Recently, I stumbled across this website and the following text:

“Measles are an implant Scientology can handle using New Era Dianetics,” said Scientology chiropractor Colonel Dr. Roberto Cadiz. “As a chiropractor, I see mock ups of so-called serious diseases all the time,” Dr. Cadiz remarked. “And fully 99% of the time these diseases are chronic subluxations caused by dangerous childhood vaccinations the Psychs force on everyone.” “Chiropractic adjustment, the Purification Rundown, CalMag, and Dianetics auditing are crucial parts of the treatment regimen for cancers, measles, etc. What you need to find are the words in the implant that turn the disease on. As LRH wrote of leukemia:

‘”Leukaemia is evidently psychosomatic in origin and at least eight cases of leukaemia had been treated successfully by Dianetics after medicine had traditionally given up. The source of leukaemia has been reported to be an engram containing the phrase ‘It turns my blood to water.’”

“When the preclear gives the exact words hidden in the implant during an auditing session the implant vanishes. The e-meter literally blows up and falls of the table. Of course, continued chiropractic adjustments for life are needed to keep these heavy engrams from going into restimulation. Ideally, chiropractic adjustments should be done three times a week to maintain optimal health.”

Yes, this is so far out, it could almost be a hoax. But I fear it is for real. In the past I have come across many similar statements by scientology chiros. This led me to wonder for some time now: is there a link between the two?

Come to think of it, chiropractic and scientology have a lot in common:

  • they are both based on frightfully weird theories,
  • they both are known use the e-meter (or derivatives of it);
  • they are both akin to a religion or cult;
  • they are both fiercely against drugs;
  • they both feel pursued by the medical profession;
  • they both promote detox;
  • they both recommend useless supplements;
  • they both tend to be anti-vax;
  • they both have powerful lobby groups to support them;
  • they both tend to react very aggressively to criticism.

One does not have to look far to find further links on the internet – there are virtually hundreds. Take this website, for instance:

Stewart Edrich thanks Scientology becaue it aligns perfectly with his practice of chiropractic and clinical nutrition because it covers your entire existence. Unfortunately for him, someone found this on the internet which destroys what little positive credbility he has through Scientology…

David Murdoch learned about Scientology at Palmer — “A group of us were having dinner and he remarked that a lot of the chiropractic management firms got their management data directly from L. Ron Hubbard.”

Or have a look here, here or here.

Or read reports like this one:

A South Florida chiropractic office has agreed to pay a $170,000 settlement to a group of former employees who claim they were forced to participate in Scientology practices.

Or this one:

A South Carolina chiropractor has been sued by a former employee for allegedly forcing sexual acts — and Scientology — on her, according to a report.

So, does any of this prove anything?


Does it raise a suspicion that there might be a link?


I would be delighted to hear from people who can enlighten me either way.

15 Responses to Scientology and chiropractic: is there a link?

  • Well, the first linked website is a satire site for scientology, the photo is the very famous Iraqi General stating the US was not invading while our tanks were in the background. With my research of scientology and chiropractors in past few years I found a correlation, not extreme though. Both have always had my scam radar beeping, just like christian power preachers on tv, amazing that people fall for this crap.

    • amazing that people fall for this crap

      You would think so, wouldn’t you? But although we all imagine that we understand human behaviour (including our own), most people aren’t very analytical in the way that they think, and often make bad decisions that could easily be avoided with a bit of thought. Come to think of it, why did I spend so much money on that outfit?

  • What about scientologist actors? Doctors? Vets?

    • The theme is chiropractors and Scientology from heading. My favorite NFL quarterback is a woo believer, Tom Brady. Would love to see article on this but this article is on Scientology and chiropractors. Please do an article on Tom Brady and his charlatan fake woo trainer, the one kicked off plane and not allowed on field once.

  • Edzard,

    hey are both akin to a religion or cult

    I am not sure that you are factually correct here. As far as I know Scientology isn’t akin to a cult, it IS a cult (or possibly a religion).

    L. Ron Hubbard wrote a lot of highly entertaining fiction lampooning cults of this sort, and he famously used to say that the best way to get rich would be to invent a new religion. He then went on to do just that, deliberately making it quite ridiculous (e.g. the notion that we are all aliens from the planet Thetan (pronounced like “Satan” but with a lisp), or indeed that disease is a kind of software error which can readily be debugged). He made his fortune, but it was after he died that Scientology really took off. The organisation’s exploitation of its more junior members makes rather sobering reading, but they are rich enough to be able to take quite serious measures to avoid being properly investigated. If they are akin to anything it is probably an organised criminal gang.

  • It depends on what you mean by “link”. The Church of Scientology is known to have set up a number of front groups – see for some examples. It’s not immediately clear if Chiropractic Business Academy is a CoS front group or not although there are allegations.

    It’s not a surprise that there are chiropractors who are Scientologists and that theybehave very strangely.

    In the UK and Ireland, the College of Naturopathic Medicine is run by Herman Keppler and there are other scientologists on its staff.

    Also there was the now defunct Freedom4Health group run by senior CoS member Martin Weightman. They did try to involve various UK CAM organisations but nothing seemed to come of it in the end. It’s difficult to know if Freedom4Health’s anti-ASA stance was part of a broader strategy.

  • It certainly sounds like a few parallels here:
    “The knowledge and philosophy given me by Dr. Jim Atkinson, an intelligent spiritual being, together with explanations of phenomena, principles resolved from causes, effects, powers, laws, and utility, appealed to my reason. The method by which I obtained an explanation of certain physical phenomena, from an intelligence in the spiritual world, is known in biblical language as inspiration. In a great measure, The Chiropractor’s Adjuster was written under such spiritual promptings.” – D.D. Palmer

    • “He eventually came forth with the clean-cut understanding of innate Intelligence within him. When that permeated his thinking, he ceased to credit “Jim Atkinson” with anything…”

      “We are convinced he was completely disillusioned in later years of “Jim Atkinson”…”

      Palmer BJ. Palmer School of Chiropractic; Davenport, IA: 1950. Fight to climb

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