January 5, 2009
Scientology Parishioners and Medical Treatment
For some strange reason there seems to be a huge misconception about what members of the Church of Scientology - in Pasadena and around the world - believe about medical treatment and medication.
Unlike some other religions, we have no disagreement with medical treatment and we are not averse to getting help from medical practitioners. In fact, the church’s position on medical treatment and medical drugs is quite clear:-
The Church of Scientology has always had the firm policy of not diagnosing or treating the sick.
Scientology policy is adamant that no true spiritual progress can be expected if underlying medical conditions remain untreated.
Medical doctors are trained to deal with the physical aspects of illness and injury. A Scientologist with a physical condition is always advised and supported to seek and obtain the needed examination and treatment of a qualified medical professional.
Once under medical treatment, a Scientologist then can address his illness or injury with Scientology counseling to handle any spiritual trauma or other factors connected with that physical condition which may have predisposed him to illness or injury. There are also many medical doctors who are Scientologists themselves.
I have been a member of the Church of Scientology for 40 years. I have raised four kids and over the years every member of my family has had to seek medical attention at one time or another. Active, athletic kids get into scrapes and break bones. My husband had a heart attack ten years ago. He survived thanks to the doctors and the hospital treatment he received. He takes medication every day of his life now.
I had a very serious car accident and without the excellent medical help I received at UCLA Medical Center I’d be dead.
What we don’t do is take street drugs or mind altering psychiatric drugs of any kind.
Scientologists believe that psychotropic or street drugs damage a person physically, mentally and spiritually. They decrease awareness and hinder abilities.
Many people turn to these drugs as a “solution” to some other problem, only to find that the drugs have become a bigger problem.
But medical help that is needed is always sought.