End Dangerous Scientology Experiments on Gulf War Vets, Says Center for Inquiry (UPDATED) - 2015-08-14
The Center for Inquiry today challenged the Department of Defense's funding of dangerous pseudoscientific experiments on veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. These experiments involve the Church of Scientology's "Purif" detoxifications, a sham treatment based on religious tenets, not science. These experiments not only put desperate veterans' health at risk, but also blatantly violate the separation of church and state. CFI, which advocates for science, reason, and humanist values, will urge the Department to immediately end these experiments and investigate how they were ever approved.
Journalist Brandy Zadrozny revealed on August 12 in The Daily Beast that the Department of Defense has paid $633,677 since 2009 to fund the experimental study of a so-called "Purification Rundown," or "Purif," a religiously based "detoxification" regimen invented by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — a man with no scientific or medical training whatsoever — as a potential treatment for Gulf War Syndrome (GWS). Involving such risky methods as overexposure to saunas and massive doses of vitamins, Purif programs have in the past also been used by the Church as a recruitment tool, with promises to "remove biochemical factors inhibiting your spiritual freedom."