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Clear Body, Clear Mind is a book published in 1990 by The Church of Scientology's publishing house Bridge Publications. It is credited to L. Ron Hubbard although it was published years after his death, and largely is a modified reprint of text from previous works. Scientologist actress Kelly Preston has been a major endorser of the book. [1] [2]

Purification RundownEdit

Main article: Purification Rundown

The book mainly deals with Hubbard's Purification Rundown, which consists of a "combination of exercise, vitamins, nutrition and sauna use," which purportedly "dislodges drug residues and other toxins from the fatty tissues so that these substances can then be eliminated from the body." [3] While it is heavily promoted as a health regimen within Scientology, and in Scientology's rehabilitation program Narconon, the procedure is viewed as dangerous by most medical professionals, as it calls for saunas and vitamins far in excess of what medical professionals consider safe levels.[4]

The program was originally touted by Hubbard in the 1950s as a way of "curing" radiation burns and giving humans immunity against nuclear radioactivity. These pseudoscientific claims were later minimized by the Church of Scientology, and ultimately erased from books like All About Radiation after Hubbard's death.

Medical claimsEdit

Hubbard claims to have been the discoverer of the "acid flashback" phenomenon, in which LSD is said to lodge itself in tissues and re-enter the bloodstream years later. He claims to have made this discovery "In the 1970s, working with cases of individuals who had been drug users". (pg. 23, 1990 hardcover edition)

Scientology's official website says of the book:

"Pesticides, solar radiation, drug and environmental toxins have become increasingly pervasive in today’s society. They damage not just your health, but your personality and your ability to think clearly. Clear Body, Clear Mind -'The Effective Purification Program', by L. Ron Hubbard, details his groundbreaking discoveries in this field. Discover the world’s only all-natural, proven program to eliminate drug and toxic residues lodged in the fatty tissues of your body. Over 250,000 have done this program with spectacular success." [3]

Sources for the Church's claims of "Over 250,000" spectacular successes are not given.

In an article by investigative journalists Lari Bishop and Sarah Hughes, it was reported:

"The church supplied us a report entitled "Summaries of Published Papers Regarding the Hubbard Detoxification Method." But of the seven journal articles listed, three were co-authored by Megan Shields, a doctor who wrote the introduction to Clear Body Clear Mind and has close ties to the church.

Another cited article did not show up on two major indexes of medical journals which we examined. MedLine, an on-line database, draws from 3,500 of the most important medical journals, and Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory contains information on 165,000 serials published throughout the world. The three other journal entries on the church's list did not appear on MedLine, but were listed in Ulrich's." [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. Bridge Publications official website [1]
  2. Church of Scientology official site[2]
  3. What is the Purification Program?. Basic Facts About the Scientology Religion. Retrieved on 2006-06-21.
  4. Narconon detoxification, a critical view

References Edit

External linksEdit

Scientology bibliography
Dianetics: Dianetics, the Original Thesis | Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health | Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science | Notes on the Lectures | Science of Survival | Child Dianetics | Self Analysis | Advanced Procedure and Axioms | Dianetics 55!
Scientology: Handbook for Preclears | A History of Man | Scientology: 88 | Scientology: 8-80 | Scientology 8-8008 | The Creation of Human Ability | The Phoenix Lectures | Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought | Have You Lived Before This Life | A New Slant on Life | Introduction to Scientology Ethics | Mission Into Time | Scientology 0-8
E-meter: The Book Of E-Meter Drills | Introducing The E-Meter | E-Meter Essentials
Other: How to Live Though an Executive | The Problems of Work | Hymn of Asia | All About Radiation | The Way to Happiness | Clear Body, Clear Mind
Not by L. Ron Hubbard : Fundamentals of Scientology | Child Scientology | Dianetics Today | Brainwashing | Electropsychometry | The Hubbard Electrometer | This Is Life | Sanity for the Layman | Miracles for Breakfast | How to Choose Your People | Ups and Downs