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Subject: Unproven Methods of Cancer Treatment: Hubbard E-Meter and Hubbard
Electrometer CA Cancer J Clin 1966;16;214-215
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 20:02:01 -0700
Unproven Methods of Cancer Treatment: Hubbard E-Meter and Hubbard Electrometer
CA Cancer J Clin 1966;16;214-215
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The following statement concerning the Hubbard E-Meter and Hubbard Electrometer,
proposed by L. Ron Hubbard, Founder, Academy of Scientology, for the treatment of
many diseases and conditions, including cancer, was recently distributed to the 58
Divisons of the American Cancer Society for their information.
Hubbard E-Meter and Hubbard Electrometer
After careful study of the literature and other information available to it, the
American Cancer Society has found no evidence that treatment with the Hubbard E-Meter
and Hubbard Electrometer results in any objective benefit in the treatment of cancer
in human beings.
This is based on the following summary of information in the American Cancer Society
Hubbard E-Meters (electroencephaloneuromentimographs) and Hubbard Electrometers are
skin galvanometer-type, battery-operated devices used by "Scientologists" to "audit"
or listen to people who have problems, including ill health. According to the Food
and Drug Administration (1) at the time they seized 117 E-Meters and Electrometers at
the Academy of Scientology in Washington, the accompanying labeling "falsely"
represented that the devices are effective for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment,
detection and elimination of the causes of all mental and nervous disorders such as
neuroses, psychoses, schizophrenia, and all psychosomatic ailments. Psychosomatic
ailments were represented to include most of the physical ailments of man such as
arthritis, cancer. . . It was further claimed that the device is effective in
improving the intelligence quotient, to measure the basal metabolism, and "change the
state of man. . . .'"
The device itself is connected by 2 wires to a pair of cans which are held by the
patient or "preclear" while he is being audited. Each is equipped with knobs and a
large dial with a needle which moves as the person talks. According to L. Ron
Hubbard, the inventor, "The meter tells you what the preclear's mind is doing when
the preclear is made to think of something." 2
Scientology, the system for which the E-Meters were invented, is an outgrowth of
Dianetics, which was first described in a book by L. Ron Hubbard published in 1950
titled, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Healing." In Dianetics, (from a
Greek word meaning "thought") the conscious mind is called the "analytical mind" and
the unconscious mind is termed the "reactive mind." "The analytical mind, Hubbard
maintained, was a perfect computing machine, incapable of error" - except for
'engrams,' which fouled up the computer. Engrams were recorded on your "time tract"
by your reactive mind, when your analytical mind wasn't looking." Dianetics also
"taught" one how to erase engrams by auditing. You 'returned' a person on his time
track to the time of the engram, and had him talk it out by reliving' it. Once all
the engrams were erased, a person would be come a 'clear' -- is â€¯highly intelligent,
healthy, with a great zest for life, enormously improved abilities and a perfect
memory. . . . "2 The same terms and philosophy applied to Scientology.
Lafayette Ronald (L. Ron) Hubbard, the founder of Dianetics and Scientology, was born
in 1911 at Tilden, Nebraska. He attended the George Washington University Engineering
School in Washington, D. C., during the 1930's, but did not graduate. He has not held
an engineering job, but has been a writer of science fiction and movie and radio
scripts. "He considers himself an explorer, having made numerous jaunts around the
globe, in cluding a sojourn in Asia where he studied mysticism. During the war, he
was a naval officer on destroyer escort duty, and was severely wounded in action."2
He uses two degrees after his name: D. Sn., Doctor of Scientology, and a Ph.D. which
he received, he says, "fromSequoia University. This was a Los Angeles establishment,
once housed in a residential dwelling, whose degrees are not recognized by any
accredited college or university."2
Following the publication of Hubbard's book in 1950, The Hubbard Dianetic Research
Foundation was established in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with centers in the nation's
major cities. The earliest reference in the American Cancer Society files is a letter
dated February 6, 1951, from Donald H. Rogers, Director of Research for the
Foundation, offering the Society the opportunity of doing research in the field of
Dianetics, since "engrams have been discovered which might account for the physical
symptoms of cancer." In New Jersey, the Foundation was "charged with violation of
the medical-practice act."2 It moved to Wichita, Kansas, where its name became The
Hubbard Dianetic Foundation, Inc. In 1953, this Foundation wrote the Committee on
Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy of the National Research Council offering them a chance
to cooperate in research on Dianetics and reporting that " we have seen enough
evidence of a significant nature to indicate that cancer may well be psychogenic in
"In February 1952, the Dianetic Foundation in Wichita went bankrupt. It was later
purchased from the bankruptcy court by a Wichita businessman who refuses to have
anything to do with Hubbard. At the moment (1952), the founder of Dianetics is
living in Phoenix, Arizona. From there the Hubbard Association of Scientologists
('Ëœscientology' is a new Hubbardian term, meaning the 'scienceof knowledge') is
mailing out literature . . . publishing a periodical called Scientotogy, and selling
a Summary Course in Diane-tics and Scientology, complete with tape recordings, for
$382.50. The Hubbard College Graduate School, in Phoenix, charges a registration fee
of $25.00 and offers a degree of Bachelor of Scientology."3
The headquarters of Scientology in 1964 was Saint Hill Manor, " a traditional old
English mansion that stands behind a high gateway on a quiet Sussex road some 30
miles south of London."2 From there Hubbard operates the Hubbard Association of
Scientologists Inter national (H.A.S.I.). Individual Scientology groups are called
"orgs." Many of the orgs are now chartered as churches."According to Hubbard he has
'several million' followers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America,
South Africa, Europe, Japan and Australia. . . ."There are also a number of
Scientology academies, usually coxistent with a large org. In the United States there
are 2 academies, one in Washington and one in Los Angeles, which train people in
Scientology, award them certificates of various sorts and send them out to train
other Scientologists. Saint Hill Manor. . . offers the equivalent of post-graduate
courses. 'Saint Hill training' is necessary to achieve the top ranks of H.G.A., which
stands for Hubbard Graduate Auditor. The loftiest of these is an H.G.A. Class .4. . .
On December 8, 1963, an article in the New York Times, titled, "Australians Look Into
Scientology. Ask if Preclear and Entheta Constitute Medical Fraud," reported that a
special board of inquiry had been appointed by the state of Victoria, Australia, to
investigate "very serious allegations" made in Victoria's Parliament about the
practice of Scientology there.
It also noted that "Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, 52-year-old founder and coordinator of
research for the Hubbard Association of Scientology, denied the Australian charges.
Mr. Hubbard. . . said today [December 7], that the association had filed libel suits
in Melbourne totaling the equivalent of $700,000 but he declined to say against
which. Scientologists, he insisted, are not permitted to 'treat' persons for
illnesses. He said that some persons who had taken courses in scientology had tried
to set up practice, but that 'where we see this happening we cut these people off.'
"A seizure of 100 'scientology' devices charged misbranded by claims that they are
good for detecting, treating and preventing disease was made during December" 1962,
according to the FDA Report on Enforcement and Compliance, January, 1963.
"U.S.Marshals seized the 'Hubbard Electrometer' and 'Hubbard E-Meter' devices at the
Academy of Scientology, The Distribution Center, Inc., and The Hubbard Guidance
Center, both in Washington, D.C. . . . Also seized as labeling containing therapeutic
claims charged to be false was a variety of literature. . . ."
"The Scientologists claimed religious persecution, showering congressmen and the
White House with angry letters and telegrams. . . At Saint Hill Manor Hubbard focused
on the book seizures, which he referred to as 'book burning.' . . .Scientology has
appealed the FDA seizure in court, and the case will go to trial sometime this
1. Proceedings, Second National Congress on Medical Quackery, October 25-26,1963.
Speech.by K. L. Milstead,Ph.D.,etat.
2. Saturday Evening Post,March 27, 1964.
3. In Time Name of Science, by Martin Gardner,
p.280 (New York, 1952).
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