Monday, December 31, 2007

Hubbard Foundation Donates £150,000 to the Bluebell Railway



Concert at Saint Hill Manor raises funds for local charity

In October of this year, a concert at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, organised by the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation raised £150,000 for the Bluebell Railway. Hollywood actress, Kelly Preston (wife of John Travolta), was the master of ceremonies and performers included the trumpeter and composer Mark Isham, The Jive Aces, Woody Woodmansey and the Golden Era Musicians.

When L. Ron Hubbard lived at Saint Hill Manor in the 1960s, he supported local charities and the purpose of this annual charity concert is to continue that tradition.

And here's a video of Kelly Preston's visit to the Bluebell Railway, made just prior to the concert.



The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for nine miles along the border between East Sussex and West Sussex on which steam trains run between Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote.

The L. Ron Hubbard Foundation was originally formed in 1968 as the Hubbard Foundation of Scotland. Its purpose was to promote and deliver proactive help in the fields of education, exploration and social betterment. Since that time, the Foundation has increased its humanitarian activities and now operates in numerous countries throughout the world providing advice, consultation and humanitarian direction to all those who wish to reach for it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Drugging Kids for Profit: The Nail is in the Coffin

I think people are finally getting the message that putting your kids on powerful mind-altering drugs for 'hyperactivity' is perhaps not the best thing to do. Here are 3 recent major set-backs for that extremely profitable quackery a.k.a. fraud called, "Label kids as mentally ill, then rake in the cash":
  • 26 Oct 07 - The Church of Scientology's psychiatric watchdog, CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) brings out 3 extremely hard-hitting and emotive PSAs on the subject, soon to be playing on TV channels all over the world. Click Play below to watch No. 1 - the very sad story of Candace Downing, and all 3 PSAs can be seen here - http://CCHRUK.sharenow.com

  • 12 Nov 07 - BBC's Panorama programme called "What Next for Craig?" investigates drugs given to children for ADHD and reveals that "new research shows giving children drugs for ADHD works no better than doing nothing in the long-term." The programme also pointed out that children can become suicidal while on these drugs, and that they pose an increased risk of delinquency, substance misuse and even of going to jail.
  • 14 Nov 07 - Baroness Susan Greenfield asked the UK government to conduct an inquiry into the effectives of ADHD drugs and the reasons behind the “remarkable increase” in the number of children diagnosed with the condition over the last two decades.

For more information, help or advice, contact CCHR UK on:

01342 313926
info@cchr.org.uk
http://www.cchr.org.uk

P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

adhd, ADD, children, drugs, prescription, medication, suicide, side-effects,big pharma,profit,fraud

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Was Pekka-Eric Auvinen on psychiatric medication?

We will have to see if Pekka-Eric Auvinen, the latest school shooter, was on prescribed psychiatric medication such as antidepressants*. If so, it will be no surprise because what happened yesterday - this time in Finland - bears all the hallmarks of a drug-induced shooting, like many of the school shootings in recent years.

Watch this Public Service Announcement and you will see what I mean:


The following school shooters have been verified as being under the influence of a psychiatric drug at the time of the shooting:

May 21, 1998: Springfield, Oregon: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to his school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on Prozac.

April 29 1999: A 14 year old boy shot two children, killing one, at W.R. Myers High School in Taber Alberta. He was a student of the school; he was seeing a psychiatrist who prescribed him Dexadrine just prior to the shooting.

April 16, 1999: Notus, Idaho: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds at his school narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix of antidepressants.

April 20, 1999: Columbine, Colorado: 18-year-old Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher before taking his own life in the bloodiest school massacre in history. The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports, while Dylan Klebold’s autopsy was never made public.

May 20, 1999: Conyers, Georgia: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on, and wounded, six of his classmates.

March 7, 2000: Williamsport, Pennsylvania: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on the antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one.

March 22, 2001: El Cajon, California: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman was on two antidepressants, Effexor and Celexa, when he opened fire at his California high school wounding five. Hoffman had also undergone an “anger management” program.

April 10, 2001: Wahluke, Washington: 16-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle into his high school and held twenty-three classmates and a teacher hostage while on a high dose of the antidepressant Effexor.

March 21, 2005: Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota: 16-year-old Native American, Jeff Weise, reportedly under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac, went on a shooting rampage at home and at his school, killing nine people and wounding five before committing suicide.

More PSAs and information on this subject here: http://CCHRUK.sharenow.com/
or you can call CCHR UK directly on +44 (0)1342 313926.

* News just in (10 Nov 07): Jokela gunman said he used antidepressants - http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Jokela+gunman+said+he+used+antidepressants/1135231686882

Sunday, November 04, 2007

How Toxic Are You? Channel 4



BEAUTY ADDICTS: HOW TOXIC ARE YOU? Channel 4


We're made of chemicals, we rely on them, they're the basis of life. But the wrong types, in the wrong concentrations can cause serious damage. There are around 30,000 chemicals licensed for use in the UK today. Most make our lives easier, some make our lives safer, but for others, the jury is out.

Every year we splash out £6.4 billion on beauty products, but do we ever stop to think about what's in them or what they could be doing to us? The beauty industry spends £600 million a year marketing its products as pure, simple, organic and natural, but what's the truth behind the hype? Presenter Sarah Beeny wants to find out. First she meets Emma and Charlotte, two beauty-obsessed sisters. Between them they spend almost £1,000 a month on their beauty regime, but they have no idea how many chemicals are in their favourite products or whether these could be damaging their health.

Sarah has the girls tested, and with the help of two experts, is able to reveal the chemicals being stored in their bodies and then shows them how to detox by removing chemicals from their lives. Then Sarah meets two young mums to see whether the chemicals in the products they use are being passed on to their babies, before taking to the streets to find out whether parents really know what's in the special baby products they are buying.

A Unique Solution
But do not despair, because there is a way to flush chemical residues out of your body, thanks to the discoveries of researcher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. He developed a method for reducing body levels of toxic chemicals - a method which has been widely implemented, studied and demonstrated to be safe and effective. It is the sauna detoxification programme, used with great success by the world's largest network of drug rehabs - Narconon. It is also used by the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, bringing relief to those affected by 9/11, particularly firemen.

The attack on the WTC towers, and their subsequent collapse, brought unprecedented toxic exposures, beginning with a dust storm of pulverized concrete, steel, asbestos, carpeting, office equipment and other matter.

The Sauna Detoxification Programme
It is a precise regimen that includes exercise, sauna bathing, and vitamin, mineral and oil supplements. More than 20 years of clinical experience have established its value in treating chemical exposures.

A continuously evolving body of research projects has examined its application in the aftermath of exposure incidents. Scientists in the U.S., Europe and Russia have collaborated on this work.

Their findings have been published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among many others.

Results
Watch this video to see the results for yourself: http://nydetox.invision.net/nydetox/nydetox.wmv

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Six Former Drug Addicts Run a Cross-Channel Marathon to Highlight the Dangers of Drug Addiction



From August to September 2007, six Dutch and English ex-addicts ran 200 miles from The Netherlands to the UK under the slogan "Drugs Know No Borders".

They arrived in Brighton on 14th September. The team, who each have heavy drug histories - some starting at the age of 12 - began their run in Holland some three weeks earlier, in August. All six of them kicked the habit thanks to the drug rehab, Narconon, either in Holland or in the UK (Hastings).

Narconon is a non-religious drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity that delivers a rehab programme that is based on the works of philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. In 1967, prisoner and long-term heroin addict of the Arizona State Prison, William Benitez, got himself and other inmates off drugs after reading a book written by L. Ron Hubbard called The Fundamentals of Thought. This was the beginning of the Narconon programme: it is, today, available in 120 residential centres across 44 countries.



The aim of their marathon is to draw attention to the devastating effects that drugs create and to educate youngsters and the general public on the dangers of getting into drugs, and so prevent others from going down that path.

For more information, contact Alison Brennan at Narconon Hastings, on 01424 420 036, or see http://www.drugrehab.co.uk.

Here's what one of the runners had to say before he began the run:

My name is James Roscoe. In my opinion this programme is the only truly effective programme which helps addicts to handle themselves and apply what they learn...I have for the first time felt truly free from the pull of addiction and since July 26th 2007, I have run 2 marathons to raise public awareness about effective drug prevention and next week I will start my third for the same cause.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Grand Opening of the 16th Anniversary Saint Hill International Arts Festival

Festival Opens with Traditional Classical Concert

On Sunday, 5th August, the Grand Opening of this year’s Saint Hill International Arts Festival took place at Saint Hill Manor, home of author L. Ron Hubbard. The Festival, now in its 16th year, has attracted participants from all over the world and Liz Ostermann welcomed the 250 guests on behalf of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation and introduced the speakers.

From left to right: Liz Ostermann from the L. Ron
Hubbard Foundation, Janet Dixon, Mayoress of East
Grinstead, Ian Dixon, Mayor of East Grinstead, Sheila
Gaiman, Festival Executive Producer and Grammy
Award winner Robin Hogarth, President of the Festival.


The President of the Festival, Robin Hogarth, himself a Grammy-winning musician in recent months, spoke of the inspiration that the Festival has sparked in artists over the last 16 years, quoting in Mr. Hubbard's own words, "a culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists."

Then Festival Executive Producer, Mrs. Sheila Gaiman, read out special messages from Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson, and Priscilla Presley, both wishing the Festival the very best of success and encouraging each and every artist to persist in their goals.

Finally, the Mayor of East Grinstead Councillor Ian Dixon spoke about the importance that the arts plays in our lives and stated how much this was reflected in our own local town.

Sue Harvey and Marion Shuster – piano and soprano

Following the Grand Opening, was the traditional concert, in which Judy Norton acted as Master of Ceremonies (better known as Mary Ellen in “The Waltons”) as well as performing a medley from Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat.”

Georgina Roberts and Robbie Scandrett performing
an extract from Chekhov’s “The Proposal”


One of the most popular performers of the evening was the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Mario Feninger, who has played many times at the Wigmore Hall in London and whom the New York Times described as a "powerhouse virtuoso". He performed pieces by Chopin and treated the audience to many anecdotes on the composer’s life.

Judy Norton, actress, singer and the concert's Master of Ceremonies

Other performers included local artistes Marion Shuster and Sue Harvey – soprano and piano; Georgina Roberts, Brendan Zimmatore and Robbie Scandrett’s extract from Chekhov’s “The Proposal” and Barbara Lanik’s dance of “Lyrical Inspiration”.

Mario Feninger, Piano Virtuoso

The “Classical Night” was the first part of week-long Festival, which will include a variety of workshops and master classes in song, drama, film and dance, open to participants of all ages.

For more information, contact:

Liz Ostermann
The L. Ron Hubbard Foundation
Saint Hill Manor
Saint Hill Green
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4JY

01342 326711
info@hubbardfoundation.co.uk

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

'Kiddie Coke' Prescriptions Out of Control for So-Called 'Disorder' that Doesn't Exist

Badly behaved children in England being put in ‘chemical straitjackets’ says watchdog

The use of dangerous mind-altering drugs to treat so-called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has come under fire from a psychiatric watchdog, which says children are being placed in “chemical straitjackets.”

New figures obtained from the NHS Business Services Authority reveal 601,000 prescriptions for 'ADHD' drugs were dished out to children in England last year, a 107% increase compared to figures five years ago, when 290,000 'ADHD' prescriptions were written.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international psychiatric watchdog, which obtained the figures, says they highlight more and more children are being labelled with the psychiatric ASBO, ‘ADHD,' rather than finding out what is really wrong with the child.

The drugs cost the NHS over £29million last year, compared to £6million in 2001. Commonly known as ‘kiddie coke’ due to similarities with illicit amphetamine drugs, their use has come under attack for being a form of social control, rather than treating a real physical condition.

CCHR points to drug alerts from regulatory agencies in the UK and around the world detailing the serious side effects of 'ADHD' drugs. The warnings highlight how some of the 'ADHD' drugs can cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, psychotic behaviour, violence and aggression.

While the symptoms of so-called ‘ADHD’ are listed in psychiatric textbooks, a major failing is a complete lack of scientific evidence to show that 'ADHD' actually exists, said Brian Daniels, spokesperson for CCHR in the UK.

"Metaphorically speaking, children are being kitted out with the new 'Emperor's new suit', a designer label worn by the boisterous, argumentative or disruptive child. But to represent that these troubles are caused by “chemical imbalances” or incurable “brain diseases” that can only be alleviated with dangerous psychiatric drugs is dishonest, harmful and often deadly," he said.

“They mask the real cause of problems in life and debilitate the individual, so denying him or her the opportunity for real recovery and hope for the future.”

CCHR is an international psychiatric watchdog that has been in the vanguard of patients' rights since it was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For further information, please contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
42-44 Copthorne Road
Felbridge
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 2NS

01342 313926
info@cchr.org.uk
www.cchr.org.uk

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Do You Believe You've Lived Before?

John B. Gordon, died in 1904 ............ Jeffrey Keene, born in 1947

Well, if you don't, I'm sure you're still going to find the following videos interesting. Who knows, they might even get you to change your whole viewpoint towards the existence of past lives, like they did for many people featured in the videos who start out 100% skeptics and end up 100% believers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5cGSUBU8-w (46 mins)
The Boy Who Lived Before: This is the story of a small boy from Glasgow, Cameron Macaulay, who spoke of his 'other' family on the Isle of Barra, approx 200 miles away. The documentary includes the story of another boy who remembered being his own grandfather who could recall astonishing details that, it seems, only his grandfather could have known. See also: http://rense.com/general77/boy.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWwzFwUOxA (Part 1: 6 mins)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5965wcH2Kx0 (Part 2: 8 mins)
Born again?: A little boy called James Leiniger in the US recalls vivid details of being James M Huston jr, a naval figher pilot who was killed in World War II. See also http://www.ghost-story.co.uk/stories/jamesleininger.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB_j-chZvR0 (9 mins)
Reincarnation?: The story of Robert Snow, a captain in the homicide division of the Indianapolis Police Department who recalls being the artist James Carroll Beckwith who died in 1917. See also here.

In the book Have You Lived Before This Life?, philosopher L. Ron Hubbard takes you through 41 past life case histories. These graphically show how a person’s attitudes and actions in present time (this lifetime) can be affected by incidents in his or her past lifetimes. They also document the improvements that occurred when such incidents were addressed using Scientology counselling techniques called 'auditing'. The book also answers important questions such as:
  • Are there such things as ghosts?
  • How does a person behave when the body dies?
  • When and how does a person pick up a new body?
  • What causes someone to have a "famous person" fixation?
The book is available online or from the Church of Scientology London at 146 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BY. Tel - 0207 246 2700

See also:
Have I Been Here Before - the ITV1 show that looks at past lives of celebrities
http://www.itv.com/Lifestyle/BeenHereBefore/default.html

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Watch Scientology's Response Documentary to Panorama, 14th May, "BBC Panorama Exposed", in full, here

John Sweeney

When Panorama Editor, Sandy Smith, commissioned his favourite reporter to do a programme on the Church of Scientology, he made a grave error.

John Sweeney, his pit-bull of choice, lacks the dignity and tact required for a story that would, at least on its surface, address the activities and practices of a religion. As Sweeney himself explains, his tactics have nothing to do with intelligent reporting:

"There are three rules in journalism. First, find a crocodile. Two, poke it in the eye with a stick. Three, stand back and report what happens next."

Sweeney teamed up with his aptly named producer, Sarah Mole, who had previously done Sweeney's bidding as an undercover "mole" in a religious organisation for an earlier "Sweeney Investigates" programme. Together, they set about putting together a programme that follows the classic pattern of lazy journalists.

  • Find a few naysayers on the Internet, interview them for some juicy, if unsubstantiated allegations.
  • Take the claims that can now be attributed to a source and then repeatedly ask "questions" of your "target" prefaced with "Some people say…."
  • It's a job made easy when the topic is something people aren't familiar with, but would be merely ridiculous otherwise.

A simple example proves the point: look up an anti-semitic website, interview the people who make the outrageous claims and then seek out Je
ws to ask each one "some people say you control all the commerce and banking in the world", or "some people say you are the messengers of the devil," or "some people say all Jews are greedy, selfish criminals." Don't bother to look at the practices or activities of the Jews, just fire away with the accusations. Of course, the vast majority of the population seeing this would dismiss it as the most vile sort of propaganda.

Yet, this is precisely what Sweeney and Mole did with the Scientology programme. They did get a reaction. What they didn't get was a story that enlightened anyone.

To watch "BBC Panorama Exposed", click here. You can also order your own free copy of the documentary on DVD by clicking here.

By the way, here's the original YouTube clip that caused all the trouble in the first place:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxqR5NPhtLI
(Yes! That's on my YouTube account - johnalexwood! It's become one of the most viewed videos on YouTube in the world
!)

Is this the true face of the British Broadcasting Corporation?

And for a good laugh, click here!


And
here!



And here - yes, now's there's even a John Sweeney ringtone!




For more information, please contact:

Graeme Wilson
Public Affairs Director
g.wilson@scientology.org.uk
Tel: 01342 318229


See also:
Freedom Magazine: Panorama - The Sinking of a Flagship
Panorama rant boosts ratings
Scientology takes on BBC reporter with YouTube clips
BBC Reporter, Scientology Air Dispute
Controversy Erupts as BBC Battles Scientology
ABC Australia Video Report: "Panorama losing it"

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Dianetics Volcano Still Erupting!

Church of Scientology of London is holding a Dianetics Workshop on Sunday 20th May 2007 to mark the 57th anniversary of the book's publication


Churches of Scientology around the world are currently celebrating the publication of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health", originally published on 9th May 1950. A best-selling book by L. Ron Hubbard, it is now available in 53 languages with sales exceeding 21 million copies.

The Dianetics phenomena started in May 1950 when author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard's visionary work on the human mind, its problems and their resolution, first hit the bookstores.

The book rocketed onto the New York Times bestseller list and has appeared on dozens of bestseller lists since. Its huge popularity is due to the workable methods it provides, enabling people to come to grips with the fears, upsets and negative emotions that adversely affect their lives and relationships.

Although the year 2007 is dramatically different from 1950, the need for Dianetics technology has not changed. Instead of a "cold war", there is the peril and uncertainty of the "war on terror," and man’s inhumanity to man continues unabated, manifested by racism, hatred and violence. On a personal level, there has been little improvement, with day-to-day worries and stress about jobs, economic security, and the emotional “roller-coaster” most people experience from problems with their families and interpersonal relationships gone bad.

The Dianetics Symbol

With Dianetics, emotional pain and anguish are replaced by relief and joy, and worries and upsets become a thing of the past.

One individual who recently used Dianetics techniques told of a problem he had at the end of a relationship: “We broke up and I was trying to get her out of my heart. Dianetics helped me relieve all that tension, all that pain and all that hurt."

Another spoke of how he overcame feelings that were really holding him back in life: “I was upset, worried. Some people would call it depression. That changed. After Dianetics counseling I became a much happier person. I could really go after what I wanted in life.”

Still another person explained how his whole attitude toward life improved: “I can go outside and if it’s a great day I can feel it––I mean I can really feel it; the way I felt it when I was a kid. I can enjoy the sunshine the way I could thirty years ago.”

Countless others have experienced similar improvements.

As Mr. Hubbard wrote in the book's introduction: "Dianetics is an adventure. It is an exploration into terra incognita, the human mind, that vast and hitherto unknown realm half an inch back of our foreheads. Some of the things you will find may astonish you....And may you never be the same again."

Several Dianetics auditing sessions in progress at a Dianetics Workshop.

The Church of Scientology of London is holding a Dianetics Workshop on Sunday 20th May 2007 to mark the anniversary of the book's publication. The workshop includes a live demonstration of Dianetics procedures and it is where attendees can personally experience its results for the first time and where they can get all their questions answered. Attendees will also gain personal insight into why people react the way they do and have the opportunity to meet and make friends with people just like themselves - people seeking a way to improve their lives.

The Church of Scientology of London also gives free introductory lectures on Dianetics and Scientology every Thursday at 8pm - open to all. The evening includes live music, food and refreshments.

For more information about the events, call 0207 246 2700 or for more information on Dianetics, visit www.dianetics.org. See also:
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=26054


The Church of Scientology of London
146 Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4V 4BY
0207 246 2700
london@scientology.net

http://www.scientology-london.org



About the Church of Scientology of London
The Church of Scientology of London is open 7 days a week from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Within the building, there is a permanent free state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition that covers the basic principles of Dianetics and Scientology, and takes you through the life and works of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion. Also on display are practical solutions to drugs, crime, illiteracy and moral decline in society as well as an expose on the psychiatric profession and its harmful treatments.

The Church of Scientology of London is there to help anyone with any situation in their life they want to improve, with counselling and a range of life improvement courses.

Trademark information: http://www.scientology-london.org/feature/legal/trademark.html


Monday, May 07, 2007

Studies Reveal Lack of Science Behind Mental Health Industry


More Funding, Screening and “Treatment” Will Not Solve Inherent Problems in Psychiatric Field

Two studies have come out recently in the U.S. and the UK, which found that large numbers of people are erroneously being classified with a mental disorder. People suffering from normal sadness, divorce, rejection and economic misfortune are diagnosed with “depression” after answering simplistic questions such as, “During the past month have you been bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless?” Despite grossly inept diagnostic criteria—one study admits a 60% misdiagnosis rate, the other 25%—and without the use of any objective, physical tests such as blood tests, brain scans or x-rays, the person diagnosed will more often than not be prescribed powerful, mind-altering drugs.

With pharmaceutical companies spending $4 billion a year on direct-to-consumer marketing, psychiatric illnesses, and the drugs used to “treat” them, are literally marketed to the public in an advertising campaign. As a result, the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry earns more than $80 billion annually for psychotropic drugs, including stimulants, antipsychotics and antidepressants.

International regulatory bodies have issued 24 warnings in the last two years on the serious side effects of psychiatric drugs, including heart attack, stroke, suicidal behavior, mania, psychosis, hostility and “homicidal ideation.” On Wednesday, The New York Times published yet another article about how Eli Lilly’s top-selling antipsychotic, Zyprexa, leads to diabetes, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Lilly has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle 28,500 lawsuits contending that Zyprexa caused diabetes and other diseases, with at least 1,200 lawsuits still pending. A USA Today study of adverse events reported to the FDA between 2000-2004 found at least 45 child deaths in which antipsychotics were listed as the "primary suspect," in addition to 1,328 reports of serious, even life-threatening, side effects.

Another current controversy is the link between psychiatric drugs and school shooters. If toxicology results determine Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho to be the 9th recent school shooter under the influence of psychiatric drugs—a list which includes Eric Harris at Columbine, Kip Kinkel at Springfield, Oregon and Jeff Weise at Red Lake Indian Reservation—this would account for 77 wounded and 61 killed in less than a decade by school shooters on psychiatric drugs.

Despite this national crisis, there has been no official call for an investigation into the link between school shooters and psychiatric drugs. This gross oversight is a reflection of how much control the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry has over the media and governmental bodies. The Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office now states that Seung Hui Cho’s autopsy report and toxicology results will not be publicly released, which is a great injustice to the American people who are desperately seeking answers to what has caused the recent spate of school shootings, and how they can be prevented.

According to psychiatrist Peter Breggin, "The violence unleashed on the Virginia Tech campus should not lead to calls for more mental health screening, more mental health interventions, or more drugs. Instead, the violent rampage should confirm that psychiatric interventions don't prevent violence and instead they can cause it….Reliance on the whole range of this system from counseling to involuntary treatment failed."

With no standard diagnostic criteria, millions of dollars in lawsuits pending and drugs prescribed to children resulting in a running death toll, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group, says that the psychiatric industry should not be permitted to use the Virginia Tech tragedy to garner more funding and push for more mental health “screening” and “treatment” (i.e. drugs). Instead, the U.S. should be questioning the psychiatric treatment that the Virginia Tech shooter did get.

See also: Psychiatry: An Industry of Death

Visit CCHR’s website at www.cchr.org.uk for more information.

You can contact CCHR on 01342 313926 or email: info@cchr.org.uk

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

World's largest psychiatric watchdog celebrates its 38th Year

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Brian Daniels
Tel: 01342 313 926
Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK celebrates its 38th Year

Three human rights awards presented at Saint Hill Castle

EAST GRINSTEAD: On Saturday 21 April, Saint Hill Castle hosted the 38th Anniversary Banquet of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR UK) when three individuals, whose work has helped champion the achievement of human rights in the field of mental health, were each presented with a Human Rights Award.

Exemplifying the efforts to inform parents and get to the cause of so-called ‘childhood mental health problems’, Professor Neil Ward of Surrey University was presented with CCHR’s annual Human Rights Award by Deputy Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Ian Dixon.

Opposing the use of chemical restraints to control children and refusing to medicalise ‘naughty’ kids, Professor Ward’s research has focused on nutritional deficiencies as well as other environmental factors, to demonstrate how these can result in poor childhood behaviour.

Jason Pegler, chief executive of the mental health publisher Chipmunka Publishing, was also honoured for exposing an abusive mental health system through the publication of books written by those caught up in a system where their stories would otherwise go unheard. A psychiatric survivor himself, Pegler realised a ‘healing process’ by writing about his experiences, and has gone on to encourage others to do the same, publishing over 50 titles.

From left to right: CCHR Human Rights award recipient, CCHR Commissioner, the founder of the Restorative Health Company and a former Chief Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police - Peter Bennett, award recipient Jason Pegler, chief executive of the mental health publisher Chipmunka Publishing, award recipient Professor Neil Ward of Surrey University, and Deputy Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Ian Dixon.

Former Mayor of East Grinstead, Christine Mainstone, was also at the banquet to present a special recognition to 73-year-old Maggie Chapman from Bradford in West Yorkshire. Chapman underwent and survived a brutal psychiatric brain operation, which was filmed by Yorkshire TV, and is now part of CCHR’s blockbuster documentary CD, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death. Christine Mainstone described Chapman as a remarkable and courageous lady, whose experience serves to highlight the brutality of psychosurgery.

“I’ve been connected to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights for some years now, and I know this organisation has a purpose to see the back of psychiatrists. I know that’s their purpose. That’s why CCHR is the only organisation that has my permission to use the footage of my brain operation.

“If it can help to bring psychiatrists to justice, and to be held accountable for their actions, then that’s fine by me!” said a defiant Maggie Chapman.

Award recipient Maggie Chapman with Christine Mainstone, former mayor of East Grinstead.

Local dignitaries at the banquet were joined by ambassadors, high commissioners, doctors, lawyers, authors and religious leaders to acknowledge these individuals for exposing mental health abuses, so that it can return to a practice that embraces the concepts of human rights and dignity.

The event was held in The Great Hall of Saint Hill Castle.

“Today, 20 million children around the world are prescribed addictive psychoactive drugs and in the United Kingdom, someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution every 12 minutes,” said Lady Margaret McNair, Executive Director of CCHR UK.

“Today, more than 150 million people worldwide have taken antidepressants in what has become a “choose your mood” society….Psychiatry’s obsession in labelling people’s emotions and behaviours will ultimately be their biggest downfall. [Now] with more than 30,000 newspapers articles and TV media exposing psychiatric dangers last year, millions of people are getting the facts.

“Only this week, this very campaign was highlighted on an international scale as the horrific details of yet another school shooting unfolded. 33 pupils were shot dead, while another 29 were seriously injured. And yes, it’s been reported the gunman had been on antidepressant drugs.

“The psychiatric-pharmaceutical alliance is being brought to account.”

Lady Margaret McNair, Executive Director of CCHR UK.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. Past winners of CCHR’s Human Rights Awards in the UK include GMTV’s nutrition expert Patrick Holford and in the US, soul artist Isaac Hayes.

For more information, contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926
Email: info@cchr.org.uk
Web: http://www.cchr.org.uk

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Church of Scientology of Moscow Wins Landmark Decision In European Court of Human Rights

Confirmation of Scientology's Religious Bona Fides by the Highest Court in Europe

European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg

In a unanimous decision today (5 April 2007), the European Court of Human Rights (First Section) found in favour of the Scientology religion, upholding the religious freedom of Scientologists throughout the forty-six nations that comprise the Council of Europe, in a precedent-setting ruling that will help guarantee these rights for people of all faiths.

The court overturned the Moscow City government’s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization.

The Court in its opinion “referred to its settled case-law to the effect that, as enshrined in Article 9, freedom of thought, conscience and religion is one of the foundations of a ‘democratic society’ within the meaning of the Convention. It is, in its religious dimension, one of the most vital elements that go to make up the identity of believers and their conception of life, but it is also a precious asset for atheists, agnostics, sceptics and the unconcerned. The pluralism indissociable from a democratic society, which has been dearly won over the centuries, depends on it.”

The Court went on to find that “In the light of the general principles outlined above, the ability to establish a legal entity in order to act collectively in a field of mutual interest is one of the most important aspects of freedom of association, without which that right would be deprived of any meaning. The Court has expressed the view that a refusal by the domestic authorities to grant legal-entity status to an association of individuals may amount to an interference with the applicants' exercise of their right to freedom of association. Where the organisation of the religious community is at issue, a refusal to recognise it also constitutes interference with the applicants' right to freedom of religion under Article 9 of the Convention. The believers' right to freedom of religion encompasses the expectation that the community will be allowed to function peacefully, free from arbitrary State intervention.”

The Court then found that in “view of the Court's finding above that the reasons invoked by the Moscow Justice Department and endorsed by the Moscow courts to deny re-registration of the applicant branch had no legal basis, it can be inferred that, in denying registration to the Church of Scientology of Moscow, the Moscow authorities did not act in good faith and neglected their duty of neutrality and impartiality vis-à-vis the applicant's religious community. In the light of the foregoing, the Court considers that the interference with the applicant's right to freedom of religion and association was not justified. There has therefore been a violation of Article 11 of the Convention read in the light of Article 9.”

Elena Saycheva, spokesperson of the Church of Scientology of Moscow, praised the court’s ruling saying, “This decision not only confirms the rights of churches of Scientology, but also sets another important precedent to protect the rights of all other religious communities in Europe.”

In Church of Scientology Moscow vs Russia (Application no. 18147/02), the Church of Scientology of the City of Moscow filed an application regarding the refusal of the Moscow department of Justice to re-register the Church as a religious organization. The Church of Scientology of Moscow was first registered in 1994. After a change in the law the Church filed an application for re-registration. The Church complained that the refusal of its application violated fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

In today’s decision, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously confirmed that the Russian Federation violated the Church’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, specifically Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights read in the light of Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion).

This finding guarantees protection for Scientology churches not only in Russia but also in all 46 member nations over which the Council of Europe has jurisdiction.

The Church of Scientology was represented in the Court by English solicitor Peter Hodkin and two Russian lawyers. Mr Hodkin stated afterwards:

“This case signals the end of discrimination towards the religious community of Scientologists by government authorities across Europe. Although the Church of Scientology has existed for more than 50 years, it has suffered from discrimination in some areas due to its relative newness and misinformation and disinformation which has sometimes appeared concerning the beliefs and practices of Scientologists.”

The Scientology religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The first church was established in the United States in 1954. It has grown to more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups and ten million members in 163 nations. The Russian Federation has more than 40 Scientology churches and missions from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok.

For more information about Scientology, see www.scientology-moscow.ru or www.scientology-london.org

For more information, contact:
Graeme Wilson, 01342 318 229 or 07950 968 351

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Jonathan Ross Show excerpt: How Scientology has helped John Travolta

Photo from Celebopedia

'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross', BBC 1, 30 March 2007

JR: John, I'm just enamoured of your work. I love seeing you on screen. I like the way you live your life from the sound of things. We've touched on your dancing in a round about way. Let me ask you a question here - and I'm not going to mock this because I know it's an important thing to you. I want to ask you about Scientology...

JT: Sure.

JR: ...because you're one of the two most, kind of, famous practitioners. I don't know if that's the correct word of Scientology. There's Tom Cruise of course, who we all know about, and you, for many years have talked about it. What have you got out of it?

JT: I've been involved 32 years in Scientology and it's given me all the tools to survive in life that I need and it helped so many people and we're all over the world and we go out of our way to help people - whether it's natural disasters or personal help with their lives and I've always found it an enormous help and tool for me to survive better. And right from the start, I always had a wherewithal because of their help to never self-destruct, you know. I could always use the tools to better myself and become more able, more in communication with people and have more fun.

JR: Now one of the things that was in the news over here about Scientology was recently, of course, Tom Cruise and his lovely wife have had a baby, and it became newsworthy in the papers that apparently, Scientologists believe that a birth should be silent if possible. Now I know your wife is a Scientologist. Did you achieve that? Did you have silent birth?

JT: Yeah, it's pretty simple stuff really. All it is, is when pain - there's a lot of pain involved in a birth, or there can be for the baby, and the wife and often verbiage is recorded in the mind.

JR: So a baby maybe, even if it doesn't understand what's going on, will hear the sound or get the impressions of the emotions.

JT: Yes, and they can be anything from what the doctors are saying or the fears or the concerns of the people around and it's just... Even when a person has an accident or hurts themself, it's just better to be quiet when they're being handled.

JR: But here's the thing I'm asking you. How do you do that? Because when my wife was having the baby, there were times when she was calling me some things which, er alright, maybe, history has proved her correct but...

JT: Well, noise is different than verbiage.

JR: OK - just an "argh" would be a bad thing?

JT: Yes, screams, if you have to, is fine. But it's the, it's the...

JR: Don't be saying things.

JT: ...the content of the meaning of a word that could have impingement later on in life, do you see? And that's what you don't want - but if you want to make noises, it's fine, you know.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Today is L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday!

Today is the birthday of American author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard (1911-86).

He was quite a guy! He has all this to his name!:
  • He is the world's most translated author with his works now available in 71 languages
  • He is the world's most published author with over 500 written works and 3,000 recorded lectures. (Both records certified by Guinness World Records in October 2006)
  • He is one of the greats of the Golden Age of science fiction. He was equally prolific as an author of western, adventure, romance and mystery
  • He authored the world's biggest selling self-help book, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health"
  • He is the founder of Scientology, the applied religious philosophy that now has millions of followers in 160 countries, including many well known names such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley
  • Programs using Mr. Hubbard's discoveries in drug rehabilitation are five times more effective than any other similar program
  • His breakthroughs in the field of learning and literacy are used in more than 500 centers and have been incorporated into whole educational systems, with dramatic increases in student achievement
  • His program for criminal reform, which produces a greater than 80 percent reduction in recidivism, is used in more than 2,000 prisons and penal institutions internationally
  • The distribution of Mr. Hubbard's common sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, has statistically reversed declining moral trends across entire communities
  • He developed a system of business administration (management technology) which is now used in thousands of companies world-wide
  • Hundreds of United States Mayors and Governors proclaim March 13 as "L. Ron Hubbard Day" and Parks and Streets have been named after him in his honour e.g. L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles
  • There is a permanent exhibition dedicated to his life and work in Los Angeles

The Church of Scientology International recently released a digitally restored version of the exclusive 1966 filmed interview, An Introduction to Scientology, in which Mr. Hubbard explains why he dedicated his life to this work and answers the most commonly asked questions: "What is Scientology?" "Why is it a religion?" "How do people benefit from it?" The DVD is available from any Scientology church and can be ordered online at http://www.scientology.org/interview


For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, have a look at:
http://mediaresources.lronhubbard.org/
http://www.ronthemusicmaker.org
http://www.ronthepoet.org
http://humanitarian.lronhubbard.org
http://freedom.lronhubbard.org
http://www.writersofthefuture.com
http://writer.lronhubbard.org
http://adventurer.lronhubbard.org
http://www.lronhubbard.org/yachtsmn
http://www.ronthephilosopher.org
http://www.lronhubbardprofile.org
http://literary.lronhubbard.org
http://dianetics.lronhubbard.org
http://education.lronhubbard.org
http://drugrehab.lronhubbard.org
http://lron.hubbard.org
http://tribute.lronhubbard.org
http://www.lronhubbardtribute.org/iv/speeches/lrhbd2002
http://www.freedom.org.uk/mag/issuea03/page08a.htm
http://www.scientology.org/html/en_US/l-ron-hubbard/professional-dozens-fields/horticulturist/index.html

If you are attending the LRH Birthday Event at London Org, please click here to confirm your seat.
If you are attending the event at Saint Hill, please click here to confirm your seat.

Church of Scientology of London
london@scientology.net
0207 246 2700

Friday, March 02, 2007

Cumbria Train Crash: Scientology Volunteer Ministers applaud Emergency Services and Kendal’s ASDA Supermarket!

Scientology Volunteer Ministers dispatched from Manchester and Edinburgh to the Cumbrian crash scene have applauded the police and other emergency crews who worked through the night and the following two days.

The 20 Volunteer Ministers arrived on the scene late on Friday night, available to give whatever help was needed. Due to fast and efficient work by the emergency crews, there were no walking injured or crash survivors at the site - they had all been transported to hospitals or to their destinations - so the main help that was needed was for the emergency staff at the scene, many of whom worked through the night after working a full day shift.

The Volunteer Ministers therefore provided food, drinks and a change of clothing as well as their trademark Scientology “Assists” to help relieve stress and weariness to tired emergency service personnel.

One team of Volunteer Ministers went to the local ASDA branch in Kendal to purchase some supplies. The manager there insisted on the team taking food, drinks and cloths that filled six trolleys, all courtesy of ASDA. These were very well received by exhausted and hungry emergency crews!
One senior police official on duty at the crash scene had worked with the Volunteer Ministers after the London underground bombings in 2005, so an immediate working relationship was established.

Coordinator of the Volunteer Minister team, Victoria May, said, “The police and emergency crews were fantastic – very efficient and just getting the job done. It was a pleasure to be able to help make their job a bit easier. We are also extremely grateful to ASDA Kendal, who really did come to the rescue when we needed loads of supplies.”

In the words of L. Ron Hubbard, whose practical methods the Scientology Volunteer Ministers are trained in:

“A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please contact Graeme Wilson on 01342 318 229 or 07950 968 351 or g.wilson@scientology.org.uk www.scientology.org.uk

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Scientology Opens Prominent New Church in Berlin

Doors open; all invited to find out for themselves,

‘What is Scientology?’

BERLIN, 13 January 2007 – The Church of Scientology of Berlin, Germany, opened its new home today in Charlottenburg to over 4000 church members (including Academy Award nominated actress Anne Archer and Jazz legend Chick Corea), government officials and community leaders, with an invitation to all Berliners to find out for themselves the answer to the inevitable question, “What is Scientology?”

“Therein lies the reason for this Church, so that you can answer that question for yourself,” said the Berlin Church’s president, Sabine Weber. “Our doors are open to you – to everyone. We want you to find out for yourself who we really are. We want you to find out for yourself what we really do.”

To make this possible, the ground floor of the 4,000-square-meter, 6-story glass and steel structure which is located at Otto-Suhr-Allee and Cauer Street in the Charlottenburg District, contains an extensive walk-through audio-visual public information center on Scientology beliefs and practices and the Church’s activities in Berlin and around the world. Displays present the life and accomplishments of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the internationally acclaimed programs that use his discoveries to combat drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations.

The new Church in Berlin is a reflection of the world scope of Scientology today, which comprises more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups across 163 nations. Each is dedicated to achieving the Aims of Scientology – including a world without war, without insanity and without criminality, where the able may prosper and all are free to rise to greater heights. Internationally, 1,500 new churches, missions and groups opened in the past year, and growth in the past five years has exceeded the previous five decades combined.

For Berlin members, the Charlottenburg building not only multiplies all facilities for training and counseling in the religion, it enables the Church to bring Scientology’s international social reform and betterment programs on a much larger scale to the city.

Displays within the building present the life and accomplishments of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the internationally acclaimed programs that use his discoveries to combat drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations.

Ms. Weber described the dedication of Scientologists to make human rights a reality with a global campaign to raise public awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; to steer youth from drugs with the Church’s “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” drug education program in 53 nations; to decrease civil commotion and crime through distribution of the common-sense moral code, The Way to Happiness; and to bring help to disaster relief efforts through the tens of thousands of Scientology Volunteer Ministers world over.

Guest speakers welcoming the Church to its new home in Berlin included Mr. Bernhard Stitz, a 30-year police officer; Professor Jurgen Redhardt, Professor emeritus at Giessen University; Dr. Hubertus Mynarek, theologian and sociologist; and Mr. Almog Burstin, joining the event from Israel, a founding member of the European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance.

Thousands of Scientologists and friends from Germany and across Europe visited the new Church on its opening day.

“In the very tradition of religions creating a climate for Peace on Earth,” said Ms. Weber, “we moved into the twenty-first century by building churches like this one on four continents. Each is situated on the cultural crossroads, so that anyone may find what we are and what we represent.”

Other new Scientology Churches recently opened include London, Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Johannesburg. Similar new churches are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2007 in Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Australia and Taiwan.

“Our new churches are prominent and intentionally so,” said Ms. Weber. “As for why, it is inherent in every new Church of Scientology to be an active and responsible participant and member of the community in which they live. We also recognize that the Church of Scientology’s increased public awareness inevitably results in questions regarding our beliefs and practices – and our new churches provide large exhibits open to the public so they can find answers to their questions.”

The Church of Scientology of Berlin welcomes visitors and offers tours seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on the Church and its programs, visit www.scientology.org or call 030-364 7 0
For photos, please call
030-364 7 0 or email berlin@scientology.net
A slide show of the opening ceremony can be seen here.