The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 06, 2012
 

Agent Orange victims to get Scientology 'detox'

 
 

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Alleged victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam are set to receive a controversial "detoxification" treatment developed by the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists use the "Hubbard Method" - which involves saunas and vitamins - to try to cure drug addiction and alcoholism. The church set up a center in New York after the 9/11 attacks offering a similar service for first responders who may have been exposed to toxins.

Many researchers have criticized the method as pseudoscientific and useless.

A hospital official and state-controlled media said 24 people were at a Hanoi hospital on Thursday waiting for the programme. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.