Scientology's recipe for baby malnutrition, and quite possibly, infant botulism

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Lawrence Wollersheim  interviews Jesse Prince  who was 2nd in command of Scientology

Just looking at it now, those children were so under-nourished, just not whole, complete children, because L. Ron Hubbard figures barley water is better than milk. . . I've seen those children, 15 to 20 of them in a filthy room, filthy carpet, food everywhere, and playing. If one of them got out of line, they'd just lock them in a room and let them scream itself to death, or scream itself to sleep. . . They make them do what's called rocks and shows, where if they do something that they weren't told to do, they have to do sit-ups, push-ups from the cradle they are punished. From the cradle the children are punished.

Letter of Yolanda Howell to Dennis Erlich (auf Deutsch)

One woman's baby became very ill -- thin and colicky -- after using the Hubbard's "baby formula." We were not allowed to say it was bad, however. How I respected her for saying that it was hurting her baby and she was going to give him formula! He then recovered fully.

Affidavit of of Susan Simmel

Our daughter was born, and I was pressured to obey LRH's preference of no breastfeeding of babies. I went so far as to write him personally and query his position, but he reiterated his preference. Our daughter's front baby teeth were destroyed by LRH's baby formula which required barley water, milk, and corn syrup.

Scientology's Volunteer Minister's Handbook:

Breast feeding babies may have a nostalgic background, particularly to a Freudian oriented medico, but real breast milk again is usually a poor ration. Modern mothers smoke and sometimes drink. Smoking makes the milk very musty. Anyway, a nervous modern mother just can't deliver the right ration. Maybe it's the pace of the times or the breed, but there are few modern Guernsey-type mothers. So even without drinking or smoking, one should forget breast feeding.


The foremost reason a baby doesn't do well is poor rations. And to remedy that, here is a formula one can use:

15 ounces of barley water
10 ounces of homogenized milk
3 ounces of corn syrup (As the Romans had honey, 2 ounces of honey may be used instead of corn syrup, if desired. Do not use lactose [a sugar found in milk, used in infant foods] as a substitute.) The amount of syrup should be varied - depending on the baby - some like it weak - some take it stronger.

L. Ron Hubbard - founder of Scientology & Dianetics- (and pathological liar) gave a remarkable explanation as to how he came up with this potentialy dangerous formula. He had, so he told his faithful following, "picked it up in Roman days and have used it since". That's right, Hubbard told his followers he was in Rome in ancient times.But then again he also told them he had been to heaven more than once.

When you hear in the media that John Travolta and Kelly Preston are suggesting Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise to have a silent birth, then this is such an Hubbard writing they refer to.

Here is Scientology's Scriptural Bulletin Processing a new mother

The most to know about the baby is not to tire him or her unduly for a week or so, feed a protein formula if mother not breast feeding. This formula is most like human milk. I picked it up in Roman days and have used it since -- 15 ounces of barley water, 10 ounces of homogenized milk, 3 ounces Karo syrup (this can be multiplied by any number according to the number of bottles desired but the ratio remains the same). Evaporated or condensed milk and heavy sugar make fat not bone. *Protein* is the thing that heals and makes strong growth. Modern hospital formulas and patent mixes for babies are not just bad, they are criminal.

Contrary to Hubbard's claims, breast milk is quite usefull, as was also reported in The Lanclet (1998;351:1160-1164) that breast milk fights infant diarrhea.

Breast Milk Fights Infant Diarrhea

(Reuters) - In addition to infection-fighting antibodies, human breast milk also contains a compound that helps babies fight rotavirus infection, the leading cause of serious infant diarrhea, say researchers.

Breast milk may "provide several tiers of active defense against the common diseases of infants, including diarrhea," say investigators at Harvard Medical School in Boston, the Instituto Nacional de Nutricion in Mexico City, and elsewhere.

Their study, published in the April 18th issue of The Lancet, focused on the incidence of rotavirus infection (both with and without symptoms) in a group of 200 infants born in a low-income neighborhood of Mexico City.

Other sources state that breastfeeding battles infections and builds up the baby's immune system. On top of that, honey is a potentially fatal substitute for infants under 12 months, due to possible presence of Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

Health Canada reports:

Many infants who develop infant botulism have been fed honey, the only identified food source of C. botulinum spores causing infant botulism. Three of the sixteen infant botulism cases (as of June 1999) reported in Canada since 1979 have been associated with honey.

And here is more information by Robert Marion:

Within hours of ingesting even tiny amounts of contaminated honey, previously healthy infants become profoundly floppy and lethargic, unable to smile or cry or suck. If the dose of toxins is large enough, every muscle, including those involved in breathing, becomes paralyzed. If their condition is not recognized quickly, these infants may simply stop breathing and die.


Why can't Scientology behave like a decent organization should, caring for its youth? Why does it have to violate the Universal Declaration of Human Right in pursuit of profit?

The answer lies with their founder L. Ron Hubbard, who made his word into law for scientologists. Scientology can not change therefor, not by themselves, it would be against all that is sacred for them to abandon the twisted ideas of child abuse which emanated from Hubbard. If we want to see a change in the organization's attitude toward children then it can only come from outward pressure. Get active, write your US representative, politicians, media and inform your friends. Spread the word!

What does the Declaration has to say about these inhuman Scientology practices?

Article 25.

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(Last updated Monday, October 10, 2005)