Seemingly, Vitamins Aren’t The Cure-All

March 21st, 2006 // 24 Comments

Shocking isn’t it. Scientology Kills is not an attractive slogan.

The highest profile celeb in Scientology is Tom Cruise. And the star and his church routinely recommend that everyone should refuse and/or abstain from any drugs prescribed by psychiatrists. And also reject any suggested care or counseling offered by mental health professionals.

This belief apparently led to tragedy when a Scientologist’s 28-year-old son stabbed his mother to death. The young man Jeremy Perkins is deeply disturbed and now is being held within the Rochester Psychiatric Center. He was found not responsible for the murder of his mother due to mental defect.

Perkins was the schizophrenic son of Elli Perkins a senior auditor (counselor) at the Buffalo Scientology branch in New York.

Consistent with his mother’s beliefs Jeremy Perkins never received treatment from mental health professionals, but instead was cared for according to Scientology’s guidelines and practices. He received vitamins.

I just don’t see how Scientology can’t see that their stance on medication and mental health care is misguided. Most likely Elli Perkins would be alive today if she had her son properly medicated. The real question is, was there a cover up regarding the Elli, Jeremy and Scientology, by the Scientologists?

If you’re thinking of joining the fun-loving Scientology clan, why not read the release you have to sign, prior to making that decision.

Protest against Scientology and Tom Cruise run in local newspapers [Cult News]

By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. O-M-G

    I don’t agree with most religions (I’m Catholic myself – but not like most American Catholics I’ve heard from), but this one’s literally from hell.

  2. Katie

    Tom Cruise is angry.

  3. Carrie

    Isn’t it interesting that the celebrity most responsible for spreading the word on the evils of psychiatry is probably one of the most desperately in need of its services.

  4. susiegrl

    Okay…Wow.
    Um, as a Catholic myself, I try hard to have respect for anyone’s right to choose their way to the big guy upstairs. How they do it is none of my beezwax.
    But…
    While I do believe, personally, that prayer has helped BIG time ALONG WITH medical care in my life and the lives of people I know,(and again, it’s just MY personal opinion) statements like this are just….whoa,
    …”It is my strongly held religious belief that all mental problems are spiritual in nature and that there is no such thing as a mentally incompetent person– only those suffering from spiritual upset…”

    Tell that to the families of Ted Bundy’s victims.

    and,

    “…Therefore, I am hereby specifying that should I get into a situation in the future, unlikely as it is, where others may think that I need psychiatric treatment of any kind…”

    HOW DO THEY KNOW THIS?!
    People get depressed! People can get VERY sick mentally. People HAVE REAL mental health issues! And while I’ve been known to get on my knees and have a chat with the Man upstairs, I also know that if I hadn’t gotten help from a mental health care provider all those years ago, I would be dead, period.
    I’m not saying this is for everyone, but it saved my life.
    I know this is their belief and I should step-off here, but I feel really sorry for that poor baby.

  5. susu

    that is tragic,how awful.My brother has schizophrenia for many years,and I know without his meds he would be an absolute mess.The church of S should be held accountable and this has to stop.That poor woman died for no reason other than gross negligence.

  6. C

    Bravo to whoever put this ad out for bringing the false hope and beliefs of Tom and Scientology to light. This is a terrible tragedy that they can learn from. Pity they never will.

  7. doofus

    sheesh…as if we needed more evidence that scientology was WACKO….

    just like any other organ in the body, the brain can have health issues. that’s all that mental illness is…I say this not to diminish what people with mental health problems go through, but to get rid of the stigma attached to it. It’s simply an organ in your body that doesn’t work exactly how it’s supposed to.

    whether part of your brain isn’t working properly, or the chemicals in the brain are out of balance, a drug CAN help. just like a pill to help keep your cholesterol down, you can take a pill to help keep your brain functioning properly too. certainly, these drugs are NOT for everyone, but they are LITERAL LIFE-SAVERS for some people.

    makes me sick and angry to think about how Thetan Cruise spoke to Matt Lauer on how he knows EVERYTHING about psychiatry…even more so than the people who’ve studied and practiced it for 30+ years.

    I hope that this story is publicized, around the world, for a LONG time.

    to susiegrl…thanks for sharing your thoughts. I believe that prayer can help with health issues, too, but IN CONJUNCTION WITH traditional medicine. People have to get treated (medically) the way that works best for them.

    Perhaps vitamins and e-meter sessions can help some people, but for those that it doesn’t help, they should have the option of seeking medical treatment in the standard sense.

  8. Jessica

    I can’t freaking believe this kind of crap. The world needs to do something about this. I think they are all nuts. It pains me to see some of my favorite actors/actresses have lost their damn minds. I mean aliens……..come the frick on!!

  9. Kelsey

    As a student of psychology….Scientology can bite me

  10. Small Fry

    I think there are plenty of religions out there who abstain from medical treatment of any kind and because it’s a religious belief I don’t think the law can do much to help the situation. I’ve heard stories of very sick children dying because parents refused medical treatment in favor of religious beliefs.

    I hate to say this and I think it is a total tragedy that this woman was killed by her own child………but she really only has herself to blame. She was the Scientologist after all. Unfortunately even if her son didn’t believe in it, he may have been so far gone with his illness that he couldn’t even help himself get the proper care that he needed. It’s just really really sad.

    Who knows, somebody pointed out to me on this board after I made a sarcastic comment that Hubbard changed his stance on homosexuality, so let’s hope whoever is in charge now see’s the light.

  11. tia

    Damn .. I cant defend tom for this one .. Thats really sad. I feel bad for that boy and his mother.

  12. lzornow

    I live in Rochester and this story never appeared I believe it’s false

  13. David

    THIS IS YET ANOTHER SAD EXAMPLE OF THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF A “RELIGION” THAT BRAINWASHES. rELIGION, TO ME, IS EITHER A THERAPY FOR THE WEAK, OR AN EXCUSE FOR THE IGNORANT. WHY CAN’T RELIGION BE PERSONAL, FLOURISHING, KIND, AND PROACTIVE. MUST IT ALWAYS BE CONDEMNING, OPINIONATED, EXTREME, AND PREJEDUCE?? MY COMFORT IN THIS RECKLESS GAME OF PLAYING GOD, IS TAKING A TRUE LOOK AT THE GENRE OF INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED – -THEY’RE ALREADY SOCIAL MISFITS DEALING WITH THEIR INCESTUAL PAST ON THE HILLS OF WEST VIRGINIA! THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS

  14. dixiedo

    It is not a hoax. Just google her name in and tons of stuff comes up. This one is extrememly interesting.

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/JeremyPerkins/CoverUp/

  15. Small Fry

    Did anyone read the release? Woowee! If it is real, I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would sign it. You are basically turning yourself over to mental torture and saying you won’t sue anyone if you go crazy or die. Sheesh!

  16. C

    More on why Scientology doesn’t believe in psychology:

    Perkins was a staunch Scientologist and his mother was a counselor in the church — which opposes psychiatry and psychiatric drugs and “believes modern psychiatric medicine derives from an ancient alien civilization’s plot to drug and enslave humanity,”

    They should change the name to “The Cult of Scientology” – do they really believe in past alien civilzations?!?!

  17. fancypants

    This is very scary! I cannot believe that people sign this. They obviously do not know anything about mental illnesses or treatment of such. Let’s all remember what Catch 22 was about, if you think you are crazy, then you are not, however, when you have no idea you are crazy (ie R.L. Hubbard)you might be!!! There are tons of stories about ex-scientologists all over the web. It is a cult period. Have any of you had to sign a release for you religious beliefs?

  18. Jett

    If you think that’s sick – read this article on Scientology and Suicide Prevention in a Florida School.
    http://news.tbo.com/news/nationworld/MGB5B5DQOKE.html

  19. Lcf

    Scientology is consistent, at least – the group, without fail, seems to ruin the lives of those involved with the religion. There’s also the scientology-related death of Lisa McPherson in 1995. I guess it happened during some scientology auditing session or some such crap, but “they” have yet to determine who was responsible. Add these two deaths to all the other sleazy stuff Scientologists have reportedly done … ugh. I, for one, believe that Scientology Kills. Is the world a fucked up place right now or what??
    Lisa McPherson Memorial website: http://www.lisamcpherson.org/

  20. Jessie Williams

    Scientology foes blast Cruise in ad

    The battle between Tom Cruise and Scientology and its foes is heating up.

    Cruise and Scientology have been in the news lately because of an allegedly censored “South Park” parody of the religion — and now Scientology and the “Top Gun” star are being blamed for a woman’s death.

    “Thanks, Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology, for your expert advice on mental health,” blasts an ad in LA Weekly. The ad goes on to say that a woman was killed “by the schizophrenic son she was told to treat with vitamins instead of psychiatric care.”

    The ad refers readers to a Web site, which provides details on the case of Jeremy Perkins, a 28-year-old schizophrenic who stabbed his mother to death. Perkins was a staunch Scientologist and his mother was a counselor in the church — which opposes psychiatry and psychiatric drugs and “believes modern psychiatric medicine derives from an ancient alien civilization’s plot to drug and enslave humanity,” notes the site.

    A spokesman for the Celebrity Center of the Church didn’t respond to requests for comment by deadline.

  21. King Smart Ian

    While this is undoubtably tragic, you can’t escape the irony of a mother who gives her child vitamins rather than the meds he needs being killed by said child.

  22. Katie Holmes' Mom

    I have tried very hard to see both sides of the story on Scientology and meds. I had a friend who was a scientologist also. i have to say, I cannot comprehend this one. How can a religion categorically determine that all people should do without medication? how irresponsible is that?

    Is there something in their theory that I am missing that we don’t know about? Can anyone enlighten me? cause I don’t get it.

    Otherwise, let sick people get the help they need and Tom stick to spending your millions ok – you can afford to not take meds cause you can just fly away on your private jet to deal with your problems.

  23. Cathy

    To the person saying the story was false: It is totally real. I just did a search and read the police report, police interviews, psych evaluation and other documents pertaining to the case. I didn’t have to search too heard. Just typed Elli Perkins into my search engine. What a tragedy!!!! To think you can treat an illness like schizophrenia with vitamins is just plain stupid. I have a family member who has this, and believe me, it takes a doctors’ care and the right medication to keep their symptoms under control.

  24. Verity

    Religion is the cause of all the ills in the world.

    I myself am a Christian, but it is so sad that something that is meant to cause hope and happiness is actually the root of wars and tragedies like this across the world.

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