Don Carlo wrote:
NBC News with Brian Williams led tonight with a dramatic study from the respected science journal Lancet
* of the benefits of aspirin, listing a number of cancers that it helps reduce your chances of getting.
But aspirin is a no-no in CoS:
The official Church website says it is okay to take antibiotics or other medical drugs prescribed by a medical doctor. "Any other drug use, such as the use of street drugs or psychiatric mind-altering drugs, is forbidden."  Exactly what the Church considers to be "psychiatric" or "mind-altering" drugs may be quite different from what the mainstream considers to be in this category; aspirin
, for example, is claimed to "inhibit the ability of the thetan to create mental image pictures" and render the thetan as a result "stupid
, blank, forgetful, delusive and irresponsible. He gets into a 'wooden' sort of state, unfeeling, insensitive, unable and definitely not trustworthy, a menace to his fellows actually" (emphasis in original). Students are not permitted "on course" (to undergo Scientology training or receive Scientology services) if they have taken aspirin within the past 24 hours.
Footnote 1 "Painkillers; Drugs and their Effect on the Mind". Church of Scientology International. http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/sh7_2a.htm
. Retrieved 2006-05-20.
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_cl ... y_doctrine
Don, is there any information regarding scientology doctrine and pain medications other than aspirin? To my knowledge most oral prescription pain medications target area,s of the brain which interpret and process the information from the area of the body which is sending said information. Does scientology class these medications as mind altering too? Because that is exactly what they do, which is alter the brains ability to interpret the pain as pain!
A good case in point at this time would be what Tommy Davis and his wife are going through. The pain related to the illness Tommy,s wife is going through is horrendous. Do you think as a scientologist she is being denied or denying herself these mind altering drugs during her illness to ease her pain?
I am not singling out Tommy Davis and his wife as an example becuase of their stature, but they are the only scientologists I know that are going through a hard time health wise.
A lot of moral and ethical stuff goes out the window when a loved one is in pain. We seek to ease their suffering. I personally had a family member whom was terminally ill with cancer and was very much "Anti-Street Drugs". Yet as the pain became overwhelming she was accepting that marijuana could possibly help ease that pain and aid in increasing her desire to eat.
That family member was my wonderful mother. And I was the guy that provided her with that which eased her pain. Both of us have no regrets over our actions. Is that not what we humans are all about? To aid in the easing of the suffering of our fellow man? For me social and religious beliefs go out the door when a person is suffering both physically or mentally.