With Kirstie Alley’s unexpected passing, the question of Scientology’s relationship with the medical community is once again the topic of discussion.
Journalist Tony Ortega addressed this in his recent video on Substack, stating that unlike the Christian Science Church, Scientology does not prohibit its members from seeking medical treatment.
The events of the past 24 hours or so surrounding Alley’s death have brought to mind a few relevant reflections, the first of which came when John Travolta posted his response on Instagram.
Scientology teaches that anything bad that happens, be it flood, fire or famine is because you “pulled it in” due to crimes you committed either in this life or in some distant past one. Because of the evil you did, you brought the negative situation on yourself.
It is YOUR FAULT.
If you got sick; it’s your fault.
Had a car accident?
You pulled it in.
What could be worse then, than losing your loved ones to death?
For Scientologists, not only did the person who died of some illness or accident pull it in upon themselves, but since the horrible loss happened in your life, to you, then you must have also done something terrible to deserve the pain.
Imagine what John Travolta must be dealing with.
He lost his son, his wife and now one of his dearest friends.
One blow after another.
What did Jett do to pull in his autism?
What did John do or not do to deserve the loss of his son?
Similarly, the same can be asked about Kelley Preston and Kirstie Alley; what crimes did they commit that brought about their cancers?
Travolta’s wife and dear friend both “dropped their bodies” due to illness, what did he do to suffer such losses?
This toxic emotional roller coaster must be such a torment.
How does one navigate this illogical and burdensome psychological manipulation? When is enough…enough? At what point will John Travolta and other Scientologists look at these tragedies and realize that the tech did not work as promised. With this glaring failure to go by surely the next logical step should be to question the whole?
From this sad musing another arose concerning why Kelly and Kirstie (and other Scientologists) died from the cancers that struck them down.
Although allowed to seek medical treatment, Scientologists have ingrained in them the skepticism and wariness of their founder for mainstream medicine. Having been promised as part of their scripture in Dianetics that most physical ailments are actually psychosomatic and thus can be treated through auditing, members seek Hubbard’s fake treatment. Beyond LRH’s tech the next preferred option is some chiropractor who may or may not be qualified.
Ultimately these alternative treatments consume valuable, precious and limited time.
Obviously no one knows the details of Kelly Preston or Kirstie Alley’s situations. All that can be done is to surmise based upon what information is available. However, one cannot help but wonder whether Preston might have survived her breast cancer had it been discovered earlier.
Which brings us to Kirstie and her recently discovered colon cancer.
Alley was 71 years old at her death. According to the statement issued by her children Kirstie had only recently discovered she had the ailment.
Normally routine screenings for colon cancer begin at around aged 50 and if caught early can be survivable. Often there are no symptoms of colon cancer so screening saves lives.
Early colorectal screening saves lives.
Being wary of medical doctors, do Scientology women seek out easily available mammograms for breast cancer and pre-screening tests for colorectal cancer? Do they get regular Pap smears to head off pelvic cancers? What of regular testing for cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart health?
How many women in Scientology, especially in the Sea Org, are at serious risks unnecessarily due to ridiculous, unreasonable and deadly dangerous superstition left them as one more legacy of L. Ron Hubbard?
No one can say whether or not Kirstie Alley would have still succumbed to colon cancer had she caught it early. But the likelihood is high that she would still be here, blocking her foes and making an ass of herself across social media had she had regular preventative medical care.
Ironically, it seems to this blogger that shunning medical treatment that might save one’s life then seeking that same treatment when it no longer can is a self fulfilling catastrophe.
Scientologists think “doctors can not help me, only the Tech can”, then when the Tech doesn’t help they seek medical attention too late. Losing the battle at that point then justifies for other Scientologists “LRH was right! So-and-so died after seeing a doctor! They are quacks!”
Thus Hubbard’s myth is perpetuated and people who may not need to-die.
What a sad, tragic and cruel inheritance L. Ron Hubbard left for his followers. His irresponsible bullshit founded on nothing more than his twisted imagination may be preventing so many from getting life saving tests.
Now, like John Travolta and his children, Kirstie’s kids and grand kids must mourn her loss.
A loss that was potentially preventable but for Scientology teachings and paranoia. Perhaps.
One more reason Scientology needs to be stopped.