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Following is an article by L. Ron Hubbard entitled Our Biochemical Society.
“We live in a chemical-oriented society. One would be hard put to find someone in the present-day civilization who is not affected by this fact. Every day, the vast majority of the public is subjected to the intake of food preservatives and other chemical poisons including atmospheric poisons and pesticides. Added to this are the pain pills, tranquilizers, psychiatric and other medical drugs and prescribed by doctors. Additionally, the widespread use of marijuana, LSD, cocaine and other street drugs contribute heavily to the scene. ...
“An enormous volume of material has been written on the subject of toxic substances, their reported effects and the prospects for their handling. Examples abound in publications and news reports.
“The current environment is permeated with life-hostile elements. Drugs, radioactive waste, pollutants and chemical agents of all types are not only everywhere, but are becoming even more prevalent as time goes on. In fact, they are so commonplace they are almost impossible to avoid.
“For example, some of the things put in canned vegetables or soup could 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 the 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 example alone of preservatives in foods illustrates the degree to which one can encounter toxic substances in daily living.
“But combine that with the enemies of various countries using widespread drug addiction as a defeatist mechanism and nations vying with each other in the manufacture and testing of nuclear weapons (and so increasing the amount of radioactive material free in the environment). Then add the ready availability of painkillers and sedatives, the increased use of industrial and agricultural chemicals, and toxic substances developed for chemical warfare. In short (and putting it bluntly), this society, at this time, is riddled with toxic substances.
“It is to this situation that the Purification Program is addressed.”
— L. Ron Hubbard