Scientology-inspired Narconon drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure claims

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Scientology-inspired Narconon drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure claims.

Melbourne Herald Sun: Scientology-inspired drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure claims

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sc...over-cure-claims/story-fni0fiyv-1227349602723

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A drug rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and ordered to remove unsubstantiated claims made online about “curing” patients.

Among claims that led Consumer Affairs Victoria to investigate the Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation was a graph showing “cocaine metabolites being excreted in the sweat and urine of clients participating in the Detoxification program”.

The foundation’s site in East Warburton is owned by Narconon, an international group inspired by the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Counted among its supporters are singer Kate Ceberano, who won the church’s Freedom Medal.

An online testimonial from Ms Ceberano says the detox helps people “overcome their addiction using no drugs but a thorough Sauna Detox and a series of life skills courses”.

But the Consumer Affairs Victoria probe, triggered by complaints to the state’s Health Services Commissioner, found there was a “lack of scientific methodology” in the foundation’s claims. As a result, the foundation will remove claims from its websites, pay a fine of $3000, and publish information about the undertaking.

Patients at the Get Off Drugs clinic pay thousands of dollars for rehab, which includes spending hours daily in a sauna and self-help classes.

National policy manager at the Australian Drug Foundation, Geoff Munro, said people should be cautious about undertaking treatment.

Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said misleading health claims often made vulnerable people the target.

“It gives people false hope that a complex health issue can be quickly and easily solved,” she said.

Get Off Drugs’ executive director Andrew Cunningham said last night the foundation was working with Consumer Affairs to clarify its web content.

“Anyone doing this program must have their healthcare professional’s advice as to their suitability for the program. This has also been a long-standing policy for our facility. We have been organising a scientific, peer-review study here in Australia,” Mr Cunningham said.

“We have assisted hundreds of addicts and their families, over a decade, to become drug free and productive members of society.”

He added that he had ten years experience in the field. Staff included a trained nurse, two naturopaths and paramedic and key staff members had also qualified for a certificate IV in disability for alcohol and other drugs, Mr Cunningham said.

A spokesman for Ms Ceberano said she continued to support the centre.


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Melbourne Scientology Narconon drug rehab centre fined for misleading claims

Melbourne Scientology Narconon drug rehab centre fined for misleading claims its detox programs can completely cure drug addiction.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Melbourne drug rehab centre fined for misleading claims its detox programs can completely cure drug addiction.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-...ilitation-centre-fined-for-misleading/6459716

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A drug rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and forced to remove claims from its website that it could completely cure drug addiction with detox treatments, including sauna visits.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) investigated the Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation in East Warburton, east of Melbourne, over its claims that detox programs helped cure patients.

The foundation uses the Narconon Program as its model for rehabilitation.

Narconon is an international organisation based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The CAV said the incorporated foundation claimed on its website that it had an 80 per cent success rate of drug-addicted patients completely withdrawing from drug use "usually within 30 days".

It also claimed that 70 per cent of its patients remained drug free "for many years".

But the CAV probe found the claims were unsubstantiated, and not scientifically tested.

The foundation also failed to provide evidence that testimonials from patients quoted on the website were genuine.

"The foundation provided 10 copies of statutory declarations (except for four patients) purportedly sworn by family members and friends of the 14 patients," the CAV report said.

"As these statements were not made by the patients themselves, the director of CAV considers the statutory declarations to be scientifically unreliable in the circumstances.

"Accordingly, CAV did not accept these 10 statutory declarations constitute scientific evidence demonstrating consistent success of the Foundation's Detoxification Program."

Victoria's Consumer Affairs Minister, Jane Garrett, said misleading or deceptive claims were unacceptable.

"They were making claims about helping people get off drugs without the use of any medication or other services," she said.

"A lot of it related to using saunas and heat therapy," she said.

The website included the claim that its detox program could "thoroughly remove the physical cravings for drugs and alcohol naturally and even rid the body of other toxins and chemicals".

The company was fined $3,000 and forced to remove the claims.

"This is a real warning to any other organisation out there who is offering services to vulnerable people, to drug addicted people, to people suffering health issues that they'd better be able to back up their claims that they're making because to mislead, particularly vulnerable people, just isn't on," Ms Garrett said.

Ms Garrett said the company had cooperated fully with the investigation.

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Re: Scientology-inspired Narconon drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure cla

NarCONon in Oz has been officially called out on its bs claims.

WHAT A SHAME !!! :bigcry:

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Re: Scientology-inspired Narconon drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure cla

Tony Ortega has an article up too.

http://tonyortega.org/2015/05/11/as...s-lovely-is-on-sale-and-ready-to-startle-you/

This of course is a reference to the Purification Rundown, the “cure” devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard which includes aerobic exercises, long sessions in a sauna and mega-doses of vitamins (a program which according to some medical professionals is potentially dangerous).

Consumer Affairs Victoria has ordered the group not just to remove the false claims – and the unsubstantiated testimony – but to post a notice at its website for six months saying:

— the information on the website is not a substitute for medical advice, and;

— claims on the website about testing have not been independently reviewed or verified.

It ordered the group to pay $3,000 to the Victorian Consumer Law Fund (that’s US $2,370 ).
 
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