Cruise draws flak from New York firefighters

After drawing flak for his comments on post-partum depression, actor Tom Cruise has now been dropped from the good books of firefighters, for advising them to ignore their doctors’ orders and turn to the Scientology method of getting well.

Cruise’s encouragement to emergency services victims, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, to leave their medication and inhalers and turn to the Scientology treatment of sauna sessions, ingestion of cooking oil and large doses of niacin, has drawn the wrath of the Deputy Fire Commissioner Frank Gibson who said that Cruise’s method had been judged as potentially harmful by members of the medical profession.

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“If our doctors are prescribing medication, and they (Scientologists) are saying ‘don’t take it’, that’s a problem for us,” Contactmusic quoted him, as telling the New York Post.

He added that the department’s deputy chief medical officer Dr David Prezant was also critical of the treatment.

“He (Prezant) is not pleased when patients are advised to disobey doctors’ orders. That’s where he drew the line,” he said.

Cruise, however, has defended the venture, and said that it had helped more than 500 people to become fit once again.

“More than 500 individuals have recovered health and job fitness through this project,” the actor said.

The “War of the Worlds” star is the co-founder of the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project and has been supporting a new Scientology clinic preaching these remedies near the Ground Zero site.

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Dec. 15, 2005

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