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After Epilepsy Deaths, Scientology Website Still Extols Drug-Free Approach


We told you about Jonny Jacobsen’s latest investigative coup — a detailed story about a largely untold 25-year-old death at Scientology’s “Flag Land Base” in Clearwater, Florida.

Heribert Pfaff was only 31 when he died during an epileptic seizure while under the care of Scientologists, who had convinced him to go off his seizure medicine and trust in handling his disease only with Scientology “auditing” and vitamins.

Tomorrow, Jacobsen is putting up part two of his story, and he gave us a sneak-peek at a surprising element of it: To this day, Scientology, at its website, is still extolling the benefits of handling epilepsy with auditing rather than medicine.

“The item that really staggered me when I stumbled across it was the success story at the Scientology site,” Jacobsen tells us. “I couldn’t believe they were claiming multiple cures for epilepsy.”

Here’s a screenshot of the “success story” at Scientology’s website that Jacobsen is talking about. Below it we have the text…


I used to have epilepsy. Through Dianetics auditing. I discovered that the convulsions which traumatized my life more than sixteen years stemmed from a series of electric shocks that my mother underwent when she was pregnant with me.

During the sixteen years I suffered attacks of excruciating blinding and stabbing pains through my eyes and head. My body would go rigid and my throat, mouth and arms would go numb. Then I would throw up every twenty minutes for eight hours before the pain would subside.

These attacks occurred from the ages of eleven to twenty-seven years, until I had Dianetics auditing. These attacks vanished after Dianetics auditing at the age of twenty-seven. Today, ten years later, I have helped hundreds of people achieve similar results with Dianetics auditing.

Dianetics Auditing

Thanks for that glimpse of what’s coming, Jonny. He should have part two up tomorrow morning at his site, Infinite Complacency.


And Now, A Canadian Debbie Cook

The folks over at were buzzing yesterday about a new, lengthy denunciation of Scientology leader David Miscavige that was written by a former official of the church. In this case, the message was reportedly written by Pierre Robillard, a former executive director of Montreal’s “org.”

Immediate parallels were drawn to the infamous New Year’s Eve e-mail written by former church executive Debbie Cook as the year 2012 was beginning. Cook complained that Miscavige was taking Scientology away from the goals of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and that Miscavige was much too focused on “extreme fundraising” for unneeded new buildings. Robillard largely makes the same complaint, but aimed at French-Canadians.

Robillard’s rant is more evidence that Miscavige is losing his grip on many longtime church members.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 29, 2013 at 07:00

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