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Like Diet Pills

Promising, this time they might work. Shedding away the extraneous is such a desire. Happiness awaits.

But, not only do they almost never work (most gain weight led to believe that the pills will negate any extra calories consumed), there can be side effects. Some minor, a little jitteriness, only a little headache. Some serious. Almost everyone who took Fen-Phen was given heart valve damage, sometimes permanent and serious. From diet pills in general, thousands suffered heart attacks or strokes. Some experienced psychosis. Some even worse.

Slick advertisements for mindfulness, stress reduction, fixing family problems and a dream life, presented with fake smiles by fake clergy in Tibetan uniforms, are so very promising. Now, we have McBuddhism, where a corporation projects its marketing mission worldwide in 1,200 meditation centers, bolstered by taxpayer subsidies....selling food, clothing, ritual merchandise, books, posters, jewelry, CDs and vacation packages they call retreats, festivals and political protest rallies. The store fronts, with signage and pamphlets of mediation centers, are in strip malls, office buildings, converted private residences and sometimes complete temples with rental living spaces attached. Sure, it can get expensive, but the dream of happiness for the rest of time and never to be reincarnated into suffering again is advertised to bestow quickly and easily...if you spend enough money and free labor. And, this corporation assures us it is led by a real Buddha. Thusly, success is guaranteed (with a fake guarantee).

Most figure out that it is a waste of time and money, and more false promises. They move on. But some develop side effects, sometimes serious. Feelings of estrangement, paranoia, schizophrenia, helplessness, despair and attempting suicide as well as family breakups have been reported, particularly by those who have been sexually harassed/assaulted or abruptly removed from their rental space for asking too many questions. There are vindictive adverse effects for some...threats, defamation and interfering with your job circulated on the corporation's web sites and their affiliated third-party smear machines. One survivor is being targeted since June 2019 with a dedicated web site and derogatory letters of psychoanalysis to her employer. Abuse on top of abuse to defame and destroy.

It is horrible to be betrayed by anyone, including a meditation center you once trusted.

Betrayal is the breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations. Often betrayal is the act of supporting a rival group, or it is a complete break from previously decided upon or presumed norms by one party from the others. Someone who betrays others is commonly called a traitor or betrayer. An act of betrayal creates a constellation of negative behaviours, thoughts, and feelings in both its victims and its perpetrators. The victims exhibit anger and confusion, and demand atonement from the perpetratorThe victims exhibit anger and confusion, and demand atonement from the perpetrator. The term "Institutional Betrayal" refers to wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution. This includes failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution.

Please take care.


Editor's Note
Notably, this meditation-center corporation mimics the defense strategies of diet pill companies attempting to salvage their dangerous products. Cover up the evidence. Betray and assault the reporter of abuse. Threaten their reputation and health. Defame them publicly. Blame the victim, claiming 'pre-existing' conditions. Hide behind smokescreens. Their corruption, by design, devestates their victims.

We have met the expert witness who effected the elimination from the market of the most dangerous diet pills: Fen-Phen, ephedra and phenypropanolamine. The companies attacked, defamed, marshaled dozens of corrupt lawyers, investigated, insulted and even went through the garbage at the street of this person. They spent billions of dollars trying to save $100 billion+ of sales of these fake-but-dangerous 'remedies', in the end spending tens of billions of dollars on litigation losses, fines, victim restitution as well as market withdrawal (now accumulating to hundres of billions of dollars of lost sales). They tried hundreds of hours of depositions and trial cross examinations. One filed an egregious lawsuit against (though dropped 24 hours after filing and assurance to never do so again) and threatened to murder this person, attempting maximum stress induction. Fortunately, their war did not work. Countless lives were saved.

We have met the whistleblower against governments that forced soldiers in the 1990s Gulf War to take a dangerous pill falsely claimed to protect the soldiers against the chemical weapons supplied by these governments to Iraq, particularly the US...and then deny medical treatment for years for a range of predictable side effects induced by their fraudulent experiment (particularly an array of nerve and muscle diseases). This whistleblower suffered years of government attacks and veterans feared for this person's assassination, but the governments lost this war. Countless lives were saved.

We know a target of this meditation-center corporation, threatened with futile lawsuit and defamation.

Fortunately, there are many similar advocates against corruption and abuse across many walks of life, saving countless lives.

Likewise, this meditation corporation's assault on survivors will not work. They too are saving countless lives.

Sadly, there are several other abusive and predatory businesses misappropriating Buddhism, yoga, spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition and therapeutics wherein the promises made at the beginning are transformed into denials and blame and to some...precarious anguish and financial loss.

We hope that those who can will persevere in their acts of kindness to aid those abused and to deflect future exploitation and duress.