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Scientology detoxification program advances in clinical trials: Fibromyalgia alert

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Scientology detoxification program

Scientology’s controversial detoxification program is being studied in a clinical trial at the University at Albany. Although the focus of the study is to use L. Ron Hubbard’s purification program to help treat veterans who have Gulf War Syndrome, it is important to note that fibromyalgia is one of the disorders linked to Gulf War Syndrome. The research may help doctors and patients find treatments for fibromyalgia and other conditions.


The University at Albany is the official sponsor of the clinical trial, and it is collaborating with the Department of Defense, Severna Park Health and Wellness Center, The Sage Colleges and the Women's College Hospital in Toronto. The study is still recruiting participants, and it is listed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s clinical trials page. The goal of the study is to examine L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial detoxification program as a potential treatment for Gulf War Syndrome.

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L. Ron Hubbard’s detoxification program focuses on removing toxins from the body through the Hubbard method. This involves a combination of intense exercise, vitamins and saunas to eliminate the toxins. Hubbard believed niacin was an essential component, so the study participants are receiving it. Researchers believe the method can help veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. Although study results will be published next year, preliminary data shows that the veterans are benefiting from the program.

Gulf War Syndrome is characterized by multiple health problems including insomnia, fatigue, headaches, pain, indigestion, memory issues, skin problems, respiratory disorders and other issues. In addition, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are often associated with Gulf War Syndrome. Furthermore, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes fibromyalgia’s connection to the Gulf War Syndrome, so veterans who develop this condition usually do not have to battle a mountain of red tape to prove they are sick. The results of the current detoxification program may help other patients suffering from fibromyalgia and may provide insight into treatments for other conditions.

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