I'm sorry for Karen, whom I like and respect in many ways, but this piece doesn't make much sense.
1) A person doesn't get physical withdrawal from hallucinogenics, just psychological yearnings and psychological damage.
2) MDMA (extasy) was used as a party drug since the late seventies. It became popular in the party-circles in the early eighties.
L.Ron died in '84. Let's keep it wide. 1978 to 1984. 6 years = 6 x 365 = 2190 days. One needs at least one day between following doses of psychotropics, otherwise the effect will be gone after some days to weeks. The person has used 2912 doses of MDMA. To do that he would have needed at LEAST 2 x 2912 = 5848 days = over 16 years. 1984 - 16 = 1968. Nobody had ever heard of MDMA outside the medical community in 1968.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDMA
3)Then we have the LSD. Known since 1938 in the laboratory, invented by Hofmann who discovered the psychedelic properties five years later by accidence. It was used in the counter-culture since 1963, under the influence of types like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Alfred Matthew HUBBARD (I don't know if he was related or if it's a pure coincidence.
) 'Rundown boy' took LSD for 4982 times. Let's stick to the one day between trips-rule. (With LSD, which is stronger, 2 days between trips is more realistic, but we try to keep as pro-purif as possible. That's 9984 days = over 27 years + the 16 MDMA years is 43 years. 84-43= 41. So he started using LSD before it was known it had psychedelic properties (in 1943, in Hofmann's lab) Fascinating.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LSD#History
Though I think the resemblance in name is coincidental, for those who want to look into this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Matthew_Hubbard
4) STP hit the market in Haight-Ashbury's hippy-paradise in 1967, and was only available for a short time. Several months, a year at most. Still our user managed to take the stuff 3777 times. STP has an extremely longlasting and strong effect. You would REALLY need at least two days between doses. It's impossible to have taken 3777 doses in the short period it was produced and sold. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylamphetamine
5) Lets forget the magic mushrooms for now
. Even without them this guy had to be, if he started at 16, 60 years old plus the years he spent with STP and mushrooms. I don't believe that somebody who spent all of his adult life on a trip or coming down from one, has the sense to count the times he took something in such exact numbers. Most users don't get any further then "uh, about hundred times, I guess". Most users would be raving lunatics after taking this amount of psychotropic drugs. If the story were possible, that is. Extreme LSD-users mentioned taking several hundreds of trips over a lifetime. Many thousands of trips? Not that I ever heard of or even read about.
The whole story makes no sense. Not historically, not pharmaceutically, not when it comes down to behavior of drug users. Lets say you and Ron were cheated by a drug-addict, Karen. Nothing to be ashamed of. Happens to the most experienced of professionals.
6) Then we have the Purif. This whole idea of retaining drugs, particularly LSD, MDMA and cocaine, in your fatty tissue is absurd. These substances dissolve in water, and leave the body through the urine. Cocaine is gone in two days, LSD is gone within hours after ingesting. The stuff is still working in the brain (that takes 8-12 hours) but it's impossible to find traces of it in blood or urine after about three hours. MDMA is somewhere in between.
Even if it were stapled in the fatty tissues, sauna would not be a solution. Sauna just makes you loose water and salts. No fat or fat-soluble substances.
The Cal-Mag and the vitamins are dangerously overdosed, specially for those with liver-, kidney-, heart- and nerve disease.
Though normal to mildly enlarged doses of B-vitamins can make the cramps in alcohol-, benzo- and opiate detox slightly less unbearable, there is no extra benefit in these ultra-high doses. For drugs like cocaine, marihuana and psychedelics where there are no muscle cramps, there is no benefit at all.
The vitamins used in the purif- and Narconon programs are ridiculously expensive, compared with generic vitamins.
In many European countries the use of the dosages advised for the purif are illegal, unless prescribed by a physician. And in many of those countries Osteopaths and Homeopaths are not recognized as such. It won't be easy to get an allopathic MD to prescribe this regime.
7) Good food, plenty of attention, physical exercise, a regular day-program, a purpose, sea wind and sunshine are good for everybody. Some of the dianetics exercises can help some people become stronger psychologically. But so can many other therapy-systems.
The rest of the Rundown makes no sense what-so-ever. It can even be dangerous. A lot of people died in Narconon treatment centers.
And yes, some did get better. But remember, research has proven that 25% of addicts (users of alcohol, opiates, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, crack cocaine) stop, even without help, eventually. For people using psychedelics, marihuana, cocaine (I mean old-fashioned snorting coke, not crack) this percentage is even higher. The 75-80% curing rates Narconon gives are A LIE
. No program scores that high. All of them reach around 25 to 35%, depending on the substance that was abused. Probably programs do help those people who would stop anyway reach their goal a little quicker. But not even that is sure.
Anyway; There is no scientific basis for the purif, the results are not worth the risk and the story doesn't make up.
Sorry Karen, I like you as a person but the one thing that pisses me off more than all other things in scientology is the crap being sold to drug-addicts and their desperate relatives. It's one big scam. Try reading some of the stuff AnonyMary and Intelligence posted on this board and on ESMB.
EDIT: Operatingwog, thanks for posting this!