The paper is: Drug residues store in the body following cessation of use: Impacts on neuroendocrine balance and behaviour – Use of the Hubbard sauna regimen to remove toxins and restore health published in Medical Hypotheses (2007) 68,868–879 by Marie Cecchini and Vincent LoPrestiI have made [a blog post here https://scicrit.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/a-scientific-paper-about-narconon-financed-by-the-church-of-scientology-and-written-by-scientologists-what-could-go-wrong/ about this insult to medical research. It was financed by 'The Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education' a Scientology front group, and its principal author (Marie Cecchini) is a Scientologist. These conflicts of interest are carefully concealed.The journal Medical Hypotheses does not publish research, but provides a forum for speculative theories. The standard of evidence required is consequently extremely low.While the paper looks almost respectable when you can only access the abstract, the full text reveals just how bad the reasoning and evidence presented really is, and needs to be more widely available.
The paper in my post was, indeed, published in 2006 and I have edited the text accordingly.I am, for some reason, not good at accurately copying numbers. Thanks for spotting it.I came across the scathing comments on the paper about the world trade center rescue workers (which were in the form of a letter to editor of the publishing journal) while googling the background to the paper in my post. The author of this letter not only knowledgeably critiqued the science, but also pointed pointed out the conflict of interest that was sufficient, reason, on its own, for the journal to decline publication. I can't help but wonder how many journals these papers were submitted to until they found one which had an off day, and did not do its research. "Chemosphere" redeemed itself by publishing the letter which you link to. "Medical Hypotheses" still does not seem to have noticed that it was used for propaganda purposes.
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