INFO DUMP medical claims in Scientology Here's a list of medical claims found in Scientology writings. http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cos/ftp/medclaim.txt Heal a body HCO BULLETIN OF 24 APRIL 1969RA REVISED 20 SEPTEMBER 1978 "The basic use of Dianetics is to make a well body and to augment physical treatment." Cure retardation [ibid] "Whole classes of "mentally retarded" children have been made more normal by teachers in London County Council schools using relatively unskilled Dianetics. " Cure goiter DIANETICS TODAY (1975 ED.) P.280 "I've seen a goiter the size of a baseball visibly shrink and disappear in the space of one-half hour right after an engram was run." Cure polio DIANETICS TODAY " P. 353 "A girl crippled by polio was able to throw away her crutches after my first session." Cure arthritis History of Man p. 7 "Today, Eleanor has arthritis. She is audited... tonight she doesn't have arthritis" Speed broke bone healing DIANETICS TODAY " P.110 "A broken limb will heal (by X-ray evidence) in two instead of six weeks." Cure effects of drugs DIANETICS TODAY " P.481 "ONLY processing by Dianetics and Scientology can handle the effects of drugs fully." Raise the dead Magazine Articles on Level 0 Checksheet 1968, "Dissemination of Material" p.75 "A child had died, was dead, had been pronounced dead by a doctor, and the auditor, by calling the thetan back and ordering him to take over the body again brought the child to life." Cure migraines DIANETICS " P.125 also see HCOB 15 Jan. '79 "Handling with Auditing" Cure cancer THE HISTORY OF MAN (1961) P. 20 "Cancer has been eradicated by auditing out conception and mitosis." Cure skin cancer ALL ABOUT RADIATION (1979 ED.) P.114 Cure radiation sickness ALL ABOUT RADIATION " P.109 also PAB no. 82 "Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns." Improve eyesight PAB no. 111 "Eyesight and glasses" also Dianetic Auditor's Bulletin vol. 2 no. 7 January 1952 "An afternoon with Ron" "You are only three or four hours from taking your glasses off for keeps." Cure a broken ankle HCOB 30 July 1973 "Scientology, Current State of the Subject and Materials." Cure insanity HCOB 28 Nov. '70 "Psychosis" "The alleviation of the condition of insanity has also been accomplished now..." Cure bronchitis HCOB 14 Dec. '63 "Case analysis Health Research" "12 days after this auditing the coughing was still in abeyance." cure brainwashing HCOB No. 19 Dec. '55 "The turn of the Tide" "... in Dianetics in particular, we have the total antidote for the eradication of brainwashing." Miscellaneous claims DIANETICS (1987 ED.) p.72 "arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away." HISTORY OF MAN P.13 "The GE has the record of past deaths. Auditing it alters physical structure, eradicates physical malformations." HISTORY OF MAN P.14 "Paralysis, anxiety stomachs, arthritis and many ills and aberrations have been relieved by auditing them." Hubbard wrote that Scientologists taking courses were barred from visiting a doctor without express permission from the church "except in cases of severe emergency." (HCOPL 26 July 1965 "Release Declaration Restrictions, Healing Amendments). One must assume that the church did not really want sick people taking courses, and thus one could infer that it was assumed that auditing could handle any illness of the student. In 1963 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the church in Washington DC and confiscated their e-meters. The FDA sued the Church of Scientology for fraudulant medical claims and called the e-meter a fraudulant healing device. The church after many years finally settled with the FDA. In part, the ruling that the church was to abide by states concerning the e-meter: "The device should bear a prominent, clearly visible notice warning that any person using it for auditing or counseling of any kind is forbidden by law to represent that there is any medical or scientific basis for believing or asserting that the device is useful in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of any disease. It should be noted in the warning that the device has been condemned by a United States District court for misrepresentation and misbranding under the Food and Drug laws, that use is permitted only as part of religious activity, and that the E-meter is not medically or scientifically capable of improving the health or bodily functions of anyone. "Each user, purchaser, and distributee of the E-meter shall sign a written statement that he has read such a warning and understands its contents and such statements shall be preserved." (United States of America, Libelant, v. An Article or Device... "Hubbard Electrometer" or "Hubbard E-Meter" etc., Founding Church of Scientology et al., Claimants, No. D.C. 1-63, United States District Court, District of Columbia, July 30, 1971 (333 F. Supp. 357) Obviously, the church was supposed to stop promoting their auditing process with the e-meter as having medical value. And it was assumed by the outside world that the church was at least minimally abiding by the agreement with the FDA, though it continues to sell the works that contain the previously quoted medical claims. When the NOTs courses were posted on the internet, some who read it perceived that portions of the series seemed to be stating that auditing could cure illnesses. Since these courses were not available to the public or even the FDA, no one had been able to observe any possible medical claim except Scientologists in good standing who had completed a long list of courses and reached the particular level of "clear." H. Keith Henson, upon reading NOTs, was certain enough about one of the series, #34, that he posted it in its entirety to the internet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, stating that he was exposing medical fraud. He did this despite Scientology's well-known record for suing and harassing critics. The church promptly sued him (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, case number C-96-20271RMW). I have reviewed the NOTs material posted to the internet and assume that it is the real thing, because 1) the church legally went after those who posted the NOTs for copyright violations, 2) former members vouched for the authenticity of the material, and 3) it is consistent with other church writings. Basically, the NOTs series are auditing methods that use an e-meter purportedly designed to rid the Scientologist of a multitude of unwanted spiritual beings attached to his/her soul. These unwanted beings, called "Body Thetans" or "BTs", can allegedly cause physical problems for humans. For example: Series 2 Being a Clear but not having completed OT levels "doesn't necessarily effect the person himself, but it does effect the body - severely." Series 2 seeks to motivate Scientologists to take the next courses by stating that "Clears should be told they are at risk until OTIII" of "illness, possibly worse." Series 12 This series deals with mis-auditing problems. NOTs mis-auditing can hurt the physical body "dangerously so" by stirring up dormant BTs. Series 22 A cluster of BTs can shut off nerve channels which can cause deafness or blindness - "when a cluster suddenly mocks up mass, it shuts off nerve channels." Extrapolating from this, one could imagine many other illnesses caused by such a phenomenon, such as blockage of the urinary tract. Series 27 BTs and clusters can effect a person's perception. BTs are acting as various illnesses. Once audited away the illness supposedly is gone. "BTs or clusters being 'negative'... probably are the root of sickness." Series 32 "You can run into a cluster causing damage to the body." There are several quotes within the series which clearly state that auditing can cure illnesses: Series 2 "Clears should be told they are at risk (of illness) until OTIII." Series 3 "If a guy has a bad secondary, or a bad injury, you handle that with Date/Locate [an auditing procedure using the e-meter]." Series 26R "If ill or injured handle [w]ith an Assist (NOTs 3)" Series 27 "Body distortions" are cleared up. Series 34 "The above are the full steps and sequences for handling a physical condition." [this is the series that Keith Henson posted, claiming it teaches medical fraud] Series 48 "If the person is sick as well as being subjected to a dangerous environment, there would be no hope of recovery without auditing." Particular cases of cures are documented within NOTs: Series 48 "This cluster... was the underlying cause of the stomach pain and the stomach condition." "...a full recovery to health was accomplished." "Most people are sick due to some out-rudiment scene." Series 50 "He started recovering physically. Articulation handled and walking improved." "This case was... considered incurable by the medicos."