Scientology Fighting Against 21st Century Cures FDA Reform Act

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  1. Scientology Fighting Against 21st Century Cures FDA Reform Act.

    First, from the Sec Check Blog: Scientology Fighting Against 21st Century Cures

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    On September 19th the Tampa Ideal Org will host a briefing by Dr. Linda Lageman from the National Affairs Office in Washington, DC. Dr. Lageman is a Ph.D., not a medical doctor, and has worked with the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) to oppose Psychiatric medicine.
    The legislation that Scientology opposes is the 21st Century Cures act, which passed the House of Representatives on July 10th with a large majority of both parties. It directs several agencies that deal with medical research to streamline the process of approving new pharmaceuticals and medical devices so that patients have access to them faster, and establishes the Council for 21st Century Cures, a non-profit that will focus on accelerating access to new discoveries. If Dr. Lageman has any meetings scheduled on Capitol Hill, they would be with members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

    This is the second briefing we have seen on this subject. In the first event in Seattle, Scientologists were warned that this bill
    Supporters of the bill say it will help patients with rare diseases, and help new discoveries reach patients sooner. Opponents say the bill compromises patient health by allowing treatments to reach patients without sufficient study.

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    Next, Mike Rinder has an interesting observation about this.

    From Mike's Thursday Funnies:

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    Somehow the psychs take precedence over anything. What if there are life-saving drugs that cure diseases that are delayed? It doesn’t “covertly” include ANYTHING. FDA regulations for testing drugs are very transparent and you can see every drug ever tested or under testing at No mood altering drug fits into the category of a “life-saving” medicine — but let’s oppose this bill because the psychs are probably tricking us.


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  2. RightOn Member

    she's baaaaaccck! :eek:
    So "Linda" is going to Capitol Hill and telling them she wants to "derail the psyches"? :confused:
    oh I don't think so :p
    THE CCHR saves children? Since when? Errrr no.
    Enslaves children is more like it.
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  3. Legistorm has more information.

    Former US House Rep is Ex-Rep. Dan Burton now lobbying for Scientology organization

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    Ex-Rep. Dan Burton now lobbying for Scientology organization

    Former Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) is now officially a lobbyist, having filed to lobby on behalf of a group founded by the Church of Scientology
    Burton, through his firm Dan Burton International LLC, registered as a lobbyist for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an organization established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 that advocates against psychiatry and psychiatric medicine. Burton's filing indicates he is representing CCHR's position on issues related to "psychiatric treatments including drugs and brain devices" in the 21st Century Cures Act, which has passed the House and as of yet has no counterpart in the Senate.

    This lobbying role is not Burton's first encounter with Scientology. While not a member of the Church, Burton attended the opening of the Church's national office in 2012 and commended the CCHR for its work and the opening of their National Public Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. a few months prior.

    Burton and Church officials are also allied in their skepticism of the Food and Drug Administration. Scientology has been in an ongoing battle with the agency for decades. Meanwhile, Burton has criticized the agency on a number of fronts, such as his belief that an FDA-approved vaccine caused autism in his grandson. The FDA and other government agencies reject the theory.

    A former committee staffer of Burton's, Beth Clay, who has fought with the FDA on alternative medicines and other matters, has served as a board member on the CCHR.
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  4. This is the link to Burton's official US Senate and House of Representatives LD-1 Disclosure Report:

    Notice Item 12:

    12. Specific lobbying issues (current and anticipated)

    H. R. 6 - 21st Century Cures Act and Senate counterpart (not yet introduced) to make sure adequate protections are maintained in law with reference to psychiatric treatments including drugs and devices.


    This is the link to Burton's official US Senate and House of Representatives LD-2 Disclosure Report:
  5. Quentinanon Member

    Looks like Linda Lagemann has found a new gig after she became jaded by 23 years of doing therapy. From the home page of her website, " After 23 years in private practice and observing that the "mental health" field has become dominated by psychiatric labels and drugs and is doing more harm than help,"
    Linda, have you ever read the labels that scientology uses in its quack psychotherapy? PTS type 1, type 2 and type 3, SP, degraded being, black 5 case, rock slammer, source of trouble type A, type B, type C, type D, type E, type F, type G, type H, type I, type J, biochemical personality, psych case, theetie-weetie, open minded, out of valence, engram, secondary, lock, goals problem mass, R6 bank, body thetan, arc break, missed withold, overt, service facsimile, keyed-in, mental mass, low toned, out-TRs, dub-in case, implant, glib, slow gain, no gain, dramatizing, lsd case, low havingness, evil purpose, false purpose, humanoid, WOG, restimulated, on a circuit, by-passed charge, human emotion and reaction, wishy-washy, anaten, automaticity, responsible for condition case, stuck in an incident, caved in, comm lag, opp term, out of PT, ridge, stuck picture, figure figure case, and raw meat.
    There are many others that fill a book about the same size as the DSM called the Technical Dictionary.
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  6. DeathHamster Member

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  7. Quentinanon Member

    The fact is that Linda Lagemann knew exactly what she was getting into when she was going to school. Psychology has no "secret upper levels" and clinical psychology is based on the medical model of mental illness, just like psychiatry, and she knew that. It's her bullshit lies that she suddenly realizes the "mental health" field has become dominated by psychiatric labels and drugs when "labels" were always part of the therapy process and she was never a prescriber as a psychologist. When she wanted to take insurance from clients, she always had to report a diagnosis based on the most recent DSM. The field does not hide the medical model and if she did not like that, she could have made a minor career change to get a licensed mental health counsellor license, which is based on a wellness model that avoids labeling and drugs.
    I think Linda just got tired of the day to day routine of scheduling clients, some of them canceling, some forgetting to bring their insurance co-payments or full fees from private pays, having to listen to and empathize with her clients. With scientology, everything has to get paid for in full up front or no service. You don't discuss your client's concerns, you give them auditing commands, and empathy is just human emotion and reaction so to hell with it.
    I think the truth is what Linda Lagemann thought would be a gravy train career was more work than she wanted to do, so she sold out and hopped on the scientology gravy train where she is nothing but a cult propaganda tool.
    BTW, I have not seen the APA ranting that Lagemann is a "bitter apostate" and doing a Fair Game operation against her.
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    A new technology shows promise for treating depression, so Scientology wants to kill it

    By Rod Keller, December 4, 2016


    Scientologists received a call to arms this week from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). CCHR is a Scientology front group that works to oppose all forms of mental health care, but in particular against psychiatric medicines and electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT. About 100,000 people receive ECT in the US each year to treat severe depression It is effective for 75 to 90 percent of patients who receive it and should be followed up with prescription medicine that helps prevent a relapse.

    Scientology has seen Psychiatry and ECT as a social evil since the 1950s when the medical profession rejected Dianetics as a new tool for treating patients. Psychiatrists are demonized by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as mad scientists, and ECT is seen as a tool to implant false memories rather than treat severe depression.


    The 21st Century Cures Act is being passed through the US Congress using special procedures, but this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It was passed by the House in July, but never received a vote in the Senate. It is a massive $6.3 billion spending bill that overhauls the drug and medical device procedure in the US, and provides funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. More than 1,400 lobbyists have been trying to influence the final bill, almost three for every member of Congress. More attention has been focused on this bill than any since the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

    One of the many aspects of the bill is revising the procedure for approval of drugs and medical devices to reduce costs to manufacturers, and speed approval of new treatments. This is the aspect that has caught the attention of Scientology, and it has focused on a single device, called Libra from manufacturer St. Jude Medical. Labeled “Something Worse Than Shock Therapy” by CCHR, Libra is a Deep Brain Stimulant, or DBS device that uses a pacemaker-like unit in the chest to power wires that deliver a small current to “Brodmann Area 25” of the brain, thought to be associated with depression.

    The device has also been used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease with much success. Using DBS for depression is considered a promising area of research, but the Libra device has not tested well in trials.

    CCHR claims, “The law calls for skipping scientifically sound safety testing of new medical devices in the guise of helping desperate cases, but it would result in harmful and potentially deadly new gadgets being rolled out for use on the general population. If passed and signed into law, ECT shock machines could become as commonly available and used as electric wheelchairs. Ready in the wings if this bill passes into law is an equally destructive medical device and procedure called ‘Deep Brain Stimulation’ (DBS) — touted as the perfect new salvation for ‘treatment-resistant depression.'”

    A spokesman for bill sponsor Michigan Congressman Fred Upton (below) called Scientology’s charges “unfounded.”

    More at
  9. DeathHamster Member

  10. 21st Century Cures Act, opposed by Scientology, passes Senate 94 to 5 after being overwhelmingly approved by House last week.

    New York Times: Sweeping Health Measure, Backed by Obama, Passes Senate

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    Sweeping Health Measure, Backed by Obama, Passes Senate


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    WASHINGTON — The Senate approved complex health care legislation on Wednesday that would increase funding for disease research, address weaknesses in the nation’s mental health systems and vastly alter the regulatory system for drugs and medical devices. The vote sealed a final legislative victory for President Obama, who strongly supported the bill against objections from many liberal Democrats and consumer groups.

    In many ways the bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, is a return to a more classic approach to legislation, with policy victories and some disappointments for both parties, and potential benefits for nearly every American whose life has been touched by illness, drug addiction and mental health issues. Years in the making, the measure passed 94 to 5 after being overwhelmingly approved by the House last week.

    One major winner — and a donor to both parties — was the pharmaceutical industry; its role set off fierce but futile opposition by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts. On many of the areas addressed by the bill, pharmaceutical companies were in step with the interests of patients desperate for cures, an unusual and emotionally charged alliance between an industry and its consumers.

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology: Not very effective in Washington politics, but it tries, tries again

    By Rod Keller, December 11, 2016


    Last week we saw Scientology’s failure to prevent the U.S. House of Representatives from passing the 21st Century Cures Act which authorizes $6 billion in spending on a wide variety of healthcare programs. This week Scientology failed again as the Senate passed the measure, but the church has instead claimed a moral victory in a message to its members.

    Scientologists were bombarded with emails and on social media urging them to call their senators to oppose the bill. They were given a new set of talking points, none of which appear to be a fair reading of the actual language of the legislation. These are invented objections. As we saw last week, the true objection is to the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT, which Scientologists see as a tool used by psychiatrists to implant false memories. They see devices such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as new and dangerous forms of ECT.

    Scientology was joined in opposition to the bill by a number of allied groups. These groups are not part of Scientology and do not share its hatred of psychiatry, but they opposed the act because it will lead to less rigorous testing of drugs and medical devices before they are made available to the public. Dr. Diana Zuckerman is President of the National Center for Health Research, a non-profit organization that provides science-based information to lawmakers to help improve our healthcare system. She tells us, “Many groups including CCHR believe medical devices need to tested more carefully than they have been before they are marketed, and this bill would be pushing the Food and Drug Administration to do less testing before they are sold and used by patients who don’t realize the device hasn’t been proven to be safe and effective.”

    Dr. Zuckerman understands what Scientology has been telling her about their position, but in fact they see no need for medical device testing other than as a way to discourage the use of ECT entirely. Their plan is to eliminate the device, the procedure, and all of the Psychiatric profession.

    Scientology’s lobbyist on the 21st Century Cures act was former Indiana congressman Dan Burton. Burton served in the House from 1983 to 2013, before retiring citing family health issues. Burton registered as a lobbyist for CCHR in 2015. He attended the opening of Scientology’s National Affairs Office in Washington, DC in 2012. CCHR paid the lobbying firm Dan Burton International $40,000 in 2015 and $60,000 in 2016 for the congressman’s services.

    Sources in Congress say that Burton’s argument against the act was anecdotal, based on his personal experience that his mother had received ECT and there were adverse effects of the procedure. Most Senate offices were unaware of Burton’s efforts, and none reported speaking to constituents opposed to the act based on the talking points provided by CCHR.

    The act passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5 on Wednesday. Those opposed were Republican Senator Lee from Utah, Independent Senator Sanders from Vermont, and Democrats Wyden and Merkley from Oregon and Warren from Massachusetts. Statements from these Senators show their opposition was unrelated to Scientology’s agenda. Senator Wyden voted against it because provisions to protect child welfare were eliminated from the bill and funding to fight opiate addiction was reduced. “The Family First Prevention Services Act would implement the most significant improvements to the child welfare system in decades and provide real funding to fight the opioid and other drug epidemics. I am infuriated and heartbroken that Republican leaders struck this bipartisan provision to help the most vulnerable among us from the 21st Century Cures Act that passed today.”

    Scientology claimed a moral victory to members rather than admit overwhelming defeat.

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  12. The Internet Member

    I will have to look into this, but I am worried about lowering evidential standards for medical treatments generally. The standards were set as low as possible because people wanted to err on the side of getting useful treatments out even if that meant a lot of useless treatments would get out at the same time. If standards get lower I think it may become impossible to separate beneficial treatments from noise.
  13. Quentinanon Member

    Dr. Diana Zuckerman is President of the National Center for Health Research, a non-profit organization that provides science-based information to lawmakers to help improve our healthcare system. She tells us, “Many groups including CCHR believe medical devices need to tested more carefully than they have been before they are marketed, and this bill would be pushing the Food and Drug Administration to do less testing before they are sold and used by patients who don’t realize the device hasn’t been proven to be safe and effective.”

    As usual, the scientology cult's public pronouncements likely glutz PR'd the opposition to the bill, which contained a provision to prevent law enforcement discovery of kickbacks to physicians by pharmaceutical companies. They also stupidly generalize the medical device approval process into one category, when three categories actually exist: Class 1, manual surgical instruments and accessories, Class 2, Battery-powered surgical instruments, and Class 3, Grid-powered surgical instruments and implantable devices.
    Class 3 requires the most regulation and longest process for market approval. The device that OSA claims is a ECT machine is a Class 3 implantable device that delivers a very small voltage and current to one small part of the brain. That is totally different than the energy delivered by an ECT machine which results in a seizure. For people who consider themselves smarter than everybody else because they have "study tech", clearly, they completely failed to understand what the device does. To them it's, electricity to the brain = bad.
    I think the FDA ought to begin an investigation of the Emeter to see how much current and voltage the brain and central nervous system receive from being hooked up to it per hour. Is the Emeter an unapproved Class 2 medical device? Is it safe and effective?
  14. DeathHamster Member

  15. Quentinanon Member

    "...., we will give you wins you WILL believe!"
    So, Mike Roberts believes scientologists are predictably gullible.
  16. In this line of work, there's very little room for doubt.

    "If we can mock up enough 'win' to fool DM and everyone else uplines, you guys have GOTTA believe us!"

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