The Narconon drug rehab program has been the subject of dozens of studies and surveys over the past 40+ years, and they have found that the program is effective at helping drug addicts to achieve a stable and lasting recovery, with rates of success that compare very favorably with other rehab programs. The sauna detoxification step of the program has been the focus of a great deal of this research, and it has been studied in applications outside of the Narconon program. The sauna detox is more formally known as the Hubbard Method, named for its developer, researcher L. Ron Hubbard. In addition to being used as a detox system for the Narconon program, the Hubbard Method has also been successfully applied as a way to help victims of toxic chemical exposure. In the November/December 1989 issue of the Archives of Environmental Health, we find an example of this, in a study published with the title “Neurobehavioral Dysfunction in Firemen Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Possible Improvement after Detoxification.”
For background on the study results, we learn that a group of 14 firemen had been exposed to PCBs, a highly toxic type of chemical which is a known pollutant and which has been linked to cancer. The crew had been called to the scene of a transformer explosion, and as they were fighting the ensuing fire they were exposed to PCBs and their byproducts. As a result of this exposure, they were found to suffer from a variety of symptoms which were not affecting their fellow crew members who had not been on the scene of the incident. It was determined that the symptoms suffered by the group of 14 were caused by PCB exposure. Untreated, the firefighters could expect to continue living with these symptoms for years into the future, and would have been like countless other firemen who have developed permanent disabilities in return for their willingness to sacrifice it all to safeguard the lives of others. Fortunately, they were contacted by the group of researchers who were performing the 1989 study, and were given the opportunity to take part in a program to test out the effectiveness of the Hubbard Method. The sauna detox had already been in use for years on the Narconon program and in other applications, and based on the results that had been produced in those areas researchers were looking for other ways to put the program to use in order to improve the lives of people whose health had been jeopardized by toxic chemicals.
Firefighters Recover from Chemical Toxicity through Detox Program
The symptoms which the 14 firefighters were complaining of following their exposure to PCBs included irritability, headaches, impaired balance, aching joints, muscular weakness and fatigue. In addition to these symptoms, the firefighters were subjected to a series of neurophysiological and neuropsychological tests which found that they had suffered a number of impairments of their cognitive abilities, including the capacity to recall images and stories and to identify block designs and embedded figures, and their reaction time had also been slowed.
Follow-up tests after the completion of the Hubbard Method treatment found good news, that the firefighters had substantially recovered. It happens too often that a person will live for the rest of their life with the effects of chemical exposure, but the Hubbard Method used in Narconon and elsewhere offers a way out of this trap and an opportunity to make a fresh start free from toxic chemical burden. The program has been used in tens of thousands of cases since its development, and has changed countless lives for the better.