This article, excerpted from L. Ron Hubbard’s book Clear Body, Clear Mind, announced the release of a revolutionary breakthrough in the battle against the physical and spiritual effects of drugs and other toxins.
Called the Purification Program within the Church of Scientology, it is the culmination of Mr. Hubbard’s research and discoveries to eliminate the devastating effects of drugs and toxins. It is also delivered in the secular world to tens of thousands as New Life Detoxification.
The planet has hit a barrier that prevents any widespread social progress: drugs and other toxic substances.
These can put people into a condition that not only prohibits and destroys physical health, but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.
My major work since the late 1930s has consisted of research into the nature and spirit of Man. The resultant discoveries made possible the development of specific technologies to assist Man to find out who he is and where he is going. They have opened the door to levels of mental achievement and spiritual freedom that many have dreamed of throughout the centuries but rarely believed attainable.
Such studies could not advance by ignoring Man’s concern with his physical problems. Thus some of my earliest research was carried out in the fields of nutrition, vitamin therapy, the effects of radiation, drugs and other related factors.
Since the early ’50s, I have known that it was a mistake to expect any stable personal improvement in someone who has been on drugs until the effects of the drugs have been handled. If the person is still on drugs, attempts to help him will have little lasting effect. The drugs trap him.
The problem was not a widespread one in 1950, but by 1960 drug use had become far more common. And as the ’60s progressed, the explosion of drug usage became planetwide.
Given the increasing devastation wrought by drugs, an immediate resolution was required. So I embarked upon more extensive research into the effects of drugs on the body, mind and spirit.
The result was the Purification Program.
The program is based on data gathered in a pilot program and on a number of fundamental principles discovered in my decades of study of Man’s ability to improve his condition. Since its release in 1979, reports of resounding benefits from its precise application have been received, exceeding even the original expectations.
This book has been written, therefore, in response to numerous requests that the theory and technology of the Purification Program be published broadly. It includes, in brief, a chronicle of my research, theories and discoveries that form the basis for the program.
If the Purification Program can be used to salvage even a part of a civilization sick from the onslaught of drugs and other toxic substances, then perhaps there is hope for all of that civilization.