Alright, I’ve been sitting on this for three or four days now, and I can’t stand it anymore.
In case you’re not following what I’m talking about, here’s the recap. Brooke Shields, a few weeks ago, talked about her struggles with postpartum depression, and how seeing a psychiatrist and taking Paxil had probably saved her life, because she was near-suicidal. Well, Tom the Scientology Nut, in the middle of promoting Spielberg’s remake of War of the Worlds (which I now definitely won’t see), slammed her, with quotes like the following:
These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off.
When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that.
You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.
You know what? I’m sure drug dealers on the street in some way, they’re making money. That’s what I equate it to. Here’s the thing you have to understand with psychiatry. There is no science behind it. And to pretend that there is a science behind it is criminal.
Vitamins? Are you kidding me? Postpartum depression is serious, and it’s real, and if there’s one thing above all else that makes Scientology one of the most dangerous, evil cults on the planet, it’s this claim that psychology and psychiatry are shams. These drugs are backed up by real, scientifically conducted research, not some vague anecdotal mumbo-jumbo (like your talk about vitamins). I know too many people, including myself, who have been helped, even saved, by psychiatric drugs and counseling.
Trying to steer people away from real science and toward your money-grubbing cult’s pseudo-scientific snake oil, that’s what’s criminal. Mr. Cruise, the blood of any woman — or God help us all, her child — who dies because she listened to you and didn’t seek real treatment instead of vitamins, is on your hands. Hopefully there’s not a “misunderstood” in there for you.