Category: Quackery

New Age Guru James Arthur Ray Guilty in Sweat Lodge Death

James Arthur Ray A jury has found self-help gury James Arthur Ray guilty of negligent homicide on Wednesday in the deaths of three of his followers during a botched sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona in October 2009.

By finding Ray guilty of negligent homicide, the jury in effect decided that while Ray’s conduct caused the deaths, he wasn’t aware of or didn’t recognize the risk of death caused by his conduct – in this case, the manner in which he ran the sweat lodge.

Warning regarding Scientology’s ‘volunteer ministers’

Scientology Nowadays it seems that wherever there is a disaster, so-called ‘Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ show up.

Sometimes they pass out food and supplies, but more often than not their real purpose is to ‘assist’ people with the quackery ‘techniques’ thought up by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Scientology cult targets drunk Aborigines with its quackery

Scientology quackery The Church of Scientology has been offering alcohol-dependent Aborigines a drug bomb therapy, which it has been told could kill people with kidney problems.

The Scientologists this week responded to a warning by the Northern Territory Health Department and stopped distributing literature which promotes a dangerous drug detoxification therapy.

Narconon Rehab Called Front for Scientology

Scientology quackery A father claims Narconon International and the Association for Living and Education International are fronts for Scientology, and that he paid them $35,500 for “essentially worthless treatment” for his drug-addicted son.

He says the groups run rehab programs “to enrich themselves and to provide a recruit base for the Church of Scientology rather than to provide competent treatment for chemical dependency.”

UK Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology

Scientology The government is urging councils across the country to stop giving hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax breaks to the Church of Scientology.

The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said a majority of the public did not want the “controversial organisation” to be given the kind of favourable treatment usually reserved for charities and questioned this use of public money.

Australia: Federal anti-drugs campaign has ‘worrying’ link to Scientology cult

Scientology Concerns have been raised about a partnership between the Australian Federal Government and a drug awareness group run by members of the controversial Church of Scientology.

The quackery-promoting cult, which also is behind a hate campaign against psychiatry, uses front groups to train and gain influence and respectability.

Scientology putting lives at risk, says mental health expert Pat McGorry

Scientology quackery Scientology’s quackery is highlighted once again, this time by renowned mental health expert Pat McGorry who has joined psychiatry boss Louise Newman and the Brain and Mind Institute’s Ian Hickie in urging senators to vote for an inquiry.

“They are the deniers of the realities of mental illness, which I find incredibly irresponsible and dangerous,” he told ABC Radio on Wednesday.