I have since leaving Scientology found an inescapable conclusion - Scientology as part of a massive fraud has convinced hundreds, perhaps over decades thousands, of people to skip conventional medical treatment and instead pursue Scientology and Dianetics for healing. This has included treatable deadly illnesses such as cancer. One might call this slow motion mass murder.
I don't know the exact number of deaths this has led to, but cannot fathom it being less than hundreds and possibly even thousands of people.
Below is a collection of quotes to begin exploring this theme.
This [Scientology] is useful knowledge. With it the blind again see, the lame walk, the ill recover, the insane become sane and the sane become saner. By its use the thousand abilities Man has sought to recover become his once more.
Ron Hubbard, SCIENTOLOGY: A HISTORY OF MAN, 1952
Of all the ills of man which can be successfully processed by Scientology, arthritis ranks near the top. In skilled hands, this ailment, though misunderstood and dreaded in the past, already has begun to become history. Twenty-five hours of Scientology by an auditor who fairly understands how to process arthritis can be said to produce an invariable alleviation of the condition. Some cases, even severe ones, have responded in as little as two hours of processing, according to reports from auditors in the field.
Ron Hubbard, "Journal of Scientology," Issue 1-G, 1952
Leukaemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukaemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase ‘It turns my blood to water.'
Ron Hubbard, "Journal of Scientology," Issue 15-G, 1953
Arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away.
Ron Hubbard, DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH, 1987 Ed., p. 72
Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns.
Ron Hubbard, ALL ABOUT RADIATION, p. 109
You are only three or four hours from taking your glasses off for keeps.
Ron Hubbard, "Eyesight and glasses," "Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletin," Vol. 2, No. 7, January 1952
The alleviation of the condition of insanity has also been accomplished now
Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, November 1970, "Psychosis"
Additionally I found several applicable quotes in an article by Jeff Jacobsen.
Cure goiter - Dianetics Today (1975 Ed.), p. 280
"I've seen a goiter the size of a baseball visibly shrink and disappear in the space of one-half hour right after an engram was run."
Cure polio- Dianetics Today (1975 Ed.), p. 353
"A girl crippled by polio was able to throw away her crutches after my first session."
Cure arthritis - History of Man, p. 7
"Today, Eleanor has arthritis. She is audited... tonight she doesn't have arthritis"
Speed broke bone healing - Dianetics Today (1975 Ed), p.110
"A broken limb will heal (by X-ray evidence) in two instead of six weeks."
Cure effects of drugs - Dianetics Today, (1975 Ed.), p.481
"ONLY processing by Dianetics and Scientology can handle the effects of drugs fully."
Raise the dead - Magazine Articles on Level 0, Checksheet 1968, "Dissemination of Material" p.75
"A child had died, was dead, had been pronounced dead by a doctor, and the auditor, by calling the thetan back and ordering him to take over the body again brought the child to life."
Cure migraines - Dianetics Today (1975 Ed.), p.125; also see HCOB 15 Jan. '79 "Handling with Auditing"
Cure cancer - The History Of Man (1961), p. 20
"Cancer has been eradicated by auditing out conception and mitosis."
Cure skin cancer - All About Radiation (1979 Ed.), p.114
Cure radiation sickness - All About Radiation (1979 Ed.), p.109; also PAB no. 82
"Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns."
Improve eyesight - PAB no. 111 "Eyesight and glasses"; also Dianetic Auditor's Bulletin vol. 2 no. 7 January 1952 "An afternoon with Ron"
"You are only three or four hours from taking your glasses off for keeps."
Cure a broken ankle - HCOB 30 July 1973 "Scientology, Current State of the Subject and Materials."
Cure insanity - HCOB 28 Nov. '70 "Psychosis"
"The alleviation of the condition of insanity has also been accomplished now..."
Cure bronchitis - HCOB 14 Dec. '63 "Case analysis Health Research"
"12 days after this auditing the coughing was still in abeyance."
cure brainwashing - HCOB No. 19 Dec. '55 "The turn of the Tide"
"... in Dianetics in particular, we have the total antidote for the eradication of brainwashing."
- DIANETICS (1987 ED.) p.72: "arthritis vanishes, myopia gets better, heart illness decreases, asthma disappears, stomachs function properly and the whole catalogue of illnesses goes away and stays away."
- HISTORY OF MAN P.13: "The GE has the record of past deaths. Auditing it alters physical structure, eradicates physical malformations."
- HISTORY OF MAN P.14: "Paralysis, anxiety stomachs, arthritis and many ills and aberrations have been relieved by auditing them."
Hubbard wrote that Scientologists taking courses were barred from visiting a doctor without express permission from the church "except in cases of severe emergency." (HCOPL 26 July 1965 "Release Declaration Restrictions, Healing Amendments)
I have reviewed the NOTs material posted to the internet and assume that it is the real thing, because 1) the church legally went after those who posted the NOTs for copyright violations, 2) former members vouched for the authenticity of the material, and 3) it is consistent with other church writings.
Basically, the NOTs series are auditing methods that use an e-meter purportedly designed to rid the Scientologist of a multitude of unwanted spiritual beings attached to his/her soul. These unwanted beings, called "Body Thetans" or "BTs", can allegedly cause physical problems for humans.
Being a Clear but not having completed OT levels "doesn't necessarily affect the person himself, but it does affect the body - severely." Series 2 seeks to motivate Scientologists to take the next courses by stating that "Clears should be told they are at risk until OTIII" of "illness, possibly worse."
This series deals with mis-auditing problems. NOTs mis-auditing can hurt the physical body "dangerously so" by stirring up dormant BTs.
A cluster of BTs can shut off nerve channels which can cause deafness or blindness - "when a cluster suddenly mocks up mass, it shuts off nerve channels." Extrapolating from this, one could imagine many other illnesses caused by such a phenomenon, such as blockage of the urinary tract.
BTs and clusters can effect a person's perception.
BTs are acting as various illnesses. Once audited away the illness supposedly is gone.
"BTs or clusters being 'negative'... probably are the root of sickness."
"You can run into a cluster causing damage to the body."
There are several quotes within the series which clearly state that auditing can cure illnesses:
"Clears should be told they are at risk (of illness) until OTIII."
"If a guy has a bad secondary, or a bad injury, you handle that with Date/Locate [an auditing procedure using the e-meter]."
"If ill or injured handle [w]ith an Assist (NOTs 3)"
"Body distortions" are cleared up.
"The above are the full steps and sequences for handling a physical condition." [this is the series that Keith Henson posted, claiming it teaches medical fraud]
"If the person is sick as well as being subjected to a dangerous environment, there would be no hope of recovery without auditing."
Particular cases of cures are documented within NOTs:
"This cluster... was the underlying cause of the stomach pain and the stomach condition." "...a full recovery to health was accomplished."
"Most people are sick due to some out-rudiment scene."
"He started recovering physically. Articulation handled and walking improved." "This case was... considered incurable by the medicos."
Hubbard wanted to impress people with a scientific background, and he inflated his training and experiences by vast proportions. Despite the fact that Hubbard only had 2 miserable years of college level courses at George Washington University, the church's books make the following claims:
" Ron Hubbard, one of America's first nuclear physicists, ..." [inside jacket of All About Radiation].
"...Ron Hubbard was trained in mathematics, science and engineering at George Washington University, in government at Princeton and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree." [inside jacket of A History of Man]
"I was a Ph.D., Sequoia's University and therefore a perfectly valid doctor under the laws of the State of California." [HCOPL 14 Feb. 1966 "Doctor Title Abolished"]. Sequoia University was a diploma mill where anyone for a small fee could obtain a diploma.
In Professional Auditor's Bulletin #82, "Scientology, Translator's Edition" 1 May, 1956, by " Ron Hubbard, Ph.D. C.E." we have the statement that Scientology "was organized by Ron Hubbard, an American, who has many degrees" (Tech. Bulletins, vol. 2, p.406).
Hubbard stated "That was the first and only time the government offered me a post as a nuclear physicist." ( Ron Hubbard Creating A New Civilization Tape Series Tape A Postulate Out Of A Golden Age December 6 1956).
Hubbard also stated "I happen to be a nuclear physicist; I am not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist nor a medical doctor" ("Dianetics: The Modern Miracle". February 6, 1952).
Obviously, Hubbard was puffing his academic background toward the scientific end. He wanted people to see him as a master of the physical sciences.
Hubbard claimed that his auditing process was scientifically valid. Ron Hubbard constantly makes the claim that dianetics is a "scientific fact." In fact, he makes that claim 35 times in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. For example, "All our facts are functional and these facts are scientific facts, supported wholly and completely by laboratory evidence." (DIANETICS, (1987 edition) p. 96).
Both Dianetics and Scientology are declared to be precise sciences by Hubbard:
In the Scientology book All About Radiation is the statement that "Scientology has been called that branch of atomic science which deals with human ability" (p. 46, 1979 edition).
Hubbard wrote that "Scientology is... more exact than what are called the physical sciences" (Scientology 8-8008 p. 13).
"Scientology is the only workable system man has" (Introduction to Scientology Ethics, p.64 1976 reprint).
Scientology "is, indeed, the most validated science of mind Earth has ever known" (Journal of Scientology Issue 40-G, "Validation of Scientology").
"It is carefully observed here that the *science* of Scientology does not intrude into the Dynamic of the Supreme Being" (Professional Auditor's Bulletin No. 83).
"Dianetics is a science; as such, it has no opinion about religion, for sciences are based on natural laws, not on opinions" (Dianetics Auditor's Bulletin Vol. 1 No. 4, October 1950).
"Scientology, which includes Dianetics, is a workable system. The route is taped. The search is done. Now the route only needs to be walked" (Dianetics Today p.951).
All quotes above from: Medical claims within Scientology's
secret teachings by Jeff Jacobsen
I feel these quotes are accurate and worth understanding in the context they were actually used in. Hubbard clearly repeatedly stated Dianetics and Scientology healed people and did this in two distinct paths of information. The ideas he spread from Dianetics publication through Scientology auditing up to the level of clear and promoting the OT levels, particularly OT III and above to Scientologists had broadly distributed claims that virtually all Scientologists are exposed to. Certainly in Dianetics and basic books and courses.
Additionally the NOTS courses are part of materials that are hidden from the majority of Scientologists and definitely were hidden from the government and general public as long as Scientology could hide them. Only leaks online have changed that.
I feel Jeff Jacobsen demonstrated several points with Hubbard's own words that support my claims. Hubbard certainly claimed Scientology and Dianetics were sciences far superior to any others created by humanity. That is very exact: he left no room for seeing Scientology and Dianetics as faith based with the terms he used.
Hubbard claimed Scientology and Dianetics are literally capable of raising the dead and can heal a wide variety of illnesses and injuries including specific fatal diseases such as cancer.
Hubbard claimed he himself had credentials which he clearly never achieved. To establish a false air of authority. Scientific authority to be precise.
The cumulative results of all these claims in the context of decades of being presented to hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Scientologists is important. Scientology despite claims of millions of members by the sixties actually likely never had more than about a hundred thousand members at any time. It certainly had far less than that between the Dianetics boom which fizzled once Dianetics was exposed as a fraud. From the fifties through much of the seventies hundreds of thousands of Scientologists came and went. From the late eighties through twenty fifteen the cult has had less than a hundred thousand members and likely fifty thousand or fewer members the majority of that time.
But in the heavy indoctrination Scientologists receive the ideas that Dianetics and Scientology heal far better than conventional medical technology is heavily promoted. The idea that Dianetics and Scientology are bona fide sciences is promoted. And probably most of all the idea that Hubbard was an authority on science of the highest possible level is a fundamental value in Scientology. In fact Hubbard is promoted as the greatest authority on the mind, science and life that has ever lived.
That is a core doctrine in Scientology.
All of these factors and claims by individual Scientologists of knowing others who got illnesses such as cancer and then due to being fooled by an elaborate fraud with actual lies - and not just statements within a faith - lead to one predictable result. Those victims of fraud failed to use conventional medicine and many died as a result. I believe the number must be in the hundreds or thousands.
That is murder via medical fraud. I cannot see how any other conclusion is correct. In many places causing death of a human being in the commission of another crime is called felony murder. It sometimes is called depraved indifference homicide. Either can apply in this circumstance.
Additionally worth noting is that Scientology claims religious protection for its activities in the United States. I object to that but understand it is a legal obstacle.
But citizens of many countries practice Scientology and abandon medical treatment and suffer consequences up to death as part of this fraud. Surely some of these people died whose countries of origin don't recognize Scientology as a religion. They can pursue legal action against Scientology for fraud and murder, among other charges.
I hope this article helps to show how Scientology is not a harmless fad.