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Scientology stepping up its promotion of chiropractic, demonizing of the AMA

There’s a new article by the Scientology front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights. CCHR blog posts and press releases are generally intended for an internal Scientologist audience rather than the public. This article is aimed at members of Scientology who are chiropractors, and there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of them. Many Scientologists will see a chiropractor instead of a medical doctor for any illness.

The article criticizes events that took place over 30 years ago: “The AMA recommended that Congress exclude payment for chiropractic services from federally supported health programs. On August 25, 1987, Federal Judge Susan Getzendanner, in U.S. District Court, found the AMA had engaged in an illegal boycott against chiropractors and an injunction against such activity was entered and affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on February 7, 1990.”

The case cited in the article is Wilk v American Medical Association, in which a group of chiropractors won a decision based on the Sherman Antitrust Act that the AMA was attempting to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession. What Scientology omits is that the decision was not based on the merits of chiropractic. Judge Getzendanner wrote:

The plaintiffs clearly want more from the court. They want a judicial pronouncement that chiropractic is a valid, efficacious, even scientific health care service. I believe that the answer to that question can only be provided by a well designed, controlled, scientific study… No such study has ever been done. In the absence of such a study, the court is left to decide the issue on the basis of largely anecdotal evidence. I decline to pronounce chiropractic valid or invalid on anecdotal evidence.


It’s true to this day that there are no scientific studies of chiropractic treatments. This article from CCHR is inspired by the fanciful writings of L. Ron Hubbard and his hatred of the AMA, the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) and others.


These groups secretly shoot down chiropractors, churches, and Western culture or advance or healing action.

The standard propaganda line is
(a) Everyone is insane
(b) Psychiatrists should be next to every world leader treating them weekly.
(c) Anyone should be subject to seizure as insane without process as law (a ‘Siberia’ bill they seek to get passed and which once almost did pass the US Congress.)
(d) Scientology breaks up families.
(e) Scientology prevents people from coming to their psychiatrist to seek REAL help.
(f) There are not enough psychiatrists or ‘facilities.’
(g) All boundaries should be destroyed.
(h) All constitutions should be destroyed.
(i) Any current campaign they may have to get something destroyed for a big Western take over.


They are currently shipping insane people out for “community care.” They drive them hopelessly insane in an institution and then push them out onto the community to make trouble.

Every major assassin has (1) seen a member of WFMH before the assassination and (2) been defended by a member of WFMH after the act if still alive.

Even the press (that of it not owned by WFMH and some that is!) has begun to establish that the attacks on Scn smell to high heaven.

A conspiracy formed at the WFMH Congress in London in August 1968 resulted in simultaneous identical political channel attacks on Scn in several countries.

— L. Ron Hubbard ED 63 WW 6 US 12 December 1968

It’s a load of nonsense. The WFMH was founded in 1948, the same year as the World Health Organization and a few years after the United Nations. They are a well-respected educational and advocacy NGO. They have permanent representatives at the UN and they are not in the business of creating assassins or destroying constitutions.

The second target of the article is the ADHD medicine Ritalin. “Cocaine-like stimulants such as Ritalin, now known to cause strokes, heart attacks, psychosis and death, were being handed out like candy for a completely fictitious ‘mental disorder.’ Since then chiropractors and doctors practicing complementary medicine have continued to speak out against psychiatric drug practices.” That Ritalin is “cocaine-like” is no more true than labeling it “caffeine-like.” They are all stimulants but have different chemical structures and have different properties.

Contrary to Scientology’s claim, the FDA says studies have “not shown an association between use of certain ADHD medications and adverse cardiovascular events. These adverse cardiovascular events include stroke, heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI), and sudden cardiac death.”


[Michael, Colleen Carberry and Scientologist Grant Cardone]

There are groups in Scientology that specialize in recruiting and consulting for chiropractic clinics. In 2013 Scientologists Michael and Coleen Carberry founded Advanced Medical Integration, a Clearwater-based Scientology consulting company that promotes Hubbard’s admin tech to chiropractors. Chiropractors can’t prescribe drugs, and most will refer a patient to a doctor for conditions that require medication. AMI takes a different approach, encouraging chiropractors to treat all conditions using naturopathic medicine, a combination of dietary changes, herbal remedies, meditation and acupuncture. It’s perfect for serving the Scientology community. All manner of illnesses and disease can be treated without the use of drugs. The problem is the same one that chiropractors have faced for decades, and the reason that the AMA attempted to restrict the practice in the 80s — there is no scientific evidence that the treatments work.

Scientology gets a lot of money from chiropractors. They have disposable income and donate large sums to the IAS and various front groups. The point of the article is not to influence public policy, but to cater to the specific issues of concern to chiropractors. The intent is that these Scientologists will in turn donate in greater levels to CCHR, which feeds money up the line to the international level. In Scientology it’s all about the money.

— Rod Keller


With apologies to Jefferson Hawkins

We couldn’t help ourselves…



HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

THURSDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITY: 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. But we also want to point out that Cathy Schenkelberg’s “Squeeze My Cans” will be running at the Hollywood Fringe, and we encourage HowdyCon attendees to see her show on Thursday night, June 20. Tickets and more dates available here.

Friday night June 21 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?



[ONE year ago] As another tiny enclave of Scientologists digs deep for an Ideal Org — what would Ron say?
[TWO years ago] Garcias answer: Was Scientology not paying attention to an angry federal judge?
[THREE years ago] Ron Miscavige, his book ‘Ruthless,’ his nervous son, and Scientology Watching’s new reality
[FOUR years ago] Want to go Clear? Has Scientology got a deal for you!
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s ‘Hogwarts’ doesn’t want you to think it’s connected to Scientology
[SIX years ago] Scientology Metaphysics: After Death, Will You Go to Mars or Venus?
[SEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: Librarians Under Assault!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,431 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,560 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,064 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,544 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 607 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 495 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,802 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,670 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,444 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,218 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,564 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,130 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,050 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,217 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,798 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,059 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,098 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,810 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,336 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,425 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,565 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,885 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,741 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,860 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,216 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,518 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,624 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,026 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,898 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,481 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,976 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,230 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,339 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 29, 2019 at 07:00

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