Monday, June 27, 2005

Tom Cruise attacking Psychiatry and Science

Tom Cruise was on the NBC morning show to talk about his engagement to Katie Holmes June 24.

The interview took a bizarre turn when Lauer questioned Cruise on critical comments he's made about Shields and her memoir about overcoming postpartum depression.

He flipped out about the "evils of psychiatry" - and scolding actress Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants.

He insisted there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance and argued that mood disorders can be cured with "vitamins, exercise and various things."
Plenty of people may actually take this nonsense serious. People are much more willing to listen to his rantings on psychiatry than to someone who actually might KNOW something.

Interestingly, in the Matt Lauer interview, Tom Cruise insisted that though Scientology was a religion (because it deals with "spiritual things") you could be a "Christian" and a "Scientologist" at the same time.

Is Scientology compatible with Christianity? Let's ask L. Ron Hubbard. This would probably have come as a shock to L. Ron Hubbard.

He was on another interview with Peter Overton a few weeks back:

PETER OVERTON: This boy from a broken home set himself a deadline to achieve success and he didn't have to wait too long. In 1981, in his first film, Taps, the director was so impressed with the young Cruise, he gave him someone else's part. He never looked back. In more than 30 films, he's given us some of the most iconic movie moments of the past two decades. But off screen, Cruise has devoted much of his power, influence and substantial wealth to the Church of Scientology. It's a controversial religious philosophy based on the teachings of L Ron Hubbard. Scientologists believe we are spiritual beings in control of our own destiny and that therapies like psychiatry wrongly label individuals. The message struck a chord with the young Cruise at a time when he was struggling with dyslexia.

TOM CRUISE: I had absolutely what they defined as learning disabilities, dyslexia.

PETER OVERTON: That is what you were diagnosed that you had?

TOM CRUISE: Sure, absolutely. That's what they do. "You've got ADD, ADHD." You go, "What is the solution to that?" "Well, there isn't a solution." And today it's take drugs. They actually wanted to put me on drugs. My mother wouldn't let them, back then. And then a friend of mine gave me this picture book about suppression and social and antisocial personalities and I was like, "What is this?" He said, "Scientology." I said, "Oh, I'm very interested." That's when I became a Scientologist, about 20 years ago.

PETER OVERTON: It's obviously had a massive impact on you.
In case you wonder just how much Scientologists really hate psychiatrists and
psychologists, here's a little more information: Scientology Versus Medicine

Although Scientologists claim that they are not in competition with medical fields, much Scientology energy has been devoted in the past few years to attacking doctors, and especially psychiatrists. Hubbard and Scientology have never been too fond of the medical profession. Eric Barnes, Public Relations Chief of the New York Church allegedly told writer Howard Eisenberg about a boy whose broken leg had healed in two weeks instead of six through Scientology . Barnes was said to have claimed that doctors were so skeptical, "they broke it again to investigate the phenomenon."{2}

Scientologists are not permitted to take aspirins before auditing,{3} or "receive any "treatment" "guidance" or "help" from anyone in the "healing arts" i.e., physicians or dentists without consent,"{4} except in extreme emergencies when no one in the Church can be reached.{5} But Hubbard's feelings toward doctors and psychiatrists are a bit ambivalent, because while railing against them, he offers a fifty percent reduction to any doctor or psychiatrist taking a Scientology course.{6} Since Scientologists are not supposed to "mix Scientology with any other practice," his goal appears to be to get them to become Scientologists.{7}

Hubbard is convinced, actually obsessed with the delusion, that psychiatrists kill or torture their patients with electric shock treatment, use them sexually, and never ever help them. Hubbard wrote, "We have never found one person cured by psychiatrists, not one. If they call, as they do, anyone who disagrees with them insane, then those who agree with this human butchery should wear a swastika arm band so we can recognize them."{8}

Hubbard's hostility to the medical profession was apparent in the first story he wrote for Astounding Science Fiction in the late 1930's. The story told about a man who had the two halves of his brain sewn up by doctors. At the beginning, with one glance the man could heal anything. Later this miracle of surgery boomeranged and the man could kill with the same glance. In other words, the doctors had given him an evil eye. This hostility also goes back to his first book.
Check out the scandalous things they say about the psychiatric community.

Here's another good rebuttal: Scientologists call psychiatry a fraud? What nerve!.

Notice the link to Consumer Alert: Scientology and experience What Judges Have To Say About SCIENTOLOGY

Over at I found a link to how "Tom Cruise Kills Oprah" - a quicktime video, that has become very popular.

Besides they have pretty good links to Cruise's war on psychiatry and anti-depressants.

And one more thing to add in case you need a giggle from Tom Cruise's medical forum:

Tom Cruise:

You know, you get to a point where you say enough is enough. People are being misled, badly cared for, and needlessly damaged by the attitudes prevalent in American Medicine, movie actors among them.

Like whom?

Well, take for example Christopher Reeve.

Who suffered massive spinal cord injuries in a riding accident.

Exactly. Now here is a man, and I care about Christopher Reeve because I think he is an incredibly talented man. But look at him; where has his career gone?

I, uh, hate to be the one to tell you this, but Mr. Reeve passed away last year.

You're kidding.

I wish I were.
Read the rest here: Tom Cruise on the Universal Efficacy of Vitamins in Treating Every Medical Problem Known to Man

Scientology is rather weird and Tom Cruise carried on with a lot of nonsense about the evils of psychiatry. His tactics with regard to Brooke Sheilds make him look very bad and even people who might agree with his message will think he is making a fool of himself.

Cruise's attack on Shields and well-established science could be risky business to his popularity.

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