Although L. Ron Hubbard long recognized what drugs potentially spelled in terms of human misery, it was the so-called psychedelic revolution of the 1960s that prompted his most intensive work in the rehabilitation arena. His reasoning was simple—no one can be spiritually free if chained to a chemical substance. Not only did drug abuse endanger one’s health, but also one’s learning rate, attitudes, personality and overall mental acuity.
As Mr. Hubbard researched drugs through the late 1970s, an insidious problem came to light: even years after quitting drugs and repairing all immediate damage, the former user remained at risk, and gravely so.
Central to the problem lay what Mr. Hubbard identified as tiny residues of previously ingested drugs lodged in fatty tissues. Liable to activate at any time, it is these residues that account for what is commonly termed the flashback and prove especially disturbing to those who experimented with LSD. Indeed, even years after ingestion, former drug users have found themselves on horrifying and unpredictable trips. Moreover, as Mr. Hubbard next discovered, street drugs were not the only detrimental substances to lodge in the fatty tissues. In fact, virtually every kind of drug, chemical poison, preservative, pesticide and industrial waste that we regularly ingest can likewise embed in the body and do us harm.
In answer to what he rightfully described as a biochemical crisis, Mr. Hubbard developed a complete program to counter it. It is most comprehensively explained in the book Clear Body, Clear Mind and utilizes an exact regimen of exercise, sauna and nutritional supplements. This, then, is the appropriately named Purification Program and intended to bring about detoxification, actually removing drug residuals from the fatty tissues.
To be sure, according to numerous studies, the Purification Program is the only means of ridding drug residues from fatty tissues. It has factually redefined the parameters of environmental medicine. For whereas physicians previously treated only symptoms of toxic accumulation—including exhaustion, memory lapse and nausea—suddenly they were equipped to treat the underlying source of the problem. In consequence, many of those completing the program not only report improved perceptions, but also maintain they are generally happier, more energetic, mentally alert and altogether better disposed. Hence, the corollary reports of dramatically improved personal relationships and, in short, a recovery of what Mr. Hubbard so memorably described as: “…some of the happiness, some of the sincerity and some of the love and kindness with which he was created.”