Full Text of a 'Scientific' paper supporting the "Hubbard sauna regimen"

Discussion in 'Narconon' started by onceborn, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. onceborn Member

    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 LoPresti

    I have made a blog post here 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.
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  2. Quentinanon Member

    I have seen information about this paper posted on WWP before. I don't know that anyone in the medical community takes Medical Hypothesis seriously. Just remember:
    If it isn't fraud, it isn't scientology.
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  3. Anonymous Member

    One thread mentioning Marie Cecchini here:

    While searching, I found this:


    I reported it and asked for a move to the NN sub-forum.
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  4. fishypants Moderator


    Richard Lennox; Marie Cecchini (2008). "The NARCONON™ drug education curriculum for high school students: A non-randomized, controlled prevention trial".

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  6. onceborn Member

    I thought I had seen this paper mentioned elsewhere on this forum, but could not find the previous discussion

    If I recall correctly, this was limited to the information in the Abstract (the short summary at the top of the paper). My post links to the full text, so you can see the author's misdirection, equivocation and outright fraud in all its glory.

    The journal which published the paper is, indeed, very low on academic credibility. However, the aim of the CofS is not to do science, but to get positive material about Narconon and the 'purif' published by any means. Specialists will reject such efforts with disgust - but they may impress people who do not have the training to tell the difference between good and bad science - especially when they only have the abstract to judge from.

    I also think is an abuse in itself to pollute the knowledge base in order to promote an article of faith with no scientific credibility.
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  7. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Yup^^^ I believe it was discussed a couple of years ago on a thread that was looking at NcN claims of detoxing the 911 workers or some such, oh shite, think it was about dealing with vets exposed to Agent Orange (sry for shite memory) a few of us looked into how toxins are stored in the body and how they can be expelled etc. etc., there were some links to actual scientific data on toxicity on a cellular level, for the life of me (since my last PC replacement, arghhh!) Oi cannot find my old links resources, but for the morbidly curious it should not be hard to find via google-fu.

    Hubbard's theories on toxins, radiation, and pretty much everything else, were pulled straight from his rectum. All part-and-parcel of the giant mind-fuck con the greedy lying sociopath created, and probably the only reason the ones who are roped into this mulch-facited mind-fuk can't see through all the crap is because they themselves did not complete any modicum of higher education, learn some critical thinkin' skills, and tend to believe the tripe that the cult of scientology serves up as a gourmand meal.

    Since the beginning Hubbard and his crew sought out hacks and semi-literate sub-academics who would shill out his woo for a shekel or two. Any surprises? No.
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  8. TinyDancer Member

    FASE has a hidden agenda promoting the Purif.

    "FASE was originally created to put Scientology covertly into schools and government, to give the Purification Rundown an air of respectability," said Young, of Seattle.
    “All the top executives at FASE are Scientologists and some are former members of the Church of Scientology's notorious Guardian's Office,some of whose leaders- includingL. Ron Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue- were imprisoned for spying on the U.S. government in the 1970s”, Young said.14

    14 Mallia, Joseph “INSIDE THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY; Scientology group reaches kids through PBS videos”, Boston Herald, Mar 19, 1998
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  12. About Marie Sternquist


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  14. wolfbane Member

    BUMP for FASE news - this long time big revenue generating cult company is on the decline. Something is going on here that I can't quite put my finger on. But the upshot is, they are raking in less dough these days.

    I found the three attached 990s on GuideStar for free. If anyone has a premium account up in there, please grab the 2009 and 2010 forms so we can see more details of their last big boom. (Paging BigBeard... pickup aisle 3???)

    Major points of comparison is page 9 across all three filings, and page 14 in 2011 vs. 2013.

    We haz a mystery that might be lulzy to solve if somebody has the time to dig into researching the names and programs explained elsewhere in these forms: what changed to hurt FASE's income? Something is amiss because their expenses vs. income doesn't appear to be money-getting-drained fishy, but their public support donations sure as hell do.

    More infos for historical analysis here:

    Attached Files:

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  16. DeathHamster Member

    Make that Marie Cecchini aka Marie Sternquist aka Marie Cecchini Sternquist aka Maria A. DiLiegro aka Maria Di Liegro...
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  17. wolfbane Member

    That's a logical conclusion. Based on the info in the three 990s I posted, FASE has three initiatives:

    Green Technology - a overpriced conference, magazine, and occasional seminar or workshop type event. So they don't actually DO anything Green, they just piggy back off of other experts and innovators for spreading PR that turns a profit.

    Scientology Study Tech repackaged - videos done ages ago, that are still resold and redistributed for small royalties. In recent times, one of the main educators involved in this venture died, and the bastards setup a memorial page to resell his shit in one last money making blitz.

    Scientology Purif repackaged - 9/11 workers, Oklahoma cops, now vets, all being sold on the same bogus detox program Narconon sells.

    So all this shit overlaps with the other fronts at the same address. But the question is why... why spread the revenue streams to other entities? If that's what happening (more 990s needed) And if so, what are they trying to hide from? Is it just because the FASE scam and cult connections is easily find-able on the internet? Why not just change the company name like other fully entrenched cult companies have done?

    If I had to speculate, I would venture the guess this shell game may be government funding related. OG documentation on FASE indicated that used to get a lot of government funding. This isn't the case in the small sample of 990s I gathered. But it may show up in the two prior years a premium GuideStar user could get with their revenue was way higher than it now. And perhaps their other initiative specific fronts are now getting the government funding FASE used to get?
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  18. BigBeard Member

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  19. Random guy Member

    Clams and their name games...
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  20. wolfbane Member

    Thanks, that was helpful and I'm crunching some numbers now. So far I'm seeing sloppy accountant work (numbers being transposed from supporting schedules and worksheets to main form incorrectly) and have managed to dial in on the discrepancy I couldn't put my finger on earlier - the Schedule A part used to calculate their public support percentage using accrual basis accounting (where there appears to be a decrease) seems to be way different than the other portions of the forms for cash basis accounting for income, expenses, liabilities, assets, etc. where they show increases in revenue.

    Now that I see there is possibly an increase in money being made, I need to revisit and look at salaries taken vs. grants given - these bastards seem to rake in a lot of money without giving any of it (or very little of it away). Instead, they chalk up a mountain of expenses so that the large amounts of money earned never impacts their net worth positively.

    Also suspect is the earlier version of the tax forms where tax exempt income had to be broken down to show government grants vs. other contributions, was completed incorrectly. Later versions of the forms no longer require that breakdown, so there is no way to be certain if their government funding dried up when they lost their PBS shows of past decades where their original study tech repackaged initiatives raked in a lot of income.

    tl;dr - I still say there is something fishy here, but not as fishy as I first thought due to sloppy accountant work on completing the forms.

    I say ^^That because most of the bad mistakes that jumped out at me hurt them in one or two big ways: lowered their accrued "public support percentage" (needs to be 33 1/3 to maintain tax exempt status) and/or raised their taxable income amount.
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  21. wolfbane Member

    What's the best way to see all of the company names for "wholelotta fronts" on your wiki? Are they all under the Category:FASE page? (and if no easy way to see them all on one page, can we haz them added to Category:FASE since that's the obvious parent company?)
  22. BigBeard Member

    For 236 W. Mountain St., Suite 105, Pasadena, CA the IRS Tax Exempt list as of 03/10/15 shows these (first number is the EIN):



    Anything else at that address may be "Nonprofit" at the state level, but they are not "Tax Exempt" by the Feds.

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  23. DeathHamster Member

    They're really only connected by the address at the moment. Time to go back and do some tidy-up.

    Edit: No, I did connect them with FASE.
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  24. wolfbane Member

    Good, one of the reoccurring items on the FASE 990s under taxable income is rent monies received. So if there are other FASE fronts or scilon businesses at that address, they are all apart of the fishy stench going on there.
  25. BigBeard Member

    Sneaky SOB's. I've been focused on narCONon, and hadn't really looked at FASE that close yet. I just took a quick look and their 990 for 2012, and they definately appear to be playing games.

    In the 990 they are accounting for "Green-Technology", and the other fronts at that address, income and expenses as 'Foundations' that are part of FASE. But the web pages for those other entities show themselves as seperate "Non-Profit" organizations, with nothing linking them to FASE or $cientology at all. And so far, I haven't been able to find "Green-Technology" in the Calif Business Entity, or Exempt Organization listings. Which is weird, unless they were set up in another state.

    I may come back to this later, but for now I need to focus on getting my new database set up.

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  26. DeathHamster Member

    Damn, I wish I could get a list of all the organizations their pet tax preparer Roland Fink did. I bet they'd all be front groups or WISE companies! Hmm. I should tag all the Form 990s I have that he did.

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  27. wolfbane Member

    YES! YES YES!! Do get your new database set up. And then do come back to this rat's nest of non-profit shenanigans. From what I'm seeing, FASE is very lucrative commercial venture. They're descriptions of the tax exempt programs they run is some of the worst bullshit I have ever stepped in. And once I get done wading thru my little number crunch exercise, I will split off to a new thread since I've pretty much derailed this one into the outfield, jumped the fence and sprinted into the next county.

    I had the same thought when I started noticing the frequent mistakes made. With as much dough as FASE is raking in, and the vast array of top dollar expenses they use to offset their revenue to the point that Net Assets is often in the red, it makes no sense they are not using big flashy accounting firm. So that begs the question, what other shady scilon businesses are using the same shady accountant?
  28. BigBeard Member

    If someone has the time, and patience, it would be VERY helpful if the state level business 'Entity' number could be tracked down for front groups operating out of California. These should be the two primary places for that info:

    I'm going to start a seperate thread on this over in the 'Fronts' forum tonite or tomorrow to include other states also. One of the things that drives me crazy is most of the state listing do not include the Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) in their business listings. Only there own 'Entity' number. If you don't have that, you have to search by name, and good luck with that if someone typoed doing data entry.

  29. Anonymous Member

    Is this the kind of thing you would like to have tracked down?

    Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 15.04.30.png

    If so, the material can be made available in text form too.
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  30. DeathHamster Member

    As I've been adding infoboxes to organizations on UX, I add the EIN ("Tax ID no.") and the state entity number ("Registration no.").


    I've begun organizing the Form 990s better, on a sub-category of the organization which is also indexed under Category:Tax forms
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  31. DeathHamster Member

    Just noticed that his company status in California is FTB Suspended.
    So the tax preparer for a whole pile of Scientology entities either failed to file a return or to pay taxes.


    Category:Roland Fink
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