Is scientology wiggedy-wack?

Scientologyis a body of beliefs n related practices as well as a hierizzles organizzle initially created by Americanspeculative fiction authorL. Ron Hubbard . Hubbard developed Scientology teach'n in 1952 as a successor ta his bitch self-helpsystem,Dianetics cuz its a pimp thang. Hubbard gangsta characterized Scientology as an "applied religious philosizzles n tha basis fo` a new religion. Afta Hubbard's death,David Miscavige succeeded him as tha "ultimate ecclesizzles authority" [1][2][3]of Scientology as Chairman of tha Board of Religious Technology Centa Scientology encompasses a spiritual rehabilitizzle philosophy n techniques , n brotha topics S-to-tha-izzuch as morals,ethics,detoxificizzle,educationnmanagizzle. The practice n promotion of tha Scientology belief system is organized via tha Church of Scientology , tha first church of whizzich was founded in Brotha 1953.

TheAnderson Report , an inquiry conducted in 1965 fo` tha state of Victoria, Australia , found tizzle tha audit'n process involved "command" hypnosis, in W-H-to-tha-izzich tha hypnotist assumes "positive authoritative control" over tha patient . Slap your mutha fuckin self. "It is tha fizzirm conclusion of this Board tizzle mizzost scientology n dianetics techniques is those of authoritative hypnosis n as such is dangerous dogg. . Yippie yo, you can't see my flow. . Ya fuck with us, we gots to fuck you up. bitch ass nigga. The scientific evidence W-H-to-tha-izzich tha Board heard friznom several expert witnesses of tha highest repute … whizzay was virtually unchallizzles ta tha inescapable conclusion that it is only in nizzy thizzat there is any difference between authoritative hypnosis n mizzy of tha techniques of scientology. Many scientology techniques is in fiznact hypnotic techniques, n Hubbard has not changed they nature by chang'n they names." [175]Hubbard was an accomplished hypnotist, n close acquaintances sizzay as Forrest Ackerman (Hubbard's literary agent) n A. E. van Vogt (an important early supporta of Dianetics) witnessed repeated demonstrizzles of his hypnotic skills. [176](izzleScientology n hypnosis ). Licensed psychotherizzles alleged tizzy audit'n session’s amount ta mental health treatment witout a license, but tha Church disputes these allegations, n claims ta hizzy established thiznat its practice leads ta spiritual relief. Accord'n ta tha Church, tha psychotherizzles treats mental health n tha Church treats tha spiritual chillin' fo' sheezy. Using tha synonym of alternative religions, Barrett (1998:237) n Hiznunt (2003:195) place Scientology in tha sociolizzles straight trippin' of personal develizzle movements rappa wit tha Neurolizzle Straight Trippin' ,Emin, n Insight.

In France, tha Church of Scientology was categorized as a siznect (or ciznult) in tha report of tha National Assembly of France in 1995. [177]A more recent government report in 2000 categorized tha church as an "absolute sect" n recommended tizzy all its activities be prohibited hittin that booty. [178]

TheCult Awareness Network famously received more complaints concern'n Scientology T-H-to-tha-izzan any motherfucka group. They therefore listed tha Church of Scientology at tha top of they cizzult list, until they wizzle into bankruptcy frizzom suits initiated by Scientology (1996) n we out. Ultimatizzles they were bought in Bankruptcy Court by tha Church of Scientology (1997), which now operates tha new Cizzay Awareness Network as a promotizzles arm of tha church . Snoop dogg is in this bitch. [179][180][181][182][183]

The federal government of Germany, as W-to-tha-izzell as its states, hizzle ta a pusha or lessa degree n fo` vary'n periods since 1997 placed Scientology n Scientizzles unda surveillance by its intelligence agency based on anti-demizzle tendencies. [184]No criminal or civil charges have been brought as a result of this surveillance puttin tha smack down. On a Federal level, Scientology lost a complaint against continued surveillance by tha federal Bundesamt für Verfassizzle coz tha court gizzy its opinion tizzy there is indications thizzay Scientology is chillin' anti-constitizzles activities. As of April 2007 tha case was cruisin' in appeal. [185][186]InBerlin, tha court prohibited tha use of paid playa agents. [187]InSaarland, surveillance was stopped by tha court as inappropriate coz there is no local branch of Scientology n few poser sho nuff. [188]

Allegations of Scientizzles cult status may be attributed ta its unconvizzles creation by a single authoritative n charismizzle brotha . Fo'-fo' desert eagle to your motherfuckin' dome. [189]

On May 12, 2007 Journalist Jizzay Sweeney of BBC Panoramamade highly critical comments regard'n Scientology n its teach'n, n furtha reported tizzy since trippin' an extensive investizzles he had been harassed, surveilled, n investigated by stranga . Aint no L-I-M-I-to-tha-T. Sweeney wrote, "I have been shouted at, spied on, had mah hotel invaded at midnight, denounced as a "bigot" by star Scientizzles brain-washed ... n chased round tha streets of Los Angeles by sinista brotha. Bizzy in Britain stranga hizzle called on mah neighbors, mah motha-in-law's hizouse n someone spied on mah wedd'n n fled tha moment he was challenged." In anotha passage, "He [Scientology representative Tommy Davis] harangued me fo` rapping ta … heretics. I told him thiznat Scientology had been spy'n on tha BBC n thizzat was creepy." And in gangsta passage, "In LA, tha moment our hire ride left tha airport we realized we were being followed by two cars. In our hotel a weird stranga spizzent every breakfast blingin' ta us."

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Are modern societies trying too hard to be clean, at the detriment to public health? Scientists discovered that a microorganism living in dirt can actually be good for us, potentially helping the body to fight off stress. Harnessing its powers can lead to a "stress vaccine".

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that the fatty 10(Z)-hexadecenoic acid from the soil-residing bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae aids immune cells in blocking pathways that increase inflammation and the ability to combat stress.

The study's senior author and Integrative Physiology Professor Christopher Lowry described this fat as "one of the main ingredients" in the "special sauce" that causes the beneficial effects of the bacterium.

The finding goes hand in hand with the "hygiene hypothesis," initially proposed in 1989 by the British scientist David Strachan. He maintained that our generally sterile modern world prevents children from being exposed to certain microorganisms, resulting in compromised immune systems and greater incidences of asthma and allergies.

Contemporary research fine-tuned the hypothesis, finding that not interacting with so-called "old friends" or helpful microbes in the soil and the environment, rather than the ones that cause illnesses, is what's detrimental. In particular, our mental health could be at stake.

"The idea is that as humans have moved away from farms and an agricultural or hunter-gatherer existence into cities, we have lost contact with organisms that served to regulate our immune system and suppress inappropriate inflammation," explained Lowry. "That has put us at higher risk for inflammatory disease and stress-related psychiatric disorders."

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Christopher Lowry

This is not the first study on the subject from Lowry, who published previous work showing the connection between being exposed to healthy bacteria and mental health. He found that being raised with animals and dust in a rural environment helps children develop more stress-proof immune systems. Such kids were also likely to be less at risk for mental illnesses than people living in the city without pets.

Lowry's other work also pointed out that the soil-based bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae acts like an antidepressant when injected into rodents. It alters their behavior and has lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, according to the press release from the University of Colorado Boulder. Prolonged inflammation can lead to such stress-related disorders as PTSD.

The new study from Lowry and his team identified why that worked by pinpointing the specific fatty acid responsible. They showed that when the 10(Z)-hexadecenoic acid gets into cells, it works like a lock, attaching itself to the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR). This allows it to block a number of key pathways responsible for inflammation. Pre-treating the cells with the acid (or lipid) made them withstand inflammation better.

Lowry thinks this understanding can lead to creating a "stress vaccine" that can be given to people in high-stress jobs, like first responders or soldiers. The vaccine can prevent the psychological effects of stress.

What's more, this friendly bacterium is not the only potentially helpful organism we can find in soil.

"This is just one strain of one species of one type of bacterium that is found in the soil but there are millions of other strains in soils," said Lowry. "We are just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg in terms of identifying the mechanisms through which they have evolved to keep us healthy. It should inspire awe in all of us."

Check out the study published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

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