“Rosanna Davison studied nutritional therapy, is part of a worldwide network of colleges owned by a top-level Scientologist who opposes the use of prescription drugs and vaccinations.”
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THE College of Naturopathic Medicine, where Rosanna Davison studied nutritional therapy, is part of a worldwide network of colleges owned by a top-level Scientologist who opposes the use of prescription drugs and vaccinations.
Davison, a former Miss World and daughter of singer songwriter Chris de Burgh, is using her qualification from the college, known as CNM, to carve out a career in naturopathic nutrition. This is based around the concept that food can be used as medicine to prevent and even treat illness.
Her cookbook, Eat Yourself Beautiful, debuted at No 1 on the bestseller list for hardback non-fiction last week in Ireland. According to Nielsen BookScan, which captures about 80% of sales, Davison’s self-help manual sold 434 copies.
In a newspaper interview to promote the book last month, the vegan model was quoted as saying her husband’s symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis cleared up after removing gluten from his diet.
The comments were criticised by dieticians, doctors and Arthritis Ireland. Davison subsequently said some commentators had accused her of saying that gluten was “responsible for autism, schizophrenia and arthritis; that is absolutely not the case”.
CNM was set up in the UK in 1998 by Hermann Keppler, who then established colleges in Ireland, America, Canada and South Africa. He owns 80% of CNM’s operations in Ireland, which include branches in Dublin, Cork and Galway, according to the Companies Registration Office.
Internal records of course completions at the Church of Scientology have been published online by Anonymous, a hacking collective that has protested against the church worldwide, and held demonstrations outside its Dublin mission. These records indicate Keppler has spent years progressing up the ranks of the church, which was founded by science ﬁction writer L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s.
A separate internal document disseminated by the church shows an image of Keppler with his arm around a woman who was campaigning for a Scientology media centre.
According to Tony Ortega, a former editor of The Village Voice in New York who runs a website on Scientology entitled The Underground Bunker, “with the completions database and that resent advertisement, we can say that, at a minimum, Keppler has been a very involved Scientologist since at least 1994″.
Keppler is an advocate of fasting and detoxing using salts. He believes “each single mineral in Himalayan salt is a crystal with its own frequency and electromagnetic field” according to a 2013 interview with Homeopathy 4 Everyone, which claims to he the world‘s leading homeopathy journal.
In that interview, Keppler said Parkinson’s disease is caused by “a toxic environment”, such as the presence of “heavy metals”, and recommends that patients stay away from vaccines and consume spirulina powder, vitamin C and niacin instead.
“Drugs, especially psychiatric drugs, can have tremendously adverse side effects,” he said. “There are statistics which show that more than
60% of diseases are caused by drugs that each fourth patient in America is delivered to a hospital because of the side effect of drugs, and that each fourth patient in America dies because of the side—effects of drugs.”
Anonymous suggests some students at CNM have been inﬂuenced by Keppler’s involvement in Scientology.
Its forum received the following post in 2009: “I was a student at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Cork city and I had to quit when, at the end of my first year, I discovered the founder of the college is a Scientologist. His name is Hermann and he gave the teachers a video made by the church to show to all of the students … an anti-psychiatry video, full of propaganda, lies and manipulation of statistics. Shockingly, most of the students in my class did not question the content of the ﬁlm, but accepted it as fact.”
The Sunday Times made repeated interview requests to Keppler through the American School of Natural Health in Clearwater, Florida. An employee, who identiﬁed himself only as “Tom Z”, said Keppler was on holiday.
In an email, the employee said: “Please note that CNM Ireland inﬂows a strict policy, which is that religious beliefs do not influence teaching. This includes the religious beliefs of Mr Keppler.
“CNM is an educational institution that provides training programmes in alternative medicine. The content of these programs is scientiﬁc and has no religious affiliation.
“There are many schools and colleges who provide similar programmes. Keppler is not a lecturer in Ireland and has never taught in Ireland.”
Davison did not respond to requests for comment on whether she was aware that Keppler was a Scientologist or whether she believed his views inﬂuenced the education she received at the college.
The director of studies at CNM Ireland did not respond to an interview request.