Beware of Our Social Dangers

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Our Biochemical Society

Excerpts from 

Clear Body Clear Mind
by L. Ron Hubbard

“The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress–drugs and other biochemical substances.

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 well-being.

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 toxikan 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).


There has been an enormous volume of material written on the subject of toxic substances, their reported effects and their 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 food) 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 free materials in the environment), with painkillers and sedatives so easily available and with the increase 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 is drugs.

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 favoured by college students who are supposed to be getting bright today so they can be executives tomorrow, has been reported capable of causing brain atrophy. Even schoolchildren 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 caused by drugs. Drugs can apparently change the attitude of a person from his original personality to one secretly harbouring 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 planet wide. 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 problem.


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 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, 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 was applied.

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 spiritual improvement.

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 own responsibility.

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 that civilization.”

L. Ron Hubbard


For more information, please see this book: Clear Body Clear Mind, based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard.

And for further information on the Scientology Purification Rundown, the following is offered.

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