No one has died from a Purif that I know of. Running, sweating and taking vitamins under supervision, with a doctor's permission is generally not harmful. The doctors who give permission to do the program run the risk of malpractice suits if a person is harmed by it. I know of no such cases so far. Does anyone?
The following is from the recent article on Narconon in The Fix
. (Obviously applying to purif in Narconon, not in CoS itself.) http://www.thefix.com/content/narconons ... n?page=all
“By the end of the sauna, you feel like a fresh, newborn baby,” testifies Marc Murphy, the brooding young British singer-songwriter who appears to deliver a testimonial in a promotional video on the official Narconon website, narconon.org. Murphy insists that Narconon’s drug-free approach enabled him to kick a 12-year heroin addiction, compounded by a methadone and Valium habit that he acquired during dozens of previous detox attempts. “It was the easiest withdrawal that I’ve ever done,” the “student” says about his stint at a Narconon rehab outside London. “It saved my life.”
But lives have also been lost. Since Narconon's inception some 40 years ago, 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. “When I was at Narconon, people were taken away in ambulances and had to spend days in the hospital,” said David Love, a client at Narconon Trois-Rivieres—near Montreal—from December 2008 to May 2009, who was interviewed exclusively by The Fix. “People have died in the Quebec facility. The vitamin and sauna treatments are horrible. Patients regularly vomited and had diarrhea. Addicts with substance abuse problems have liver problems and high enzyme counts—they should in no way be taking massive amounts of vitamins like Niacin.”
Karin Pouw's response to the article (viewtopic.php?f=12&t=34687
) included lots of shit, but did not contradict this claim, threaten legal action etc.EDIT
. Admittedly, Pouw's letter states, "My purpose is to address the false allegations about the Church of Scientology – Narconon may separately decide to contact you concerning the falsehoods you posted about them." But so far (to my knowledge) Narconon has not decided to make contact regarding the "falsehoods".