All technical treatment modalities of the Narconon program, which the cult claims are non-religious, are sold in Scientology organizations as part of their regular religious curriculum they call their Bridge to Total Freedom.
Of particular concern to SPDL is Narconon’s inclusion of the Ups and Downs Course, which is Scientology’s basic indoctrination in the SP doctrine.
The Steps of the Narconon Program
The Narconon program, tested in the fire of three decades of experience, charts the step-by-step recovery of self-control for the addict. The Narconon program is done in the following sequence:
Step One: Drug-Free Withdrawal
Certain drugs such as heroin and alcohol cannot normally be discontinued without considerable physical discomfort. With prior medical evaluation and approval, a Narconon facility provides a safe, 24-hour care procedure.Since its beginnings in the cellblocks of Arizona State Prison, the Narconon program has championed rehabilitation without resort to alternative drugs. However, the early program established by William Benitez did not deal directly with the traumatic throes of drug withdrawal.In response to this need, L. Ron Hubbard researched and developed methods to help addicts through the anguish of withdrawal without the use of potentially addictive drugs. In 1973, Narconon staff adopted this “drug-free withdrawal” procedure, using vitamin and mineral supplements along with special techniques to ease the mental and physical symptoms.
Step Two: Narconon Therapeutic TRs Course
“TRs” are training routines. This course is comprised of drills and other practical steps that enable students to improve their ability to confront situations in life, to communicate and to resolve problems through communication. Narconon students study with the help of a Supervisor who assists them through their courses.
Step Three: The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program
This step of the program removes drug residues and other toxic substances from the body. These residues remain locked in fatty tissues of the body and can be released into the blood stream years after the person has stopped taking drugs.
The residues can cause cravings for more drugs and thus need to be eliminated from the body. This is accomplished through an exact regimen of exercise, sauna and nutritional supplements, ridding the fatty tissues in the body of drug residues.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification program utilizes sweating in a dry sauna to eliminate drug residues from the body.
Step Four: Life Improvement Courses1
A series of Narconon Program life improvement courses are studied to put the individual back in control of his or her life.
A. The Narconon Program Learning Improvement Course gives the student the ability to study and retain knowledge along with the ability to recognize and overcome barriers to study and learn. The student learns data on the three barriers to study.
He learns how to fully understand a word by searching in a dictionary so that it is fully understood, how to do demonstrations of concepts so he can easily grasp them and how to spot and handle any difficulties in his study.
It is a course that enables students to overcome barriers to study and improve their learning skills, comprehension and ability to apply what they study on the following steps of their lives.
B. The Narconon Program Perception and Communication Course gives the student the ability to get into full communication with others and his environment. The student really polishes up his communication skills by redoing the eight Training Routines and then does a series of new exercises which fully extroverts the student and gets his attention off of himself and onto the environment. This greatly raises perception and ability to handle the environment and control over his life. The student also helps another student do the exercises. He takes responsability for helping another, which increases his sense of responsibility and his ability to handle life and help others.
C. The Narconon Program Ups and Downs in Life Course gives the student the ability to spot and handle those influences in his environment that would cause him to lose any gains he has made.2
He learns the characteristics of the social personality as well as those of the anti-social personality so that he can spot the difference and make an educated decision on better choose his friends and associates. Completing this course makes the student less susceptible to those who would influence him to revert to drugs.
D. The Narconon Program Personal Values and Integrity Course gives the student the data he needs to improve his survival potential. It teaches the student the eight survival dynamics, gives him valuable knowledge about personal ethics, honesty and integrity and shows him how to correct contra-survival behavior by ridding himself of past harmful deeds.
E. The Narconon Program Changing Conditions in Life Course gives the student the exact step-by-step technology he needs to improve his life. This ethics technology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard and covers exactly how to apply these steps to improve conditions in life. It also teaches the student how to repair previous bad conditions and how he can apply this knowledge and keep winning.
F. The Narconon Program THE WAY TO HAPPINESS® Course teaches the student a non-sectarian moral code which is a guide to living a happy life based on the book “The Way to Happiness TM”.
source: the Narconon Oververview booklet presented by Narconon International
- Life Improvement Courses A person can make rapid improvement in a specific area of his life with a Life Improvement Course. These provide Scientology fundamentals directly related to the area for which a person wants immediate help.The Scientology Life Improvement Courses are designed to fit the different needs of individuals based on their knowledge of Dianetics and Scientology, what books they may have read and their situation in life. These contain the basics of Scientology technology which can bring immediate improvement to a specific aspect of an individual’s existence. Source: http://www.scientology.org/en_US/religion/introductory/pg001.html ↩
- Overcoming Ups & Downs in Life Course Why is it you can feel so good one day and bad the next for no apparent reason? Is it just luck or chance that makes things go well for you today and badly tomorrow?Life may have its ups and downs, but life does not have to be an uncontrollable roller-coaster!Now you can spot what — and who — is causing things to go wrong in your life and recognize your friends. Now you can correctly tell who to trust — and listen to — before it’s too late.Take this course and learn the proven, successful methods you can use to succeed in life despite opposition.
Course length: 5-6 days, part time
This course is available at any Church of Scientology. To enroll on a Life Improvement course at a Church of Scientology near you, click here.
If what is attributed to Louis Farrakhan on his site is accurate, his “God Will Send Saviors” speech is an alarmingly grim application of Scientology’s SP doctrine to Caucasians. Caucasians should be alerted that the application of the SP doctrine is a condition of war, that Hubbard called fair game. I am posting the entire article in the public interest.
Everyone who applies the SP doctrine has his or her SPs. As ridiculous as it is, Farrakhan’s SPs are the Caucasians. The doctrine is sick, no matter who applies it and to whom. Hubbard was the sociopath in this paradigm, and not the class he labeled.
Minister Louis Farrakhan
The Lawful Captive Shall Be Delivered
By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Updated May 1, 2011 – 12:45:52 PM[Editor’s note: The following article is the third installment of edited excerpts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address titled “God Will Send Saviours” which he delivered on the occasion of Saviours’ Day held Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Click here to order this powerful message in its entirety on CD and DVD.] In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.Whether you know it or not, this is The Time of War. Black man and woman of America, study the Book of Joel, Chapter 3, because this scripture is really about you, the real “Children of Israel.” It is what has been done to us—that you are willing to forgive, and even to forget after you know—which is bringing on The War of Armageddon.Soon, and very soon, even our blood will be running in the streets. You will call for the end of a world like this.
The ‘lawful captives,’ prey of a wicked oppressor
“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, and shall the lawful captive be delivered?” (Isaiah 49: 24) What is a “prey”? It is an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food; a “prey” is also a person that is easily injured or taken advantage of.
The Black man and woman of America are the prey in the hands of our wicked oppressors, and now we have become “lawful captives.” You, Black man and woman of America: You are the “prey” in the hands of your wicked enemies. You thought that the 13th Amendment ended “slavery,” but the wording was so deceitful: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Anything you do today, they love to call it a “felony”; then they can enslave you lawfully, because you are a criminal. Isn’t that something? Then, in the so-called Reconstruction Era, they quickly set up the Jim Crow laws, making nearly everything we do, or think of doing, a “crime.” They fill the jails and the prisons with us, and then lease us back out to private industry to build the roads, the bridges, the canals, the railroads: Back in slavery again!
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States made us “lawful captives,” for it states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” They declared us to be “citizens” without the rights of a citizen. And whether you want to believe it or not, you’re still in that ugly position today. They call us “citizens” mockingly. But if you had the rights of citizens, there would be peace in The Valley.
Foolish men and women, who think that because you have money that you’re “free,” who think that because you can put “bling-bling” around your silly neck, diamonds on your wrist, that you’re “free”! You think because you can throw a ball in a hoop, and play great football, that you’re free! You’re just a lawful captive.
Remember The Words of Elijah Muhammad
Wake up Black man and woman, your time of deliverance has come! This people who refuse to give us justice, or let us go and give us a proper sendoff; who, after we built the country, after our hands picked the cotton that made the South rich and fueled the Industrial Revolution in the North, and we fought in all their wars: Who are these people to treat a people like this? It is shameful.
Nevertheless, Allah (God) is fighting now to deliver us in the exact manner that He said He would through the mouth of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Remember his words from the book The Fall of America; that God is going to use the Four Great Judgments of rain, hail, snow and earthquakes: “The Four great judgments that Almighty Allah (God) is bringing upon America are rain, hail, snow and earthquakes… The forces of nature are great weapons as we see them in play upon America… What can you do with a God like that?” This is taking place not only in America, but throughout the world!
In the beginning of this year we have witnessed some of the severest snow in recorded history, and the news called it “Snowmageddon”—a take-off on “Armageddon.” Elijah Muhammad also wrote: “Snow is of the most dreaded plague…it destroys your highways, your cities; your concrete and gravel in towns and cities. It puts a great burden of expense on the cities.” Chicago is already broke, but this winter has sunk the treasuries. Too much snow, you can’t fly your planes! Too much snow, your tractors can’t move; your tanks can’t move! The Bible teaches that God treasured up snow in the North to use it “The Great Day of Battle,” and here comes the snow!
In 2010, more people were killed worldwide by natural disasters than were killed in terrorist attacks in the past 40 years combined! An Associated Press article stated that 2010 was “the year the Earth struck back.” Those of you who read the Holy Qur’an: Read it again. But don’t read it “just to read,” read it because it is a Book that describes what goes on right up to The Day of Judgment. The Qur’an speaks of calamity after calamity, until the enemy is laid low, so now the oceans are rising; and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said he would build nothing on the East coast or the West coast, even in the South because soon the waters will over-flood. Yes, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said the people would be pushed more toward the center of the country.
Last Saviours’ Day, February 28, 2010, at the end of my message to the Believers and the world, I warned the world to “watch the weather” as a sign that Allah would back my words from Him and my father, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And according to the weather experts, 2010 was considered one of the worst years for severe weather in recorded history.
And the way this year has begun, you have seen nothing yet.
The Reactive Minds of Sociopaths
Nearly a century after the “Slavery Problem” was put on Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President called into his office a delegation of five Washington preachers who were former slaves. And Lincoln said, quote: “…You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. …Your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living amongst us, while our race suffers from your presence. …If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated.” This delegation listened intently to the White Separatist President, but they chose to remain in America to try to achieve the promise they saw in the Emancipation Proclamation.
Even after the horrors of slavery, the great leaders of our people challenged the president and those who advocated our separation as to why we should be expected to leave! Because they knew just how much sweat, blood and tears Black people had expended to make America the leader among the nations of the world. Frederick Douglass, a great champion of our right to remain in America, said: “For 228 years has the colored man toiled over the soil of America, under a burning sun and a driver’s lash—plowing, planting, reaping, that white men might roll in ease, their hands unhardened by labor, and their brows unmoistened by the waters of genial toil; and now that the moral sense of mankind is beginning to revolt at this system of foul treachery and cruel wrong, and is demanding its overthrow, the mean and cowardly oppressor is meditating plans to expel the colored man entirely from the country. Shame upon the guilty wretches that dare propose, and all that countenance such a proposition. We live here—have lived here—have a right to live here, and mean to live here.”
That speech is the sentiment of most; and it is not a “wrong” sentiment, because you are justified by knowing what we gave to America to want to be here! But I ask you this: What do you know about prophecy? Why do you think even to go to a toilet with them, you had to die? Why do you think that after giving them all that you have you’re still suffering in the streets of America?
It is because you don’t know The Time; and therefore, you don’t know what should be done. And in truth, you really don’t know your oppressor.
Have you ever noticed why none of our organizations really reach what they’re supposed to reach? They start, they build up, they empty out; and if you’re still lucky, they come back again—but then they empty out again? Well, what’s wrong with us? What’s wrong in the church that we’re talking about “demons” outside, and the demons that are wrecking the church, the hypocrites wrecking the mosque, are on the inside? It’s a sickness that’s in us. If you ask yourself, in all the years that we’ve been around looking at the suffering of our people, what is it about us that we can’t seem to get together and agree on anything and move forward? And if we do agree on something, and someone gets a “big name” out of the something we agree on, envy comes up, and we break the organization? Well let’s go to the root of it, because the sickness is not somewhere else! It’s right in our minds.
In Scientology, they talk about the type of people who are called “Sociopaths.” The Scientologists believe that a “Sociopath” is a person who has a Suppressive Personality; and once you’ve come under that type of person, you become a Potential Trouble Source. Scientologists also talk of the “Reactive Mind,” and what is considered as “enemies” within the Reactive Mind, called “engrams” (demons). And it is from the Reactive Mind of The Enemy who imposes upon us their Sociopathic Tendencies that now we are Potential Trouble Sources for ourselves and others.
In my study of “Sociopaths,” I learned that these are persons manifesting anti-social behavior or character traits. I said to some of those in Scientology that were sharing their knowledge with me: “You know, we have been living under White people for at least 4,000 years since they emerged from the hillsides and caves of Europe. I am looking at the Caucasian personality as that of a ‘sociopath.’” According to the Scientologists, a “sociopath” is a “dangerous person” to organization. And when you find these people you have to expel them from any organization, because a sociopath is not governed by laws that keep order in a society, nor can they be trusted among groups of people who share one common cause. For if such a person gets into leadership, that person will only be a Suppressive Personality: A cruel, exploitative, brutal personality.
I say, dear Caucasian people, that if you were, by nature, “social beings,” you would have manifested the qualities that produce harmony in societal relationships. But you have manifested a personality disorder that is against the laws of a genuine society.
The Caucasian may have developed some semblance of a society for their people, but what they’ve developed for the benefit of their people never applied to us. Master Fard Muhammad said to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad: “Cast the rotten apple out quick!”—He didn’t say try to coddle somebody that’s rotten! If you leave a rotten person in your society, after a while the whole bunch will become rotten! The whole church will become rotten, the mosque will become rotten, the organization will become rotten because you saw a rotten apple, but you didn’t have the courage to cast it out! This is why Master Fard Muhammad asked the question: “Why isn’t the Devil settled on the Best Part of the Planet Earth?” Answer: “Because knowing that he was wicked, and there would not be any peace among them, [we] put him out!” And that is why today, Caucasian people, you will be put out from all over the Earth if you don’t make a change.
But so will you, Black people, because no one is interested in you with this savage behavior that we display! We are Trouble Sources! Wherever we are, we make trouble; if no trouble is there, we’ll create it! We have become “little devils,” and we are now prone to wickedness under the Reactive Mind of our Sociopathic slave master.
A “sociopath” is a sick dude! There’s nothing you can do to correct them; they refuse to even admit that they are wrong! And even when I face some members of the Jewish community, and some Whites, with clear truth, they stand in my face knowing that I’m telling the truth, and deny. That is why Jesus said: “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” (John 8:37). These people take their wrong, and put it on me.
They are the haters, not I. They are the real anti-Semites, not I. They are the demons, not I. They are the Satan, not I. I am here to uncover and expose Satan and become an Instrument of God to end their world!
Warning to America: Stay out of Libya
There is trouble that is going on in Libya and in the Middle East. I don’t know what’s going on in Libya because I haven’t been there in a while, but Brother Muammar Gadhafi has always been my friend. People tell me that I should distance myself from my brother, but understand: I am not a punktified Negro.
The last time I sat with my brother, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi, I told him, “Brother Gadhafi, America will never forgive you for what you’ve done. And they’ll come among you only to destroy you and the Revolution that you’ve brought into being.” He patted me on my leg as if to say, “I know, Brother.” He didn’t say a word, he just patted my leg. He didn’t have a problem until he let them in. I was in Iraq three days before the bombs fell in 1991, and there were Muslim Sunni mosques, Shia mosques; there were Christian churches and Jewish temples and synagogues, and even under Saddam Hussein there was peace among them. But when America went in under the guise that he had “weapons of mass destruction,” did they find any? No! So what was “Operation Shock and Awe” about?
You want to bring Gadhafi before the International Criminal Court? What about George Bush? What about Donald Rumsfeld? What about a government that lied to the American people, and caused the lives of hundreds of thousands to be lost? They need to put America out of Iraq, out of Afghanistan, because the trouble didn’t begin until the Trouble Maker came in.
President Obama, if you allow the Zionists to push you to mount a military offensive against Gadhafi, and you go in and kill him and kill his sons, as the United States government did with Saddam Hussein and his sons, I am warning you: This is a Libyan problem.
Let the Libyans solve their problem among themselves.
‘Sedition’ and ‘Treason’: False Charges against God’s Servant
What is “Sedition”? It is “actions or words intended to incite rebellion against government authority.” I can’t tell Black people to fight a war that is Israel’s war! What kind of leader will you be, or should I be, to allow these babies—Black, White and Brown—to fight Israel’s war because Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America, and her banking system?
What is “Treason”? It is “the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign, or, overthrow the government.” I’m not guilty of that! But some are planning that right now.
These are my words for our brother president, Barack Obama: In 1942, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was sent to prison because President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued an Executive Order to take him off the streets when America was prosecuting a war, and America needed some Black bodies to go and fight a war even though there was no benefit for us in fighting such a war. And now, the Zionists are pushing President Obama to go to war with Iran over some suspected nuclear power that the Israelis have that Iran does not have!
When Carol Moseley Braun was a U.S. Senator, she came and had dinner with me one day. We were talking about things, and I remember how these words rolled out of her mouth: “But you know, Minister, they can arrest you for treason.” I said, “Oh well…”
Do you think that I should stand by quiet if Israel attacks Iran? America is going to come into it, so that means they’re calling us, aged 35-50! The United States government will tell us, “We’ve got trouble over there….your country needs you!” Now you need us? But when we needed a job, we didn’t see one! We need justice, we don’t have any! You’re killing our people in the streets, what about that? You’re taxing the hell out of us; we’re losing our homes because you tricked us! Where’s any relief for us? “Well, don’t worry … just fight this war. And when it’s over, things are gonna get better for you!”
Do you think that they’re afraid of my voice? Yes they are! I don’t have any guns. What I have is something in my mouth that’s more powerful than guns! While most of you with “guns” can’t shoot straight anyway, with The Truth that I speak, I don’t miss a soul! Allah’s Truth finds you wherever you are! If America goes to war, President Obama, like President Roosevelt, may be forced to sign an Executive Order that he’s not fully in agreement with, to take Farrakhan off the streets; and charge him with “sedition” and “treason.”
I told my followers that when they come that I don’t want you fighting them, because they’re only coming to kill you. But I’ve been expecting them.
I know what I have to go through. And I am going to be The Winner—that I know!
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HCOB “Honesty and Case Gain” 1 is an extremely important piece of Hubbard’s scripture, both for Scientologists who practice it, and for wogs who want to understand and deal with the Scientology evil. Hubbard wrote it (and it is definitely his) less than a year after he was declared by Judge Breckenridge in the Scientology v. Armstrong case2 to be a pathological liar, and less than a year before he, or someone else, would end his life.
The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile.3
“Natter,” as the term is used in Scientology, means telling the critical truth about Hubbard, Scientology Scientologist leaders such as Miscavige or Rathbun, and their victims, the Suppressive Person class. Telling the truth about Hubbard, Scientology, Scientologists such as Miscavige or Rathbun and SPs signals to Scientology execs, OSA, C/Ses, sec checkers or auditors to interrogate the natterers and pull their withholds. The action of pulling natterers’ withholds is intended to introvert them, redirect their attention from the critical truth, or cave them in, and reconvert them into uncritical, compliant subjects. [Ref. Hubbard, L. R. (1961, 21 September). Smoothness of Auditing. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (6109C21). East Grinstead, Sussex.]
SPs are almost synonymous with natterers, because SPs are people who tell the truth about Hubbard, Scientology, Scientologists such as Miscavige or Rathbun, but will not stop telling the truth and will not be reconverted by the Scientologists applying the “tech” to them. That’s what it means when Hubbard says in Scientology scripture and Scientologists say that SPs don’t make case gain. These are the people – who tell the truth and won’t stop despite the tech – that Scientology scripture states are to be disposed of quietly and without sorrow.
The withholds these Scientologists seek from the natterers, interrogate them about, and want them to confess to, are the “overts” the natterers have against Hubbard, Scientology or Scientologist leaders. These “overts” include, very significantly, the truth the natterers have told about Hubbard, Scientology, Scientologist leaders, and their SP victims.
A C/S, auditor or sec checker would never ask people for the truth about Hubbard, Scientology or Scientologists leaders. And if a C/S, auditor or sec checker did so, he would be immediately be targeted, and interrogated or sec checked about his own “overts” against Hubbard, Scientology or Scientologist leaders.
The truth is that in Scientology it is virtually impossible for Scientologists to tell the truth about what is really important in their lives – Hubbard, Scientology, Miscavige and SPs if the Scientologists are in DM’s faction; or Hubbard, Scientology, Rathbun and SPs if they’re in Marty’s faction. This can be seen clearly in Marty’s faction by his visible dramatization of prohibiting the truth on his blog, and his labeling of the forums where the truth can be told about Hubbard, Scientology and himself as “natter boards.” Rathbun performed this same function of suppressing the truth, and punishing natterers or SPs who told the truth, while in the Sea Org.
Although Rathbun and Miscavige call each other SPs, neither can possibly be an SP because neither tells the truth about Hubbard, Scientology, themselves and SPs. Both Rathbun and Miscavige interrogate people or have them interrogated or sec checked and use Scientology tech to introvert them, redirect their attention from the critical truth, cave them in, reconvert them and render them uncritical and compliant.
Thus, this HCOB, which Hubbard undoubtedly wrote to cloak the fact that he had just been exposed as a pathological liar, is one hundred eighty degrees diametrically opposed to the truth. “Case gain” depends entirely on the Scientologists’ lying, about Hubbard, Scientology, Scientologists and SPs. OT VII’s and VIII’s, who have progressed to the top of Scientology’s grade chart, got there by consistently never telling the truth about these things.
Hubbard, source of the grade chart, and as OT as OTs come, was perhaps the most dishonest person to have ever walked on planet earth. Does anyone know any other person who told more lies than Hubbard? Can any Scientologist identify any other person who told more lies than Hubbard?
Scientologists, I know, are for the most party able to view the truth about Hubbard, Scientology, their leaders, fellow Scientologists and SPs. But the Scientologists must lie about the truth they view, in order to make case gain, and, of course, to avoid the pain and horror of reconversion or being declared SP.
On Dr. Thomas Szasz:
I want to talk in some detail about Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights or the CCHR. The CCHR was created in 1969, founded by the Church of Scientology and by famous renegade psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz.
The purpose of its founding was basically to create a legitimate front in the Scientologists’ war against psychiatry. Over the years, the CCHR has often downplayed or disavowed any connection to Scientology. It does that to increase its acceptability and to have its messages seen as rational and scientific, as opposed to religious and opposed to simply being a part of the Church of Scientology.
However, I want to challenge that. From day one, most or many of the senior leadership of the CCHR have been Scientologists. So, yes the CCHR is open to anyone of any type of religious persuasion, but the leadership and the majority of the participants are and always have been Scientologists.
The CCHR has continued from day one to be sponsored and financially supported by Scientology, including the International Association of Scientologists.
And these connections, you know the staffing connections, the people connections, the financial connections, become a lot more clear when we examine some of the internal CCHR and internal Scientology sources, as opposed to what the CCHR says on the outside for the public.
Here, for example, is a paper from 1978, Citizens Commission on Human Rights. This is a CCHR paper for internal distribution. It says, “If you were a Scientologist, your future track may be in danger.” It goes on to say that — they are talking about suppressive groups — “and we are well aware of exactly who on this planet has the technology to expose and eliminate them. And those Suppressive Persons know exactly what technology is the most deadly now available on this planet to harm a thetan.”
So listen to that. We’re talking about Scientology jargon, we’re talking about using the word “suppressive”, we’re also talking about using the word “thetan”, we’re talking about “technology”; these are all Scientology words explicitly within the CCHR document. It’s very interesting.
There’s also further material, and here’s another example. This is the magazine of the International Association of Scientologists, Impact Magazine, 24th Annual Anniversary, Issue 119.
And this is much more modern. It’s a few years old. And in this magazine, which is distributed to Scientologists internally, it talks about their new plan for psychiatry: “Global Vaporization.”1 And this is what it says, very casual, it says:
“This is Psychiatry: Global Vaporization. And it’s funded by grants from the IAS” — the International Association of Scientologists. “It is how CCHR is ripping the veil off psych drug fraud, psych drug deaths and obscene psychiatric profits, and is bringing an end to the psychiatric horror for millions.”
So again, there’s this casual interchangibility, this… “Yes, it’s an IAS-sponsored thing, the CCHR is doing it.” This is a very well-integrated situation here.
One of the things that the CCHR does, is it capitalizes deliberately on its name, “human rights.” And the rhetoric that this organization puts out pertaining to human rights is really quite staggering.
From the CCHR International website, the current President of the CCHR says, and I quote, “Our work aligns with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reads in part, ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.'”
It says, “All are equal before the law and are entitled, without any discrimination, to equal protection of the law.”
And it goes on to say, “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”
Now what’s interesting is, coming along and reading this, one would think, “This is a human rights organization. These people are very serious when it comes to international human rights.”
But in every one of those things I just mentioned, if you understand the beliefs that Scientology and CCHR have about psychiatry specifically, you’ll see that these words, from their point of view, are absolutely anti-psychiatry, and justify the attacking of psychiatry.
So the United Nations talks about people not being subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. And we can all imagine around the world what that might look like in certain countries, and for certain groups of people. For the CCHR, their belief is that modern, safe, well-regulated, appropriate psychiatric practice in every big city, in every hospital, in every psychiatrist’s office around North America is actually “torture or cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment.”
So their definition of psychiatry and what psychiatry is, actually in their mind filters in to this human rights set-up that they have.
So, we read it and we think, “Wow, that’s impressive. It’s a human rights organization.”
But from their point of view, they are taking the language, they’re taking the rhetoric of human rights, and they’re twisting it to further substantiate, to further justify their completely off-base opinions and beliefs regarding psychiatry.
So to recap a little bit, the CCHR is not about human rights. The CCHR has taken the language of human rights, and it uses it to become more legitimate in the eyes of casual observers, and it uses it to justify its own efforts to destroy psychiatry.
And it’s actually the destruction of psychiatry, which we’ve talked about, in Scientology and now in the CCHR, that is ultimately their goal.
I want to read a little bit from a very interesting document that comes from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. It’s an International Executive Directive, dated November 28th, 1989. And this is something that sort of sets up a sense of what their approach, and what their… what the things that are important to the CCHR really are. And this is a document that talks about what they call “Psych Losses,” which is… Basically, they say, “This new expanded Psych Losses stat opens the door to really cleaning up the field of mental healing, putting criminal psychs behind bars and getting their destructive practices outlawed. So it’s basically not about human rights, it’s about destroying psychiatry.
And “Psych Losses” is a fascinating, fascinating document. It’s basically kind of a participation program, or a “frequent flyer” program, or a points or loyalty… consumer loyalty program, that gives CCHR members and Scientologists particular points or particular rewards for certain behaviors that damage or destroy psychiatry.
So, for example, in here on page 3, when it comes to publishing books; it says, “You get ten points per page of material which exposes rotten spots in the field of mental healing, per 100,000 printing. Example: There have been several books published in the last year which have had chapters containing data about psychs, supplied by the CCHR. If one of these had ten pages of anti-psych materials, and the first printing was 50,000 copies, that would be 50 points. If the book was made successful, and then went into a second printing of 100,000 copies, that would be an additional 100 points.”
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…[If the book was made successful, and] then went into a second printing of 100,000 copies, that would be an additional 100 points.
There are further points for the distribution of information letters, pamphlets and broadsheets. It says, “These are publications exposing the crimes and abuses in the field of mental health, produced by CCHR groups, which are then distributed broadly to the public, either by handouts or by mail, etc. One point per page per 100,000 distributed.”
So you can start adding up your points!
CCHR often approaches people that possibly have had some difficult experiences within the field of mental health, possibly have been harmed or victimized by whomever or whatever, people that are frustrated, people that are hurting. The idea is to get them to talk about these experiences and to start a process against psychiatry.
So we have, for example, part of “Psych Losses” on page 4. You get points for “A signed and witnessed written statement or signed affidavit from the person telling his story (the victim himself or the surviving relative or guardian of someone killed, ruined or otherwise abused by a psych or other member of the field of mental health, or by a psych organization: 25 points.”
Listen to this language. It’s also true that they’re not just going after psychiatrists. We’re talking about psychiatric nurses, psychiatric administrators, or any type of worker within a mental health or a psychiatric organization.
So they go after people that they feel possibly have had a difficult experience. And they try to convince them to come forward and try to convince them, in a sense, to be a victim.
It gets better. And we’re getting into the big point hauls, now. Here we go: “An official indictment with formal criminal charges against a psych or a member of a psych organization or group or official by a government or police agency, based on a criminal complaint filed through the actions of a CCHR group. For each person charged with at least one felony charge: 1000 points. ”
“Criminal psych or mental health field rotten spot organization or official found guilty of a criminal charge: 5000 points.”
“Bonus: For each additional charge found guilty of: 1250 points.”
And here’s a neat one: For “Psych or mental health field rotten spot organization official sentenced to jail term.” For each year of the sentence you get an additional 500 points, if it’s your material within the CCHR that has caused this to happen. I feel like we could almost fly to Europe on this.
Finally, it talks about anti-psychiatry legislation. This is the creation of laws or the influence of laws at the level of politics. And the CCHR has done an awful lot of work in attempting to change laws to become very unfriendly to psychiatry. That’s the topic of a different discussion.
But here we go on page 7:
“Anti-psych legislation introduced which would limit the power, activities or funding, etc., of a psych or psych groups or activities. International level: 500 points. National level: 250 points. Regional or state level: 100 points, and local level: 50 points.”
There’s a lot more in here, and I think I’ve belabored this just to give a sense of what kind of direction the CCHR is truly coming from.
I don’t see a lot of human rights in that document that I just talked about.
These are individuals and this is an organization that wishes to destroy psychiatry and wishes to motivate its people to go along with that.
Looking at what we’ve already seen, the “Psychiatric Global Vaporization” … here’s another picture of “Psychiatric Global Vaporization”. (Shows.) Citizens Commission for Human Rights. So we’ve got a big CCHR brochure, we’ve got a big logo, and we’ve got the concept of global vaporization of psychiatry. So again, I don’t see a particular interest in human rights in the internal material that these people are talking about.
On New Years Eve 2006, the International Association of Scientogists had a big bash and the Scientology head honcho David Miscavige presented. Again he’s talking about a new effort to obliterate psychiatry: “Psychiatry: Global Obliteration.” This is something that can be seen on the Internet. It’s quite a disturbing speech, particularly because he starts to butt up against some images and some suggestions that are potentially violent.
Miscavige said his new campaign is to “break the dark spell cast across Earth by psychiatry. Our mental health budget adjustment kit, which essentially works like a smart bomb in that it sniffs out psych fuel lines and blows the funding mechanism. And in that way, to put it bluntly, we booby-trap the whole psychiatric eco system.”
Miscavige goes on to say, and again talking about Scientology and the CCHR, “While it takes a psych eight years to earn his license, we’ve already yanked twenty-one in the last four weeks.”
Human rights indeed.
Dr. Wiseman: Thomas Szasz was born in Hungary in 1920 and moved to the United States with his family in the late 1930s to avoid the war.
He says in his book Szasz Under Fire from 2004 that he went to medical school not to practice medicine but just to learn medicine.
He then went into psychiatry residency not to become a psychiatrist but to qualify to become a psychoanalyst.
He writes that the role of the psychoanalyst is appealing to him because it would provide “a platform from which I could perhaps launch an attack on what I had long felt were the immoral practices of civil commitment and the insanity defense.”
Szasz says that even as an adolescent, he began to believe that the mentally ill are “not sick” and simply “exhibit behaviors unwanted by others who diagnose them as mad and lock them up.”
During his training as described, he studiously avoided dealing with profoundly disturbed or psychotic patients or patients that could possibly be so ill that they require hospitalization against their will. He didn’t want any part of it and basically chose to work with patients and complete his residency, not dealing with those folks whatsoever. So how he ever developed any kind of expertise in coping with severe persistent mental illness is impossible to tell.
Szasz’s issues come from a stance of libertarianism. And basically his argument is against the idea of coercion and the use of psychiatry as a tool of control by the state.
He says that mental illness is actually a myth to justify the appropriation of power and control by the state almost using psychiatry.
He says that we’re really not talking about an illness or condition. We’re talking about objectionable or questionable or bad behavior that the state wishes to control. And essentially by labeling this type of behavior as an illness or as a disease, the state then has the power through psychiatry to bring someone into the hospital against their will to treat them and to change that behavior against their will, so to speak, so that society benefits.
He wrote these kinds of ideas in his book The Myth of Mental Illness which was published in 1961 and that book is still by far what Dr. Szasz is known for.
It sounds impressive and it sounds interesting and it sounds very intellectual and it sounds challenging. But Szasz’s actual argument when we start to dig into it is none of the above.
In fact what he talks about, what he’s talked about in his entire career, as far as I can tell, are simply words and definitions.
Szasz has stated all along that genuine illness in his opinion, or genuine disease, is characterized by tissue pathology or really, objective findings, or demonstrable lesion. You can see a broken bone. You can see a cut. You can see gallstones in a gall bladder. And then you go in and you remove the gallbladder and treat that disease. So a very concrete understanding of what it is to have a disease or to have an illness.
He says that if you can’t find any of these objective findings or objective evidence or tissue pathology, then what you’re dealing with is not really a disease, not really an illness.
In this type of scenario, mental illness is of the mind. It has no specific physical findings. It has no specific defined physiological abnormality that you can scan and point a finger at. It has no simple or specific blood test that you can do that cinches a diagnosis.
And for Szasz, and of course this has been taken on big time by Scientology, therefore mental illness is not real illness.
Where it gets tricky is when Szasz starts to talk about how things can change. He says that if you actually at some point find a physical cause or a physiological cause for what you think is mental illness, then by definition it’s no longer mental illness. Then by definition it’s a physical or a neurological condition that’s best treated by a neurologist, and not a psychiatrist.
So in this way, no matter what we discover about the brain, about behavior, about psychiatric symptoms, about psychiatric illnesses or disturbance, no matter what’s discovered, the idea that mental illness should remain in the ghetto as a non-condition is completely underlined by Szasz’s reasoning. So, if we discover something physical that is behind psychiatric symptoms, it’s taken away from mental illness, it’s taken away from psychiatry.
And there’s Dr. Szasz on the sideline saying,”Well, all psychiatry does is treat conditions that aren’t real. Psychiatrists don’t treat real conditions.” But he by definition removes them from psychiatry. It’s an entirely circular logic. And it’s based on a radical mind-body dualism that came from Rene Descartes essentially, and has really been sort of shoved to the side in terms of a modern understanding of medicine.
But as you can see, it really is simply about definitions. What is illness? What isn’t? How am I going to define this as a real illness or not. And am I going to take this away from you or not? It’s not about the actual essence of what we’re talking about. It’s not about what a person with an illness or a disease or a condition or a symptom is experiencing, or how that is affecting them, or how they are able to function with it, or what is the appropriate treatment, or not. It’s all about definition. And that’s really all Szasz has to say.
Szasz doesn’t deny psychiatric symptoms. He doesn’t pretend that there are no such thing as psychiatric symptoms. But he says that such symptoms like depression for example, or anxiety for example, would merely represent what he says it is, as a problem in living. Or else, if it’s more behavioral, it could be a disagreeable or a problematic or a confusing or an inappropriate behavior that any of us are fully responsible for, as an adult human being.
So he’s not of the opinion that we can have a psychiatric condition that can affect our behavior, it can affect our perception, it can affect our belief, and therefore, when we act on that, that we’re in the throes of that illness, and that we’re not responsible. He believes that all of this stuff, no matter what happens, is simply behavior that we’re choosing at some level, that we’re communicating with at some level, and that we’re 100% responsible for it.
He would say that an auditory hallucination, and does say this, is simply someone experiencing their own thoughts, and describing them in a way as described as coming outside of their own head. So they’re just, they’re someone’s own thoughts, it’s nothing more than that. It’s not a symptom of a more profound disturbance. It’s just someone describing their own thoughts as coming from outside the head.
And paranoia, for Szasz, might be a mistaken belief chosen by someone, for a reason. And we’re not sure what that reason is. But it’s a choice. It’s a belief. Someone is making that choice. Someone is choosing that belief that someone is wanting to follow them, hurt them, and that’s all it is.
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Dr. Wiseman: Ssasz this spring turned 90 years old, and is still going strong, is still writing.
His ideas in his extensive published works have not meaningfully or significantly changed since the 70 years he was adolescent. In other words, for the better part of a century, his ideas have essentially stayed static, and what he believed about mental illness and psychiatry as a teenager is exactly what he is still writing about today.
He’s basically dismissed fifty years of development in neuroscience, since the publication of The Myth of Mental Illness, and he’s basically not internalized or not learned from or not bought into the changes, the profound changes in our understanding of and treatment of medical conditions and psychiatric conditions over the past fifty years.
I want to examine some of these in a little bit more detail, to start to give some actual, sort of modern day examples of why Szasz’s thinking breaks down, and what we really should be thinking today.
I want to talk about delirium.
And delirium in a medical point of view, from a medical point of view, is a significant disruption to higher sort of cortical brain physiology on account of a general medical condition, drug or medication effect, or withdrawal, or toxin exposure.
Basically delirium is a sort of a confused state, a state where someone’s level of consciousness is fluctuating, where they may have disorientation, they may have perceptual abnormalities such as visual or auditory hallucinations. This is the condition where people are picking bugs out of the air, or picking bugs off their hospital clothes.
It can lead to misinterpretation of events around them, and paranoia. This is a condition where you can have what’s called illusions where you’re laying in your hospital bed and look at the clock. Instead of seeing the clock you see it kind of morph into, for example, a devil’s head or a devil’s face. You can become very scared and start to believe that there’s something going on, that your life is in danger. And you can start acting upon that.
Delirium is actually quite dangerous. Certainly elderly people who are delirious in hospital, if you sort of plot what happens to them afterwards and well beyond when they recover and well beyond when they go home. Their mortality rate is considerably higher than those who haven’t had delirium.
The treatment of delirium is to find and correct the underlying medical or physiological cause that is driving those symptoms, whether that be a drug that has been introduced, a drug that has been withdrawn, whether that has been complications from a surgery, whether someone had been on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine and is now delirious afterwards, whether someone is withdrawing from alcohol in hospital. You find the reason, the underlying medical reason, and you correct it.
But you also manage the symptoms using psychiatric medicine, and you keep that person comfortable and safe. And that may also include actually restraining someone, for their own safety. Someone is in the intensive care unit which is a frequent area where people become delirious. They can be highly disturbed, they can be pulling out lines, they can be pulling out wires. They can be putting themselves in a great deal of danger. And sometimes unfortunately, restraint does need to happen.
So, the thing with Szasz is that he would say there’s no still specific tissue lesion, there’s no demonstrable or measurable part of delirium that you can point a finger at. There’s no specific type of disturbance that can be measured. And so maybe delirium is a myth. Maybe delirium is just like “mental illness” because you can’t quantify it, you can’t measure it. It’s not there in a way that you can scan it and take an x-ray of it.
And that would probably be news to all of the surgeons and all the medical specialists who work very hard with these patients and who see delirium on a day-to-day basis.
Conversely, Szasz might actually argue that in delirium, these hallucinations and this paranoia does have a medical cause. Maybe he is going to buy into the fact that there is a physiological disturbance underlying these symptoms. And maybe he’s going to buy that.
But then he’s in a situation where he’ll go to someone with schizophrenia and he’ll say, “Well, your hallucinations and your paranoia are identical to the delirious person’s, but yours are a myth. They’re not based on any problem in your brain. They’re not based on any physiological disturbance. That’s you having a problem in living. But this person over here in the ICU with the exact same symptoms, well that’s based on a medical condition, that’s based on a disruption of the physiology of your neurons in your brain right now.
And I can imagine Szasz in court being cross examined: “Well which of these hallucinations, Doctor, is caused by physiological disturbance? What about that hallucination? What about this paranoia? What about paranoia in that person? So this one is a myth, this one is a problem with living, Doctor? That what you’re saying is that this one is a physiological disturbance based on delirium?”
It falls apart, and it makes sense, and either these types of symptoms arise from genuine real physiological disruption of brain functioning or they’re a problem of living. But you can’t have identical symptoms and identical behavioral disturbances at times with the origin of one being a myth and the origin of another being a medical condition. It makes no sense. And to my knowledge Szasz has not really talked a lot about delirium, and I can understand why.
Another example that’s kind of similar is if Thomas Szasz and I were in this office together right now, and somehow we decided to smoke a whole lot of crystal meth, and then for good riddance we decide to follow that by using a bunch of ketamine to come down. There’s a good chance that along the way, one or both of us would become agitated, or impulsive, or paranoid, or starting to hallucinate. There’s a good chance. The reason why is because of the specific effects of the molecules of the crystal methamphetamine and the molecules of the ketamine at specific receptors in our brains. So we would have these psychiatric symptoms because of the physiological, the specific physiological effects of those particular drugs, those particular molecules, these particular receptors, and particular areas of the brain. We wouldn’t become paranoid and hallucinate if we were sitting here drinking herbal tea. It’s not about doing a behavior that leads to this. It’s due to specific molecules having a specific effect.
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But if you have someone, let’s say, who develops the same symptoms of agitation, of hallucination, of paranoia, of sleeplessness, and let’s say that person hasn’t done crystal meth, hasn’t done ketamine, and hasn’t done any drugs whatsoever, what would Szasz say about that?
I think that he would probably say that there’s no evidence that those symptoms in that person are caused by abnormal activity at any brain receptors. He’ll say there’s no evidence. You can’t scan it. You can’t measure it. You can’t see it on an x-ray. So therefore it’s not there. Therefore it’s not an illness. Therefore it’s a problem in living. Therefore someone’s choosing it. Therefore it’s a behavior.
So again you’ve got identical symptoms that on one hand can clearly and are clearly and do clearly get caused by physiological disturbance, physiological activity, in this case drugs. And you’ve got other symptoms that are identical, that Szasz would shrug his shoulders and say, “Well, they may be identical, but there’s, I don’t see a physiological thing, therefore it’s completely separate.”
And that truly makes no sense. In reality, in this hospital around me right now, and in dozens of other hospitals all over North America, many, many people with substance-induced psychotic symptoms are effectively managed, effectively treated and effectively kept safe by psychiatrists and the colleagues of psychiatrists.
Our colleagues in neurology are experts in their field, and I would certainly have nothing against a neurologist looking after me or anyone else that I cared for. But most neurologists would not think for a minute that they were particularly qualified or particularly prepared to treat acute psychosis arising from the use of drugs or from delirium. These are physiological causes of the psychotic symptomatology, but no neurologist that I know of would want to own that. That is the realm of the psychiatrist.
And that really shows how out of touch Szasz is, in terms of what his understanding of what a psychiatrist does.
Every day in this hospital and elsewhere, our colleagues in surgery and medicine call psychiatrists, call teams of psychiatrists to assess and manage delirium on the surgical wards and on the medical wards. That includes identifying the physiological and the medical sources of the symptoms as they are being treated. Psychiatrists are the expert in that.
Szasz’s rigid categorization of symptoms and problems as either mind-based; i.e., mental illness or mythical illness; or brain- or body-based, is simply a non-entity in modern medical practice.
The question is do you want to understand and help a patient or do you want to fight over particular words or particular definitions of illness or treatment? And I think that the answer is pretty clear.
Just looking at some other examples of illness, and the modern idea of illness, and there being a whole lot of different ways of looking at it other than Szasz’s, that are perhaps a lot more appropriate, we get to hypertension or high blood pressure.
In hypertension, you can’t see it, there’s no tissue pathology, you only can measure it on a continuous scale, when you go to the pharmacy, or you go in to see your doctor. And the definition of the condition is purely committee-driven decision.
Do you have the disease of hypertension when your blood pressure is 130 on 80? Do you have it when your blood pressure is 135 on 85? Do you have it if one of those figures is taken in the pharmacy and the other one is taken in the doctor’s office? Do you have it if one of those figures is taken at home? How many assessments do you need at a certain level before you make the diagnosis? Is it just one time of an elevated blood pressure? Is it three times? Is it ten times? These are all questions that have been settled essentially by committees of experts looking at data and figuring out where to draw the lines.
In Szasz’s world, hypertension is not an illness. Yet it’s something that millions and millions of people are treated for every single day. Billions of dollars are spent on medications and other treatments for it. And it’s an extremely important part of every day medical practice.
Same thing with cholesterol levels. What are the currently accepted guidelines for appropriate cholesterol and lipid levels? Have they changed over the past fifteen or twenty years? Absolutely. Have they gone up, the cut-offs? Have they gone down? Will they stay the same today, tomorrow? What will they be in twenty years?
In Szasz’s world, we’re inventing illness. We don’t look at cholesterol under a microscope and say, “There it is, there’s the problem.” We define, ourselves, what is a reasonable or healthy or normal level of cholesterol and we go from there. But that changes, that shifts, and there’s nothing physiologically different between a level of X and a level of X plus .002. But that may be the difference in whether you’re treated or not, whether you’re diagnosed or not.
It’s also interesting to look at some of our medical colleagues in cardiology, and their interest in one of our conditions or illnesses: depression. What they’ve found over the years is that the presence or absence of depression is one of the strongest indicators of how well someone does, or will do, after having a heart attack. Even with the exact same heart attack, and the exact same physiological function, and the exact same lesion in one’s heart, and the exact same problem with the heart muscle, the patient with depression is going to have a greater risk of dying from a cardiovascular-related disease, going forward, than the person without depression. And cardiologists now see depression as a cardiac risk factor.
And what they do is they treat depression and they ask psychiatrists to consult and to treat depression. Because what the cardiologist wants more than anything is his or her patient to not have another heart attack, and to be well from a cardiac point of view.
So even though the hearts are exactly the same, it’s the presence and absence of depression that makes the difference in terms of how well someone will do from a cardiac point of view.
That’s modern medicine. And that’s the reason why members of my department work very, very closely with members of the Department of Cardiology in taking care of patients. And Thomas Szasz has nothing to say about that.
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Dr. Wiseman: He also has nothing to say about pain. And pain is what brings more people to see doctors—medical doctors, family physicians, specialists—than any other symptom or any other problem.
Pain is not in itself a diagnosis, and Szasz would say, “Well pain, you know, you can’t scan it, you can’t really measure it, you can’t x-ray, it, you can’t see, you know, tissue pathology that is pain itself, so pain’s not an illness, pain’s not a disease.” He may want to say that, but does that mean that it’s not medically important, or that it’s not important for doctors of all types to want to work with patients with pain and to treat that condition or treat that problem?
Whether you call it an illness or a disease or not makes no difference, and I would challenge Szasz in asking him, “Have you ever seen a migraine? What is the tissue pathology of a migraine? What is the scan of a migraine? How do you know that someone is having a migraine?”
Well, because they tell him. Because they say, “My head hurts. Because I feel sick. Because I just vomited. Because there’s a light that goes across my visual field.”
Szasz can’t see any of that objectively. But he doesn’t go around, and the CCHR doesn’t go around, and Scientology doesn’t go around saying that a neurologist is a pseudo scientist because he or she makes a large part of their living treating people with migraines.
Szasz doesn’t talk about all of the “functional” conditions that have basically become very, very common in society. He doesn’t talk about fibromyalgia which affects two to four per cent of the population. He doesn’t talk about chronic fatigue syndrome, he doesn’t talk about interstitial cystitis, the sort of chronic inflammatory-type symptoms in the bladder. He doesn’t talk about irritable bowel syndrome. All of these problems do not have any sort of demonstrable tissue pathology. All of these problems, according to Szasz, are myths, and are problems in living, that are simple sort of symptoms that people perhaps are choosing, or that they represent something, or that, you know, they’re not sort of real medical problems.
But yet Szasz and Scientology does not accuse rheumatologists of being pseudo doctors because they treat fibromyalgia. He doesn’t say that a urologist is a pseudo doctor because that urologist treats interstitial cystitis. And he doesn’t say the same thing about gastroenterologists, who make a large portion of their living scoping people with irritable bowel symptoms. He doesn’t say that. Psychiatry is the only one that is singled out, and I think that is inappropriate.
This is modern, integrated medicine. Szasz remains out of touch and out of date. And what he ultimately does is he argues from ignorance. And this is actually called the argument from ignorance, which is if we don’t know something, if we are yet to discover something, if the state of our knowledge is not quite where we can see a specific marker for depression on a functional MRI scan, if we cannot see a specific genetic lesion in schizophrenia, that somehow that means there aren’t any, or there won’t be any or there can’t be any, and that these conditions don’t have any physiological basis. It’s an argument from ignorance.
And unfortunately, the central nervous system is by far the most complex part of the body and probably the most complex aspect of the entire known universe.
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Dr. Wiseman: We’ve talked a little bit so far about Dr. Thomas Szasz being wrong, and about him being essentially out of date. We haven’t talked about Dr. Thomas Szasz’s hypocrisy, however, and that, in my opinion, is probably the most egregious issue against him that is coming up as we look at this topic.
To review, Szasz is a man who has been writing for fifty years from a libertarian perspective, arguing for self-determination and against state interference in matters such as behavioral control.
Szasz rejects, and has always rejected, state authority to detain or hospitalize and treat a person against his or her will. Szasz has always rejected psychiatry’s apparent role in making this happen by labeling questionable behaviors as an illness, hence justifying state interference and control. And Szasz has also rejected any provision of medical or psychiatric treatment without full, informed consent, and thereby free choice by the recipient. So we’ve reviewed that.
Szasz also, in addition to this, has been a founding director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights since 1969. He’s allowed himself to receive awards and recognition from the CCHR over the years. He has allowed his arguments and his writings to serve as the intellectual foundation for the CCHR’s and Scientology’s war against psychiatry. He’s encouraged that.
About this, he’s merely stated in public that he is not a Scientologist, and as an atheist he’s in support of any religion which opposes the same aspects of psychiatry that he opposes himself.
Dr. Thomas Szasz is the embodiment of the concept of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” My question is, “So how is this so bad?” Let’s explore that. I want to talk about what in Scientology is called the “Introspection Rundown.”
In the mid-1970s, L. Ron Hubbard announced that he had “made a technical breakthrough which possibly ranks with the major discoveries of the twentieth century.” Another bit of Hubbard’s trademark modesty.
He was describing essentially a process by which to handle a psychotic break. He noted that the psychotic break, or someone developing acute psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations or gross disturbance in perception, behavior, was the last of the unsolvable conditions that can trap a person. And thanks to his Introspection Rundown, “The last reason to have psychiatry around is gone.”
So to clarify, by the 1970s, L. Ron Hubbard is proposing a specific treatment protocol for a potentially dangerous condition usually managed by specialist-level physicians, and in a hospital. In his bulletin of January 23rd, 1974, Hubbard told his followers, “You have in your hands the tool to take over mental therapy in full.” Frightening.
The essence of the Introspection Rundown is isolation and destimulation. Essentially, the person who is undergoing the IR has his or her case run by a case supervisor, and the protocol is that nobody else should have access or contact with the person involved. The individual stays isolated and silent except for the frequent auditing sessions that he or she has with the case supervisor. 
Given that it’s Scientology, there’s likely some nutritional aspects to this and likely they throw some high doses of vitamins at the person, but there would be no traditional psychiatric medications offered to an individual on the Introspection Rundown under any circumstance.
Where this becomes interesting to our story, is that the key to the Introspection Rundown is that it is the case supervisor who decides when to end this period of enforced isolation. That is, the psychotic person undergoing the IR loses his or her right under Scientology protocol to choose when to leave that isolation room and to choose the nature of the treatment that he or she gets on an ongoing basis.
This is not some kind of esoteric point. It’s entirely obvious from all of the bulletins that Hubbard produced, bulletins that are still in force in Scientology. And we can see this very clearly.
To determine the end point of someone’s enforced isolation in the IR, the supervisor in charge has to, according to Hubbard and according to Scientology protocol, indirectly communicate with that person to find out whether they are capable of taking responsibility at this point or not. And that’s, you know the example they give in the Introspection Rundown is using a note. And according to the IR document, the note might be something like, “‘Dear Joe, What can you guarantee me if you are let out of isolation?’ If Joes answer shows continued irresponsibility, the supervisor must write back something along the lines of, ‘Dear Joe, I’m sorry but it’s no go on coming out of isolation yet. Your actions threaten the survival of hundreds of people indirectly.'”
The IR goes on to state, “When it is obvious the person is out of his psychosis and up to the responsibility of living with others, his isolation is ended.”
And these words, as I have just mentioned, are all contained within the Technical Bulletins of Scientology, Volume 10 from 1991. These are still in force and in play in Scientology.
Elsewhere in these protocols, supporting the Introspection Rundown, it is stated, “With someone in a psychotic break, it is necessary to isolate the person for him to destimulate and to protect him and others from possible damage. There comes a point where the case supervisor must decide to release the person from isolation.” The case supervisor release the person from isolation. “To do this the case supervisor must know that the person can take responsibility for his actions as regards others as well as towards himself.”
So thinking about what Szasz says, this is becoming very interesting.
The current consent form used in Scientology has a lot to do with the Introspection Rundown, and it’s kind of a blanket consent form, but it specifically talks about the protocols of the Introspection Rundown and the specifics, just because of these very thorny control and responsibility and coercion issues.
So what I’m talking about is what’s called “Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization (hereinafter referred to as “the Church”) Agreement and General Release Regarding Spiritual Assistance.”  Scientology actually calls the Introspection Rundown “an intensive rigorous religious service,” which is interesting because it’s designed specifically for people who are psychotic, which is a psychiatric or a medical condition.
9:04 (end of Part 5) I think Dr. Wiseman misspoke here. Although the person in isolation is supposed to communicate with the C/S with notes (per HCOB 20 February 1974R Introspection RD Additional Steps), the auditing steps of the IRD are done by an auditor, who is under the direction of the C/S.  This document is available here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~jeta/scn/scans/Introspection-Release.html
In the consent form, it explicitly states, “The Case Supervisor will determine the time period in which I will remain isolated, according to the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion. I further specifically acknowledge that the duration of any such isolation is uncertain, determined only by my spiritual condition, but that such duration will be completely at the discretion of the Case Supervisor.”
So with the Introspection Rundown, looking at this material, we have an acknowledgement that those who are suffering from psychotic symptoms may pose a direct or indirect threat to themselves or to others, that such a person must be isolated and managed for his own and for others’ protection, that when that person is isolated and undergoing the IR he or she does not have a choice to continue with the treatment or not. Its nature and duration, once started, is solely at the discretion of the Case Supervisor.
The consent form for the IR is presented and signed before anyone actually is psychotic. This is something that is signed early on. It is not something that someone who needs to do an IR like this minute, or they’re talking about psychotic symptoms, you know, yesterday or today, will sign it. This is something that is done ahead of time. So it’s basically a blanket consent for treatment or for management of a condition that has not yet arisen.
So basically by signing it, you are signing away your rights ahead of time, when the nature of such a decision or the consequences of such a decision is far more difficult to appreciate.
And this consent form that is used does not come close to providing informed consent. Nowhere on that form does it say, for example, that most other people in society, most other groups in society, most other professional organizations in society, see a psychotic break as a medical or a psychiatric problem or emergency.
So, you’re not informed that while some people see it as a spiritual issue, other people see it as a medical issue. There’s no discussion of the risks of untreated psychosis or the natural progression of an untreated or a poorly treated psychotic break.
There’s no discussion of the medical or the psychiatric options versus the Introspection Rundown options. So that’s not informed consent that you can compare choices. And there’s also no discussion of the side effects or potential side effects of the Introspection Rundown protocol, which again may include isolation, may include high doses of vitamins, may include all sorts of potentially medically destabilizing things happening.
So we would, getting back to Dr. Szasz, we would challenge Dr. Thomas Szasz right now to identify any meaningful way that the Introspection Rundown of Scientology differs morally from traditional coercive psychiatric practice. We would ask him why he has given his support, legitimacy and sustenance to this organization for over forty years when this policy has been on the book, this IR policy has been on the books and has been very publicly practiced by Scientology for many, many years.
We finally call on Dr. Szasz, before his death, to renounce Scientology institutional practices, including the IR, that are obviously and grossly contradictory to the very core, the very essence, of Szasz’s own beliefs and intellectual efforts for the past seventy years.
He cannot, he cannot believe what he believes and not denounce Scientology for the exact same reasons as he has denounced psychiatry.
Wrapping this conversation up, the issue of the Introspection Rundown is not some theoretical or esoteric concept. The consent form that I’ve quoted from, that we’ve been talking about, has actually been dubbed by some as “the Lisa Clause.” And this is named after Lisa McPherson, who was a young Scientologist who died in 1995 after undergoing the Introspection Rundown through Scientology in Clearwater, Florida for seventeen days. At the time of her death, Lisa was gaunt, bruised, unkempt, dehydrated and septic. She apparently later succumbed to a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot, in her lungs. The civil case in Lisa’s death was only settled in 2004, nearly a decade after she passed away. This is a real issue.
There are other reports that are coming out and other documentation of psychotic symptoms and psychotic breaks and serious psychiatric compromise being “handled” within Scientology, and made grossly worse by Scientology practice. Again I would refer you to My Billion Year Contract  by Nancy Many who writes incredibly powerfully of undergoing a period of psychosis within the Church of Scientology, and how that was managed and how she was harmed basically by what these practices were.
I would also point out another small book, but very interesting book, by Aaron Gottfried, and the title of this book is The Psychiatrist Who Cured the Scientologist . And this is again Mr. Gottfried’s descent into bipolar mood disorder, within the context of his being managed and treated and supervised by Scientology. Again it’s a very, very distressing and disturbing thing to read. And I would encourage people to look at that.
7:28 (end of Part 6) My Billion Year Contract  The Psychiatrist Who Cured the Scientologist