Skeptic News: Scientologist detox targets the victims of Agent Orange

From: The Scotsman

More han 40 years after Agent Orange was sprayed on the jungles of Vietnam to strip them of their foliage in America’s war against the Viet Cong, a controversial “detoxification” treatment is being offered to people who suffer medical conditions linked to the toxins it contained.

Sufferers are being treated with saunas and vitamins under a Church of Scientology regime which has been slammed as pseudo-science.

One group of 24 people were treated at a military hospital in Hanoi for a month, free of charge, Dau Xuan Tuong, deputy administrator at the ­Vietnam Association of Agent Orange Victims, revealed yesterday. He said 22 people had undergone the treatment in 2011 in northern Thai Binh province.

“Their health improved after the treatment, and some saw their chronic illnesses disappear,” he claimed. “We need to do more scientific research to determine its impact.”

America’s military dumped some 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides on about a quarter of former South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971, decimating about five million acres of jungle to remove the foliage that concealed enemy fighters. Dioxins in it have since been linked to birth defects, cancers and other illnesses, but the US maintains there is no evidence Agent Orange caused health problems among the Vietnamese, even though US soldiers have been compensated for ailments they say are linked to the compound.

Scientologists use the “Hubbard Method” to try to cure drug addiction and alcoholism. The church set up a centre in New York after the 9/11 attacks offering a similar service for rescuers who may have been exposed to toxins.

Scientists, have said there is no evidence the “Hubbard Method” does any good.

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