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What you’ll find on the menu at the clinic run by a physician who’s also a Scientologist


[David Minkoff and Lisa McPherson]

Rod Keller is back to help us by examining Scientology’s footprint on the web…

David Minkoff is one of the few medical doctors who is currently a member of Scientology. (With the death of Megan Shields, perhaps he’s the only one.) The organization is well known for being hostile towards psychiatry, but that extends to traditional medicine in general. The book Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard set the precedent that most illnesses are to be considered psychosomatic in nature, and should be treated using Hubbard’s brand of counseling, called “auditing.”

Pharmaceuticals are viewed with suspicion. Many members do not visit a doctor, preferring instead the services of one the many chiropractors who are Scientologists, but these are not authorized to prescribe medicine. If you are a Scientologist living in Clearwater, Florida and need a doctor, Minkoff may be your only choice. He is a medical doctor who can prescribe, but a look at his website shows that he also offers an arsenal of alternative therapies to patients so that drugs can be avoided as much as possible.

Scientology watchers know him best from his involvement in the tragic 1995 death of Lisa McPherson. McPherson was taken by Scientologists from Morton Plant Hospital to the Fort Harrison Hotel following a minor traffic accident. In an attempt to calm her during a psychotic break, Scientology staff members called Minkoff, who was not present, and asked for and received prescriptions for valium and chloral hydrate. That he had not seen his patient before doing so earned Minkoff a one year suspension of his license, and a $10,000 fine. The staff at the Fort Harrison held McPherson for 17 days, during which she became increasingly erratic as well as dehydrated. On the 17th day, she was rushed by hotel staff to the hospital where Minkoff worked, bypassing three closer facilities, but by the time they got to him, she was dead. [Go here for the Underground Bunker’s series on her final days.]

It was during Minkoff’s suspension in 2002 that his own facility, LifeWorks Wellness Center, again made the news as it failed to report the deaths of two patients receiving treatment with a Pap-Ion Magnetic Inductor, or PAP-IMI. The magnetic pulse device was promoted to cure conditions including cancer, AIDS, persistent back pain, chronic fatigue, and allergies. The inventor of the device, Greek mathematics professor Panos Pappas, claimed at the time, “I’m not sure the world is ready to understand the PAP-IMI. It goes beyond known human knowledge.”


More recently, German filmmaker Markus Thoess, who has made several documentaries about Scientology, announced his belief that the PAP-IMI device is the answer to the mysterious burn marks on the scalp of Scientologist Biggi Reichert, who committed suicide in 2006 in Germany just a few days after she had flown back from Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater.

The PAP-IMI device has since been banned, but a form of pulsed magnetic therapy known as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is still offered at LifeWorks. The center claims that, “Using this device the energy in the cell can be pumped up so that it is given the energy to heal, and so healing can occur faster.”


If the testimonials on the center’s Facebook page are representative, a large portion of Minkoff’s practice is devoted to the treatment of Lyme disease, or more specifically, chronic Lyme disease.


Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which enters the body through deer tick bites. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there are 300,000 cases per year, and the disease is only found in the Northeast coastal states, upper Midwest, and Northern California. Getting it in Florida is much rarer.


The disease sometimes causes a “bullseye” pattern around the tick bite, and responds well to antibiotic treatment. The CDC says “Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stages of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. Most patients who are treated in later stages of the disease also respond well to antibiotics, although some may have suffered long-term damage to the nervous system or joints. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients experience fatigue, muscle aches, sleep disturbance, or difficulty thinking even after completing a recommended course of antibiotic treatment. These symptoms cannot be cured by longer courses of antibiotics, but they generally improve on their own, over time.”

The latter patients are the subject of much medical controversy. They no longer have the bacteria present, and some may even be attributing a variety of aches and pains to Lyme disease when they never had the disease to begin with. “[Chronic Lyme] has been used to describe symptoms in people who have no evidence of a current or past infection with B. burgdorferi. Because of the confusion in how the term CLD is employed, experts in this field do not support its use.”

Minkoff insists chronic Lyme is a real disease and he is opposed to the majority of the medical community who feel much of it is psychosomatic, or at least unrelated to an infection by the Lyme bacteria.

David Patrick, at Canada’s University of British Columbia, warns that patients given negative results by conventional tests will sometimes go to alternative clinics that falsely give them positive results. This persuades them that they have the disease and exacerbates their psychosomatic symptoms.


Many of Minkoff’s Lyme patients receive HOCATT, or Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy. The device is a personal sauna that uses ozone and carbonated water as a non-pharmaceutical method to attack the alleged Lyme bacteria infection. They can also receive the PEMF magnetic pulse therapy, intravenous ozone, and Otozone, an ozone treatment through the patient’s ears.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is no therapeutic use for ozone to treat infections. “Ozone is a toxic gas with no known useful medical application in specific, adjunctive, or preventive therapy. In order for ozone to be effective as a germicide, it must be present in a concentration far greater than that which can be safely tolerated by man and animals.”


LifeWorks also offers Celergen, an anti-aging “oral cell therapy supplement” derived from unspecified “deep sea marine life.” The center also offers cell therapy in which extracts from animal glands and organs are injected into patients, and “chelation therapy” — the injection of the preserving agent EDTA into the bloodstream — to remove heavy metals from blood. Heavy metal poisoning is increasingly rare in the U.S. with the introduction of bans on lead in paint and fuel as well as improved safety standards in metalworking facilities. The theory meshes well with Scientology’s Purification Rundown, in which saunas and vitamins are used to remove non-existent stored drug residues and “stored radiation.”

— Rod Keller



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  • Many many knowledge reports have been written on the bizaare and experimental treatments wealthy Dr. David Minkoff has in his *Ethics* files. Former staff reported that he devised his own inventions and concoctions for cancer patients.
    A subpoena of his floor to ceiling *ethics* folders would reveal a gigantic amount of activity covered up by the Cult.
    Most of his experimental cancer patients died within 3-4 months and these were faithfully reported to Flag Service Org.
    Anyway Minkoff has made a lot of donations and he got approved for OT 8
    His OT 8 status did not change his conduct in medicine one iota.
    The Cult continues to benefit $$$$$ from Minkoff *donations.*

    • Biggi Reichert. Will we ever know…
      Wasn’t she OT 8?

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      That is just horrible……

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • jazzlover

      I’m having freaking Mod Squad flashbacks! LOL

      (there’s a scientology connection there too – Peggy Lipton)

    • madame duran

      Been meaning to ask–why are some staff uniforms black & gold (copper?) and others are black & silver? Is it to differentiate between regular, Class V orgs and advanced orgs?

    • so now there is two on staff?

  • jazzlover

    O/T: Thought some here might like hearing/viewing one of Jim Carrey’s unknown talents

  • Observer
    • Stephanie Loving

      A thousand upvotes for the wombat joy. I had no idea they could scamper and run like that. Oh god. I’m OD’ing on the sweetness of that critter!

    • Ella Raitch

      Great ad for Rossi Boots

      • What’sup

        Eats, roots and leaves.

        He da man.

    • Juicer77

      Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

  • Intergalactic Walrus


    PHOTO CAPTION – “The scientology guys are here at the Tampa reptile expo I just got stress tested lol”

    • Ella Raitch

      Talk about hiding in plain sight, lol

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I can’t imagine being part of a church where someone actually says – “Hey, let’s go down to the reptile show and try to sell some books!” What the hell is the logical connection?

        But I did find another photo taken at the Tampa Fairgrounds Reptile Show – maybe LRH has returned from Target Two as a carrot topped lizard. IDK…

      • FredEX2

        How fitting among the reptiles. πŸ˜†

        • Harpoona Frittata

          Exactly what I was thinking! If $cilons have to gather somewhere, let it be with their own cold-blooded kind

    • Observer

      Are they trying to ferret out advance scouts for the Fifth Invader Force?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Maybe they have finally discovered a use for Dianetics – the shredded pages can be used to line the bottom of reptile cages.

        • JJ

          Hmn toss up, which is more toxic the ink itself or the ink….

  • Mymy88

    –OFF TOPIC– May I throw up, please? (headlines): He’s back to rigging ; Without evidence, Trump says fraud cost him popular vote ; Trump falsely claims ‘millions of people who voted illegally’ cost him popular vote ;

    • JJ

      S’funny they were just complaining about the Democrats going after a recount in Wisconsin…?

    • Mymy88
      • ExCult.Jan

        Please spare us these ‘babies’!!

    • Mymy88
      • ExCult.Jan

        Ouch, can’t collapse pics fast enough.

    • daisy

      Turn off the CNN – it is all Trump all the time and legitimizing everything he does as being news. They are giving an audience to this raving nut which in turn gives a voice to his nut job followers. Stunts like this hardens us to the actual damage and normalizes it. If it is important it will be shown on a network in the space of an hr. You cannot control his ravings but you can control your reaction to it. My 2 cent opinion if it helps.

      • Mymy88

        No more Normalizing! I never watch the news anymore but I do check the headlines. Yeah, it makes me sick how the media is doing that (normalizing that ugly freak). Why is that?
        What are they afraid of. Who is controlling that?

        • daisy

          Ratings and money. I do not think they are trying to normalize him , it is just the result of trying to report him . At least they try to present both sides unlike Fox.We apparently need to relearn the lesson that by giving neo-nazi*s and other divisive groups only encourage and emboldens them. Oprah, Sally Jessie , Phil all thought prtting them on Tv and trying to understand them , would make it a national discussion. It made race relations worse. There is no reasoning with them. Discussions with real people who are interested in unifying the country and dedication to that cause matters. Want to get involved , get to know the muslim down the street. Walk with them when they feel endangered. Volunteer at the planned parenthood office. Accompany patients in the door. If you have money there are any number or causes that would undermind the Trump regime such ACLU. NAACP., LGBTQ2 groups.Then give it in Pence of Trumps name. Write op-ed articles in your local paper. Watch John Oliver s Last Week Tonight . As well as being supremely funny and scrupulously fact-checked he often gives good common sense advice on how to help Most importantly keep doing it until another govt. can be voted in. Hurry you only have 2 yrs.

          • Mymy88

            I loved it when Steven Colbert called Trump a SOB and con man during his monologue the other night. Wow! No love. No love at all.

            • daisy

              Seth Myers is even funnier and he excoriates him more often . He has made the beginning of his shows just about as funny if not more than Jon Stewart. If you want a treat look up his Washington Press dinner roast of Trump. People have theorized that it the drubbing Trump got from both Obama and Seth with his decision to run. He has apologized to us all.

            • Mymy88

              Trump: I shall avenge my honor! (what honor?) NONE. None at all.

          • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

            Great comment Daisy !!!

            • Mymy88

              I know, right? What the hell is she doing living up there in Canada. We need her here! lol

            • go grab her πŸ™‚

            • Mymy88

              Why would I do that? I actually was thinking about asking her if she had a room she could rent out to me while I wait for my immigration paper work to go through ha ha. KIDDING!I need to stay here and fight that freak of nature that thinks he is a god!

            • I think you are doing to get a lot of support fighting that umm.. you know! Clown?

            • Mymy88

              LOL. King pig of pig clowns!

            • Today i saw the Clown negotiating an ultimatum with Cuba…. err! ON Twitter HA HA!

            • Mymy88

              Oh you mean like this “Castro is dead!” Wow, that’s some mean ass diplomacy skills if I ever saw some.

            • ohh no! nothing about feeling sorry for his dead, more like demanding serious changes or he will cancel a 50 year old treaty signed by JFK. I am not sure if the Cubans wrote back to him on twitter. πŸ™‚

            • Mymy88

              I hate that EFFER! I almost want to say I hate America for voting for the slimey excuse for a human being but maybe it’s like scientology, a lot of Americans got brainwashed by FOX news. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

            • i’m sure there is something about it πŸ™‚

            • daisy

              Thank you – now can we get back to bringing me a drink.

    • Mymy88
    • madame duran

      Seriously, do yourself a favour…listen to the BBC, ABC (Australia), CBC (Canada) or Deutsche Welle (Germany — but English version also available) online. Get out of that American news bubble and hear about what’s going on in other parts of the world (and not just Europe either).

      • NPR NHK…..

      • Mymy88

        Okay, okay. I just had to put one more baby pic. Now I feel better. Thank you all for you patience with my own cry baby tantrum lol.

      • Juicer77

        The BBC has gone a little Trump crazy, but at least they cover more of the planet than just the U.S..

    • Mymy88
    • It might be the first time the winner demanded a recount, but maybe it’s not too late!

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      Trump is such a pussy that he should grab his own crotch.

  • JJ

    Bearded, leopard, blue tongued….Hubbardian silver tonged.
    (Be aware that all reptiles can carry Salmonella. Read about the risks and how to minimize them.)

  • ExCult.Jan

    The 1999 complaint against Minkoff was affirmed on appeal, including a $10,000 fine, suspension of his
    license for 1 year, plus 2 years on probation under the direct supervision of another MD with quarterly affidavits and semiannual investigative reviews, continuing education, community service, and liability for costs.

    ‘Dr’ Minkoff has certainly taken a long walk downhill from the days of his training and board certification in pediatrics and infectious diseases. He is CEO and on the board of directors of a home health nursing agency privately owned by his $cientologist wife Sue Minkoff, RN, who is similarly not practicing evidence-based nursing. It gives me the CREEPS that they have access into the homes of frail vulnerable people.

    It’s easy to file a healthcare complaint via the online portal if one has information of concern.

    • Juicer77

      Ugh. Home health care with $cientology and woo. Shudder.

  • Possibly relevant to RuTube videos:

    * The United States and Russia agreed on the objective of shutting down websites that permit illegal distribution of music and other copyright works. The agreement names the Russia-based website as an example of such a website.
    * Russia will:
    – take enforcement actions against the operation of Russia-based websites; and
    – investigate and prosecute companies that illegally distribute copyright works on the Internet.

    Still, with Scientology soon not existing in Russia, it might be tricky for them to complain.

  • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

    All of the above medical treatments are things I have run across in ER’s and other settings, unfortunately. They are expensive, do not work, can cause potential harm (and in some cases death) and can either make patients believe that they have something they don’t OR cause them not to receive appropriate medical treatment for undiagnosed conditions that they actually do have. In my opinion, the improvement in patient condition is most likely placebo based since none of these treatments are legitimate or approved by the FDA.

    I had a patient the other day who swore by putting high power electrical magnets on either side of her head and sleeping with those every night it cures her depression, but now has severe headaches. (prescribed by a chiropractor…not that all chiropractors do crazy things, but this one did) Kind of like sleeping in an MRI machine nightly. Chelation therapy in particular really bothers me….unless you ate lead paint as a kid, chances are you have no heavy metals in your body that need removing.

    These things make me mad…people make money off of their unfortunate patients by doing things that are not helpful and that can harm or kill someone. This guy needs his license yanked…permanently.

    • Juicer77

      In emergency rooms? Where? Are you confusing legit therapies like TENS (electrical treatment of muscles for pain or spasm) with woo? Honest question. Eta: sorry I don’t know what your medical field is so perhaps I am speaking out of turn.

      • daisy

        Kay is -was an emergency nurse. Her husband is an emergency Dr. She is also a psychiatric nurse . I do not know all her credentials but i believe she has her BsN from her posts. She seems very knowledgeable in her medical posts.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Phil Jones

      It would make for an interesting Thanksgiving dinner if it ever happened.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Schiff is always on cable news bitching about something and yet there he is in the busom of LRH. What a tool! Ugh!

        • Phil Jones

          I meant Thanksgiving dinner with son-in-law John Goodwin.

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            Yeah, I know what you meant πŸ™‚
            I just wanted to take another swipe at Schiff. Seeing elected officials being cozy with CO$ representatives makes me see red.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Oh Adam, you’re so wrong. All publicity isn’t necessarily good publicity. But then, this is really what you do and who you really are, isn’t it? As you sow, so shall you reap. Repulsive.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – “And then, pipers playing, “Scotland the Brave” precede a float of telegenic vave people with a glowing rock, followed by a 30-foot tall Pirate float, pimping a Scientology book. In case you forgot you’re in Hollywood.”

    • Liberated

      Hi IW… seem to be really smart about computer stuff, could you maybe give me some advice why Netflix is frozen on my iPad?
      I let it charge up overnight,everything else works fine but whenever I go to my app it’s totally frozen.
      I get it on my kindle just fine.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Lib, I wish I could help you but sorry, IDK πŸ™

        • Liberated

          That’s ok..tomorrow’s another day.

      • Kim O’Brien

        clear your search history maybe ?

        • Liberated

          I did.

          • Liberated

            Wait, I think I did.

      • everchangingmeezer (wogsy)

        Just do a soft reset.

      • kemist

        Reboot the iPad.

        I occasionally get this problem with videos / YouTube app. Looks like some dynamic library in there does not crash gracefully.

        • Liberated

          Ok, please tell me how to do that.
          I’m afraid I’ll lose everything.

          • kemist

            Instructions here :

            You shouldn’t lose anything. In my experience, if any electronics running software suddenly starts behaving weirdly, rebooting resolves it in most cases.

            If it does not and problem is limited to one application, look if there are available updates or if you applied an update recently. If there are available updates, install them. If you recently applied an update, it’s most likely the cause of your problem. The bug is probably already reported (but if you feel comfortable with bug reporting systems, you can check and report it yourself) and the next update will probably fix it.

            • Liberated

              Thanks for your help kemist.
              I figured out how to reboot my iPad by looking it up. Who knew.
              I held down the sleep/awake button to see the apple icon and let it do its thing.
              It worked, Netflix too.

      • Juicer77

        Can you access the “task management” screen where it lists every program that is running? That may allow you to close only Netflix. Or if Netflix is installed as an App, go to the Apps Management page and close or force stop it there. Hope this helps, I am not an Apple user.

        • Liberated

          I’ll let you know.
          Never heard of task management.
          I’ve cleared out every tab possible. Netflix is an app, it was working fine till two days ago.

          • Juicer77

            Sometimes a bigger size video (longer in length or higher in quality) can freeze up the whole thing. So frustrating!

          • Juicer77

            If you can find a way to “force stop” Netflix, that’s probably the way to go. I would do a web search for “(device name) force stop an app” and see what advice you get.

    • Juicer77

      O.o there are no words….

    • Ann B Watson

      I Love your comments & pictures! Pirate OTs there to rob all comers blind & leave all the empty wallets,accounts,money under the sofa.and all future income to those wild Scientology Pirates on that floating barely,Rustbucket!❀️

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I wonder how much tax-free $$ was wasted on this mess…

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Nothing says Christmas like the L. Ron Hubbard/Scientology float and balloon revealing the phoniness of their “religion” by displaying it with fictional sci-Fi and pirate characters… yet, they want to be
    taken seriously.”

    • Newiga

      Where’s the Xenu float?

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Oh, the humanity!

    PHOTO CAPTION – “The Hollywood holiday parade rocks. Except I love how the Scientology balloon falls down on people.”

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Harpoona Frittata

      That’s priceless! I think that you just made my day!

      • Juicer77

        PS the comments on Rinder’s blog about Terra Cognita’s tone scale post are fascinating. Really a hot button issue, it seems.

        • Yes πŸ™‚ “Sympathy? We don’t need no stinking sympathy!” he he!

    • Damn, I hope someone got it on video.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Engram or misunderstood word? C’mon LRH, you quack, make up yer damn mind!

    • stimulus repose! – So when i poke you, you will ask me to stop?

  • I can’t wait until Duterte and Rump meet.
    Edit to add, just saw:
    “Duterte admits spanking bottoms of female cops”
    “β€œI like to joke around. The policewomen, I spank them on their bottoms in MalacaΓ±ang if I’m ill-tempered. I get my folder and tell them, β€˜you’re part of the problem,’” he said, demonstrating how he spanks them with a folder.”