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Gulf War Illness: Evaluation of an Innovative Detoxification Program

Principal Investigator: CARPENTER, DAVID O
Institution Receiving Award: NEW YORK, STATE UNIVERSITY OF, ALBANY
Program: GWIRP
Proposal Number: GW093066
Funding Mechanism: Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award
Partnering Awards:
Award Amount: $633,677.00
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PUBLIC ABSTRACT

Close to 700,000 U.S. military personnel served in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Within about 2 years, approximately one in four developed persistent health effects now referred to as Gulf War illness; few have since improved or recovered. A 2008 report from the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses noted that "evidence strongly and consistently indicates" that exposure to pesticides and pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills are causally associated with Gulf War illness, adding that low-level exposure to nerve agents, close proximity to oil well fires, receipt of multiple vaccines, and effects of combinations of Gulf War exposures could not be ruled out as causes of Gulf War illness.

Modern medicine has few tools to address symptoms associated with low-level exposures to toxic chemicals. A regimen developed by Hubbard utilizes elements including exercise, low heat sauna, and vitamin and mineral supplements to supplementation to repair and rebuild the body and to encourage the release of stored toxins through sweat and increased metabolism. The program is delivered on a 7-day per week schedule; on average, completion is attained within 33 days.

In the decades following its development, this therapy has been implemented to address exposure-related symptoms in a variety of populations, including street drug users and addicts; Michigan residents exposed to fire retardant accidentally sold as cattle feed; electrical workers; firefighters, residents, and workers affected by the Chernobyl disaster; and police exposed to chemicals during raids on illicit drug labs. Nearly 1,000 World Trade Center rescue workers have completed the program, with improvements in quality of life and job fitness. Published reports and clinical experience in thousands of cases have established the safety of the program.

Case histories of Gulf War veterans who have completed this program were presented at a 1999 Gulf War research conference organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the final report from the conference recommended that a treatment trial be conducted to further examine its benefits. To date, no such trial has been undertaken. The proposed research would respond to this recommendation. Its objective is to investigate the ability of this therapy to reduce symptoms and improve functional status in Persian Gulf War veterans with chronic health problems.

Improvements in fatigue and pain symptoms, quality of life, mental health, and thinking and reasoning abilities in a group of Gulf War veterans who have completed the regimen will be compared to those observed in a control group of Gulf War veterans receiving usual care who are randomly assigned to a waitlist. The control group will then undergo the program after a 4- to 6-week delay. In all, 50 veterans will participate.

A demonstration via the proposed pilot trial that persistent Gulf War symptoms can be significantly reduced and that affected veterans can regain a more normal quality of life would support future large-scale clinical trials. The data collected have the potential to enable the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and private practitioners to establish facilities around the country where this rehabilitative therapy can be provided in a cost-effective manner.

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 19:20 »
If this ongoing study were to be unbiased (there is some question about that), and were to definitively determine that the L. Ron Hubbard detox (whatever it's being called this time) does NOT effectively treat Gulf War Syndrome OR anything else, beyond what could be expected due to the placebo effect, this might be the fastest and cheapest way to put a final nail into the coffin of the Scientology purif, Narconon, and its many other names.

The concern about bias in the study is the involvement of Dr. Kathleen Kerr, Director of Narconon Canada, as a co-investigator.

The study is in progress until 2013.
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 22:14 »
Something to keep our eyes on, for sure.
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2011, 22:18 »
The concern about bias in the study is the involvement of Dr. Kathleen Kerr, Director of Narconon Canada, as a co-investigator.

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Kathleen Kerr, M.D.
Scientologist and colleague of Dr. Paul Jaconello at the Lafayette Medical Clinic in Toronto, presumably participating in the clinic's delivery of the Purification Rundown. She is described by the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education as "Medical Director of Narconon Toronto".

Paul Jaconello, M.D.
Dr. Jaconello, a Toronto physician, is a Scientologist; according to the Toronto Star, he offers the Purification Rundown to non-Scientologist patients for $250,000 a time ["Scientology 'purification' rite used by anti-addiction centres", Toronto Star, 14 June 1986]. This is hardly compatible with an unbiased assessment of the programme.

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/sci-med.htm

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Kerr, Kathleen Jennifer CPSO#: 25126

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED FROM THE DOCTOR SEARCH SECTION OF THE WEBSITE OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO WWW.CPSO.ON.CA
Date: 08/08/2011 10:31:34 PM
Doctor Information

Given Name: Kathleen Jennifer   Surname: Kerr
Former/AKA Name: No Former/AKA Name
Gender: Female
Language Fluency: ENGLISH
Primary Practice Location

Suite 608
1849 Yonge Street
Toronto ON  M4S 1Y2
Phone: (416) 489-4445    Fax: (416) 482-7719
Current Registration

Registration Class: Independent Practice

Certificate Issued On: 30 Aug 1972
Registration Status: Active Member
Effective From: 30 Aug 1972
Graduated From: University of Toronto
Year of Graduation: 1971
Specialties

None
Hospital Privileges

Women's College Hospital (Toronto)
Primary Practice Location

Suite 608
1849 Yonge Street
Toronto ON  M4S 1Y2
Canada
Phone: (416) 489-4445
Fax: (416) 482-7719
Electoral District: 10
Secondary Practice Location

Women's College Hospital
Environmental Health Clinic
76 Grenville Street
Toronto ON  M5S 1B2
Canada
County: City of Toronto
Electoral District: 10
Professional Corporation Information

This Physician has no Professional Corporations.
Terms and Conditions
(1) Dr. KATHLEEN JENNIFER KERR may practise only in the areas of medicine in which Dr. KERR is educated and experienced.
Registration History
First certificate of registration issued: Independent Practice Certificate   Effective: 30 Aug 1972
Postgraduate Training

Postgraduate training information is not available.
Current Referrals

No Current Referrals.
Special Notices

No Special Notices.
Past Findings of the Discipline or Fitness To Practise Committee

No Past Findings.
Member-reported Findings of Malpractice/Professional Negligence

No findings reported since June 4, 2009.
http://www.cpso.on.ca/docsearch/details.aspx?view=1&id=%2025126
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 18:14 »
Gulf War Illness: Evaluation of an Innovative Detoxification Program
http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/record/NCT01672710

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.

Verified June 2013 by University at Albany
Sponsor:
University at Albany
Collaborators:
Department of Defense
The Sage Colleges
Women's College Hospital, Toronto
Severna Park Health and Wellness Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David O. Carpenter, University at Albany



Tracking Information
First Received Date  ICMJE    August 15, 2012
Last Updated Date    June 28, 2013
Start Date  ICMJE    July 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date    August 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 22, 2012)    Improvement on quality of life measurement [ Time Frame: Subjects will be tested at three points in time for the experimental and four points for the control group. The investigators expect to have completed recruitment of all subjects and obtained all information at the end of no more than two years. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Qualify of life will be determined by quality of life tests given before the detoxification program, immediately after and three months after completion of the detoxification program. The hypothesis to be tested is that subjects will report a maintained improved quality of life after completion of the program.
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE    Same as current
Change History    Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01672710 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 22, 2012)    Improved performance on cognitive function tests [ Time Frame: All cognitive tests will be given at the same schedule as listed above, with tests given at four times for the control group and three for the experimental group. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Several cognitive function tests will be given before, immediately after and three months after completion of the program. The hypothesis being tested is that performance will have improved after the program.
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE    Same as current
Current Other Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 22, 2012)    Improved clinical chemistry test parameters [ Time Frame: Blood draws for clinical chemistries will be obtained at each of time points listed above. The investigators expect ot have completed recruitment of all subjects and obtained all information at the end of no more than two years. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
All subjects will have blood samples drawn for measurement of comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, complete blood count with differential and thyroid panel before, immediately after and three months after completing the program.
Original Other Outcome Measures  ICMJE    Same as current
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE    Gulf War Illness: Evaluation of an Innovative Detoxification Program
Official Title  ICMJE    Pilot Study of Application of the Hubbard Detoxification Program to Veterans With Gulf War Illness
Brief Summary    

Gulf War illness is found in about one fourth of veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War and is characterized by persistent memory and concentration problems, headaches, fatigue and muscle and joint pain. It is not known what causes the illness, but exposure to chemicals is suspected. The Hubbard detoxification program consists of exercise and sauna therapy together with administration of several dietary supplements, particularly crystalline niacin used at increasing concentrations over a period of about four weeks. The investigators hypothesize that this program will reduce symptoms, as tested by administration of cognitive and quality of life tests and serum clinical chemistry tests.
Detailed Description    

This will be a randomized controlled trial of changes in fatigue and pain symptoms, measured quality of life, mental health status, and neuro-cognitive functioning of a group of GWVs after a 4 to 6 week sauna detoxification regimen as compared to control. For control subjects we will also have a group of GWVs receiving usual care who are randomly assigned to a waitlist and who will start the intervention after a four to six week delay. The waitlist group will also take part in the baseline tests a second time just prior to their treatment 4 to 6 weeks later and a 7-day post-treatment battery of tests the same as described for the treatment group. Finally, there will be a 3-month follow-up with both the groups. The Severna Park Health and Wellness Center (SPHWC) is a commercial center that offers the Hubbard detoxification program. The investigators will contract with SPHWC to provide the program to the subjects of this study and to provide office space for the Study Coordinator, so that all components of this project except the initial Physician evaluation and blood sample acquisition can be done at the Center, not just the detoxification.

Study Variables: The investigators will examine:

    Quality of life as measured by the Veterans Short Form (SF36-V). The SF36-V also includes physical (PCS) and mental (MCS) component summary scores.
    Case status for GWI will be assessed utilizing the Kansas criteria.
    Symptoms of GWI will be measured with the Kansas Gulf War Veterans Health Project Questionnaire, the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory, and the short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire.
    Cognitive function will be measured with a battery of neurocognitive tests. These will include visual motor, memory and executive functioning as measured by the Trailmaking test, Grooved Pegboard, Wechsler Memory Abbreviated test, and the Stroop color word test. To account for potential confounding in neurocognitive testing, mental health status will be evaluated using the Symptom Checklist 90 revised and the State Trait Anxiety Inventory.
    Physical health status will be measured via standard medical examination and laboratory analyses of serum metabolic panel, lipid profile and hormones.

Sampling Method: This will be a convenience sample and will consist of Gulf War Veterans who meet the Kansas case definition for Gulf War illness and reside in the Washington/Baltimore area. The individuals who show interest in this study, who meet eligibility criteria and subsequently agree to participate will be selected to enroll in the study.

Randomization: Volunteers will be randomly assigned to a group when they enroll. One group will be the immediate experimental intervention group and one group will be the wait-list control group. Random assignment will be achieved by use of sequentially numbered, opaque, sealed envelopes. Both will undergo the detoxification protocol, but the control group will be tested twice prior to treatment.
Study Type  ICMJE    Interventional
Study Phase    Not Provided
Study Design  ICMJE    Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE    Persian Gulf War Syndrome in Veteran
Intervention  ICMJE    Other: Hubbard detoxification program
A four to six week regimen consisting of daily, supervised, mild-moderate exercise as tolerated for 20 minutes, supervised, intermittent Finnish saunas (at about 140'F) sauna time with breaks and showers, gradually increased as tolerated to approximately 4 hours, dietary supplements including immediate release niacin in gradually increasing doses from 100 mg to a maximum of 5000 mg per day, salt and water, other vitamins, minerals and oils per Hubbard protocol.
Study Arm (s)    

    Experimental: Hubbard detoxification program
    Daily mild-moderate exercise for 20 minutes, intermittent Finnish saunas at 140'F for approximately 4 hours, dietary supplements including immediate release niacin in gradually increasing doses per Hubbard protocol.
    Intervention: Other: Hubbard detoxification program
    No Intervention: Usual Care
    Veterans with Gulf War illness continue with usual medical management as required.

Publications *    Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE    Not yet recruiting
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE    50
Estimated Completion Date    August 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date    August 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE    

Inclusion Criteria:

    Any veteran of the 1990-1991 Gulf War who meets the Kansas Gulf War Illness case definition.

Exclusion Criteria:

    Veterans who meet the inclusion criteria but have been diagnosed by a physician with (1) chronic conditions (eg., cancer, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.) that are not associated with Gulf War service but can produce diverse symptoms similar to Gulf War Illness; (2) conditions that might interfere with respondents' ability to report symptoms (eg., psychiatric conditions or history of hospitalization for depression, alcohol or drug dependence; (3) pregnancy or unwillingness to use contraception.

Gender    Both
Ages    Not Provided
Accepts Healthy Volunteers    No
Contacts  ICMJE    
Contact: Crystal Grant, Ph.D    410-544-2500 ext 2246       
Location Countries  ICMJE    Not Provided
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE    NCT01672710
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE    GW093066
Has Data Monitoring Committee    Yes
Responsible Party    David O. Carpenter, University at Albany
Study Sponsor  ICMJE    University at Albany
Collaborators  ICMJE    

    Department of Defense
    The Sage Colleges
    Women's College Hospital, Toronto
    Severna Park Health and Wellness Center

Investigators  ICMJE    
Principal Investigator:    David O Carpenter, MD    University at Albany    
Information Provided By    University at Albany
Verification Date    June 2013
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01672710
First received: August 15, 2012
Last updated: June 28, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 18:48 »
The study is partially funded by Heroes Health Fund aka FASE aka Scientology. Sure, no conflict there!

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-detox-1214-20141214,0,219202.story?page=1

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2015, 00:19 »
Note that, while the address is shared with these folks:

EIN: 953711811
THE FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCEMENTS IN SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
236 W MOUNTAIN ST SUITE 105
PASADENA CA 91103-2967
PRINCIPAL OFFICER: KEITH MILLER

From their 2012 Form 990:

President/Director: Keith Miller
Director: Raquel Palmese
Director: Jack Dirmann
Director: Steve Heard
Director: Leonard Klein
Director: Ray Mellado
Director: Linda Rosen
VP/Secretary: Carl Smith
CFO: Star Olea

These are the folks actually claiming to have started the "Heroes Health Fund" (Note the common address):

EIN: 943382902
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DETOXIFICATION SPECIALISTS
C/O: ADMINISTRATOR
236 W MOUNTAIN ST STE 105
PASADENA, CA 91103-2968

From their 2012 Form 990:

President/Director: Sandra Lucas
Treasurer/Director: Ali Datardina
Trustee: Carl Smith
Trustee: James Barnes
Secretary/Director: Marie Sternquist

Extracted from 'PART III, 4a' and continued in 'Schedule O' of the 2012 Form 990
(Emphasis added. Try not to get sick while reading, and see how many "acceptable truths" and not exactly accurate statements you can find.):
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    Over the last three decades, the detoxification program developed by L. Ron Hubbard has been employed to help thousands of individuals find relief from symptoms associated with occupational and enviromental chemical exposures.

    The International Academy of Detoxification Specialists was established to assist healthcare providers, researchers, rehabilitation specialists, writers, and others working to address the human health impact of chemical exposures in understanding and implementing this program.

    This detoxification regimen involves a precise, non-invasive regimen of exercise, sauna bathing and vitamin and mineral supplements. It is designed to gradually increase the rates at which the body can both mobilize and excrete accumulated residues of chemicals and drugs.

    Since the early 1980's findings from studies, evaluations and pilot projects involving the program have been published in professional publications and peer-reviewed journals, and presented at scientific meetings and conferences. This work has firmly established its safety and its value in reducing symptoms associated with chemical exposure.

    The international conferences that the Academy has organized-in Los Angeles, Stockholm and New York-have enabled practitioners and researchers from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Russia to share their experiences with this unique rehabilitative Therapy.

    In recognition of the increased exposure risks that first responders face - whether at inner-city fires, on the battlefield, or the sites of chemical accidents - the Academy established the Heroes Health Fund (HHF) to support humanitarian projects that deliver detoxification services to uniformed service personnel exposed to toxic materials in the line of duty.

    Projects supported by the HHF in 2012 include:

    The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, established at the request of firefighters and union officials interested in bringing detoxification to men and women exposed to toxic materials during the WTC rescue and recovery operations. Since 2002, the project has served more than 1000 of these men and women, enabling them to regain quality of life and job fitness.

    The Baltimore Detoxification Project, providing humanitarian services to firefighters and veterans. The Academy provides information and guidance to this project on an ongoing basis to help it expand the scope of its services to veterans.

    The Academy supported the establishment of a facility in Raceland, Louisiana in 2011 to provide detoxification services to cleanup workers, fisherman and citizens affected by the BP oil spill, considered by some to the the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon ultra-deepwater drilling rig exploded and caught fire 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It sank two days later. Over 87 days, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil were released, the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Hundreds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment as a result of the rig explosion, oil spill, "controlled burns" on the surface of the Gulf and the extensive use of dispersants.

    The Gulf Project marked the first effort to address the health problems faced by residents in the Gulf region.

    In 2012, the Academy supported rehabilitative services for 82 Gulf residents.

    Health and symptom surveys were conducted on program participants pre- and post-detoxification. These demonstrated that the health and job fitness of those served were below population norms before the program, and above population norms following program completion. A report on the program and the results obtained was presented by the project physician at the Gulf Gathering in Fair Hope Alabama, an annual meeting of non-profit organizations, environmental justice groups and other stakeholders in preserving health and environmental quality in the Gulf region.

    The Academy continues to provide financial and technical support to the detoxification facility in Henderson, Nevada. This facility offers detoxification services free of charge to first responders, police officers, firefighters and soldiers who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the line of duty. In 2012 the Academy funded delivery to six persons through this facility.

    Other highlights:

    On a routine basis, the Academy also provides information to healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the detoxification research projects and pilot programs, and to those who are interested in establishing facilities that provide the Hubbard program.

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 08:19 »
For all that they have different rubber-stamp directors, I'm sure that it's all the same people.

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2015, 09:10 »
The only one who shows up on both lists is Carl Smith. As VP/Secretary for FASE, and Trusee for IAofDS.

What's interesting is it appears the space is actually used by several other "businesses":

Green Technology
Non-profit Organization (Note: Not on the IRS Tax Exempt List that I can find.)
236 West Mountain Street #105
Pasadena, CA 91103

Interestingly enough, according to his 'LinkedIn' profile, Keith Miller is President of FASE, and a Green Technology Publisher.

And of course there's the 'smoke and mirrors':

Heroes Health Fund
236 W. Mountain St., Suite 105
Pasadena, CA 91103

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2015, 17:30 »
Here 105-A, don't know if there's a B:
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17377577/236-W-Mountain-St-105-A-Pasadena-CA/
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Beautiful 745 SF contemporary office suite. Immediate freeway access; easy parking; Charter building service; two offices, one with block glass wall and 12' ceiling; reception area; kitchenette; private restroom; shared meeting room available by reservation; natural light; beautiful doors and finishes; top-notch building management geared to the needs of busy professionals.

Immediately adjacent to 210 freeway; close proximity to Rose Bowl.

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2015, 17:56 »
105-A went off the market a year or so ago. Loopnet seems to be the only realty outfit listing anything at 236 W. Mountain as xxx-A. I suspect it got merged into whatever space FASE/IAofDS/Green Tech was using and became just "105".
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2015, 10:33 »
Brandy Zadrozny from the Daily Beast dug in deep on this controversial study. We both have pending FOIA requests on the current progress of the clinical trial that should be released in the near future.

U.S. Pays for Scientology ‘Experiment’ on Sick Veterans
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/12/you-re-paying-for-scientology-s-gulf-war-syndrome-experiment.html

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The 30 participants in the Gulf War Illness study were evaluated before and after the treatments for reported pain, fatigue, mental-health issues, and overall quality of life. The researchers did use a kind of control for the tests, sending half of the vets home to wait for 30 days before they even started the treatment to see whether just taking the tests twice would result in health gains.

Blood samples were taken before and after the treatments—and in fact, medical experts, including the study’s lead investigator say blood tests would be the only way to accurately measure whether biomarkers of toxic exposure had actually decreased after the Purif regimen.

And yet the study does not plan to actually analyze the blood samples it has collected.

“Unfortunately, to analyze for PCBs is very expensive,” Carpenter told me. “And so there just was not enough money in the grant that we got from the DOD to do the analyses... but that’s really the ultimate test of whether this thing does what it says.”

To test the blood will cost some $90,000—additional funds that Carpenter will probably request from the DOD, depending on the success of this phase of the study. And Carpenter expects the results to be good.

/facepalm

The more we learn, the worse it gets.

Not even testing the blood is a fking joke. But the screwy control group is even more ridiculous. The obvious methodolgy they should have used there was to have the control group do the exact same sauna and exercise regimens, but NO ingestion of vitamins, cooking oil, etc. And whaddya wanna bet, removing the toxic overdoses of niacin and other supplements would have clearly shown a significant improvement in the much more healthier control group than the poor souls who are watching the general health & wellness of their liver seep through their skin.

And I won't even comment on this massive stupidity...
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Carpenter isn’t the only investigator working on the Gulf War Illness study. His co-investigator is Dr. Kathleen Kerr, a physician and lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. A longtime and prominent Scientologist, Kerr appeared in advertisements for the church in the 1980s and served as chair of Narconon Toronto’s board of directors until 2011, according to federal tax forms.

Though you won’t find those disclosures in the study’s protocol, Kerr says her religious affiliations hardly matter.

“We’ve disclosed our biases, I mean affiliations, to the Department of Defense,” Kerr said. “And they are very aware that there is a relationship to Scientology. They’ve been very helpful really, because they know it can be considered controversial.”

...Except to say one thing, the Army Med Research agency needs their balls nailed to the wall over allowing this shit to happen on tax payers dollars. And once we get the final trials results in the public domain, I'm gonna commence to hammering congress critters of several relevant subcommittees to call for a GAO investigation into WTF is going on up in thar.
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2015, 20:10 »
The link she posted does useful breakdowns on 990 numbers:
https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/943382902

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2015, 20:42 »
Dr David Carpenter (not a Scientologist but) who's been fronting this, was previously turned down for two NIH grant applications. It's probably not worth an FOIA request, but I'd love to see what NIH said when they turned him down.

Clinic's results make 9/11 responders believe October 7, 2007, Art Carey, Philadelphia Inquirer
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2015, 20:49 »
I would be interested in seeing that too. Thanks for the tip DH.

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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2015, 20:58 »
Kathleen Kerr's Selected Publications list is cringe-worthy:
http://www.dfcm.utoronto.ca/research/researchers/kkerr.htm

I wonder how many conclude that the answer is the Purification Rundown?


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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2015, 13:39 »
From the International Academy of Detoxification Specialists 2013 Form 990:

Obviously the Severna Park Health and Wellness Center. Dr. David Carpenter is apparently swimming in Scientologists without knowing it.

(Can't wait to see the 2014 Form 990.)
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Re: DOD funding research into Scientology detox programs?
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2015, 17:18 »
From the International Academy of Detoxification Specialists 2013 Form 990:

Obviously the Severna Park Health and Wellness Center. Dr. David Carpenter is apparently swimming in Scientologists without knowing it.

(Can't wait to see the 2014 Form 990.)

Really, if the DOD had just vetted these folks a little better. Politicians, researchers, and unfortunately some credible publications fall for the scientology schmooze over and over again.

Geez.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
-Dalai Lama