Scientologists targeting alcoholic Aborigines with 'killer' therapy - 2010-11-20

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F44.png Scientologists targeting alcoholic Aborigines with 'killer' therapy November 20, 2010, Paul Toohey, News.com.au

But the clinical nurse manager at the Tennant Creek Hospital this week advised the NT Government that the detoxification regime was dangerous and "potentially fatal" to renal patients. Renal disease is common among Aborigines in the NT.

The pamphlet gives a formula for a high dose "drug bomb" vitamin supplement to supposedly break drug dependency, which it warns can corrode the stomach and cause ulcers. It advises to take aluminium hydroxide tablets which gives adverse nervous system side-effects - to ease any upset.

The pamphlet also gives a recipe for a calcium-magnesium drink to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The Health Department believes the whole regimen could be deadly to dialysis patients by causing hypophosphataemia - low phosphate levels in already weakened people.

The hospital approached Mr Chapman and requested he not distribute the pamphlets or conduct detoxification therapy.

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{{cite news | first = Paul | last = Toohey | title = Scientologists targeting alcoholic Aborigines with 'killer' therapy | url = https://www.news.com.au/national/scientologists-targeting-alcoholic-aborigines-with-killer-therapy/news-story/bacd3b7cfea64c69710c2c6c3081417b | work = News.com.au | date = November 20, 2010 | accessdate = July 28, 2019 }}