What… Dr. Berg is a Scientologist? – Read Dr. Berg’s Response to an Interview Done Related to Scientology.
Dr. Berg answers questions about Scientology and his personal beliefs
Q: Are you a Scientologist?
Yes. I have been a Scientologist for 30 years. My whole life has been searching for wisdom. This search led me to discover Scientology in 1993. It’s the same drive for truth that has fueled my work in health and wellness.
Q: What does the word Scientology mean?
The term comes from the Latin scio, meaning “knowing, in the fullest sense of the word,” and the Greek logos, “study of.” It is a science of knowledge, or “knowing how to know.” It is religious as it relates to the spiritual nature of human beings, and it is unique in that it contains a body of technology to help people spiritually and in daily life.
Q: What types of things in Scientology do you donate to?
Like other religions, Scientology works to help people of all races, colors and creeds. When it comes to helping others, religion and politics plays no part. We’re all members of the huma race! I donate to a campaign called The Truth About Drugs, run by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a non-religious, non-profit that is sponsored by the Church of Scientology. More than 3.4 million children around the world have pledged to be “Drug-Free Marshals,” sending a positive message to their friends and communities. The campaign has also distributed 100 Truth About Drugs educational booklets around the world, and produced a series of beautifully produced PSAs to educate kids on exactly what drugs are and what they do to the body and mind.
I also donate to the United for Human Rights campaign, an organization that works to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document drafted by the United Nations in 1948. They work with teachers, students, governments and other agencies worldwide to enlighten people on the 30 articles of the Declaration, with the ultimate goal of passing them as law internationally. Through PSAs and a parallel campaign, Youth for Human Rights, they’ve reached educators and children in 150 nations.
Within Scientology there is a technology of how to study (Study Tech), and it’s nothing short of revolutionary. In short, it’s technology on how anyone can study anything and actually learn and be able to use what they studied. I contribute to Applied Scholastics International, which gets this technology out globally, trains teachers and helps them open and operate schools all over the world. In South Africa, for example, courses and workshops on Study Tech have been delivered to more than 20,000 teachers.
Q: Why don’t you ever mention Scientology in your videos?
It’s not appropriate. My health channel is about health, not my philosophy or religion. I respect other people’s viewpoints, no matter their faith or lack of it. People can believe and have whatever viewpoint they wish. It makes life interesting. I judge people based on their character, not what religion they are. Are they a good person? Do they treat others well? These are qualities I respect.
Q: What made you look into Scientology, a subject so controversial to say the least?
In my first associate job in the early 90s, the lead doctor told me, whatever you do, don’t ever get into Scientology, it’s weird, it’s a cult, they will take all your money, you’ll go bankrupt and end up getting a divorce.
That was interesting because that doctor WAS going broke, filing for bankruptcy, and WAS getting a divorce. His comments made me want to look into the subject even more. You tell me NOT to look, I will look. I asked this doctor what made him say this – did he personally have a bad experience? He never had any contact with the subject, never did any Scientology courses or even read a Scientology book. It was based on rumors.
So I decided to check it out – ordered Mr. Hubbard’s book about study and learning, and started reading it. My thought was it’s just like chiropractic. Were you to ask your MD about chiropractors, you might get a biased answer. I see this in healthcare ALL the time. “You must only listen to healthcare professionals credentialed by certified institutions. Don’t listen to all that nonsense misinformation on alternative care – it’s all quackery!”
My validation process on what is true or false is not blindly following mainstream anything – science, religion, philosophy or politics. I want to know and understand how things work. If there is something helpful or useful I will learn and use it. What I found out in Scientology was the opposite of what a few overly critical people were saying.
The first book I read in Scientology, The Basic Study Manual, gave me a completely new method on how to study and learn. In school, I struggled to get good grades and thought I just wasn’t smart enough. But in truth after reading this book, I realized I was never taught the best way to learn or study something. I was instead told to memorize things. Memorization is not learning or understanding. After reading this book, I became obsessed with learning and could take something complex and get through it, as compared to reading something, getting to the end, and wondering, “what did I just read?” I said to myself, if this is Scientology, sign me up – what else do you have?
Q: Why do you think Scientology is talked about in a negative light and attacked?
This is fascinating to me. Why would someone dedicate an entire YouTube channel or blog to attacking Scientology or anything for that matter?
I think there are two types of people – people that focus on helping and those that focus on destroying. You see this all over the place – in the media, online, and on YouTube. Entire channels based on criticizing and degrading things. One example is the ketogenic diet. Certain vegan gurus spend most if not all their videos on “debunking” or degrading any keto channel that gets attention (yours truly). In these channels you won’t find helpful information on what a vegan should eat or data on vegan food that promotes health, no – instead they debunk one keto guy or gal after another. Why can’t they focus on health and let the person see what works for them? People have the right to eat whatever they want, it’s ridiculous.
Same thing with anti-Scientology channels – do they ever tell you a better philosophy to live by? Do they give you ANY strategies for personal success or life skills? No, they do not! These guys for some weird reason will say anything to get you not to look at it – I find this very interesting. We live in a PR world with hidden agendas all over the place. This is why I rarely listen to mainstream news, as I feel they are slowly trying to indoctrinate me. At least Scientology doesn’t tell you what to believe, it’s just, “here’s some helpful information, see if you can use it,” but it’s not something you have to believe in. I find it to be super helpful, practical, common sense stuff.
I have done almost every service and read every book and never found anything weird at all. It’s quite ridiculous to attack someone for having a viewpoint about something. If I like Scientology because it helped me – who cares!? It’s not affecting you. My deeper purpose is helping people, and Scientology is the epitome of help. There are so many tools and courses that increase one’s ability to help. My viewpoint is always, do your OWN research and YOU decide what is true for you. My advice
is to use original sources.
Q: If someone wanted to know the truth about Scientology, what would you recommend?
Read a book directly from the source, not secondhand or biased sources. Here are a few books I would recommend:
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
Scientology: A New Slant on Life
The Basic Study Manual
You can even take free courses online (a few of my favorites):
Plus these sources: