There is nothing wrong with the odd sauna, I used to go regularly myself years ago at my local fitness club. When I say regularly, I mean once a month. It made you feel great, like you had been washed from the inside out.However within one hour of getting back on the streets with car fumes and goodness knows what other pollutants, that feeling quickly disappeared.
I have also had the niacin flush, it affects different people differently in severity. My own niacin flush was extremely irritant and lasted for a long time. As soon as I stopped taking it, when I realized what was causing it,I have never had the problem again.This was nothing to do with scientology at all.
What bothers me with regards the Narconon programme is the false advertising from people whom are not qualified to to treat drug addicts or anyone else for that matter.There are people that have said these programs are run for hours per day, weeks and months at a time. Nobody will convince me that this is a healthy regime.Aside the fact that these people are then recruited to become scientologists.
For two weeks, David Love said he had to spend almost four hours a dayhttp://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/browse_thread/thread/fad012f71d299000http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQ3_4cCYGI&feature=relatedhttp://www.anti-scientologie.ch/narconon-social-control.htm#Failedhttp://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?t=27967http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Stop-Narconon/Personal/MichaelG/
in a sauna and swallow large amounts of vitamins and minerals each
day. He recalls having had, among other things, to take a lot of
niacin, a vitamin (B3) used to reduce a person's cholesterol level.
In a July 17, 2004 interview with the Journal de Trois-Rivières posted
on the detoxification centre's website, the director of Narconon Trois-
Rivières, Marc Bernard, described the virtues of niacin for expelling
drugs from fat cells.
"The toxins remain trapped in fatty tissues for several years," Mr.
Bernard explained. "When they are released, this is what addicts call
Asked about this practice, Dr. Lise Archibald, of the Ubald-Villeneuve
Rehabilitation Centre in Quebec City, told Le Soleil that she has
never read anything about the benefits of niacin for drug addicts.
A toxicology specialist at Quebec's National Institute of Public
Health (INSPQ), pharmacist Lyse Lefebvre, also has never heard of
niacin as an aid to combat drug addiction. However, she warns that
consuming too much vitamin B3 may cause digestive problems, aggravate
asthma, lead to a certain form of arthritis attack, and cause redness
Health Canada recommends a maximum of 500 mg of niacin per day.
Clients of Narconon and Scientologists who follow the "Purification
Rundown" ingest up to 5,000 mg per day," says David Love.
"The vitamin and sauna treatment was far from pleasant for the clients
of Narconon," recalls Mr. Love. "It was horrible. People were sick.
They vomited and had diarrhea.
There are also the deaths of Gregory Wisner, Patrick Desmond and Jocelyne Dorfman.
None of these are at the Hastings branch, but that does not mean there are none.
Amy Scobie talks about her purification rundown here;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkh2TPhoZgo&NR=1