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Scientology’s sleep cures are enough to keep you up at night

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has a new article on its blog that deserves comment. CCHR has a harder time than other Scientology front groups who can keep their writings based on some truth in their chosen issue. Foundation for a Drug Free World can write truthfully about how using illegal drugs is bad. Youth for Human Rights can write about the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But CCHR is stuck inventing its arguments entirely based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

The Remedy of Tiredness

The fraudulent psychiatric billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), has quite a few entries related to one form or another of “sleep disorder,” many of which simply occur when a person is knocked out by some (legal or illegal) drug. And if a psychiatrist can’t find the real reason for a person’s troubled sleeping, they’ll just diagnose the catch-all “Unspecified sleep-wake disorder.” Psychiatrists assume that anything they can’t explain is a “mental illness.”


Of course, the psychiatric treatment of choice is a psychotropic drug, many of which have known side effects of difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

The DSM-5 manual describes 11 types of sleep disorders and physicians rarely treat them with medication as a first choice. They are: Insomnia disorder, Hypersomnolence disorder, Narcolepsy, Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea, Central sleep apnea, Sleep-related hypoventilation, Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders Non–rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep arousal disorders, Nightmare disorder, Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, Restless legs syndrome and substance-/medication-induced sleep disorder. It’s absurd to claim that people develop these mostly unrelated disorders from being knocked out by a drug.


CCHR combines these disorders into one category, and feels qualified to comment on sleep disorder because of L. Ron Hubbard’s obsession with promoting Scientology as a competitor to psychiatry. In 1957 Hubbard claimed to have developed a cure for sleeplessness and Scientology sells tapes of the 18th American ACC (Advanced Clinical Course) Lectures recorded in Washington, DC. One lecture is “Surprise – The Anatomy of Sleep,” which Scientology says describes “the difference between sleep and anaten and a cure for sleeplessness.”

“Anaten” is a Scientology-specific word of Hubbard’s invention. The definition is “an abbreviation of analytical attenuation meaning diminution or weakening of the analytical awareness of an individual for a brief or extensive period of time. If sufficiently great, it can result in unconsciousness. (It stems from the restimulation of an engram which contains pain and unconsciousness.)” In the 1957 lecture Hubbard describes his experiments with sleep and medication.

Now, hypnotics, taking hypnotics – Nytol, amphibinol, snooze-all, drowse-all, those things don’t work. They don’t work. I don’t know what it is about them but these sedatives have a kickback that – don’t give you very much about sleep. There isn’t anything connected with sleep. They’re hypnotics and I don’t care what anybody calls them, they’re hypnotics.

I was wondering what people were taking — you call this “tranquilizer” so I took a couple of handsful to find out what was happening about them, so forth, and I — instead of going to sleep as one was supposed to do, or feel relaxed, something of this sort, why, I felt my eyes snakk and pow-w-w and the diaphragms dilated like that and I put the body in a chair and went over and sat on the molding for a while and let it get over it.


[L. Ron Hubbard described the Genetic Entity which remembers a time spent as simpler species, such as phytoplankton]

Hubbard claims that the need for sleep is caused by the Genetic Entity (GE) recalling a time when it was plankton that responded to the sun. “The body, evidently, on the genetic line, has retained all the lessons of algae, plankton, monocellular behavior.” The cure for sleeplessness is “walk around the block until things start to look solid to you,” advice that CCHR uses to close its article.

Psychiatrists and family doctors are more likely to suggest a number of behavior modifications to treat sleeplessness. Set a consistent time to go to sleep and wake up. Avoid naps. Use the bed only for sleep and sex. Cut down or eliminate caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Get more exercise and lose weight. If these don’t work, a doctor may prescribe Amnien, Lunesta or another medicine. It’s only in the mind of L. Ron Hubbard that doctors turn to medicine as a first option when treating a sleep disorder.


— Rod Keller


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Source Code

“I couldn’t tell you where I lived in 1102 A.D. My memory on the earlier track wasn’t so bad, but they — in spots — but I realized there was practically nothing on the early, early track at all. Nothing! What was this? There were great big chunks like twenty years missing out of the track, see….During the war I remember vividly thinking about the Phoenician navy and how different our administrative system was than the Phoenician navy’s administrative system and so on. And of course I’d been in my same rank for so long, that I was getting moldy. That was true of anybody who went out to the combat areas. And I mentioned this to somebody. I didn’t tell them, I didn’t tell them I was remembering and so forth. I got dreamily reminiscent about the Phoenician navy and the good old days, you know. They printed me up a certificate on the ship and they printed me up a commission, feeling sorry for me for being in grade for so long, you see. And gave me my original commission back as a lieutenant in the Phoenician navy with the date of rank, 1003 B.C. printed on it. Only it didn’t seem very funny to me. Only they didn’t have lieutenants. Well, we won’t go off into that. There was another way of designating rank and grade. What all this comes down to was how willing I was to create the early track or to create the memory of an early track, which is all memory is. Now you have a reality on it because you know it is-was.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 17, 1959


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Thetans, until recently have kept only getting worse, losing their far superior innate abilities and instead buying into MEST livelihoods, MEST ‘solutions,’ bigger computers, AI and now 5G. It’s IT vs PSI. Which will win, and what direction are we Independent Scientologists pursuing, I wonder.”


Random Howdy

“Scientology came into existence in the 50s, which saw the advent of the beatniks and new ageism followed by the hippies and a rampant world wide interest in the supernatural, occult, and paranormal. It’s fitting to me that Scientology peaked in the 80s with the rise of the yuppie.”


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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,631 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,760 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,264 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,784 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 804 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 695 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,002 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,870 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,644 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,418 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,764 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,330 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,249 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,417 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,998 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,259 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,298 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,010 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,536 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,062 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,625 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,765 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,085 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,941 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,060 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,415 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,718 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,824 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,226 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,098 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,681 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,176 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,430 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,539 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 17, 2019 at 07:00

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