Give me a F**king Break! Really?! Wtf.

Scientologists 'heal' Haiti quake victims using touch

Amid the mass of aid agencies piling in to help Haiti quake victims is a batch of Church of Scientology "volunteer ministers", claiming to use the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems.

Clad in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the logo of the controversial US-based group, smiling volunteers fan out among the injured lying under makeshift shelters in the courtyard of Port-au-Prince's General Hospital.

A wealthy private donor provided his airplane to fly in 80 volunteers from Los Angeles, along with 50 Haitian-American-doctors, in a gesture worth 400,000 dollars, said a Parisian volunteer who gave her name as Sylvie.

"We're trained as volunteer ministers, we use a process called 'assist' to follow the nervous system to reconnect the main points, to bring back communication," she said.

"When you get a sudden shock to a part of your body the energy gets stuck, so we re-establish communication within the body by touching people through their clothes, and asking people to feel the touch."

Next to her lay 22-year-old student Oscar Elweels, whose father rescued him from the basement of his school where he lay with a pillar on his leg for a day after the deadly January 12 quake.

His right leg was amputated below the knee and his left leg was severely bruised and swollen.

More than half of his fellow students died in the rubble of his school, although the rest of his family was unscathed, he said, thanking God.

"One hour ago he had no sensation in his left leg, so I explained the method to him, I touched him and after a while he said 'now I feel everything'," said Sylvie.

"Otherwise they might have had to amputate his other leg. Now his sister knows the method and she can do it."

Asked about the method being used on him, a smiling Elweels described it as "a sort of harmony between the nerves, a kind of exercise. I couldn't feel at all, but then I could."

Does he know Scientology? "Yes, it's a French organization," he said.

"All the patients are happy with the technique," said Sylvie. "But some doctors don't like the yellow T-shirts. It's a color thing," she insisted.

Another group of Scientologists distributed antibiotic pills. "The doctors said give everyone with wounds antibiotics," said Italian volunteer Marina.

Some doctors at the hospital are skeptical. One US doctor, who asked not to be named, snorted: "I didn't know touching could heal gangrene."

When asked what the Scientologists are doing here, another doctor said: "I don't know."

Do you care? "Not really," she said, wheeling an unconscious patient out of the operating room to join hundreds of others in the hospital's sunny courtyard.

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Comment by Silenus on January 28, 2010 at 6:03pm
Comment by Dan on January 28, 2010 at 6:37pm
lol I'm sure the actual medical care the Haitians received had absolutely nothing to do with the "success" of these touching techniques. I would love to see how successful these touching techniques were if it was the only treatment they received. However, I wouldn't be able to condone the pain and suffering the injured Haitians would undoubtedly go through.
Comment by Roy The Infidel on January 28, 2010 at 8:34pm
Comment by Doug Reardon on January 28, 2010 at 8:36pm
I doubt the scientologist are any less effective than homeopaths!
Comment by Doug Reardon on January 29, 2010 at 6:09pm
They were helping out at "ground zero" after 9/11too, and they have testimonials about their effectiveness.
Comment by Lord Atheist on January 30, 2010 at 12:39am
Comment by Frink on February 1, 2010 at 8:04pm
Oh for fuck's sake. Somebody stick this assclowns on a boat and fucking sink it.
Comment by Doug Reardon on February 1, 2010 at 8:38pm
Well, it's my understanding that they don't actually touch the patient, just get close and channel the energy into it's proper path, or somethng.


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