The difficulty here is that there is a curve which follows the level of sanity and the level of absorbed radiation. And these curves do seem to be parallel. The more radiation which a person absorbs, the less sanity he can be expected to exhibit. It does seem this is the case. He goes down Tone Scale1, and he goes down rather rapidly.
Well, is there any place one could make a halt with this? Is there any process that could be used to stop this? Well, currently we have under test one of the drugs which were with us in 1950 and which was evidently not understood at that time by the biochemist. It says in the pharmacopoeia that nicotinic acid turns on a flush and is therefore toxic. Well, what sort of a drug is it that requires 90 grams or some 900 grams or – ah, it’s some upstairs figure – to kill somebody off. It’s some huge quantity of it. It would be several bottles all taken all at once more or less. And yet which is toxic on the administration of 100 milligrams. And what sort of a drug is it – we discovered this, by the way, in 1950 – which turned on flushes only where people didn’t wear bathing suits? It becomes one of those fascinating things. What sort of a drug is this?
What sort of an educated drug is this that makes one break out and turn red only in those areas which have not been covered with a bathing suit and which leaves on the body a pattern, unaffected, of bathing suits? Well, this was at once the giveaway. And we recognized that this nicotinic acid… Old type, by the way; not the new niacinamide, I think it’s called, or nicotinic amide or some such thing. I couldn’t care less about the later developments, because they don’t do it. They’re a refined form of the drug which don’t perform as the drug does, which I think is rather curious, so they couldn’t possibly be the drug. You couldn’t call it a newer form of a drug because it doesn’t perform. But old-style nicotinic acid does perform. It performs with thoroughness.
Now, in 1950 all we ran out really were sunburns. Isn’t it interesting that just six years later, that the same drug is producing an entirely different manifestation. I am sure that the manufacture of human bodies and the manufacture of nicotinic acid have not varied. I’m sure that something has varied, however. Nicotinic acid, administered today, is no longer running out sunburns; it is running out something which exactly parallels atomic-radiation sickness.
Got this happy thought here a couple of weeks ago and thought we would give it a whirl. Did we really know of anything, I said, which would knock out the cumulative effect of radiation? Was there anything which would? Yes, evidently. Evidently.
You see, we know more about drugs than other people because we know about engrams, and we know that an engram can be run out. Now, the biochemist is not so equipped with that knowledge; he does not have that knowledge. He thinks that an action is an action. He thinks that nicotinic acid turns on a flush and that it will always turn on a flush. Ah, but the interesting part of it is, is that it comes to a point where it doesn’t turn on a flush. Not by conditioning of the body – that is not what occurs; it runs something out. Well, what does it run out? We know it runs out sunburn, and the odd part of it is that sunburn does happen to be atomic-radiation sickness.
Now, the nausea, vomiting, colitis and nasal disturbances which accompany radiation sickness also run out on the administration of nicotinic acid.
Let me describe radiation sickness. Evidently, radiation is very old on the track, and a thetan has come to a point that he can’t have it. He has had it and he has lost it, so he doesn’t any longer find himself able to have it. Therefore, it is very sickening to him.
Well now, to proof a thetan against it is the easiest thing in the world. But to proof a body against it, which is built more or less along those lines, is actually to take the whole body apart. I don’t ask you to accept that finality at all. It is a finality which I accepted only when I was aware of the fact that I could make no fast progress along this line.
All right. Now, this radiation sickness does recur along the path of several other human illnesses such as measles, scarlet fever. These things are illnesses which harmonic, evidently, on old whole-track implantations with atomic radiation. As a matter of fact, the modern inoculation for measles is, by the way, aided and assisted by added gamma. In other words, they do have an inoculation for measles and it does contain gamma.
Epidemics of non-contagious measles (that’s a very difficult thing to find out, how you would have an epidemic of a non-contagious disease, but they have managed it) occur in the shadow of these atomic tests. If you look at the public health records of cities, you discover then that these childhood illnesses break out in the wake of atomic testing. Influenza is apparently a similar mechanism.
So that we can say that atomic-radiation illness could be characterized as something which turns on a hot, prickly sensation on the surface of the skin which makes the skin very red, which makes a person have chills, run a very low-order fever, run a subnormal temperature alternately with the low-order fever, which would effect the respiratory organs rather thoroughly and chronically, and which would effect the stomach, making the stomach upset and a tendency to vomit and so on be continuously present, and affects the gastric system otherwise with an intestinal upset or diarrhea. Now, these things would follow and do follow atomic radiation, exposure to.
Exposure to atomic radiation, excessive exposure, brings on these symptoms and characteristics. Those are the symptoms and characteristics of, then, atomic-radiation sickness. It is a sickness; it is a sickness which looks something like several other human ills. Now, hives are present, a rash can be present, body sores of one kind or another can be present.
Now, the internal condition of the body is one of leukemia. The red blood cells no longer procreate; no more hemoglobin is created in the system, and the ability to procreate then seems to die out of the bloodstream, and you get all sorts of procreation- allied illnesses.
Now, we already know that cancer is a procreation illness. It is a second-dynamic2 illness. It is intimately connected with shocks on the second dynamic. The illness, then, of radiation sickness has one common denominator and that is “no more track – GE line dead – ends here.” Now, we got it?3
- Definition: Tone Scale ↩
- Definition: Second dynamic: The second dynamic–is the urge toward existence as a sexual or bisexual activity. This dynamic actually has two divisions. Second dynamic (a) is the sexual act itself and the second dynamic (b) is the family unit, including the rearing of children. This can be called the sex dynamic. ↩
- Hubbard, L. Ron (1956, November 5) Radiation. Fifteenth American Advanced Clinical Course Lectures; Washington, D. C. ↩