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L. Ron Hubbard: Scientology will thrive when medical doctors are reined in

Thanks again to Rasha for bringing to us the newest edition of International Scientology News. The magazine is generally one of the most tiresome, as it serves mainly to repeat all of the propaganda that had been presented at one of David Miscavige’s big events, in this case the most recent L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event in Clearwater, Florida.

In this issue Dave was flogging news of the new Advanced Org in South Africa, and so we get lots of photos of local African leaders in traditional costume walking around a facility they will probably never go near again. And we also get this, Dave claiming that the Africa AO is already “Saint Hill Size”…



Well, whatever. It’s another big show put on for the wealthy donors, who are just about the only people who will fall for this stuff.

The magazine also contained an obligatory message from the Founder, which is usually dull as dishwater.

But not this time. We were actually fairly stunned to see Hubbard asking, if Scientology is really the only “science” to successfully treat the human mind, why isn’t it a bigger deal? Hubbard’s answer? The medical profession was holding them back because it didn’t want to give up its turf and admit that it had nothing to offer when it came to more than 70 percent of what ailed the human race.

One of the most common notions we see people arguing about at places like Facebook is the Scientologist attitude toward medicine. Former Scientologists will exasperatedly point out that Scientology is not like Christian Science, and that its members will go to the hospital to treat a broken bone.

But there’s no denying that besides Scientology’s white-hot hatred for the psychiatric profession and psychiatric medicines, there is a general skepticism about western medicine that often drives Scientologists into quack alternative therapies. And the next time someone asks you why, you can show them this statement from L. Ron Hubbard which originally appeared in the Journal of Scientology in March 1954, saying that Scientology will take over the world once doctors learn to stay in their lane and merely treat emergencies.

It’s pretty stunning stuff.


Scientology today is doing exactly what it is supposed to do — work!

It is the only valid and fully tested mental process which Man has.

In view of those facts, both of them very easy to establish, why isn’t Scientology cutting a large swath through the world? It is attracting a great deal of attention, as the growing ranks of the HAS show. But why isn’t it bowling through each and every doubt and opposition everywhere?

There are several answers. The first is the widespread advertising of that “nonadvertising” group, the medical profession. Magazine articles are counted upon by the AMA to sufficiently advertise medicine without the AMA having to buy space. The AMA and its practitioners sell hope for a billion or two annually. They have established a monopoly on health (or, one should say, bad health). This monopoly and the constant parade of articles in all leading periodicals tend to lull the public into the false belief that Man’s major problems of mental and physical health have already been solved. The AMA today depends, actually, upon the remedies prepared for biochemists to keep the medical doctor from being disgraced.

There will always be a role for the medical doctor. But his role is not as broad as AMA advertising would like us to believe. The doctor is a handyman desperately valuable in the specific fields of emergency surgery and repair (as needed after accidents), in obstetrics, in orthopedics and as epidemic police. Further he ceases to be valuable. Almost any chemical engineer can administer antibiotics with better results than can a doctor. Any civil engineer knows more about sanitation. Almost all operations as in the field of surgery are needless. And in problems of psychosomatic medicine the doctor has been and is a rather miserable flop — and psychosomatic medicine comprises better than seventy percent of Man’s ills!


The medical profession has prepared its own retreat into the fields where it belongs, for it has openly fought original research into the problems it itself could not solve. It has continued to accept money from the public to remedy ills it cannot help. It has therefore forfeited to a large extent the goodwill of all research people and, as any poll would show, the affection of the public as well.

Any organization unnaturally pretending to cure all when it cannot nurtures the seeds of its own destruction. Any organization which pretends to developments which it at first fought at length becomes laughable. That the medical profession is now advertising, as in the Ladies’ Home Journal, that it is now nicely accepting the prenatal theory of Dianetics without credit to Dianetics does not escape any ridicule or give us any real responsibility in helping the AMA to continue.

The auditor does not belong in the accident emergency ward until the arteries are reassembled. The auditor does not belong on the cause end of a drug needle. The auditor does not pretend he can set bones (despite Life’s article to the effect that auditors do).

But the medical doctor believes with a very touching fait that he belongs in a consultation room for the neurotic and insane. He believes he is a high authority on shock and trauma, and rushes quickly into his favorite advertising media (the magazine article) to air his views on mental states — when as a matter of fact, the opinion of the local grocer is probably more reliable.

The medical doctor affirms his right to pass upon mental therapies, to advise his patients about them. Why doesn’t he give advice on radio receiving sets, too? It’s a subject just as far from his forte as mental science is.

The public is daily sold on the idea that psychosomatic medicine is in the province of the medical doctor. Legislatures believe that only medical doctors should “treat the insane.” Everybody is standing around pretending the problem of mental health is solved. And that is one of the most dangerous assumptions any culture could make.

The people of the culture believing that today are shocked and surgeried into permanent insanities by medicos who know no more about the mind than an auditor does about broken bones.

The complacence of the AMA in the teeth of this very dangerous assumption should be very alarming, particularly to the AMA.

Routinely and regularly, Scientologists are now solving all branches of psychosomatic ills and all problems of shock and insanity, save in those cases where physical impediments to communication are impossible. Since 1947 every effort has been made to put this data into the hands of the medical profession. The Original Thesis was written for and distributed to the major organizations who control healing in the United States. Yet each shrugged off any responsibility in the matter. The direction to go, then, was not down simply because those “in charge of healing” could not find value in Dianetics. The direction to go was out and up. Dianetics was broadly released to the general public.

The great mouthpieces of medicine such as Morris Fishbein in Newsweek have devoted pages and pages to a desperate effort to stop Dianetics. The raving and frothing done upon the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology by otherwise repsonsible men in Life, Time and Look, in Liberty and cheaper publications have no real precedent in this century. Every piece of scandal that could be scraped up was hurled by medicine to stop Dianetics in its tracks.

That was a heavy push for a young, struggling science to have to face. Well, Dianetics and Scientology have faced it. This counter-effort has slowed markedly the speed of advance. But that was not unexpected. And the counter-effort is now almost entirely spent.

It cost a lot of money to slow Dianetics and Scientology down. But it was worth a very great deal to these sciences to be slowed down. For it made it necessary for me to work much, much harder and make them much, much better and the time that took was the same time that it required for the attack to wear itself out. Today we are very rich in knowledge. We can do things quickly which, yesterday, were all but impossible.

The ridge of resistance is still there. But it is not a very solid ridge. For we didn’t fight back. Now that we are ready to march, it is rather like walking on the backs of an enemy which has slain itself.

Now what are we going to do to make OUR attack good? Well, we have to do several things.

The first of these is to discover in every one of us a level of performance and ability which in itself will set an excellent example. That one is “in” Dianetics and Scientology should be a synonym for being quick and able.

This one we had better remedy rapidly. And the answer to that is posed in the HAS program in Phoenix, where for very, very little any auditor can have his case pushed right up to the top.

The second of these several things has to do with ability in Scientology and with Scientology. This is being remedied by better training schedules in Associate Schools and in particular by our Advanced Clinical Course in Phoenix. (For they don’t get out of HERE without knowing how!)

The third of these is to compel into the public knowledge the fact that LOW-COST therapy now exists. That answer is the group answer. We have tapes here now which, if played to a group of strangers, would produce Clears.

A fourth answer to our problems is with you. All you have to do is stop asking for agreement from your area and start to ACT with what you know and Scientology will go across wherever you are like a startled rocket. Who cares who agrees with you? A medical doctor never explains the remedy. He just uses it. Well, why don’t you juse USE Scientology and stop explaining it?

The main problem which faces us now is WHAT we are going to do to SAVE the medical doctor? He has all but ruined himself. We need bone and baby mechanics. We need somebody to sew up the maimed and mauled. We MUST be careful not to attack medicine. We MUST remember to be patient and gentle. Otherwise you and I in a few years will have to sew them up and deliver them and that’s too much to ask.

Scientology is advancing just exactly the way it was intended to advance. Now let’s all of us get able enough to make the able much more able and get this show on the road.


HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



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[TWO years ago] Scientology is No. 1 with No. 2! Or, how the Church of David Miscavige stinks up Clearwater
[THREE years ago] Scientology rips apart families with its ‘disconnection’ policy — but why?
[FOUR years ago] Another leak of outtakes from 1997’s ‘Secret Lives’ — Scientology’s finance ‘dictator’
[FIVE years ago] Jefferson Hawkins helps us understand Scientology’s L Rundowns!
[SIX years ago] We Need Your Help, Scientology Watchers
[SEVEN years ago] Writers of the Future, Today! Scientology Gets Its Party On
[NINE years ago] Scientology Bigwigs Get the Classic Scientology F-U
[ELEVEN years ago] Scientology’s First Celebrity Defector Reveals Church Secrets


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,417 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,546 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,050 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,530 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 593 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 481 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,788 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,656 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,430 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,204 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,550 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,116 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,036 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,203 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,784 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,045 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,084 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,796 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,322 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,411 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,551 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,871 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,727 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,846 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,202 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,504 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,610 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,012 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,884 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,467 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,962 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,216 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,325 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 15, 2019 at 07:00

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