[One wonder if the flurry of press releases put out by Scientology-linked entities today is to mitigate the media storm caused by Australian Senator Nick Xenophon…]

A few hours ago, a press release was put out by Narconon Freedom Center, titled “Narconon New Life Detoxification Program Backed By Independent Studies.” The press release can be found here.

Now, the study mentioned in the press release, titled “Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients #273” is very far from being “independent”: It was authored by Marie A. Cecchini, David E. Root, Jeremy R. Rachunow, and Phyllis M. Gelb.

All of these persons are linked to Scientology:

Marie A. Cecchni and David E. Root, as long time Scientologist can’t possibly be independent when it comes to the “Purification Rundown”, a Scientology practice. Here is an excerpt of a fundamental Scientology scripture:

Suppressive Acts are defined as actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists.

[Ref.: L. Ron Hubbard, “Suppressive Acts,” 23 December 1965]

Therefore, as per their religious teachings, Marie A. Cecchini and David E. Root are not allowed to conclude that Scientology’s “Purification Rundown” is quackery, as this would “reduce or impede Scientology.”

This is even more so that the stated goal of the Church of Scientology is to make the “Purification Rundown” a “craze,” as seen in an internal memo from 1982:

It is the job of [public representatives] to make the Purif the thing to do to create a craze greater than jogging. [ref]

Obviously, Marie A. Cecchini and David E. Root can’t possibly go against the dictate of their church (“make the Purif the thing to do”), as they would risk being declared “suppressive” as per Scientology teachings.

Jeremy R. Rachunow and Phyllis M. Gelb are both with Downtown Medical, a for-profit clinic which delivers Scientology’s “Purification Rundown.” This information is conveniently omitted from the “independent study.”

Both Rachunow and Gelb are consultant for IADS, through its New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Program (NYRWDP), another ploy to deliver Scientology’s “Purification Rundown” in a secular setting.

Rachunow received over $300K between 2005 and 2007 from Scientology front group IADS. Downtown Medical received nearly $2 million between 2002 and 2005 from Scientology front group IADS, probably for delivering Scientology’s “Purification Rundown.”

Finally, the study appears to have been commissioned by Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, yet another Scientology front. Again “independent” can’t be claimed here.

By the way, the “study” is worthless for supporting the treatment as medically sound, unless one believe that placebo pills are valid medical treatment against serious health problems: There is no objective data in there, it’s all about people’s perception of their own health.

This non-independent paper, falsely branded as “independent” has one purpose: “to make the Purif the thing to do to create a craze greater than jogging.” [Ref. “BRIEFING PURIFICATION CAMPAIGN THE VITAL ROLE OF PR”]

Now, what is the “Purification Rundown,” which is also promoted as secular treatment (“Detox”) through various Scientology fronts? Here is what the Church of Scientology says about the “Purification Rundown”:

The Purification Rundown is a Spiritual activity based on and administered according to the doctrine and practices of the religion of Scientology as set forth in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard and adopted by the Church. No part of the Rundown is intended as the diagnosis, prescription for, or treatment of any bodily or physical condition or ill. [ref]

Similarly, the Scientology booklet “Clear Body Clear Mind,” which details the “Purification Rundown,” says:

The Purification® program cannot be construed as a recommendation of medical treatment or medication. It is not professed to be physical or medical treatment nor is any such claim made. There are no medical recommendations or claims for the Purification program or for any of the vitamin or mineral regimens described in this book. [ref]

This is no doubt fraudulent, the Church of Scientology, sells its dangerous “Purification Rundown” – a “spiritual activity” – in the secular world by promoting it as a medical treatment for a variety of (sometimes serious) health problems.

The fraud went as far as convincing Utah government to foot the bill using public funds to deliver Scientology’s “Purification Rundown” to former police officers as an expensive treatment against disputed ailments. [ref] (keep in mind the “Purification Rundown” involves only vitamins, sauna, exercises, certainly very cheap to deliver, and yet people are charged a couple of thousands dollars…)

The Church of Scientology’s “Purification Rundown” is a huge earner, as it is cheap to deliver, and as it also rake in fresh funds from non-Scientologists when sold as “Detox” in Narconon, Criminon, NYRWDP, Second Chance, etc.

No wonder the Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud in France. Now this beg the question:

Why is the Church of Scientology allowed to fraudulently sells at high price a quack medical treatment in the U.S. (and everywhere else except France) with total impunity?