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If Scientology sold hamburgers or any other retail product, they would have been hauled into court long ago for false advertising. But because they have IRS protection as a "church," they can continue their deceptive practices with immunity.

If Scientology sold hamburgers or any other retail product, they would have been hauled into court long ago for false advertising. But because they have IRS protection as a “church,” they can continue their deceptive practices with immunity.

As former Scientologist Arnie Lerma wrote in his 1998 article, The Art of Deception:

Hubbard was master of only one thing, the Art of Deception.

Lerma continues his lengthy dissertation with a history of his 20 year involvement with the deceptive cult and he fully analyzes how L. Ron Hubbard created his masterpiece cult religion. He begins his study with this summary of how he became involved with Scientology in the first place.

After resisting efforts to get involved with Scientology for a considerable period, I finally decided to give it a try. This supposedly wonderful technology of the mind was, after all, developed by a nuclear physicist, in order to cure himself of crippling wounds received during active duty as a highly decorated Navy hero.

Of course 25 years later, sitting amidst piles of documents, including a copy of Hubbard’s official Navy record and a copy of his transcript from George Washington University, I found that the entire premise for Dianetics and its spawn, Scientology is, and has always been, a complete fraud.
Hubbard was neither a war hero, highly decorated, wounded in action, nor a nuclear physicist. His discharge papers reflect the only affliction he seems to have acquired while in the Navy was an urethral discharge.

If the entire stated premise for the creation of Dianetics was a lie, then it follows that everything that comes after it must also be a lie.

In two concise paragraphs, Lerma summarizes the complete “bait and switch” of the entire Scientology enterprise, much like our photo of “Truth in Advertising.”

Dianetics teaches you in grisly detail how this complicated fabrication is constructed. While you think you are learning the “secret” of the human mind, you are instead being set up to swallow Scientology as the ultimate solution for mankind. And of course “ultimate solutions” go on to make otherwise unconscionable acts possible.

The “reactive mind” you are then tricked into creating, or “mocking up” is that very same ‘reactive mind’ that you spend years getting rid of in Scientology.

If you have some considerable time to kill, I would highly recommend reading the balance of Arnie Lerma’s article … it is insightful as it is comprehensive.

The real science behind Scientology seems to be an understanding of the very human need, as social animals, to be part of a supportive group—and the willingness of people to pay handsomely for it. (Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology, by Michael Shermer, Oct 12, 2011).

DID HUBBARD MISS HIS REAL CALLING AS A WHITE WITCH DOCTOR? The real science behind Scientology seems to be an understanding of the very human need, as social animals, to be part of a supportive group—and the willingness of people to pay handsomely for it. (Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology, by Michael Shermer, Oct 12, 2011).

The official general treatment of injuries as recognized by Scientology is a monumental contradiction of medical science. Hubbard explained that the purpose of a touch assist is to

… unlock the standing waves that are small electronic ridges of nervous energy that is not flowing as it should.

Here is actual audio of Hubbard discussing the concept of one aspect of the touch assist which requires the patient be returned to the scene of the injury and … well, just listen for yourself.

This treatment for pain is discussed at length in Scientology’s online Handbook, a humorous read for any thinking person.

The purpose of a Touch Assist is to reestablish communication with injured or ill body parts. It brings the person’s attention to the injured or affected body areas. This is done by repetitively touching the ill or injured person’s body and putting him into communication with the injury. His communication with it brings about recovery. The technique is based on the principle that the way to heal anything or remedy anything is to put somebody into communication with it.

http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/assists/sh6_4.htm

To read this entire explanation is an epic study of the ludicrous, or to be more blunt … just plain asinine. Naturally, a claim like this should be demonstrable on a wide scale but aside from the random testimonials of people actually helped by this medical “wonder,” there is NO PROOF ANYWHERE that this has helped anyone. Like I’ve asked the phony faith healers … how about showing up at Egleston Children’s Hospital and let’s go room to room with this wonder cure!!

This theory which, surprisingly, is actually referred to as “THEORY” on the Scientology Handbook website. It is found exclusively in Hubbard’s ramblings and has no medical foundation whatsoever. Much of what is currently being exposed in the news about Narconon stems from this medical nonsense that Hubbard blabbered about in his nonsensical writings about medical science (ironic, is it not, that they are so far removed from ANYTHING scientific?). A thorough discussion of Narconon as a junk science is presented here.

Again, from the Scientology Handbook:

FROM SCIENTOLOGY HANDBOOK:
If a person has received an actual injury to the head such as being poked in the eye or hit on the head with a bat, he can be given a Touch Assist. The same applies to injuries to the teeth or painful dental work.

The Touch Assist is easy to learn and can get quite remarkable results. It has the advantage of being easy to teach others. So use it well to help those around you, and teach them to help others in turn.

One of more insane pieces of nonsense that Scientology merely wizzes by in their quest to deify this Chief of lunatics was his claim regarding the treatment of radiation sickness or even burns:

“Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, ALL ABOUT RADIATION, p. 109

“We are today the only people whose processes will actually cure or handle, in any way, shape or form, atomic energy burns … you get some guy’s case in order, and then you can cure his radiation burns with fair rapidity. More work has to be done on this, but I can tell you right now that it is the one thing that does something about it. Gives us a monopoly. More importantly, it gives us this interesting position. Just being able to cure this makes us the only civil defense agency on the face of Earth today. Think of that for a minute. Because no other agency has the knowledge or equipment to even vaguely handle it.” [Hubbard, “Aims and Goals of Scientology”, lecture of 14 February 1956]

I am only assuming that this this medical knowledge stems from Hubbard’s extensive research as a nuclear physicist.

For an extensive review of Scientology’s history involving the practice of medicine, check out this page at Xenu-Directory.net