Page 113 of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: “A number of germ diseases are predisposed and perpetuated by engrams. Tuberculosis is one.”

Tuberculosis is a infection of the lungs (and sometimes other organs) that is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, primarily. The bacteria is passed along by an infected person through coughing, shouting, spitting (in some cultures this is frequently) or sneezing. The bacteria is inhaled and can sometimes lay dormant for a time period until the immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off the bacteria or organisms. Tuberculosis was discovered in 1882 by a German physician named Robert Koch who was awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery. In the 1800’s it was misdiagnosed as “consumption” because the infected person would waste away and die. The organisms can only be combated with antibiotics and can cause death if not treated and can spread easily if left untreated. Tuberculosis, or TB, risk groups include prisoners, health care workers like nurses and EMS personnel, and people with HIV, cancer, and diabetes who have weakened immune systems.

Atypical (irregular) Tuberculosis is considered to be a colonizer mycobacterium family member that sits along the regular cells and causes infection from time to time. This type of bacteria causes typical clinical tuberculosis symptoms. This type of TB is difficult to treat and usually requires a year and and half to two years treatment by using many different drug to combat the organisms in the body. Mycobacterium Bovis is found in raw milk and also causes TB. Since most milk is pasteurized, this strain of the bacteria is killed by using heat. However, with the new “fad” of drinking raw milk the rise of cases of this atypical tuberculosis is projected to increase. Then there is “extensively drug resistant TB, also called XDR TB, which infects primarily the lungs and is spread by talking, coughing, sneezing or spitting. The antibiotic treatments for typical tuberculosis are less effective and have worse outcomes when applied to someone infected with this type of TB. Two known cases of XDR TB were found in the US. A man who was infected felt the need to travel, thus exposing many people to XDR TB. The CDC, in short, informed the airlines of his condition and warned for all people within two rows of him and all the airplane employees who had contact with him get tested for the strain. The man, upon returning to the US, was quarantined to prevent further danger of spreading the disease. The man flew on two transcontinental flights. It is unclear why he felt the need to travel.

Why is TB not psychosomatic as suggested on page 113? Psychosomatic is an adjective which means: 1: of or pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors and 2: pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body. As I have briefly informed above, TB is caused by typical and atypical bacteria of the mycobacterium family or by mycobacterium tuberculosis. Bacteria are not a result of emotions, conditions of the mind as it relates to the body, or engrams. Bacteria does not infect the body or enter the body at times when the mind is weak or emotions are high. Bacteria are organisms that are everywhere, some are very good for the body and some are very bad for the body. Bacteria does not exist as a phantom of the mind, conjured by mind, or manufactured totally in one’s mind. Emotion and mental status has absolutely nothing to do with perpetuation of bacteria, bacteria’s survival in the body, or how that bacteria affects the body. It simply doesn’t work that way no matter how one paints it to be “psychosomatic” in origin.

As a matter of fact, it is dangerous to consider TB whether atypical or typical as a psychosomatic illness. The failure to treat the infection with a proper course of antibiotics increases one’s chance of dying as a result, the spread of the bacteria, and the possible issue of a pandemic considering the new strain XDR TB. Sitting in the auditor’s chair while infected with the bacteria puts everyone around them at serious risk, including the auditor. An E-Meter is not an antibiotic and cannot adequately serve as one that will effectively kill the bacteria. What it will do is promote spread of the bacteria in several possible scenarios including the next person to touch the cans. The E-Meter carries with it the warning that it does not and cannot treat diseases for a reason. It can’t fight bacteria, no matter what LRH has written. TB causes serious health problems that no vitamin regiment, E-Meter, or purification rundown can combat effectively. TB is serious business, as is XDR TB, and should not be “handled” by the methods produced by the Church of Scientology.