John Travolta thinks Anna Nicole Smith would have been saved if she had converted to Scientology, according to MSNBC:
Travolta says that if Anna Nicole Smith had followed the teachings of Scientology she’d be alive today.
The “Pulp Fiction” star says that if the late pin-up could have been saved if she had undergone treatment of Narconon, a controversial drug and detox treatment inspired by the writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Let’s be clear what he is talking about. Narconon is based on L. Ron Hubbard’s strange idea that drugs, chemicals and other toxins lodge in the fatty tissues of the body. Scientology’s solution to this is a regimen of massive vitamin dosages (especially niacin), coupled with sweating in Saunas for four hours a day for up to a month.
It’s ironic that Scientologists like Tom Cruise criticize psychiatry for allegedly being pseudoscience. Scientology and its beliefs are the definition of pseudoscience. All Scientology’s rules and tenets were made up by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard was the only “scientist” who was allowed to do this – so there was no peer review and no replication of results. (Assuming Hubbard ever obtained “results” from testing in the first place, which he almost certainly didn’t.) Hubbard is now dead, and so nothing can ever change: no one is allowed to test Scientology beliefs or practices to see what works and to abandon what does not. The result is nonsense like Narconon.
According to the anti-Scientology website Xenu.net, the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse does not know of a single peer reviewed piece scientific literature to support the claims made for Narconon:
The Narconon drug treatment modality treats all drug addictions the same. No scientific evidence was produced to show that all drug addictions are properly treated in the same manner ...
The Narconon [detoxification] program requires its patients to sweat up to five hours per day, seven days a week, for approximately thirty days. The rationale, according to Narconon for the sweat-out is to rid the body of fat-stored drugs and chemicals through sweat. However, there is no scientific basis for the technique. Most drugs of abuse are removed from the body by detoxification and excretion through the liver, kidneys and (in some instances) through the lungs. […]
The vast majority of time spent in the Narconon treatment plan and course work does not in any way relate to or involve education about drug and alcohol abuse treatment, issues, and/or addiction. […]
There is no credible scientific evidence that the Narconon program is effective in the treatment of chemical dependency.
Many things might have helped Anna Nicole. Narconon is a dangerous pseudoscientific treatment with little or no chance of helping anyone.