posted on Aug, 10 2005 @ 08:29 AM
Sorry to revive a (possibly) dead thread, but I just got back from vacation.
The whole Scientology vs. medicine thing is a bit of a red herring. It's true that Scientologists, in general, are against barbaric psychiactric
practices, including the OVER use of psychiactric drugs. (And most people seem to agree that they're being OVER used...) It's possible that such
drugs may be called for in certain cases for limited periods of time, perhaps for example if someone is on the verge of suicide. The difference is we
KNOW there's another way. We know that it's possible to root out the SOURCE of the mental illness, therefore it makes little sense to treat the
symptoms with powerful drugs and all the side-effects and problems that go with them.
Of course, for a person with severe mental illness, the road to recovery using Scientology can be long & difficult. But at least it can be
done. This is more than psychiatry can claim.
As for other medications: opinions among Scientologists differ. (btw, they differ in many areas, which is stong evidence against the brainwashing
theory...) It's certainly not like Jevhova's Witnesses, for example. If you break your leg, you go to the doctor and get it set. (You might wonder
WHY you broke your leg...depending on how it happened, there might be something that needs to be dealt with, but you'd still go to the doctor.) If
you have an infection, you get some antibiotics. If you have a headache, you might take a couple of Motrin. etc. etc.
Scientology also features some simple "assists" that can be used to help deal with minor injuries and complaints. These involve redirecting the
attention away from the injured area, which isn't really a very far-fetched idea.
So Scientology isn't a replacement for traditional medicine. It can be considered "complementary", in some ways. When you raise your awareness,
ability and tone level, there's an accompanying tendency toward less accidents and illness.