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Hubbard, his works and theories, and about the creation of his organizations.
NARCONON: from Addict to Adherent
The Narconon program was all a creation of this universal author (Hubbard), but an organization of that name, according to information from the Hubbardists, appeared in 1966 in an Arizona jail. The main idea of the program is "purification." The patient is absolutely required to participate in a physical program which includes prolonged visits in the sauna and keeping a special diet "that allows the organism to be purified of poisonous substances and to rid oneself of drugs which accumulate in fatty tissue" (cited from an advertising booklet). The Salvaging Children and Adolescents from Drugs Fund disseminates the program in Russia. The president of the fund, V. Ivanov, at one time defended a dissertation, as a teaching degree candidate of medical science, on the theme of "Cycloidal Toximania." In April 1989 in the USSR, the All-Union Society to Protect Children and Adolescents from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction was created, and the leading partner in the operation was V. Ivanov.
At the end of 1993, he had appeared in the press in the capacity of "chairman of the Society for the Protection of Children and Adolescents from Drugs" (interview in "LG-Dos'e"). He explained that other systems' fight against drugs was ineffective because of the attraction of collaborators in the militia (police) by the drug business (in Russia), and by their conversion by psychiatry as an instrument in the market of psychotropic preparations (in the West). Hubbard's Narconon followers organized trips to Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA for V. Ivanov, where he visited drug rehabilitation centers. Once it is taken into consideration that the reason V. Ivanov left the MVD was their refusal to send him "in exchange" for training to the USA, that explains the extent of his involvement in the propagandistic methods of Narconon.
According to assertions by V. Ivanov, the Narconon method not only cures people of their drug addiction, it instills them with moral values and even plots a course to help calculate the formula of success in an organization that performs any productive activity, which even includes the lives of individuals. It seems this is exactly the principal point made by the Hubbardists of the program - it turns people into followers of the doctrine.
While there is no mention about the allegations of the general attraction of the MVD for the drug business and psychiatry in the system of criminal sales of psychotropic preparations, we notice that although Narconon's methods are characterized by the authors as non-medicinal, their treatment of drug addiction not only uses undue influence on human beings, it also makes of - through the recommendations and works of L. R. Hubbard, who did not have a medical education - vitamins in high concentrations and prolonged session in the sauna. In other words, the methods of the American writer may have signs that it is illegal medical practice. By the way, they sell their vitamins at a price that does not correspond to their real value, and they categorically forbid acquiring the vitamin mixture "on the side" - the companies hold a monopoly, the same as the other realms of this operation!
The status of a non-medical center for the Narconon division was attained as a result of a serious conflict with western scientific medical groups; that which is done by the Hubbardists in their rehabilitation centers is in a section which is completely separate from modern science. The discourse does not proceed about the right to name non-medical institutions, but about the responsibilities of avoiding conflict with the law, about how to indicate that the group does not represent a modern medical institution (decision by the American tax agency in 1967 about revoking the Hubbardist organizations' tax-exempt status of a scientific medical institution, decision of a US federal court in 1971 about the fraudulent character of Hubbard's medical claims and about the treatment with the assistance of an e-meter not being considered as science.) It is also mentioned, with regret, that "Narconon Russia" has gained support from Inkombank and Unikombank.
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