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Monday, April 1, 2013

EXCLUSIVE! First in a series of reports on Northern Michigan's Scientology Narconon Scandal--ONLY at "GLISTENING,QUIVERING UNDERBELLY" tcmissfortune@yahoo.com

Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard
As NBC's "Rock Center" schedules Arrowhead, OK expose April 5th (with former Battle Creek Stone Hawk insiders Eric Tenorio and Lucas Catton), the Narconon scandal hits close to home.

Narconon's Scientolgy Roots: Snake Oil in a Sauna

L. Ron Hubbard, the prolific science fiction author and founder of the Church of Scientology, may have been judged “a mental case” (according to the F.B.I.) and “a pathological liar” (according to a Los Angeles Supreme Court judge), but to tens of thousands of his eager followers worldwide, the man discovered an approach to recovery that outclasses everything on offer from mainstream addiction science. Narconon is the spawn of Hubbard’s pseudo-scientific notions, a detox-and-rehab enterprise that has, over more than four decades, grown into a multimillion-dollar empire that currently claims an estimated 150 clinics encircling the globe. Its claims of unrivaled success rates with its “100 percent natural,” “drug free” approach kept it highly profitable and respectable, but cracks have formed in the fa├žade.

Lawrence Wright, author of the recent book “Going Clear”, traces Narconon’s origins to Scientology’s “Purification Rundown”, a program intended to eliminate body toxins that form a “biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being.” For an average of three weeks, participants undergo a lengthy daily regimen, spending up to eight hours a day in a sauna, interspersed with exercise, and taking massive amounts of vitamins, especially niacin. In large doses, niacin can cause liver damage, but it will also stimulate the skin to flush and create a tingling sensation. The church says that this is evidence of drugs and other toxins being purged from the body. Even more bizarrely, Hubbard claimed the process is only completed when the pores discharge "black ooze."

This apparently explains the need for huge daily doses of vitamins, minerals, and oils, including up to 5,000 mg of niacin—a B vitamin that Hubbard invested with near-magical powers, based on his misconception that by dilating blood vessels, niacin would pump alcohol, drugs and other toxins out of the body. The resulting “niacin flush,” or discoloration of the flesh, is actually the visible toxic discharge, Hubbard claimed.

The Narconon pamphlet, "10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs", offers a basic account of the science fiction master’s theories of drug addiction. “Most drugs or their by-products get stored in fat within the body and can stay there for years,” it reads. “Even occasional use has long-term effects. This is a problem because later, when the person is working or exercising or has stress, the fat burns up and a tiny amount of the drug seeps back into the blood. This triggers cravings so the person may still want drugs even years after he stopped taking them.”

Since Narconon's 1971 inception in Los Angeles, dozens of criminal and civil cases have been filed against its rehabs by former patients who claim to have been injured or abused, and by the relatives of people who have allegedly died as a result of bizarre and dangerous practices.

On Fire in Battle Creek: The Painful Case of Richard Teague

According to a suit filed on May 9, 2012 in Calhoun County, Richard Teague suffered serious, permanent and grievous injuries as a result of burns suffered while in the care of a Battle Creek facility, A Forever Recovery.

According to court documents, Teague thought he was going to Narconon’s Freedom Center in Albion when he paid $12,000 in cash and was admitted on January 7, 2011. Instead, he was transferred the same day for detoxification to the Battle Creek facility, located at 216 St. Mary’s Lake Road. Teague was seeking treatment for his Klonopin dependence and alcohol abuse.

Between January 7 and January 14, A Forever Recovery administered detoxification to Teague in the form of megadoses of vitamins and sauna treatments.

On January 14, Teague began exhibiting signs of severe ‘cold turkey’ withdrawal during his stay at A Forever Recovery, which included tremors, shaking, paresthesia, pain and paranoia. He was transferred from A Forever Recovery back to the Narconon Freedom Center in Albion on January 14 and ran away that day.

He was admitted to Sparrow Hospital Emergency Care on January 14, with paresthesia, or extreme numbness and tingling of the hands and face. He was given morphine at the ER for the pain and released to his wife the same day. Later in the day, an employee of the Albion facility came to Teague’s home and convinced him to return. Teague was placed in a special “withdrawal unit” which was to be supervised by a “withdrawal specialist”.

While still suffering from his withdrawal, somehow during the evening he set himself on fire with items that should not have ever been in his room - a lighter and cologne among other things. These items were there in his room most likely because someone had packed up his belongings earlier when he ran away, believing he was not going to return - though he did.

On fire, Teague ran screaming from his room and the fire was extinguished in the snow with the help of the Battle Creek facility's staff. When police and an ambulance arrived on the scene, the facility's staff indicated that Teague’s records and files had somehow been “lost”.

The Narconon Freedom Center has never recovered Teague's records from his stay at their facility, despite licensing requirements that they be kept and maintained for three years. Despite repeated demands by Teague’s legal counsel, the Narconon facility has been unable or unwilling to produce any documentary evidence or record of Teague’s admissions and/or treatment.

Teague has no real recollection of setting himself on fire, only that he was alone in his room and had been in terrible pain and confusion.

Teague is suing for fraud, negligence, breach of contract and multiple violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. According to court papers, Teague is seeking judgment against the Narconon Freedom Center and A Forever Recovery in excess of $25,000, together with interest, costs of suit and reasonable attorney fees.

TOMORROW: Moving into Manistee: "Best Drug Rehabilitation" Secrets Exposed!

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