Why Scientology has no business pontificating on mental health - a discussion - 2018-04-12
Whether it's about the shocking way people have been treated at a remote Tennessee facility, or the infamous death of a woman in Florida, for years we've been writing about Scientology's poor record of handling the needs of the mentally ill. Now, Chris Shelton and Sunny Pereira are beginning a series of discussions specifically about Scientology's ideas about mental health. We think you're going to find it very interesting. Here's what Chris has to say about today's first installment...
About a year ago, you all might recall Tony's story about Marc Vallieres and the charges brought against him and two other Scientologists for holding two people against their will in shacks on their Tennessee property. Those were Scientologists attempting to use L. Ron Hubbard's methods to "cure" people who had real mental health issues.
L. Ron Hubbard claimed from the earliest days of Dianetics that he had methods that could treat and even cure the insane, and he wasn't bashful in his boasts. This week, former Scientologist and highly trained Sea Org member Sunny Pereira and I talk in detail about Scientology's "tech" on medicine and mental health treatments. Over the following episodes in this series, we'll be taking apart the Introspection Rundown piece-by-piece. This is grim material but we do our best not to get too serious about all this, because the tragic consequences of this is all-too-obvious and all-too-painful for those who have had to live through it. With Scientology TV ramping up its anti-psychiatry rhetoric, I figured it was time to put some truth out there about Scientology's so called "solutions."