Visual Explanation of the Program Described in the Book Clear
Body Clear Mind:
The Purification Program, by L. Ron Hubbard
Overview of the Program Described in the Book Clear Body
The planet has hit a barrier which prevents
any widespread social progressdrugs and other biochemical
These can put people into a condition
which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but
which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual
That's the situation today.
We live in a biochemical society.
Bio means "life; of living things."
(It is from the Greek word bios, which means "life"
or "way of life.")
Chemical means "of or having
to do with chemicals." And chemicals are the substances,
simple or complex, which are the building blocks of matter.
By biochemical is meant "the
interaction of life forms and chemical substances."
Toxic substance is a term which
has been used to describe drugs, chemicals, or any substance
shown to be poisonous or harmful to an organism. The word toxic comes from the Greek word toxikon which
originally meant a poison in which arrows were dipped.
The human body is made up of certain
exact chemicals and chemical compounds, and complex chemical
processes go on continuously within it. Some substances,
such as nutrients, air and water, are vital to the continuation
of these processes and for maintaining the body's health.
Some substances are relatively neutral when entered into
the body, causing neither benefit nor damage. Toxic substances are those which upset the body's normal chemical
balance or interfere with its chemical processes. Some of
them can wreak havoc, blocking or perverting vital body
functions and making the body ill or even killing it.
Detoxification would be the action
of removing a poison or a poisonous effect from something
(such as from one's body).
Toxins in Abundance
There has been an enormous volume of
material written on the subject of toxic substances, their
reported effects and the prospects for their handling. Examples
abound in publications and news reports.
Unfortunately, the current environment
is becoming permeated with these life-hostile elements.
Drugs, radioactive wastes, pollutants and chemical agents
of various types are all a part of the scene and, apparently,
more and more prevalent as time goes on.
According to studies, even some of the
things that are put in a can of peas or a can of soup are
to be considered toxic. They are preservatives and the action
of a preservative is to impede decay. Yet digestion and
cellular action are based on decay. In other words, those
things might be great for the manufacturer as they preserve
his product, but they could be very bad for the consumer.
It is not that I am on a food faddism kick or a kick against
preservatives; the point is that man is surrounded by toxins.
This one example alone (preservatives in foods) is an example
of the degree to which one can be confronted with toxic
substances in the course of daily living.
And with the enemies of various countries
using widespread drug addiction as a defeatist mechanism,
with nations vying with each other in the manufacture and
testing of nuclear weapons (and so increasing the amount
of radioactive material free in the environment), with painkillers
and sedatives so easily available and with the increased
use of industrial and agricultural chemicals, to say nothing
of the substances developed for chemical warfare, we face
a growing problem.
Putting it quite bluntly, this society,
at this time, is riddled with toxic substances.
To briefly point out certain data regarding
those substances which pose a threat to individuals and
to society at large will bring the biochemical situation
more clearly into focus.
Research has demonstrated that the single
most destructive element present in our current culture
The acceleration of widespread use of
drugs such as LSD, heroin, cocaine, "angel dust," marijuana
and a long list of others has contributed heavily to a debilitated
society. Reportedly, some of these can cause brain and nerve
damage. Marijuana, for example, so favored by college students
who are supposed to be getting bright today so they can
be the executives of tomorrow, has been reported capable
of causing brain atrophy. Even school children have been
shoved into drugs. And children of drug-taking mothers have
been born as druggies.
I have even established that there is
such a thing as a "drug personality." It is artificial and
is created by drugs. Drugs can apparently change the attitude
of a person from his original personality to one secretly
harboring hostilities and hatreds he does not permit to
show on the surface. While this may not hold true in all
cases, it does establish a link between drugs and increasing
difficulties with crime, production and the modern breakdown
of social and industrial culture.
The devastating physiological effects
of drugs are the subject of newspaper headlines routinely.
That they also result in a breakdown of mental alertness
and ethical fiber is all too obvious.
The drug scene is planetwide. It is
swimming in blood and human misery.
But, vicious and damaging though they
are, street drugs are actually only one part of the biochemical
Medical and Psychiatric Drugs
Medical and most particularly psychiatric
drugs (Valium, Librium and LSD to name but a few) can be
every bit as damaging as street drugs. The prevalence of
these currently in common use would be quite amazing to
one unfamiliar with the problem.
Phenobarbital (under various brand names
like Luminal and Nembutal) and other such drugs are often
administered as though they were a panacea for all ills.
As early as 1951 many persons had become so accustomed to
their daily dosage of sleeping pills or painkillers that
they did not consider their little pills as drugs. More
recently the drug Valium has taken its place among the tranquilizers
so frequently employed. But this by no means completes the
Too often the attitude is "If I can't
find the cause of the pain, at least I'll deaden it." In
the case of one mentally ill, this might read, "If he can't
be made rational, at least he can be made quiet."
Unfortunately, it is not recognized
that a person whose pain has been deadened by a sedative
has himself been deadened by the same drug, and is much
nearer the ultimate pain of death. It should be obvious
that the quietest people in the world are the dead.
Commercial Processes and Products
In recent years much research has been
done on the potential toxic effects of many of the substances
commonly used in various commercial processes and products,
and to what extent they may be finding their way into the
bodies of this planet's inhabitants. Following are a few
examples of what this research has brought to light.
Industrial Chemicals: Under this
heading exists a vast array of chemicals that are used in
manufacturing. Not all such chemicals are toxic, of course.
But workers in factories which produce or use such things
as pesticides, petroleum products, plastics, detergents
and cleaning chemicals, solvents, plated metals, preservatives,
drugs, asbestos products, fertilizers, some cosmetics, perfumes,
paints, dyes, electrical equipment, or any radioactive materials
can be exposed, often for extended periods, to toxic materials.
And of course, the consumer can be exposed to residual amounts
of such chemicals when he uses these products.
Agricultural Chemicals: Pesticides
are the most obvious of the toxic substances to which workers
in agricultural activities could be exposed. These include
insecticides (insect-killing chemicals), man-made fertilizers
and herbicides (chemicals to kill unwanted plants such as
Under the heading of herbicides come
several which contain a substance known as "dioxin," known
to be a highly toxic chemical, even in amounts almost too
small to detect in the body. (Dioxin is found in "Agent
Orange," a chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. This
chemical was the subject of considerable publicity when
it was found that some US soldiers were exposed to it, apparently
with varying adverse effects.)
Contact with chemicals used in agriculture
can occur in a number of ways: The chemical can be carried
on or in the plant itself and so eaten; it can be carried
on the wind and be breathed in directly by those living
or working in agricultural areas; or it can even be carried
into drinking water supplies.
Food, Food Additives and Preservatives: There are substances added to some commercially processed
foods that are meant to "enhance" color or flavor or, as
mentioned above, to keep the food from spoiling. Also becoming
more common are various artificial sweeteners used in "diet"
soft drinks and other commercially packaged foods. From
research on these "enhancers" and "preservers," it appears
that a number of them are quite toxic, and the whole subject
of food additives and preservatives has become a matter
of concern to many people.
There is another side to this matter
of food. Research findings point to the possibility that
rancid oils are a health hazard of a magnitude not previously
suspected. Oils used in cooking or commercial processing
of foods, where they are not fresh, pure and free of rancidity,
have been linked by researchers with digestive and muscular
ills, and even cancer.
Perfumes and Fragrances: Use
of perfumes and fragrances in all sorts of products has
become more and more prevalent in recent years. Everything
from clothing to laundry detergent, from cellophane tape
to wrapping paper is turning up with fragrance added to
it. And that fragrance is almost always a cheap chemical
derivative, an extract of coal tar which probably costs
about 10 cents a fifty-gallon drum. Findings seem to bear
out that these chemicals, floating about in the local supermarket
as "fragrances," are actually toxic and can end up
in the food products sold there. And when you get a mouthful
of this stuff it is no aid to digestion, believe me!
Radiation: You've no doubt seen
in news publications that contact with radiation can occur
through exposure to nuclear weapons tests or the radioactive
particles they can release into the atmosphere, nuclear
wastes, or to some manufacturing processes which use radioactive
materials. There are other sources of radiation exposure,
too: prolonged exposure to the sun, dental and medical x-rays,
television sets and unshielded computer display screens
are among them.
Recent research has been done into a
naturally occurring radioactive gas known as radon. It is
a product of the decay of another radioactive element, radium,
which has been found to be present in minute amounts in
the ground and in many building materials such as concrete,
brick and gravel. Apparently, tiny amounts of radon gas
can escape from the surfaces of such materials and thus
be present in the air and inhaled. If ventilation is not
provided for, the radon content of the air in a building
can reportedly reach 50 to 100 times the level found outdoors.
These factors are all part of
the biochemical problem.
Any of these substances reportedly has
the potential of remaining in the system.
This compounds the biochemical problem
and presents a barrier of magnitude.
The most likely place for a toxic substance
to lock up is in the fatty tissue. It has been said that
in middle age and past middle age, a body's ability to break
down fat lessens. So here we have, apparently, a situation
of toxic substances locked up in fatty tissue and the fatty
tissue is not actually getting broken down, and so such
toxic substances could accumulate.
My interest in these somewhat brutal
truths was not born only of an objective to resolve the
physical ills of individuals. Rather, it was a continuation
of my initial research involving the freeing of man as a
spirit and handling, on this route, any barriers needing
to be resolved.
The Purification program is a proffered
answer to the barrier we call the biochemical problem. It
could be called a "long-range detoxification program." While
it is addressed primarily to the handling of drug residues
lodged in the body, it is possible that there are many toxic
substances which the body accumulates which the program
may accelerate getting rid of.
My concern in developing the Purification
program has not been with handling bodies. My research for
many, many years has been carried out with the purpose of
freeing man spiritually. My original inquiry was into the
nature of man and the bulk of my work has always addressed
man as a spiritual being. When barriers to this have arisen,
those barriers have merited further research and resolution.
The Purification program was developed
to meet a growing threat to mental and spiritual advancement
and well-being stemming from the more and more common use
of drugs and biochemical substances in the current culture.
Its procedures do not supplant technology
developed earlier, used especially in Narconon drug rehabilitation
centers for handling persons currently on drugs and apt
to experience withdrawal symptoms when taken off them. The
Purification program would be begun only after such technology
There are no medicines or drugs used
on the Purification program. The only dosages recommended
are those classified as food. There are no medical recommendations
or claims made for the program. The only claim is future
The data contained herein is a record
of researches and results noted; it cannot be construed
as a recommendation for medical treatment or medication,
and it is undertaken or delivered by any individual on his
If the Purification program can be used
to salvage even a part of a civilization sick from the onslaught
of drugs and other toxic substances, then perhaps there
is hope for all of that civilization.
The Development of the Purification Program
What is the Purification program?
To state it simply, it is a program
developed to assist in releasing and flushing out of the
body the accumulated toxic residues which may be lodged
in the tissues, while also rebuilding the impaired tissues
What is its genesis?
Discovery that LSD Can Lodge in the System
In the 1970s, working with cases of
individuals who had been drug users, and in a study of their
physical symptoms and behavioral patterns, I made a startling
People who had been on LSD at some earlier
time sometimes had reactions which appeared to act as if
they had just taken more LSD!
As it has been stated that it takes
only one millionth of an ounce of LSD to produce a drugged
condition and because it is basically wheat rust, which
simply cuts off circulation, my original thinking on this
was that LSD must remain in the body.
In other words:
LSD apparently stays in the system,
lodging in the tissues, and mainly the fatty tissues of
the body, and is liable to go into action againgiving
the person unpredictable "trips"even years after the
person has come off LSD.
This was an observable phenomenondramatically
In the face of this discovery, was it
then also possible that residues of other drugs could lock
up in the system and at some point reactivate with similar,
if less dramatic, effect?
And if so, how did one then ever fully
free people from the effects of drugs? Were they simply
doomed thereafter to be at the effect of drugs whenever
these residues chanced to reactivate?
What of the other debilitating effects
of the presence of these drug residues? It was known that
drugs burn up vitamin reserves. What other physical consequences
might stem from the hidden presence of such drug deposits?
One could not ignore the possibility
that, even when "dormant"if that expression can indeed
ever be used for a toxic substancethey might be highly
damaging to the organism.
And what of the potential spiritual
and mental growth of individuals so affected? For it was
also an observable fact that one was faced with some unchanging
characteristics in a certain number of these cases, even
when much of the mental and spiritual trauma of drug experiences
had apparently been relieved. Among these characteristics
was a "woodenness" of personality and a noticeable difficulty
in the ability to absorb and comprehend or retain and apply
new datain other words, an impaired ability to learn
What was the answer to these cases?
No known method existed for ridding
the body of these minute drug deposits which, locked as
they were in the tissues, were not totally dispelled in
the normal processes of elimination.
The answer obviously did not lie in
attempting to handle with more drugs or biochemicals which
would only compound the situation.
But could a method be evolved to dislodge
and flush them out, thereby freeing the person for full
rehabilitation physically as well as mentally and spiritually?
The Original "Sweat Program"
Operating on the premise that the negative
factors observed might be reversed if there were a means
of getting LSD deposits out of the system, and that the
most logical method to accomplish this would be to sweat
them out, I worked out and released in 1977 a regimen called
"The Sweat Program." Utilized mainly by those who had been
heavily into drugs, particularly LSD, the procedure produced
positive results. With it, evidences of the release of residues
of other types of street drugs began to appear.
The regimen was a lengthy process, however,
taking months to complete. A refinement and speed-up was
Discovery of Other Embedded Toxins
Using data and proven theories from
earlier researches over the years, development was begun
of a more comprehensive program, broader nutritionally and
From its earliest application another
factor emerged which tended to support the theories upon
which this new program was based: persons on the research
program were reporting the apparent exudation of substances
other than just street drugssubstances smelling or
tasting or feeling like medicines, anesthetics, diet pills,
food preservatives, pesticides and any number of other chemical
preparations in common use!
The list included not only LSD, heroin,
cocaine, marijuana and "angel dust," but many other biochemical
substancesmedicinal and pharmaceutical drugs such
as aspirin and codeine, as well as commercial and agricultural
and industrial chemicals.
These same persons were also experiencing,
in mild form, some of the sensations of old sunburns, past
illnesses and injuries and other past conditions, both physical
Thus it seems that residues of any
or all of these hostile biochemical substances apparently
have the potential of remaining in the system, getting caught
up in the tissues and remaining there, unsuspected, even
after they have supposedly been eliminated from the body
Their accumulation, unhandled, probably
disarranges the biochemistry and fluid balance of the body.
This was my early thinking on the subject.
It was now being borne out by further research, as more
and more manifestations occurred. (It has also since been
borne out by clinical tests and by medical autopsies which
have found deposits of certain drugs embedded in body tissues.)
With the ongoing research, all indicators
were that these substances were being flushed out as people
progressed on the program. And these same individuals were
reporting that they felt a new vigor, a renewed vitality
and interest in life. With a large number of people coming
successfully through the regimen the research was completed.
The Purification program was released.
Elements of the Purification Program
The Purification program is a precisely
It includes the following elements:
Exercise, in the form of running,
to stimulate the circulation.
Prescribed periods in a sauna,
which, accompanied by certain vitamins and other nutrients,
enable one to sweat out the accumulated toxins.
A nutritional program, including:
One's regular diet which is then supplemented
with plenty of fresh vegetables which are not overcooked.
An exact regimen of vitamin, mineral
and oil intake.
Sufficient liquids to offset the loss
of body fluids through sweating.
A properly ordered personal schedule
which provides the person with the normally required amount
These are not unfamiliar actions to
the majority of us.
How then can they accomplish what they
apparently do? Why this particular set of actions? How is
it that these elements, combined, might accomplish what
no one of them apparently, singly or even in other combinations,
has accomplished heretofore?
While the procedures to be followed
are not unusual, the answers to these questions lie in the
very exact combination of the elements which make up the
program, in the properties of the nutrients used in specific
increments and in the increased proportions of these in
exact ratio to each other, as laid out in detail in the
book Clear Body, Clear Mind.
There is a warning which should be stressed
in any description of this program. That is, simple and
familiar as the outlined actions may appear:
They must be followed exactly for the
best possible results.
Because of the technical nature of the
program, and because it is a strenuous program it must only
be undertaken after a physical examination and written approval
from an advised medical doctor.
Anyone with a weak heart or who is anemic
or who suffers from certain kidney conditions, for example,
should not do this program but would require a similar but
special program of a milder nature.
Additionally, while doing the program
people have reported re-experiencing various effects
of past drugs, medicine, alcohol or other stimulants or
sedativesincluding full-blown drug "trips." For this
reason, and for its success on any individual, it is best
done under the close supervision of persons trained and
experienced in its administration.
Also, even with this tight supervision,
one does not do the actions by himself but always carries
these out accompanied by a partner.
How the Purification Program Works
How does the Purification program work?
Running is done to get the blood circulating
deeper into the tissues where toxic residuals are lodged
and thus act to loosen and release the accumulated harmful
deposits and get them moving.
Very important, then, is that the running
is immediately followed by sweating in the sauna to flush
out the accumulations which have now been dislodged.
Regular nutrition and supplemental nutrition
in the form of megavitamin and mineral dosages and extra
quantities of oil are a vital factor in helping the body
to flush out toxins and to repair and rebuild the areas
that have been affected by drugs and other toxic residuals.
A proper schedule with enough rest is
mandatory, as the body will be undergoing change and repair
throughout the program.
These actions, carried out on a very
stringently monitored basis, are apparently accomplishing
a detoxification of the entire system, to the renewed health
and vigor of the individual.
There is a more in-depth view to be
taken of the entire process, however.
A person who has taken drugs, in addition
to the physical factors involved, retains mental image
pictures of those drugs and their effects. Mental image
pictures are three-dimensional color pictures with sound
and smell and all other perceptions, plus the conclusions
or speculations of the individual. They are mental copies
of one's perceptions sometime in the past. For example,
a person who had taken LSD would retain "pictures" of that
experience in his mind, complete with recordings of the
sights, physical sensations, smells, sounds, etc., that
occurred while he was under the influence of LSD.
Let us say an individual took LSD one
day while at a fairground with some friends, and the day's
experiences included feeling nauseated and dizzy, getting
into an argument with a friend, feeling an emotion of sadness,
and later feeling very tired. He would have mental image
pictures of that entire incident.
Such mental image pictures can be reactivated
by drug residuals, as the presence of these drugs in the
tissues of the body can simulate the earlier drug experiences.
This is known as restimulation: the reactivation
of a past memory due to similar circumstances in the present
approximating circumstances of the past.
Using the above example of the person
who took LSD, sometime laterperhaps years afterwardthe
residuals of the drug that are still in his body tissues
can cause a restimulation of that LSD incident. The mental
image pictures are reactivated, and he experiences the same
sensations of nausea, dizziness and tiredness, and he feels
sad. He does not know why. He might also perceive mental
images of the persons he was with and the accompanying sights
and sounds and smells.
Therefore, on the Purification program
we are looking at two things: one, the actual drugs and
toxic residuals in the body (and medical autopsies have
shown that they are there); and two, the mental image pictures
of the drugs and the mental image pictures of one's experiences
with these drugs.
These two factors are hung upone
playing against the other, in perfect balance. What the
person is feeling is the two conditions, one of them the
actual presence of the drug residuals, the other the mental
image pictures relating to them.
Probably the reason why the Purification
program works is that it handles the one side of itthe
accumulated toxic residualsand thus fixes the person
up so that the other side, the mental image picture side
of it, is no longer in constant restimulation. It is as
simple as that.
What, among other things, is happening
on the Purification program is that you cause an upset of
this perfect balance. Suddenly the balance isn't there anymore
so you don't get the cross reaction anymore. The harmful
and restimulative chemical residues have been flushed outthey're
gone. This does not mean the mental image pictures are gone.
But they are no longer in restimulation and they're not
being reinforced by the presence of drug residuals.
By breaking up the balance of these
two and handling the one side of it on the Purification
program we are restoring the person to better physical health
and freeing him up as well for mental and spiritual gain.
A "Long-Range Detoxification" Program
Drug residues can stop any mental help.
They also stop a person's life! While originally addressed
primarily to the handling of the accumulation of drugs in
the system, it appears from the research results recorded
and noted above that with use of this regimen many other
toxic substances accumulated by the body can be flushed
out of the system.
These substances must be eliminated
if one is to get stable mental and spiritual improvement.
The operating rule is that mental actions and even biophysical
actionsmethods of bringing an individual into better
communication with his environmentdo not work in the
presence of life-hostile elements.
In rehabilitating an individual, only
when we have accomplished a biochemical handling can we
then go on to the next step, the biophysical handling (improving
the person's ability to handle his body and environment)
and then on to mental and spiritual improvement.
When one tries to move these around
and put them out of sequence, one gets losses.
The development of a program to handle
drugs and drug and chemical deposits in the body was based
on the fact that successful rehabilitation of an individual
can only be accomplished in the sequence outlined above.
Apparent gain occurs by cleaning up
the body and can be seen as an end-all in itself, though
that was not the original motivation.
In view of what it evidently accomplishes,
the Purification program might be termed a long-range detoxification
program. But it should be identified as itself, since it
is unique among detoxification programs, both in its procedure
and reported results. To my knowledge, there is no other
known method by which these locked-in accumulations may
be gotten out of the body.