The chaos from addiction disease opens the door for predatory cults and unscrupulous treatment centers who take advantage of desperate addicts and their vulnerable family members seeking help and treatment. A simple Google search brings immediate hope, with promises of 70-90 percent success rates and lifelong cures. Narconon is one of these treatment centers that lure unsuspecting victims into the “Cult Money Machine”, with sometimes devastating results, contrary to the advertised promises.
Narconon is in fact, an official Church of Scientology program as stated in the 1993 Church of Scientology International (CSI) and the United States Internal Revenue Service agreement that classified and recognised that Narconon was one of a number of “Scientology-related entities.
Scientology claims many medical cures, including but limited to, eradicating cancer, curing bronchitis, curing arthritis, curing polio, and cure the effects of drugs.
In Canada, addiction and alcoholism is treated in our health care system as a disease, deserving of the same high standard of quality and care as any other illness. All patient care is overseen by health authorities, and practitioners are governed by the college of physicians in each province and territory, with Canada Health at the top of the hierarchy.
Each designated area in Canada has a Ministry of Health and Social Services which is responsible for social health and welfare of citizens and patients in any care facility.
If an alien corporation opened up a health clinic in Canada, and promoted unrealistic expectations for a cure not recognised in current medical literature, government agencies would be quick to halt such exploitive practices and protect patient safety from potential harm caused by unproven therapies and treatments.
Vulnerable patients, with acute or terminal illness such as cancer, fall easy prey to “snake oil” treatments that promise miraculous results. Many patients pay extortive sums of money, only to suffer from the scam experience; in many cases ending up in far worse condition and sometimes death. Not only is this fraudulent con game illegal in Canada, but questions the morale judgement and integrity of individuals and other group entities propagating such evil in society.
Following investigations by the Canada Competition Bureau on February 19, 2009, an Edmonton-based company and its director have agreed to stop making unsubstantiated claims regarding products used to treat or prevent cancer, to offer full refunds to customers, and to post a corrective notice on company web sites.
Further to an investigation on May 31, 2010, led by the Alberta Partnership Against Cross-Border Fraud, of which the Competition Bureau is a member, an Edmonton man plead guilty in U.S. court to selling counterfeit cancer drugs over the Internet. Hazim Gaber admitted to selling what he falsely claimed was the experimental cancer drug sodium dichloroacetate, also known as DCA, to at least 65 victims in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands between October and November 2007.
“Cancer is a serious illness and companies should not expose consumers to unproven claims that can cheat them of time, money, and potentially, their health,” said Andrea Rosen, Deputy Commissioner of Competition. “Consumers should always be wary of such unproven ‘cures’ and speak to a health-care professional before trying any new product or treatment.”
The stigma of drug and alcohol addiction has plagued the suffering and their loved ones for decades and even centuries, but in recent years, for first world countries, this debilitating disease is now being accepted as being a disease. Some may say that addiction is a choice and perhaps this could be an accepted concept in early stages of use, however the physical and psychological addiction soon overwhelms the person into a nightmare of despair. In many cases, the disease demands continual, daily use to cope and function. Family relationships dissolve in disaster, grasping at straws to help their loved one.
Countless patients die each year in North America from debilitating diseases such as cancer, addiction and many other debilitating ailments. Should society and governing health authorities distinguish between each patient, as per stigma attached? In a perfect world the answer is no, however any fraudulent or misleading promises and snake oil treatments sold to the unsuspecting and vulnerable, are afforded the same protection under the law. Each person is protected under the College of Physicians Act, the Canada Competition Bureau, and other governing authorities across North America.
It is a basic human right that everyone be treated with dignity and respect, and where human rights are nurtured by us all; and that every person is valued.
David Edgar Love