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Montreal Physician Banned

On July 27, 2011, a Montreal Physician agreed, by way of a written accord with the Quebec College of Physicians, that the subject physician put an end to all relations with Narconon Trois-Rivieres. Following several months of investigations, including inspecting office files and records, and the opinion of an expert physician on drug dependence, the College stated:

"It was found that this physician had been in breach of several of his ethical obligations by associating himself with a drug detoxification centre administering treatment not scientifically recognized in current medical literature, by conducting an incomplete medical assessment, and keeping records of mediocre quality."

The file will also be brought to the attention of the Practice Inspection Division, which in turn, may proceed with a professional inspection visit of his office practice, if deemed necessary.

Furthermore, on August 31, 2011, the writer received a document stating that the Quebec College of Physicians Review Committee has undertaken a 90 day investigation to find cause to lodge a complaint with the disciplinary council.

Narconon Trois-Rivieres is a drug rehabilitation facility located in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and is administered by and directed by the Church of Scientology in Canada and the United States. Their Trois-Rivieres "Flagship" facility is the largest of their more than 100 rehab centers located in over 40 countries and 6 continents and has a capacity to house approximately 110 patients at one time, with a residential program fee of $30, 000.00.

The controversy surrounding this pseudoscientific treatment center has been escalating over the past two or more years with media attention and several formal complaints filed with the Quebec Human Rights Commission, Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, Labour Relations Board, Canada Competition Bureau, Quebec College of Physicians, Amnesty International, and Local and Federal Police Agencies.

The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services has mandated compulsory Certification by the Fall of 2011, with stringent guidelines and regulations that must be followed by every residential rehab facility operating in the Province of Quebec. Failure to meet or abide by these new regulations, will force them to close.

The medical practices at Narconon are looked upon by the science and medical profession as being dangerous and harmful to the patients who undergo scientology therapies and treatments. The main physical danger arises when a patient is in the "Purification Rundown", which entails a patient being given high, toxic doses of vitamins including up to 5, 000mg of Niacin. These vulnerable patients are assessed, diagnosed, monitored, and prescribed these toxic doses by unqualified Narconon staff members. Many of these patients have compromised organs; especially liver, and ingesting high doses of Niacin is contraindicated and a dangerous practice according to many physicians around the globe. Health Canada recommends only a small percentage of the 5, 00omg of Niacin given to Narconon patients; and only when a liver is healthy, with low liver enzyme counts.

Other toxic doses of vitamins A and D are also administered which may be dangerous to the person concerned.

High levels of vitamin D may lead to a sudden increase in blood calcium. This will lead to symptoms of decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting, memory loss, decreased level of consciousness progressing to coma, and in infants, mental ###ation. Kidney damage may also occur which is often not reversible on discontinuing the vitamin. Bone disease, with weakening and fractures, also occurs concomitantly. Large amounts of vitamin A may lead to severe toxicity including a rise in the pressure of the fluid surrounding the brain, leading to headaches, visual disturbances and seizures.

Several patients from Narconon Trois-Rivieres have been hospitalized, with others becoming quite ill and sick during the Narconon program.


Has this physician neglected the Hippocratic Oath to "Prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone?" AND "I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan...?"

The College of Physicians Review Committee is continuing its’ investigation and review of this case and a final decision will be on or before December 2011.

By David Edgar Love

Physician Ethics

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    Smart People TodayCharitable Status Review

    Canada Senator Speaks Out - Scientology Fraud
    For Scientology-Narconon in Canada to retain their registered charitable status, I suggest they be subject to a compulsory benefits test. Does this charitable treatment center benefit our society. A Senate Hearing may address these concerns.

    In a recent TVA Investigative Report aired on February 25, 2011, Canada Senator Celine Payette speaks out against Scientology and is asking Quebec City, as well as Ottawa, to open an investigation and review the organization's tax status. Senator Payette states, "In my view it is a for-profit organization and they are committing fraud." The Senator also states, "As far as I'm concerned, I think an investigation should be conducted. People are being exploited; people of modest means. In my opinion, money is being extorted when I see the money paid for courses."

    A Criminal Organization:

    On March 3–4, 1983, police raided the Scientology headquarters in Toronto and seized an estimated 250, 000 documents in more than 900 boxes.

    On June 25, 1992, seven members were convicted for operations against the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Church of Scientology itself was convicted on two counts of breach of the public trust: infiltration of the offices of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. The Church of Scientology was ordered to pay a $250, 000 fine. The Church of Scientology became the only Canadian religious organization to be convicted for breaching the public trust (the term 'religious organization' being used loosely; the Church of Scientology is not officially recognised by the Canadian Government as a religion).

    Scientology-Narconon is now being investigated for Exploitation of a Handicap by the Quebec Human Rights Commission. Named in the nine page formal complaint are:

    The Church of Scientology, Montreal, 4489 Papineau Street Montreal, Québec, Canada H2H 1T7; ABLECanada, 20 Carthage Ave, SCARBOROUGH, Ontario, M1R 4Y2; Narconon Trois-Rivieres, 7535 Boulevard Parent, Trois-Rivières QC, Canada; Narconon Canada (Dissolved), Narconon International, 4652 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90027, Church of Scientology International, 6331 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028, and David Miscavige, 6331 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028 In addition to the Corporate Entities, each and every Executive Director of the aforesaid is named; being responsible and accountable for the administration and directives at the rehabilitation center at Narconon Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.

    Public Benefits Test

    In Canada, Narconon Trois-Rivieres is a registered charity with all the benefits and exemptions afforded to every other charitable organization. It claims to be a public benefit by caring and treating drug addicts and alcoholics; but is this really the case? Does it benefit the general public and society as a whole, or does Narconon really do more harm than good? The controversy continues over this rehabilitation center and with the several, recent complaints filed with the Quebec Human Rights Commission, Quebec Labour Relations Board, Canada Health, Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, Quebec College of Physicians, the Canada Competition Bureau, and the Quebec Ombudsman, this controversy promises to continue far into the future for Narconon Trois-Rivieres and Scientology.

    This Narconon Trois-Rivieres Treatment Program costs $23, 000.00, plus additional costs for extra doctor visits, personal hygiene items, extra rides for appointments at a cost per ride, and other miscellaneous expenses for personal items. The cost to a parent or sponsor for a loved one sent to this facility can easily cost $25, 000.00 or more.

    The Narconon treatment and rehab program is Scientology, with all of the bells and whistles of this convicted, criminal organization. The eight books written for this program are from L. Ron Hubbard’s books on Dianetics, which is the basis for Scientology.

    So is Narconon a credible rehabilitation treatment center that benefits society or is it a money machine and recruitment facility for the Church of Scientology. With the majority of the executive staff and many of the other employees being Scientologists, and many of the new staff recruited from those who recently completed the program, the image is clear.

    There are no doctors, nurses, counsellors, or any other government recognised or certified medical professional at Narconon Trois-Rivieres. Nor are there any of these professionals at any other Narconon in Canada. The methods used to “cure” addicts and alcoholics for life, as they claim and promote, are not accepted by scientists, physicians, or the health authorities. In fact, many authorities claim that the treatment methods and practices at Narconon are unsafe and dangerous.

    I have written previous articles concerning the physical dangers and the damage this Narconon center exploited upon its victims and now I will touch briefly on the cult’s psychological abuse and deceptions.

    Their belief system is intensely focussed on our worlds doom and their group’s elite role in taking control over society. The church leader dominates the members and harnesses close control over all the member’s actions physically, sexually, and emotionally. They demonstrate extreme paranoia and outward fear of government and outsiders. It is scientology doctrine and policy to lie or violate laws if this will further the cause and survival of their group. With this cult behaviour, comes the dangers of abuse.

    When a cult group like this is in care and control over vulnerable addicts needing help, the focus is on their own group’s survival, not the intense health care these ill people so desperately want and deserve.

    Recent meetings at Senator Celine Payette's office in Ottawa and with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Trois-Rivieres, indicate these Federal and Provincial governments are taking interest and investigating the exploitation of vulnerable Canadian citizens.

    With recent news media coverage, victim’s statements, and clear and concise proclamations made by health care professionals and scientists, the tax benefits this organization now enjoys could be very short lived.

    By: David Edgar Love

    Born on the West Coast of British Columbia, David Edgar Love now resides in the Montreal area. David formed a charitable organization in 1990 and was the Director of a rehabilitation center for substance abuse. He then completed a University of British Columbia Real Estate Course and was employed as a Realtor and Sub-Mortgage Broker for more than six years. David's life is fulfilled doing research on public safety, culture, disease and illness, and strives to help persons with human rights and freedoms issues.

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