The small town of Semic had for decades been celebrated as being the birthplace of the Slovenian resistance to the Nazis in World War II, and as such it held a special place in the national consciousness of what was then Yugoslavia. Suddenly, however, the late 1980s saw the people of Semic being treated as potentially disposable. Health care was being rationed out to them on an as-needed basis, at a time when a large percentage of the population was suffering from severe symptoms and required extensive — and costly — testing for conditions that were difficult to diagnose and harder to treat. People in Semic were found to have higher rates of infertility as well as symptoms including:
- Loss of mental acuity
- Concentration disabilities
- Sleep disturbances
- Chronic respiratory disturbances
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Neurological disturbances
- Joint pains
- Flu-like symptoms
As mentioned above, medical treatments were not found to bring about any marked alleviation of symptoms and the costs of testing and examination were placing a heavy burden on the town’s public health budget and the nation’s social health care system. So people in Semic were being given less than they needed in terms of health care, and were starting to feel betrayed by a nation which had previously celebrated them for their contributions in the recent past to liberating the country from invaders.
What was causing all the illness among the people of Semic? It was exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and a number of other chemicals, which were in use at the factory which was the mainstay of the local economy. More than 20% of the people in Semic worked at the factory, where inadequate safety equipment left them exposed directly to the chemicals, and conditions such as only a casual separation between eating areas and work areas only served to increase that exposure. People living in the area also suffered due to the release of airborne particles of the chemicals as well as contamination of the soil and water in the region due to dumping by the factory.
A Story of Recovery from Chemical Exposure with the Hubbard Method
One woman who lived in the area and had been working at the factory for nearly 20 years was among those who had developed serious symptoms, including even a blue-green discharge from her breasts which occurred on a daily basis for more than 10 years. Her doctors could not identify a specific cause for her illness, and were not successful in treating it until one suggested that she could benefit from the Hubbard method. This is the same detoxification regimen which is used on the Narconon drug rehab program, and it is also commonly used to help treat those who have suffered other types of occupational or environmental chemical exposure.
As detailed in a 1989 report titled “Occupational, Environmental, and Public Health in Semic: A Case Study of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Pollution,” the woman from Semic did undergo treatment with the Hubbard method, and she was elated at the outcome. Upon testing, it was found that her levels of PCB in her body had reduced by 60%, and her symptoms alleviated, including a cessation of the blue-green emission she was experiencing before.
Following this success, a team of researchers ran 11 more people from Semic through the Hubbard detoxification program, and found similarly impressive results. People who had been exposed to dangerous chemicals in the course of trying to make a living or because they lived near the factory now had the opportunity to recover from that exposure and to make a fresh start physically. Rather than having to continue undergoing extensive testing and treatment, which was costly but ineffective, they were able to cleanse their bodies and put an end to the effects of their toxic exposure.