Scientology, anti-psychiatry quackery, and Mike Adams: It all becomes clear now

You know, it all makes a lot more sense now.

Actually, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before. Here I was, all these years, and somehow the thought never crossed my mind, even though all the signs were right there. And then, yesterday, Tufted Titmouse showed me the light. She showed me the light about über-quack, a.k.a. The Health Ranger, the man who has provided me endless entertainment and exasperation at the same time with his reality-challenged (actually, reality-lacking) rants about medicine, vaccines, and science, peppered with bad rap videos and the occasional 9/11 “Truth” rant thrown in for good measure. Through it all, Adams seems to have a particularly intense level of hatred for psychiatry, as demonstrated by his attempt to paint Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year-old who walked up to U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) at an event in Tucson and opened fire, shooting her in the head at point blank range and then turning the gun on members in the crowd, as a pharmaceutical-controlled “Manchurian candidate.”

What Tufted Titmouse showed me is that Adams is likely a Scientologist, or at least affiliated with Scientology in some way. She found an old Scientology video, which I provide to you below for your amusement:

Try not to vomit at the cheesiness of the whole video. Instead, look at this fresh-faced young man caught at around the 26 sec. mark:

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Does he look familiar? Like a much younger version of this guy, maybe?

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Still, I’m not 100% sure. There’s definitely a resemblance, but it’s not obvious enough that I consider it a slam dunk that these are picture of the same person at different ages. The Titmouse pointed me to this discussion thread, however, where one member wrote:

Hmm. Kinda looks like a younger Mike Adams.

To which a member with the ‘nym “Smurf” replied:

Yup, it’s the same crackpot. I met with Mike several times in the past.. he was convinced HIV/AIDS could be cured by vitamins & purified water.

Am I convinced? Not 100%, but I do think that it’s quite likely that it is Mike Adams in that video. It makes an enormous amount of sense, just based on Adams’ history. For example, in this article about the Guatemalan syphilis experiments (which I blogged about here), Adams plugs the Scientology front group Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights. Speaking of the CCHR, Adams appeared in one of its propaganda films, Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging (which you can watch here if you want–if you can stomach the anti-psychiatry propaganda). A credulous review openly points out that the CCHR is behind this video. In another article, Adams openly praises Scientology and the CCHR and claims:

I appear in the documentary, by the way. And no, I’m not a member of the Church of Scientology, but I fully support CCHR’s actions against psychiatry.

No kidding. All you have to do is to read the vitriol dripping from Adams’ keyboard onto psychiatry and any sort of use of psychotropic medications to treat mental illness. To Scientology, there is no such thing as “mental illness,” which is part of the reason why Scientologists are so heavily anti-psychiatry. As I pointed out when I marveled at the sheer venom and cheese infesting the CCHR’s infamous “museum” of psychiatry and its display, Psychiatry: Industry of Death, it’s well known that Scientology reserves a special hatred for psychology, psychiatry, and any form of mental health counseling. It doesn’t like competition for its version of “saving” people from their behavioral problems using E-meters and the extraction of massive quantities of cash.

Mike Adams apparently shares that view. In spades.

In another post, this time defending prominent Scientologist John Travolta, Adams writes:

For the record, I am not a Scientologist. I have, however, had the opportunity to personally meet many current and former members of the Church of Scientology, much like I know many members of the Mormon church, many of conservative Christian churches and of course lots of new age spiritual people who aren’t associated with any organized religion at all.

He then castigates those who criticize Scientologists with a truly despicable line of argumentation:

I’ve noticed that there are various levels of tolerance among the population for attacking various religions. Attacking Scientology, for example, is considered “okay” by lots of people because Scientology seems strange to them. Attacking the Jewish religion, however, is considered a hate crime, even as Israelis are right now murdering innocent civilians in Gaza with a military assault that targets universities and schools. If you dare say anything against Israel, you’re immediately considered a blasphemous hate crime promoter, and if you live in Germany, they can actually lock you up in prison for even questioning the official version of events like the Holocaust. Just ask David Irving, who actually spent time in prison for questioning the official explanation of the Holocaust.

For the record, I despise David Irving and have said so many, many times. I’ve also criticized laws against Holocaust denial that resulted in Irving’s being thrown into jail five years ago, a travesty that I characterized as shooting free speech in the foot and stomping free speech flat. Yet, whenever I see a comparison like the one that Adams made above, I wonder. It’s not actually true that you can be thrown into jail for criticizing Israeli policies with respect to the Palestinians. Indeed, such criticism is likely the predominant view in many European countries. In other words, Adams is doing what many anti-Semites do, and equating criticism of the Jewish religion with criticism of Israeli policies. They are not the same thing, and as a result Adams comes out sounding like an anti-Semite in order to defend Scientology. For someone who claims to be so open-minded, he sure is willing to throw Judaism under the bus in order to defend Scientology.

Later, after denying that he’s a Holocaust denier, Adams launches into a little rant about “Native American Holocaust denial,” after which he destroys yet another one of my stock of irony meters:

My point in all of this is that very few people truly operate on anything even resembling truth, honesty or religious freedom. They simply attack opponents of their own limited views or beliefs, leaving no room for someone else to disagree on important issues like history or religion.

Which is exactly what Adams does about medicine, history, and religion, be it his tirades against the FDA, his paeans to the conspiracy-mongering 9/11 “Truth” movement, or his attacks on evidence-based medicine.

So is Adams a Scientologist? Hell if I know. He certainly exhibits all the signs of being one, in particular the belief in quackery and the rabid hatred of anything with even the slightest whiff of psychiatry to it. So aligned with Scientology views is Mike Adams that I’m not the first or the only one to have wondered why he frequently pimps the Scientology front group CCHR and why his intense fear and hatred of psychiatry would lead him to blame psychotropic drugs for Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting spree. Other bloggers have asked the same sorts of questions, such as: Is NewsTarget.com (which is what NaturalNews.com used to be called up until a couple of years ago) another Scientology site?

My guess–and I remind you that it is just an educated guess–is that Adams was at one time a Scientologist, perhaps back when he was in the Scientology propaganda video embedded above. His name–and I don’t know if it’s the same Mike Adams–appears in Scientology’s public service completion lists back around the time that video was made. Then, for whatever reason, he fell away from the Church, as 80% of new recruits do within two years. However, Adams’ sympathy towards the anti-pharma, anti-psychiatry conspiracy-mongering clearly remains, just as strong as though he were still a Scientologist. In the meantime, he’s graduated to so many more forms of conspiracy-mongering than just ant-psychiatry. Quackery, anti-vaccine views, 9/11 “Truth,” and all out attacks on science, Adams has it all as a crank.

He doesn’t need to be a Scientologist to be such a supreme crank, but if he is or was one it certainly would explain a lot.