 per person.

The ‘Purif’ programme involves taking doses high doses of vitamins as well as spending prolonged periods in a sauna and bouts of exercise. It aims to “enable an individual to rid himself of the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being”, according to official Scientology literature. has spoken with former Scientologists about their experiences of the process. Some elements of the practice have been described by the HSE as having “no basis” in scientific fact.

Former member John McGhee told “I was put onto the “purification rundown”, also know in ‘scientologese’ as the Purif, as my first step on Scientology’s ‘Bridge to Total Freedom’.

“It consisted of me going into the sauna every day for up to 4 hours for 32 days. Immediately before each session in the sauna I was given high doses of niacin (vitamin B3) and brought on a two-mile jog so as to induce the niacin flush. Once my skin start turning bright red and feeling like I have been stung by fire ants, it was time to jog back to the mission and get straight into the sauna.

“It was absolutely unbearable and I would often fall asleep inside the sauna with my Purif twin (another guy who was undergoing the purification rundown with me) waking me up and talking about how great L Ron Hubbard was and that how the rest of the world was deficient without Scientology in their lives.

“The person supervising our purification rundown was called the Purif i/c (in-charge). They will periodically check on us in the sauna and administer to us salts to take orally, with water, and ensure that we would have brief cold showers and return to the sauna promptly.

“I was told by Scientology the purification was the first step on the bridge because one needed a clear body and clear mind to proceed with the intense auditing which was to follow.”

Speaking to, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology said it could not comment on individual accounts of the purif.

Children are also allowed to undergo the ‘purification rundown’. In a phone call between a prospective client and a Church of Scientology staff member heard by, the staff member said that a 13-year-old would be allowed on the course but it is understood that the Scientology member who recommended this was later admonished by their superiors.

The Scientology spokeswoman added: “ Young people wishing to advance themselves on their own spiritual path would take part in the Purification programme, but would require parental consent and would require medical approval.”

A “secularised adaptation” of the rundown is delivered in the ‘Narconon’ drug rehabilitation centres worldwide. The purification rundown is designed as a rite of passage for members of Scientology. However, the vitamin and sauna elements which make up part of it have also been used as part of a drug rehabilitation group called Narconon. The Narconon programme is supported by the Church and by Scientologists internationally. However, Narconon is not currently in Dublin. contacted the HSE to get the Irish health service’s opinion on the detox. A consultant psychiatrist in substance misuse from the National Drug Treatment Centre said that Scientology’s programme has no basis in science.

The doctor said: “Scientology’s drug treatment programme has no standing amongst medical professionals involved in the treatment of persons with alcohol and drug use disorders.

“It comprises a series of interventions (‘Narconon’) with limited or no basis in a scientific understanding of human physiology and brain functioning and may potentially be harmful directly (with overuse of vitamins and other products) and indirectly in that persons are engaging in an intervention with no evidence of potential benefit for them.”

The Purif programme also employs the administration of doses of vitamins.

In response from a request from, the Church of Scientology said:

“The Purification Rundown is a part of the spiritual path a member of the Scientology religion will take part in. It has been found that drugs and toxins can take a heavy toll on the emotional and spiritual well being of an individual and the programme enables an individual to rid himself of the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being.

We live in a chemical-oriented society. Virtually everyone is regularly subjected to an intake of food preservatives, pesticides, atmospheric poisons and the like.

The statement quoted a paragraph from the book Clear Body Clear Mind, authored by the founder of the Church of Scientology L Ron Hubbard:

“The Purification program cannot be construed as a recommendation of medical treatment or medication and it is not professed as a physical handling for bodies nor is any claim made to that effect.

There are no medical recommendations or claims for the Purification program or for any of the vitamin or mineral regimens described in this book.

“Contributions for taking such services are given willingly by our members and our members are well aware they are used by the Church to further our community betterment activities.”

Church of Scientology protest planned after High Court victory

A demonstration will be held outside the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office in Dublin on December 2nd at 11:00 AM.

What: Protest against the Scientology organisation’s fraud and abuses
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM
Where: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, 4 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Dublin Live:

Pete Griffiths says he “was conned for twenty years” until a similar protest in 2008 led to a “penny-dropping moment” that saw him desert Scientology.

The High Court last week lifted an injunction forbidding Griffiths or his “servants or agents or any person acting in concert” with him from picketing Church of Scientology premises.

Now Griffiths plans to demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology’s Dublin 2 offices in the hope that his protest might help others “to see that they have been duped”.

Griffiths, who heads up the Ex-Scientologists Ireland group, said today: “I’m keen to resume regular protests of the Scientologists’ premises after defeating their court injunction.

“While I’m opposed to the Scientology organisation’s fraud and abuses, I see Scientologists as victims deserving of sympathy and understanding.

“I was conned for twenty years until such a protest opened my eyes to the enormity of the deceit.”

At the weekend, author and well-known ex church member Jon Atack described the successful appeal as a “landmark achievement against active Scientologists in the Irish courts”.

Griffiths added that the goal of Saturday’s protest, which will take place from 11am, “is to inform the general public, and if possible, to reach the existing membership in the hopes that they too will eventually come to see that they have been duped”.

A new Church of Scientology opened in Firhouse last month, while their offices in leafy Merrion Square opened a year ago.

Seán Crowe, TD for Dublin South-West, said recently that he had grave concerns about the Firhouse opening.

“This is basically a place for a cult and we know from the past that it targets people who are vulnerable in their own lives. It is not something I would encourage people to get involved in”, he said.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin described Scientology as a cult at his party Ard Fheis in the RDS last month.

He told the party faithful: “These types of cults can be very damaging to people, particularly to young people. The best way forward needs to be examined, it may not be legislated. I think ultimately in situations like this it is about education.”

Scientology, Tom Cruise, and…Your Business? – Leman Solicitors

Two weeks ago, a new Scientology centre was opened in Firhouse in Dublin, with reports of facilities including a conference centre capable of seating 1,100 people.

Now, I bring you a valuable business lesson you can (and should) learn from the Scientologists.

Because, you see, those Scientologists know the importance of trademarks. So much so, that ahead of the opening of their Firhouse Scientology Centre, they filed 21 new Irish trademark applications for Scientology related terms, courses, and models of education (I’m assuming, based on the trademark applications).

And that’s just the tip of the Scientology trademark iceberg (so to speak). The ‘Religious Technology Centre’ actually has over 2,000 trademark applications filed around the world.

It’s not clear if you have to be a Scientologist to work for the organisation, but I’m hawking for the business anyway. Trademarks, the Bridge To Total Freedom (TM).

HSE denies backing Drug Free World Scientology programme – The Echo

The Echo understands that the outreach worker is a HSE representative on a sub-committee of the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, but is not a member nor the co-ordinator.

In a comment to The Echo this week, a spokeswoman for the HSE said: “[The outreach worker] was not attending the event in her capacity as a HSE outreach worker, she was attending as a member of the community in her personal capacity.

ANSWERS are being sought from the HSE over a situation whereby one of its drug outreach workers spoke in favour of the Church of Scientology’s Drug Free World programme at the opening of the organisation’s new hub on the Firhouse Road.

More than 1,200 Scientologists and their guests attended the members-only event on Saturday, October 14 – during which a HSE outreach worker, who was described as the ‘Tallaght Drugs Task Force Coordinator’, praised the work of the organisation’s Drug Free World programme.

In a transcript of her speech, posted by the Church of Scientology, the outreach worker said: “You’ve reached out your hand to addicts, the homeless, at-risk youth, immigrant families and Irish people of every background.

“In fact, nothing more needs be said, when you’ve already given over 500,000 people of Ireland the Truth about Drugs.”

The Echo understands that the outreach worker is a HSE representative on a sub-committee of the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, but is not a member nor the co-ordinator.

In a comment to The Echo this week, a spokeswoman for the HSE said: “[The outreach worker] was not attending the event in her capacity as a HSE outreach worker, she was attending as a member of the community in her personal capacity.

“The HSE does not endorse the Scientology ‘Drug Free World’ Programme.”

However, local Labour Party councillor and member of the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Mick Duff said: “I’m a little bewildered how a HSE outreach worker was able to be described as the Tallaght Drugs Task Force Co-ordinator – which she plainly isn’t.

“I have also asked questions of the HSE as to how she could describe herself in that way.

“I would also like the HSE to offer an explanation on how one of its employees can be linked to this organisation while having a role as an outreach worker with access to homeless and vulnerable people.”

He added: “The Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force is not associated with the Drugs Free World programme and the task force hasn’t visited the new centre.”

Cllr Duff also raised concerns over Drug Free World leaflets making their way into a number of local schools.

A spokesman for the Church of Scientology told The Echo that the HSE outreach worker “wasn’t invited [to speak] in her capacity as a HSE worker or any other organisation”.

He said: “She was invited as a Tallaght anti-drug activist”.

It was not made clear how the outreach worker was incorrectly described as ‘Tallaght Drugs Task Force Coordinator’.